Former Cincinnati Bearcats standout Sean Kilpatrick is headed to Greece to play for Panathinkaikos, the EuroLeague team for which former University of Louisville and University of Kentucky head coach Rick Pitino recently was named head coach.
Kilpatrick was among free agents reportedly working out last month for the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers.
The Chicago Bulls announced in July that they waived Kilpatrick, who averaged 15.4 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists in nine games with the Bulls last season.
Before the most recent NBA Draft got under way, Kilpatrick shared a message of hope and inspiration with players whose names wouldn’t be called: “Reach out to me and we can start working … and form a chip as big as Mount Rushmore on your shoulder.”
The 28-year-old Kilpatrick has played for six NBA teams since 2015 despite going undrafted in 2014. He finished the 2017-18 season with the Bulls.
The Bulls announced in April that they signed Kilpatrick. It reportedly was a three-year, $6.2 million deal – with team options for the next two seasons – as part of their mid-level exception, including a guaranteed $2.1 million for the rest of the season.
Kilpatrick completed two 10-day contracts with the Los Angeles Clippers, averaging 4.8 points per game over four games.
Kilpatrick also appeared in 23 games for the Milwaukee Bucks, averaging 4 points in 8.9 minutes per game.
He averaged 13.8 points per game for the Nets in 2015-16, and 13.1 points per game in 70 games – including 24 starts – during the 2016-17 season for Brooklyn.
Kilpatrick is second only to Oscar Robertson on UC’s all-time scoring list, and it’s likely a matter of time before the school retires his No. 23.
Kilpatrick had his White Plains High School No. 23 jersey retired last January.
Kilpatrick Tweeted last year – then deleted it – that he wanted his UC jersey retired.
Rick Pitino reportedly set to become the head coach of EuroLeague’s Panathinaikos in Greece
Dominique Yates, Louisville Courier Journal