Kentucky’s season didn’t exactly go according to plan. A promising #3 preseason ranking paired with another highly touted recruiting class was supposed to bring another exciting year of high level basketball to the Commonwealth. Instead, this season brought about a first round NIT loss to Robert Morris University after the catastrophic injury to star center, Nerlens Noel. In recent years, late-March and early-April has become a time of extensively examining NBA mock drafts to see where our Cats may be selected. Of course many are now singing a different tune after a head-scratching loss to the Northeast Conference regular season champion. While the number of departures will not match previous seasons, there’s potential for some players to make the jump and join their predecessors in the world’s premier basketball league. Currently, there are 19 former Wildcats active on NBA rosters, many of whom have found niches on their respective teams. Since it’s difficult to keep up with the ones you once watched on a frequent basis, here are their updated season statistics through March 25th.
-As of late, John Wall has been showing why he was the #1 overall pick in 2010’s NBA Draft. In Washington’s past eight games, Wall has scored over 23 points on five occasions while dishing out 10 or more assists four times. The Wizards, who started 5-28, have gone 20-16 since Wall rejoined the squad.
-DeMarcus Cousins had a huge game against the streaking Nuggets on Saturday night. Big Cuz poured in 24 points on 10-16 shooting while taking down 15 rebounds in the process. Late in the third quarter, Cousins posterized former LSU big man, Anthony Randolph.
-Brandon Knight hasn’t been having the best of times recently. First it was DeAndre Jordan viciously dunking on him which forced the social media world to explode. Making matters worse, Knight injured his ankle soon there after, forcing him to miss multiple games. While team doctors suggested he stay sidelined, Knight returned against the Bobcats on Saturday night, scoring 10 points in victorious effort.
-Anthony Davis has truly exceeded all expectations this year. While his season statistics speak for themselves, in the Hornets’ ten most recent games, Davis has scored over 15 points on eight occasions. Even more amazing, during that same span, Davis has only shot below 50% from the field twice. Knowing this, it’s easy to see why he has the highest Player Efficiency Rating of any rookie averaging over 25 minutes per game.
-After a stretch of seven straight games with double digit scoring, Enes Kanter finally cooled off. While the four games after his impressive stretch were typical of his season, he broke out again Sunday against the Mavericks with 17 points on 7-9 shooting.