Tonight, at least a few former Kentucky Wildcats will achieve their dreams of becoming professional basketball players. The 2020 NBA Draft, originally scheduled for June 25, will air at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN, and, like everything this year, it’s going to be a little different.
Instead of taking the stage at the Barclays Center and shaking hands with Adam Silver or Mark Tatum, prospects will learn their fate virtually. Thirty players received “NBA Draft Gifting Lockers” from the league, which include media kits (Microsoft Surface tablet, Beat Powerbeats Pro earbuds, iPhone with tripod, Ring light, Beats Pill wireless speaker) and a hat for all 30 teams to cover every scenario.
The top 30 NBA Draft picks for next week’s draft will have to get themselves ready for broadcast. Each player will receive 30 team hats, Beats speakers and headphones and a Ring light, along with an iPhone with a tripod. pic.twitter.com/GuqDAruXQR
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) November 11, 2020
Tyrese Maxey was one of them, showing his off on social media yesterday:
— Overtime (@overtime) November 18, 2020
Maxey, Immanuel Quickley, Ashton Hagans, Nick Richards, EJ Montgomery, and Kahlil Whitney all have their names in. Right now, Maxey is projected to be on the cusp of the lottery, while Quickley is predicted to go in the early to mid-second round. Hagans and Richards could be late second round picks, while Montgomery and Whitney don’t appear on any of the major mock drafts.
Here is the draft order:
|Round 1||Round 2|
|1. Minnesota Timberwolves||31. Dallas Mavericks|
|2. Golden State Warriors||32. Charlotte Hornets|
|3. Charlotte Hornets||33. Minnesota Timberwolves|
|4. Chicago Bulls||34. Philadelphia 76ers|
|5. Cleveland Cavaliers||35. Sacramento Kings|
|6. Atlanta Hawks||36. Philadelphia 76ers|
|7. Detroit Pistons||37. Washington Wizards|
|8. New York Knicks||38. New York Knicks|
|9. Washington Wizards||39. New Orleans Pelicans|
|10. Phoenix Suns||40. Memphis Grizzlies|
|11. San Antonio Spurs||41. San Antonio Spurs|
|12. Sacramento Kings||42. New Orleans Pelicans|
|13. New Orleans Pelicans||43. Sacramento Kings|
|14. Boston Celtics||44. Chicago Bulls|
|15. Orlando Magic||45. Orlando Magic|
|16. Portland Trail Blazers||46. Portland Trail Blazers|
|17. Minnesota Timberwolves||47. Boston Celtics|
|18. Dallas Mavericks||48. Golden State Warriors|
|19. Brooklyn Nets||49. Philadelphia 76ers|
|20. Miami Heat||50. Atlanta Hawks|
|21. Philadelphia 76ers||51. Golden State Warriors|
|22. Denver Nuggets||52. Sacramento Kings|
|23. Utah Jazz||53. Oklahoma City Thunder|
|24. Milwaukee Bucks||54. Indiana Pacers|
|25. Oklahoma City Thunder||55. Brooklyn Nets|
|26. Boston Celtics||56. Charlotte Hornets|
|27. New York Knicks||57. Los Angeles Clippers|
|28. Los Angeles Lakers||58. Philadelphia 76ers|
|29. Toronto Raptors||59. Toronto Raptors|
|30. Boston Celtics||60. New Orleans Pelicans|
We’ll have coverage of the draft throughout the day, including a preview from Drew Franklin and final projections from the national media. Tonight, Zack Geoghegan and Jack Pilgrim will bring you the breaking news in the most ridiculous manner possible.
Elsewhere in UK Sports land…
We’ll hear from Keion Brooks
Kentucky’s lone returning contributor will take his turn in front of the media this afternoon as the preseason basketball interviews roll on. Based on his interviews so far this preseason, we’re in for a treat.
Bama prep continues
While basketball may take center stage today, the football team’s trip to Tuscaloosa looms on the horizon. Last night, Eddie Gran, Isaiah Epps, and Justin Rigg chatted with reporters about the offense, specifically, Terry Wilson’s bounce-back performance vs. Vanderbilt. This quote from Gran made me laugh:
“We went back to what we thought our quarterbacks could do well, what our receivers could do well and we repped it a lot and it showed up on Saturday. We helped him (Terry) because I helped him by not being a knucklehead,” Gran said.
You can read more in Nick Roush’s rundown here. Around lunchtime, we’ll hear from Mark Stoops on the SEC Teleconference, and this evening, Brad White and members of the defense will provide an update after practice.
A big KHSAA meeting
This morning, the KHSAA will hold its third regularly scheduled meeting of the school year and it’s a big one. Items on the agenda include the current state of high school sports during the pandemic and, in turn, the best way to proceed with football playoffs and winter sports such as basketball. Both the work session, which begins at 9 a.m. and the full board meeting, which is at noon, will be streamed on YouTube. We’ll bring you the big headlines if/when they break, but if you have nothing else to do this morning, have at it:
New COVID restrictions coming
Yesterday was the deadliest day of the pandemic so far in Kentucky, with 33 new deaths. There were 2,931 new cases reported, the third highest case total to date, and the positivity rate is now 9.1%. In response, Governor Beshear will announce additional steps to combat the virus today at 4 p.m., including measures for bars and restaurants.
“When you look at the severity of this, action has to be taken,” the Governor said.
In good news, a new drive-through testing site is now open at Keeneland. It will be open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments are required and can be made at doineedacovid19test.com.
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