Since John Calipari arrived at Kentucky, Kentucky Sports Radio dot com has shared thousands of mock drafts filled with Kentucky Wildcats, who are usually featured at the top of the lottery. That was then, this is now.
We live in a world where Kentucky basketball players aren’t the most hyped NBA draft prospects. In the first 2019 NBA Mock Draft by ESPN’s Jonathan Givony, three Duke players sit atop the big board: R.J. Barrett, Cam Reddish and Zion Williamson. You will not find a Kentucky player until you reach the first pick of the second round.
31. Jarred Vanderbilt
50. Nick Richards
We’ve learned over the years that “expert” opinions and mock drafts don’t directly translate to on-court production. Plenty will change between now and next year. This isn’t something that should make you lose any sleep.
However, it’s quite a shock to see little to no hype surrounding Cal’s Cats. You could understand why the “experts” might not be bullish about UK’s sophomore class, but to not see anyone in featured from UK’s incoming class? That just doesn’t happen.
For Calipari’s one and done philosophy to be successful, he needs to play with the most talented players in the country. If Cal only has two second round picks on next year’s team, Kentucky could be in trouble.