Ben Roberts from The Herald-Leader’s Next Cats blog spoke to ESPN draft guru Chad Ford this morning about the possibilities of Kentucky’s freshmen leaving for the league. Ford told Roberts he thinks Willie Cauley-Stein will stay for his sophomore season but he’s unsure about Alex Poythress and Archie Goodwin. If those two decide to leave to avoid the incoming competition, he thinks they’ll spend at least one year in the D-League, maybe even two.
Ford also believes Nerlens Noel will leave and could still end up being the top pick, even after the injury. He told Next Cats that many scouts project Noel at No. 1 overall.