Dec 172014
 
Alex Poythress

Alex Poythress

ESPN analyst Chad Ford updated his NBA Draft “Big Board” and held an online chat with readers Wednesday.

During the chat, Ford was asked how Alex Poythress’ recent knee injury affects his status for the 2015 draft. His response:

“Tough call. He was a bubble second rounder before the injury. The injury clearly doesn’t help his stock. He’s not ready for the NBA offensively. He still struggles to create offense for himself. Defensively, he could be a nightmare in the NBA and he faces a tough choice. He’s slated to graduate from UK in April. Does he return for another year? Transfer to a team that would give him more playing time (he’s eligible if graduated to transfer and be immediately eligible)? Or go to the NBA and work on his game in the D-League? Not sure what the best option is for the young man, but he’ll always get looks because of his elite athletic abilities.”

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Willie Cauley-Stein rockets up draft board Saturday

 Posted by at 2:26 PM on December 13, 2014  1 Response »
Dec 132014
 
Cauley-Stein

Cauley-Stein

A spectacular performance — on both ends of the floor — against North Carolina on Saturday prompted DraftExpress.com to move UK junior Willie Cauley-Stein up six spots in the 2015 mock draft.

Cauley-Stein is now the No. 4 overall selection on DraftExpress.com’s list. He was No. 10 when the mock draft was last updated Monday.

The 7-footer had 15 points, six rebounds and four steals in UK’s 84-70 victory over the Tar Heels.

Monday’s update from DraftExpress.com included five other Wildcats: Karl-Anthony Towns (No. 3), Dakari Johnson (No. 24), Andrew Harrison (No. 27), Alex Poythress (No. 36) and Aaron Harrison (No. 42).

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Dec 112014
 
Cauley-Stein

Cauley-Stein

Four Kentucky players are listed as first-round draft picks in the latest NBA mock draft from ESPN’s Chad Ford.

Freshman Karl-Anthony Towns is the No. 2 overall selection (to the Detroit Pistons) in Ford’s latest update, which was released Thursday. Towns is behind Duke freshman Jahlil Okafor.

Junior center Willie Cauley-Stein goes ninth to the Boston Celtics, freshman Trey Lyles is 22nd to the Brooklyn Nets and Dakari Johnson is No. 24 to the San Antonio Spurs.

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Dec 022014
 
UK freshman Karl-Anthony Towns pulled down eight rebounds in UK's season opener. Photo: Mark Cornelison | Herald-Leader

UK freshman Karl-Anthony Towns pulled down eight rebounds in UK’s season opener.
Photo: Mark Cornelison | Herald-Leader

Dakari Johnson and Trey Lyles are now listed as first-round NBA Draft picks in ESPN analyst Chad Ford’s latest “Big Board,” which was released Tuesday.

UK freshman Karl-Anthony Towns remains the No. 3 overall pick — behind Duke’s Jahlil Okafor and Emmanuel Mudiay, who is playing in China.

Willie Cauley-Stein dropped two spots to No. 16 overall. The first 14 picks in the draft are considered “lottery” selections. Johnson is new to the Big Board at No. 26.

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NBA analyst: Devin Booker moving up Draft board

 Posted by at 2:08 PM on November 26, 2014  No Responses »
Nov 262014
 
Devin Booker

Devin Booker

Through the first six games of UK’s season, freshman guard Devin Booker is — somewhat surprisingly — the team’s leading scorer.

Booker has made 12 of 17 three-point attempts over the Cats’ past three games and is now shooting 46.4 percent from long range for the season. He’s averaging 11.2 points in 17.7 minutes per game.

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Chat wrap: NBA Draft analyst talks UK basketball

 Posted by at 2:15 PM on November 19, 2014  No Responses »
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)

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Nov 062014
 
Jaylen Brown

Jaylen Brown

DraftExpress.com 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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