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Calipari meeting with players about draft

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Kentucky coach John Calipari has meetings set up this week with each of his remaining players who are possible early NBA draft entrants, ESPN.com reported Monday.

Calipari said he was scheduled to meet with freshman forward Julius Randle, who is reportedly announcing Tuesday that he is declaring for the draft. The coach, however, said he does not yet know Randle’s plans.

Calipari did say he was surprised that sophomore forward Willie Cauley-Stein is returning.

Calipari was also scheduled to meet with freshman forward Dakari Johnson and sophomore forward Alex Poythress Monday afternoon and freshmen guard twins Andrew and Aaron Harrison on Tuesday.

Freshman guard James Young previously announced he is declaring for the draft.

Calipari said he wants the NCAA to get rid of the early-entry deadline of a week after the NCAA Tournament ends since the only binding one is the official NBA deadline at the end of April. Players are no longer allowed to return to school if they officially declare for the draft and send in paperwork to the NBA, according to a new NCAA rule.

Also, Calipari would not confirm the hiring of University of Pittsburgh assistant coach Barry Rohrssen to replace Orlando Antigua, who left for the head coaching job South Florida. However, a decision could be made this week.

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