No one thinks higher of Bam Adebayo’s draft stock than John Calipari.
Today, Calipari said he believes Adebayo will get picked up as high as ninth overall. That is by far the best projection for the big man, who is the No. 24 pick in the new DraftExpress.com mock draft that was released today.
“I would say Bam is anywhere from 9, 10 to 14, 15, in that range,” Cal said on his teleconference.
Cal also said teams are really surprised by Adebayo’s shooting ability in his pre-draft workouts, as was the case with some of Cal’s other UK big men.
“Right now everybody is stunned at how Bam shoots the ball,” he said. “I must have had 10 calls. Like, ‘I didn’t realize he shot the ball this way.’ But they also didn’t realize Karl shot the ball that way and you also didn’t realize that Anthony shot the ball the way he does. And so you would think following this thing how we do it, they all have to share, they all have to give up something to each other to be able to do what they’re doing here.”
Adebayo worked out with the Chicago Bulls on Monday. The Bulls pick at No. 16 overall, right behind where Calipari predicts Adebayo will go.
Chad Ford ranks him at No. 23 on his big board.