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Kentucky basketball guard Rob Dillingham is declaring for the 2024 NBA Draft

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LEXINGTON – Kentucky guard Rob Dillingham is on his way to practicing his craft at the professional level.

Dillingham becomes UK's newest one-and-done product under now-former coach John Calipari. Dillingham declared for the NBA draft on Tuesday.

North Carolina native Dillingham provided the Wildcats' instant offense off the bench all season long, averaging 15.2 points per game – just behind senior Antonio Reeves, who set a Calipari record 20.2. era. Of his 32 appearances last season, Dillingham only started once, against Texas A&M-Commerce in Game 2. Dillingham, along with fellow freshman guard Reed Sheppard, formed a dynamic duo off the bench and checked for the U16s -Players routinely take a first-half timeout together in games.

The 6-foot-1, 176-pound Dillingham is expected to be one of the first players to hear his name called at this year's NBA Draft, which takes place June 26-27 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

He is projected as a lottery pick in the latest mock drafts from USA TODAY, ESPN, Bleacher Report, The Ringer and NBAdraft.net. The question is just precise When he is chosen because his likely choice is different; In mock drafts, Dillingham is ranked No. 2 (Bleacher Report) and No. 11 (The Ringer).

This story will be updated.

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