Shaedon Sharpe told to stay in Kentucky, not yet turned pro
Kentucky Wildcats rookie Shaedon Sharpe is not expected to play college basketball this season, according to his head coach John Calipari.
Sharpe, an 18-year-old Canadian, is one of the NCAA’s top prospects. The 6-foot-6 guard was rated a five-star recruit and widely considered the best player in his recruiting class before upgrading to forfeit the rest of his senior year of high school.
The highly touted prospect arrived on campus from Kentucky in January, but he has yet to play a game for the Wildcats. Kentucky, which currently ranks third in the KenPom rankings with a top-five offense in the nation, is well positioned for a hosted tournament with or without Sharpe.
After talking with Shaedon and his parents, we want to end all speculation by saying again that he will not be playing for us this season.
He is committed to improving himself and our team in training this year and to being better prepared to lead us next season.
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) February 7, 2022
Although reports suggest Sharpe could have declared for the 2022 NBA draft, Kentucky’s Calipari tweeted that the developing prospect would use another year focused on “improving himself and our team” before declaring. go pro.
Sharpe averaged 22.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game while shooting 36.1 percent on 3-pointers on the Nike EYBL Tour in 2021, per Cerebro Sports.
He added 18.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.8 blocks per game while competing in The Grind Session. Sharpe was also a great contributor for Canada when he appeared in FIBA Youth Tournaments.
We’ve listed Sharpe as one of the top prospects on our most recent big board for the 2022 NBA Draft. At this time, Sharpe is unlikely to appear on our next big board update.
Of course, he could always change his mind and decide to test the waters. It never hurts to hear about the pro teams’ interest in his services and he might be convinced to turn pro despite Calipari’s recent comments.
However, Calipari’s tweet leads us to believe that Sharpe is more likely to serve as the center point of Kentucky’s offense next season. So until further notice, we’ll have to assume he fits the bill for the 2023 NBA Draft – where he would join Scoot Henderson and Victor Wembanyama.