The 2020 NBA Draft has been postponed to October, four months later than usual, thanks to the coronavirus. Now with more time than ever to dissect every single possible selection, draft analysts are getting a head start on the 2021 NBA Draft.
Kyle Boone from CBS Sports looked ahead to predict each selection in 2021 and a pair of Wildcats made the cut. Up first at No. 5 overall is B.J. Boston.
The NBA’s never been more fond of players like Boston: long wings who can create their own shot and have a good frame. Boston should be a high-level scorer at Kentucky and in the NBA with his skill set and frame, though he’ll need to add muscle and physically mature quite a bit over the next year. The concerns surrounding him and his prospects relate almost entirely to how he’ll grow into his long, lanky frame.
A few previous 2021 mock drafts had both Boston and Terrence Clarke in the top 10, but Boone is not so bullish on Clarke. The small forward that reclassified from the 2021 recruiting class comes in at No. 21 in the CBS Sports mock draft. Elsewhere, you’ll find Boston at No. 7 and Clarke at No. 14 in Bleacher Report’s way-too-early mock draft.