ESPN: UK’s Briscoe and Lee outside of draft range

 Posted by at 12:30 PM on April 28, 2016  Comments Off on ESPN: UK’s Briscoe and Lee outside of draft range
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Photo: Mark Cornelison | Herald-Leader

Photo: Mark Cornelison | Herald-Leader

The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NBA Draft has passed, and Jamal Murray, Skal Labissiere, Tyler Ulis, Isaiah Briscoe and Marcus Lee have kept their names in the pool for consideration.

Murray, Labissiere and Ulis have already gone all in on their draft decisions and will not return to UK next season. Briscoe and Lee will have until May 25 to withdraw their names from the draft and maintain their college eligibility.

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Murray projected as possible top-5 pick in NBA Draft

 Posted by at 2:05 PM on April 1, 2016  Comments Off on Murray projected as possible top-5 pick in NBA Draft
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Jamal Murray

Jamal Murray

UK freshman guard Jamal Murray announced his intentions to enter and keep his name in the NBA Draft on Friday, becoming the first Wildcat from this past season’s team to do so.

Murray is projected as the No. 4 overall pick to the Boston Celtics in ESPN’s latest mock draft, which was updated Friday. Sports Illustrated has Murray at No. 6 overall in its new mock draft, also posted Friday.

DraftExpress.com, which last updated its mock draft Sunday, also projects Murray as the No. 6 overall pick.

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Ulis makes big move in latest DraftExpress update

 Posted by at 11:04 PM on March 11, 2016  Comments Off on Ulis makes big move in latest DraftExpress update
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Tyler Ulis

Tyler Ulis

UK sophomore point guard Tyler Ulis moved up 15 spots in the latest DraftExpress.com mock NBA Draft for 2016, which was updated Friday.

Ulis is now projected as the No. 32 overall pick in this year’s draft. UK Coach John Calipari indicated Thursday that the first-team All-American is likely to leave school for the NBA after this season.

UK freshman guard Isaiah Briscoe is no longer listed in the DraftExpress.com mock draft for 2016. He is now projected as the No. 39 overall pick in the 2017 draft, which was also updated Friday.

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Skal, Ulis move up in ESPN’s latest NBA Draft board

 Posted by at 8:09 PM on March 11, 2016  Comments Off on Skal, Ulis move up in ESPN’s latest NBA Draft board
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Jamal Murray

Jamal Murray

Skal Labissiere is the No. 11 player on ESPN analyst Chad Ford’s new list of the Top 100 draft-eligible prospects for this year. The list was updated Friday.

Labissiere was No. 13 on Ford’s most recent “Big Board,” but his stock has been on the rise with solid performances over the past few games.

Fellow freshman Jamal Murray remains the Wildcats’ top NBA Draft prospect, according to Ford, who ranks the Canadian guard as the No. 6 overall prospect for this year’s draft. Ahead of Murray are LSU’s Ben Simmons, Duke’s Brandon Ingram, international prospect Dragan Bender, Marquette’s Henry Ellenson and California’s Jaylen Brown.

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Labissiere moving back up in latest NBA mock draft

 Posted by at 2:14 PM on March 6, 2016  Comments Off on Labissiere moving back up in latest NBA mock draft
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Labissiere

Labissiere

UK freshman Skal Labissiere moved up nine spots in the latest DraftExpress.com mock NBA draft for this year, which was updated immediately after his terrific performance in Saturday’s victory over Louisiana State.

DraftExpress.com now projects Labissiere as the No. 10 overall pick in the June draft. He had fallen to No. 19 overall in the previous mock draft posted last week.

Labissiere had 18 points, nine rebounds and six blocks, while shooting 8-for-10 from the field in Saturday’s win over LSU. He managed 11 points and eight rebounds in Tuesday night’s victory over Florida, despite being held to 15 minutes on the court because of foul trouble.

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Labissiere continues slide in latest NBA mock draft

 Posted by at 10:46 AM on March 1, 2016  Comments Off on Labissiere continues slide in latest NBA mock draft
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Labissiere

Labissiere

After starting the season projected as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, UK freshman Skal Labissiere has now dropped out of the lottery, according to DraftExpress.com.

An updated mock draft from the website — released Monday night — projects Labissiere as the No. 19 overall pick, down five spots from just a few days ago. The top 14 picks in the NBA Draft are considered lottery selections.

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DraftExpress: Skal still a lottery pick, but just barely

 Posted by at 12:35 PM on February 23, 2016  Comments Off on DraftExpress: Skal still a lottery pick, but just barely
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Labissiere

Labissiere

UK freshman Skal Labissiere fell another four spots Tuesday in the latest NBA mock draft from DraftExpress.com, which now has the 6-foot-11 power forward as the No. 14 overall pick.

That would make Labissiere, who is averaging 6.6 points and 2.9 rebounds per game this season, the final draft pick in what is considered the NBA lottery. He came to Lexington ranked as the No. 1 recruit in the class of 2015.

Fellow freshman Jamal Murray moved up one spot to No. 7 overall and is still the top Wildcat in the DraftExpress.com mock draft. The new mock, which does not take team needs into account, sends Murray to New Orleans, where he would team up with former UK star Anthony Davis.

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New Big Board from ESPN: Skal continues to slide

 Posted by at 12:01 PM on February 13, 2016  Comments Off on New Big Board from ESPN: Skal continues to slide
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Labissiere

Labissiere

UK freshman Skal Labissiere has fallen three more spots — but is still in lottery-pick territory — on ESPN’s latest NBA Draft “Big Board,” which was released Saturday morning.

Labissiere is now the No. 13 player on the board. (The first first 14 selections in the NBA Draft are considered lottery picks).

“Based on his upside, he might go in the lottery,” ESPN’s Chad Ford wrote. “But he’s still a long way from what scouts thought he could be, and most of them hope he’ll return to Kentucky for another year of development.”

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DraftExpress.com analyst on Derek Willis’ NBA stock

 Posted by at 7:28 PM on February 10, 2016  Comments Off on DraftExpress.com analyst on Derek Willis’ NBA stock
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Derek Willis

Derek Willis

There are four Kentucky players in the latest NBA mock draft from DraftExpress.com and two more Wildcats ranked among the Top 100 draft-eligible prospects for 2016.

And then there’s junior forward Derek Willis, who was inserted into UK’s starting lineup a few weeks ago and has flourished in his new role.

Willis is not currently ranked among Top 100 prospects for this year’s NBA Draft, but DraftExpress.com analyst Jonathan Givony says he’s certainly got more eyes on him now.

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Skal drops in new NBA mock draft; Marcus Lee is out

 Posted by at 2:33 PM on February 7, 2016  Comments Off on Skal drops in new NBA mock draft; Marcus Lee is out
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Labissiere

Labissiere

UK freshman Skal Labissiere fell four spots in the latest mock draft from DraftExpress.com, which also dropped Marcus Lee out of the Top 60 altogether.

Labissiere is now projected as the No. 10 overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft, down from No. 6 in the previous update two weeks ago. Fellow UK freshman Jamal Murray, who moved up one spot to No. 8 overall, is now the top Wildcat on the DraftExpress.com board.

Freshman Isaiah Briscoe dropped one spot to No. 32 overall, and sophomore point guard Tyler Ulis fell four spots to No. 51 overall.

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