Two Kentucky players projected as 2021 lottery picks

 Posted by at 10:33 AM on April 27, 2020  Comments Off on Two Kentucky players projected as 2021 lottery picks
Apr 272020
 

Boston

Two future Kentucky basketball players are projected as lottery picks in the latest 2021 NBA mock draft from ESPN, which features a list filled with familiar names.

Shooting guards Brandon Boston and Terrence Clarke are placed at No. 8 and No. 10, respectively, in the mock draft posted by ESPN on Monday morning. They are the two highest-rated prospects in UK’s No. 1-ranked recruiting class for next season.

Former UK point guard target Cade Cunningham is No. 1 on ESPN’s list. He’ll play his freshman season for Oklahoma State. Jalen Green, another former Kentucky target, is No. 2, and he’ll spend next season in the G League’s new professional development program.

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Four Kentucky players in latest NBA mock draft

 Posted by at 11:12 AM on April 9, 2020  Comments Off on Four Kentucky players in latest NBA mock draft
Apr 092020
 

Tyrese Maxey

ESPN released its latest NBA mock draft this week, and four Kentucky players were listed among the 60 picks for 2020.

Freshman guard Tyrese Maxey leads the Cats as the only projected first-round pick, going at No. 12 overall to the San Antonio Spurs (a move that would put him back in his home state of Texas).

The other three UK players listed are all among the final 10 picks of the second round, with Ashton Hagans going at No. 53 overall to the Charlotte Hornets, Nick Richards going at No. 57 to the Los Angeles Clippers, and Immanuel Quickley going at No. 58 to the Toronto Raptors.

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Four UK players in top 60 of new NBA Draft rankings

 Posted by at 11:12 AM on March 10, 2020  Comments Off on Four UK players in top 60 of new NBA Draft rankings
Mar 102020
 

Maxey

Four Kentucky basketball players are in the draft range for this year’s NBA Draft, according to the new rankings released by ESPN on Tuesday morning.

Freshman guard Tyrese Maxey continues to be Kentucky’s top pro prospect, coming in as the No. 8 overall player in the new ESPN rankings for the 2020 draft. Maxey is followed by junior center Nick Richards, who wasn’t even in the top 100 a few weeks ago and is now rated as the No. 46 overall player for the draft.

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Two Kentucky recruits listed as top 10 NBA picks

 Posted by at 10:43 AM on January 23, 2020  Comments Off on Two Kentucky recruits listed as top 10 NBA picks
Jan 232020
 

Clarke

After getting a good look at many of the top high school basketball prospects at this past weekend’s Hoophall Classic, the NBA Draft team at ESPN updated its projections for 2021.

A couple of future Kentucky Wildcats landed in prominent spots.

ESPN is projecting that shooting guards Brandon Boston and Terrence Clarke will go No. 8 and No. 9 in the 2021 NBA Draft, respectively, after playing next season at Kentucky. The ESPN rankings for the class of 2020 were also updated this week. Boston was No. 6 on that list, while Clarke was ranked No. 8.

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Only two Kentucky players in latest NBA mock draft

 Posted by at 3:53 PM on January 10, 2020  Comments Off on Only two Kentucky players in latest NBA mock draft
Jan 102020
 

Maxey

Just two Kentucky Wildcats were included in the latest NBA mock draft from ESPN on Friday, and another UK player tumbled dozens of spots in the pro prospect rankings.

ESPN now lists freshman guard Tyrese Maxey as the No. 6 overall pick in the 2020 draft, going to the Washington Wizards. The five players listed ahead of Maxey in the new mock draft were, in order, Georgia guard Anthony Edwards, former Memphis post player James Wiseman, Australian league guard LaMelo Ball, Iowa State sophomore point guard Tyrese Haliburton, and Israeli wing Deni Avdija.

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Kentucky players drop in latest NBA Draft rankings

 Posted by at 12:03 PM on November 29, 2019  Comments Off on Kentucky players drop in latest NBA Draft rankings
Nov 292019
 

Whitney

It’s still early in the season, and three Kentucky Wildcats are still listed among ESPN’s Top 100 prospects for the 2020 NBA Draft, but two of those three players dropped slightly in the website’s latest update Friday.

Freshman guard Tyrese Maxey is still the highest-ranked Wildcat on ESPN’s board, staying put at No. 8 in the latest rankings. His backcourt teammate Ashton Hagans, a sophomore, dropped from No. 59 to No. 60, which would be the final spot in the 60-player NBA Draft.

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New prospect rankings for next year’s NBA Draft

 Posted by at 10:47 AM on November 19, 2019  Comments Off on New prospect rankings for next year’s NBA Draft
Nov 192019
 

Maxey

ESPN updated its prospect rankings for the 2020 NBA Draft this week, and three Kentucky Wildcats are within the draft range for next year.

The new ESPN Top 100 placed freshman guard Tyrese Maxey at No. 8, freshman forward Kahlil Whitney at No. 17 (just outside the lottery), and sophomore guard Ashton Hagans at No. 59 overall. There are 60 total picks in the NBA Draft.

If those three players departed after this season — joining grad transfer Nate Sestina, who will be out of eligibility — that would leave six scholarship players to possibly return to Kentucky for next season. As UK fans have seen in the past, however, it won’t be that simple. Transfers and early entries regardless of draft stock have become common within UK’s program.

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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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