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Several former Kentucky Wildcats are hoping to hear their names called tonight.

2017 NBA Draft Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images

UPDATE

We’ll be using this for tonight’s open thread for the 2020 NBA Draft.

While we wait for the festivities to begin, here’s a message from Kentucky head coach John Calipari on getting to see his players realize their NBA dreams:

Go Cats!


I never really thought I’d be writing about the NBA Draft in November, but it’s 2020 and everything is weird, so here we are.

Tonight is the NBA Draft, and five Kentucky Wildcats have entered their names and will hope to be announced tonight as NBA teams take their pick of the up-and-coming talent.

Tyrese Maxey is a lock to be drafted, and the only Wildcat that is pretty much a lock to go in the first round. The former Wildcat is projected all over the board, but most expect him to be picked anywhere from late in the lottery to 22 or 23.

After that, Immanuel Quickley is generally viewed as an early-mid second round pick. It would be great if Quickley were to slide up into the end of the first round, which isn’t impossible, but it’s more likely he hears his name called in the 35-45 range.

As for Nick Richards, Ashton Hagans and EJ Montgomery, none of the three are guaranteed to be picked. Some projections have either Richards or Hagans going at the end of the second round, but as teams have had few opportunities to do proper scouting, it’s hard to get a read on what those teams are thinking of doing with those picks.

Like with the NFL Draft, the event will be virtual this year. Adam Silver will be calling off the picks live on television from the ESPN Studios in Bristol, Connecticut, with no players or fans in attendance.

If you want to tune in tonight, here’s how you can do so.

How to Watch and follow the 2020 NBA Draft

When: Wednesday, Nov. 18, 7 pm EST

TV Channel: ESPN

Live Online Stream: WatchESPN app

Radio: ESPN Radio

ESPN Draftcast

Tweet of the Day

I’m confident Maxey is going to have a really good NBA career.

Quickies

Will fans really be allowed in Rupp Arena? - Herald Leader

It’s a question worth asking with the current state of the pandemic.

Multiple South Carolina players opt out following Muschamp firing - KSR

The Gamecocks have lost their top two cornerbacks.

Neal Brown talks about John Schlarman - Cats Pause

Powerful words from Neal.

Gregg Marshall got a lot of money to resign - Yahoo

Shaking my head...

Could John Wall be headed to Houston? - Bleacher Report

This would be quite the trade.

NBA releases more details about upcoming schedule - ESPN

The schedule will now include a play-in tournament.

Go behind the scenes of the virtual NBA Draft - SI

19 satellite trucks. 5 different countries. What could go wrong?