Adou Thiero enters 2024 NBA Draft, could return to Kentucky

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We already knew Adou Thiero was in the transfer portal, exploring his other options among college basketball programs. But he’s not limiting himself to a breakup with Kentucky — or even a return to school at all.

The sophomore forward out of Leetsdale, PA announced Saturday he would be entering the 2024 NBA Draft while keeping all college options open, including a potential third season in Lexington. His decision comes after a sit-down with John Calipari this week.

“After talking to Coach Calipari, I feel it is best at this time to test the waters professionally, entering my name in the 2024 NBA Draft, while keeping all of my options open, including a return to Kentucky,” Thiero said. “I’d like to thank the fans, my coaches and teammates for their support over the last two years. I look forward to going through this process to determine the next step for me.”

The 6-8 standout averaged 7.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per contest in his second season with the Wildcats.

Coach Cal previously hinted at a potential third year for Thiero at Kentucky — if not hoped to speak it into existence — back in February, discussing his growth and potential as a junior in Lexington.

“It’s all there for him. He’s gotten so much better,” he said. “He’s not even what he was a year ago and what he is now. And I still think he’s going to be 6-9. He’s probably 6-7, maybe a little bit bigger now. By the time next year rolls around, he’ll be 6-9.”

Jonathan Givony included Thiero at No. 27 overall in ESPN’s first 2025 NBA mock draft, betting on his physical tools as a potential first-rounder. He’d like to see what is professional outlook is now, however.

Kentucky needs the athletic forward back in Lexington for year three.

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