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Three Wildcats land in latest ESPN 2020 NBA Mock Draft

Three Kentucky Wildcats were listed in ESPN’s latest 2020 NBA Mock Draft, including two in the first round.

Freshman guard Tyrese Maxey was the first Wildcat off the board, going No. 8 overall to the Washington Wizards. There, he would team up with former Kentucky star John Wall.

Kahlil Whitney is the second Wildcat listed, coming in at No. 24 overall to Oklahoma City, where he would team up with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Hamidou Diallo.

The final Kentucky player projected, Ashton Hagans, comes in at No. 55 overall to the Charlotte Hornets. There, he would join former Wildcats PJ Washington, Malik Monk, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

The top five is loaded with familiar names: LaMelo Ball (No. 1), Anthony Edwards (No. 2), James Wiseman (No. 3), Cole Anthony (No. 4), and RJ Hampton (No. 5).

Other players of interest listed as first-round talents? Nico Mannion (No. 7), Jaden McDaniels (No. 9), Isaiah Stewart (No. 17), Vernon Carey (No. 18), Jordan Nwora (No. 27), and Cassius Winston (No. 28).

Here is the entire mock draft:

If this were to come to fruition, it would mean Kentucky would return EJ Montgomery, Nick Richards, Immanuel Quickley, Keion Brooks Jr., Johnny Juzang, and Dontaie Allen next season.

They would join Kentucky five-star guard signees Terrence Clarke, BJ Boston, and Devin Askew, five-star forward Isaiah Jackson, and four-star forwards Lance Ware and Cam’Ron Fletcher.

While that would stand as arguably the deepest roster of the John Calipari era in Lexington, it’s important to note that EJ Montgomery and Nick Richards could have left this past offseason, with sources telling KSR that the staff expects both players to enter the NBA Draft at the conclusion of the year. And with Richards putting up career numbers through nearly a quarter of the regular season, along with Montgomery slowly making his way back from injury and finding success, it’s tough to envision either of them back for the 2020-21 season.

Still, though, a returning class of Quickley, Brooks, Juzang, and Allen, combined with Kentucky’s ridiculous 2020 recruiting class, should leave fans giddy.


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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5 Comments for Three Wildcats land in latest ESPN 2020 NBA Mock Draft

  1. Belenos
    11:36 am December 3, 2019 Permalink

    Until the transfers hit

    • makeitstop
      12:15 pm December 3, 2019 Permalink

      Who would transfer? Nobody but Nick could be a grad transfer, and he won’t. You’d be talking about a guard who decided it was too crowded and worth sitting a year somewhere. Who would that be? IQ? No way he transfers and misses a year, u would be better off as a free agent overseas or G-League. Dontae? Not going to happen. Juzang is getting more time all the time, he’s going to go sit for a year? It sounds reasonable to say but in reality not much chance that happens.

  2. makeitstop
    11:38 am December 3, 2019 Permalink

    That would be great, but not a chance EJ comes back and Nick only comes back if he wants to; he’s posting good numbers and looks better and better. I’m surprised he’s not already showing in the 2d round but will be next month after the competition gets tougher and they see the progress is real. The rest? I hope ur right that’s the only attrition bc that would be a great roster. But we NEED a couple of big men. Grad transfer and 5 star would be nice.

  3. UKLugo
    1:00 pm December 3, 2019 Permalink

    Not trying to hate, but I cant believe Whitney is that high on the draft boards.

  4. Shagaris Sock Puppet
    2:04 pm December 3, 2019 Permalink

    Khalil Whitney that high? Im sorry but whoever evaluated that is high. Love the kid, but hes not ready for the league. Id take Brooks over him any day. I wish brooks got the start over him right now. Hes more skilled, shoots it better and hes got an insanely high basketball IQ.