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Cats Jump Up Draft Boards Ahead of Sweet 16


The NBA draft gurus have had mixed opinions on Kentucky’s three freshmen phenoms — De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk and Bam Adebayo — throughout the year.

Projected lottery picks in the preseason, they’ve touched all corners of the first round this season.  Ahead of the Sweet 16, the spotlight is providing plenty of love from ESPN’s Chad Ford and Draft Express’ Jonathan Givony.

Jonathan Givony’s Draft Board

Considered the third-best point guard in the draft, Fox’s exceptional play as of late has him near the top five, falling at No. 6 to Sacramento.  Malik Monk is one spot ahead of Fox, going fifth to Philadelphia. Near the bottom of the mock draft is Bam Adebayo.  Givony places Bam at No. 30 to Utah.

Chad Ford’s Draft Board

Ford is all in on Kentucky’s trio.  After knocking Bam out of the first round in the middle of the season, Ford now has all three Wildcats in the Top Ten: Fox at No. 3, Monk at No. 4 and Adebayo at No. 8.  There’s one caveat to Ford’s decision-making — he only includes players participating in this week’s games.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

8 Comments for Cats Jump Up Draft Boards Ahead of Sweet 16

  1. GroundControlToNumber9
    2:39 pm March 23, 2017 Permalink

    Jonathan Givony is simply showing that he doesn’t have a real pulse of Bam’s progressions this season.

    Most of it has to do with the stubbornness of the guards getting him the ball.

    Bam is a top 7 pick every year.

  2. TBW3011
    2:45 pm March 23, 2017 Permalink

    Not sure he goes top 7, but 30 range was always dumb. Draft stock doesn’t fluctuate game to game the way these mock drafts do. Anyone with any sense of what they are watching knows that. Draft Express is terrible.

  3. empiremaker
    2:52 pm March 23, 2017 Permalink

    I hope both play like top picks so we can play next week. Margin of error is tight we need both Monk and Fox to score in bunches.

  4. RealCatsFan
    3:01 pm March 23, 2017 Permalink

    Apparently Chase Jeter is transferring from Duke. He was the #15 prospect coming out of HS. Sounds like that one-and-done thing is harder than Cal makes it look. 🙂

  5. GroundControlToNumber9
    3:14 pm March 23, 2017 Permalink

    TBW3011 – I understand what your saying… however Bam can secure his top 7 with his play this weekend and next.

    That’s the thing about the draft… it does fluctuate. Just not like the draft sites show (but then they are speculating AND selling tickets to a show).

    A guy like Bam who is only now (last 5 games) really getting a chance to show his capability can climb the draft board quickly in these final games. It’s part he’s finally getting the ball, part he’s finally putting it all together, and part in these final 4 games he’s playing against ‘the best’, and part ‘playing at the most pressure moment.’

    This is where young players can learn by coming to a school like Kentucky. It’s not just the exposure… but if you can prove you can perform on the largest stage with the brightest lights against the top competition that’s all the scouts need to see.

    And you will get moved above guys not there. Is Markelle Fultz a lock at #1? Not so fast… he’s a great player but these games matter the most (plus he’s injured).

    Fox, Monk, & Bam have tons of opportunity here.

    So does Briscoe. Isiah can continue to show his court situational awareness has matured. He should show all his strength: defensive resiliency, dirty work all over the court & specifically in the paint, scrapping for possessions, setting up other players strengths with ideal assists, and valuing each one to get points out of them (and just leave the weaknesses for the off-season).

    Willis could do himself a real favor and take TJ Leaf (projected 12th pick) by surprise. Just block his shots. In just this one game outsmart the guy… and your future can change.

    • TBW3011
      4:32 pm March 23, 2017 Permalink

      We basically agree. I may have come off wrong. Yes draft stock changes, bust as you said, not the way it does in this mock drafts. Bam was never going out of the first round. Not a chance. Only thing we disagree on is that I don’t think Bam can sneak into the top 7 in this particular draft.

  6. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    3:26 pm March 23, 2017 Permalink

    I just read a CBS mock draft…it said Fox is “elite from mid-range” and Monk is a great shot-blocker for his size,,,

    • GroundControlToNumber9
      3:32 pm March 23, 2017 Permalink

      WatchutalkinboutWillis – CBS reporter watches one game and has a take… ok.