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Karl Towns is No. 1 in Chad Ford’s new mock draft

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Chad Ford released a new mock draft today and Karl Towns is his No. 1 pick, going to the Minnesota Timberwolves to team with Andrew Wiggins and several other young talents.

Ford is among the many draft experts who have Towns over Okafor in the draft, which would be Kentucky’s third top pick under John Calipari. UK had zero No. 1 picks prior to Cal’s arrival in Lexington; three will tie Duke for the record for most by a school.

Shortly after Towns hears his name called, Ford predicts Willie Cauley-Stein will go sixth overall to the Sacramento Kings. Boogie and Willie in one frontcourt? Yes please. (Assuming Boogie sticks around.)

On down, Ford projects Trey Lyles and Devin Booker to go No. 16 to Boston and 17 to Milwaukee, respectively, before Dakari Johnson becomes the fifth Wildcat in the first round at No. 27 to the Lakers, joining former UK classmate Julius Randle.

Check out the entire ESPN mock draft here.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

10 Comments for Karl Towns is No. 1 in Chad Ford’s new mock draft

  1. Reese Davis
    2:33 pm April 21, 2015 Permalink

    uk had zero no. 1 pick prior to cal….sam buoy??

    • Mc12
      2:48 pm April 21, 2015 Permalink

      Hakeem went before Bowie.

    • CPACAT
      4:11 pm April 21, 2015 Permalink

      Bowie was 2, Michael Jordan 3…ooops

  2. Kevin C
    3:11 pm April 21, 2015 Permalink

    There’s no way in hell the Lakers waste a pick on Dakari….especially 1st round.

    • DelrayCat
      3:35 pm April 21, 2015 Permalink

      I agree. Seems like a nice, hard-working kid. But a first round NBA pick? No freaking way, and any GM considering doing it needs to have his head examined. Dakari is Daniel Orton 2.0.

    • J-Dub421
      3:57 pm April 21, 2015 Permalink

      Dakari is nicer, smarter, and a harder worker than Orton. The Lakers need a center, Dakari would be a good fit for them.

    • Reese Davis
      5:44 pm April 21, 2015 Permalink

      Dakari wasn’t too good

  3. KevinM
    3:29 pm April 21, 2015 Permalink

    Let me guess….neither Harrison is in Ford’s draft.

    • Kevin C
      7:56 am April 22, 2015 Permalink

      They’d be lucky to get drafted in the WNBA.

    4:13 pm April 21, 2015 Permalink

    Absolutely love Dakari, nicest kid (outside of Karl, of course) that you would want to know, great team mate…but can’t hit two foot shots on a regular basis. He’s someone who could have honed his game in college some more. It wouldn’t have gotten worse, that’s for sure.