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19:31  21 june  2019
19:31  21 june  2019 Source:   courier-journal.com

A Kentucky streak is on the line in the 2019 NBA draft

A Kentucky streak is on the line in the 2019 NBA draft LEXINGTON, Ky. - With next week's NBA draft quickly approaching, John Calipari's streak of nine years with a lottery selection coming out of the Kentucky basketball program might be in jeopardy. Calipari has had 19 lottery picks during his tenure at UK, more than any other college program during that time. While UK doesn't have a player guaranteed to be picked inside the top 10, there is still a good shot that at least one of the three Wildcats projected for the first round will be taken with a lottery pick, which is one of the top 14 choices in the draft. Those picks are owned by the teams that didn't make the playoffs - unless they chose to trade the selection.

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James Wiseman headlines a group of college basketball recruits that will hear their names called as lottery picks in the 2020 NBA Draft . In no way is the order of players seen my projected order of how I think they will be selected in the 2020 NBA Draft . This 14 man list is made of incoming college

LEXINGTON – For the first time in the John Calipari era, Kentucky did not have a player selected in the first 10 picks of the NBA draft Thursday.

If current projections hold to form, the Wildcats might not have a top-10 pick next season either. But that does not mean the roster will not once again been decimated by early entries to the draft.

ESPN’s most recent 2020 mock draft includes three Kentucky players in the first round: freshman guard Tyrese Maxey (No. 12), freshman forward Kahlil Whitney (No. 20) and sophomore point guard Ashton Hagans (No. 29). All three of those players seem like safe bets to leave Lexington after the season, though it should be noted the former UK player Whitney is most often compared to Alex Poythress, who was projected as a possible top-five pick early in his freshman season but ended up staying at UK for four years due to inconsistency and injury.

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Complete information on future NBA draft pick obligations and credits on RealGM.com. 2020 first round draft pick from Memphis Memphis' 1st round pick to Boston protected for selections 1-6 in 2020 and unprotected in 2021 [Boston-Memphis-New Orleans, 1/12/2015].

The National Basketball Association 's first overall pick is the player who is selected first among all eligible draftees by a team during the annual National Basketball Association ( NBA ) draft .

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More common for UK than projected one-and-dones out of high school sticking around longer than expected has been less-hyped recruits turning into lottery picks ahead of schedule. A year ago, no one projected Tyler Herro would be the No. 13 pick in the 2019 draft. The same could be said of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Devin Booker entering their freshman seasons.

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Current UK freshman Johnny Juzang enters college ranked in the same range as that trio in the 247Sports Composite at No. 32 in the class of 2019. His size and shooting ability is reminiscent of Booker and Herro. If you're looking for a UK freshman not listed in the mock draft who were to develop into a one-and-done prospect, Juzang might be the best bet.

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It was a big year for our local, major conference basketball teams, with all three that made the NCAA Tournament — Maryland, Virginia and Virginia So it should come as no surprise that there is plenty of local talent that could be selected in Thursday’s 2019 NBA Draft . While the draft remains just two

There may not be a player on the UK roster whose role next season is more difficult to project than freshman wing Keion Brooks. The 6-foot-7 five-star forward faces heavy competition for minutes at the three or the four — especially if Kentucky adds Virginia Tech graduate transfer Kerry Blackshear to the post rotation — but no McDonald’s All-American recruit should be assumed to be a multiyear player at Kentucky.

While Hagans is the only returning Wildcat listed in ESPN’s 2020 mock draft, the smart money is on sophomore forward EJ Montgomery and junior forward Nick Richards. Both are leaving after the season as well, considering they took their decisions to return to UK this season down to the wire.

Montgomery told reporters recently he received first-round grades during his workouts this spring. With a larger role expected as a sophomore, Montgomery could follow PJ Washington’s footsteps in locking up a first-round selection as a sophomore.

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University of Kentucky men’s basketball player Keldon Johnson played one season in Lexington before announcing he would enter the NBA Draft . So just continue to work hard and get better every day.” Herro said his agent told him to expect to be picked in the 11-to-18 range.

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Considering Richards will turn 22 in November, it’s difficult to imagine a scenario where he returns to UK for his senior season even if he does not dramatically improve his play as a junior. At that point, it would make sense for him to follow the lead of recent UK players Isaiah Briscoe, Isaac Humphries and Wenyen Gabriel, who all elected to continue their development while being paid to play overseas or in the G League.

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It would be a surprise to see sophomore guard Immanuel Quickley or freshman forward Dontaie Allen in the draft next season, especially Allen as he is rehabbing from a torn ACL. Quickley will need to take minutes from Hagans and Maxey to play enough to move into consideration for a draft pick.

Bucknell graduate transfer Nate Sestina may not play enough to work his way into the draft after his final college season, but if his ability to stretch the floor to 3-point range translates from the Patriot League to the Southeastern Conference he might make for an intriguing second-round flier or two-way contract candidate.

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The college basketball season has already shown us some amazing talents, mostly from Duke and Kentucky , that should become immediate So let's take a look at our projections for the Top 10 picks of the next two NBA Drafts . Keep in mind that many of the players being projected for the 2020 draft

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