Following the NBA Combine and draft withdrawal deadline, Kevin Knox’s stock is soaring.
This morning ESPN’s Jonathan Givony released an updated mock draft that firmly places the Kentucky scorer in the lottery. Previously on the fringe at No. 15, Givony now projects Knox to Charlotte with the eleventh pick.
“He’s one of the youngest players in this draft, so he still has plenty of room to continue to grow. Knox’s appeal is reportedly growing on NBA teams as the pre-draft process has moved on, and there is a chance he could climb as high as seven or eight.”
In a workout and interview with Draft Express, Knox said his primary pre-draft goal is to improve his ball-handling and decision-making out of the pick-and-roll.
The only other Kentucky Wildcat in Givony’s first round is Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Described as “arguably Kentucky’s best long-term prospect,” he’s projected to go to the Los Angeles Clippers at No. 12 overall.
You will not find Wenyen Gabriel in ESPN’s mock draft, but you will find Hamidou Diallo (No. 40 to the Nets) and Jarred Vanderbilt (No. 57 to OKC). Kyle Tucker made one interesting note regarding Vanderbilt’s stock: “Was told by a scout for another team yesterday that common rumor in the league is Vando got someone to promise to draft him and give him time to get healthy.”