Chad Ford’s time with ESPN is coming to an end after the upcoming draft but he is still putting in the work for the World Wide Leader until then. Today he released the sixth version of his big board — aptly named Big Board 6.0 — and it includes three Wildcats with one more on the outside looking in.
Up first, Ford ranks De’Aaron Fox fifth overall among the eligible NBA draft prospects. Here’s what he had to say about Kentucky’s former point guard:
Fox’s stock continues to rise as teams dig into his video. His superior quickness and toughness have a handful of scouts ranking him ahead of Ball on their boards.
Questions about his jump shot and his right hand are what keep him behind Ball on most boards.
Fox plans on attending the combine, but it will likely be only for interviews, medical testing and possibly athletic testing. He would potentially test out as the best athlete in the draft.
Two spots behind Fox, Malik Monk ranks as Ford’s seventh overall prospect. Here’s what Ford had to say about him:
Monk is the best scorer in the draft and will spend his workouts trying to convince teams that he can be a point guard as well.
Monk has indicated that he won’t participate in the combine. That’s a shame. He would have had a chance to beat his UK teammate, Fox, as the best athlete in the draft.
Then on down toward the bottom of the top 30, you’ll find Bam Adebayo at No. 23. Here’s what Ford had to say about Bam:
Adebayo has hired an agent and is now firmly in the draft. He should grade off the charts in the athletic-testing portion of the combine. It’s the basketball skills that teams question.
Alas, he won’t be playing in the 5-on-5 portion.
Hamidou Diallo is one of the five “Next Five In” prospects.