Thursday , Apr , 07 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Kentucky’s Azubuike turning pro

Lexington, KY (Sports Network) – Kentucky junior swingman Kelenna Azubuike has
signed with an agent and will forego his senior season to enter June’s NBA

Azubuike led the Wildcats in scoring this past season with 14.7 points per
game, while ripping down 4.7 rebounds. Kentucky finished 28-6 this season and
was eliminated by Michigan State in the NCAA Tournament regional final.

“I have submitted my name into the 2005 NBA Draft and I have signed with an
agent,” Azubuike said in a release. “I know all the implications of signing
with an agent. I believe I am ready and I am willing to do whatever it takes
to get better before the draft.”

During his three years in Lexington, Azubuike helped Kentucky to an 87-15 mark
with two Southeastern Conference titles and two SEC Tournament titles. He also
has been a part of two NCAA Elite Eight appearances, including this past run.

Azubuike is the first underclassman at Kentucky to declare early for the NBA
Draft since Keith Bogans and Tayshaun Prince opted for the next level in 2001.

“I want to thank Coach Smith for the opportunity and everything he has done
for me over my career at UK,” Azubuike added. “I have truly enjoyed this
experience. I also want to thank the millions of Kentucky fans who have
supported me during my career.”