Jul 152015
 
Harry Giles

Harry Giles

It’s apparently never too early to look ahead, and NBADraft.net is taking a long glance into its crystal ball with a new NBA mock draft for 2017.

That’ll be the first year that rising high school seniors will be eligible for the NBA Draft, and there are plenty of them at the top of the new mock draft. In fact, the first 12 players listed are either class of 2016 recruits or international prospects.

Incoming Duke point guard Derryck Thornton is the only player projected in the 2017 lottery who will actually play college basketball this season.

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Jul 142015
 
John Calipari

John Calipari

The Lexington Center Corp., announced Tuesday that the New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings will play an exhibition game in Rupp Arena on Oct. 17.

That just happens to be the night after Big Blue Madness, and the many high-profile recruits who will surely visit for that event will almost certainly still be in town to see the NBA game.

Madness is typically the biggest recruiting weekend of the year for UK, which uses the sold-out showcase as a selling point to recruits.

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Jul 032015
 
Isaiah Briscoe

Isaiah Briscoe

The updated DraftExpress.com NBA mock draft for 2016 now includes five players who will be Kentucky Wildcats next season.

Incoming freshman Skal Labissiere remains the No. 1 overall pick in the DraftExpress mock draft, which was updated Thursday. Newest commitment Jamal Murray moved up five spots to No. 16 overall, just a couple of places outside of the lottery.

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Jun 262015
 
Skal Labissiere

Skal Labissiere

Six former Kentucky Wildcats were selected in Thursday night’s NBA Draft, and six players who will be on next season’s team are listed among the Top 100 prospects for the 2016 draft by ESPN analyst Chad Ford.

Incoming freshman Skal Labissiere is the No. 2 overall prospect behind Louisiana State signee Ben Simmons for next year’s draft, according to Ford. Labissiere — a 7-footer from Haiti — is listed as the No. 1 pick in the latest 2016 mock draft from DraftExpress.com.

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Jun 252015
 

Karl-Anthony Towns, Devin Booker and Trey Lyles became the 14th, 15th and 16th one-and-done players at Kentucky since John Calipari became head coach six years ago. All 16 players were selected in the first round, and 11 of them have been chosen in the lottery. Towns joins John Wall and Anthony Davis as UK’s third No. 1 overall pick in the past six years.

One-and-done players at Kentucky
Player Drafted Year Notes
John Wall 1st 2010 Averaged 16.4 points and 8.3 assists as a rookie
DeMarcus Cousins 5th 2010 Averaged 14.1 points and 8.6 rebounds as a rookie
Eric Bledsoe 18th 2010 Averaged 6.7 points and 3.6 assists as a rookie
Daniel Orton 29th 2010 Did not play during the 2010-11 season
Enes Kanter 3rd 2011 Averaged 4.6 points and 4.2 rebounds as a rookie
Brandon Knight 8th 2011 Averaged 12.8 points and 3.8 assists as a rookie
Anthony Davis 1st 2012 Averaged 13.5 points and 8.2 rebounds as a rookie
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 2nd 2012 Averaged 9.0 points and 5.8 rebounds as a rookie
Marquis Teague 29th 2012 Averaged 2.1 points and 1.3 assists as a rookie
Nerlens Noel 6th 2013 DNP – Injury
Archie Goodwin 29th 2013 Averaged 3.7 points and 1.7 rebounds as a rookie
Julius Randle 7th 2014 Suffered season-ending injury in first NBA game
James Young 17th 2014 Averaged 3.4 points and 1.4 rebounds as a rookie
Karl-Anthony Towns 1st 2015
Trey Lyles 12th 2015
Devin Booker 13th 2015
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Jun 252015
 
Karl-Anthony Towns

Karl-Anthony Towns

NBA Draft Day is finally here (coverage starts at 7 p.m. on ESPN), and there are seven Kentucky players that could hear their names called Thursday night.

Karl-Anthony Towns is widely expected to go No. 1 to the Minnesota Timberwolves — which would make him John Calipari’s third No. 1 pick at Kentucky — but there’s not nearly as much agreement on where the other Wildcats will end up.

Here’s a look at the latest NBA mock drafts (as of Thursday at 3 p.m.):

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Jun 222015
 
Karl-Anthony Towns

Karl-Anthony Towns

There are four former University of Kentucky players listed as lottery picks in the latest NBA mock draft from DraftExpress.com.

Karl-Anthony Towns remains the No. 1 overall pick to the Minnesota Timberwolves in the new mock draft, which was released Monday morning.

DraftExpress.com’s Jonathan Givony wrote: “The gap between Towns and Jahlil Okafor has widened significantly in recent months, to the point that it feels like a foregone conclusion that Towns will be going #1.”

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Jun 172015
 
Willie Cauley-Stein

Willie Cauley-Stein

Karl-Anthony Towns remained the No. 1 pick in ESPN’s newly expanded NBA mock draft, which was released Wednesday morning and now includes six of UK’s seven draft-eligible players.

ESPN analyst Chad Ford writes that Towns is “not a done deal” to the Minnesota Timberwolves with the No. 1 pick, but that’s the most likely scenario with eight days remaining until the draft.

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Skal Labissiere still No. 1 in NBA mock draft for 2016

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Jun 102015
 
Labissiere

Labissiere

University of Kentucky basketball signee Skal Labissiere remains the projected No. 1 overall pick in next year’s NBA Draft, according to DraftExpress.com.

The website updated its 2016 mock draft Wednesday, and the 7-footer came in ahead of California signee Jaylen Brown for the top spot. Labissiere will be a freshman at Kentucky next season.

Louisiana State signee Ben Simmons, Duke signee Brandon Ingram and international prospect Dragan Bender followed Labissiere and Brown to round out the top five.

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