British freshman Shaedon Sharpe declares for NBA draft and maintains eligibility

The deadline for returning to school is June 1

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky men’s basketball first-year guard Shaedon Sharpe has submitted his name for the 2022 NBA Draft and will go through the NBA judging process, he announced. Thursday. Sharpe will go through the NBA draft process and maintain his eligibility. The deadline for returning to school is June 1.

“These last four months in Kentucky have been nothing short of amazing,” Sharpe said. “Having Coach Cal and the rest of the coaching staff, my teammates/brothers and the Big Blue Nation welcome me into the family has been a real blessing.

“My path so far has not been a straight road of success, but my passion for this game and my dream of playing at the highest level has allowed me to overcome challenges and disappointments and shaped me who I am today.

“In all honesty, nothing could really prepare me for the decisions I had to make along the way, but God placed special people in my life to help guide, support and inspire me. confidence to help me prepare for those times.Through discussions with Coach Cal, my parents, my mentor, and much thought and prayer, I decided to enter my name in the NBA Draft while still maintaining my university eligibility.

“I don’t know what my future holds for me beyond today, but I know I need to take this next step to officially go through the process to test the waters and receive feedback. I pray that you Please all understand that this is not a decision I take lightly.

“I would like to thank God for his many blessings and for always guiding my path,” Sharpe said. “To Coach Cal and the rest of the coaching staff, thank you for your guidance and support on and off the pitch. To my family and friends, your unconditional love got me through the ups and downs and to BBN, I will be forever grateful for your patience and understanding as I go through this process.

Players can submit documents to receive NBA ratings and participate – if invited – in the NBA Draft Combine which is scheduled to take place May 16-22.

“Shaedon and his family have told me that he intends to put his name in the draft while maintaining his eligibility, and they have my full support in testing the process as all players do,” said L. British head coach John Calipari. “Shaedon was a great teammate and handled everything that comes with being a college student-athlete the way he should. Since his arrival on our campus, he has been an integral part of our program and he is already enrolled in summer and fall classes, but we support this decision to explore all options and make the best decision for his future in based on all the information it can receive.”

Sharpe was a mid-year registrant for the Wildcats in 2021-22. Originally a member of the 2022 recruiting class and No. 1 overall prospect, Sharpe was the first highest-ranked signee to join the Cats since Nerlens Noel in 2012.

The London, Ont., native averaged 22.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists in the 2021 Nike Elite Youth Basketball League and led the event in runs scored. He concluded his high school career at Dream City Christian Academy and averaged 24.1 points and six rebounds per game as a junior en route to earning the Tour’s Player of the Year honor.

Sharpe began his high school career at HB Beal High School in his hometown and led the team to the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations championship.

Additionally, he represented Team Canada at the 2019 FIBA ​​Americas Under-16 Championship in Brazil where he averaged 13.0 points, 3.7 boards and 2.3 assists as the team won a silver medal.

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