Once again Kentucky produced several top players in this year’s NBA Draft. Although the program didn’t see any of its prospects go inside the top 10, three former Wildcats went in the first round.
The first Kentucky prospect to come off the board was PJ Washington, who is now a member of the Charlotte Hornets. Washington had an incredible sophomore season in Lexington, averaging 15.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.
It didn’t take long for another Kentucky prospect to hear his name called at the NBA Draft. After Charlotte took Washington with the No. 12 overall pick, the Miami Heat used the very next selection on Tyler Herro.
Herro quickly emerged as the go-to scorer on the perimeter for the Wildcats. Clearly, the Heat think his skill set will translate well in the pros.
Next up for the Wildcats was star freshman Keldon Johnson. Despite sliding down the draft board, the potential-packed guard fell to the San Antonio Spurs.
The only Kentucky player in this year’s draft that didn’t get selected was Reid Travis. However, it’s possible that he signs with a team in the near future.
Kentucky released a quick recap of where its prospects were drafted on Thursday.
No team has had more draft picks, first rounders or lottery selections since @UKCoachCalipari became our coach.
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) June 21, 2019
John Calipari continues to develop his recruits into first-round picks.
When you take into consideration how much talent is on the Wildcats’ roster heading into next season, there’s a strong likelihood that Calipari will send more prospects to the NBA very soon.