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Chad Ford’s new mock draft has seven Wildcats in the first round

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Chad Ford has a new 2014 NBA mock draft up over at ESPN.com and there is a heavy Kentucky presence in his first round projections. Ford predicts seven Wildcats will hear their names called in the first round next summer, beginning with Julius Randle to the Phoenix Suns with the second overall pick. Ford says Randle “possesses virtually every attribute scouts look for in a prospect.” He called him “the type of versatile 4 that most teams covet.”

Here are the seven:

2.) Julius Randle, Phoneix Suns

7.) Andrew Harrison, Milwaukee Bucks

12.) Willie Cauley-Stein, Portland Trailblazers

22.) Alex Poythress, Memphis Grizzlies

24.) James Young, Boston Celtics

25.) Aaron Harrison, Phoenix Suns

27.) Dakari Johnson, Chicago Bulls

Seven potential first-rounders on one team. Seven.

Go Cats.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

36 Comments for Chad Ford’s new mock draft has seven Wildcats in the first round



  1. tom
    1:33 pm September 10, 2013 Permalink

    With 7 first rounders, Cal will take a huge media hit if he doesn’t bring home a title.



  2. PlayTheD
    1:40 pm September 10, 2013 Permalink

    Only think that could derail a NCAA title is defense. 7 picks mean these kids are elite talent, but young kids can’t always adjust to gaurding older college players, esp. guards. If they put the work in on the D, they bring home #9. Only question mark is how they will match up with speedy guards.



  3. Deepblue
    1:46 pm September 10, 2013 Permalink

    1.) Especially considering that, if this were to actually happen, we will likely be staring at an early NCAA exit or NIT birth next season. Obviously we’ll all take Champ > NIT > Champ > NIT, but it does put a tremendous amount of pressure on the “up” years if the “down” years are going to be so dramatic. I find myself becoming a little less certain about how I feel about the system after suffering through last season and the subsequent off-season. Its now been 18 months since any of us have really been able enjoy Kentucky basketball. This is an exaggeration, of course, since there have been moments, but overall it has been pretty miserable since we won the title. We’ve seen all of our players from that team leave, Louisville win a championship, a historically bad season, a terrible injury to our best/favorite player, and a first round loss in the NIT. Followed by an off-season that puts quite a distance between now and when Kentucky Basketball was fun. Hopefully, some of those 7 return…



  4. Oscar de la Combs
    1:48 pm September 10, 2013 Permalink

    Coulystein and Pointless couldn’n win there way out of first round of the NIT



  5. Brian
    1:50 pm September 10, 2013 Permalink

    #4…..Nice spelling, typical UL fan.



  6. Blue Jesus
    1:52 pm September 10, 2013 Permalink

    Given that this is supposed to be a historically strong draft, I suspect at least a couple guys will come back knowing that one more year and a weaker draft means they could be lottery picks.



  7. Oscar de la Combs
    1:53 pm September 10, 2013 Permalink

    That link don’t work. It goes to a paid cite.
    I aint’t payin no $3 for no webcite



  8. stevem
    1:53 pm September 10, 2013 Permalink

    If this is true and UK doesn’t win the title next year, then Coach Cal should consider retirement.



  9. bosshog
    1:54 pm September 10, 2013 Permalink

    Don’t know what it is today, maybe has something to do with the abundance of positive press and the Alumni game last night (UK fans hungover and moving slowly today…..but trolls and losers ubiquitous in the comments.



  10. Billy Ray
    2:03 pm September 10, 2013 Permalink

    We couldn’t beat Robert Morris in the NIT with 4 burger boys. Hopefully, 7 first rounders is enough to overcome poor coaching.



  11. mocha
    2:03 pm September 10, 2013 Permalink

    don’t sleep on marcus lee.



  12. RahRah
    2:04 pm September 10, 2013 Permalink

    Personally, I was kind of hoping James Young and Dakari might be 2-year guys. If we get #9 though, it probably will clear the bench.
    Cats 2014!



  13. Matt Jones
    2:06 pm September 10, 2013 Permalink

    11) I’d like to sleep on him.



  14. Drew Franklin
    2:09 pm September 10, 2013 Permalink

    What he said



  15. J in Orlando
    2:09 pm September 10, 2013 Permalink

    lol @ UL fans…Young and Dakari will not leave to be drafted outside the lottery when they could easily be lottos the next year under Cal’s development…it well worth it to stay financially-huge difference in money



  16. buckets
    2:12 pm September 10, 2013 Permalink

    Why would any of the kids leave early if they’re not lottery picks? I doubt Dakari or Aaron will leave to possibly slip into the 2nd round. It makes NO SENSE.. Chad Ford needs to calm down.. Young may be a different story.



  17. Not so fast
    2:16 pm September 10, 2013 Permalink

    #15 Archie Goodwin? Daniel Orton?



  18. UKBlue
    2:18 pm September 10, 2013 Permalink

    The Lakers will do whatever they have to do to get Randle.



  19. Billy Reed
    2:20 pm September 10, 2013 Permalink

    This does not bode well for UK. 2014 NBA draft will be the program’s greatest day in it’s history helping to ease the sting of a 2nd round NIT loss to Indiana. After losing to Rober Morris in the next round, Tom Crean has elite 8 NIT rings made for the team.



  20. RICK
    2:20 pm September 10, 2013 Permalink

    Isn’t it football season?



  21. tom
    2:22 pm September 10, 2013 Permalink

    Bosshog – Don’t know if you were referring to me about criticism in the comment section but my post wasn’t meant to be critical of Cal at all. I was intimating that given all the media harping against Cal at present, how much more will they pile on if he fails to win a title with 7 first rounders. If anything I was being critical of the media…certainly not Cal.



  22. Reality
    2:23 pm September 10, 2013 Permalink

    And with the #1 overall pick the Charlotte bobcats select….. Julius Randle



  23. Katdaddy
    2:23 pm September 10, 2013 Permalink

    I wish chad and all these media people would shut the f__k up. They only do this shit for negative reasons. They only do this to get these kids to lose focus. The media don’t care about uk and they’re trying to get all these guys to leave before they’re ready.



  24. Cards!
    2:33 pm September 10, 2013 Permalink

    We be trolling so hard today bc we gots nuthin better to do, bruh. We aint gots no jobs, we aint gots no skools. We jus be wearin our red and black, sip on Crown (I be skipped a few meals to afford it) and hit on a blunt while we be callin u inbreds and say Cow kan’t coach. We gon win dat championchip again next yr but dat be aftur we beat da kayts in foootballs. L yeah.



  25. Jughead
    2:34 pm September 10, 2013 Permalink

    I did not see Wiltjer’s name.



  26. Jughead
    2:35 pm September 10, 2013 Permalink

    Means nothing if they don’t play like a team.

    National title if they do.



  27. Jughead
    2:36 pm September 10, 2013 Permalink

    I am doing the Dougie right now for my dog.



  28. Han
    2:37 pm September 10, 2013 Permalink

    7 first rounders in one draft on one team. Lee could go first round the next year.

    6) Plus the chance to be leaders on the next team depending on who Cal recruits. It’ll depend, too, on how much playing time Young and Aa. Harrison share, how much playing time Lee gets, if Poythress excels or gets overshadowed, etc.

    22) Andrew Wiggins has to really screw up or get hurt to not be #1 overall.

    23) They’re just trying to write articles that will get views without having to do much journalism, like all of media now.



  29. cdc_uky
    2:38 pm September 10, 2013 Permalink

    They do this because there is nothing else to write about yet. They also do this because Kentucky Basketball = big number of hits on their articles/blogs/websites.



  30. Ricky P
    2:43 pm September 10, 2013 Permalink

    Our fans are so dumb they forgot that I took the Cards to the NIT twice. They are also so dumb that they believe it when I told them making it to the Final Four three years in a row is a dynasty. You think I’m ever leaving this job? Hell no. I get paid big money to tell these idiots whatever I want and they just follow along. It’s no Camelot but it is not bad for your typical child aborting adulterer.



  31. Eric
    3:08 pm September 10, 2013 Permalink

    Pretty sure we will consistently see a Green Arrow up on Alex Poythress all season, but lets not sleep on James Young and Marcus Lee!!!

    Whooooo, it is good to be in the #BBN



  32. GOOSE
    3:25 pm September 10, 2013 Permalink

    Lets face it, last years NIT was punishment for not meeting expectations. Mainly for what UK did to its opponents in 2011 for sneaking into the tournament then proceeding to bust everyones ass except the one they should have.. UCONN. If you dont think for a second there isnt political pressure from the Universities to OUT UK for what its accomplishing then your not in tune with the world in general.



  33. J in Orlando
    3:27 pm September 10, 2013 Permalink

    17 Archie was facing a much deeper draft this year and wouldve been hard pressed to improve his stock as far as a much better pick…Orton had 2 bad knees and couldve just as easily been exposed as an injury problem the following year. Plus Orton simply did not want to be in school, as evidenced by his not finishing classes…Orton is the reason Cal has looked a lot harder at the character of each recruit he wants. the fact that those are the 2 examples you use to argue the point only makes it more obvious.



  34. itsglee
    4:54 pm September 10, 2013 Permalink

    Not to be negative but anyone else get nervous for Willie with the Blazers track record of taking lottery-pick centers??? Lets hope these are slightly off for his sake.



  35. ScottT
    8:15 pm September 10, 2013 Permalink

    Is that Andre Riddick on the bench?



  36. Jordan
    10:48 am September 11, 2013 Permalink

    Hypothetically, If the draft order was legit and never changed and those players went in that order, the Suns would have Bledsoe, Goodwin, Randle and Aa. Harrison