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Chad Ford predicts four Cats will going in the first round

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Chad Ford’s latest NBA Mock Draft is out and ESPN’s NBA guru predicts four Kentucky players will go in the first round:

2. Karl Towns: Detroit Pistons
9. Willie Cauley-Stein: Boston Celtics
22. Trey Lyles: Brooklyn Nets
24. Dakari Johnson: San Antonio Spurs

Ford’s top three are Jahlil Okafor, Towns, and Emmanuel Mudiay, who is currently playing overseas in China. During his weekly chat yesterday, Ford said that he believes that Towns may actually have more potential than Okafor.

“Okafor is the guy that appears to be the sure thing. Towns does have more upside because he’s a better athlete (which helps him defensively) and he’s a better perimeter shooter. But Okafor’s footwork and hands are just amazing for a freshman and there just aren’t that many back-to-the-basket scorers in the NBA these days. Right now, Okafor gets the edge, but I could see a bold GM taking Towns ahead of him projecting what each player will be in 5 years.

It’s months away, but saying goodbye to Karl is going to suck.

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6 Comments for Chad Ford predicts four Cats will going in the first round

  1. syrin23
    7:27 pm December 11, 2014 Permalink

    All our bigs. That’s gonna stink for UK

    • UK Big Board Update
      7:29 pm December 11, 2014 Permalink

      Ha! Sure will. Hope Cal can recruit some talent to fill the void….

    • Katya
      7:41 pm December 11, 2014 Permalink

      Skal, Lee, Willis, and I’m sure he’s got a few other guys in store.

  2. KevinM
    7:41 pm December 11, 2014 Permalink

    I don’t wanna talk draft, I wanna talk ‘practice’.

    Where do we stand with Ulis for this weekend? Did he ‘practice’?

    I say he and Booker wouldn’t miss this chance to do up against UNC.

  3. msnthrop
    8:11 pm December 11, 2014 Permalink

    It’s really kind of a bummer about Poythress and the Harrison twins…Ford had Poythress as the preseason #10 pick in 2013 and the twins preseason at #8 and #24 in 2014, now their all listed as second round/not drafted. If they end their careers here and are not drafted could that impact future recruiting? Is there anything Cal could do to possibly elevate their stock I wonder?

    • UK Big Board Update
      10:29 pm December 11, 2014 Permalink

      Your screen name perfectly reflects your posts. Kudos.