ESPN’s list of the top NBA Draft prospects for 2019 was updated Thursday morning, and it now includes four Kentucky Wildcats among the top 50 players.
UK freshman Keldon Johnson remains the top Cat on the board at No. 10 overall, and he’s followed by sophomore forward PJ Washington at No. 20, well within first-round territory.
Further down the list are UK freshmen guards Tyler Herro (No. 40 overall) and Ashton Hagans (No. 43), both in positions that would put them in the middle of the second round of this year’s draft. No other UK players made the list, including post players EJ Montgomery and Nick Richards, two Wildcats who could be very important to the team’s 2019-20 roster if they decide to stick around for another season.
UK currently has commitments from three players — one point guard and two wings — but the Cats don’t appear to be leaders for any true post players in the 2019 class, and the program will lose graduate transfer Reid Travis after this season, along with the likely departure of Washington.
The top five players in the new ESPN draft rankings are Duke’s Zion Williamson, Duke’s RJ Barrett, Murray State’s Ja Morant, Duke’s Cameron Reddish and Indiana’s Romeo Langford.