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
 

Diallo

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
 

Diallo

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
 

Diallo

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
 

Bam Adebayo

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
 

Richards

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
 

Bam Adebayo

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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Three UK freshmen included in ESPN mock draft

 Posted by at 12:17 PM on April 4, 2017  Comments Off on Three UK freshmen included in ESPN mock draft
Apr 042017
 

Malik Monk

UK freshmen Bam Adebayo, De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk are all considered top 20 picks in this year’s NBA Draft, according to the latest NBA mock draft from ESPN’s Chad Ford, who updated his projections Tuesday.

Monk is now No. 4 overall to the Orlando Magic. Fox is No. 7 overall to the Sacramento Kings. Adebayo is No. 19 overall to the Milwaukee Bucks. Fox and Monk have already announced their intentions to enter the NBA Draft and hire agents. Adebayo is expected to join them in this year’s draft.

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Briscoe dropped from DraftExpress.com mock draft

 Posted by at 10:25 AM on March 13, 2017  Comments Off on Briscoe dropped from DraftExpress.com mock draft
Mar 132017
 

Isaiah Briscoe was on one of the covers for the Athlon Sports college basketball preview magazine this season.

DraftExpress.com updated its 2017 NBA mock draft Sunday night, and UK sophomore guard Isaiah Briscoe is no longer listed among this year’s 60 selections.

Briscoe had been the No. 60 overall pick — the last one of the draft — in the previous update one week ago. He averaged 10.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.3 turnovers in the SEC Tournament this past weekend.

Briscoe is now listed as the No. 85 overall player on DraftExpress.com’s Top 100 prospects board. Some of the players ahead of Briscoe on that list are not expected to enter this year’s draft.

Also in the latest mock draft, De’Aaron Fox moved up three spots to the No. 5 overall pick, Malik Monk moved up one spot to No. 8, and Bam Adebayo held steady at No. 27. Freshman Wenyen Gabriel — another UK underclassmen who is considered a possible early entry — is not listed among the site’s Top 100 prospects.

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Adebayo, Briscoe drop in latest NBA mock draft

 Posted by at 2:23 PM on March 6, 2017  Comments Off on Adebayo, Briscoe drop in latest NBA mock draft
Mar 062017
 

Isaiah Briscoe, left, and Malik Monk.
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UK basketball players Bam Adebayo and Isaiah Briscoe took a bit of a tumble in the latest 2017 mock draft from DraftExpress.com, which updated its board Monday afternoon.

While De’Aaron Fox (No. 8) and Malik Monk (No. 9) remained in the exact same positions as the last update, which was three weeks ago, Adebayo fell six spots to No. 27 overall and Briscoe dropped seven spots to No. 60 overall, the final pick in the two-round NBA Draft.

UK freshmen Wenyen Gabriel and Hamidou Diallo are both still absent from the 2017 mock draft and DraftExpress.com’s 2018 mock draft, which was also updated Monday.

ESPN’s Chad Ford also updated his “Big Board” on Monday, listing Monk at No. 6 overall, Fox at No. 9 and Adebayo at No. 25. Ford’s list only includes 30 prospects, which is the number of players selected in the first round of the NBA Draft.

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Little change for UK players in new NBA mock draft

 Posted by at 3:17 PM on February 13, 2017  Comments Off on Little change for UK players in new NBA mock draft
Feb 132017
 

De’Aaron Fox

Not much changed for Kentucky players in the latest NBA mock draft from DraftExpress.com, which updated its projections on Monday afternoon.

De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk are still at No. 8 and 9 overall, respectively, in the 2017 draft, and Bam Adebayo dropped just one spot to No. 21 overall. Sophomore guard Isaiah Briscoe dropped three spots to No. 53 overall.

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