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“The Athletic” spoke to NBA personnel about Vanderbilt, Washington

Michel Scotto over at everyone’s favorite pay-site, “The Athletic,” spoke to NBA scouts and executives about five notable early-entry draft prospects. Kentucky’s Jarred Vanderbilt and PJ Washington are two of the five NBA hopefuls discussed, and the anonymous opinions of what each of them should do may surprise you.

Up first is Jarred Vanderbilt, who earned a split-vote from the group consisting of one NBA scout, three NBA general managers and four NBA executives who spoke to Scotto. Four of the eight said Vanderbilt should remain in the draft, while three said he should return and another was undecided. Vanderbilt’s playmaking skills caught the eye of one NBA Eastern Conference exec, and it should earn him a second-round selection in June if he stays in the draft.

The opinion of PJ Washington’s NBA future was quite different, though. Only one of the eight said Washington should remain in the draft, with six saying he should return to Kentucky. Concerns with Washington’s size for a power forward will scare teams away, they believe, so he should return to develop new skills to play the three or a stretch-four.

Of the two, Vanderbilt’s feedback was surprising; Washington’s, not so much. It’ll be interesting to see if Vanderbilt is okay with a second-round ceiling because that’s where he is right now. If he decides to come back to UK to prove he can be healthy, he could climb to the first round in 2019. But there are people around him who may push him into accepting whatever happens to become a professional this summer. We’ll know soon enough, I guess.

To read the full scouting reports on Vanderbilt, Washington and three other NBA hopefuls with decisions to make in the coming days, get out your wallet and head over to The Athletic.

Scotto: NBA talent evaluators weigh in on 5 difficult NBA draft early-entry decisions

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

25 Comments for “The Athletic” spoke to NBA personnel about Vanderbilt, Washington



  1. callitlikeiseeit
    4:22 pm April 30, 2018 Permalink

    These NBA people have no clue. You played for Cal and all he does is put people in the league. You played your one year under Cal so you are NBA ready because everyone knows you had no ability prior, Cal puts people in the league. Hear that SKJ, Green, Gabriel you are ready no matter what NBA people say, you played for Cal so you have to be ready. SKJ and Gabriel should be lottery picks because they been with Cal a couple years.



    • 4everUKblue
      4:28 pm April 30, 2018 Permalink

      Good thing you’re an expert!



    • runningunnin.454
      4:58 pm April 30, 2018 Permalink

      callit is nearsighted.



    • BBNDan7
      5:20 pm April 30, 2018 Permalink

      “These NBA people have no clue” you’re a moron



    • Troll Slayer
      5:23 pm April 30, 2018 Permalink

      This guy is a troll. BTW, Green is coming back next year!



    • wyatts1
      6:13 pm April 30, 2018 Permalink

      What a idiot, go root for someone else callitlikeaidiot should be your name



    • callitlikeiseeit
      6:42 pm April 30, 2018 Permalink

      Just repeating the ridiculous comments I see on here when there is an article about a recruit trying to decide between us and anyone else. All the comments say come here cause Cal puts guys in the league and I have said for years he recruits {or used to} NBA ready kids. Nothing he does in 7-8 months is what got them to the NBA and in all those picks those kids would have been the same or higher picks right from High School. Sounds stupid because it is stupid but go look at past comments on the recruit articles. You did not bash their foolish statements or call them trolls. I love UK, season tix holder in football, but Cal is not why those kids got drafted, if he were then why have so many not made it. Wall, AD, MKG, KAT and so on were top picks from High School they simply were not allowed to go to the NBA, would have still been top pick had they gone to UK or KU or WKU or LSU or Washington etc.



    • chardun20
      7:00 pm April 30, 2018 Permalink

      Is SGA a 1st round pick if he goes to Western?



    • StuckinLville
      6:58 pm April 30, 2018 Permalink

      I think you have forgotten Liggins, Miller, Harrelson, Booker being a one and done, Ulis, and Shai just this year. Also, Cousins, Davis, Towns all wanted to play on the perimeter but guess what, he challenged them and now they are all All-Stars. So in other words, shut the hell up.



    • J-Dub421
      7:08 pm April 30, 2018 Permalink

      Booker was ranked 40th out of high school, not thought to be a one and done, and was a lottery pick after one year playing less than 20 minutes per game.
      WCS was ranked 50th and a 4*, got drafted 6th.
      KAT and AD both completely transformed their game while at UK. Neither had any post game at all before Cal made them develop one.
      Ask Patterson what Cal did for his game and pro prospects.

      Also, if all these one and done players are NBA ready coming out of high school and any school could get them to the NBA, then why do so many UK players perform so much better than guys who go to other schools? Go to Duke and become a role player!



  2. 4everUKblue
    4:32 pm April 30, 2018 Permalink

    BTW Drew, your piece on how will you remember Diallo was nothing but click bait, you knew exactly what you were doing, sometimes your pieces are good and sometimes disgraceful.



  3. terwilliger
    4:33 pm April 30, 2018 Permalink

    Sincerely hope Vando’s hopes and dreams were not to be a late second round pick. Kid has way too much potential to settle for that. He needs a full healthy year to showcase his skills.



    • wyatts1
      6:21 pm April 30, 2018 Permalink

      I completely agree with you terwilliger, Vanderbilt has the potential to be a truly dominant big guy, with the passing abilites, rebounding, and hustle skillz that’s off the charts. Outta all the storylines this basketball off season the Vanderbilt story is the one that I’m following the closest. I understand why he put his name in the draft, but he’s gotta understand that there are literally over a million reasons why he should wait until next year to declare.



    • Luether
      7:51 pm April 30, 2018 Permalink

      Agree. Vandy is no where near ready for the next level…



  4. Robkycats54
    4:34 pm April 30, 2018 Permalink

    While I tend to believe jarred has more upside than PJ, but why not return to skool & get a first round guarantee contract, win the Championship, and be a remembered as a college great all the while working on your game instead of playing in the G league… I haven’t seen any G league on tv?????? While Kentucky’s on TV 95% of the time

    I HOPE HE RETURNS, If he does return, because of the three, I think his decision is the hardest… we will be ranked #1 Good luck beating us #BBN



    • runningunnin.454
      5:00 pm April 30, 2018 Permalink

      I know somebody that needs to return to skool, for sure….ha ha ha just kidding, good point.



  5. Mc12
    5:35 pm April 30, 2018 Permalink

    I think they’ll do what they do



    • Bullitt County UK fan
      5:56 pm April 30, 2018 Permalink

      Bold prediction



  6. bigblue2284
    6:21 pm April 30, 2018 Permalink

    Exactly what I expected. Vanderbilt has far more up side as a pro. I think Washington could make it in the NBA but right now I don’t see it. He doesn’t have the athletic ability, shooting or size at the next level. Terrence Jones is out of the league and I would say he was a much better college player than Washington.



  7. Ben27
    6:30 pm April 30, 2018 Permalink

    What if the second round goes by and he does not get drafted. What are his chances of making it with his skill level of a questionable shot and injury prone? He is taking quite a chance with no guarantees! Too many players in this years draft to take a chance. You only get one shot and you need to maximize your chance. You have players making decisions, when their brain has not developed their reasoning skills yet. Same reason kids do drugs without the ability to realize what the consequences are! Where are all the adults, that are suppose to be helping these young adults?



  8. ukwildcat2323
    6:31 pm April 30, 2018 Permalink

    Vanderbilt is fragile as tinker bell. I wouldn’t blame him for going. He can be a beast no doubt, but highly doubtful he can remain on the floor for an entire season. I’d rather have a graduate transfer.



    • bigblue2284
      7:03 pm April 30, 2018 Permalink

      I would not say that to his face…



    • Luether
      7:53 pm April 30, 2018 Permalink

      So why would anybody want to draft a “Fragile tinker bell”?



  9. Rembrandt
    8:43 pm April 30, 2018 Permalink

    Both should come back to UK for another year. In the end, I suspect both will.



  10. kjd
    7:14 am May 1, 2018 Permalink

    IMO, JV was only at UK because of the NBA’s one and done. I think he’s gone.