Unsurprisingly, Kentucky’s struggles as of late have not helped the Cats’ NBA draft stock.
No player has fallen further than Andrew Harrison. The freshman point guard was at one point considered a lottery pick and 2014, but is now projected in the second round of the 2015 NBA Draft, according to DraftExpress.
Andrew is slotted as the first pick of the second round, while his brother Aaron is projected in the first round at No. 26. Dakari Johnson also finds himself in the first round of 2015 at No. 18.
Kentucky’s 2014 big men are regarded a little more highly, at least at this point. Trey Lyles is projected as the No. 4 pick, while Karl Towns is slotted at No. 6.
Four Cats are still projected in the 2014 NBA Draft, but even their stock seems to be slipping. Julius Randle, the most secure of all, finds himself going at No. 4 to the Boston Celtics. Meanwhile, Willie Cauley-Stein has slid to Memphis at No. 14.
James Young’s draft stock has taken an especially big hit as he now finds himself near the tail end of the first round. The 6’7″ wing is now slotted as the No. 23 pick to Utah.
Alex Poythress is still listed in the 2014 draft, but can’t seem to raise his stock above the second round. He’s currently projected to Toronto with the sixth pick of the second round.
We’ve still got a ways to go before June 26, the date of the 2014 NBA Draft, but if things keep trending the way they have been, the Cats could see quite a few returnees next season.