Both Nick Richards and EJ Montgomery have declared for the NBA Draft. I know a lot of fans have already jumped to conclusions about both of them doing so, but this is more than likely just a ‘testing-the-waters’ situation for both guys.
CBS Sports updated their top-100 draft prospects list on Monday afternoon after Richards had declared. And Neither Richards nor Montgomery appeared on the list. That is not a good sign for both players going into the NBA combine.
Three Kentucky Wildcats players were in the top 22, and it’s the three that you already know: PJ Washington was 11th, Keldon Johnson was 18th, and Tyler Herro was 22nd.
Washington continues to inch closer toward being a top-10 pick after ending his sophomore season as one of the best players in college basketball.
Herro and Johnson both have the potential to go at the end of the lottery, but they’ll need to really impress during workouts and meetings with teams.
Barring both players absolutely dominating draft workouts, it’s looking like both Montgomery and Richards could and should return to school. The two of them likely declared strictly for feedback and what they need to work on.
The deadline for players to withdrawal from the NBA Draft is May 29th, 10 days after the end of the combine.