ESPN is reporting that Kentucky’s Kelenna Azubuike will test the waters and declare his eligibility for the NBA draft. Andy Katz reported that Azubuike will not hire an agent, leaving the door open for a potential return to play his senior season for the Wildcats.
Azubuike, as an underclassman, will be unable to compete in this week’s NBA pre-draft camp, designed for graduating players. Azubuike will wait until the camp which takes place in Chicago later this summer.
Not hiring an agent is an important move for Azubuike. Had Kelenna hired an agent he would have lost his remaining year of eligibility. By not seeking professional representation, Azubuike can “test the waters” by competing in the NBA camp in Chicago without necessarily losing that final year of eligibility.
Should Azubuike try out, and become convinced that he would not be drafted or that his draft position would not be high enough to provided guaranteed contract assurances, Azubuike could rejoin the team and play out his final season.
More news to come as it develops.