This weekend, most Kentucky players will head home to spend Easter with their families and discuss their futures. Yesterday, we gave you what we’re hearing about who will stay and who will go. Today, we’ll share some national intel on where each prospect could be drafted should they decide to make the leap to the next level.
ESPN’s Jonathan Givony (formerly of Draft Express) has five Cats in his current Top 100 draft prospects:
12. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
14. Kevin Knox
35. Hamidou Diallo
47. PJ Washington
64. Jarred Vanderbilt
Givony writes that few players helped their stock more in March than Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, even if his final performance — like Kentucky’s — was disappointing.
“Gilgeous-Alexander elevated his stock firmly into lottery territory with an amazing month of March, including helping Kentucky win the SEC tournament and making the
Elite EightSweet 16, which is a strong accomplishment considering how this team looked in the middle of February. A huge part of the resurgence is due to Gilgeous-Alexander emerging as UK’s best player (and likely best prospect), but he still does have his fair share of flaws, as he demonstrated in the Wildcats’ final game.”
Meanwhile, ESPN’s Mike Schmitz praises the strides Kevin Knox made with his shooting this season, but said questions remain about his toughness.
“Knox didn’t solidify himself as a lock top-10 pick this March, but he’s a comfortable lottery selection with a healthy combination of floor and ceiling despite some inconsistencies and shortcomings.”
So…do you settle for late lottery knowing you could be a top ten (or maybe even top five) pick if you come back for a year? That’s the question Knox and his family will mull over this weekend.