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Bam Adebayo Selected No. 14 by the Miami Heat in the NBA Draft

Bam Adebayo rose up the draft boards to become the third Wildcat selected in tonight’s lottery and the 17th lottery selection in the Calipari era.  Pat Riley has selected Bam Adebayo to play for the Miami Heat.

A McDonald’s and Jordan Brand All-American hailing from the mountains of North Carolina, the powerful post player took some time to find his game, but dominated down the final stretch of the season.  He had six double-doubles in his final 13 games, doubling his total from the first half of the season.

A Second Team All-SEC selection, Bam averaged 13 points, 8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in his only season at UK.  He dunked the ball 101 times, the most by any player in the Calipari era.   Here’s just a few of them from the NCAA Tournament.

Adebayo’s first round selection makes John Calipari perfect with one-and-dones.  21 UK players have declared for the draft after their freshman season, 21 have been drafted in the first round.

At the end of the season, there was some question as to whether or not Bam would be drafted in the first round, but he ended up a lottery pick, thanks in part to Calipari believing in him.

“Never doubt myself,” Bam said of Cal’s advice. “He always told me to stay positive and everything would work out.”

Bam made a drastic jump in the mocks in the past few days, which he credited to his improved shooting in workouts.

“I improved my shooting. Everybody thought I couldn’t shoot then I got in these workouts and everyone was shocked.”

What was it like for Bam to share this night with De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, and Calipari?

“We’re like brothers so this is our graduation again. Just being here, Cal being one of our dads. Just this experience, it’s wonderful.”

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

15 Comments for Bam Adebayo Selected No. 14 by the Miami Heat in the NBA Draft



  1. bdmnky81
    9:10 pm June 22, 2017 Permalink

    At least one of them went to a decently run orginization. Im happy for bam. He could see major minutes because thw dukie down there is not well liked in the scheme or by the fanbased.



    • damage_control
      9:50 pm June 22, 2017 Permalink

      Ordinarily I’d agree but I have to admit I think the Kings have been crushing it this draft- Fox, Jackson, and Giles is a pretty good trio to take out of one team’s draft class. If Giles can stay healthy they could be good in a few yrs.



  2. kenny
    9:12 pm June 22, 2017 Permalink

    Went ahead of Jarrett Allen, so much for Mo Bamba’s theory



    • 4everblue
      9:37 pm June 22, 2017 Permalink

      Yeah according to Mo Bamba Cal is not as good at developing big men as Smart is….what??



  3. 2thepoint
    9:15 pm June 22, 2017 Permalink

    So happy for Bam. He was dissed but Pat Riley didn’t buy it and drafted him in the lottery. What a happy day for Bam and BBN.



  4. runningunnin.454
    9:18 pm June 22, 2017 Permalink

    Yeah, Bam.



  5. justaguyinthebackrow
    9:26 pm June 22, 2017 Permalink

    Good for him. I guess we won’t be hearing from the people who said he would be lucky to be drafted and cursed Calipari for “pushing him out”.



  6. Dr. Tom
    9:34 pm June 22, 2017 Permalink

    So proud for Bam and his Mom. Nick, check your North Carolina geography….Washington, NC is 30 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, not in the mountains.



    • Sarahvah
      10:18 pm June 22, 2017 Permalink

      High Point is in the Piedmont Triad though



    • za
      8:24 am June 23, 2017 Permalink

      He actually lived in Pinetown though. Definitely coastal plains. Just as well, High Point isn’t really in the mountains.



  7. 4everblue
    9:38 pm June 22, 2017 Permalink

    So proud of our guys!



  8. J-Dub421
    11:08 pm June 22, 2017 Permalink

    Good for Bam! Go get ’em!



  9. BBNBRIAN
    6:15 am June 23, 2017 Permalink

    “…Cal being one of our dads.” Nice shot fired back at Ol’ Roy and his “draft is for the family” shade.



  10. 4everblue
    7:03 am June 23, 2017 Permalink

    Jealousy doesn’t look good on you Roy but it does fit well!