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Brandon Knight to stay in NBA Draft

He's decided to move on to the pros.

UK Guard Brandon Knight announced Friday morning he will stay in the NBA Draft, rather than return to the Cats for his sophomore season.

It's a decision most experts expected.

Knight came to UK out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, as one of the top point guards in the country.

He helped lead the Cats to the Final Four, averaging better than 17 points and 4 assists per game.

Knight worked out for NBA general managers and other personnel earlier this week at a combine. He says what he heard affected his decision.

"My main goal was to be a top 10 pick," Knight said. "Nothing's for sure in the draft, but I wanted to hear something like that, a lot of feedback in that area. Coach Cal, he basically said whatever my decision was, he'd have a lot of confidence in me. Basically he told me the best thing for me to do is to test the waters. And the feedback I got was great. After getting a lot of positive feedback, and a lot of positive reinforcement from Coach Cal, that's led me to my final decision to stay in the draft."

Knight said he considered the league's labor situation while making the decision, but the possibility of being a top ten pick was too much to pass up.

So far, Knight has not hired an agent.

He set the UK freshman scoring record, scoring 657 points, and he broke the UK freshman three point record with 87 three pointers.

He was named the NCAA East Regional Most Outstanding Player, and was a Freshman All-American.

UK underclassmen Terrance Jones and DeAndre Liggins also declared for the NBA Draft last month. Neither hired agents. They have until Sunday to decide whether to stay in the draft, or return to UK.

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