Will PJ Washington, Jarred Vanderbilt, and Wenyen Gabriel stay in the NBA Draft or return to Kentucky for another season? They have until May 30 to decide, but this morning, Kevin Knox gave us his predictions.
“Personally, I think we’ll have some guys come back,” Knox said on KSR. “I don’t know who, but I think we’ll have a pretty good squad next year. I know Quade [Green] is coming back, he announced, and Nick [Richards]. Those two guys will definitely help us next year with great scoring. Nick will have a better year next year.”
“I think [Jarred Vanderbilt], he declared for the draft, I think he has a pretty good shot. He played really well when he was hurt. He has a good shot of coming back. PJ [Washington] has another good shot. If you get PJ and Vando back, I think next year’s team has a really good shot at winning a championship. They’ll be really good if those two come back.”
What about Wenyen?
“Yeah, I think he has a really good chance,” Knox said when asked if he thinks Wenyen comes back. “I know he can really shoot the ball, and that’s what a lot of scouts like about him. I think he has a really good chance.”
Knox even shared his views on Kentucky’s incoming freshmen. Here’s his scouting report:
Immanuel Quickley: “I played with him on the USA Team when we were in Spain. He’s a really good player, a good leader, a good three-point shooter. He’s really vocal on the court.”
Ashton Hagans (whom he spoke of as if he had already reclassified to 2018): “You’ve got Ashton Hagans, who I think is similar to Shai [Gilgeous-Alexander]. Just a little bit shorter than Shai, but really good at getting to the rim, physical, really good defenders. One of the best defenders in the class.”
Keldon Johnson: “He plays with a chip on his shoulder. I think he’ll be one of the best. He talks a lot of trash, but one thing about him, he can back it up too. He’s really good. I think he’ll be one of our better players next year.”
EJ Montgomery: “EJ is a really smooth guy that’s coming in that’s going to help Nick out on the rebounding, Vando if he comes back, PJ if he comes back. There’s a lot of guys he can really help next year.”
Tyler Herro: “Really good smooth player. He talks trash too, you can watch his film and tell he talks trash, but he backs it up as well. He’s a really good three-point shooter that does a really good job.”
Kevin, if this NBA thing doesn’t work out, you’ve got a future in scouting.
Hear Kevin’s breakdown of next year’s team in Hour 2 of today’s podcast: