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Bam Adebayo Was Undecided Until John Calipari Told Him to Go Pro

Bam Adebayo says he was truly undecided on entering the NBA Draft until he was questioned by John Calipari.

Adebayo says Calipari told him to go pro, so he did.

Check out his comments:



Bam Adebayo didn’t initially hire an agent when he declared for the 2017 NBA Draft, leaving the door cracked for a possible return to Kentucky for a sophomore season. Soon after, though, he closed that door and made his professional pursuit official.

That came after a conversation with his mother, Wildcats coach John Calipari and UK assistant Kenny Payne. Calipari thought he was crazy to even consider coming back to school as a likely first-rounder and possible top-20 pick.

“He felt like I was doubting my potential,” Adebayo said Friday at the NBA combine. “He was like, ‘What’s wrong with you, man?’ He was like, ‘Go!’ I was like, ‘All right.’ ”

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