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Kevin Knox, Hamidou Diallo in Evan Daniels’ Top 20 NBA Draft Prospects

A couple Cats are getting NBA Draft big board attention.

NCAA Basketball: Preseason-Morehead State at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Evan Daniels has released a top 20 big board for the 2018 NBA Draft, and he’s included two Wildcats: freshman forward Kevin Knox and redshirt freshman guard Hamidou Diallo.

He has Knox ranked No. 11, praising his upside and his improvement in high school.

Knox’s game is continuing to develop on the offensive end, as he’s still in the midst of transferring from a face-up forward to a perimeter player full time. Even with the way the NBA game is going, there’s still a chance he’s used in that role some. Regardless, to go with his size and athleticism, Knox is an improving shot maker from three. As a freshman in high school he shot just 18-percent from beyond the arc. Last year, Knox connected on 35 percent of his 213 attempts during his senior season.

Early on, Knox is looking like a complete wing. From the post to the 3-point line, he can hit from anywhere. And we’ve seen his athleticism cutting to the basket and finishing above the rim. He’s an incredible offensive threat.

Diallo is at No. 13, as Daniels praises his physical attributes and defensive potential.

At 6-foot-5 with a 6-10 wingspan, Diallo is impressive physically. Throw in his freaky level athleticism and he’s downright intriguing. Defensively, Diallo has the tools to be very good, but isn’t always dialed in. Offensively, he’s at his best attacking the goal and in transition, where he’s a tremendous finisher. The biggest question lies in his shot making. He showed improvement in this area during his two months of prep school ball last year, but there’s still a ways to go in this department.

We know all about Diallo’s athleticism. It’s so good that it almost kept him from playing at Kentucky at all as the Brooklyn Nets were prepared to go all in and draft him on his combine results alone. He’s not a great shooter, we know all about that too. But the kid is a human highlight reel when he gets a path to the rim. And with his length and vertical, it’s hard to stop him when he’s on the way to the bucket.

Some other placements of note: No. 1 overall is Marvin Bagley from Duke. SEC foe Michael Porter Jr. from Missouri is listed No. 5. Another SEC foe, Robert Williams from Texas A&M, is listed No. 7, and Collin Sexton from Alabama is No. 10.

Oh, and Grayson Allen is No. 20.