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This Summer’s Kentucky Lottery Update

As Roy Hibbert illustrates above, the John Wall Dance is already underway for teams in the 2010 NBA Draft.

There are many folks on message boardsand NBA fan sites that are calling it the John Wall Lottery as they anticipate landing the UK freshman and watching him blossom into the NBA’s next big star.

Wall has been sensational during his freshman campaign, but he is not the only player on the Kentucky roster that has the potential to be an NBA superstar.

The latest 2010 NBA “mock draft” from NBADraft.net has three Kentucky Wildcats going in the first ten picks of this summer’s draft.

John Wall, as expected, is projected to be the top pick in the draft and that is unlikely to change.

DeMarcus Cousins, however, is a different story. Cousins started the season as being projected in the bottom half of the first round with a possibility, depending on his attitude, of falling to the second round. After several weeks of All-American level play, Cousins is now projected all the way up to No. 4 overall.

Finally, Patrick Patterson, who has to be one of my favorite all-time Wildcats, is projected to be taken with the 10th pick.

I know this is only a mock draft and many things can change, but to have three players of this caliber on the roster at the same time is something special. Add other players with pro potential, such as Daniel Orton and Eric Bledsoe, and Kentucky’s team looks very much like a Final Four contender.

In fact, those five names are very similar in speed, athleticism and production to five other names that might ring a bell: Tony Delk, Antoine Walker, Walter McCarty, Derek Anderson and Ron Mercer.

Those five players and a talented bench had a 24-1 record on February 24, 1996. They finished the season with a record of 34-2, the other loss coming in the SEC Championship game, and a national championship.

Today’s team has a talented bench and will stand at 26-1 on February 24. How far can they go?

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Article written by Anthony Wireman