Currently, six Kentucky players have declared for the draft. Kevin Knox, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and Hamidou Diallo all plan to sign with agents, while PJ Washington, Wenyen Gabriel, and Jarred Vanderbilt do not, leaving the door open to return to Kentucky for another season.
With that in mind, here’s a refresher of some important dates and deadlines to look out for.
April 22, 11:59 p.m.: Early Entry Eligibility Deadline
That’s Sunday night. Unless Quade Green or Jonny David decide to declare at the last minute, we’ve probably heard the last of the draft declarations from Kentucky.
April 24: NBA workouts begin
Starting on Tuesday, NBA teams can schedule individual and group workouts with prospects.
May 15: NBA Draft Lottery, Chicago
The full draft order will officially be set on May 15, giving the top players a clearer picture on where they may go.
May 16-20: NBA Draft Combine, Chicago
According to Jonathan Givony, over 175 players have declared for this year’s draft (not including seniors), 60 of which who have hired or will hire agents. Only 60-70 players will be invited to the NBA Draft Combine. Shai, Kevin, and Hami are sure to get an invite and I could see PJ scoring one as well, but Jarred Vanderbilt’s injury will likely prevent him from participating or working out for teams, so he really is relying just on feedback from teams or someone promising to take a chance on him.
After turning in the second highest max vertical in Draft Combine history last year, Hamidou Diallo has the most to gain from the combine, but Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and PJ Washington’s measurements will also impress (Shai’s wingspan is 7′; PJ’s is 7’3 and his vertical 43″). Kevin Knox’s measurements aren’t quite as eye-popping, but an impressive performance could boost him into the top ten.
May 30: NCAA’s withdrawal deadline
This is the big one. Ten days after the combine, players who wish to return to school must withdraw their names from the draft to retain their eligibility.
June 11, 5 p.m.: NBA Draft Early Entry Entrant Withdrawal Deadline
June 21: NBA Draft, New York City
We’ve got a long 40 days ahead of us.