The NBA Draft is a week from tomorrow, and Jeremy Woo has four former Kentucky Wildcats in his final prospect rankings for Sports Illustrated. Both Tyrese Maxey and Immanuel Quickley moved up the big board, to Nos. 12 and 34 respectively, while Ashton Hagans dropped a spot to No. 55 and Nick Richards stayed put at No. 70.
“Although there remains some difference of opinion surrounding Maxey after an underwhelming statistical year at Kentucky, it’s still difficult to see him falling far out of the lottery, and he’s a more than justifiable option in this range,” Woo writes. “He’s a crafty scorer with above-average potential on the defensive end who consistently supplies energy, and the hope is that the whole package adds up into a starting-caliber off-guard. He’s undersized, but has a strong build that should help compensate. Maxey isn’t a creative passer and can be a little too sticky with the ball in his hands, but if he can refine his decision-making and start to hit outside shots with consistency, there’s some real ceiling here. If he can improve as an off-ball player and continue to supply energy on both ends of the floor, he could be a real bargain outside the Top 10.”
Woo raises some concerns about Quickley’s offensive identity, but can see him becoming a role player alongside a more dynamic guard.
“He’s not creative offensively and relies a good bit on drawing contact, and also isn’t a high-end athlete, which begs some question as to what he hangs his hat on beyond catching and shooting in the pros. Quickley also isn’t a particularly inventive passer, and he’ll need to pair with a playmaking guard for best results. But he has a chance to be a low-maintenance role player who adds some value on both ends of the floor, and he’s a solid option in this part of the draft.”
Woo predicts Hagans will need some time in the G-League to develop and gives Richards an “outside chance” at becoming “an end-of-bench center.” To read all of his comments, click the link below. Or, just watch Maxey make a ton of shots at his Pro Day back on October 29.
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