NCAA Men's Basketball

Goodwin to leave Kentucky, hoping for draft

04/01 3:44 PM

Kentucky has announced that Archie Goodwin is leaving early for the NBA while Willie Cauley-Stein and Kyle Wiltjer will be back next season.

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky has announced that Archie Goodwin is leaving early for the NBA while Willie Cauley-Stein and Kyle Wiltjer will be back next season.

Coach John Calipari announced their decisions Monday.

Calipari said he wanted Goodwin to return for his sophomore season but "I fully support him choosing to pursue his dreams."

As a draft prospect, Goodwin is ranked 24th overall and seventh among shooting guards by ESPN.com's Chad Ford.

Goodwin averaged a team-best 14 points for the Wildcats. They followed up their 2012 national championship by losing to Robert Morris in the first round of the NIT.

Cauley-Stein averaged 8.3 points and 6.3 rebounds as a freshman while blocking 59 shots. Wiltjer was the Southeastern Conference's sixth man of the year after averaging 10.4 points as a sophomore and making 90 career 3-pointers.

The school says it will announce other players' decisions at a later date.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.


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