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2017 NBA Mock Draft: New projections by DraftExpress, CBS and Sports Illustrated

Fox and Monk are on the rise, while Bam and Diallo are fringe first-round guys.

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DraftExpress’ latest mock draft came out last night, and four Kentucky Wildcats were listed in the full two-round mock.

First was De’Aaron Fox, who seems to have effectively leapfrogged Malik Monk on draft boards. DX has Fox going fifth overall to the Sacramento Kings (trade away a Cat and get one right back).

Monk is right behind Fox, going sixth to the Orlando Magic. He and Fox are the only two Cats in DX’s first round.

After that, there’s a long wait before Bam Adebayo is listed at No. 32 to the Phoenix Suns (if they draft another Cat it should be mandatory that they change the team name).

The last Wildcat listed is Hamidou Diallo, at No. 35 to the Orlando Magic. Diallo, of course, hasn’t decided yet whether he will stay in the draft or not.

There’s no sign of Isaiah Briscoe in this mock. At the combine, the defensive specialist declared he will play point guard in the NBA.

Elsewhere, the newest mock from CBS Sports has Fox going to the Kings and Moonk to the Magic as well. Fox landing with the Kings is becoming one of the more common projections among mock drafts, and he’d be a big help to Skal Labissiere and Willie Cauley-Stein.

This projection has Diallo going 24th overall to the Utah Jazz. This is one of the highest projections in any mock for Diallo, who probably would be satisfied with going this high as he mulls over his draft decision. Bam is not part of this mock, which only projects the first round.

The newest Sports Illustrated: mock draft also has Fox going to the Kings, but Monk slides to the Knicks with the eighth pick. Diallo goes 27th to the Nets, who are heavily interested in the Queens native.

This projection does have Bam going 29th overall to the San Antonio Spurs. If anyone can maximize Bam’s NBA potential, it’s Gregg Popovich and the Spurs.