Kentucky has played just one game (one we wish we could forget) but the CBS Sports Mock Draft features a trio of Cats.
Although Keldon Johnson is the only player projected in the lottery (No. 9), P.J. Washington (No. 24) and Ashton Hagans (No. 25) were included in the first round. Johnson’s 23 points was a rare bright spot from Tuesday’s game and it’s clear his potential is through the roof. Washington at No. 24 sounds about right but I was surprised to see Hagans included in the first round. Hagans has the highest ceiling of UK’s point guards but it could be a few months before he puts it all together. Kyle Boone has a flattering comparison for Hagans although I’m not sure I agree.
E.J. Montgomery not being included seems like a mistake, but we’re still over half a year away from the NBA Draft and these mock drafts will continue to change every week.
Interesting to see UK recruiting target Jaden McDaniels’ brother Jalen McDaniels at No. 14. Jalen plays for SDSU and the Aztecs are thought to be one of the leaders for Jaden. Jaden will visit UK this weekend.
The blurbs about the Kentucky players are below, but you can see the entire mock HERE.