LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Freshman All-Americans John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins are among five Kentucky players who have declared for the NBA draft.
Junior forward Patrick Patterson, freshman guard Eric Bledsoe and freshman center Daniel Orton are also entering the draft.
Wall and Cousin are expected to be among the first few players selected.
The five player comprised the core of a team that went 35-3 this season and won the Southeastern Conference regular season and conference tournament titles before falling to West Virginia in the regional finals of the NCAA Tournament.
Coach John Calipari said he met with each player individually and encouraged them to gauge their draft prospects.
Players have until May 8 to change their minds.-- Associated Press