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Kentucky NBA Draft Roundup: Where Every Wildcat Was Selected

Kentucky's Kevin Knox dunking a basketball.

LEXINGTON, KY - FEBRUARY 28: Kevin Knox #5 of the Kentucky Wildcats shoots the ball against the Ole Miss Rebels during the game at Rupp Arena on February 28, 2018 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

John Calipari puts NBA Draft night up there in terms of importance with any game he coaches at Kentucky basketball. Few coaches have ever been better at quickly moving players along to the NBA, with many going quite high in the draft.

Kentucky didn't have one a pick at the very top of last night's NBA Draft. However, it was still a pretty successful night for the Wildcats.

Where every Kentucky Wildcat was selected in last night's NBA Draft:

Kevin Knox: Round 1, Pick 9 - New York Knicks

On Thursday afternoon, video from a Hot 97 interview went viral, after Kevin Knox referred to the New York Knicks as "we" before quickly changing his phrasing. It was unclear if he had a promise from the franchise that he would be selected there if available, or if it was just his hope, but either way, Knox got what he appears to have wanted.

Knicks fans didn't seemed thrilled by the pick, but they never are. A few years ago, they booed the selection of Kristaps Porzingis, who is now one of the most exciting young big men to enter the league in years. Knox is a pretty perfect front court compliment to the Latvian unicorn.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander: Round 1, Pick 11 - Los Angeles Clippers

Gilgeous-Alexander was not one of the headline stars for Kentucky to start last season, but by the end of the year he was the engine that made the team go. He joins a team in a bit of a rebuild after the departure of star point guard Chris Paul, and the trade of forward Blake Griffin during last season. It isn't a totally bare cupboard, though. Gilgeous-Alexander will get to throw lobs to DeAndre Jordan, and has some talented scorers around him in Tobias Harris and Lou Williams, as well as fellow first round draftee Jerome Robinson, a dynamic scorer out of Boston College. Jarred Vanderbilt: Round 2, Pick 41 - Denver Nuggets

The Nuggets have one of the most interesting rosters in the NBA, with young stars in Nikola Jokic and Gary Harris, as well as another promising young Kentucky player in Jamal Murray. Vanderbilt has plenty of talent that he didn't get to show much of at UK, and has a chance to be an energy guy for the Nuggets.

Hamidou Diallo: Round 2, Pick 45 - Oklahoma City Thunder

In his first night in the NBA, Diallo was a member of three different franchises. He was taken by the Brooklyn Nets, immediately moved to the Charlotte Hornets as part of the Timofey Mozgov-Dwight Howard swap, and later traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Diallo is an elite athlete at point guard who needs to refine his skills to really unleash his potential. There is a guy that sounds just a bit like that already tearing up the league in Oklahoma City.

Wenyen Gabriel: Undrafted

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Based on his two seasons at Kentucky, Gabriel was not an obvious NBA Draft prospect. He did seem to impress in some workouts, with his pure jump shot and solid 3-and-D size.

Gabriel was not taken in the 60 picks of the Draft. However, someone will likely take a shot on him to play in the G-League for next year.