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2017 NBA Draft big board by ESPN's Chad Ford unveiled

John Calipari is looking to have another huge NBA Draft day next year.

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John Calipari is known for having an outrageous percentage of his players go on to be drafted in the NBA, and it looks as though 2017 will be no different.

ESPN's Chad Ford has released his first big board for 2017, and there are three Kentucky freshmen on it.

We know how loaded this freshman class is, so it's not surprising that there'd already be a few lottery picks in that class, but Chad Ford describes this draft as "one of the strongest in the last decade," so it's impressive nonetheless. Those three players are De'Aaron Fox, Bam Adebayo and Malik Monk. Let's look at what Chad Ford had to say about each one of them.

No. 9: De'Aaron Fox

Given how strong Kentucky's incoming class is, it's hard to believe they don't have a prospect ranked in the top five. It just goes to show you how strong this incoming class is.

Fox has the best chance of getting there. In a normal draft, he could easily project as the top PG. He's got size, quickness, aggressiveness on both ends of the court and looks like a promising playmaker.

He needs to get stronger and improve his jumper, but there are a lot of tools there that can make him successful in the NBA, especially on the defensive end.

Fox will hope to jump closer to the top point guard spot in the draft by the end of the season, but seeing him at No. 9 already is great.

No. 12: Edrice "Bam" Adebayo

"Bam" Adebayo already has the NBA body and athleticism that teams crave in their power forwards. He's an explosive athlete who plays with a great motor. He's going to be a rebounding and shot-blocking machine for Kentucky.

However, his offensive game is still pretty raw. He really needs to develop some sort of perimeter game.

It's clear to see that Adebayo is already there physically, and his presence on the defensive end will greatly help his draft stock next year.

No. 15: Malik Monk

Monk is an athletic freak and a big-time scorer. He's relentless at getting to the rim and his ballhandling abilities are strong enough that some teams believe he can play both the 1 and the 2 at the next level.

The biggest knocks on his game right now are his jump shot and size for a 2-guard (6-foot-3, 185 pounds).

Monk, like Adebayo, has the physicality to play in the NBA already, and all he has to do is to develop a jumper to be seen as a versatile guard at the next level.

Three of Cal's five new freshmen are already in the top 15 of Chad Ford's big board, and we're hoping to see the other two hit Chad Ford's later big boards. Here's a look at how his full big board looks:

1. Josh Jackson

2. Harry Giles

3. Markelle Fultz

4. Dennis Smith

5. Frank Ntilikina

6. Lonzo Ball

7. Jayson Tatum

8. Jonathan Isaac

9. De'Aaron Fox

10. Ivan Rabb

11. Jarrett Allen

12. Edrice Adebayo

13. Marques Bolden

14. Edmond Sumner

15. Malik Monk

16. OG Anunoby

17. Lauri Markkanen

18. Omer Yurtseven

19. Carlton Bragg

20. Terrance Ferguson

21. Rodions Kurucs

22. Tyler Lydon

23. Isaiah Hartenstein

24. Miles Bridges

25. Thomas Bryant

26. Jonathan Jeanne

27. Kostja Mushidi

28. Grayson Allen

29. Jalen Brunson

30. Malik Pope

Next five in: Jaron Blossomgame, SF, Sr., Clemson; Bennie Boatwright, PF, So., USC Dwayne Bacon, SF, So., Florida State; Frank Jackson, PG, Fr., Duke; Mikal Bridges, SF, So., Villanova