UK NBA Draft Projections 2014
According to “Draft Express” the 2014 NBA Draft will see three UK players drafted in the first round with no players being taken in the second round.
Julius Randle is projected at #4 to the Utah Jazz, Willey Cauley Stein #12 to the Denver Nuggets and James Young #25 to the Houston Rockets.
UK NBA Draft Projections 2015
In the 2015 draft there are currently 5 players projected to be taken in the first round. The five players are (in order of draft projections): Trey Lyles, Karl Towns, Dakari Johnson, Aaron Harrison & Andrew Harrison.
Alex Polythress is the only UK player currently projected to be taken in the second round of the 2015 draft.
Championship Game Appearance Impact:
Will the Wildcats spectacular run to the 2014 national title game impact the decisions to either return to school or jump to the NBA after one season for any of the current Cats?
My thoughts on which Cat’s have improved their stocks the most during the NCAA tournament.
–Aaron Harrison has improved from a late first round pick in 2015 to an early 20s pick in the 2014 draft.
–Andrew Harrison while not as spectacular as his brother during the NCAA tournament but has still managed to improve his draft stock enough to sneak in the first round of the 2014 draft if he chooses to come out this year.
–Dakari Johnson has filled in for the injured Willey Cauley Stein has done well enough to safely say he is a late first round projection in 2015. If he chooses to come out after his freshman year I won’t be shocked. Remember, Daniel Orton was drafted at the end of the first round in 2010.
–Marcus Lee has become the backup Center since Johnson was inserted into the starting lineup. After recording a “DNP-Coaches Decision” in 15 games during the season Lee has been on a tear as of later. With his career best game coming when the Cats need him the most against Michigan when he played 15 minutes, recorded 10 pts, 8 rebounds and two crucial blocked shots. I predict Lee will flourish during his sophomore season and be a lottery pick in 2015.
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