Undecided UK players not in new NBA mock draft

 Posted by at 11:12 AM on May 14, 2018  Comments Off on Undecided UK players not in new NBA mock draft
May 142018
 

Washington

None of the three Kentucky basketball players who are still on the fence about this year’s NBA Draft were included in the latest, 60-pick mock draft released by ESPN on Monday morning.

PJ Washington, Jarred Vanderbilt and Wenyen Gabriel all have until May 30 — 10 days after the NBA Combine — to decide whether or not to keep their names in this year’s draft. The new ESPN mock draft “attempts to project which players will end up declaring and keeping their names in the draft.” Several other players who have not yet fully declared for the draft are included in the new mock draft.

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UK’s NBA Draft question marks not high on new list

 Posted by at 11:13 AM on April 26, 2018  Comments Off on UK’s NBA Draft question marks not high on new list
Apr 262018
 

Washington

The three Kentucky Wildcats who have entered their names in this year’s NBA Draft but have not yet hired agents — Wenyen Gabriel, Jarred Vanderbilt and PJ Washington — still have a lot of work to do to raise their draft stock, apparently.

None of those three is listed close to first-round range in ESPN’s most recent rundown of the Top 100 prospects for this year’s draft, which was released Thursday morning. Only Washington — at No. 51 overall — is even in draft range.

Vanderbilt, who’s season was limited by two injuries, is listed at No. 65 overall, and Gabriel is not among the 100 draft-eligible prospects on ESPN’s list. There are a total of 60 picks in the NBA Draft.

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UK players fall in latest NBA Draft rankings for 2018

 Posted by at 10:21 AM on March 5, 2018  Comments Off on UK players fall in latest NBA Draft rankings for 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.

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Hamidou Diallo no longer projected as first round pick

 Posted by at 10:42 AM on February 20, 2018  Comments Off on Hamidou Diallo no longer projected as first round pick
Feb 202018
 

Diallo

ESPN’s latest mock NBA Draft for 2018 — posted Tuesday morning — no longer includes struggling UK freshman Hamidou Diallo as a first-round selection.

Diallo, who had been slotted as the No. 28 overall pick to the Brooklyn Nets in past mock drafts, including one less than two weeks ago, has not played more than 20 minutes in any of Kentucky’s last four games. He’s scored in double figures in just two of the Cats’ last 10 games.

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NBA mock draft includes no UK players in first round

 Posted by at 9:57 AM on February 12, 2018  Comments Off on NBA mock draft includes no UK players in first round
Feb 122018
 

Vanderbilt

The new ESPN NBA mock draft for 2019 includes zero UK players in the first round. That would be a first for the Wildcats under Coach John Calipari.

ESPN’s updated 2019 draft has three Duke commitments at the very top — R.J. Barrett, Cameron Reddish and Zion Williamson, in that order — only eight one-and-done players total and zero Wildcats in the first round. Jarred Vanderbilt, who would be a sophomore next season, is the top UK player at No. 31 overall, and Nick Richards, who would also be a sophomore next season, is the only other Wildcat on the list at No. 50 overall.

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Gilgeous-Alexander moves up in new draft rankings

 Posted by at 9:40 AM on January 18, 2018  Comments Off on Gilgeous-Alexander moves up in new draft rankings
Jan 182018
 

Gilgeous-Alexander

UK freshman Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has been the Wildcats’ best player over the past few weeks, and it’s looking like that could lead to him playing only one season in a Kentucky uniform.

ESPN’s latest Top 100 rankings for the 2018 NBA Draft were posted Thursday morning, and Gilgeous-Alexander has moved up to the No. 18 overall position — just four spots out of the lottery range. In a separate post Thursday, analysts from ESPN noted that Gilgeous-Alexander is making a strong case to be the third-best guard in this draft class — behind Trae Young and Collin Sexton.

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ESPN has three UK players in NBA first-round territory

 Posted by at 10:53 AM on January 8, 2018  Comments Off on ESPN has three UK players in NBA first-round territory
Jan 082018
 

Gilgeous-Alexander

ESPN’s latest update to its Top 100 prospects for this year’s NBA Draft includes a new Kentucky Wildcat in first-round range, giving UK three players in the top 30.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who has had an impressive last couple of weeks on the court, is now the No. 26 overall prospect on ESPN’s list for the 2018 NBA Draft. He was ranked No. 47 overall in the previous update last month.

UK freshman Kevin Knox is still No. 10 overall, followed by Hamidou Diallo, who moves up a spot from the previous update and is now ranked No. 20. Nick Richards, who was previously No. 28, has fallen to No. 44 overall.

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Seven UK players on Top 100 list for NBA Draft

 Posted by at 8:52 AM on December 12, 2017  Comments Off on Seven UK players on Top 100 list for NBA Draft
Dec 122017
 

Kevin Knox

Seven Kentucky basketball players are listed among the top 100 prospects for next year’s NBA Draft in the latest update from ESPN released Tuesday morning.

Freshman Kevin Knox is the top Wildcat on the list at No. 10 overall, and Hamidou Diallo (No. 21) and Nick Richards (No. 28) are also ranked in first-round territory. Fellow freshmen PJ Washington (No. 40 overall), Jarred Vanderbilt (No. 41) and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (No. 47) are in the mid-second round range.

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Four Kentucky players in new NBA mock draft

 Posted by at 11:01 AM on December 5, 2017  Comments Off on Four Kentucky players in new NBA mock draft
Dec 052017
 

Kevin Knox

ESPN draft insider Jonathan Givony has a new NBA mock draft up for 2018, and four Kentucky Wildcats are projected as selections.

Freshman forward Kevin Knox is the top Cat listed — going No. 10 overall to the Los Angeles Clippers. He’s followed by fellow freshmen Hamidou Diallo (No. 20), Nick Richards (No. 26) and PJ Washington (No. 37). There are 30 picks in the first round of the NBA Draft.

In that scenario, UK would return seven scholarship players next season: juniors Wenyen Gabriel, Sacha Killeya-Jones and Tai Wynyard, and sophomores Jemarl Baker, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Quade Green and Jarred Vanderbilt. Baker and Vanderbilt have yet to play this season due to injuries.

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Six Kentucky players among Top 100 draft prospects

 Posted by at 10:33 AM on November 6, 2017  Comments Off on Six Kentucky players among Top 100 draft prospects
Nov 062017
 

Diallo

Five UK freshmen and one sophomore were included Monday on ESPN’s new list of the Top 100 prospects for next year’s NBA Draft.

Kevin Knox is the top Cat at No. 14 on the list, and the 6-9 small forward is the No. 10-ranked freshman eligible for next year’s draft, according to ESPN. He was followed by fellow freshmen Hamidou Diallo (No. 18), Nick Richards (No. 22), PJ Washington (No. 32) and the injured Jarred Vanderbilt (No. 35).

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