Friday, March 23, 2001
Will Satterfield go pro?
Decision will come later, UC sophomore says
By Michael Perry
The Cincinnati Enquirer
ANAHEIM, Calif. UC sophomore Kenny Satterfield says he does not know yet whether he will leave UC this spring for the National Basketball Association.
Kenny Satterfield watches the final seconds tick away.
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The 6-foot-2 guard from the Bronx declared himself eligible for the NBA draft last year, then changed his mind.
I don't know what I'm going to do, Satterfield said after Stanford's 78-65 victory over the Bearcats late Thursday night. Right now I'm just upset that we lost our game. I'm not thinking about anything else right now.
Satterfield and coach Bob Huggins say they have not discussed it, but they will in the next couple months. As he has done for players in the past, Huggins said he will make phone calls to NBA officials and help Satterfield evaluate whether he should turn pro this year. That means waiting until teams have a better sense of who they want to draft, then figuring out where Satterfield fits in.
I haven't looked at it, Huggins said. I haven't talked to anybody. I haven't any idea. It's going to take a while. What he can't do is let those people who are looking to make some money from him tell him stuff that isn't true. That's what he can't do. It happened to Dontonio (Wingfield).
Satterfield shoots over Julius Barnes.
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We've had guys go who should've went, and we've had guys go that shouldn't have went. I love the kid. I don't want him to make a bad decision either way.
Satterfield was UC's No. 2 scorer (14.4 ppg) this season and a third-team all-Conference USA pick.
Satterfield's decision affects Huggins' spring recruiting. If he is staying, there is no need to sign a guard. If he is leaving, there would be.
But it comes down to we have to do what's best for him, Huggins said. Not what's best for the program, but what's best for Satt. We've always done that. We did that with Danny (Fortson). We did that with DJ (DerMarr Johnson).
Satterfield did everything in his power to help the Bearcats beat the Cardinal. He scored 24 points on 7-of-16 shooting. He had seven rebounds, six assists and three steals in 38 minutes. He was also 9-of-10 from the foul line.
It just hurts when you're four games away from being national champs and one game away from being in the Elite Eight. Not even -- 20 minutes away, Satterfield said.
It felt good at halftime but it didn't feel good at the end of the game. I thought we could've beaten them if we had just made some plays in the beginning of the second half. They came out more aggressive than we did.
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