Where is Kilpatrick?

Where is Kilpatrick?

Sean Kilpatrick is simply one of the best University Of Cincinnati basketball players of all time. Last year Kilpatrick was named a first team All American, and he also became the second all-time leading in scoring for the University of Cincinnati men’s basketball program behind Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson. Kilpatrick also played for the United States summer team in 2013.

Over the summer the NBA held their draft as usual and if you looked at stats of Kilpatrick you would honestly think he would easily be a first round pick. Kilpatrick was undrafted this year and decided to play for the Philadelphia 76ers summer league team. Kilpatrick averaged 11.5 points per game also with 2.3 boards per game for the Sixers.

In August of this year Kilpatrick underwent knee surgery to repair his meniscus, and had to be out two-four weeks. The tear was actually discovered shortly after the end of Cincinnati’s 2013-14 season, but the decision was made to rehab the knee rather than have surgery. Kilpatrick’s father said he didn’t even look 70 percent playing in the summer league and still ended up averaging 11.5 points per game. He also mentioned that he didn’t think Sean was healthy all last year. When all this was happening with Sean’s knee his father said that five NBA teams were still interested in Sean. One team that he mentioned was the Los Angeles Lakers.

In late September training camp rosters were released and Kilpatrick was not on any of them. If you are like me you are wondering how it is even possible for Kilpatrick not to even really get a chance to prove how great he could be. One of the big problems weighing on Kilpatrick is his age. He is 25. Teams tend to want to go for players around 18 or 19 years old. Kilpatrick still has hope and says he just needs to stay prepared and put the rest in God’s hands.

There is still a chance that Kilpatrick could be picked up as a free agent. And there is always the alternative to playing pro ball in the states. Kilpatrick could end up joining a team overseas like fellow Bearcats Justin Jackson (Greece) and Titus Rubles (Iceland) recently did. Kilpatrick is going to leave all that in his agent’s hands.

As a huge Kilpatrick fan and UC fan for that matter to enrages me that Kilpatrick was not drafted or given a chance to be on a team for training camp with the level of talent he has. I decided to ask some huge Kilpatrick fans, Dominic Lynd and Chris Fox what they thought about Kilpatrick not getting drafted or being added to any NBA team. Dominic told me that he thinks that he is somewhat underrated. In college he wasn’t necessarily the best player in the country, but he was valued that way because he was a winner, and I feel scouts should look at him that way. Fox told me, “He got the shaft…had some of the best numbers of any rookie and got cut because he is 25.”

I wish Kilpatrick the best of luck and I hope to see him have a fantastic professional career in basketball in some way. From what I’ve seen and heard Kilpatrick is an all-around hard worker. Kilpatrick deserves to be in the NBA, there is no doubt in my mind, I hope to see that happen some day and I’m sure whatever team decides to take a chance on this fantastic player they will not regret it.