Chad Ford of ESPN.com released his top ten prospects at each position for next summer’s draft and six Wildcats are included, though maybe not the six you had in mind. (Or maybe so.)
First, at center, Ford ranks Karl Towns at No. 2 behind Jahlil Okafor, followed by Willie Cauley-Stein and Dakari Johnson at third and seventh, respectively. “Johnson gets a bit lost at Kentucky playing behind Towns and Cauley-Stein, but he has been very solid and projects as a nice backup big who could start on some NBA teams,” Ford writes.
Then at power forward, Trey Lyles is Ford’s sixth-best option, with Marcus Lee earning a spot in the “other notables” section. Ford said Lyles isn’t NBA-ready but has “tantalizing upside.”
UK had no representatives at small forward, although Alex Poythress was listed as a notable. Duke’s Justise Winslow and Kelly Oubre of Kansas are the top two small forward prospects.
And in rather surprising news, Devin Booker is Ford’s second-best shooting guard, behind R.J. Hunter of Georgia State. Aaron Harrison did not make the Top 10 but is named as a notable prospect.
Finally, at point guard, Tyler Ulis is No. 9 while Andrew Harrison is not one of Ford’s ten best.