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Murray and Skal Stay in Chad Ford’s Top 10

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Jamal Murray is excited about it (Andy Lyons | Getty Images).

Jamal Murray is excited about it (Andy Lyons | Getty Images).

Chad Ford’s Mock Draft 3.0 isn’t so kind to the Kentucky Wildcats.  Jamal Murray and Skal Labissiere nearly slid out of the Top 10, and Isaiah Briscoe completely fell out of the first round.

7.  Jamal Murray to the Pelicans, Previously #5

Murray might not be an elite athlete, but his high basketball IQ and scoring ability should lift some of the load off Davis.

9.  Skal Labissiere to the Blazers, Previously #2 

He was widely regarded as the second-best prospect in the draft after Simmons before the college season started. He’s struggled mightily at Kentucky, but he still has the size, athleticism and perimeter skills teams covet.

It’s a rough guesstimation on who would even be around to pick these guys, but I would hate to see more UK guys on the West Coast, unless they’re teaming up with other Cats like Murray and Davis in New Orleans.

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Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

18 Comments for Murray and Skal Stay in Chad Ford’s Top 10



  1. leon singleton
    12:13 pm January 21, 2016 Permalink

    Skal needs good coaching. Look how good Towns got when he got a good coach.



    • kvltclassic
      12:20 pm January 21, 2016 Permalink

      He has a good coach right now. Karl is being coached in the league by a guy who was promoted to head coach because the head coach died. Not saying he isn’t a good coach but the only people who are elite coaches in the league are Rick Carlyle, Greg Popovitch,and Brad Stevens. Feel like I’m forgetting one but it isn’t Sam Mitchell.



    • beastmodekp
      12:36 pm January 21, 2016 Permalink

      This is the problem that Cal has. If a kid under performs…Cal can’t coach. If a kid takes off, it’s the kid and nothing to do with the Coach. Karl improved a ton during this time at UK and came in with ZERO post game. The difference is, Karl was able to develop this under Cal, whereas Skal hasn’t so far. That’s mainly body strength IMO.



    • RealCatsFan
      3:12 pm January 21, 2016 Permalink

      Cal could have easily allowed Karl to play out on the perimeter more instead of making him play with his back to the basket to develop that part of his game more. In that respect Cal put his player’s development ahead of the team, because with the kind of stroke he has from outside he could have probably helped us considerably with more of a face up game. Good or bad, Cal is going to do whatever he can to prepare his players for the next level. That is why he keeps pulling in these kids.



    • UK Big Board Update
      10:24 pm January 21, 2016 Permalink

      No. Leon is just an idiot troll.



  2. mobile2
    12:35 pm January 21, 2016 Permalink

    Murray is clearly going to be a quality NBA player. I still do not understand the allure of Skal…watch an NBA game sometime. Skal gets pushed around in college, he’ll get murdered by the athletic freaks in the NBA. He’ll get drafted and paid but he’s heading toward D League purgatory.



    • kvltclassic
      12:37 pm January 21, 2016 Permalink

      If you get him around 10 it is worth the risk. When he is a full time basketball player you can work to put weight on him, he will probably play the four in the league which is going almost exclusively to stretch shooters anyway. A 10th pick isn’t really guaranteed to be anything so if you have a 25% chance to get a super star out of it, you take that chance.



    • mobile2
      12:48 pm January 21, 2016 Permalink

      That would be the NBA GM view on Skal to be sure, the “all upside” view. Granted this draft isn’t shaping up to be a great one so no doubt, unless he just flat out tanks, he’ll get drafted and paid but again…I don’t see what’s there waiting to flourish into NBA talent.



    • Sentient Third Eye
      1:11 pm January 21, 2016 Permalink

      I still think Skal can be an elite big man playing facing the basket. He has a killer mid-range jumper that we’re not taking advantage of.



    • somerset bill
      2:07 pm January 21, 2016 Permalink

      i agree with the idea that he will have to be a 4 in the league. that is what baffles me. why won’t cal play him there? we haven’t seen it in a game, though i’m sure he has in practice at least a time or two. it is where he can show his skills and learn the game on the court without hurting us (too much) (i think). and we have guys to fill the center position, or at least guys who can be a strong center by the end of the year.



  3. Long Dong Silver
    1:21 pm January 21, 2016 Permalink

    The NBA GM that drafts Skal in the lottery is begging to get fired.



  4. FBI Informant
    1:33 pm January 21, 2016 Permalink

    Ugh. What “PERIMETER SKILLS”???
    Do these guys even watch UK? Skal can’t dribble and chew gum at the same time, much less have perimeter “skills” that translate to the NBA. HE CANT SHOOT. He can’t play the pick and pop (they tried). He can’t pick and roll (they try). He can’t create his own shot off the bounce. Seriously, I’m asking, someone school me on which “skills” translate to the NBA???



    • beastmodekp
      1:46 pm January 21, 2016 Permalink

      The NBA game is completely different than College. He’ll have room and the spacing needed. Right now, every team is packing in a zone. And, with no “true” post threat, it’s easy to guard tight on the guy trying to break the zone in the middle. Can’t really pick and pop, cause of the zone either. I truly think they expected DK to return IMO.



    • UK Big Board Update
      10:25 pm January 21, 2016 Permalink

      Will still get drafted higher and make more money than Onuaku. Lmao!! 😂😂



  5. randall johnson
    3:59 pm January 21, 2016 Permalink

    What did Portland do to deserve that, the only thing skal is good for is getting things off very tall shelves.



  6. The Professor
    4:17 pm January 21, 2016 Permalink

    Skal is not showing an ability to compete with college players. It is inane to think he could make even the worst NBA roster next year. The D-league is full of grown men, hungry to compete for a bigger paycheck. He would get eaten alive at that level. With the class coming next year he may not hit the floor unless he made major strides in his game. However, that is his best bet. He could get a college education and he might improve his game enough to make the NBA after his JR or SR year. There is no shame in being an upper classman.



  7. BlueDeuce
    4:24 pm January 21, 2016 Permalink

    Murray will flourish in the NBA…it’ll take a couple years to “learn” the pro game and how it is played in the US (vs. the international game), but he is a star in the making! You can just watch him and see the talent.

    Skal will do well at the 4 in the NBA and will stretch the floor out with his midrange shot. He’ll still have to work on strength to be able to rebound in the NBA but he’ll put up points form the get-go. His defense will limit his capabilities and keep him off the floor more so than his offense.



    • BlueDeuce
      4:25 pm January 21, 2016 Permalink

      *from the get-go.