Kentucky basketball: Where are Wildcats projected in 2018 NBA Draft?

Kentucky dropped its fourth consecutive game with a loss at Auburn on Wednesday night. The Wildcats have five games left in the regular season.

Here’s our weekly update on where Kentucky players are projected in NBA mock drafts and draft big boards.

SF/PF Kevin Knox: 6-9, 215 pounds

“Knox hasn’t had a very efficient freshman season, partially due to his playing out of position, but there’s a significant market in the NBA for combo forwards in his mold who can make an open shot, defend multiple positions and offer some offensive versatility,” wrote Jonathan Givony of ESPN.

PG Shai Gilgeous-Alexander: 6-6, 180 pounds

“This early in the draft Gilgeous-Alexander comes with some added risk, but his skill set is a great theoretical fit with Devin Booker and he’d give Phoenix another ball-handler and setup man,” wrote Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated. “As he fills out, his size, length and instincts should allow him to defend the opponent’s top backcourt scorer.”

SG Hamidou Diallo: 6-5, 198 pounds

“Diallo still remains worth gambling on this late in the first round for his explosive athleticism and potential to improve as a ball-handler, shooter and defender,” wrote Jonathan Wasserman of Bleacher Report.

SF Jarred Vanderbilt: 6-9, 214 pounds

“Will Vanderbilt go pro after only starting his freshman season in mid-January because of injury? One would assume yes,” wrote Reid Forgrave of CBS Sports. “Vanderbilt’s versatility and heady game can help overcome his less-than-elite physical tools. When you watch him play, he feels like a natural basketball player.”

C Nick Richards: 6-11, 240 pounds

  • ESPN:  52nd overall draft prospect

PF PJ Washington: 6-7, 236 pounds

  • ESPN:  53rd overall draft prospect

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