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Four Former Wildcats Make Bleacher Report’s Best 23 NBA Players Under 23

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It’s no secret that Kentucky is far-and-away the top program when it comes to producing high-level NBA players. John Calipari has been in Lexington for 10 seasons now, but he’s still leaving his mark on the professional ranks every year.

The basketball minds over at Bleacher Report compiled a list of their top 23 NBA players all under the age of 23. All players who make up the list will be under the age of 23 before the season officially begins on Oct. 22. So players such as Donovan Mitchell (who is currently 22 but turns 23 next month) are left off the list.

While no former Kentucky players are listed 23-11, FOUR Wildcats were named in the top 10.

10. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Oklahoma City Thunder): 21 at start of 2019-20 season.

6. Jamal Murray (Denver Nuggets): 22 at start of 2019-20 season.

5. Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns): 22 at start of 2019-20 season.

3. De’Aaron Fox (Sacramento Kings): 21 at start of 2019-20 season.

Coming in just ahead of Fox at No. 2 is Zion Williamson (Pelicans) and Luka Doncic (Mavericks) at No. 1.

Overall, I generally agree with the list put out by Bleacher Report. While I might slide Murray down a couple of slots and also throw in Bam Adebayo somewhere in the top 20, I couldn’t find much of an issue with where these youngsters were ranked. RJ Barrett at No. 18 and Brandon Ingram tied for No. 8 might be a bit high for my liking while John Collins at No. 14 is too low, but I agreed otherwise.

I am all in on Fox being listed at No. 3 behind Williamson and Doncic. Outside of those two, Fox might have the highest ceiling of any player on this list. Give it another year, and Gilgeous-Alexnader might find himself even higher on this list. It honestly blows my mind that Booker isn’t even 23 yet.

If you’d like to check out the full rankings along with the blurbs that accompany each player, check it out here.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA. Follow me on Twitter: @ZackGeoghegan

5 Comments for Four Former Wildcats Make Bleacher Report’s Best 23 NBA Players Under 23

  1. nocode96
    11:12 pm August 4, 2019 Permalink

    All going to be stars. KAT just missed the age deadline.

    • 4everUKblue
      11:17 pm August 4, 2019 Permalink

      And all fine young men, because like WCS said, “Cal teaches them about life more that anything else”

  2. UKinIN
    11:19 pm August 4, 2019 Permalink

    Rookies haven’t proven anything. I don’t wish any harm to anyone but look at what’s happened to Brandon Knight. Injuries can stop a career. Make Zion and the others prove they can play before you put them on any Best Of list.

    • MontyCats
      1:16 am August 5, 2019 Permalink

      I agree it’s ridiculous to put any rookie over Devin Booker.

    • J-Dub421
      9:55 am August 5, 2019 Permalink

      Agreed. How on earth is Zion #2 when he hasn’t even played an actual game yet?