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Today on KSR: NBA Draft Day is finally here

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.

Tyrese Maxey was one of them, showing his off on social media yesterday:

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.

KSR Dog of the Day

‘Til the battle and nap are won, right?

Place your order for a KSBar turkey

Want to leave the heavy lifting to someone else this Thanksgiving? KSBar is now accepting orders for whole smoked turkeys (12-15 lbs.), so call 859-554-6081 to reserve yours.

It’s Robertson County day on the show

If you’re from that wonderful area of our state, call the show to tell us something about it. The fun starts one hour from now.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.