CBS Sports put out their “Way Too Early” NBA Mock Draft for 2017 on Friday. Three Kentucky players were listed as first round picks. Here are Sam Vecenie’s projected first rounders and notes on Bam.
5. Los Angeles Lakers- Bam Adebayo- Adebayo is Kentucky’s best prospect this season, a powerfully built 6-foot-10 power forward who operates well in the pick-and-roll due to his mobility and attacks there rim with impunity due to his explosiveness. He operated well in AAU with the No. 7 player on this list, Dennis Smith, and should work well with Kentucky next season. Something to watch for: he flashed a jump shot at lower levels. If he can bring that, he’s a potential top three pick.
10. Portland Trailblazers- De’Aaron Fox
22. Miami Heat- Malik Monk
SB Nation has four players in their top 30, with Wenyen Gabriel making an appearance.