ESPN NBA Draft guru Chad Ford released his latest first round Mock Draft last week, and there was a notable omission: Bam Adebayo. Bam has been slipping in mock drafts all season, and while his stats are pretty solid (12.7 points, 7.1 rebounds), they’re not exactly what everyone expected from the five-star when he came to Lexington. Kyle Tucker had Ford on the latest episode of his podcast to explain why he left Bam off his latest mock, and Ford said that based on the feedback he’s getting from scouts, Bam might be better off coming back to Kentucky for his sophomore year:
“I just don’t know any scouts that really love this guy and feel like he’s really in conversation to be a lottery pick, given the depth of this draft,” Ford said. “And that to me should be a signal for him, because he certainly has the physical tools to be an NBA player, but he might want to come back for a year.”
Wow. Obviously, a lot can change, especially if Kentucky makes a deep postseason run, but can you imagine if Bam came back? That would make an already impressive 2017-18 front court absolutely terrifying.
Lots of great stuff from Ford about Bam here, so go check out Kyle’s article in full.