Kentucky Wildcats freshman forward Chris Livingston has announced that he has declared for the 2023 NBA Draft. He is expected to forgo the remaining three years of college eligibility that he has and turn pro. Livingston’s stock has fallen over the course of the 2022-23 college basketball season, but despite that, he will still be another “one and done” prospect that has played for Head Coach John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats. While he is not expected to be a first-round pick, it is always hard to completely rule out a Kentucky prospect going in the first round.
Kentucky freshman Chris Livingston declares for the NBA Draft. Not clearly communicated here, but I’m told he’s maintaining his eligibility. So a return to UK is still on the table. pic.twitter.com/xw1uhQZiv2
— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) April 12, 2023
This past season as a freshman for the Kentucky Wildcats, Chris Livingston averaged 6.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 0.7 assists per game. He paired those numbers with a field goal percentage of 42.9 percent and a three-point percentage of 30.5 percent. While he did not quite have the season he was hoping for, he did show off flashes of the player he can become. It seems for now, he is keeping his options open and could return to the Wildcats next season. He will weigh his options and speak to NBA teams to see how they evaluate him as a prospect this year. If he waits then his attention will shift to the 2024 NBA Draft.