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.