Looking at what’s next for the Kentucky Wildcats and the NBA

| April 14, 2014 | 0 Comments


The Kentucky Wildcats have as many as seven players seriously considering entering the 2014 NBA Draft. Even though their season just ended Monday night, they don’t have much time to make up their minds as to if the want to go pro or stay in school.

To recap, here are all of the dates one needs to know regarding when draft decisions have to be made by:

April 9: NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee Application Deadline
April 14: NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee Response Deadline
April 15: NCAA Early Entry “Withdrawal” Deadline
April 27: NBA Draft Early Entry Eligibility Deadline (11:59 pm ET)
May 2: NBA Draft Early Entry Candidates Released – Underclassmen Contact Permitted
May 14-18: NBA Draft Combine (Chicago)
May 20: NBA Draft Lottery
June 16: NBA Draft Early Entry Withdrawal Deadline (5:00 pm ET)
June 26: 2014 NBA Draft

If a player wanted to get an evaluation from the NBA advisory committee, they had to have submitted the paperwork prior to Wednesday’s deadline. There’s been no word as to which UK players submitted said paperwork, but we should being to hear who did by this coming Monday.

Once that occurs, then players will know where they stand in the upcoming draft and what range they project to be drafted in.

For Julius Randle, that’s probably in the 2-6 range. For James Young, he’s probably down lower in the 15-25 range.

After that, there’s really no telling where Willie Cauley-Stein, Alex Poythress, the Harrison twins and Dakari Johnson are projected to go.

That’s why there’s been no concrete news this week as to who might stay and who may go. Anyone saying they know to this point is blowing smoke.

Other than Randle, Willie and Young, there’s no certainty any of the others will be projected to go in even the late-first round. I think John Calipari will advise anyone projected as anything later than a first-rounder to come back to school.

That means something, as most players who receive such advice form Cal usually listen. Sure, there’s occasionally a guy like Daniel Orton or Marquis Teague who go one year too soon, but for the most part, Cal is honest enough with his players that they’ll strongly consider coming back if he says they should.

That’s why at the end of the day, I don’t see UK losing more than five players, even though some have said they could lose seven.


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