What do NBA scouts really think of Kentucky’s draft prospects? Five of them spoke to Seth Davis and turned in mostly positive reviews on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kevin Knox, and Jarred Vanderbilt. Hamidou Diallo? Not so much. Although Diallo has been described as a “sleeper” and a “steal” by ESPN, one scout was not impressed.
“Very disappointing. Love him as a kid, but he’s still an athlete trying to play basketball. His jumper has a long way to go. He needs to buy into being a lockdown defender, but I don’t know if he has that in him. He’s what I call a ‘should-be’ guy. He should be able to defend in the league, he should be able to finish. But does he have that mentality? He still has that AAU mentality where you just run around and jump and play transition basketball, and the game isn’t played like that enough. He’s worth a swing in the second round and maybe you put him in the G League and hope he develops.”
One of the scouts believes Kevin Knox is “one of the most talented wings in the draft,” but worries about his consistency, while another says Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is “solid, just not dynamic.” Jarred Vanderbilt may have gotten the best review of all, which is crazy to me considering his foot/ankle injuries, but clearly, a team will draft him based on potential.
“He’s got size, athleticism, strength. He can rebound and push. He rebounds at a high level. Some team that’s high on analytics will fall in love with this kid. He’s going to have the ability to defend multiple positions. My main concern would be just how healthy he is and if he can sustain it for 82 games. I like his skill level. I’ve heard he’s a good character guy. He looks the part and then some.”
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