One UK player in Top 50 on new NBA Draft board

 Posted by at 10:26 AM on August 4, 2020  Comments Off on One UK player in Top 50 on new NBA Draft board
Aug 042020
 

Tyrese Maxey

ESPN updated its 2020 NBA Draft board following Monday’s NCAA withdrawal deadline, and just one Kentucky player is currently ranked as a top 50 prospect for this year’s draft.

Freshman guard Tyrese Maxey is No. 15 on the ESPN board, which leads with Georgia star Anthony Edwards in the No. 1 overall spot, followed by the NBL’s LaMelo Ball, former Memphis center James Wiseman, Israeli league star Deni Avdija and Southern Cal’s Onyeka Okongwu rounding out the top five.

Continue reading »

Share

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.

Continue reading »

Share

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.

Continue reading »

Share

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.

Continue reading »

Share

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.”

Continue reading »

Share

Three UK players in top 25 of new NBA mock draft

 Posted by at 10:23 AM on April 11, 2019  Comments Off on Three UK players in top 25 of new NBA mock draft
Apr 112019
 

Herro

PJ Washington is staying in the NBA Draft, and he could be a lottery pick, according to the newest mock draft released by ESPN on Thursday morning.

Washington is listed as tied for 12th with two other players in the new mock draft, which notes that ties in the draft order will be settled by the NBA on Friday. The first 14 picks in the draft are considered lottery selections. Washington announced earlier this week that he would enter the draft and hire an agent, and he and UK both implied that he would keep his name in the draft and not return to school for a third season.

Continue reading »

Share

New ESPN mock draft filled with UK players, recruits

 Posted by at 10:44 AM on January 23, 2019  Comments Off on New ESPN mock draft filled with UK players, recruits
Jan 232019
 

McDaniels

ESPN released a new NBA mock draft for 2020 on Wednesday — after its analysts evaluated several top recruits at the Hoophall Classic over the weekend — and the list of possible picks is filled with current and future Kentucky Wildcats.

Top UK target Jaden McDaniels is the projected No. 1 overall pick in the new mock draft. The 6-foot-10 forward from Seattle is one of the highest ranked prospects in the 2019 class and has narrowed his recruiting list to Kentucky, San Diego State, Texas, UCLA and Washington. He is not expected to make a college decision until the spring.

Another UK target, shooting guard Anthony Edwards, is No. 2 on the list. Edwards — a 6-5 prospect from Atlanta — arrived on UK’s campus earlier this week for his official visit and is also considering Florida State, Georgia, Kansas and North Carolina.

Continue reading »

Share

UK’s NBA Draft question marks not high on new list

 Posted by at 11:13 AM on April 26, 2018  Comments Off on UK’s NBA Draft question marks not high on new list
Apr 262018
 

Washington

The three Kentucky Wildcats who have entered their names in this year’s NBA Draft but have not yet hired agents — Wenyen Gabriel, Jarred Vanderbilt and PJ Washington — still have a lot of work to do to raise their draft stock, apparently.

None of those three is listed close to first-round range in ESPN’s most recent rundown of the Top 100 prospects for this year’s draft, which was released Thursday morning. Only Washington — at No. 51 overall — is even in draft range.

Vanderbilt, who’s season was limited by two injuries, is listed at No. 65 overall, and Gabriel is not among the 100 draft-eligible prospects on ESPN’s list. There are a total of 60 picks in the NBA Draft.

Continue reading »

Share

NBA mock draft includes no UK players in first round

 Posted by at 9:57 AM on February 12, 2018  Comments Off on NBA mock draft includes no UK players in first round
Feb 122018
 

Vanderbilt

The new ESPN NBA mock draft for 2019 includes zero UK players in the first round. That would be a first for the Wildcats under Coach John Calipari.

ESPN’s updated 2019 draft has three Duke commitments at the very top — R.J. Barrett, Cameron Reddish and Zion Williamson, in that order — only eight one-and-done players total and zero Wildcats in the first round. Jarred Vanderbilt, who would be a sophomore next season, is the top UK player at No. 31 overall, and Nick Richards, who would also be a sophomore next season, is the only other Wildcat on the list at No. 50 overall.

Continue reading »

Share

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
 

Diallo

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).

Continue reading »

Share