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Kentucky's Goodwin to enter NBA draft

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Archie Goodwin is leaving Kentucky early for the NBA while Willie Cauley-Stein and Kyle Wiltjer will be back next season, coach John Calipari said Monday.

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In a statement issued by the school, Calipari said he wanted Goodwin to return for his sophomore season but ``I fully support him choosing to pursue his dreams.''

As for the two returning players, Calipari said he believes ``with another year of hard work and competition, they all can take their games to the next level. I look forward to seeing them all grow into young men.''

Goodwin averaged a team-best 14 points for the Wildcats. They followed up their 2012 national championship by losing to Robert Morris in the first round of the NIT to cap a 21-12 finish.

``This is something I've dreamed about my entire life and I feel like the opportunity is there for me to play at the next level,'' said Goodwin, who has not hired an agent.

Cauley-Stein averaged 8.3 points and 6.3 rebounds as a freshman while blocking 59 shots. He and Goodwin were two of Kentucky's four selections to the Southeastern Conference's all-freshman team.

Wiltjer was the SEC's sixth man of the year after averaging 10.4 points as a sophomore and making 90 career 3-pointers.

``I'm so excited about the possibilities of next season,'' Wiltjer said. ``After talking with (Calipari) and the staff, I understand what I need to do. I want to be a part of another championship.''

School officials said they will announce other players' decisions at a later date. Among those whose decisions were not announced were Nerlens Noel, the SEC's freshman of the year who suffered a devastating knee injury in February, and Alex Poythress, another of the Wildcats' SEC all-freshman team picks.

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