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Knight, Jones, Liggins not ready to mull future yet

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4650065.jpegHOUSTON -- The pain of ending a magical 2010-11 season was still setting in for the Kentucky's men's basketball players, but freshmen Brandon Knight and Terrence Jones and junior DeAndre Liggins were already asked to look ahead to next year.

The future of all three is cloudy.

Knight and Jones, both projected as first-round picks in the upcoming 2011 NBA Draft, declined to speculate on their future in the moments after a disappointing 56-55 loss to Connecticut in the Final Four in Houston.

"I'm not talking about that," Knight said. "I'm still focused on this season and my teammates."

Said Jones: "I don't know. It's the last game this season. This is the last time this group will be together."

Knight and Jones led the team in scoring this year, averaging 17.3 points and 15.7 points, respectively. They'll have until April 24 to declare for the June 23 draft and until May 8 to withdraw.

One player who may have an unexpected decision on his hands is Liggins. The junior guard isn't projected as a high draft pick, but he could make a living in the NBA as a lockdown defender.

After the game, Liggins was asked if Saturday night's loss was his last game in a Kentucky uniform.

"I'm not thinking about that right now," Liggins said. "I'm just thinking about academics right now. We'll see. I'll talk to my family and go from there."

Kentucky will welcome the nation's No. 1 recruiting class again in 2011-12, but it will arguably be John Calipari's finest yet. Signees Anthony Davis, Michael Gilchrist, Marquis Teague and Kyle Wiltjer are all regarded as top-25 recruits.

Liggins said it's crossed his mind to combine many of this year's key parts with next year's studs.

"It feels great to have another chance to come back again next year and try to win it all," Liggins said.

Kentucky will lose senior forward Josh Harrellson to graduation, but he's hoping he's the team's only loss.

"I would tell them to come back," Harrellson said. "Kentucky is a great place. The fans are wonderful what they do for us. I would be all for it to come back and get an education and not be one and done, but it's up to them. They might have struggling families or need the money. I'm supporting them either way they go."

Freshman guard Doron Lamb said last week that he planned to return next year, although he backed off those comments later on when he told reporters he would make a decision when the time came.

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It would be a blessing for the guys to continue their education while maturing further. It would also be a big plus to begin next season with all of them returning. It's a shame that Harrellson can't return! I respect the advise he givesthem.

Come on back boys we got so close this year. with the talent we have coming in we could be right back in the final four again next year

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