We have now entered into the second part of the Kentucky Wildcat Basketball season, the NBA Draft watch. We will run down the top 3 or 4 mock NBA Draft boards to see how the pros are calling it, so far.
Draft Express (http://www.draftexpress.com/nba-mock-draft/2014/) (Updated April 8th)
4th Julius Randle
12th Williw Cauley-Stein
17th James Young
Notes: No Harrison Twins and No Alex Poythress in either the 1st or 2nd rounds...ouch)
My NBA Draft (http://www.mynbadraft.com/NBA-Mock-Draft/) (Updated April 7)
5th Julius Randle
18th James Young
22nd Willie Cauley-Stein
31st Andrew Harrison
32nd Aaron Harrison
40th Dakari Johnson
51st Alex Poythress
NBADraft.net (http://www.nbadraft.net/2014mock_draft) (Updated April 3rd)
5th Julius Randle
21st James Young
27th Andrew Harrison
29th Willie Cauley-Stein
35th Aaron Harrison
NOTES: No Poythress in the 2nd Round?
So despite what all the "experts" at KSR say (the trolls that is) we have a clear picture so far with regard to how the NBA Draft might play out, if it were held today, workouts and all that jazz do mean a lot.
I think it would be a grave mistake for the Harrison twins to declare this year. One more year under Calipari and these two will be top 15 picks next year, if not Lottery picks. So in my mind the decision is an easy one. Why risk losing everything? One more year at UK and you may get everything. As of today I think it will play out like this:
Julius Randle: Yea right...he's gone
James Young: See ya Young, nice seeing you in that UK uniform
Willie Cauley-Stein: This is a little difficult to predict. I know he said he would like to return and finally get that all elusive National Championship, but hey, they all say that 5 minutes after the end of their final game. But he is more a kid and really enjoys college, you can tell. He has slipped on a couple of Mock Draft boards, likely because of this late tournament injury, so he may find himself slipping down to the bottom of the first round. There is no way in hell he falls out of the first round unless he plays like garbage during his pre-draft workouts. So he is a 1st round lock. I am 50/50 staying or going, but probably going.
Alex Poythress: I think he really needs one more year, he may need to go ahead and plan on graduating. Alex is an enigma and questions about his motor have plagued him for 2 years, coupled with the fact that he is an undersized Small Forward in the NBA. I know, I know Micheal Kidd-Gilchrist is 6-7 but Alex Poythress is no Micheal Kidd-Gilchrist. At this point Alex would be dillweed if he declared for the NBA Draft.
Andrew Harrison: I think he stays. He has too much lose if he declares and he misses the 1st round. If he fails to make a team next year I hope he enjoys Turkish food because that's where he will be playing, well anywhere between China and Israel.
Aaron Harrison: Read Andrew Harrison's analysis.
Dakari Johnson: If he declares, he's an idiot. There ya go..
So if all this plays out; what will next year's roster look like?
1. Alex Poythress
2. Dakari Johnson
3. Andrew Harrison
4. Aaron Harrison
5. Marcus Lee
6. Domninque Hawkins
7. Derek Willis
8. Trey Lyles (Recruit)
9. Karl Towns Jr (Recruit)
10. Devin Booker (Recruit)
11. Tyler Ulis (Recruit)
So there is plenty of space available for next year's roster. So hopefully we can avoid the Calipari shuffle. One positive (some may not see it that way but I do) aspect of next year's roster is the fact we have no One and Done locks, none. So these kids are hopefully in the mindset of staying in school for at least 2 years.