ESPN draft insider Jonathan Givony has a new NBA mock draft up for 2018, and four Kentucky Wildcats are projected as selections.
Freshman forward Kevin Knox is the top Cat listed — going No. 10 overall to the Los Angeles Clippers. He’s followed by fellow freshmen Hamidou Diallo (No. 20), Nick Richards (No. 26) and PJ Washington (No. 37). There are 30 picks in the first round of the NBA Draft.
In that scenario, UK would return seven scholarship players next season: juniors Wenyen Gabriel, Sacha Killeya-Jones and Tai Wynyard, and sophomores Jemarl Baker, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Quade Green and Jarred Vanderbilt. Baker and Vanderbilt have yet to play this season due to injuries.
UK also has signed a trio of backcourt players — Tyler Herro, Keldon Johnson and Immanuel Quickley — for next season. Five-star forward Zion Williamson is the only other 2018 recruit with a UK scholarship offer at this time.