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UK forward Jarred Vanderbilt withdraws from NBA Combine


LEXINGTON, Ky. (KT) — Jarred Vanderbilt has withdrawn from the NBA Combine and is considering his future options.


Vanderbilt announced the news on his Twitter account late Tuesday night.


“I’ve decided not to attend the NBA combine,” he said. “I’m still weighing my options and working my way through the decision process. Appreciate the continued support.”


Vanderbilt played in 14 games last season. A foot injury sidelined Vanderbilt during the first-half of the year and another injury sidelined the 6-foot-9 forward during the postseason. When he was able to play, Vanderbilt averaged 5.9 points and 7.9 rebounds per game, including 10-plus boards in five contests.


In the latest rankings by ESPN, Vanderbilt is ranked No. 63 among the players eligible for the draft. A total of 60 players will be selected during the NBA Draft on June 21 in Brooklyn, New York.


The NBA Combine began Wednesday and runs through Sunday in Chicago.


Vanderbilt, along with PJ Washington and Wenyen Gabriel have until May 30 to withdraw or stay in the draft.


Gary Parrish of CBS Sports has Shai Gilgeous-Alexander as the first Kentucky player selected in the draft at No. 13 by the Los Angeles Clippers. 


At 6-foot-6 with a 7-foot wingspan, Gilgeous-Alexander could become a great perimeter defender in time, which is obviously a terrific skill in the modern NBA where perimeter players dominate the league,” Parrish wrote.


Parrish has Kevin Knox going to Denver as the No. 14 selection in the first round.


“Anybody looking for a combo forward this late in the lottery would have to seriously consider Knox if he's still on the board,” Parrish said.


Former Arizona star Deandre Ayton is Parrish’s top pick by Phoenix, which claimed the top spot in the draft lottery Tuesday night.


“There's little doubt, now that the lottery order is set, that the Suns will take Ayton first overall and hope the Arizona star becomes a Phoenix legend,” he wrote.


Killeya-Jones makes choice: Former Kentucky forward Sacha Killeya-Jones will finish out his career at North Carolina State. Killeya-Jones announced his decision via a tweet and will have two seasons remaining after sitting out next year.


“(I’m) extremely excited to announce I will be continuing my academic and athletic career at N.C. State University,” Killeya-Jones said.


Killeya-Jones played in 59 games during his two seasons at Kentucky, averaging 3.1 points and 2.7 rebounds per game. He shot 59 percent from the field.


North Carolina State went 21-12 last season and reached the NCAA Tournament in Kevin Keatts’ first year at the helm.


Keith Taylor is sports editor for Kentucky Today. Reach him at or twitter @keithtaylor21.


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