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Four Wildcats in ESPN’s new 2020 NBA mock draft

Jonathon Givony (formerly of Draft Express fame) has a new 2020 NBA mock draft up over on ESPN.com and it includes two current Wildcats and two future Wildcats.

Updating his mock draft after this past weekend’s Hoophall Classic, Givony has Jaden McDaniels, ESPN’s No. 1 overall player in the 2019 recruiting class, as the top overall pick in 2020. Right behind him is another familiar name, Anthony Edwards, at No. 2 overall to the Chicago Bulls. Edwards, a five-star guard, was in Lexington this week for his official visit to UK.

Missed target James Wiseman is third overall. The next name of note is current UK commit Khalil Whitney at No. 11 to play with De’Aaron Fox and Willie Cauley-Stein in Sacramento. Whitney’s UK classmate, Tyrese Maxey, is at No. 21 to Portland.

The most interesting takeaway from Givony’s mock draft is he has two current Wildcats, Tyler Herro and Ashton Hagans, in the 2020 draft, which means he expects them to return to school. He has Herro at No. 18 to the Clippers, where he would join Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and Hagans at No. 20 to Houston (one spot ahead of would-be backcourt-mate Maxey).

1. Jaden McDaniels (current UK target)
2. Anthony Edwards (current UK target)
3. James Wiseman, Fr., Memphis

11. Kahlil Whitney, Fr., Kentucky
..
16. Matthew Hurt (current UK target)

18. Tyler Herro, So., Kentucky
..
20. Ashton Hagans, So., Kentucky
21. Tyrese Maxey, Fr., Kentucky

33. LaMelo Ball

To see the entire ESPN.com mock draft, click here.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

16 Comments for Four Wildcats in ESPN’s new 2020 NBA mock draft



  1. Alleykat16
    12:02 pm January 23, 2019 Permalink

    I can’t wait till the 2027 mock draft comes out



    • StillBP
      12:06 pm January 23, 2019 Permalink

      Lol good stuff ^



    • kentuckybackupplayer
      12:11 pm January 23, 2019 Permalink

      Maybe we will get extraordinarily lucky and they will come out with a mock draft bracketology with seeding.



    • trumpetguy
      6:43 pm January 23, 2019 Permalink

      Only been a few days since somebody on here said McDaniels was a non-factor even in a recent HS game, and would be a “project”, not an impact player anywhere???? These way too early anythings not too reliable, so none of us should get too excited,…..



  2. Smyrna_Cat
    12:09 pm January 23, 2019 Permalink

    LaMelo … that is funny!!!



  3. Iamheasyouarehe
    12:17 pm January 23, 2019 Permalink

    Must be a slow day for Drew.



  4. TonyMontana
    12:24 pm January 23, 2019 Permalink

    I’m worried Hagans and Hero will keep improving and creep into this year’s mock drafts. It’s weird, I don’t them to be too good. Anybody else feel like that? I would just hate to lose them after 1 season.



    • ClutchCargo
      12:27 pm January 23, 2019 Permalink

      I know what you mean, but I’m hoping they get too good, to the point that we win a title.



    • RealCatsFan
      12:30 pm January 23, 2019 Permalink

      If they win #9, they are free to go. 😉



    • binarysolo
      12:47 pm January 23, 2019 Permalink

      Yeah no chance we’ll see Sophomore Tyler Herro or Sophomore Ashton Hagans.



    • CoachCat
      4:57 pm January 23, 2019 Permalink

      They aren’t even close to a lottery pick. They will both be back next year



  5. ukwildcat1991
    12:27 pm January 23, 2019 Permalink

    Who cares. O yeah, people like drew who believe in players first.



    • MrPioneer
      12:50 pm January 23, 2019 Permalink

      And people who like to see young individuals succeed and earn a living doing what they have worked their whole life to do. Yeah I enjoy watching them at Kentucky, and I want to watch them win a national championship as much as the next guy. But when a kid has a once in a lifetime opportunity to make it to the NBA, I’m not going to let my own selfish fan fantasies get in the way of that.



    • pwells618
      5:30 pm January 23, 2019 Permalink

      Well said



  6. Mr. Cub
    12:41 pm January 23, 2019 Permalink

    So now we watching draft boards for guys who haven’t even committed to UK? What’s next, 7th graders that Snapchat pictures in UK colors??



  7. Wildcat_blues1029
    3:06 pm January 23, 2019 Permalink

    Feel like each game they’re getting better and can definitely see Ashton sneaking in the bottom of the first round to a strong playoff team. Tyler would benefit big time coming back and getting stronger. Could anyone imagine how good this young man could be staying 3-4 years