Mar 292015
 
Karl-Anthony Towns

Karl-Anthony Towns

There’s a new No. 1 on the DraftExpress.com board for this year’s NBA Draft.

UK freshman Karl-Anthony Towns passed Duke freshman Jahlil Okafor for the top spot Sunday. The latest update by DraftExpress.com came a day after Towns scored 25 points — 17 in the second half — to lead UK past Notre Dame for a spot in the Final Four.

Okafor and Duke will also be in the Final Four after defeating Gonzaga on Sunday.

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Mar 242015
 
Andrew Harrison

Andrew Harrison

One week of the NCAA Tournament is in the books, and that means an update to ESPN’s Top 100 list of NBA Draft prospects for 2015.

UK freshman Karl-Anthony Towns remains the No. 2 overall player on the list behind Duke freshman Jahlil Okafor.

Three other Wildcats landed in the Top 20: Willie Cauley-Stein (No. 8), Trey Lyles (No. 16) and Devin Booker (No. 19).

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Mar 222015
 
Willie Cauley-Stein

Willie Cauley-Stein

DraftExpress.com updated its 2015 NBA mock draft Saturday, and a few Kentucky Wildcats moved up on the list.

Freshman Karl-Anthony Towns is still the top UK player at No. 2 in the mock draft, behind Duke freshman Jahlil Okafor. DraftExpress.com analyst Jonathan Givony told the Herald-Leader earlier this month that both Towns and Okafor would be “strongly in the mix” for the No. 1 overall pick, depending on which team lands in that spot.

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Mar 112015
 
Karl-Anthony Towns

Karl-Anthony Towns

ESPN analyst Chad Ford had a busy day of updates Wednesday with another NBA-related chat with readers and some changes to his Big Board and Top 100 list for this year’s draft.

In the chat, Ford was asked how many UK players he currently sees as first-round picks.

“Four for sure: Karl-Anthony Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein, Devin Booker, Trey Lyles,” he responded. “All four could even end up in the lottery. A fifth, Dakari Johnson, is on the first round bubble. Lots of teams like Tyler Ulis as well, but I think most everyone feels he won’t declare. The Harrison twins, Alex Poythress and Marcus Lee are second rounders to undrafted right now.”

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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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