At the beginning of this season, John Calipari said that as many as eight Kentucky players could go pro after this year. With the regular season over, only three are consistently listed in mock drafts: Julius Randle, James Young, and Willie Cauley-Stein. In his ESPN Insider chat this afternoon, NBA guru Chad Ford said he believes that “at least four or five” UK players will enter the draft after this season:
For the second straight year, UK has under performed and this year, they can’t blame some of that on a major injury. From what I can gather, most, if not all of them want to come to the NBA now — including the Harrison twins. Randle is the only clear cut guy. He’s a Top 10 pick and probably Top 5. Lots of scouts like James Young. The rest is a pretty mixed bag at this point. But I think you’ll see at least four or five in the draft this year
Scouts fell in love with him before the season in Kentucky practices when he couldn’t miss a shot. He’s proven to be a more streaky shooter during the season, but has a smoothness to his game that teams really like. He’s a player you draft on potential and I still think he’s a late lottery pick, despite some up and down games of late.