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Two Wildcats featured in top ten of 2021 NBA Mock Draft

The 2020 NBA Draft is still roughly two months away, but that’s not stopping us from looking ahead to 2021.

Today, ESPN’s Jonathan Givony released his first official mock draft for 2021, a class most analysts feel is deeper and boasts better star talent from top to bottom.

Included in the mock? Two future Kentucky Wildcats in the top ten, with B.J. Boston coming in at No. 8 overall, followed by Terrence Clarke at No. 10. Surprisingly, the pair of five-star guards are the only Kentucky players expected to come off the board.

Outside of future Wildcats, former Kentucky targets Cade Cunningham and Jalen Green came in at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, followed by Evan Mobley (USC), Jonathan Kuminga, Ziaire Williams, Jalen Johnson, Usman Garuba, Boston, Greg Brown, and Clarke rounding out the top ten.

From there, other familiar faces lined the two-round mock:

  • Daishen Nix, UCLA (12)
  • Sccottie Barnes, FSU (14)
  • Josh Christopher, ASU (16)
  • David Johnson, Louisville (17)
  • DJ Steward, Duke (21)
  • Keyontae Johnson, Florida (22)
  • Scottie Lewis, Florida (23)
  • Matthew Hurt, Duke (34)
  • D.J. Jeffries, Memphis (51)

You can check out the first round below:

1. Cade Cunningham Oklahoma State 6-7 PG 18.5
2. Jalen Green G League Select 6-5 SG 18.2
3. Evan Mobley USC 7-0 PF/C 18.8
4. Jonathan Kuminga 6-7 SF 17.5
5. Ziaire Williams Stanford 6-8 SG/SF 18.6
6. Jalen Johnson Duke 6-8 PF 18.3
7. Usman Garuba Real Madrid 6-8 PF 18.1
8. B.J. Boston Kentucky 6-7 SG/SF 18.4
9. Greg Brown Texas 6-8 PF 18.6
10. Terrence Clarke Kentucky 6-6 SG/SF 18.6
11. Caleb Love North Carolina 6-3 PG 18.5
12. Daishen Nix UCLA 6-4 PG 18.2
13. Keon Johnson Tennessee 6-5 SG 18.1
14. Scottie Barnes Florida State 6-8 PF 18.6
15. Jalen Suggs Gonzaga 6-4 SG 18.8
16. Josh Christopher Arizona State 6-5 SG/SF 18.3
17. David Johnson Louisville 6-5 PG 19.1
18. Josh Primo Alabama 6-5 SG 17.3
19. Juhann Begarin Paris Basket 6-6 SG 17.7
20. Earl Timberlake Miami 6-6 SF 18.4
21. DJ Steward Duke 6-3 PG 18.5
22. Keyontae Johnson Florida 6-5 SF 20.9
23. Scottie Lewis Florida 6-5 SG/SF 20.1
24. Ibou Dianko Badji Barcelona 7-1 C 17.5
25. Roko Prkacin Cibona Zagreb 6-9 PF 17.4
26. James Bouknight Connecticut 6-4 SG 19.6
27. Cam Thomas LSU 6-4 SG 18.5
28. Jaden Springer Tennessee 6-4 PG/SG 17.5
29. Moses Moody Arkansas 6-6 SG 17.9
30. Ariel Hukporti Ludwigsburg 7-0 C 18.0

This mock would indicate – barring any players going undrafted or transferring – Keion Brooks Jr., Devin Askew, Isaiah Jackson, Lance Ware, and Cam’Ron Fletcher would likely return to Kentucky for the 2021-22 season.

For the entire two-round mock draft, head over to ESPN here.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

11 Comments for Two Wildcats featured in top ten of 2021 NBA Mock Draft

  1. BallDontLie
    9:14 pm April 27, 2020 Permalink

    Why would this indicate those players not listed would return? We lost 4 players this year projected 2nd round or undrafted. That’s just this year.

    • T-Town Cat
      12:21 pm April 28, 2020 Permalink

      Don’t forget Whitney, plus the Juzang transfer. We can lose players to places other than the NBA.

  2. Newtype
    9:39 pm April 27, 2020 Permalink

    And yet this is supposed to be a “down year” for the program. People act like we don’t go through this every year all of a sudden.

  3. DOCUK18
    9:44 pm April 27, 2020 Permalink

    And comments are closed in Matt’s stupid book topic of the day. Doesn’t that really say it all. He’s such a liberal suck ass.

    • Newtype
      9:27 am April 28, 2020 Permalink

      Your comment really says it all. They shouldn’t even bother with comment sections. Not like anyone ever says anything even remotely with while on these posts.

  4. JASUN74
    10:40 pm April 27, 2020 Permalink

    I’m afraid that everyone in the media is forgetting about Dontaie Allen! I believe this young man is going to be extremely good and is Just what Kentucky needs. I honestly look for ALLEN to become a Superstar in the SEC by the time he’s a Junior, he’s as good of a Natural scorer as Kentucky Has had in a long time, that goes for Herro, Knox and all the rest.

    Once he get he’s confidence back to 100% , along with being in great shape, I truly think he’ll blossom. The kids a true 6-7 with excellent ball skills and one of the prettiest shots you’ll find in the country. He’s a very smart player as well and went he gets some talent around him he’ll be the biggest surprise to our fans we’ve had. I can’t wait to see him healthy and in the best shape of his life. Just a bonus with him being a Kentucky Boy. Go Cats

    • T-Town Cat
      12:04 am April 28, 2020 Permalink

      I agree on everybody wrongfully forgetting him. I hope that he gets the chance to show what he can do and not be stuck on the bench.

    • UKFanSC
      8:39 am April 28, 2020 Permalink

      Absolutely. Allen could be this team’s surprise. Very skilled offensively.

  5. Gogh Big Bleu
    8:45 am April 28, 2020 Permalink

    Yeah, when considering who stays, I’ll believe it when it happens.
    But wait… Kuminga is class of 2021. Does he reclassify to 2020? Enter the draft right out of HS?

  6. dudeman5000
    9:00 am April 28, 2020 Permalink

    Yeah, pump the brakes on who comes back after next year. It’s a little premature to start that speculation.

  7. CatManDo
    9:20 am April 28, 2020 Permalink

    People are underestimating Askew. Love the way he attacks.