Hamidou Diallo no longer projected as first round pick

 Posted by at 10:42 AM on February 20, 2018  Comments Off on Hamidou Diallo no longer projected as first round pick
Feb 202018
 

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ESPN’s latest mock NBA Draft for 2018 — posted Tuesday morning — no longer includes struggling UK freshman Hamidou Diallo as a first-round selection.

Diallo, who had been slotted as the No. 28 overall pick to the Brooklyn Nets in past mock drafts, including one less than two weeks ago, has not played more than 20 minutes in any of Kentucky’s last four games. He’s scored in double figures in just two of the Cats’ last 10 games.

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NBA mock draft includes no UK players in first round

 Posted by at 9:57 AM on February 12, 2018  Comments Off on NBA mock draft includes no UK players in first round
Feb 122018
 

Vanderbilt

The new ESPN NBA mock draft for 2019 includes zero UK players in the first round. That would be a first for the Wildcats under Coach John Calipari.

ESPN’s updated 2019 draft has three Duke commitments at the very top — R.J. Barrett, Cameron Reddish and Zion Williamson, in that order — only eight one-and-done players total and zero Wildcats in the first round. Jarred Vanderbilt, who would be a sophomore next season, is the top UK player at No. 31 overall, and Nick Richards, who would also be a sophomore next season, is the only other Wildcat on the list at No. 50 overall.

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Gilgeous-Alexander moves up in new draft rankings

 Posted by at 9:40 AM on January 18, 2018  Comments Off on Gilgeous-Alexander moves up in new draft rankings
Jan 182018
 

Gilgeous-Alexander

UK freshman Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has been the Wildcats’ best player over the past few weeks, and it’s looking like that could lead to him playing only one season in a Kentucky uniform.

ESPN’s latest Top 100 rankings for the 2018 NBA Draft were posted Thursday morning, and Gilgeous-Alexander has moved up to the No. 18 overall position — just four spots out of the lottery range. In a separate post Thursday, analysts from ESPN noted that Gilgeous-Alexander is making a strong case to be the third-best guard in this draft class — behind Trae Young and Collin Sexton.

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ESPN has three UK players in NBA first-round territory

 Posted by at 10:53 AM on January 8, 2018  Comments Off on ESPN has three UK players in NBA first-round territory
Jan 082018
 

Gilgeous-Alexander

ESPN’s latest update to its Top 100 prospects for this year’s NBA Draft includes a new Kentucky Wildcat in first-round range, giving UK three players in the top 30.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who has had an impressive last couple of weeks on the court, is now the No. 26 overall prospect on ESPN’s list for the 2018 NBA Draft. He was ranked No. 47 overall in the previous update last month.

UK freshman Kevin Knox is still No. 10 overall, followed by Hamidou Diallo, who moves up a spot from the previous update and is now ranked No. 20. Nick Richards, who was previously No. 28, has fallen to No. 44 overall.

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Seven UK players on Top 100 list for NBA Draft

 Posted by at 8:52 AM on December 12, 2017  Comments Off on Seven UK players on Top 100 list for NBA Draft
Dec 122017
 

Kevin Knox

Seven Kentucky basketball players are listed among the top 100 prospects for next year’s NBA Draft in the latest update from ESPN released Tuesday morning.

Freshman Kevin Knox is the top Wildcat on the list at No. 10 overall, and Hamidou Diallo (No. 21) and Nick Richards (No. 28) are also ranked in first-round territory. Fellow freshmen PJ Washington (No. 40 overall), Jarred Vanderbilt (No. 41) and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (No. 47) are in the mid-second round range.

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Four Kentucky players in new NBA mock draft

 Posted by at 11:01 AM on December 5, 2017  Comments Off on Four Kentucky players in new NBA mock draft
Dec 052017
 

Kevin Knox

ESPN draft insider Jonathan Givony has a new NBA mock draft up for 2018, and four Kentucky Wildcats are projected as selections.

Freshman forward Kevin Knox is the top Cat listed — going No. 10 overall to the Los Angeles Clippers. He’s followed by fellow freshmen Hamidou Diallo (No. 20), Nick Richards (No. 26) and PJ Washington (No. 37). There are 30 picks in the first round of the NBA Draft.

In that scenario, UK would return seven scholarship players next season: juniors Wenyen Gabriel, Sacha Killeya-Jones and Tai Wynyard, and sophomores Jemarl Baker, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Quade Green and Jarred Vanderbilt. Baker and Vanderbilt have yet to play this season due to injuries.

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Six Kentucky players among Top 100 draft prospects

 Posted by at 10:33 AM on November 6, 2017  Comments Off on Six Kentucky players among Top 100 draft prospects
Nov 062017
 

Diallo

Five UK freshmen and one sophomore were included Monday on ESPN’s new list of the Top 100 prospects for next year’s NBA Draft.

Kevin Knox is the top Cat at No. 14 on the list, and the 6-9 small forward is the No. 10-ranked freshman eligible for next year’s draft, according to ESPN. He was followed by fellow freshmen Hamidou Diallo (No. 18), Nick Richards (No. 22), PJ Washington (No. 32) and the injured Jarred Vanderbilt (No. 35).

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Quickley projected as No. 6 pick in NBA Draft

 Posted by at 10:14 AM on September 29, 2017  Comments Off on Quickley projected as No. 6 pick in NBA Draft
Sep 292017
 

Quickley

If ESPN’s latest NBA Draft projection comes true, UK’s only basketball commitment for the class of 2018 will be in Lexington for only one season.

Immanuel Quickley is the No. 6 pick in ESPN’s new mock draft for 2019, posted by draft analyst Jonathan Givony on Friday morning. Quickley is ranked by Scout.com as the No. 8 overall prospect in the 2018 class and committed to UK last week.

The rest of the mock draft is heavy on UK players and recruiting targets.

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Two UK players mentioned in new NBA mock draft

 Posted by at 9:31 AM on September 22, 2017  Comments Off on Two UK players mentioned in new NBA mock draft
Sep 222017
 

Diallo

ESPN has released its latest NBA mock draft for next year, and just two Kentucky Wildcats made the list.

Freshmen Hamidou Diallo (No. 17) and Nick Richards (No. 22) are the only Cats represented — the mock draft includes all 60 picks — and such a scenario would mean lots of returning talent for Coach John Calipari in 2018-19.

In addition to Diallo and Richards, the Cats’ roster this season will include fellow five-star talents Kevin Knox, Jarred Vanderbilt, PJ Washington, Quade Green, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Wenyen Gabriel and Sacha Killeya-Jones, as well as sophomore center Tai Wynyard and freshman shooting guard Jemarl Baker.

If most or all of those players returned after this season, UK’s 2018-19 roster would be one of Calipari’s most experienced yet at Kentucky.

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New ESPN NBA mock draft includes two UK players

 Posted by at 11:28 AM on August 15, 2017  Comments Off on New ESPN NBA mock draft includes two UK players
Aug 152017
 

Diallo

NBA Draft expert Jonathan Givony has moved from DraftExpress.com to ESPN, and his latest projection for the 2018 draft was posted Tuesday morning.

It includes only two Kentucky players, and neither of them are in the lottery.

Freshmen Hamidou Diallo (No. 18 overall) and Nick Richards (No. 22 overall) are the only Wildcats featured in ESPN’s latest mock draft, which extends to all 60 picks. Such a scenario would mean that players like Kevin Knox, PJ Washington, Wenyen Gabriel, Sacha Killeya-Jones, Jarred Vanderbilt and Quade Green would all be back at Kentucky for the 2018-19 season. It also means that — barring transfers — the Cats would have just four available scholarships to be used on the 2018 recruiting class.

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