ESPN has released its latest NBA mock draft for next year, and just two Kentucky Wildcats made the list.
Freshmen Hamidou Diallo (No. 17) and Nick Richards (No. 22) are the only Cats represented — the mock draft includes all 60 picks — and such a scenario would mean lots of returning talent for Coach John Calipari in 2018-19.
In addition to Diallo and Richards, the Cats’ roster this season will include fellow five-star talents Kevin Knox, Jarred Vanderbilt, PJ Washington, Quade Green, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Wenyen Gabriel and Sacha Killeya-Jones, as well as sophomore center Tai Wynyard and freshman shooting guard Jemarl Baker.
If most or all of those players returned after this season, UK’s 2018-19 roster would be one of Calipari’s most experienced yet at Kentucky.