With just 11 days before the 2019 NBA Draft, former UK Stars PJ Washington, Tyler Herro, and Keldon Johnson are patiently waiting to see where they will be selected. As June 20th draws closer, many scouts and different websites are routinely making new mock drafts.
Here is where the Kentucky trio is slated to be selected in some of the most well-regarded mock drafts on the internet:
CBS Sports: Round 1, Pick 13 to the Miami Heat
The Ringer.com: Round 1, Pick 10 to the Atlanta Hawks
NBA Draft.net: Round 1, Pick 18 to the Indiana Pacers
Bleacher Report: Round 1, Pick 11 to the Minnesota Timberwolves
Tankathon.com: Round 1, Pick 13 to the Miami Heat
CBS Sports: Round 1, Pick 15 to the Detroit Pistons
The Ringer.com: Round 1, Pick 18 to the Indiana Pacers
NBA Draft.net: Round 1, Pick 21 to the Oklahoma City Thunder
Bleacher Report: Round 1, Pick 15 to the Detroit Pistons
Tankathon.com: Round 1, Pick 21 to the Oklahoma City Thunder
CBS Sports: Round 1, Pick 19 to the San Antonio Spurs
The Ringer.com: Round 1, Pick 27 to the Brooklyn Nets
NBA Draft.com: Round 1, Pick 22 to the Boston Celtics
Bleacher Report: Round 1, Pick 26 to the Cleveland Cavaliers
Tankathon.com: Round 1, Pick 25 to the Portland Trail Blazers
Overall, most of this speculation is not too different from earlier in the draft process. Washington seems destined to be a lottery pick as teams really like his wingspan and improved shooting capabilities. The Miami Heat are the most popular destination as they need a leader in the frontcourt who can foster a competitive culture. While there is always a risk that he could fall in the draft due to his undersized height at the position, it seems almost certain at this point that Kentucky will have a player selected in the lottery for yet another year.
Slowly but surely PJ Washington is becoming my clear cut No.1 option for Minnesota at pick 11. 42% 3-point shooter, decent roll, cut, and post game, not a minus defensively with potential to become a plus (imo). Think he might be a very nice player. pic.twitter.com/hcm7VTsRNt
— Jake Paynting (@jakepaynting) June 9, 2019
Herro has seen his stock slightly improved in the past few weeks. After reports of him having a legendary workout with the Boston Celtics, it seems that Herro’s reputation as a shooter has improved in the eyes of many front offices. Seeing him projected to go as high as 15th to Detroit is the highest I’ve seen since he declared. Being selected by the Thunder is the most popular prediction as they badly need more outside shooting. Seeing Herro play alongside NBA stars Russell Westbrook and Paul George would be a dream for many Kentucky fans.
Hearing from a couple sources that it is a very real possibility that Boston takes Tyler Herro with the 14th pick. In my opinion, Herro is the best pure shooter in the 2019 class
— Dalton Pence (@dpenceNBA) June 5, 2019
It is difficult for me to get too low on Tyler Herro because there's a real chance he becomes a special pullup shooter, so smooth and fluid with his release. pic.twitter.com/7VP6P5DADm
— Ben Pfeifer (@Ben_Pfeifer_) June 1, 2019
Johnson on the other hand has seen his stock slowly fall ever since the midway point of Kentucky’s season as he finished the year on a bit of a quiet note. The consensus from many experts is that he will go somewhere in the late 20’s at the end of the first round. This is a bit disappointing, but the bright side of that is Johnson might get picked by a very good team at the end of the first round. The mock draft by CBS was the kindest to Kentucky as it predicted that all three players will be taken in the first 20 picks. If that happens, then this will be yet another great draft night for the Wildcats.