Three UK players in ESPN’s NBA mock draft for 2020

 Posted by at 9:57 AM on June 22, 2019  Comments Off on Three UK players in ESPN’s NBA mock draft for 2020
Jun 222019
 

Maxey

ESPN’s latest NBA mock draft for next year is out, and it includes a trio of Kentucky Wildcats in the first round.

Incoming guard Tyrese Maxey is the highest-ranked player on ESPN’s board, listed at No. 12 overall, which would put him in lottery range. The early mock draft also includes fellow freshman Kahlil Whitney at No. 19 overall and returning point guard Ashton Hagans at No. 30, the final pick of the first round.

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Still no Richards or Montgomery on Top 100 list

 Posted by at 11:04 AM on May 26, 2019  Comments Off on Still no Richards or Montgomery on Top 100 list
May 262019
 

Montgomery

ESPN released an update to its Top 100 rankings for this year’s NBA Draft on Sunday, and UK frontcourt players Nick Richards and EJ Montgomery are still absent from that list.

The ESPN Draft Express team covered both players in its accompanying rundown of stay-or-go decisions that have not yet been made ahead of Wednesday night’s draft withdrawal deadline. The analysts concluded that both UK players would be better off with another year in Lexington.

On Montgomery: “The former top-10 recruit hasn’t gained much traction in the pre-draft process, not being invited to either combine in Chicago, and it would likely be helpful to return to Kentucky for his sophomore season and possibly beyond.”

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ESPN projects a few UK players for 2020 NBA Draft

 Posted by at 10:25 AM on April 22, 2019  Comments Off on ESPN projects a few UK players for 2020 NBA Draft
Apr 222019
 

Maxey

ESPN’s crew of NBA Draft analysts have been following the top recruits from the 2019 class throughout the all-star circuit over the past few weeks, and some of UK’s players for next season are projected to be first-round picks a year from now.

The updated 2020 mock draft from ESPN was posted Monday morning, and point guard recruit Tyrese Maxey is the top future Wildcat on the list at No. 11 overall. The other incoming McDonald’s All-American at Kentucky — five-star wing Kahlil Whitney — is No. 17 overall, outside of lottery range but well within first-round territory.

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Three UK players in top 25 of new NBA mock draft

 Posted by at 10:23 AM on April 11, 2019  Comments Off on Three UK players in top 25 of new NBA mock draft
Apr 112019
 

Herro

PJ Washington is staying in the NBA Draft, and he could be a lottery pick, according to the newest mock draft released by ESPN on Thursday morning.

Washington is listed as tied for 12th with two other players in the new mock draft, which notes that ties in the draft order will be settled by the NBA on Friday. The first 14 picks in the draft are considered lottery selections. Washington announced earlier this week that he would enter the draft and hire an agent, and he and UK both implied that he would keep his name in the draft and not return to school for a third season.

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Tyler Herro moving up the NBA Draft boards

 Posted by at 11:06 AM on March 1, 2019  Comments Off on Tyler Herro moving up the NBA Draft boards
Mar 012019
 

Herro

ESPN has once again updated its Top 100 player rankings for this year’s NBA Draft, and UK freshman Tyler Herro keeps moving in the right direction.

Herro is now the No. 27 overall player on ESPN’s board — placing him in late-first round territory. He has moved up five spots since ESPN’s most recent mock draft a little more than two weeks ago. Herro was No. 40 overall the last time the Top 100 rankings were updated in mid-January.

The other UK player with the most interesting postseason decision to make will be freshman guard Ashton Hagans, who is No. 40 in ESPN’s new rankings. That’s 10 spots outside of the first round, though there’s obviously plenty of time for Hagans to keep moving toward that draft range.

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Where UK players landed in new NBA Draft rankings

 Posted by at 11:34 AM on January 17, 2019  Comments Off on Where UK players landed in new NBA Draft rankings
Jan 172019
 

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ESPN’s list of the top NBA Draft prospects for 2019 was updated Thursday morning, and it now includes four Kentucky Wildcats among the top 50 players.

UK freshman Keldon Johnson remains the top Cat on the board at No. 10 overall, and he’s followed by sophomore forward PJ Washington at No. 20, well within first-round territory.

Further down the list are UK freshmen guards Tyler Herro (No. 40 overall) and Ashton Hagans (No. 43), both in positions that would put them in the middle of the second round of this year’s draft. No other UK players made the list, including post players EJ Montgomery and Nick Richards, two Wildcats who could be very important to the team’s 2019-20 roster if they decide to stick around for another season.

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ESPN mock draft includes two UK basketball players

 Posted by at 11:55 AM on November 27, 2018  Comments Off on ESPN mock draft includes two UK basketball players
Nov 272018
 

Johnson

An updated NBA mock draft from ESPN on Tuesday morning placed UK freshman Keldon Johnson at No. 7 overall and Wildcats sophomore PJ Washington in the No. 20 overall spot, and those were the only two Kentucky basketball players to make to the list.

Johnson and Washington both moved up one spot from ESPN’s preseason mock draft, which was posted in late August. Through six games this season, Johnson is the team’s leading scorer with 16.5 points per game, while Washington is averaging 13.3 points and a team-high 8.5 rebounds per game.

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Kahlil Whitney projected as top-10 NBA Draft pick

 Posted by at 10:10 AM on October 12, 2018  Comments Off on Kahlil Whitney projected as top-10 NBA Draft pick
Oct 122018
 

Whitney

ESPN revealed its first NBA mock draft for 2020 on Friday morning, and the top end of those projections includes several UK recruits.

Class of 2019 commitment Kahlil Whitney comes in as the No. 7 overall pick, and he’s joined in the top 10 by UK recruiting targets James Wiseman (No. 1), Cole Anthony (No. 2), Jaden McDaniels (No. 3) and Isaiah Stewart (No. 6). Other UK targets included in ESPN’s mock draft include Matthew Hurt (No. 16), Vernon Carey (No. 22) and current class of 2020 recruit N’Faly Dante (No. 37).

Tyrese Maxey, another UK commitment, is No. 22 on ESPN’s list, which also includes current Wildcats Ashton Hagans (No. 36) and Nick Richards (No. 46).

ESPN’s most recent mock draft for 2019 included Keldon Johnson and PJ Washington as first-round picks.

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Undecided UK players not in new NBA mock draft

 Posted by at 11:12 AM on May 14, 2018  Comments Off on Undecided UK players not in new NBA mock draft
May 142018
 

Washington

None of the three Kentucky basketball players who are still on the fence about this year’s NBA Draft were included in the latest, 60-pick mock draft released by ESPN on Monday morning.

PJ Washington, Jarred Vanderbilt and Wenyen Gabriel all have until May 30 — 10 days after the NBA Combine — to decide whether or not to keep their names in this year’s draft. The new ESPN mock draft “attempts to project which players will end up declaring and keeping their names in the draft.” Several other players who have not yet fully declared for the draft are included in the new mock draft.

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UK’s NBA Draft question marks not high on new list

 Posted by at 11:13 AM on April 26, 2018  Comments Off on UK’s NBA Draft question marks not high on new list
Apr 262018
 

Washington

The three Kentucky Wildcats who have entered their names in this year’s NBA Draft but have not yet hired agents — Wenyen Gabriel, Jarred Vanderbilt and PJ Washington — still have a lot of work to do to raise their draft stock, apparently.

None of those three is listed close to first-round range in ESPN’s most recent rundown of the Top 100 prospects for this year’s draft, which was released Thursday morning. Only Washington — at No. 51 overall — is even in draft range.

Vanderbilt, who’s season was limited by two injuries, is listed at No. 65 overall, and Gabriel is not among the 100 draft-eligible prospects on ESPN’s list. There are a total of 60 picks in the NBA Draft.

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