The Sporting News Magazine is reporting that Kentucky's in-coming Freshmen and some returning players are turning down a chance to play for USA Basketball. Instead, the players are deciding to get to Lexington and get to work on winning a National Championship.
The article says all of the Freshmen were eligible to play for the U19 team but, the U.S. will have to do without them as they get their college careers started.
Wildcats Coach, John Calipari, is quoted in the article saying, "Most of it is, they didn't want to play. I'm not forcing kids to do anything... I think the reason they all turned it down is, they want to get started."
Returning Center, Willie Cauley-Stein, was also invited to try out for USA Basketball this summer on a World University Games team. He decided not to attend. Coach Cal told the Sporting News, "Willie said, 'This is not the summer for me to do this stuff. I just can't wait to get back. I want to get prepared.'" Calipari said, "I'm happy they're thinking in those terms. They know the spotlight's on them."
UK Basketball is favorite according to Las Vegas odd-makers to win the 2014 National Championship.