Is Kentucky set to end its streak of zero top-three draft picks since 2015? ESPN believes the Wildcats are due.
In the outlet’s very first 2021 NBA Mock Draft, ESPN listed three UK players in the first round, headlined by Brandon Boston Jr. at No. 3 overall.
Boston is projected to be selected third by the Detroit Pistons, followed by five-star guard Terrence Clarke coming in at No. 15 overall to the Indiana Pacers and five-star forward Isaiah Jackson at No. 25 overall to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Boston, Clarke and Jackson are the only three Wildcats included in the initial mock draft, meaning Keion Brooks Jr., Devin Askew, Lance Ware, Cam’Ron Fletcher, Dontaie Allen and Jacob Toppin are all projected to either return to Kentucky or – as we’ve seen more often in recent years – go undrafted or transfer out of the program at the conclusion of the 2020-21 season.
This would also mean both Olivier Sarr and Davion Mintz go undrafted, though both players could decide to return to Lexington for an additional season the NCAA granting a free year of eligibility for the 2020-21 season.
The rest of the mock draft features several familiar names, including former Kentucky targets and/or players at rival programs:
- Cade Cunningham (Oklahoma State)
- Jalen Green (G League Ignite)
- B.J. Boston (Kentucky)
- Evan Mobley (USC)
- Ziaire Williams (Stanford)
- Jalen Johnson (Duke)
- Keon Johnson (Tennessee)
- Scottie Barnes (Florida State)
- Jonathan Kuminga (G League Ignite)
- Caleb Love (North Carolina)
- Josh Christopher (Arizona State)
- Juhann Begarin (Paris Basket)
- Daishen Nix (G League Ignite)
- Usman Garuba (Real Madrid)
- Terrence Clarke (Kentucky)
- Greg Brown (Texas)
- James Bouknight (Connecticut)
- Jalen Suggs (Gonzaga)
- David Johnson (Louisville)
- Josh Primo (Alabama)
- Earl Timberlake (Miami)
- Day’Ron Sharpe (North Carolina)
- Keyontae Johnson (Florida)
- DJ Steward (Duke)
- Isaiah Jackson (Kentucky)
- Roko Prkacin (Cibona Zagreb)
- Jared Butler (Baylor)
- Scottie Lewis (Florida)
- Moussa Cisse (Memphis)
- Ariel Hukporti (Nevezis)
Do you agree with where the Wildcats are listed? Any surprises? Anyone missing?
For the entire mock draft, head over to ESPN.