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Kentucky NBA Mock Draft Tracker: Shai and Knox in the top ten?

With two days to go until the NBA Draft, consensus is starting to form on where Kentucky’s prospects will go. Kevin Knox and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander continue to trend as lottery — and potentially top ten — picks and Hamidou Diallo and Jarred Vanderbilt as second round picks, while Wenyen Gabriel has garnered some buzz as a possible late second round pick, making his first appearance in a major mock draft last week.

Here’s some of the latest intel from ESPN’s Jonathan Givony, who just updated his mock a few minutes ago.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander: 8. Cleveland Cavaliers

“One of the draft’s most interesting storylines will be seeing when the first point guard comes off the board. Gilgeous-Alexander is quietly picking up steam as potentially being that guy, which is somewhat unexpected after being projected behind Trae Young and Collin Sexton for most of the year.

He hasn’t worked out for the Cavs — we’re hearing he’s angling to be picked by the Hornets or the Clippers — but that might not matter much, as Cleveland’s front office appears to be enamored with him. The Cavs are in dire need of a young ball handler, whether LeBron James returns or not. Although not a big-time scorer, Gilgeous-Alexander is talented enough to take the keys as the PG of the future if LeBron bolts, yet versatile enough to coexist with James and add value with his length, feel, skill and instincts if he stays.”

Kevin Knox: 9. New York Knicks

“While we’ve had Knox sliding to the Nos. 12-15 range the past few months after an up-and-down freshman season, NBA teams drafting in that range say they don’t anticipate him being there, as there seems to be a significant market for his services in the Nos. 7-11 range.

Knox had an underwhelming showing at his pro day in Miami, according to multiple scouts in attendance, but he has been very good otherwise in workouts. There’s a significant market in the NBA for combo forwards in his mold who can make an open shot, defend multiple positions and offer some offensive versatility. He’s one of the youngest players in this draft, so he still has plenty of room to continue to grow.”

Here’s where all the Cats stand in the latest mock drafts:

Kevin Knox Shai Alexander Hamidou Diallo Jarred Vanderbilt Wenyen Gabriel
ESPN Top 100 (Updated 6/8) 9 10 37 56 78
ESPN (Updated 6/19) 9. NY Knicks 8. Cleveland 40. Brooklyn 46. Houston
The Athletic (Updated 6/14) 9. NY Knicks 12. LA Clippers 35. Orlando 29. Brooklyn 58. Denver
Sports Illustrated (Updated 6/19) 14. Denver 11. Charlotte 35. Orlando 47. LA Lakers
Sporting News* (Updated 6/18) 12. LA Clippers 15. Washington 29. Brooklyn
Gary Parrish* (Updated 6/19) 11. Charlotte 13. LA Clippers (Updated 6/18) 10. Philadelphia 12. LA Clippers 57. Ok. City 46. Houston

*First Round Only


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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4 Comments for Kentucky NBA Mock Draft Tracker: Shai and Knox in the top ten?

  1. Jiminy Crickets
    2:57 pm June 19, 2018 Permalink

    2 lottery picks, potentially 3 second rounders, and lost 11 games, finished 4th in SEC reg season, and lost to a bad KState team without their best player. And people wonder why a lot of UK fans are tired of the constant roster turnover, and OAD.

    • abobicesaevior
      8:27 pm June 19, 2018 Permalink

      Speak for yourself. I’m pleased with the overall results and the fun since Cal has been here. I know many others that feel the same way.

    • Cincy Cayt
      11:13 pm June 19, 2018 Permalink

      Dude, you can hate on that Sweet 16 loss to K State all you want and be correct, but let’s not pretend these guys played like their draft positions most of the year. Knox was lost until WVU, and Shai wasn’t even on the NBA radars until the second half of the year. Vanderbilt couldn’t stay healthy, Gabriel/Hami lacked consistency

  2. FlatTopsAndBlockedShots
    3:08 pm June 19, 2018 Permalink

    Somehow when Thursday night comes to a close 4 UK players will be chosen in the first round along with 1 second round pick and all of us will shut up and be happy until the Bahamas trip.