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Report: Kentucky’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to enter NBA draft

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Kentucky freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist made waves last month when he told reporters “I’m graduating here. I’m not going nowhere. I’m staying at Kentucky.”

That statement might have to be revised.

A source told Chad Ford of ESPN that Kidd-Gilchrest will declare for the NBA draft when the Wildcats’ season ends.

“He hopes he’ll be able to announce right after they win the NCAA championship,” the source told Ford. “But even if they don’t win it all, he’s coming. He knows he’s going to be a top-5 pick. He can’t pass that up.”

Kidd-Gilchrist later tweeted a response: “I don’t know where this is coming from. This is MY decision. Right now all I’m focused on my Teammates and winning Games. After the season Ill make a decision that’s best for me and my family!”

He could go as high as No. 2 or 3 in the draft.

The 6-7 wing averages 11.8 points and 7.6 rebounds a game and is a dynamic player in the open court, excels on defense and is seen as an ideal teammate.

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POSTERIZED: Texas A&M-CC with an off-the-backboard dunk

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This is pretty nice from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, who has made a habit out of getting themselves on the highlight reel.

Here’s another angle of the dunk:

UNLV’s Stephen Zimmerman out with a knee injury

UNLV forward Stephen Zimmerman Jr. shoots against San Diego State during an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Las Vegas. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Sun via AP)
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The injury Stephen Zimmerman suffered on Saturday will keep the star UNLV freshman out for at least a week, a source told NBC Sports.

The injury is not thought to be serious, however. Zimmerman may be kept out for longer as a precaution, but that’s a result of the Runnin’ Rebels being in a situation where the rest of their regular season is relatively meaningless.

They’re not getting an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament regardless of how they finish out league play. With back-up center Ben Carter out with a torn ACL, it’s more important to make sure that Zimmerman, who is averaging 10.6 points and 9.1 boards this season, is totally healthy for the Mountain West tournament.

That tournament, mind you, will be played at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center.

So the Runnin’ Rebels, regardless of how poor they’ve played this season, will always have a chance to land an automatic bid.

Anyway, the more interesting aspect of this story is how Zimmerman injured the knee. It was a completely avoidable play that came after the whistle, but I’m not sure it was what you would call a “dirty play”. You tell me: