As Kentucky has surged in the postseason, so has the draft stock of its players, particularly the Harrison Twins. Before the SEC Tournament, most mock drafts didn’t even include the Twins, but now, they’re back in as late first round and early second round picks. During his chat today, ESPN NBA Insider Chad Ford said that while their recent play has improved their stock, he still believes they should return to school for another year so they can “really dominate”:
They’ve played great. They’ve quieted the doubters. They’ve proven that you shouldn’t write off heralded freshman just because they get off to a slow start. But I still think both players, despite their strong play for UK in the tournament are bubble first rounders. Aaron Harrison has always been in that place. I don’t think his stock has moved much all year. Andrew was once considered a Top 10 pick and his stock has obviously fallen. He’s helped it in the past two weeks (scouts will always find ways to give 6-5 point guards a second and third look) but he’s not cracking the lottery. I hope they go back to school and really dominate next year. If they declare, they are likely late first rounders to early second rounders.
Ford also said that Julius Randle remains Kentucky’s top pro prospect as a top 5-6 pick, while Dakari Johnson and Marcus Lee definitely need to return for another year to fully develop. Alex Poythress? Ford conceded that he “might” be drafted, and could be a terrific defender at the next level.
How far does Ford have the Cats going? Losing to Florida in the Championship game. Then again, this is the same guy who said James Young was a terrific passer, so… (just kidding, Chad).