Feb 252015
 
Karl-Anthony Towns

Karl-Anthony Towns

ESPN analyst Chad Ford had some good news for UK freshman Karl-Anthony Towns and some not-so-good news for UK sophomores Aaron and Andrew Harrison in his latest NBA Draft online chat Wednesday.

Ford noted that Duke freshman Jahlil Okafor is still the No. 1 player on ESPN’s “Big Board” for this year’s draft, but the gap between him a few other players has “narrowed considerably” in recent weeks. He mentioned Towns, D’Angelo Russell and Emmanuel Mudiay as three players that could challenge Okafor for the No. 1 spot.

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Feb 182015
 
Devin Booker

Devin Booker

Originally projected to be a multi-year player at Kentucky, freshman guard Devin Booker looks more and more likely to be selected in the first round of this year’s NBA Draft, should he decide to go pro after this season.

In his latest ESPN.com chat with readers Wednesday, draft analyst Chad Ford was asked if Booker would be a good fit for the Utah Jazz, who are expected to have a top-10 pick this year.

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Feb 182015
 
Thon Maker

Thon Maker

DraftExpress.com updated its mock NBA Draft for 2016 on Wednesday, following the announcement that UK recruiting target Thon Maker plans to join the class of 2015.

Maker is now projected as the No. 10 overall pick in the 2016 draft, according to DraftExpress.com. The 7-footer is considering UK, Kansas and Indiana, among others, as possible college destinations. There is also a chance he plays professionally outside of the United States next season, then declares for the 2016 draft.

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Feb 172015
 
Karl-Anthony Towns

Karl-Anthony Towns

UK freshman Karl-Anthony Towns is listed as the No. 2 overall pick in ESPN’s latest mock NBA draft, which was released Tuesday morning.

Towns comes in behind Duke freshman Jahlil Okafor and would land with the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to the mock draft order.

Four other Wildcats are considered first-round picks in the updated mock draft.

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Feb 112015
 
Trey Lyles

Trey Lyles | Herald-Leader photo

ESPN analyst Chad Ford has three Kentucky basketball players going in the lottery — and another slated later in the first round — in his latest update to the 2015 NBA Draft Big Board, which was posted Wednesday.

Freshman Karl-Anthony Towns is the top Cat at No. 4 overall, positioned behind Jahlil Okafor, Emmanuel Mudiay and Louisville native D’Angelo Russell. In an ESPN online chat with readers that accompanied Wednesday’s update, Ford said Towns “might be atop the board” if he were getting the same amount of playing time and offensive opportunities as Duke’s Okafor.

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Feb 062015
 
Devin Booker

Devin Booker

Seven Kentucky players are included in Friday’s update to the DraftExpress.com NBA mock draft for 2015.

The new mock draft includes Karl-Anthony Towns (No. 4), Willie Cauley-Stein (No. 8), Devin Booker (No. 14) and Trey Lyles (No. 24) in the first round. Dakari Johnson (No. 31), Andrew Harrison (No. 49) and Aaron Harrison (No. 55) are considered second-round picks.

The current order would send Cauley-Stein to team up with former UK star DeMarcus Cousins in Sacramento, though the website notes that “team needs” have not yet been taken into account to set these draft selections.

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Feb 052015
 
Karl-Anthony Towns

Karl-Anthony Towns

ESPN analyst Chad Ford had another NBA Draft chat with readers Thursday, and it closed with a question asking which UK players are likely to head to the NBA after this season.

Ford’s response:

“I think Towns and Cauley-Stein will likely turn pro. Towns is in the 2 to 5 range. Cauley-Stein in the 6 to 10 range. Booker and Lyles are maybes. Both in the late lottery to mid-first round. After that, it’s tough to say.

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Jan 242015
 
Devin Booker

Devin Booker

Seven UK basketball players are now projected to be selected in this year’s NBA Draft, according to the latest update from DraftExpress.com posted Saturday.

Freshman guard Devin Booker moved up six spots from the previous update to No. 14 overall, which would make him the final pick in the lottery. Booker had a game-high 18 points in Saturday’s victory over South Carolina, and he’s been the subject of increased NBA Draft chatter in recent weeks.

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Jan 142015
 
Karl Towns

Karl Towns

DraftExpress.com updated its Top 100 rankings and 2015 mock draft Wednesday, and several UK players were mentioned.

The website is projecting that six Wildcats will leave after this season, with four predicted as first-round picks. Freshman Karl-Anthony Towns leads the way as the No. 3 pick, followed by Willie Cauley-Stein (No. 5), Devin Booker (No. 20) and Dakari Johnson (No. 27). Andrew Harrison (No. 46) and Aaron Harrison (No. 50) are considered second-round picks.

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Jan 072015
 
Photo: Associated Press

Photo: Associated Press

ESPN analyst Chad Ford was back in the chat room Wednesday, and Aaron and Andrew Harrison were once again a topic of conversation when it was time to talk about the NBA Draft.

“Mike from Baltimore” asked Ford if there is “any chance” either of the Harrisons can move back up into the first round of this year’s draft.

“I don’t see either player as a first round prospect,” Ford responded. “Aaron, especially, had a good shooting night against Mississippi last night. But he’s been much too streaky to be drafted as a lights out shooter. Andrew has some strengths — particularly his size and defensive abilities for his position. But teams get turned off by his attitude and how he runs the team when he’s on the floor.

“Look, it only takes one GM to take a guy and I suspect there are a few scouts who have him ranked higher. But the consensus among scouts and GMs I’m speaking to is that they are second rounders to undrafted right now. That can change. They are both sophomores and we are only half way into the season. But that’s what I’m hearing right now.”

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