It was ‘Graduation Day’ as Coach Cal calls it.
The NBA Draft has passed once again, and again, three Wildcats were selected in the first round of the draft. This now makes 38 players that have been drafted in the NBA Draft under John Calipari at Kentucky.
PJ Washington went with pick No. 12 to the Charlotte Hornets, Tyler Herro followed immediately after at pick No. 13 to the Miami Heat, and Keldon Johnson closed out the first round for the Kentucky Wildcats going at pick No. 29 to the San Antonio Spurs after some confusion.
Reid Travis was the lone Wildcat to not hear his name called on draft night, but will not be surprised when he (eventually) signs a training camp deal with a team or participates in the summer league.
Here is all the best reactions to the Wildcats players getting drafted. We’ll start with PJ Washington.
“I am not sure there is any player in this Draft that benefited more from returning to college than PJ Washington”— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) June 21, 2019
I LOVE YOU PJ— Barstool UK (@BarstoolUK) June 21, 2019
.@hornets 12th pick @pj_washington 3FGA year-over-year with @KentuckyMBB— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) June 21, 2019
Freshman: 5/21 (23.8% 3FG%)
Sophomore: 33/78 (42.3% 3FG%)
First two photos show a much more clean + compact release point + balance hand as compared to last season, the second two photos pic.twitter.com/rwVh6a3obO
Heat select Tyler Herro with the No. 13 pick pic.twitter.com/RyH3ey7WZZ— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 21, 2019
Congratulations @raf_tyler on taking the next step to the NBA. All your hard work and dedication further shows the quality person and player you are. Proud to say you are a Falcon, a Wildcat, and now a member of the Heat! #whitnallpride #WhitnALLin— Whitnall Athletics (@whitnallAD) June 21, 2019
Tyler Herro was born to wear the Miami Heat Vice alternate jerseys. pic.twitter.com/k3B7DsBisw— KY Clips (@KY_Clips) June 21, 2019
6-6, 192 pound + 19-year-old #kentucky guard prospect Tyler Herro is rightfully known as a shooter + scorer but he has good defensive instincts and competes at a high level, which should help his cause against the athletes + length that he'll face in the #NBA pic.twitter.com/CkF8jP11DT— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) June 21, 2019
Ok Tyler Herro i hope you’re ready to work. It’s the @MiamiHEAT way. Let’s go!— DWade (@DwyaneWade) June 21, 2019
Tyler Herro is a Lottery Pick— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) June 21, 2019
Anyone that says John Calipari can’t develop players just had their argument deflated
We initially thought that Keldon Johnson was on his way to Cleveland at the 26th pick, but it turned out that was a false report:
Sources: Cleveland selected Dylan Windler -- not Keldon Johnson.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 21, 2019
Keldon was eventually picked at 29th by the San Antonio Spurs:
Better late than never.... what a steal for the Spurs. Keldon bout to go off— Barstool UK (@BarstoolUK) June 21, 2019
Here’s a look at Keldon Johnson - the 29th pick in the 2019 #NBADraft selected by the #SanAntonio #Spurs - at his Pro Day in #Phoenix earlier this month. The 6-6, 216 pound + 19-year-old made 38.1% of his triples in 37 games as a freshman with @KentuckyMBB pic.twitter.com/ExdJSADdZq— DraftExpressContent (@DXContent) June 21, 2019
Keldon is the first ever Kentucky Wildcat to be selected by the Spurs.— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) June 21, 2019