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Twitter reactions to Kentucky’s NBA Draft night

A great night for three former Wildcats who realized their NBA dreams.

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After having their streak of consecutive years with a lottery pick broken earlier in the night, the Kentucky Wildcats finished strong with Tyrese Maxey going No. 21 to the Philadelphia 76ers, and the New York Knicks pulled the trigger and took Immanuel Quickley with the No. 25 pick.

Kentucky extended their streak of having multiple first-round picks to 11 straight drafts.

Maxey lands in Philly, alongside Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, two stars in their own right. Maxey should be able to step in immediately and provide scoring for a team that lacked a serious go-to scorer and jump-shooter last season, outside of Embiid.

Quickley will be a one hell of a pro player with a long career ahead of him, especially heading to play under former Kentucky assistant coach Kenny Payne in New York.

Nick Richards was drafted by New Orleans but then traded to Charlotte, where he will join No. 3 pick Lamelo Ball and former Wildcat and teammate, PJ Washington.

Unfortunately for Ashton Hagans, an SEC Defensive Player of the Year award winner, he did not hear his name called, as he’ll now look to break into the NBA as an undrafted free agent.

As expected, EJ Montgomery and Kahlil Whitney did not hear their names called. It’s unclear if they’ll get a chance in the NBA, its G-League, or they’ll sign overseas deals for the time being.

Here is what Twitter had to say about the Cats’ successful night:

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