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2015 NBA Draft In The Most Ridiculous Manner Possible

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Follow along for a running blog of tonight’s NBA Draft, mostly by me, but with contributions from Matt Jones and Mrs. Tyler Thompson. If you would like to join in on the action, submit a tweet with the hashtag #BBNBADraft and our favorites will be included in the blog. You can also use the comments section at the bottom of this post. Let’s go!

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12:19 p.m.

Aaron goes undrafted. πŸ™

No record seven players for Kentucky. Not this year.

11:49 p.m.

Dakari Johnson to Oklahoma City at No. 48!!!

Dakari goes from title contender to, well, title contender.

11:40 p.m.

There were five Kentucky Wildcats with the Phoenix Suns, at least for a brief moment. The Suns selected Andrew Harrison 46th overall then promptly shipped him to Memphis.

In that split second Harrison was with Phoenix, the Suns had as many Wildcats as Louisville has in the entire league.

11:13 p.m.

It’s safe to say Bobby Portis would like to have this tweet back:

Portis was drafted by the Bulls tonight.

10:56 p.m.

Kevon Looney to Golden State ends the first round of the draft. Looney and his family left the green room after his long fall, but returned once he learned he would be picked at No. 30.

We still have an entire round left. Someone bring coffee.

10:37 p.m. (Mrs. Tyler)

Okay, I’m tired. Might need some tea to get through this. We’ve entered the lull of the Draft, but pictures of the Cats doing the media rounds keep trickling out, including this one of Devin Booker with a stuffed penguin?

10:14 p.m.

Here’s a closer look at Cauley-Stein’s WCS medallion

@lukewinn

That probably cost more than I’m worth. And by probably I mean definitely.

10:00 p.m. 

I would pay good money to watch this:

9:40 p.m. (Mrs. Tyler)

Phew. How is everyone? What a night. In case you’re just tuning in, here’s the draft in a nutshell so far:

Meanwhile, fashion analyst Moziah Bridges says he made Willie’s bowtie and named it Trill. He is my spirit animal:

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9:31 p.m.

Erin Calipari’s response to Boston selecting Terry Rozier is perfection.

9:14 p.m. 

Murray State’s Cameron Payne is going to Oklahoma City to close out the lottery. We’ll slow things down here on the blog as we wait to see where Andrew Harrison, Dakari Johnson and hopefully Aaron Harrison go later in the evening.

9:08 p.m.

Willie’s grandparents look great in their new hats:

9:06 p.m.

Bledsoe is ready for his new teammate:

9:04 p.m.

Booker follow Lyles at No. 14 to the Phoenix Suns.

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Kentucky ties the record for most picks in the lottery.

Meanwhile, in the Phoenix backcourt: Eric Bledsoe, Brandon Knight, Devin Booker and Archie Goodwin.

8:55 p.m.

TREY LYLES TO UTAH!

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8:51 p.m.

Damn… Myles Turner to Indiana at No. 11. This could’ve been Trey Lyles’ homecoming.

8:44 p.m.

Frank Kaminsky has two tanks sewn into his suit jacket.

8:42 p.m. 

Justise Winslow to Miami. There’s a wins low joke in there somewhere.

8:36 p.m.

Frank Kaminsky to Charlotte at No. 9. I was really hoping to see the Hornets take Devin Booker here to team him up with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Oh well. It’s not the first time Kaminsky ruined my dreams. As Andrew Harrison would say…

8:32 p.m. 

Stanley Johnson, picked eighth by the Pistons, just said he is the best player in the draft.

Agree to disagree?

MATT 8:29 p.m. 

I am a little surprised that Bilas and Williams were so hard on the Willie Cauley-Stein pick. While I might have taken Winslow first (although I don’t think it is a slam dunk), Willie is an all-NBA Defensive Team level talent…they don’t come everywhere. Plus, his weaknesses (scoring and toughness on the block) are exactly what Demarcus Cousins does best. I am not sure if the Kings will keep Cousins (it seems youth after the whole George Karl saga), however if they do, the one-two punch on the court seems complimentary to me.

8:23 p.m.

Emmanuel Mudiay to the Nuggets at No. 7. Moving from Guangdong, China to Denver, Colorado seems like a difficult transition. It’s an expensive U-Haul rental, too.

8:17 p.m.

Willie Cauley-Stein to the Kings!!!

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So happy to see Willie go sixth overall after nearly everyone had him slipping out of the top 10 this week. However, I have very little faith we’ll ever see him share the paint with DeMarcus Cousins. And that makes me sad.

8:14 p.m. (Matt)

Sad Knicks Selfie Kid is the real winner of this Draft so far

8:12 p.m.

Mario Hezonja to Orlando. That’s a made-up person.

8:07 p.m.

Word spreading that Sacramento will take Willie Cauley-Stein at No. 6.

Please be true. Please be true. Please be true.

8:01 p.m.

The Knicks selected that guy with the funny name to a roar of BOOOOOOOO from the hometown crowd.

It’s a draft tradition.

8:00 p.m. (MATT)

Ricky Rubio has no worries about Karl coming to town:

Andrew Wiggins was a little more welcoming:

 

7:53 p.m.

Okafor to the Philadelphia 76ers at No. 3.

More like the Philadelphia Seventy-Centers, amirite?

7:48 p.m. (Matt)

Very cool to see Karl go #1 and help UK become the first program ever to get 3 players taken first in the Draft. We have had a lot of kids at Kentucky over the years and he might be the best as a person that have been here.

And I also would like to know when Okafor stopped parking cars to come to the Draft in that jacket.

7:45 p.m.

Curve ball! D’Angelo Russell to the Lakers at No. 2. That means Jahlil Okafor, the presumed top pick throughout most of the college basketball season, will go third at best.

Should’ve made those free throws, Jahlil.

7:42 p.m.

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We’re proud of you, Karl. Now go get that money.

7:39 p.m.

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#KentuckyEffect

7:38 p.m.

karl-minnesota

Karl-Anthony Towns is your No. 1 pick!!!!!

7:34 p.m.

The Timberwolves are on the clock! Here we go!!!

7:33 p.m. (Mrs. Tyler)

The first good subplot of the night: Jerry Tipton vs. the man.

Don’t go down without a fight, Jerry!

7:29 p.m. (Mrs. Tyler)

Meanwhile, MKG is modeling Charlotte’s new uniforms, which are terrible:

MKG’s face says it all.

7:22 p.m.

Did these guys not call each other?!

@LostLettermen

Okafor should’ve sent the other three home to change. That’s unacceptable.

7:18 p.m.

The Calipari family Christmas card 2015:

Still not sold on Willie’s hair.

7:15 p.m.

NBA TV caught up with Towns moments ago:

7:10 p.m.

We still have another 20 minutes before Karl Towns is announced as the No. 1 overall pick to Minnesota. Jay Bilas just said, “If you want the more dominant player in one area, low post scoring, you go with Jahlil Okafor. But I can’t argue with this pick. It’s a very good pick by Minnesota.”

Remember, Bilas took Okafor in his mock draft earlier this week.

Duke much?

7:07 p.m. (Mrs. Tyler)

The word is Charlotte will take Devin Booker at #9, prompting this hilarious photoshop from Fake Barney:

7:05 p.m.

WILLIE’S GRANDPARENTS MADE IT!!!!

Seems like yesterday they were pretending to laugh at Ryan Lemond’s jokes at our pregame shows in Rupp Arena.

7:03 p.m.

Coach Cal poses with Trey Lyles’ family:

He’s going to be all over the place tonight. King of the Green Room once again.

6:58 p.m. 

Why is Wiz Khalifa performing on SportsCenter right now? I never thought anything could be worse than 30 minutes of baseball highlights, but ESPN proved me wrong. This is brutal. wiz-sportscenter

Draft in two minutes!

6:45 p.m.

Of course Frank Kaminsky throws up the peace sign.

@NBADraft

And is Karl holding a selfie stick here? Is Devin doing the Ricky Bobby? “I don’t know what to do with my hands.”

So much going on in there.

6:40 p.m.

According to Jerry Tipton, who took the Q train from Manhattan to the BK, Willie Cauley-Stein and his family will be seated front and center at the best table in the house. That means we should get plenty of good looks at the WCS table until his name is called. I hope his grandparents are there. They’re awesome.

6:30 p.m.

We’re 30 minutes away from the 2015 NBA Draft in the Barclays Center! Tune in on ESPN at 7:00 p.m. and refresh us here for some fun and extremely biased commentary.

Coach Cal is already in the building for what he calls one of his favorite nights of the year. He shared a photo with his good friend Karlito as they play the waiting game in the green room.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

89 Comments for 2015 NBA Draft In The Most Ridiculous Manner Possible



  1. tylercarter
    6:47 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    anybody have a link to watch the dradt that isn’t watchespn



  2. uk3k_J
    6:52 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    God bless. George Karl is going to get canned after 4 months for trying to trade away the only thing the Kings have.



  3. ESPN Exec
    6:54 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    We suggested WCS be seated front and center so that we can get the best camera angles while he slides.



    • ESPN Exec
      8:13 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

      Unfortunately, Montrezl Harrell wasn’t invited to NY.



    • ESPN Exec
      8:16 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

      Aaaaaaaaand, I’m a dumbass. 6th to the Kings.



    • J-Dub421
      10:56 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

      Awww, poor little U of L troll. At least you tried.



  4. uk3k_J
    7:01 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    Kaminsky becoming a knick will be the perfect revenge.



  5. Cindy Caple
    7:08 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    Teary-eyed waiting to hear our beloved Karl’s name as the 2015 #1 pick.



  6. What The
    7:08 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    What’s up with Bilas still having Okafor as his #1? I know he’s a Dookie, but c’mon.



  7. What The
    7:10 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    Listen to the dookies defending Okafor and trying to stop his slippage.



  8. KevinM
    7:12 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    Time for the Cats to get the spotlight tonight….Cal is a busy man tonight.



  9. uk3k_J
    7:21 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    My tv can’t handle Karl towns jacket



  10. L
    7:23 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    Like the blue suit on “cutesy pie”!



  11. catdaddyd
    7:26 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    Who is the tall babe next to Cal?



  12. Donna
    7:27 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    It’s really hard for ESPN to admit Towns>Okafor



  13. L
    7:29 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    Get Kanin….off the tv



  14. L
    7:30 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    She is WCS Mom



  15. BigBlueFeller
    7:35 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    First and only time i’ll root against KAT…………..

    PLEASE Minnesota PLEASE take Okafor.



  16. Gowcats
    7:39 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    The maroon jacket with black collar looks like the same jacket I wore as a waiter at Keeneland in college. I blew all my tips on bad picks at the track, but had lots of fun. Just announced, KAT #1! Go Big Blue!



  17. What The
    7:59 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    Did I stumble into the Jahlil Okafor Draft? Good grief.



  18. Jewelielou
    8:03 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    I feel bad for that kid that they are booing him.



  19. WestKoastKat
    8:04 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    As bad as I hate to admit it, with KAT’s pick we tie Duke for most #1 picks.

    1963 – Art Heyman
    1999 – Elton Brand
    2011 – Kyrie Irving

    I know the first one was a long time ago, but we’d definitely count it if it was ours.

    -WKK



  20. BigBlueFeller
    8:05 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    LOL Knicks are on the clock get them ping pong balls ready for next years lottery.



  21. katmandue2you
    9:10 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    I sure am happy for our boys….but damn this depresses me and pisses me off even more that we didn’t win the Championship….DAMN!!!



  22. katmandue2you
    9:16 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    Sorry folks…. just had a Wisconsin cheesey meltdown



  23. catdaddyd
    9:23 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    Jeff Goodman, more like Jowls Goodman.



  24. Rixter
    9:39 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    In the 2nd round, look for the Knicks to select Billy Sadler, who was the 2015 MVP in the Little Rock, Ark Assemblies of God Church League. Dynamic shooter from deep.



    • J-Dub421
      11:00 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

      Lol, you’re cracking me up. πŸ™‚



  25. catdaddyd
    9:45 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    All these players act like they should have been picked earlier. Dekker, Oubre, etc…c



  26. Rixter
    9:45 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    Good to see Pitino in the Green Room. What? He wasn’t? No players invited? Who was the last UL player in the Lottery?



  27. Rixter
    9:49 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    Why does the Good Lord favor the Grant family over mine?



  28. SMH
    9:52 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    Is this the most white players selected in the first round since Cliff Hagan’s rookie year?



  29. Rixter
    9:58 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    Kentucky Kingdom’s Deep Water Dive – Tallest slide in America….that is until Montrezl slid behind 2 Europeans, 2 uncoordinated Wisconsin players, and a Murray State player. I’m assuming ‘Trazl will be the 6th player selected from the Commonwealth. Unless somebody takes Dakari?



    • RealCatsFan
      12:09 am June 26, 2015 Permalink

      Harrell proves once again the danger of taking Rickie’s advice and hanging around that extra year at UofL to “better” his game. Same thing would have happened to Rozier if he had hung around an extra year. He saw the writing on the wall and got out.



    • J-Dub421
      12:15 am June 26, 2015 Permalink

      Meanwhile Blackshear will become Rick’s third consecutive 5-star to go undrafted.



  30. T-Mo
    10:19 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    I’m so confused as to where KSR keeps getting this “first to have 3 #1 draft picks” …….what happened to Sam Bowie? Would that not make us 4 with Bowie, Wall, Davis, and Towns?



  31. Randy
    10:20 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    Wonder if Jaylen Brown, Steven Zimmerman, Carlton Bragg, Caleb Swanigan, Cheick Diallo, and Malik Newman are having second thoughts after watching the draft tonight. If they didn’t, they should have.

    Congrats to Charles Matthews, Skal Labissiere, Isaiah Briscoe, Michael Muldar and Jamal Murray!



  32. CJD
    10:38 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    I was still mourning that damn loss to the Badgers until tonight…CAYTS, CAYTS, CAYTS!

    Congrats to all the NBA Cats and I can’t wait for next season.

    Now where’s my Buffalo Trace and ginger beer…



  33. KevinM
    10:40 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    BBN is on fire tonight……..not over as I wait for Dakari and Andrew to get picked before the night is over.
    Aaron will get a camp invite and meet up with everyone in Vegas….tough summer gig!



  34. Rixter
    10:57 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    Good thing 3 Stacks talked Montrezl into coming back and working on his game, huh? He might have been a Lottery pick last year, and look what Pitino turned him into!



    • J-Dub421
      11:02 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

      He did the same for Russ Smith. Generous that Pitino.



    • Rixter
      11:14 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

      P1C4



  35. Han
    11:04 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    Kentucky tied with the 2005* National* Champion* UNC* Tarheels* Afro-American* Studies* Dream* Team* for most student-athletes^ from a school* taken in the lottery.



    • Joshua
      12:08 am June 26, 2015 Permalink

      I wished I could have received a free college diploma without going to class. I find it hard to believe Coach Roy Williams knew nothing about this. Does not sound like a good Father Mentor if you ask me.



  36. Rixter
    11:11 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    Jay Williams just called him ‘Montrezel’. i love it



  37. Ben
    11:13 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    At this rate, Aaron Harrison is going to be playing in Cambodia. *not a troll, just disappointed the other three haven’t been picked.



    • J-Dub421
      11:20 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

      There have been some baffling picks .



    • Ben
      11:44 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

      Yeah, seriously. I cannot believe someone has not picked Dakari at this point. This is absolutely dispelling the myth that size trumps talent in the draft. Dude should have been a first round pick based on size along, if that was true.



    • catdaddyd
      11:48 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

      Well the 76’s still have a few picks left. They only draft big men.



  38. J-Dub421
    11:16 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    What the hell are the Celtics doing tonight? Who’s picking for them? And is he drunk?



    • J-Dub421
      11:52 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

      Seriously, what are the Celtics doing??? I don’t understand any of their picks. WTF?



  39. J-Dub421
    11:20 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    Did the 76er’s lose a bet so that they’re only allowed to draft big men?



    • J-Dub421
      11:48 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

      They just picked another center!!!!!!!!! What the hell??????



  40. J-Dub421
    11:26 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    I wonder if Cliff Alexander regrets going to Kansas?



  41. J-Dub421
    11:39 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    Holy crap! Phoenix has become the UK of the NBA!



    • Btownukfan
      11:43 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

      I think you and I are the only two left watching. What is it with Phoenix and UK guards?



    • catdaddyd
      11:45 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

      The Phoenix Wildcats.



    • Ben
      11:45 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

      Phoenix has become UK Jr. I love it. (Please no one get traded.)



    • J-Dub421
      11:46 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

      Well, as my grandfather used to say, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” The UK guards they have are good, so why not take some more?



    • Ben
      11:47 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

      Although, I would have to say it would be entertaining as hell if the Lakers somehow managed to get Cousins to go along with Randle, and then somehow stumbled into Bledsoe. Would I root for LA? yes. Would I feel dirty? Yes. But would it be a good kind of dirty… oh… yes.



    • J-Dub421
      11:49 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

      Dude, don’t deprive me of a Boogie /Willie front court.



  42. Ben
    11:48 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    Who the hell is Normal Powell?



    • Ben
      11:48 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

      Norman. Shit, I’m drunk!



  43. Ben
    11:49 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    THE THUNDER FROM DOWN UNDER – DAKARI JOHNSON



    • J-Dub421
      11:50 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

      About damn time.



  44. BtownUKFan
    11:50 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    Dakari to Oklahoma WOOT !!



  45. Ben
    11:51 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    I hate to say it, but Aaron may go undrafted. That really sucks.



    • J-Dub421
      11:53 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

      How do teams keep passing on a guy who makes big shot after big shot?



    • Ben
      11:55 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

      I don’t get it either. I don’t understand how any team selects some unproven foreign “talent” over a kid who has proven himself on one of the biggest stages multiple times.



  46. BtownUKFan
    11:53 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    Did Jalen Rose say “It nevers hurts” to go back to college? Ask Montrez or Sullenger from a couple of years ago. Both would have been drafted higher had they gone to the NBA the previous year.



  47. CatBlue in LR
    11:53 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    When he said, “With the 49th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, the Washington Wizards select Aaron…” how many started cheering, only to hear him say, “…White from the University of Iowa.” I know I did. Letdown. πŸ™



    • J-Dub421
      11:56 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

      Same.



  48. J-Dub421
    11:56 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    I like when Wildcats get drafted to teams that already have a Wildcat. That way I know they’ll have a friend.



  49. Ben
    11:56 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    If Aaron hasn’t been selected by #22, I’m counting on Mark Cuban to do the right thing and take him. Come on, you rich SOB. Do it!



    • Ben
      12:12 am June 26, 2015 Permalink

      I can’t even pronounce the names being selected at this point. Crap.



  50. J-Dub421
    11:59 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    Sure Orlando, take a shooting guard from Eastern Washington and not the hero of the last two NCAA tournaments. That makes sense.



  51. Ajax
    12:01 am June 26, 2015 Permalink

    Cliff Alexander. LOL. Kansass killed your dreams.
    Too bad you didn’t believe in Cal.



  52. Ajax
    12:08 am June 26, 2015 Permalink

    5 picks left. Go Aaron!!!!!



    • catdaddyd
      12:19 am June 26, 2015 Permalink

      If you don’get picked in the first round, it’s better to not get drafted at all. Then you can pick what team you fit in with better.



  53. J-Dub421
    12:11 am June 26, 2015 Permalink

    Some team needs to quit being stupid and pick Aaron so I can go to bed. I have to work in the morning.



  54. Diddy kong
    12:14 am June 26, 2015 Permalink

    Aaron’s career will most likely be like the start of the MyCareer mode in NBA 2k15 at this rate.



  55. J-Dub421
    12:22 am June 26, 2015 Permalink

    Aaron is the type of guy who will be very motivated by this.



  56. bob
    12:29 am June 26, 2015 Permalink

    Aaron is not ready for the NBA… obviously. He should have let his brother go to the NBA and stayed at least 1 more year at UK. Best chance for him will be overseas somewhere….



    • J-Dub421
      12:35 am June 26, 2015 Permalink

      Aaron will get picked up as a free agent and returning to school for another year would not have helped his draft stock. The NBA loves youth.



  57. UK Freshmen
    6:03 am June 26, 2015 Permalink

    Proof: Cal killed the twins futures.



    • msnthrop
      7:04 am June 26, 2015 Permalink

      I disagree UK Freshmen…Cal had as much to do with the twins not getting drafted in the first round as he had to do with the placement of any of the other guys…that is to say, very little. The twins didn’t live up to the expectations that were foisted on them because they were protected during their high school and AAU days by their father and other enablers who continuously let them play against inferior competition. I think they worked hard this year to get out the entitled mindset that their earlier coaches had instilled in them, but it wasn’t enough to dispel the damage that had already been done to their reputations. I see the twins as a cautionary tale to those of us with children…it is one thing to build your children up and manage conditions so their self confidence can blossom…but there is a fine line where your actions as a parent can actually harm your childs long term prospects. Kids must be put in a situation where they might fail…I don’t think the twins were put into that situation until they arrived on UK’s campus 2 years ago. And hell, their “failure” still means they get to probably play basketball as job and job and makes 100’s of thousands of dollars per year doing so, which in my book is no failure at all. The twins did not live up to the expectations, but that is on them and their upbringing, a lot more than it is on Cal. The same can be said for every UK player drafted last night. Cal should, at best, get no more than 5% of either the blame or the credit, especially for those who have lived in Ky for all of 8 months.



    • Ha!
      11:08 am June 26, 2015 Permalink

      Meanwhile Blackshear will become Rick’s third consecutive 5-star to go undrafted.