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Three Cats make Chad Ford’s first 2015 Big Board


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.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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6 Comments for Three Cats make Chad Ford’s first 2015 Big Board

  1. Brandon
    7:05 pm July 18, 2014 Permalink

    Man, it will be awesome to see so many players from UK going so close together. It will be awesome for recruiting.

  2. Stu Katz
    4:55 pm July 19, 2014 Permalink

    Any info on the doubleheader in Miami in 2015?

    • bbn#1
      5:07 pm July 19, 2014 Permalink

      we play coach o and south florida

  3. AngryUKfan
    5:18 pm July 19, 2014 Permalink

    If I was the NBA I wouldn’t draft a damn one of em

  4. BNClay
    8:58 pm July 19, 2014 Permalink

    Dakari will be 12-16 range by season end. Ahead of Willie in my opinion.

  5. Hood for three
    7:54 am July 20, 2014 Permalink

    Too soon. Hype. Let’s talk about football, and getting more than two wins this year.