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Kentucky Basketball announces NBA Pro Day, televised practice at Rupp Arena

A great chance for fans to watch the Kentucky Wildcats before the new season begins.

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The Kentucky Wildcats will hold their annual NBA Pro Day on Oct. 7th, the school announced Monday.

This year’s crop of Wildcats could feature anywhere between 4-6 potential draftees in the 2019 NBA Draft. Keldon Johnson looks like the early favorite to be the first Wildcat selected — if he declares — as he’s being projected in the lottery range of most mocks.

PJ Washington, EJ Montgomery, Nick Richards and Ashton Hagans have also gotten first-round buzz. Tyler Herro has also gotten some NBA buzz after his big showing in the Bahamas.

Senior graduate transfer Reid Travis is also looking to boost his pro stock after being projected to go undrafted this year, which helped lead to him withdrawing from the draft and deciding to transfer to the school that gives him the best chance to realize his dreams of winning a national title and being drafted into the NBA.

Just like last year, the event will take place at Rupp Arena, and UK fans will get a sneak peek at the new Cats, as the SEC Network will televise the practice live from 7 to 9 p.m.

The event is not open to fans, but you can still watch the Cats in action thanks to the SEC Network broadcast, which includes Tom Hart, Seth Greenberg and Jimmy Dykes on hand to call the action.

All 30 NBA teams are invited to the annual Pro Day, where the Wildcats will go through a combine-like practice conducted by UK coaches and staff. Coaches and staff will direct the players through various agility and shooting drills in addition to 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 scrimmaging.

All 30 NBA teams were represented during the previous three seasons, and you can bet that will be the case this year with a host of NBA prospects working out.