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Gilgeous-Alexander is a lottery pick in new mock draft

You better enjoy watching Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in the NCAA tournament, because there is a good chance it will be his last.

In ESPN’s new mock draft, Gilgeous-Alexander is projected as a lottery pick, ahead of Kevin Knox. Taking his SEC tournament run into account, Kentucky’s freshman point guard is slotted at No. 13 overall to the Denver Nuggets in the new update. If it were to actually happen, it would create a Kentucky/Canadian backcourt of Gilgeous-Alexander and Jamal Murray, which would be fun, eh?

Kevin Knox dropped in the update, down to No. 15 overall to the Phoenix Suns. If that were to happen, Knox would of course team up with Devin Booker, Tyler Ulis and Brandon Knight with the franchise that seems to take a Kentucky player every year.

No other Wildcat is projected in the first round, although ESPN does have Hamidou Diallo leaving UK to go to the Lakers in the second round with the 43rd overall pick.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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21 Comments for Gilgeous-Alexander is a lottery pick in new mock draft

  1. JPGott2
    1:48 pm March 12, 2018 Permalink

    A 4 star coming into the season that blows up and becomes a top-15 pick in the NBA draft. Talk about a meteoric rise and another great example for the UK program / brand.

    Great recruiting material here.

    • Booby Petrino
      1:51 pm March 12, 2018 Permalink

      right? but some people claim Cal can’t coach. And some people claim Davidson’s coach is better! ha ha

    • BigBlueNationDude
      2:19 pm March 12, 2018 Permalink

      If Cal could win another title with 20+ lottery picks he could become a great coach. Everyone knows he has underacheived and the more years that go by without titles the worse its gonna get. You guys are on your high horse after an sec tourney win. Remember this is uk and we had 10 losses and not even ranked before.

    • Miller45
      7:47 pm March 12, 2018 Permalink

      any year the perennial bluebloods don’t win a title is an underachievement for them by that standard dude…… Kansas has lottery picks out the ass, haven’t won a title since 08. while duke has won a couple of late they also have multiple guys in the lottery every year and hell they have been beaten by a 15 seed the very first tournament game TWICE. Michigan state has had plenty of teams that should have done more than they have, and also lost to a 15 seed.. Villanova and UVA have had stacked rosters that haven’t made it out of opening weekend multiple occasions and apparently they do no wrong. other than unc (unfortunately) you could make a case that any of these teams/coaches have underachieved……. and while some of these teams may have less lottery picks than UK there have been plenty of elite rosters that have…..under achieved

    • ClutchCargo
      2:00 pm March 12, 2018 Permalink

      “Coaching mismatch.” LOL!

    • Jiminy Crickets
      2:09 pm March 12, 2018 Permalink

      It’s always 2 sided, for every SGA you have a Diallo. It’s a never ended argument. We’ve had 5 can’t miss studs, the rest are either success stories (WCS) or disappointments ( Harrison twins).

    • Willis Wolf Tattoo
      2:16 pm March 12, 2018 Permalink

      Those ‘disappointments’ got us to two Final Fours.

    • 4everUKblue
      2:23 pm March 12, 2018 Permalink

      Slater still shows no sign of intelligent life. The level of his stupidity just keeps rising like the cost of living.

    • cats646
      5:20 pm March 12, 2018 Permalink

      And now we have 31 SEC championships and the overall best program in history BBNdude. Think a little before you type something. Smh.

  2. Kat4Life
    1:57 pm March 12, 2018 Permalink

    So… year’s team will have a pretty good foundation with SKJ, Washington, Richards, Gabriel, and Vando all coming back……add to that a very good crop of incoming guards/wings and you have a Top 5 team……

    • Kat4Life
      1:58 pm March 12, 2018 Permalink

      OOOOOOOOPS……sorry Quade !!

    • GM1978
      2:27 pm March 12, 2018 Permalink

      Absolutely…..And Don’t forget to add the best outside shooter from this class in Baker

    • humboldt24
      5:59 pm March 12, 2018 Permalink

      Top 5 might be a stretch. If I look at the below 10 players, I see a team very similar to this year’s:

      PG: Quade
      SG: K. Johnson
      SF: Wenyan
      PF: Vanderbilt
      C: Washington

      6: SKJ
      7: Richards
      8: Quickley
      9: Herro
      10: Baker

      There’s just no leader there to take us to the next level. A lot of very solid players, but more a 10-25 team, than a top 5. I’m not saying that we’re going to be bad next year by any means, but every year we get excited about a top 5 preseason ranking and I think we need to be better about tempering our expectations.

  3. LeitchfieldAlex
    2:01 pm March 12, 2018 Permalink

    Where is KSR NCAA Bracket so I can pick the winners. LOL

  4. chrisg18
    2:11 pm March 12, 2018 Permalink

    Yet Drew and Matt say Shai won’t be able to get it done in the NBA. Shai has been a better NBA prospect than Knox for quite awhile now. Kevin is who he will always be. Shai is just scratching the surface.

    • Mathlete
      2:36 pm March 12, 2018 Permalink

      It’s all about how their games function. Kevin is a prototypical NBA SF or SG right now, he’s tall, athletic, and a sharpshooter. Shai is a slasher who can get to the basket like it’s his home in college, but every NBA center is a 7 footer or thereabouts. If he develops a quicker trigger from 3 to go with his ability to get to the rim he’ll have great success, but that part of his game is pretty raw right now.

  5. Smyrna_Cat
    2:13 pm March 12, 2018 Permalink

    How are the Harrison twins “disappointments”? They lead us to two final fours, a 38-1 season, and both have played in the NBA. Andrew is playing well now, and hopefully Aaron gets back there soon. Aaron has some of the most exciting and timely big baskets in UK history.

    • GM1978
      2:27 pm March 12, 2018 Permalink

      Yeah I thought the same…..they’re a LONG way from disappointments

  6. TonyMontana
    2:23 pm March 12, 2018 Permalink

    When I heard Knox was SEC Freshmen of the year, I said to myself that he wasnt even the Freshmen of the year on his own team. That award goes to SGA! They both were good, but SGA was much more consistent and certainly more valuable. (Nothing against Knox… love that guy too)

  7. Kevin C
    4:13 pm March 12, 2018 Permalink

    Ulis and Knight likely won’t be in Phoenix much longer. Ulis has had only minimal minutes, even when Booker has been out with injuries, and even went on a long stretch of “DNP-coaches decision”, when the could’ve used them. Knight is the the highest-paid player on the Phx roster, and missed this entire season healing up after surgery. They’ll likely be looking to shop them both, and pick up some garbage players, so they can tank another season (Sorry, Adam Silver….I guess I should say “continue the process”).

    • FlatTopsAndBlockedShots
      5:54 pm March 12, 2018 Permalink

      Tyler’s contract after this season is not guaranteed but there is two more options on his contract. If it is determined he is staying on his current contract there is no reason financially or basketball wise to rid themselves of the contract with only a 1.5 million cap hit. Knight on the other hand will be hard to move because he will need to prove he is healthy.