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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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New NBA mock draft: Still no Harrison twins

 Posted by at 1:19 PM on March 17, 2014  1 Response »
Mar 172014
 
Photo: Associated Press

Photo: Associated Press

The improved play of Andrew and Aaron Harrison over the weekend did nothing to change their NBA Draft status, according to DraftExpress.com.

The website’s 2014 mock draft was updated Monday, and Julius Randle, Willie Cauley-Stein and James Young remain the only three Wildcats projected to go this year. All three are considered first-round picks.

DraftExpress.com ranks Aaron Harrison as the No. 60 overall NBA prospect, with Andrew Harrison at No. 63. There are 60 total picks in the draft. That means the analysts behind DraftExpress are not predicting the Harrisons to enter this year.

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Mar 122014
 
James Young

James Young

Just about every recent mock draft has included the same three UK players as probabilities to head to the NBA after this season.

Sophomore Willie Cauley-Stein and freshmen Julius Randle and James Young are widely projected as first-round picks later this year, but they’re the only Wildcats who are currently listed by the major draft websites.

In his Wednesday chat for ESPN.com
, analyst Chad Ford said he expects a larger contingent of UK players to pop up on draft night. Here’s what Ford had to say in response to a question asking who will come back to Lexington:

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Mar 102014
 
Alex Poythress

Alex Poythress

One of the top NBA Draft websites updated its mock draft for 2014 on Monday, and UK sophomore Alex Poythress is no longer listed.

Draft Express had Poythress pegged as the No. 36 overall pick last week. The only Wildcats listed in Monday’s update were Julius Randle (No. 4), Willie Cauley-Stein (No. 12) and James Young (No. 24).

Poythress was included in the Draft Express “Top 100 prospects” list, which includes all draft-eligible players regardless of whether NBA observers believe they will actually enter this year’s draft. Poythress is No. 55 on that list. UK freshmen Aaron Harrison (No. 56) and Andrew Harrison (No. 59) also made the Top 100 list but were not included in the mock draft. There are 60 total picks in the NBA Draft.

UK freshman Dakari Johnson was not listed among the Top 100 draft-eligible prospects.

DraftExpress.com: Complete mock draft | Top 100 prospects

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Mar 052014
 
Julius Randle

Julius Randle

Two of the most-respected NBA Draft analysts on the web released updated mock drafts Wednesday, and both had the same three Wildcats going in the first round.

ESPN’s Chad Ford and DraftExpress.com’s Jonathan Givony have UK’s Julius Randle, James Young and Willie Cauley-Stein pegged as first-round selections. Ford projects Randle as the No. 6 overall pick, with Young at No. 9 and Cauley-Stein at No. 21. DraftExpress has Randle at No. 4, Cauley-Stein at No. 14 and Young at No. 23.

DraftExpress.com also projects UK sophomore Alex Poythress as a second-round selection at No. 36 overall. Ford’s new mock draft did not include second-round picks.

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Feb 122014
 
Photo: Associated Press

Photo: Associated Press

ESPN draft analyst Chad Ford held another live chat Wednesday, one day after releasing his latest Big Board for 2014.

Ford answered one question from a reader wondering which Kentucky players would return for next season. His response:

“Randle and Young look like they’re gone. Hearing both the Harrison twins also want to declare (though their current draft stock may scare them back into school). Cauley-Stein and Poythress are both wildcards. Ditto for Dakari Johnson.”

It’s worth noting that neither of the Harrison twins have shown up in three of the most recent draft predictors from national outlets, including Ford’s latest update to his Big Board on Tuesday. It’s also worth noting that it would not be a surprise if both players did leave for the NBA after this season, despite what John Calipari has said recently.

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Three Wildcats in Jeff Goodman’s NBA mock draft

 Posted by at 11:01 AM on February 12, 2014  2 Responses »
Feb 122014
 
Julius Randle

Julius Randle

ESPN college basketball writer Jeff Goodman released his first NBA mock draft for 2014 on Wednesday, and three Wildcats made the first round.

Goodman has Julius Randle going No. 4 overall to the Sacramento Kings, James Young at No. 9 overall to the Denver Nuggets, and Willie Cauley-Stein at No. 13 overall to the Orlando Magic.

Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins also goes to the Magic in Goodman’s mock, at No. 3 overall. Fellow Kansas freshman Joel Embiid is No. 1 to Milwaukee.

Randle, Young and Cauley-Stein also were the only three Wildcats listed among ESPN draft analyst Chad Ford’s top 35 picks in his latest Big Board update on Tuesday. Andrew Harrison had been listed on Ford’s previous update on Jan. 30.

DraftExpress.com’s most recent update was Monday, and that website lists Randle (No. 4), Cauley-Stein (No. 12), Young (No. 14) and Alex Poythress (No. 34) as picks in this year’s draft.

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Jan 222014
 
Andrew Harrison

Andrew Harrison

When ESPN analyst Chad Ford released his first NBA mock draft for 2014 back in September, there were a would-be record seven Kentucky Wildcats projected as first-round picks.

Ford’s second edition of that mock draft was posted Wednesday, and only three UK players made the cut. Two notable omissions were freshman guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison.

Andrew was considered the seventh overall pick in Ford’s original mock draft — before the season began — and Aaron was No. 25 on that list.

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Jan 152014
 
Photo: Associated Press

Photo: Associated Press

The Harrison twins’ draft stock for 2014 remains in doubt, with the latest example being the newly updated player rankings from ESPN’s Chad Ford.

On Wednesday, Ford released his new “Big Board” for this year’s NBA Draft. It showed Andrew Harrison at No. 30 — the last pick of the first round — and Aaron Harrison was not listed at all. Andrew and Aaron were No. 30 and 40, respectively, in Ford’s updated Top 100 player rankings also released Wednesday.

In his online chat later in the day, Ford was asked, “Where do you see the Harrison twins going?”

His response got right to the point.

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