UK players fall in latest NBA Draft rankings for 2018

 Posted by at 10:21 AM on March 5, 2018
Mar 052018

Kevin Knox

The last few weeks have not been kind to the NBA Draft prospects of this young Kentucky basketball team.

ESPN released its latest Top 100 rankings for the 2018 draft Monday morning, and several Wildcats dropped on the list.

Kevin Knox (No. 10) and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (No. 19) are in roughly the same spots they were for the ESPN update in mid-January, but they’re now the only two UK players in first-round territory.

Hamidou Diallo is now at No. 44 overall — a drop of 20 spots from a few weeks ago — and in mid-second-round territory. Jarred Vanderbilt has fallen seven spots to No. 57 overall over the past few weeks. That would put him among the last picks in the draft.

Nick Richards and PJ Washington were listed at No. 51 and No. 52, respectively, in mid-January, but neither of those players is included on ESPN’s new Top 100 list. Quade Green, Wenyen Gabriel and Sacha Killeya-Jones are also not in the top 100.

That could mean several returning players for the Wildcats next season. UK will also have five-star prospects Immanuel Quickley, Keldon Johnson and Tyler Herro coming in.


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