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NBA scouts weigh in on Kentucky’s starting five

Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

There will be a TON of NBA scouts at Rupp for tomorrow’s showdown between Kentucky and Kansas, so to prepare, Jeff Goodman spoke to some scouts to get their takes on the Cats and Jayhawks’ potential pros. Here’s a sampling of their thoughts:

monk_malik_2016-17-cmyk  Malik Monk

“He’s a special scorer, and his shot is much better than we thought it would be. He gets to the rim whenever he wants, but sometimes he doesn’t do it often enough. He can rebound and defend, but he hasn’t really figured out how to do it consistently yet. He’ll go somewhere in the top seven, maybe as high as No. 2.”

fox_deaaron_2016-17-cmyk  De’Aaron Fox

“He’s starting to figure it out, and he’s really just scratching the surface. He’s a very good passer and is so fast, but he’s got a clear weakness: shooting the ball. That will probably keep him from going in the top five.”

adebayo_bam_2016-17-cmyk  Bam Adebayo

“He is a physical specimen, but I’d like to see him do a better job rebounding. He runs the floor well, but he should be a dominant rebounder — and he isn’t. That worries me, because generally that doesn’t change.”

briscoe_isaiah_2016-17-cmyk  Isaiah Briscoe

“To me, he can make a roster as a third point guard. He’ll probably be picked in the second round and will have a chance to make a team because he’s tough and can defend.”

gabriel_wenyen_2016-17-cmyk  Wenyen Gabriel

“It’s not time to talk about him. He should go back to school.”

Plenty more where that came from over at the Worldwide Leader.

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12 Comments for NBA scouts weigh in on Kentucky’s starting five



  1. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    2:18 pm January 27, 2017 Permalink

    These are very accurate comments.



  2. Alamo_Cats
    2:56 pm January 27, 2017 Permalink

    Wenyen > Skal



  3. Cayyuuuts2
    2:58 pm January 27, 2017 Permalink

    Wenyen has a good shot to be a fringe NBA draftee by the end of the year. Kind of surprised to see the quick dismissal. He is already more valuable than Skal was at the same time last year and Skal went in the first round.

    I’m not saying his game is perfect but his ceiling is freakishly high. I would think that someone would want to take a chance.



    • ClutchCargo
      3:59 pm January 27, 2017 Permalink

      Yeah, I wouldn’t rule out somebody taking a shot on Wenyen. It could very well be a scout trying to convince other teams to back off the guy he wants.



  4. E Cat
    3:19 pm January 27, 2017 Permalink

    Agree on Wenyen. Stronger and more willing to mix it up than Skal, even with a small frame. Think he’s a 50/50 early entrant this year.

    Bam could be a Tristan Thompson-like player if he improves his rebounding. Can be a banger and energy player.

    Fox and Monk are no-brainer top 10 to 12 picks. Next-level athletes.

    Briscoe … boy, not sure. He’s improved (though has struggled past 3 or 4 games), but not sure his game translates well to NBA. But some it comes down to who selects him and their system.



  5. kuhlkat
    3:52 pm January 27, 2017 Permalink

    Briscoe will be very play in the league IMO



  6. runningunnin.454
    3:56 pm January 27, 2017 Permalink

    Okay, I’ll play devil’s advocate, although probably not popular. I don’ t think any will be ready after one year….too much immaturity and glaring weaknesses. Fox’s shooting, Monk’s streaky shooting and poor decisions; Bam has no post moves and does not go the boards as strong as he should. I know they’ll all be NBA stars one day; but what will another year in college hurt.
    The NBA is notorious for throwing money at these kids, gambling on potential; but, some kids get hurt. The Harrisons, Skal, Dakari, MKG, Lamb, Teague…even T.Jones and DeAndre are just now succeeding. The NBA should do the right thing and require two years in college or the age equivalent.



  7. 2thepoint
    4:02 pm January 27, 2017 Permalink

    Wenyan could go in first round now, IMO, but he will make millions by coming back. As for Bam, he is eons ahead of Tristan Thompson scoring wise already, but otherwise good comparison. When he gets to the pros he will be able to muscle more while also being open to rebound better. Right now it is double, triple team all the time because of a lack of consistent outside shooting. I agree with the scout about Monk and Fox.



  8. BobTheBuilder
    4:52 pm January 27, 2017 Permalink

    KSR = perpetuating the clutter.