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Kentucky’s take-over of the NBA draft

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Basketball nuggets of news have been few and far between over the last several days, but there is something out there on our beloved Wildcats. Andy Katz has an update on the NBA draft projections, confirming what we already knew: Anthony Davis is the clearest clear-cut No. 1 pick there has been in a while. Not that NBA scouts haven’t seen enough of Davis to know, or that enough drool hasn’t been spilled over his game, but the sky is truly the limit for his development.

Kentucky’s Anthony Davis is so clearly the No. 1 pick that there isn’t even a close second. Davis still doesn’t have an agent as he works out with Kentucky assistant Kenny Payne. Davis’ father, Anthony, said there is no rush. And every team agrees, saying that all Davis needs at this juncture is for someone to work on marketing deals.

One spot below Davis, the race is a little tighter. But it includes another former Cat fighting for next-best. The draft combines in New Jersey and Minnesota over the next couple of weeks will likely add some separation between these two.

The battle for the second pick is probably between Florida’s Bradley Beal and Kentucky’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Kidd-Gilchrist’s motor has the personnel buzzing. But Beal’s physical stature and his ability to make shots mean he’s ready to contribute.

The rest of the Cats up for the draft were mentioned by Katz too, and he hinted that Marquis Teague might work his way into the first round after all, simply out of other team’s desperation.

Kentucky’s Marquis Teague will climb when teams realize the need for a point guard. Teammates Doron Lamb and Darius Miller will have to work their way into a solid position in the first round.

He mentioned Terrence Jones as a name that “NBA personnel can’t agree on.”

Read the full article here and see what Katz has to say about all the top draft picks.

Article written by Stuart Hammer

B.S. Broadcast Journalism from the University of Kentucky. @StuartHammerKSR

18 Comments for Kentucky’s take-over of the NBA draft

  1. We already knew
    9:02 pm May 19, 2012 Permalink


  2. Randy
    9:20 pm May 19, 2012 Permalink

    Weekend posts have really went down hill. I don’t get it. Where is the insight on UK, a team, a player, recruiting insight that we haven’t heard before, etc.

  3. WhatSheOrder?FishFilet?
    9:24 pm May 19, 2012 Permalink

    2) i don’t know what you’re looking for. we’ve heard pretty much everything there is to hear at this point

  4. Dane Brammage
    9:34 pm May 19, 2012 Permalink

    That is one gr8 photo.

    One of the best I’ve seen of the 2012 NCAA Champs!

  5. Offseason
    9:34 pm May 19, 2012 Permalink

    Its the offseason…. Shall they make up news out of thin air?

  6. Roland
    9:38 pm May 19, 2012 Permalink

    why is everyone so warm and cozy with this Bradley Beal?

  7. uklaw95
    10:11 pm May 19, 2012 Permalink

    UK is playing U of L in softball on ESPN. 3-2. Before you say “who cares?” remember we are in the running for the capital one cup or whateverthehellitscalled.

  8. hersheyisabear
    10:13 pm May 19, 2012 Permalink

    Still has not sunk in that we will never see these guys play together again. Just blows.

  9. uklaw95
    10:22 pm May 19, 2012 Permalink

    Pinch hit with a girl who was 0-6 on the season. WTF?

  10. GetcheeFayctsStraight
    10:31 pm May 19, 2012 Permalink

    7) As much as I wish that counts for the Capital One Cup for men’s sports, it doesn’t. We’re in the running for the men’s cup, not the women’s. Good try though.

  11. UK Homer
    10:35 pm May 19, 2012 Permalink

    NBA Draft night is going to be especially fun this year. I was kind of caught off guard by it in 2010, especially since I was surprised Orton and Bledsoe declared and then BOTH went in round 1. Didn’t help that the loss in the Elite Eight made me think they all still had unfinished business (clearly they didn’t). This time around, we have a better idea what to expect AND they all are on top of the world. Do we think TJ will be in the green room too? I’m hoping Teague somehow shoots up the boards and gets an invite too. Also, what solid 25-30th pick team couldn’t use a clutch shooter (Lamb) or “jack of all trades” experienced guy who can play the 2 or 3 (Miller)? These teams need to go after role players (hint: our guys) and not ball hogs (everyone else). Let’s get 6 in the 1st! If not, it’ll still be a great night and the 2nd round guys will channel their inner Jodie Meeks and make an impact anyway! Let’s go Cats!

  12. Rixter
    10:40 pm May 19, 2012 Permalink

    There’s a lot of recent talk about Brad Beal. Was he good? UK was so busy beating Florida, I hardly noticed Beal….

  13. uklaw95
    10:41 pm May 19, 2012 Permalink

    10) sorry thought it was an overall trophy. Baseball needs to get their sh*t right.

  14. lane taylor
    10:47 pm May 19, 2012 Permalink

    I’d love to see Darius end up going late in the first round and end up on a team like the Spurs. He would fit in perfectly with the Spurs, his style of play, his motor, his basketball I.Q. Darius and San Antonio would be a perfect fit…plus the Spurs are my favorite team and of course I love Darius.

  15. Greg B
    4:31 am May 20, 2012 Permalink

    4, only thing better in that particular pic would be to have it a bit wider and show Lamb coming in at the scorers table.

  16. #9 GotThatRight
    8:39 am May 20, 2012 Permalink

    I hear ya #9. Softball coach pulled a Gillespie with pinch hit decisions each night.
    Pinch hit with walk-ons in clutch situations and had a former miss softball on the bench.
    She nees to get her arse off the bucket and get out there and coach 3rd base and
    maybe get a different perspective for in game decisions.

  17. bluefan
    9:48 am May 20, 2012 Permalink

    Thanks for the photo. Miss those guys!

  18. enes
    7:24 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    Best team picture I’ve seen. It should be kept up for the rest of the year.