Nick Richards and EJ Montgomery each threw their name into the NBA Draft before Sunday’s deadline, but both left open the option of returning to Kentucky. The assumption is they will return once they get all they need out of the process, although crazier things have happened. We won’t really know until they say it, whenever that day comes in the next month.
In the meantime, we can see where Richards and Montgomery fall on the CBSSports.com NBA Draft Big Board, updated Monday afternoon. And it’s not good for their immediate NBA dreams.
Neither Richards nor Montgomery ranked within the top 100 prospects on the new big board. The top hundred. Only their three early-entrant teammates in the draft — PJ Washington, Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson — made the list. Reid Travis also missed the cut.
Washington ranked the highest among the UK guys, coming in at No. 11. Johnson and Herro are at No. 18 and 22.
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And even though Montgomery and Richards aren’t ranked, they did the right thing by taking advantage of the new rule.