Keldon Johnson gives up college eligibility, will stay in NBA Draft

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (UK Athletics/WYMT) – Kentucky men's basketball freshman guard Keldon Johnson will remain in the 2019 NBA Draft pool and will not return to Kentucky, he announced Wednesday.

Johnson announced last week he was putting his name on the early-entrants list but left open the option to return to school. He now plans to forgo his remaining collegiate eligibility and commit fully to turning pro.

"Big Blue Nation, thank you for my time here at Kentucky," Johnson said. "I really enjoyed it. I had a wonderful experience. You guys made for the best year I could ever have. I really appreciate you guys taking me in as family and one of your own and supporting me through the thick and thin of the season and supporting this team."

"There are few people who love this game as much as he does nor work as hard at it. We know he's got a long career ahead of him. Make us proud, KJ," Kentucky Basketball tweeted.

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