5-star prospect Shaedon Sharpe to leave Kentucky for NBA draft

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Five-star prospect Shaedon Sharpe will reportedly declare for the 2022 NBA draft after a brief stint with the Kentucky Wildcats, according to Shams Charania and Kyle Tucker of The Athletic.

Sharpe, the No. 3 recruit in the high school class of 2022, arrived at Kentucky in the spring semester after graduating early from Dream City Christian in Glendale, Arizona. He did not appear in a game for head coach John Calipari.

He is draft-eligible this year because he will turn 19 next month and is one NBA season removed from graduating high school. He is widely projected to be a lottery pick given his athleticism and ability to defend with a 7-foot wingspan.

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Sharpe, who was born in Canada, averaged 21.4 points, six rebounds and three assists last season. He also helped Canada earn the silver medal in the 2019 FIBA U16 Americas Championship, averaging 13 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists on 68% shooting in six games.

The potential to become a lottery pick likely persuaded Sharpe to leave Kentucky and enter the NBA draft. He will now have the opportunity to showcase his skill set in private workouts with teams to solidify his standing as a high first-round pick.

The NBA draft will take place on June 23.

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