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Kentucky NBA Draft Watch! KELDON JOHNSON, ASHTON HAGANS, TYLER HERRO and PJ WASHINGTON

It's that time of the year again and like most years we will be glued to the interwebs to see who will go and who will stay. This year is a tad unique compared to year's past as UK will not have a mass exodus to the NBA, or should I say, we shouldn't have a mass exodus.

Four players are on deck; KELDON JOHNSON, ASHTON HAGANS, PJ WASHINGTON and TYLER HERRO.

I will make a safe prediction and say Johnson and Washington are gone, long gone. As of now Johnson is a borderline Lottery pick and Washington may not be far behind. NBADraft.net has always been my barometer for accurately judging the draft stock of UK players and historically it is the most accurate. mynbadraft.com is another site that is for the most part accurate but has fallen off as of late. I will still use these two sites as the foundation for any predictions moving forward.

Tyler Herro should return to school as his draft stock ranges from the last pick in 1st round to not even on the board for the first 2 rounds on NBADraft.net. PJ Washington on the other hand is picked to go 35th or 5th in the second round on NBADraft.net. Washington may indeed jump ship if his workouts go well and there is no real concern over his ailing foot.

PJ Washington_2019_Headshot
Keldon Johnson

DRAFT POSITION
NBADraft.Net - 12th Pick 1st round
MyNBAdraft.com - 13th Pick 1st Round
PREDICTION- Bye Bye Johnson! 


Ashton Hagans_2019_Headshot
Ashton Hagans

DRAFT POSITION
NBADraft.Net - 30th Pick 1st round
MyNBAdraft.com - NOT ON THE 1st Round Board
PREDICTION- He's gone, there's enough smoke out there for Hagans to take advantage of the NBA workouts to come. If he kills it he will go late in the 1st round, probably 25th to the 30th pick. 

PJ Washington_2019_Headshot
P.J Washington 

DRAFT POSITION
NBADraft.Net - 35th Pick Overall or 5th Pick 2nd round
MyNBAdraft.com - 18th Pick 1st round

PREDICTION- His draft stock is all over the place and I believe Washington could seriously benefit with another year in school. My gut tells me, just as I stated above, if he does well in the workouts and his health checks out he will opt to stay in the draft. 

Tyler Herro_2019_Headshot
Tyler Herro

DRAFT POSITION
NBADraft.Net - Not drafted
MyNBAdraft.com - 29th Pick 1st Round

PREDICTION- This one will be the mystery all the way to the bitter end I predict.Tthere is a loud buzz for Herro as of late and just like Hagans and Washington, if he kills in the workouts he "may" go in the 1st round but He is a solid early 2nd round pick regardless and a year in the G League may not be a bad idea for Herro but he has the most upside for the argument that he should return to school for another year. 


Conclusion: There is not one single slam dunk for the NBA Draft for UK in 2019. Washington is most likely gone considering his feelings on the draft last year when he agreed to return for another year. So the safe money is on Washington leaving for the NBA. Johnson is certainly a lottery pick or mid 1st round pick and at the end of the day you don't pass up guaranteed money, not in this financial climate. So Johnson is likely gone. I predict Herro and Hagans will both eventually agree to return to school.

However, All one has to do is look at the recruits we have signed and those recruits we are pursuing, take their size and skill-set and compare it to a Hagans and Herro, to better judge the chances of them staying or going. We will burn that bridge at another time. 


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