The 2019 NBA Draft is over, which means basketball diehards are already looking ahead to 2020 and sharing their ridiculously early mock drafts with the world; not surprisingly, many of them include Kentucky Wildcats. Let’s run through them all because it’s Monday and I’m tired of searching for Kerry Blackshear updates.
Jack shared this on Saturday, but we have to start with ESPN’s Jonathan Givony, the most trusted NBA Draft writer, who has three Kentucky players going in the first round in 2020:
- 12. Tyrese Maxey
- 19. Kahlil Whitney
- 30. Ashton Hagans
Sports Illustrated’s Jeremy Woo released his Big Board of 2020 prospects today, and only Kahlil Whitney and Tyrese Maxey are in the top 30:
- 12. Kahlil Whitney
- 18. Tyrese Maxey
Woo is very high on Whitney, especially on defense.
“Although Whitney’s feel has not yet caught up to his tools, he’s an above-average athlete who certainly looks the part as a wing who plays hard and could be a high-level defender. It’s not quite clear what exactly he’s going to be yet role-wise at the next level, as he has a good bit of offensive development left to do, but Kentucky should be a good spot for him to grow in that regard. Whitney isn’t an overly confident jump shooter yet and doesn’t play the most efficient style, with a tendency to hunt shots when the gameflow breaks down, but without the skill level to do it in a manner that’s constructive. He’s a little bit in love with his jumper, despite having the quickness and strength to be a good finisher going downhill. But the upside is clearly there from an athletic standpoint, and it helps that Whitney generally plays hard. If he taps into his full potential on defense and works out some of his bad habits on offense, there might be something here.”
Yahoo Sports’ Krysten Peek also has Tyrese Maxey and Kahlil Whitney in her 2020 mock:
- 12. Tyrese Maxey
- 26. Kahlil Whitney
“The best 3-point shooting point guard in this class, look for Maxey to let it fly at Kentucky in the same way Malik Monk did in his one year under coach John Calipari,” Peek writes.
Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman only released a mock draft for the lottery, with Tyrese Maxey going No. 11.
“Scouts camped out at Kentucky this year will first be drawn to Tyrese Maxey,” he writes. “He’s shifty and skilled off the dribble. Maxey figures to be one of Kentucky’s top scorers with his shake-and-bake handle, finishing coordination and confident pull-up game. And he’ll show some playmaking potential, with the ability to pass in transition or break down defenses.”
Interestingly, Wasserman’s mock is the only one I’ve seen that doesn’t have James Wiseman going No. 1. Instead, he’s got Georgia’s Anthony Edwards in the top spot, followed by North Carolina’s Cole Anthony, and RJ Hampton. Wiseman is at No. 5.
It’s June and these mocks mean nothing, but I hope people keep sleeping on Ashton Hagans. He’ll show them.
“Ashton next year!”-Tyler Herro pic.twitter.com/XQF1eaMoxr
— Alex Walker (@AlexWalkerTV) June 21, 2019