Another inconsistent night from UK’s young lineup Tuesday at Alabama led to more questions about those players’ draft stock after this season.
The consensus among the latest mock drafts is that Nerlens Noel, Archie Goodwin, Alex Poythress and possibly Willie Cauley-Stein will leave Kentucky after one season.
In an online chat Wednesday, ESPN analyst Chad Ford said nothing has changed with those projections.
Question: Any chance that Kentucky’s supposed awesome group of Freshmen stay in Lexington one more year?
Chad Ford: Nerlens Noel has played well enough to move on. I don’t think there’s any way he’s not a Top 5 pick. Poythress and Goodwin are struggling. Cauley-Stein is a talent, but he’s even further away. If this was a strong draft (and if Kentucky didn’t have a historic recruiting class coming) I think there would be a strong case for Poythress, Goodwin and Cauley-Stein to stay in school. But given the weakness of this draft, all three still have a good shot at the lottery and most players bolt if that’s their draft range.
You can click here to read Ford’s entire chat, which includes several questions about this year’s NBA Draft.
Ford currently has all four freshmen as first-round caliber picks: 1. Nerlens Noel, 10. Alex Poythress, 11. Archie Goodwin, 24. Willie Cauley-Stein. He ranks Ryan Harrow at No. 80 in his Top 100.