Jan 242015
 
Devin Booker

Devin Booker

Seven UK basketball players are now projected to be selected in this year’s NBA Draft, according to the latest update from DraftExpress.com posted Saturday.

Freshman guard Devin Booker moved up six spots from the previous update to No. 14 overall, which would make him the final pick in the lottery. Booker had a game-high 18 points in Saturday’s victory over South Carolina, and he’s been the subject of increased NBA Draft chatter in recent weeks.

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Jan 142015
 
Karl Towns

Karl Towns

DraftExpress.com updated its Top 100 rankings and 2015 mock draft Wednesday, and several UK players were mentioned.

The website is projecting that six Wildcats will leave after this season, with four predicted as first-round picks. Freshman Karl-Anthony Towns leads the way as the No. 3 pick, followed by Willie Cauley-Stein (No. 5), Devin Booker (No. 20) and Dakari Johnson (No. 27). Andrew Harrison (No. 46) and Aaron Harrison (No. 50) are considered second-round picks.

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Jan 072015
 
Photo: Associated Press

Photo: Associated Press

ESPN analyst Chad Ford was back in the chat room Wednesday, and Aaron and Andrew Harrison were once again a topic of conversation when it was time to talk about the NBA Draft.

“Mike from Baltimore” asked Ford if there is “any chance” either of the Harrisons can move back up into the first round of this year’s draft.

“I don’t see either player as a first round prospect,” Ford responded. “Aaron, especially, had a good shooting night against Mississippi last night. But he’s been much too streaky to be drafted as a lights out shooter. Andrew has some strengths — particularly his size and defensive abilities for his position. But teams get turned off by his attitude and how he runs the team when he’s on the floor.

“Look, it only takes one GM to take a guy and I suspect there are a few scouts who have him ranked higher. But the consensus among scouts and GMs I’m speaking to is that they are second rounders to undrafted right now. That can change. They are both sophomores and we are only half way into the season. But that’s what I’m hearing right now.”

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Jan 062015
 
UK freshman Karl-Anthony Towns is No. 3 on Chad Ford's latest NBA Draft "Big Board" for ESPN. Photo: Mark Cornelison | Herald-Leader

UK freshman Karl-Anthony Towns is No. 3 on Chad Ford’s latest NBA Draft “Big Board” for ESPN.
Photo: Mark Cornelison | Herald-Leader

The fifth version of ESPN analyst Chad Ford’s NBA Draft “Big Board” was released Tuesday afternoon, and five Wildcats were listed among the top 35 prospects.

Ford’s top five stayed exactly the same from the previous update on Dec. 17, with Duke’s Jahlil Okafor at No. 1, followed by Emmanuel Mudiay, UK freshman Karl-Anthony Towns, Kristaps Porzingis and UCLA freshman Kevon Looney.

Willie Cauley-Stein improved by one spot and is now ranked No. 7. Trey Lyles moved up five spots to No. 16.

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Dec 312014
 
Devin Booker

Devin Booker

ESPN analyst Chad Ford supplied a couple of NBA Draft updates Wednesday, and that meant several mentions of Kentucky players and their pro prospects.

Ford ranked his top 10 NBA prospects at each position based off “conversations with dozens of NBA scouts and GMs,” and six Wildcats were included among those 50 players.

Freshman Karl-Anthony Towns came in as the No. 2 center in the draft (behind Duke’s Jahlil Okafor) and No. 3 overall prospect (behind Okafor and Emmanuel Mudiay). Willie Cauley-Stein (No. 3) and Dakari Johnson (No. 7) were also among the top 10 centers.

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Dec 172014
 
Alex Poythress

Alex Poythress

ESPN analyst Chad Ford updated his NBA Draft “Big Board” and held an online chat with readers Wednesday.

During the chat, Ford was asked how Alex Poythress’ recent knee injury affects his status for the 2015 draft. His response:

“Tough call. He was a bubble second-rounder before the injury. The injury clearly doesn’t help his stock. He’s not ready for the NBA offensively. He still struggles to create offense for himself. Defensively, he could be a nightmare in the NBA and he faces a tough choice. He’s slated to graduate from UK in April. Does he return for another year? Transfer to a team that would give him more playing time (he’s eligible if graduated to transfer and be immediately eligible)? Or go to the NBA and work on his game in the D-League? Not sure what the best option is for the young man, but he’ll always get looks because of his elite athletic abilities.”

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Willie Cauley-Stein rockets up draft board Saturday

 Posted by at 2:26 PM on December 13, 2014  1 Response »
Dec 132014
 
Cauley-Stein

Cauley-Stein

A spectacular performance — on both ends of the floor — against North Carolina on Saturday prompted DraftExpress.com to move UK junior Willie Cauley-Stein up six spots in the 2015 mock draft.

Cauley-Stein is now the No. 4 overall selection on DraftExpress.com’s list. He was No. 10 when the mock draft was last updated Monday.

The 7-footer had 15 points, six rebounds and four steals in UK’s 84-70 victory over the Tar Heels.

Monday’s update from DraftExpress.com included five other Wildcats: Karl-Anthony Towns (No. 3), Dakari Johnson (No. 24), Andrew Harrison (No. 27), Alex Poythress (No. 36) and Aaron Harrison (No. 42).

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Dec 112014
 
Cauley-Stein

Cauley-Stein

Four Kentucky players are listed as first-round draft picks in the latest NBA mock draft from ESPN’s Chad Ford.

Freshman Karl-Anthony Towns is the No. 2 overall selection (to the Detroit Pistons) in Ford’s latest update, which was released Thursday. Towns is behind Duke freshman Jahlil Okafor.

Junior center Willie Cauley-Stein goes ninth to the Boston Celtics, freshman Trey Lyles is 22nd to the Brooklyn Nets and Dakari Johnson is No. 24 to the San Antonio Spurs.

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Dec 022014
 
UK freshman Karl-Anthony Towns pulled down eight rebounds in UK's season opener. Photo: Mark Cornelison | Herald-Leader

UK freshman Karl-Anthony Towns pulled down eight rebounds in UK’s season opener.
Photo: Mark Cornelison | Herald-Leader

Dakari Johnson and Trey Lyles are now listed as first-round NBA Draft picks in ESPN analyst Chad Ford’s latest “Big Board,” which was released Tuesday.

UK freshman Karl-Anthony Towns remains the No. 3 overall pick — behind Duke’s Jahlil Okafor and Emmanuel Mudiay, who is playing in China.

Willie Cauley-Stein dropped two spots to No. 16 overall. The first 14 picks in the draft are considered “lottery” selections. Johnson is new to the Big Board at No. 26.

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