Kidd-Gilchrist says “I’m staying at Kentucky”, fans rejoice

Not only did Michael Kidd-Gilchrist make Kentucky fans around the world jubilant this afternoon by saying he would be back next year, he took it a step further and claimed he would be graduating with the Cats. That’s right, MKG intends to play at Kentucky for four years. You aren’t hearing this wrong, and I’m not making it up.

SeriousMKG Kidd Gilchrist says Im staying at Kentucky, fans rejoice

I am serious. I love you, MKG.

For a little background, in today’s postgame press conference, Michael was asked if the upcoming senior night was going to make him emotional, the thinking that it would be his last game in Rupp Arena. He fired back with the response heard ’round the commonwealth, “no, it’s not any extra emotion. I am staying all four years as of now.” Due to the shocked gasps around the room, he continued, “I am dead serious. I don’t know why you all are laughing. I am serious.”

I am serious too. Seriously as giddy as Renardo Sidney at a donut shop. Kidd-Gilchrist is a lock for a lottery pick in this year’s draft, with a number of projections to go in the top five. And he intends to stay right here at Kentucky for another three years. It’s unheard of for a player of such caliber to claim he’ll be around that long. A lot of guys say they’ll come back for their sophomore season (Jones included), but none suggest they’ll make it to their senior one.

In other reports, the NCAA will be sending over the 2015 Championship banner sometime next week.

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  2. Effingham Hoofnagle says:

    I’ll believe it when it happens. Four years? No way.

  3. Cappidad says:

    Effingham….I “wit’you” on that one. Would not bet the farm he’ll be there for year four….or maybe year three. It’s difficult to imagine with that kind of $$$$ available, why stay for the full time? I don’t think I would, regardless of how great a time I was having pretending I was studying, along with fondling coeds and being a BMOC. Oooh, makes me want to go back to the fun days of college!

  4. Yeah, I don’t think it’s too likely either.

    I think it’d be in MKG’s best interests to go and make the big bucks as soon as he can. It may only cost him 3 million a year early in his career, but that might be 20 million a year late in his career when he’s too old to play and missed out on a few more good years in the league.

    But if he decides to stay, I won’t be complaining.

  5. Ky_Tom says:

    MKG is a size of player the colleges are full of, you can buy them by the dozen. What you can’t buy is the heart this kid plays on both ends of the floor. He has speed, he can guard, he handle the rock, he can rebound, he gets to the rim, and he fights to win. The only thing holding this kid back is his shooting. His jump shot isn’t the best, but he hits enough to make teams respect him. Yes another year at the college level can only make him better, as long as he doesn’t get hurt.As a college basketball fan, I hope he stays, but I know what it means to go after your dream and make the big bucks. Its going to be a hard choice in a few weeks. MKG will win, no matter what path he takes..jmho

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  7. Jonny says:

    He would be taking a cut in pay going to NBA.

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