Believe it or not, the media is already looking ahead to the 2015 NBA Draft, and earlier this week, Chad Ford posted his first 2015 Big Board, his ranking of the top 30 prospects in college basketball. Three Cats made the list:
3. Karl Towns
Scouts love Towns, who has terrific skills for a player of his size. Towns can shoot from anywhere on the floor and plays with a pretty high basketball IQ. Still, questions abound about his toughness. And his situation at Kentucky — potentially buried behind Willie Cauley-Stein and Dakari Johnson — makes his position near the top of the board tenuous. It remains unclear whether Towns will get the playing time needed to justify such a high selection.
12. Willie Cauley-Stein
Cauley-Stein is a junior and people are still raving about his upside. Scouts still believe Cauley-Stein could be special. He’s a late bloomer who has been learning the game at Kentucky. As he’s gotten stronger and more confident, he’s turned into a terrific shot-blocker and defender. If Cauley-Stein can show some major improvement offensively this season, he’ll have a good shot of cracking the lottery.
28. Andrew Harrison
Harrison was considered a potential lottery pick last summer. Teams love point guards with his size and NBA body. But Harrison struggled as a freshman shooting and playing the point. He turned the ball over a lot and also couldn’t really get by people. He improved as the season went on, however, and helped UK back to the NCAA title game. If he shows major improvement as a sophomore, he’ll start moving back up the board. I doubt he ever is considered a lottery talent again, but given the dearth of point guards in the draft, a mid-first-round selection isn’t out of the question.
Three more Cats were “on the cusp” of Ford’s list:
31. Alex Poythress
34. Dakari Johnson
35. Aaron Harrison
To check out what Ford has to say about them, click here.