Two Wildcats featured in top ten of 2021 NBA Mock Draft

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The 2020 NBA Draft is still roughly two months away, but that's not stopping us from looking ahead to 2021. Today, ESPN's Jonathan Givony released his first official mock draft for 2021, a class most analysts feel is deeper and boasts better star talent from top to bottom. Included in the mock? Two future Kentucky Wildcats in the top ten, with B.J. Boston coming in at No. 8 overall, followed by Terrence Clarke at No. 10. Surprisingly, the pair of five-star guards are the only Kentucky players expected to come off the board. Outside of future Wildcats, former Kentucky targets Cade Cunningham and Jalen Green came in at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, followed by Evan Mobley (USC), Jonathan Kuminga, Ziaire Williams, Jalen Johnson, Usman Garuba, Boston, Greg Brown, and Clarke rounding out the top ten. From there, other familiar faces lined the two-round mock:
  • Daishen Nix, UCLA (12)
  • Sccottie Barnes, FSU (14)
  • Josh Christopher, ASU (16)
  • David Johnson, Louisville (17)
  • DJ Steward, Duke (21)
  • Keyontae Johnson, Florida (22)
  • Scottie Lewis, Florida (23)
  • Matthew Hurt, Duke (34)
  • D.J. Jeffries, Memphis (51)

You can check out the first round below:

PICK TEAM HT POS AGE
1. Cade Cunningham Oklahoma State 6-7 PG 18.5
2. Jalen Green G League Select 6-5 SG 18.2
3. Evan Mobley USC 7-0 PF/C 18.8
4. Jonathan Kuminga 6-7 SF 17.5
5. Ziaire Williams Stanford 6-8 SG/SF 18.6
6. Jalen Johnson Duke 6-8 PF 18.3
7. Usman Garuba Real Madrid 6-8 PF 18.1
8. B.J. Boston Kentucky 6-7 SG/SF 18.4
9. Greg Brown Texas 6-8 PF 18.6
10. Terrence Clarke Kentucky 6-6 SG/SF 18.6
11. Caleb Love North Carolina 6-3 PG 18.5
12. Daishen Nix UCLA 6-4 PG 18.2
13. Keon Johnson Tennessee 6-5 SG 18.1
14. Scottie Barnes Florida State 6-8 PF 18.6
15. Jalen Suggs Gonzaga 6-4 SG 18.8
16. Josh Christopher Arizona State 6-5 SG/SF 18.3
17. David Johnson Louisville 6-5 PG 19.1
18. Josh Primo Alabama 6-5 SG 17.3
19. Juhann Begarin Paris Basket 6-6 SG 17.7
20. Earl Timberlake Miami 6-6 SF 18.4
21. DJ Steward Duke 6-3 PG 18.5
22. Keyontae Johnson Florida 6-5 SF 20.9
23. Scottie Lewis Florida 6-5 SG/SF 20.1
24. Ibou Dianko Badji Barcelona 7-1 C 17.5
25. Roko Prkacin Cibona Zagreb 6-9 PF 17.4
26. James Bouknight Connecticut 6-4 SG 19.6
27. Cam Thomas LSU 6-4 SG 18.5
28. Jaden Springer Tennessee 6-4 PG/SG 17.5
29. Moses Moody Arkansas 6-6 SG 17.9
30. Ariel Hukporti Ludwigsburg 7-0 C 18.0
This mock would indicate - barring any players going undrafted or transferring - Keion Brooks Jr., Devin Askew, Isaiah Jackson, Lance Ware, and Cam'Ron Fletcher would likely return to Kentucky for the 2021-22 season. For the entire two-round mock draft, head over to ESPN here.

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2021-09-19