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.
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.
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.