There's no turning back for at least one of the five Kentucky basketball players who declared for the NBA Draft on Wednesday.
Freshman center DeMarcus Cousins has hired an agent as he prepares for his professional career, according to a report by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
Cousins' agent, John Greig, told Yahoo! that he's not as certain as most draft analysts that Cousins' UK teammate John Wall will be the No. 1 overall selection.
"There are teams that have done their homework on DeMarcus, and if the lottery ball bounces right, he could be the No. 1 pick in the draft," Greig said.
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The agent also told Yahoo! that Cousins "needs to mature" but is ready for the pro game.
"When teams, the media and fans wait and hear the real story about DeMarcus, they'll all understand," Greig said. "He's a great kid."
Greig is a former player for the University of Oregon.
UK released a statement Wednesday saying freshmen Cousins, Wall, Eric Bledsoe and Daniel Orton would enter the draft, along with junior Patrick Patterson
After Kentucky announced Wednesday that Patrick Patterson was among five UK players who will enter this year's NBA Draft, Patterson's mother said that her son had not made that decision.
Tywanna Patterson told The Courier-Journal that her son planned to make a decision before the April 25 deadline for entering the draft. Players have until May 8 to withdraw from the list if they haven't signed with agents. "If Patrick leaves, he'll have his day and have a press conference just like he did when he came back (after declaring for the draft last year)," she told the Louisville newspaper.
UK spokesman DeWayne Peevy said Thursday that nothing had changed. UK expected Patterson and the other four players to enter the draft.
NCAA rules permit players to enter the draft only once and retain the option of returning to college. Since Patterson entered his name in last year's draft, he will have no option to return should he again enter his name this year, Peevy said.
Asked if he still expected Patterson to enter the draft, Peevy said yes.
The UK release on Wednesday quoted the players, including Patterson, saying they would enter the draft this year.