As usual, top prospects from college basketball powerhouses will hear their names called during the NBA Draft. While there’s no shortage of prospects from Duke and Kentucky, Kansas only has two prospects in this year’s class.
Since 2010, at least one Kansas player has been selected every year in the NBA Draft. This streak could actually end tonight, as Dedric Lawson and Lagerald Vick are the only Jayhawks on the board tonight.
Lawson has the better chance of going in this year’s NBA Draft due to his versatility and production in college. It’s not guaranteed that he’ll keep extend Kansas’ streak, and unfortunately, a handful of mock drafts have him going undrafted.
Bill Self didn’t comment on the streak being in jeopardy, but he did talk about both of his players heading into the draft.
From The Kansas City Star:
“I don’t know enough on Lagerald to comment on what people are probably saying,” Self said. “He has had several workouts. I think he has had some really good workouts and shot it well. I don’t know how that translates to a pick.
“With Dedric obviously he has a better than average chance of getting picked. I told he and his family yesterday I just hope it’s a situation where it’s the right fit. So often if you go in the second round you go to a team that already has 13 guaranteed contracts and now you are looking to being a two-way as the best-case scenario, which may not be bad. I hope he is in the right situation as much as anything.”
We’ll find out soon enough if the Jayhawks’ streak stays alive.
The NBA Draft begins at 7 p.m. ET from the Barclays Center.