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Posted: Tuesday April 3, 2012 2:52AM ; Updated: Wednesday April 4, 2012 1:32PM

Davis, rest of Wildcats' stars not ready for NBA decision yet

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Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist were noncommittal about next season

So were Darius Miller, Doron Lamb and Terrence Jones after UK's national title

Davis, the Most Outstanding Player, likely would be the first pick in the draft

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Kentucky potentially has three NBA lottery picks, five that could go in the first round.

When they might enter the draft is still up in the air.

Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Darius Miller, Doron Lamb and Terrence Jones were all noncommittal about their plans for next season after the Wildcats beat Kansas 67-59 Monday night for their eighth national championship.

Davis, the Most Outstanding Player, likely would be the first overall pick in the draft if he comes out.

"I'm going to wait, sit down with my coach, sit down with my family, what the best decision is for me," said Davis, who scored just six points, but had 16 rebounds, six blocked shots, five assists and three steals.

Kansas forward Thomas Robinson, a unanimous first-team All-American, has said he would wait until after the season to decide if he will leave for the NBA. Center Jeff Withey and guard Elijah Johnson, the two other Jayhawks who might consider leaving, said they both expect to be back next season.

The NCAA and NBA differ on when a player must decide whether he's returning to school or going to the pro ranks.

Last April, the NCAA Division I Legislative Council adopted a proposal that requires student-athletes who declare they're interested in the NBA draft to remove their name from pro consideration before the first day of the spring National Letter of Intent signing period that begins April 11, nearly a month earlier than the previous deadline.

The new deadline gives players just four days to review recommendations from the NBA's undergraduate advisory committee, a group of NBA team executives who offer a private projection of the player's draft status.

NBA teams can't workout underclassmen until they are notified by the league about who is eligible for the draft after the NBA's April 29 deadline for early entry eligibility.

The new dates mean players may be able to say they're returning to school to satisfy the NCAA requirement, only to later declare their eligibility and leave before the NBA's deadline. Kentucky coach John Calipari said recently he's not a fan of the dueling dates and that he's only interested in the NBA one.

"We're not going to worry about the (NCAA) date. Our guys will tell me when they want to tell me ... whenever the date is to make a decision by the NBA standards," Calipari said. "That's the only one we're going to the think about. So if they want to wait to make a decision by the (29th) when they have to by the NBA, that's when they'll make it.

"We're not even ... I don't even know the other date, nor do I care."

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