It’s finally Draft Day. Where will Kentucky’s three prospects land?
With only hours to go, consensus seems to be forming for two Wildcats, with most projections sending PJ Washington to Miami at No. 13 and Tyler Herro to Boston at No. 14. Yesterday’s trade between Memphis and Utah for Mike Conley sent the No. 23 pick to the Grizzlies, which could have an impact on Keldon Johnson, although a report earlier this week suggested he’ll already be off the board by pick No. 18.
Here’s a roundup of the latest mocks, with previous positions listed in parentheses.
|ESPN Top 100||16 (16)||15 (18)||21 (19)|
|ESPN (Updated 6/20)||13. Miami (13)||14. Boston (16)||23. Memphis (18)|
|The Athletic (Updated 6/20)||13. Miami (18)||14. Boston (15)||16. Orlando (22)|
|Sports Illustrated (Updated 6/20)||13. Miami (12)||14. Boston (13)||23. Memphis (15)|
|Matt Norlander (Updated 6/19)||16. Orlando (17)||14. Boston (14)||21. Oklahoma City (20)|
|Gary Parrish (Updated 6/19)||12. Charlotte (13)||14. Boston (15)||22. Boston (19)|
|Kyle Boone (Updated 6/19)||17. Atlanta (17)||16. Orlando (16)||20. Boston (20)|
And a sampling of comments on each:
“This isn’t exactly what I’d call a sexy, high-upside pick for an organization in desperate need of such swings, but this part of the draft is not really loaded with those type of players and Washington is a player that would fit on their roster and give them some added size, toughness, and perimeter shooting. His length could also help them in the smaller lineups that they enjoy employing. The other two Kentucky guys, Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson, are also thought to be in the mix here.”
“Herro would be an attractive fit with the Celtics, who league sources believe have serious interest in him, and certainly lack clarity with their backcourt going forward. He’s become a viable option for teams as high as the late lottery due to his potent jumper and developing off-dribble game. His stock is considered to be pretty safe in this range, with the Magic mentioned as a possible destination if he falls from here. Herro is one of the more gifted perimeter scorers in the draft, and more importantly, one of the few who couple outside shooting capabilities with some legitimate long-term upside.”
“Following the Conley trade, adding depth on the wing could be a priority. Although his struggles creating offense off the dribble caused his stock to fall somewhat, Johnson won’t need to be much of a ball handler with Morant running the show.”
Pretty soon, we’ll know for sure.