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Could Keldon Johnson be UK’s next lottery pick?

Keldon Johnson (McDonald’s All-American Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Going into last season the consensus among national college basketball analysts was that John Calipari likely would not have a lottery pick in the NBA draft. Kevin Knox was considered a possibility, but not a likely lottery pick.

Of course, not only did Knox go in the lottery, but so did Shai Gilgeous-Alexander — who was not ranked among the top 25 players in the 2017 recruiting class.

So who will be Kentucky’s best hope for a lottery pick in the 2019 draft, especially since skeptics already doubt if Calipari has a lottery pick on next year’s roster?

ESPN’s Myron Medcalf recently made his pick — freshman wing Keldon Johnson. He listed his top pro prospect for every major college team and had Johnson as his top pick at Kentucky.

“John Calipari’s fleet of five-star recruits features Johnson, a 6-foot-6 wing who can explode through traffic or drive off screens. His size will help him play through contact, too,” Medcalf wrote. “With Reid Travis and PJ Washington working with Johnson on pick-and-roll situations, the projected top-15 pick in ESPN’s 2019 mock draft could soar in his first and only season in Lexington.”
Obviously, a top 15 pick would put him in the lottery.
Johnson was ranked behind Kentucky teammates E.J. Montgomery and Ashton Hagans in most 2018 class rankings.

3 comments

  1. Hate to be starscatic , but lets focus in the team get no.9. than worry about weather who’s going to get drafted after the season is over. I really think we are worrying about the players getting in NBA than let the players represent Kentucky. It gotten to be point it’s all about the drafted than Kentucky basketball

  2. Cats79, I like the name of that tune, and it is anything but sarcastic, it is what the Big Blue Nation wants. When this coach begins to teach his players that team success paves their path to the next level for them, the sooner he will not only get #9 but the players that take us there will be richly rewarded beyond their dreams.

    This emphasis on the NBA draft has priorities turned on its head.

  3. Thanks professor, if Cal doesn’t deliver soon for titles than worry about the players getting in the NBA. We BBN will start pushing him out the door it’s getting frustrated the way he’s got his priorities at.

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