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Kentucky guard Lamb returning

April 20, 2011

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— Kentucky freshman Doron Lamb is not “one-and-done.”

The 6-foot-4 guard announced Tuesday he will return for his sophomore season. Lamb averaged 12.3 points and shot 48 percent from three-point range for the Wildcats while helping them to their first Final Four appearance in 13 years. He scored a then-school-freshman-record 32 points in a victory over Winthrop in December, a mark later broken by teammate Terrence Jones.

Lamb said the tough loss to Connecticut in the national semifinals and the addition of another top recruiting class next fall are the main reasons he decided to not enter the NBA Draft.

“Losing the last game against UConn was tough, and I don’t want to end my college career with that feeling,” Lamb said. “With the guys we have coming in next year, I know we have the talent to make another run at a national title. I want to help bring a national championship back to the Big Blue Nation because I know they’ve been waiting too long.”

Kentucky coach John Calipari said Lamb would benefit from another year in school.

It’s still unclear whether Jones, freshman guard Brandon Knight and junior swingman DeAndre Liggins will return next fall.

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