Four Wildcats included in latest NBA mock draft

 Posted by at 11:52 AM on January 24, 2017  Comments Off on Four Wildcats included in latest NBA mock draft
Jan 242017
 

Isaiah Briscoe, left, and Malik Monk.
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A new NBA mock draft from DraftExpress.com was posted Tuesday morning, and there wasn’t much change for the Kentucky Wildcats included on the list.

De’Aaron Fox (No. 6 pick) and Malik Monk (No. 7) stayed in the same positions as the most recent update from earlier this month. Bam Adebayo moved up one spot to No. 16 overall, and Isaiah Briscoe fell two spots to No. 50 overall.

UK freshman Wenyen Gabriel is still not listed in this year’s mock draft.

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Four Wildcats — no Diallo — in latest NBA mock draft

 Posted by at 4:45 PM on January 16, 2017  Comments Off on Four Wildcats — no Diallo — in latest NBA mock draft
Jan 162017
 

De’Aaron Fox

Four UK underclassmen are included in the latest NBA mock draft from DraftExpress.com, which updated its 2017 and 2018 projections Monday.

De’Aaron Fox (No. 6), Malik Monk (No. 7), Bam Adebayo (No. 17) and Isaiah Briscoe (No. 48) are all included in the 2017 mock draft. Not listed for 2017 are freshman forward Wenyen Gabriel and newcomer Hamidou Diallo, who joined the Wildcats out of high school earlier this month and is eligible for the 2017 draft, though he has said he plans to return to Lexington and play for UK next season.

None of UK’s six commitments from the class of 2017 — including Diallo — are listed in DraftExpress.com’s 2018 mock draft. Uncommitted UK targets Mohamed Bamba (No. 3) and Kevin Knox (No. 9) are projected as one-and-done lottery picks in the 2018 draft. Gabriel is also absent from the 2018 mock draft.

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Four Wildcats included in latest NBA mock draft

 Posted by at 12:29 PM on January 5, 2017  Comments Off on Four Wildcats included in latest NBA mock draft
Jan 052017
 

Isaiah Briscoe, left, and Malik Monk.
Herald-Leader photo

UK sophomore guard Isaiah Briscoe is projected as the No. 55 pick in this year’s NBA Draft, and three freshman Wildcats are top-20 selections, according to the latest update from DraftExpress.com.

The website’s new 2017 mock draft, posted Thursday morning, has Malik Monk as the No. 6 overall pick to the Dallas Mavericks, De’Aaron Fox at No. 10 to the Portland Trail Blazers and Bam Adebayo at No. 18 to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Briscoe is No. 55 to the Boston Celtics.

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Three UK players in first round of ESPN mock draft

 Posted by at 4:32 PM on January 3, 2017  Comments Off on Three UK players in first round of ESPN mock draft
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De’Aaron Fox

UK freshmen Bam Adebayo, De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk are all listed as first-round picks in the latest NBA mock draft from ESPN.

Monk is the first Wildcat off the board, going No. 4 overall to the Philadelphia 76ers, who could end up with the Lakers’ first-round pick in addition to their own. Monk follows only Washington’s Markelle Fultz (also to the Sixers), UCLA’s Lonzo Ball (to the Celtics) and Kansas’ Josh Jackson (to the Suns).

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Monk makes a big move on latest ESPN draft board

 Posted by at 11:33 AM on December 22, 2016  Comments Off on Monk makes a big move on latest ESPN draft board
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Malik Monk

Malik Monk

UK freshman guard Malik Monk moved up 11 spots on ESPN’s latest NBA Draft board, which was released Thursday morning.

Monk is now considered the No. 4 overall prospect for next year’s draft, behind only Washington’s Markelle Fultz, UCLA’s Lonzo Ball and Kansas’ Josh Jackson. The top 11 players on the board are all college freshmen.

ESPN analyst Chad Ford noted Monk’s 47-point game last weekend against North Carolina in the decision to move him up from his previous ranking of No. 15. “His 3-point shooting, ballhandling and ability to finish at the rim make him the most elite scorer in the draft,” Ford wrote.

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Isaiah Briscoe now listed in mock draft for 2017

 Posted by at 1:35 PM on December 5, 2016  Comments Off on Isaiah Briscoe now listed in mock draft for 2017
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Isaiah Briscoe, left, and Malik Monk. Herald-Leader photo

UK guards Isaiah Briscoe, left, and Malik Monk.
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UK sophomore guard Isaiah Briscoe has been included in DraftExpress.com’s 2017 mock draft for the first time this season, coming in as the No. 60 overall pick in the latest update Monday afternoon.

Briscoe is averaging 17.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game for the Wildcats so far this season. Many around the program expect him to enter the NBA Draft following his sophomore year. He was ranked as the No. 83 overall draft prospect in the previous update from DraftExpress.com. There are 60 total picks in the NBA Draft.

UK freshman guard Malik Monk is the No. 5 overall pick in the newest mock draft, moving up six spots. Freshman guard De’Aaron Fox moved up two spots to the No. 10 position. Freshman post player Bam Adebayo dropped one spot to No. 15 overall.

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Seven UK players make ESPN’s latest NBA Draft list

 Posted by at 1:58 PM on November 29, 2016  Comments Off on Seven UK players make ESPN’s latest NBA Draft list
Nov 292016
 
Malik Monk

Malik Monk

Three UK freshmen are among the top 16 NBA Draft prospects for next year, according to the latest Top 100 list released by ESPN analyst Chad Ford on Tuesday.

Malik Monk, who is leading UK with 19.3 points per game, is the top Cat on the list, coming in at No. 8 overall. Monk is followed by De’Aaron Fox at No. 13 and Bam Adebayo at No. 16.

Fellow freshman Wenyen Gabriel is also in draft range, according to Ford, who places the 6-foot-9 forward at No. 35 overall. That would put Gabriel outside of the first round (30 picks), and he’s not necessarily expected to enter the draft after this season.

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Three UK freshmen included in new NBA mock draft

 Posted by at 11:25 AM on November 15, 2016  Comments Off on Three UK freshmen included in new NBA mock draft
Nov 152016
 
De'Aaron Fox

De’Aaron Fox

Three of UK’s five-star freshmen are considered future lottery picks in the new NBA mock draft released by DraftExpress.com on Monday.

Malik Monk tops the list of Wildcats at No. 11 overall, and he’s followed by De’Aaron Fox (No. 12) and Bam Adebayo (No. 14). Those are the only three Kentucky players included in the new mock draft, though sophomore guard Isaiah Briscoe is also widely considered to be an early-entry candidate following this season.

DraftExpress.com currently ranks Briscoe as the No. 83 overall draft prospect. The NBA Draft has a total of 60 picks.

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7 UK players among ESPN’s Top 100 NBA prospects

 Posted by at 12:19 AM on November 1, 2016  Comments Off on 7 UK players among ESPN’s Top 100 NBA prospects
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Malik Monk

Malik Monk

Three of John Calipari’s freshmen are ranked among ESPN’s top 15 NBA Draft prospects for next year, and a total of seven Wildcats made the Top 100 list, which was updated Monday.

Malik Monk (No. 9), De’Aaron Fox (No. 11) and Bam Adebayo (No. 15) are all listed among ESPN’s top draft prospects. Kansas’ Josh Jackson, Washington’s Markelle Fultz and Duke’s Harry Giles — all freshmen — are the top three players on ESPN’s list.

ESPN’s rundown of the Top 100 prospects for the 2017 draft also UK’s Wenyen Gabriel (No. 44), Isaiah Briscoe (No. 61), Isaac Humphries (No. 79) and Sacha Killeya-Jones (No. 84).

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Chad Ford: Three UK freshmen on NBA Big Board

 Posted by at 12:23 PM on August 4, 2016  Comments Off on Chad Ford: Three UK freshmen on NBA Big Board
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De'Aaron Fox

De’Aaron Fox

UK freshmen De’Aaron Fox, Bam Adebayo and Malik Monk are all included among the top 15 spots on ESPN analyst Chad Ford’s first “Big Board” for the 2017 NBA Draft.

Fox, who is expected to be UK’s starting point guard this season, is No. 9 on Ford’s list, which was posted Thursday. The ESPN analyst also says Fox is the UK player with the best chance of landing in the top five in the 2017 draft.

Adebayo is No. 12 on the Big Board, and Monk is listed at No. 15.

Kansas freshman Josh Jackson is No. 1 on Ford’s list, followed by Duke’s Harry Giles, Washington’s Markelle Fultz, N.C. State’s Dennis Smith Jr. and international guard Frank Ntilikina.

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