May 202015
 
Karl-Anthony Towns

Karl-Anthony Towns

Updated NBA mock drafts began hitting the Web as soon as the results of Tuesday night’s draft lottery became final, and former UK standout Karl-Anthony Towns seemingly has a great shot of being selected with the No. 1 pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Several mock drafts have Willie Cauley-Stein joining fellow former UK center DeMarcus Cousins in Sacramento, while Devin Booker and Trey Lyles remain possibilities to join Towns and Cauley-Stein in the lottery.

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May 192015
 
Willie Cauley-Stein

Willie Cauley-Stein

The NBA Draft lottery results are in, and the Minnesota Timberwolves will have the No. 1 overall pick.

Both DraftExpress.com and ESPN’s Chad Ford released updated mock drafts after Tuesday night’s lottery results. Both mock drafts have UK’s Karl-Anthony Towns going to Minnesota with the top pick.

DraftExpress.com and ESPN also have UK’s Willie Cauley-Stein being selected with the No. 6 overall pick by Sacramento, which means he would join former Wildcat DeMarcus Cousins.

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May 182015
 
Dakari Johnson

Dakari Johnson

Four former UK players are projected as NBA lottery picks and five are expected to go in the first round next month, according to the new mock draft from ESPN posted Monday.

Karl-Anthony Towns remains the No. 1 overall player in the draft, and ESPN’s Chad Ford described him as “looking more and more like a lock” to be selected with the No. 1 pick.

Towns is followed in the lottery by former UK teammates Willie Cauley-Stein (No. 8), Trey Lyles (No. 12) and Devin Booker (No. 13). Dakari Johnson was listed as the No. 30 pick, which is the final spot in the first round.

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May 162015
 
Andrew Harrison

Andrew Harrison

NBA scouts and analysts had plenty of good things to say about former UK point guard Andrew Harrison at this week’s NBA Combine, and he’s now close to first-round status in one major mock draft.

DraftExpress.com updated its 2015 mock draft Saturday morning, and Harrison is now considered the No. 32 overall pick — just two spots removed from the first round.

Karl-Anthony Towns remains No. 1, followed by Willie Cauley-Stein (No. 6) and Devin Booker (No. 12). The first 14 selections in the NBA Draft are considered “lottery” picks.

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May 132015
 
Trey Lyles

Trey Lyles

ESPN analyst Chad Ford was back in the chat room Wednesday for his weekly discussion on the NBA Draft, which could include seven Kentucky basketball players.

Trey Lyles — projected as a mid-first-round pick — was the subject of one question from a reader, who expressed that the former UK player is “severely underrated” and could be a better version of Carlos Boozer.

“He’s a wildcard for sure,” Ford responded. “I’m not sure teams really know what to do with him. They like him, but no one has fallen in love yet. I’ve been using the Boozer comps for a while, but lately have been hearing scouts use Juwan Howard. He’s not quite as big, but similar athlete and skill set. If he is going to have Howard’s career, he’s underrated right now.”

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Apr 292015
 
Willie Cauley-Stein

Willie Cauley-Stein

ESPN.com delivered lots of NBA Draft-related updates Wednesday, with a new mock draft, a new top 100 and an hourlong chat with ESPN insider Chad Ford.

Ford still has Karl-Anthony Towns as the No. 1 pick in this year’s mock draft, followed by Willie Cauley-Stein (No. 8), Trey Lyles (No. 16), Devin Booker and Dakari Johnson (No. 31). Both of the Harrison twins made the new top 100 and both were mentioned among the top 60, which is the number of picks in the NBA Draft.

In his online chat, Ford was asked why Cauley-Stein didn’t put up better stats this past season.

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Apr 282015
 
Aaron Harrison

Aaron Harrison

DraftExpress.com released its first 2015 mock draft accounting for “team needs” Tuesday, and all seven of UK’s early entries are now projected to be selected.

Karl-Anthony Towns remains the No. 1 overall pick — to the Minnesota Timberwolves, who have a league-best 25 percent shot at winning that spot in the NBA draft lottery. Willie Cauley-Stein is up to No. 5 overall (to Orlando), and Devin Booker is also in the lottery at No. 12 to Utah.

Trey Lyles (Milwaukee), Dakari Johnson (L.A. Lakers), Andrew Harrison (Indiana) and Aaron Harrison (Philadelphia) are also mentioned. Check out the full mock draft for all 60 picks and more detailed information on the top 30 players.

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Apr 222015
 
Karl-Anthony Towns

Karl-Anthony Towns

The dust has pretty much settled on early entries for this year’s NBA Draft, with only a handful of players still undecided on their pro intentions.

DraftExpress.com updated its Top 100 rankings for the 2015 draft and freshened up the 2016 mock draft Wednesday. Several UK players and recruits were mentioned.

Karl-Anthony Towns remains the No. 1 player in this year’s draft, according to the website. The Minnesota Timberwolves have the best chance (25 percent) of landing that pick. Other UK players in the DraftExpress.com Top 100 are Willie Cauley-Stein (No. 6), Devin Booker (No. 15), Trey Lyles (No. 17), Dakari Johnson (No. 34), Andrew Harrison (No. 49) and Aaron Harrison (No. 62).

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Apr 132015
 
Karl-Anthony Towns

Karl-Anthony Towns

Kentucky could produce the No. 1 overall picks in the next two NBA Drafts.

DraftExpress.com updated its Top 100 list for this year’s draft and posted a new mock draft for 2016 after covering this past weekend’s Nike Hoop Summit in Oregon.

Karl-Anthony Towns remains the No. 1 player on the 2015 list, and incoming freshman Skal Labissiere is still projected as the No. 1 pick in next year’s draft, a position he earned with his strong play leading up to the Hoop Summit.

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Apr 122015
 
Alex Poythress (in white) walked onto the practice court with the seven UK players who declared for the NBA Draft on Thursday. Photo: Charles Bertram/Herald-Leader

Alex Poythress (in white) walked onto the Joe Craft Center practice court with the seven UK players who declared for the NBA Draft on Thursday.
Photo: Charles Bertram/Herald-Leader

Seven UK basketball players declared for the NBA Draft on Thursday, but Coach John Calipari said during the press conference that it would have been eight if not for the season-ending knee injury suffered by junior Alex Poythress.

It still could be eight, apparently.

Calipari said Thursday that Poythress has received feedback from NBA teams on his stock for this year’s draft, and he planned to go home to Tennessee and discuss the decision with his family.

Fellow junior Willie Cauley-Stein was in the same position as Poythress this time last year. Cauley-Stein’s season was cut short by an injury, and he decided to come back to school for one more run. He’s now considered a top-10 pick for this year’s NBA Draft.

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