What’s the latest on the three Kentucky players testing the waters of the NBA Draft? This morning, Jonathan Givony updated his list of the Top 100 NBA Draft prospects, and continues to have PJ Washington, Jarred Vanderbilt, and Wenyen Gabriel well outside the top 30:
- 12. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
- 14. Kevin Knox
- 34. Hamidou Diallo
- 51. PJ Washington
- 65. Jarred Vanderbilt
Wenyen didn’t make the list. With draft declarations made, all is quiet on the “Who will stay and who will go” front, but let’s refresh ourselves on each player’s situation:
PJ Washington: Washington continues to track as a late second round pick, but a good performance at the combine (May 16-20) could be enough to convince a team with a late first round pick to take a chance on him, which may be all he needs to stay in the draft. Givony has PJ going 18th in his 2019 NBA Mock Draft, a reminder of how much he could gain by returning to school for another year.
Jarred Vanderbilt: A foot/ankle injury will likely prevent Vanderbilt from participating at the combine and he only played in 14 games this past season, so any feedback he gets will be limited. Vanderbilt clearly needs to show the NBA more, but will he heed that advice should a team promise to take him in the second round?
Wenyen Gabriel: Gabriel hasn’t shown up on any mock drafts or Top 100 rankings, but he may be ready to explore his professional options regardless.
PJ, Jarred, and Wenyen all have until May 30 to decide whether or not to stay in the draft or come back to school, although, with combine invites going out in the next week, we may know something sooner.
An updated look at where each Cat stands in the major mock drafts:
|Shai Alexander||Kevin Knox||Hamidou Diallo||PJ Washington||Jarred Vanderbilt||Wenyen Gabriel|
|ESPN Top 100 (Updated 4/26)||12||14||34||51||65||—|
|ESPN (Updated 4/13)||12. LA Clippers||15. Washington||36. Sacramento||—||—||—|
|Sports Illustrated (Updated 4/19)||15. Washington||12. LA Clippers||41. Orlando||53. Oklahoma||—||—|
|Sporting News* (Updated 4/26)||12. LA Clippers||13. LA Clippers||—||—||—||—|
|Gary Parrish* (Updated 4/16)||13. LA Clippers||14. Denver||—||—||—||—|
|Reid Forgrave* (Updated 4/24)||11. Charlotte||16. Phoenix||—||—||—||—|
|NBADraft.net (Updated 4/12)||12. LA Clippers||11. Charlotte||45. Brooklyn||—||—||—|
|Bleacher Report* (Updated 4/25)||11. Charlotte||14. Denver||29. Brooklyn||—||—||—|
|The Athletic (Updated 4/26)||12. LA Clippers||14. Denver||36. Sacramento|
*First round only