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
 

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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
 

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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
 

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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
 

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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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Diallo still projected in second round after Combine

 Posted by at 11:20 PM on May 12, 2017  Comments Off on Diallo still projected in second round after Combine
May 122017
 

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UK freshman Hamidou Diallo was on the receiving end of considerable buzz following his appearance at the NBA Combine in Chicago this week, but it apparently didn’t do much for his overall draft stock.

DraftExpress.com updated its 2017 mock draft on Friday night, and Diallo moved up only two spots — from No. 37 to No. 35 overall — and is still a few picks outside of first-round territory. He has not yet hired an agent and has until May 24 to decide whether to stay in this year’s draft or return to UK.

De’Aaron Fox (No. 5 overall) and Malik Monk (No. 7 overall) stayed in the same spots in the DraftExpress.com mock draft. Bam Adebayo dropped three spots — and out of the first round — to No. 32 overall. Adebayo, Fox and Monk will all keep their names in this year’s draft.

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Diallo still in second round as NBA Combine begins

 Posted by at 3:21 PM on May 11, 2017  Comments Off on Diallo still in second round as NBA Combine begins
May 112017
 

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DraftExpress.com updated its 2017 NBA mock draft Thursday afternoon, ahead of the basketball activity at this week’s NBA Combine in Chicago.

UK freshman Hamidou Diallo is the No. 37 overall pick in the new mock draft — that’s the seventh pick of the second round — and it was noted that the update is “based on intel we’re getting from Chicago.”

Diallo has until May 24 to decide whether to stay in this year’s draft or return to Kentucky for his first season of on-court college basketball.

UK freshmen De’Aaron Fox (No. 5 pick), Malik Monk (No. 7) and Bam Adebayo (No. 29) are all considered first-round selections, and all three of those players have already said they will definitely stay in this year’s draft.

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Diallo just outside of first round on ESPN’s ‘Big Board’

 Posted by at 2:11 PM on May 8, 2017  Comments Off on Diallo just outside of first round on ESPN’s ‘Big Board’
May 082017
 

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UK freshman Hamidou Diallo is listed as one of the players in the “next five in” category on the new ESPN.com NBA Draft “Big Board” from analyst Chad Ford, who posted his latest update Monday morning.

Diallo — a 6-foot-5 shooting guard who enrolled in classes at UK but did not play for the Wildcats this past season — is considered a borderline first-round draft pick and will be at the NBA Combine later this week. Ford has only 30 players listed on his “Big Board,” which puts Diallo in the 31-35 range for next month’s draft.

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ESPN has Adebayo safely in first round of NBA Draft

 Posted by at 12:51 PM on April 12, 2017  Comments Off on ESPN has Adebayo safely in first round of NBA Draft
Apr 122017
 

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UK freshman Bam Adebayo has entered this year’s NBA Draft, but he’s still deciding whether to keep his name in that pool and forgo his final three years of eligibility as a Wildcat.

Adebayo, who has not yet hired an agent and could return to UK for a sophomore season, is No. 21 overall on the latest 2017 NBA Draft “Big Board” released by ESPN analyst Chad Ford on Wednesday. That would put him safely in the first round, which includes a total of 30 picks.

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DraftExpress now has Diallo, Richards in 2018 draft

 Posted by at 3:26 PM on April 11, 2017  Comments Off on DraftExpress now has Diallo, Richards in 2018 draft
Apr 112017
 

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UK recruits Nick Richards and Hamidou Diallo have been added to the 2018 mock draft from DraftExpress.com, which updated it’s projections for next year’s draft Monday.

Richards, who had a good showing at last week’s Nike Hoop Summit event in Portland, Ore., is now considered the No. 18 overall prospect for the 2018 draft, a designation that would make the 7-foot center a one-and-done player at Kentucky.

Diallo, who joined UK’s team in the middle of the 2016-17 season but is still considered part of the Cats’ 2017 recruiting class, is now projected by DraftExpress as the No. 21 overall prospect in next year’s draft.

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Adebayo falls out of first round in new mock draft

 Posted by at 1:25 PM on April 10, 2017  Comments Off on Adebayo falls out of first round in new mock draft
Apr 102017
 

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UK freshman Bam Adebayo is no longer a first-round NBA Draft pick, according to the latest projections released Monday from DraftExpress.com.

The DraftExpress mock draft now takes “team needs” into account, and Adebayo is slotted at No. 32 overall to the Phoenix Suns. In the previous update, he was the No. 30 overall pick, which would be the final selection of the first round.

Adebayo, who has not yet hired an agent and could still return to UK for a sophomore season, has until May 24 to make a final decision on his plans for this draft. The 6-foot-10 center averaged 13.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game this past season.

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