This year’s NBA Draft process is taking longer than ever before, but the end date is finally drawing near.
Since all the way back in March, we’ve had a pretty good idea of how good this batch of NBA prospects was going to be entering the upcoming draft. There are a couple of potential stars near the top, but the rest of the field is mostly unknown, something that has been complicated even more by the pandemic. As we know, five former Kentucky players have entered their names into the draft set for Nov. 18 (six if you include Kahil Whitney, which we will) and, for the most part, their stock hasn’t seen a significant increase or decline. Outside of Tyrese Maxey, who has steadily–and mysteriously–gone from a lottery selection to a mid-first-round pick over the course of the last six months, their individual status as basketball prospects has largely stayed the same.
Over at The Athletic, Sam Vecenie has been consistently updating his NBA Draft Big Board every month or so, and his most recent version came out earlier on Friday. The usual suspects for Kentucky were still listed in the top-100: Maxey, Immanuel Quickley, Nick Richards, Ashton Hagans, and Whitney. But all of them saw some movement from the last update.
Maxey – No. 16 (previously No. 17)
Quickley – No. 41 (previously No. 43)
Richards – No. 68 (previously No. 62)
Hagans – No. 76 (previously No. 73)
Whitney – No. 88 (previously No. 92)
EJ Montgomery – not ranked (not previously ranked)
Maxey, Quickley, and Whitney saw their stock rise while Richards and Hagans took a slight drop. Richards’ six-spot decline was the largest of the group. Montgomery was once again not named to the top-100.
After a lengthy delay, the NBA Combine is finally underway, with four former Wildcats participating: Quickley, Richards, Hagans, and Whitney.