Jeff Goodman over at Stadium has a nice story up today with comments from NBA executives about the many players entering or even just considering the upcoming NBA Draft. That group of course includes five former Kentucky Wildcats, plus one more if you count Kahlil Whitney, and all six players were discussed.
The one that stands out the most is the scouting report on EJ Montgomery, one of two former Cats in Goodman’s “They Say They’re Ready, But Leaving School Would Be a Mistake” category of talent.
“We don’t even have him in our Top 100,” said one NBA executive. “I have no clue what he’s thinking.”
Kahlil Whitney is the other former Cat who should’ve stayed in college.
“He screwed up when he left Kentucky in January or whatever it was. He should have transferred. He might as well go with the high schoolers in the new G League program because that’s what he needs,” an NBA exec said.
Tyrese Maxey, Nick Richards and Immanuel Quickley made the correct moves, according to this particular story, and Ashton Hagans was a split decision.
“I think he’s a first-rounder, in the 20s. He’s got to get better with his shot, but he’s such a great on-ball defender,” they said of Hagans.
Read about the other guys in Goodman’s story here. Pretty interesting stuff on the Cats and many others. Nice job, Jeff.