Out of five potential draftees on the Kentucky basketball roster – six if you include Kahlil Whitney – only two are projected to go in the first or second rounds of the 2020 NBA Draft.
In The Athletic’s latest Big Board released this morning, Tyrese Maxey and Immanuel Quickley both landed in the top 60, while Nick Richards and Ashton Hagans fell just outside draft position. EJ Montgomery and Whitney, however, were nowhere to be seen in the entire list of 100 prospects.
Unsurprisingly, Maxey led the way at No. 13 overall, which falls in line with the consensus late-lottery draft grade he has been given since the end of his freshman season at Kentucky. Meanwhile, Quickley has dipped a bit to No. 49 overall after finding himself as in the late-first/early-second round range following early in the draft process.
From there, Richards and Hagans came in at No. 66 and No. 67, respectively, after holding firm as mid-to-late second rounders in recent months.
Aside from Montgomery and Whitney, another name of interest that did not make the top 100 is 2020 five-star center Makur Maker, who is currently testing the NBA Draft waters trying to decide whether to move forward with his professional career or spend a year in college.
Maker’s guardian, Ed Smith, told KSR last week that the five-star prospect is hoping to be selected in the first round and would strongly consider college – Kentucky, UCLA, and Howard being the three candidates – if he fell into the late-second or undrafted range. Either way, a decision is expected in August.
To read Sam Vecenie’s entire Big Board, check it out at The Athletic here.