Out of five Kentucky players pursuing their NBA careers – six if you include Kahlil Whitney – could only two wind up being drafted?
As of today, that appears to be the case, at least according to Sam Vecenie of The Athletic.
In his latest NBA Draft Big Board, only two Wildcats were included in the first 60 picks, with two others listed throughout the remainder of the top 100.
Tyrese Maxey – Kentucky’s lone consensus first-round draft choice – came in at No. 15 overall, followed by Immanuel Quickley in the second round at No. 45 overall.
From there, Nick Richards came in at No. 65, right outside of draft contention, with Ashton Hagans further down the list at No. 80 overall.
As expected, neither EJ Montgomery nor Kahlil Whitney were included in the top 100.
Here are Vecenie’s first 15 names expected to come off the board on October 16:
- LaMelo Ball, Illawarra Hawks
- Anthony Edwards, Georgia
- Obi Toppin, Dayton
- James Wiseman, Memphis
- Tyrese Haliburton, Iowa State
- Onyeka Okongwu, USC
- Deni Avdija, Maccabi Tel Aviv
- Killian Hayes, Ulm
- Isaac Okoro, Auburn
- Kira Lewis Jr., Alabama
- Devin Vassell, Florida State
- Aaron Nesmith, Vanderbilt
- Saddiq Bey, Villanova
- Cole Anthony, North Carolina
- Tyrese Maxey, Kentucky
Earlier this week, the NBA released a list of 105 players who are being considered for the NBA Draft Combine, voted on by NBA general managers.
Ashton Hagans, Immanuel Quickley, Tyrese Maxey, Nick Richards, and even Kahlil Whitney received votes for consideration and made the list. In fact, both Hagans and Whitney – two of Kentucky’s biggest fringe draft prospects – confirmed they’ve already received official combine invites.
Noticeably absent from the list? EJ Montgomery.
Now, NBA GMs will whittle the list to 70 players and send out invitations for the event, which is not yet scheduled due to COVID-19.
While Maxey, Quickley, Richards, Hagans, and Whitney will have the opportunity to impress teams and improve draft position during workouts and at the combine, Montgomery continues to be on the outside looking in.
For the entire Draft Big Board, you can find it over at The Athletic here.