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Where Kentucky’s prospects stand in latest mock drafts

The NBA Draft is Wednesday night. What are the latest projections on when Kentucky’s prospects will hear their names called, if at all?

All of the major mock drafts were updated this morning, and as of now, it looks like Tyrese Maxey will go anywhere from No. 14 to No. 20, while Immanuel Quickley will go in the early to mid-second round. Ashton Hagans and Nick Richards are on the cusp, while EJ Montgomery is not listed in any of the major mocks or prospect rankings.

Tyrese Maxey

Immanuel Quickley

Ashton Hagans

Nick Richards

EJ Montgomery

ESPN (Updated 11/16) 14. Boston 45. Orlando
ESPN Top 100 (Updated 10/26) 14 41 71 64
Sam Vecenie (Updated 11/16) 18. Dallas 38. New York 53. Oklahoma City
Sam Vecenie Top 100 (Updated 11/16) 14 46 77 67
Sports Illustrated (Updated 11/16) 15. Orlando 38. New York 55. Brooklyn
Sports Illustrated Top 80 (Updated 11/9) 12 34 55 70
Bleacher Report (Updated 11/16) 20. Miami 34. Philadelphia

A few of the comments on Maxey and Quickley…

Tyrese Maxey

Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated: 15. Orlando Magic

There’s some talk the Magic may want to move up in the draft, but they can pick from a number of solid guards and wings on the board at this spot. They’ve lacked a dynamic backcourt scorer for some time, and Maxey would be a nice match, with potential to evolve into a quality two-way contributor. Although he’ll need to move the ball more consistently, Maxey has a utilitarian style, plays with confidence, and has solid defensive potential with his body type and toughness. If his jump shot improves, his ceiling is as high as anyone’s in this range. Don’t expect him to fall too far out of the lottery.

Sam Vecenie, The Athletic: 18. Dallas Mavericks

This would be a tremendous fit for Maxey, getting to defend lead guards on defense while focusing on his game as a scorer on offense next to Luka Doncic. His scoring mentality and ability would be a pretty tremendous fit in Dallas. The key will be the jumper, obviously, but most evaluators believe Maxey will shoot at a strong enough clip to be taken seriously out there. The question is: will he shoot 36 percent, or will he shoot 39 percent from 3? If he shoots the latter, he’s a starter. If it’s the former, he’s probably more of a really good sixth man in this role.

Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report: 20. Miami Heat

Opinions vary on Maxey, with believers buying his shot, touch, finishing and intangibles as skeptics question his shooting form, playmaking and athleticism. A team like the Heat won’t overthink, particularly given the track record of Kentucky scoring guards, including Tyler Herro, Jamal Murray and Devin Booker.

Immanuel Quickley

Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report:

Off the NBA radar as a freshman, Quickley has developed into a fringe first-rounder by building a case as a shooting specialist.

Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated:

Quickley made a huge leap from his freshman to sophomore year, working himself into a steady player who defends the perimeter, can hit open shots, and doesn’t have a glaring hope in his game. He’s not creative offensively and relies a good bit on drawing contact, and also isn’t a high-end athlete, which begs some question as to what he hangs his hat on beyond catching and shooting in the pros. Quickly also isn’t a particularly inventive passer, and he’ll need to pair with a playmaking guard for best results. But he has a chance to be a low-maintenance role player who adds some value on both ends of the floor, and he’s a solid option in this part of the draft.

We’ll know for sure soon eough.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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1 Comment for Where Kentucky’s prospects stand in latest mock drafts

  1. Looother
    2:01 pm November 17, 2020 Permalink

    Listing E J Montgomery is funny…