Over behind The Athletic‘s pay wall today, you can find a good story from Sam Vecenie, the site’s NBA draft expert, on what he learned from being in Las Vegas around several NBA scouts last week. The Kentucky players are a big part of his report; some good, some not so good.
I won’t steal Vecenie’s content here (you should go read it, if it’s in your budget) but I will pass along one interesting note on one of the three Wildcats he discussed in length. In his section dedicated to Kahlil Whitney, Vecenie’s first two sentences read, ‘I’m not sure what to even say at this point. Whitney does not look like a one-and-done, despite five-star status and considerable tools at his disposal.”
Sounds about right. Like all of us, Vecenie doesn’t see Whitney going anywhere after this year. “Right now, I’d say Whitney should be unpacking his bags for a second season in Lexington,” he wrote.
As for the other two Wildcats in the NBA draft conversation, Vecenie still hears positive things from the scouting community about Tyrese Maxey, and considers the UK freshman to be a top-10 pick. He sees Ashton Hagans as Kentucky’s next best prospect as a fringe first-rounder with potential to be a valuable backup PG in the league.
There is no mention of Nick Richards or EJ Montgomery.