Chat wrap: NBA Draft analyst talks UK basketball

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Nov 192014
Trey Lyles has been impressive in his first three games. Photo: Charles Bertram | Herald-Leader

UK freshman forward Trey Lyles has been impressive in his first three games.
Photo: Charles Bertram | Herald-Leader

ESPN NBA Draft analyst Chad Ford was back in the chat room Wednesday after attending Kentucky’s rout of No. 5 Kansas the previous night.

As expected, there were plenty of questions about the Wildcats.

One reader asked if Trey Lyles might be UK’s second-best draft prospect behind fellow freshman Karl-Anthony Towns.

“Might be,” Ford responded. “Kentucky is soooo big, Lyles looked like a wing out there on the court. Crazy. He wasn’t great last night, but you see the high basketball IQ and while he’s not a great athlete, he looks athletic enough. Wouldn’t shock me if he was the second Wildcat off the board after Towns. Cauley-Stein will be his main competition.”

Another wondered if Dakari Johnson might be starting over Cauley-Stein by the end of the season.

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Nov 102014

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

Tuesday: Orlando at Toronto — 7:30 p.m. on NBAtv
(TOR-Patrick Patterson, Chuck Hayes)

Wednesday: Houston at Minnesota — 10 p.m. on ESPN
(HOU-Terrence Jones)

Thursday: Chicago at Toronto — 8 p.m. on TNT
(CHI-Nazr Mohammed; TOR-Patrick Patterson, Chuck Hayes)

Sunday: Houston at Oklahoma City — 7 p.m. on NBAtv
(HOU-Terrence Jones)

Nov 062014
Jaylen Brown

Jaylen Brown updated its NBA mock drafts for 2015 and 2016 on Thursday, and the lists are loaded with current UK players and some of John Calipari’s top recruits.

UK freshman Karl-Anthony Towns is the highest-rated prospect for next year’s draft, coming in at No. 3 overall behind Duke freshman Jahlil Okafor and former UK recruit Emmanuel Mudiay, who is playing this season in China.

The 2015 mock draft includes Willie Cauley-Stein (No. 10), Dakari Johnson (No. 19), Andrew Harrison (No. 26), Aaron Harrison (No. 28) and Alex Poythress (No. 32).

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Nov 032014

This week’s nationally televised NBA games featuring former Kentucky players (Note: NBA League Pass will be available on a free trial through Tuesday):

Monday: Houston at Philadelphia — 7 p.m. on League Pass
(HOU-Terrence Jones; PHI-Nerlens Noel)
New Orleans at Memphis — 8 p.m. on League Pass
(NO-Anthony Davis, Darius Miller; MEM-Tayshaun Prince)
Boston at Dallas — 8:30 p.m. on League Pass
(BOS-Rajon Rondo, James Young)
Sacramento at Denver — 9 p.m. on League Pass
(SAC-DeMarcus Cousins)
Utah at L.A. Clippers — 10:30 p.m. on League Pass
(UTA-Enes Kanter)

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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

 Posted by at 11:35 PM on June 26, 2014  Comments Off
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