We now know when the NBA Draft will be held.
This afternoon, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski officially broke the news that the NBA has set the Draft Lottery for August 25 to determine the first 14 selections, followed by the NBA Draft on October 15.
NBA has set an August 25 Draft Lottery and October 15 Draft, sources say.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 4, 2020
This means we will learn the draft fates of Kentucky’s five starters from the 2019-20 roster, who all declared and signed agents this offseason.
Where might the former Wildcats fall?
Just yesterday, Jeremy Woo over at SI.com released a new NBA mock draft with predictions for all 60 picks in this year’s NBA draft, with three of Kentucky’s five draft-eligible players being taken.
Tyrese Maxey was the first off the board, falling just outside the lottery at No. 15 to the Orlando Magic:
15. Magic – Tyrese Maxey, SG, Kentucky
Height: 6’3” | Weight: 200 | Age: 19 | Freshman
Maxey still figures to land between 10 and 20 but has become one of the more divisive prospects, with some scouts optimistic about his scoring chops and makeup, and others unimpressed by his year at Kentucky. Granted, he wouldn’t be the first Kentucky prospect to take off after the fact. There’s a scenario where Maxey emerges as a Marcus Smart-level player who can be invaluable in multiple ways without necessarily being a high-efficiency scorer. He should at least be an average shooter moving forward, and if he embraces defending and improves as a secondary playmaker, Maxey should be a useful rotation piece. Orlando could use another young guard, and should be able to grab one with this pick.
From there, Immanuel Quickley came in at No. 32 overall, followed by Ashton Hagans at No. 52 to close out UK’s draftees. Nick Richards and EJ Montgomery were not listed.