Many big blue fans in eastern Kentucky said they were disappointed but not surprised that none of the starting five will return next season.
One restaurant in Hazard had some fans said the rescheduling of Tuesday’s news conference at 7 p.m. instead of 2 p.m. allowed them to watch it.
“I was actually able to come since it was rescheduled,” said Breathitt County University of Kentucky fan Glenn Napier.
Napier and several others sat at the bar area of Jabo’s State of Mine to hear the much anticipated news from the Wildcats. Fans waited patiently to hear the decisions made by University of Kentucky basketball starters.
In the end, freshmen Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague announced they will join sophomores Doron Lamb and Terrence Jones in the 2012 NBA draft.
Fans said they had mixed emotions on the announcement.
“I am just sad that they are leaving and we had a great year this year,” said UK fan Kelly Combs.
All will put their names in the hat for the draft on June 28. Fans said they have mixed emotions, but are proud to see part of the Big Blue Nation headed in that direction.
“I am sad to see them go but happy to see them move on,” said UK fan Michael Lamz.
Lamz and Napier said they knew the players felt they were doing what was best for them.
“They have an opportunity to go to the next level and I don't blame them one bit for moving to the next level I am all for them,” said Napier.
Some fans said they did have some favorite players that they will be sorry to see go.
“I like Lamb, Lamb was good,” said Lamz.
“Jones was good too, they were all good, but Lamb was my favorite out of them all.”
Napier said he was rooting for one of the most popular players.
“Davis as most people is going to be the number one pick,” said Napier.
All fans agreed that "in Cal they trust" to keep the program going.
“He has done good the past two years, he should have no problem doing it in other years,” said Lamz.
“If anybody can do it, he can do it.”
Napier said he could not agree more and wanted to look toward the future.
“We have I think three of the top five players already committed to play for the University of Kentucky and number one recruiting class again this year and i am looking forward to see what these guys can do.”