ESPN released an update to its Top 100 rankings for this year’s NBA Draft on Sunday, and UK frontcourt players Nick Richards and EJ Montgomery are still absent from that list.
The ESPN Draft Express team covered both players in its accompanying rundown of stay-or-go decisions that have not yet been made ahead of Wednesday night’s draft withdrawal deadline. The analysts concluded that both UK players would be better off with another year in Lexington.
On Montgomery: “The former top-10 recruit hasn’t gained much traction in the pre-draft process, not being invited to either combine in Chicago, and it would likely be helpful to return to Kentucky for his sophomore season and possibly beyond.”
On Richards: “Like Montgomery, Richards did not receive an invite to either Chicago combine and likely will need to return to Kentucky to try to resurrect his stock enough to hear his name called in the draft next year or in 2021.”
Three UK players who have already decided to stay in the draft are in the top 20 of ESPN’s latest rankings: PJ Washington (No. 16), Tyler Herro (No. 19) and Keldon Johnson (No. 20).