Could Kentucky Have Four Number 1 Picks In Seven Years?

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[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="441"] Image Via USA Basketball[/caption] With the NBA Draft just over two months away some eyes around the country are already beginning to turn to 2016 and one big Haitian that could be hearing his name called first. After a strong showing at this weekend's Nike Hoop Summit, DraftExpress has vaulted Skal Labissiere to the number one spot in their 2016 mock draft. Here's what Mike Schmitz had to say about Kentucky's next in line big man:
The fluid and explosive Kentucky bound big man showed excellent timing and instincts as a shot blocker, helping frustrate the US Team early on as they failed to score until Luke Kennard hit a jump shot with 4:28 left in the first quarter. [...] Labissiere was much more than just a defensive presence, however. The 7-footer knocked down a couple of mid-range jumpers, finished several jump hooks in the lane, some with great range, and finished over length at the rim due to his excellent leaping ability. The bouncy big man also flashed his quick second jump on the offensive glass. Labissiere's physical tools, versatility on defense, and offensive skill-set him up for a monster season at Kentucky and should make it tough for whatever team ends up with the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft to pass him up.
If Karl-Anthony Towns and Skal go first in the next two drafts that would give Cal an unprecedented 4  number one picks in 7 years. So while some were tiffed at Cal calling the 2010 draft "The biggest day in the history of Kentucky’s program.” that statement is looking pretty on-point right now. If you're a player like Jaylen Brown, Stephen Zimmerman, or Cheick Diallo how could you not choose to play for Coach Cal and his pipeline of big men to the NBA? Ever year since he's been in Lexington Coach Cal has had his 4 or 5 position taken within the first 7 picks. 2010 DeMarcus Cousins : 5th Pick Patrick Patterson: 14th Pick Daniel Orton: 29th Pick 2011 Enes Kanter : 3rd Pick Josh Harrellson: 45th Pick 2012 Anthony Davis: 1 Pick Terrence Jones: 18th Pick 2013 Nerlens Noel: 6th Pick 2014 Julius Randle: 7th pick 2015 Karl-Anthony Towns: 1st pick?? Willie Cauley-Stein: 6th pick?? Dakari Johnson: ???   Coach Cal has a reputation for developing point guards but it has been his work with guys that have size that is even more impressive. Skal Lab looks to be the next guy in line.

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2021-09-24