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Where Kentucky’s prospects went in the 2018 NBA Draft

Drift off during the NBA Draft? Here’s where Kentucky’s prospects landed:

We fully expect Wenyen to land somewhere as an undrafted free agent, so stay tuned. He tweeted this minutes ago:

Plenty more coverage in the morning.

UPDATE: According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Hami is now headed to Oklahoma City:


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15 Comments for Where Kentucky’s prospects went in the 2018 NBA Draft

  1. Ridge Runner
    12:25 am June 22, 2018 Permalink

    Knox & Shai went where I expected and JV & Hami went earlier than I thought. Wish all the best.

  2. friendsofcoal
    12:37 am June 22, 2018 Permalink

    Wenyan should’ve stayed another year and gotten his degree.

    • UKWildcatNation
      5:30 am June 22, 2018 Permalink

      I’m sure he would have loved to have done that! It’s not like he left because he was tired of school, or was afraid of not getting playing time this year. Unfortunately life is not always easy and he felt obligated to help his family – even if that means playing overseas. And he can always return to finish his degree at anytime!… #Scholarship4Life

    • TBW3011
      6:37 am June 22, 2018 Permalink

      Makes sense. Scared of playing time next year in college, leaves to play against much better players.

    • Wade
      9:27 am June 22, 2018 Permalink

      He wasn’t scared f pt r any player he’ll we’re short at the sf position this yr to be honest and but just a paycheck overseas is fine for know. Maybe he makes it to the nba maybe not but playing basketball for pay at any level is sucess. I wish him the best as he becomes a man and provider for his family. How could a solid young man watch his family struggle. If he can make close to 100k a yr somewhere is it worth it to him I think so. All he’s doing is playing ball and focusing on his dream.

    • TreyTingle
      9:02 am June 22, 2018 Permalink

      Can’t believe people are still talking about this as his reason for leaving. Yes his family are immigrants but members of his families have college degrees. It’s not like he’s force to go to the draft because they can’t afford a bowl of ramen to eat. Wake up people.

    • BigBlueMeade
      10:15 am June 22, 2018 Permalink

      thank you Trey. Wenyen came out and said this weeks ago!

    • Booby Petrino
      8:09 am June 22, 2018 Permalink

      Difference is he gets paid to fight for playing time against better players vs not getting paid to be in college.

  3. DelrayCat
    6:07 am June 22, 2018 Permalink

    Vanderbilt has a great great opportunity. Denver is a team on the rise, and he can potentially overshadow Porter Jr. The best part is that he can learn from a very similar aging vet, Kenneth Faried. Vando can become the next “Manimal”! The “Baby Manimal”!

    • RC
      9:11 am June 22, 2018 Permalink

      Uh, Faried barely plays anymore and Denver has tried to unload him multiple times. That relationship soured awhile ago.

      Denver has 9 guys under contract at 6’8+. They have a glut of legit NBA bigs not including Michael Porter Jr.

      Vanderbilt is going to play this entire season in the G-League (assuming he’s healthy) and might get a shot at making their roster in 2019-20.

    7:06 am June 22, 2018 Permalink

    When people ask, “Should a kid come back?”, I will point to this years draft. Hami should have stayed in last year and Vanderbilt made the right call this year.

    • RC
      9:04 am June 22, 2018 Permalink

      Not sure how you can say that about Hami. Here’s the 2017 Draft:

      I’m only concerned with 1st round because 2nd round picks are all the same economically in that it doesn’t matter where you’re selected because none of the picks carry a guaranteed salary allocation.

      Look at the first round. No players under 6’7 were selected between #14 and #28, so it’s safe to assume High School Hami would not have swayed a team to grab him over a bigger prospect like Justin Jackson (#15). Could Hami have been the #29 or 30 picks to end the 1st round? Over Derick White or Josh Hart? Not sure anyone can say that with certainty.

      Look- if you’re not a first round pick your NBA career is a total crap shoot and I don’t see where Hami was ever going to be a first round pick unless he developed a reliable jump shot. He sure didn’t have one coming out of HS so I can’t agree he lost money by playing at UK for one season.

  5. Al B. Frank
    8:09 am June 22, 2018 Permalink

    I think, if anything, this year’s draft really shows the impact an injury and lack of playing time in college can have on your draft prospects. Michael Porter, Jr. and Jarred Vanderbuilt didn’t play enough to prove themselves and their draft positions suffered because of it. If a player is forced to miss most of the season due to injury, he might be better served to return to school and prove that he can play a full season and improve his draft prospects. They also discussed several other players who were picked later than their talent would typically dictate, simply because teams were concerned about the medicals.

  6. sprtphan
    8:23 am June 22, 2018 Permalink

    Counting the days until the one and done is over.

    • UK Big Board Update
      11:02 am June 22, 2018 Permalink

      Hold your breath until then.