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Three Kentucky players make Sports Illustrated’s new mock draft


We know PJ Washington’s headed to the draft, but what about Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson? Sports Illustrated’s latest mock draft has PJ going to the Los Angeles Lakers at No. 11, Tyler going to the Orlando Magic at No. 16, and Keldon to the Boston Celtics at No. 18.

“Orlando has a need for perimeter shooting, particularly with Terence Ross’s contract expiring, and Herro fits the bill well in this range of the draft,” SI’s Jeremy Woo writes. “He helped himself a good deal over the course of the season, and while there are still some physical limitations he’ll face at the next level, he’s proven he’s more than just a specialist and added value in other ways for Kentucky. Herro’s upside is tied to him refining his jumper and on-the-move shooting into an elite skill, but he’s on the right track. He wouldn’t be the typical, toolsy Magic draftee, but he would make sense.”

As for Keldon, Woo says a somewhat disappointing freshman season won’t stop teams from picking him in the top 20.

“While Johnson comes with some limitations, his competitive drive, offensive skill package and positional value give him a solid floor. Although it’s possible he falls a bit behind his teammates on draft night, teams still like his intangibles, and he certainly won’t have to be a star to justify being selected in this range. It’s worth noting that it seems unlikely the Celtics keep all of their picks.”

For what it’s worth, this is a two-round mock draft and does not include Ashton Hagans.

[Sports Illustrated]

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25 responses to “Three Kentucky players make Sports Illustrated’s new mock draft”

  1. BBNDan7

    I wish them all the best, but there’s no way Hagans gets drafted or makes a roster in the next 2-3 years.

    1. Bobbum Man

      Lo… dumb comment

    2. BBNDan7

      Is it? He doesn’t fit in the modern NBA right now. Would be a Teague 2.0 with his current skill set.

  2. Bigblue7982

    Keldon and Herro need another year especially Keldon.

  3. Catcasey1

    Hagan will never be a pro do to poor shooting technique. Wasn’t tough very well growing u. Probably relieved to much on his speed

    1. Bobbum Man

      Not sure how to reply because I have no idea what ur saying… but wall and deaaron fox also were fairly poor shooters, they’re doin just fine

    2. Soylentbeans

      Bobbum I think this is what they said.

      Hagan’s will never be a pro due to poor shooting technique. Wasn’t TAUGHT very well growing UP. Probably RELIED to much on his speed.

      So I think you responded properly and I agree with what you said.

    3. catdaddyd

      Speed in high school maybe, slow for a college point guard. He never beat anyone off the bounce. Plus he’s a horrible post feeder.

    4. J-Dub421

      Catcasey, are you drunk or just really stupid? That was unintelligible.

  4. bpisforuk

    Keldon, Ashton And Tyler would all benefit with an extra year to be improve their game and consistency, too bad the lure of being “one and done” leads some to leave early. Too many guys leave early and end up in the G league only to hurt their long term careers.

    1. Soylentbeans

      I think it’s less the lure of one and done and more they are projected 1st rounders. Not sure about you but if I’m going 1st round I’m probably out.

    2. mashburnfan1

      It is more of what is wrong with the NBA and their drafting on potential of players instead of actual talent, look at Skal for all the proof you need.{there are many more than Skal, I used him as an example since most here will know him} What did anyone see in Keldon that would make you think and he can play in the NBA right now. He is a tweener that is not real good at anything but not real bad at anything. Sorry to say it but don’t see PJ doing well either, not a good enough ball handler/passer and not good enough of a shooter. His success this year was backing in and doing that little one hander that won’t be available much in the NBA. Herro has a great looking shot but needs to get stronger which could take him a couple years so may as well do that making millions.

    3. mashburnfan1

      to be clear on comment above, I am talking this year on Johnson and Herro, not ready. Not saying they never will be PJ still has lots to improve on for that next level as well. But I would take the money and run as well if someone is dumb enough to give it to you. The NBA throws away money all the time.

    4. JT919

      PJ shot 42 percent from 3.

  5. Ned T.

    Ashton Hagans reminds me of Ryan Harrow.

    1. bigblue98

      Not hardly – Harrow was in the fetal position most of the time when he was on the court.

  6. runningunnin.454

    There must be some Kentucky curse; I just don’t see Tyler and Keldon playing meaningful minutes in the NBA next year.
    I’ve seen them play, and I don’t wish to be mean, but I think they should first aspire to the level of play of Cassius Winston, Ty Jerome, Kyle Guy, and especially De’Andre Hunter…I’ve seen them play, too.
    I can’t understand what the sportswriters and the NBA top brass are thinking.

    1. BBNDan7

      Potential my man.

    2. sharpshooter81

      The word “potential” is the most overhyped term used in the NBA and players tagged with potential fail at a 60% rate.

      I see Johnson and Herro being in the D league for most of their brief NBA career because while they looked good at times this year, they will be below average in the pros.

      They would be best served to come back to get stronger, more consistent and to enjoy the college experience.

    3. runningunnin.454

      You’re correct; the curse that I mentioned is best summed up by that one word, potential. If it’s realized, then great; if it’s not then they’ll throw the baby out with the bath water. It’s an unforgiving business.
      Keldon is no De’Andre Hunter, and Tyler looks less and less like Rex Chapman,…for now.
      But with a year or two more at UK…I could see them achieving that level.

  7. speaksthetruth

    I don’t know as much as most you on here so this may not make sense, but I hate these mock drafts because it gives these kids false hope. Sure Herro May get picked 16 to the magic and they say they need a shooter, but is he really better than the top 7 or 8 on the team already. These kids think they will start and some do but so many think first round means I’ll get picked and they want me to start. I hope agents are honest and tell them how it is.

  8. rcope58

    I would love to see both of them come back but if they can go In the first round, then it is probably best for them. That is the bad part for fans of a players first university. We barely get to know these fantastically talented kids and they are gone. But we will always be relevant and have a chance every year to win the championship.

  9. CoachCat

    Keldon and Tyler leave straight to G League. Stay another year for lottery. Pretty simple

  10. Mbivinsuk007

    Obviously I would love to see them both back as a UK fan but also for themselves as well neither of these kids are no where near ready Tyler is great athlete good Defense and good shooter but is no where near the level as a RJ Barrett or Kyle Guy yet I’m not saying that he won’t be but not yet and if he could look through the money for 1 year it would double after 1 more season..

  11. Mbivinsuk007

    As for Keldon man he has a lot of “potential ” but I believe the NBA would like to see if that potential is going to come out or just fade out we’ve all seen he’s capable of playing great just not as consistent as a Ja Morant give him another year for everyone to see I personally think he will please everyone he’s got the tools just needs to learn how to use em better.. Although I think they both go anyway would love to be wrong and then BBN and Calipari would definitely have a very good chance to get that title…