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.

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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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Apr 162014
 
Photo: Associated Press

Photo: Associated Press

ESPN analyst Chad Ford was chatting about the upcoming NBA Draft again Wednesday. Like always, questions about Kentucky’s underclassmen came up.

Of UK’s seven most likely draft picks, only the returning Willie Cauley-Stein has publicly announced his plans. Everyone expects Julius Randle to move on to the NBA this year — though he hasn’t declared for the draft yet.

Ford broke down the other five during Wednesday’s chat:

“Think James Young is very likely to leave for the draft. I think the two most likely to stay are Dakari Johnson and Alex Poythress though I wonder if Cauley-Stein’s decision to stay may push Johnson out. With Karl Towns coming in (and Towns may be the most talented of all of them) there could be playing time issues. As for the Harrison twins, they’ve wanted to go to the NBA all season. I know they’ve been talking to agents and trying to figure things out. The challenge for them is that the feedback from the NBA hasn’t been what they want to hear — even with their strong play in the tournament. If they want guarantees they are first round picks, not sure either will get it. So … it might push them to come back. I think they could really help their stock if they played one more year in Lexington.”

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Apr 142014
 

UK center Willie Cauley-Stein announced Monday night that he will hold off on the NBA and return to Lexington for his junior season.

“I want to come back and have a chance to win a national championship, while also getting closer to earning my degree,” Cauley-Stein said in a statement made through UK. “Being at the Final Four this year was special, but not being able to help my teammates on the floor was tough. I look forward to helping us get back there next year, while playing in front of the best fans in the nation.”

Cauley-Stein was projected as the No. 12 overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft, according to DraftExpress.com. He averaged 6.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and blocked 106 shots in 37 games this past season. He has 166 blocks in two seasons at Kentucky, good enough for sixth all-time in the program’s history.

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Apr 092014
 
Julius Randle

Julius Randle

ESPN analyst Chad Ford was chatting about the NBA Draft over on ESPN.com Wednesday, and he brought up the rumblings that UK might lose more players than expected before next season.

Ford was asked who he thought would leave the Cats for the NBA:

“Julius Randle and James Young are, for sure, gone. I would say Willie Cauley-Stein too, but his comments the other day indicated he might not be a sure thing to leave. The Harrison twins have wanted to leave all year according to multiple sources around the twins, but their draft stock made them iffy first rounders. While they improved their stock, I’m not sure it’s to the point that they are clear first rounders. Andrew probably has the most claim, but he’s not a lock. Another year at Kentucky would help. Dakari Johnson would be a bubble first rounder as well. Ditto for Poythress. I think there’s a chance ALL of them are gone. There are certainly rumblings that direction. But the only three that really make sense right now are Randle, Young and Cauley-Stein.”

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