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NBA Mock Draft 2016: Chad Ford 5.0 has new names in lottery

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The college basketball season will end Monday night as the Final Four commences this weekend.

But many of the top NBA draft prospects are already out of the NCAA Tournament and have either declared for the draft or will do so soon. That's why ESPN's Chad Ford has put out his NBA Mock Draft 5.0. It has several new names in the lottery, also known as the first 14 picks of a draft.

This is the range where we should probably expect most of the Kentucky Wildcats' prospects to go, unless some guys like Alex Poythress sneak into the end of Round 2.

Ford once again has Jamal Murray being the first Cat to be drafted this year, going No. 4 to the Boston Celtics.

Right now, it looks like this pick from Brooklyn is starting at the fourth spot, with an 11.9 percent chance of winning the lottery. Obviously, the Celtics would love if this were a top-three pick, but there are some great options here if they fall to the fourth or fifth pick.

Boston could really use a shooter in its backcourt and would have a tough decision to make between Murray and Buddy Hield. While Hield's a better player now, Murray is three years younger and can play point guard.

The next Wildcat to be drafted is All-American point guard tyler Ulis, who just does sneak into the lottery by going No. 14 to the Chicago Bulls.

The Bulls have several needs, but point guard seems to be the most pressing. Yes, they might still holding onto hope that Derrick Rose can still be the guy, but they really need help behind him.

Ulis is small -- but, man, can he play. He has terrific court vision and speed and a great feel for the game. As a backup to Rose, he'd be perfect in Chicago.

That would pair Ulis with former John Calipari point guard Derrick Rose, making this a very intriguing fit. It would be a well-deserved honor for Ulis to go in the lottery, even if it is at the very end. He's been one of, if not the best player in college hoops this season, and if teams can overlook his 5-9 size, he should go fairly early in this draft.

The next pick sees Skal Labissiere going No. 15 to the Denver Nuggets:

Labissiere is a big risk no matter where you take him. His performance as a freshman at Kentucky was below expectations. He lacked toughness and seemed lost.

However, the talent is there. He has great size and an ability to stretch the floor that occasionally showed toward the end of Kentucky's season. The Nuggets can afford to take the risk here, especially since they have extra lottery picks.

No other Cats go in Ford's first-round projections. This is probably what the 2016 draft will look like in terms of Kentucky players, being that Murray goes high before Ulis and Skal go in the middle of the first round.

Here's how Ford projected the entire lottery:

1. Sixers: Ben Simmons

2. LakersBrandon Ingram

3. Suns: Dragan Bender

4. Celtics: Jamal Murray

5. Timberwolves: Henry Ellenson

6. PelicansBuddy Hield

7. KingsKris Dunn

8. Nuggets: Jaylen Brown

9. RaptorsMarquese Chriss

10. Bucks: Jakob Poeltl

11. Magic: Ivan Rabb

12. Celtics: Deyonta Davis

13. Suns: Furkan Korkmaz

14. Bulls: Tyler Ulis