Chat wrap: Chad Ford talks UK and the NBA Draft

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Oct 292014
 
Karl-Anthony Towns

Karl-Anthony Towns

ESPN.com analyst Chad Ford was back in the chat room Wednesday to discuss next year’s NBA Draft. Naturally, several current Kentucky players were mentioned.

One question got straight to the point: How many UK players get drafted this year and how far will Trey Lyles climb up the draft board?

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Oct 282014
 

This week’s nationally televised NBA games featuring former Kentucky players:

Tuesday: Houston at L.A. Lakers — 10:30 p.m. on TNT
(HOU-Terrence Jones; LAL-Julius Randle)

Wednesday: Chicago at New York — 8 p.m. on ESPN
(CHI-Nazr Mohammed)

Friday: Cleveland at Chicago — 8 p.m. on ESPN
(CHI-Nazr Mohammed)
Friday: L.A. Clippers at L.A. Lakers — 10:30 p.m. on ESPN
(LAL-Julius Randle)

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Sep 092014
 
Karl-Anthony Towns

Karl-Anthony Towns

UK fans expecting a mass exodus of Wildcats following the 2014-15 season might find a little solace in the latest NBA Draft board from ESPN basketball insider Chad Ford.

Ford has just three UK players listed among his top 30 prospects for next year’s draft.

Freshman Karl-Anthony Towns is the top Wildcat on the board at No. 3, behind Duke freshman Jahlil Okafor and international point guard Emmanuel Mudiay.

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John Lucas expecting lots of Wildcats in 2015 draft

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Jun 262014
 

John Lucas — the former No. 1 overall draft pick, NBA head coach and current mentor/counselor to basketball players of all ages — had several UK-related tweets during Thursday night’s NBA Draft.

Here’s a sample:

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Jun 262014
 

Julius Randle and James Young became the 12th and 13th one-and-done players at Kentucky since John Calipari became head coach five years ago. All 13 players were selected in the first round, and Randle became the eighth to be chosen in the lottery.

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
James Young 17th 2014
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Jun 262014
 

Tonight’s the night. Most of the NBA world is still hung up on the “Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker?” debate, but most UK fans are more concerned with where former Wildcats Julius Randle and James Young will start their pro careers.

Here’s where several national outlets have Randle and Young going in their latest NBA mock drafts (Coverage begins at 7 p.m. on ESPN):

Randle and Young in mock drafts
Outlet Julius Randle James Young Last updated
DraftExpress.com No. 7 to Lakers No. 24 to Hornets June 26
ESPN’s Chad Ford No. 7 to Lakers No. 23 to Jazz June 26
ESPN’s Jeff Goodman No. 3 to 76ers No. 26 to Heat June 26
Sports Illustrated No. 8 to Kings No. 15 to Hawks June 24
NBADraft.net No. 7 to Lakers No. 22 to Grizzlies June 25
USA Today No. 6 to Celtics No. 20 to Raptors June 23
Yahoo Sports No. 7 to Lakers No. 24 to Hornets June 26
Sporting News No. 7 to Lakers No. 17 to Celtics June 24
NBA.com consensus No. 7 to Lakers No. 14 to Suns June 25
NBA.com No. 6 to Celtics No. 16 to Bulls June 23
CBS’ Gary Parrish No. 6 to Celtics No. 15 to Hawks June 23
CBS’ Matt Moore No. 4 to Magic No. 14 to Suns June 25
CBS’ Zach Harper No. 5 to Jazz No. 10 to 76ers June 25
Sheridan Hoops No. 7 to Lakers No. 14 to Suns June 25
Hoops Hype No. 7 to Lakers No. 22 to Grizzlies June 25

 

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Jun 242014
 

We’re two days away from finding out where former UK stars Julius Randle and James Young will play in the pros.

Here’s where several national outlets have Randle and Young going in their latest NBA mock drafts (actual draft is Thursday night on ESPN):

Randle and Young in mock drafts
Outlet Julius Randle James Young Last updated
DraftExpress.com No. 7 to Lakers No. 18 to Suns June 23
ESPN’s Chad Ford No. 7 to Lakers No. 14 to Suns June 23
NBADraft.net No. 7 to Lakers No. 24 to Hornets June 20
USA Today No. 6 to Celtics No. 20 to Raptors June 23
Yahoo Sports No. 7 to Lakers No. 12 to Magic June 23
Sporting News No. 5 to Jazz No. 16 to Bulls June 21
NBA.com No. 6 to Celtics No. 16 to Bulls June 23
CBS’ Gary Parrish No. 6 to Celtics No. 15 to Hawks June 23
CBS’ Matt Moore No. 7 to Lakers No. 14 to Suns June 19
CBS’ Zach Harper No. 7 to Lakers No. 12 to Magic June 19
Sheridan Hoops No. 7 to Lakers No. 21 to Thunder June 23
Hoops Hype No. 7 to Lakers No. 24 to Hornets June 20

 

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Jun 162014
 

The NBA Draft is 10 days away, and two Kentucky Wildcats will find out where they’ll start their professional careers.

Here’s where several national outlets have Julius Randle and James Young going in their latest mock drafts:

Randle and Young in mock drafts
Outlet Julius Randle James Young Last updated
DraftExpress.com No. 7 to Lakers No. 19 to Bulls June 16
ESPN’s Chad Ford No. 7 to Lakers No. 14 to Suns June 10
NBADraft.net No. 5 to Jazz No. 23 to Jazz June 10
USA Today No. 5 to Jazz No. 23 to Jazz June 14
Yahoo Sports No. 8 to Kings No. 12 to Magic June 9
Sporting News No. 8 to Kings No. 16 to Bulls June 13
NBA.com No. 5 to Jazz No. 22 to Grizzlies June 13
CBS’ Gary Parrish No. 6 to Celtics No. 15 to Hawks June 12
CBS’ Matt Moore No. 4 to Magic No. 14 to Suns June 13
CBS’ Zach Harper No. 5 to Jazz No. 10 to 76ers June 12
Sports Illustrated No. 7 to Lakers No. 18 to Suns June 4
Sheridan Hoops No. 8 to Kings No. 19 to Bulls June 13
Hoops Hype No. 6 to Celtics No. 14 to Suns June 7

 

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Apr 232014
 
Photo: Associated Press

Photo: Associated Press

Julius Randle is leaving, and Alex Poythress and Dakari Johnson are staying.

That leaves the Harrison twins as the only Wildcats who had not yet announced their NBA decisions as of Wednesday afternoon.

ESPN analyst Chad Ford said during his weekly chat Wednesday that both players would be “borderline” first-round picks if they entered this year’s draft, but he didn’t paint a very rosy picture of Andrew and Aaron Harrisons’ immediate futures if they leave UK right now.

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Apr 222014
 
Julius Randle

Julius Randle

UK freshman Julius Randle announced Tuesday that he will enter the NBA Draft after one season in Lexington.

The news was expected, and Randle joined fellow freshman James Young as the only two UK underclassmen who have declared for the draft. They’re also the only two UK players who were included in Chad Ford’s latest mock draft, which was released on ESPN.com Tuesday morning.

Ford projects that Randle will go with the No. 6 overall pick to the Los Angeles Lakers and Young will head to the Atlanta Hawks at No. 15 overall.

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