The starting lineup of this year’s Kentucky Wildcats basketball team declared for the NBA draft in April. But the group, comprised of three freshman and two sophomores, still has some academics to take care of. The NCAA champions posted a team grade-point average of 3.12 for the spring semester. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports:
Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari cited a team grade-point average of 3.12 for the spring semester of 2012 as conclusive evidence that critics are wrong to suggest so-called one-and-done players are not college students.
Noting that the UK team’s GPA included five players who entered this year’s NBA Draft, Calipari said in a statement released Friday that “all this stuff bitter old men say that they don’t go to class, it’s not true.”
Three of those early entrants to the NBA Draft — freshmen Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague — combined for a grade-point average of “well above 3.0,” UK said in a news release.
The UK news release called the men’s basketball team “the most high-profile example in a department full of student-athletes committed to excelling both on and off the field.”
The team’s two seniors — Darius Miller and Eloy Vargas — graduated in May.