The NBA Draft is just a few days away. A lot of former Kentucky Wildcats are hoping to hear their name called. Kentucky is known for getting guys to the NBA so this is nothing new. Since becoming head coach of Kentucky John Calipari has sent over 20 players to the league. This year he’s adding a few more names to that list.
Knox is the most NBA ready player out of this group. Knox was one of the youngest but also the leader of this past Kentucky team. He led the team in scoring including a 34 point performance against West Virginia. Right now Know is a projected lottery pick. In the latest mock draft’s he’s projected to go between 10-14th. Regardless of where he ends up, one franchise is going to get a star in the making.
Shai was a dark horse this season for the Wildcats. Coming into this season, I don’t think anyone including Calipari expected him to rise like this. He was second on the team in scoring but was probably their most consistent player throughout the up and down season. Shai is also a projected lottery pick going between 10-12. Whatever team drafts him is getting a steal of a player. With his size and defensive ability he will be a problem in the league for years to come.
Despite a roller coaster season for Diallo he’s taking his talent to the NBA. The one thing that stands out most about Diallo is his athleticism. He can jump out the gym and take almost anyone off the dribble. One thing that was easy to tell he needed to work on was his shooting. I’m sure with all the right help they will get him right at the next level. In the draft Diallo is projected to be a late first round to second round pick. If he does fall in the draft to the second round teams should be excited. Getting a player of his caliber late in the draft doesn’t always happen. He will be a huge addition to any team.
Jarred Vanderbilt and Wenyen Gabriel also declared for the NBA draft. Although they declared neither player is projected to get. Some sites may have Vanderbilt in the late second round but none have Gabriel. With all of Vanderbilt’s injuries and lack of games played it’ll be interesting to see where he ends up. The 2018 NBA Draft is June 21st. Tune in to see where all your favorite Kentucky players wind up!