We have two question marks heading into the NBA Draft. Keldon Johnson says he will return to school if he isn’t a lottery pick. Herro says he will return if he’s not a high pick. We don’t know what Herro considers a high pick, but we know what the lottery picks are and where Keldon Johnson stands.
NBC Sports put out this mock draft today and all three Wildcats are outside of the lottery picks. Here’s their predictions:
16. Orlando Magic: P.J. Washington, PF, Kentucky: Nikola Vucevic is an impending free agent and the Magic continue to bolster their frontcourt for a third consecutive draft. Washington is strong around the rim and improved his touch from 10 to 15 feet and extended his range to the 3-point line after coming back to Kentucky for his sophomore season. He’s still got plenty of upside and would improve Orlando’s depth inside.
17. Brooklyn Nets: Keldon Johnson, SF, Kentucky: Had he shot a better percentage from beyond the arc, Johnson would be a lock for the Lottery. He still might get there, as he does just about everything else well. He’s a tough slasher and has an excellent wingspan and defensive instincts that could make him quite the versatile defender at the next level. The Nets can use help on the wings – especially defensively.
19. San Antonio Spurs: Tyler Herro, SG, Kentucky: The Spurs will bring back the majority of their roster but can add another shooter and willing passer in Herro, who really came on strong in Kentucky’s final few months. He’s also somewhat of an insurance policy should Rudy Gay, an unrestricted free agent, opt to go elsewhere.
Will Keldon Johnson return being three spots outside of the lottery? Is 19th a high pick in Herro’s eyes?
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