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New 2021 NBA Mock Draft includes 3 Wildcats

Could Devin Askew end up being a one and done?

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On August 21st, the NBA announced that 92 collegiate players and seven international players who had declared as early entry candidates in 2020 had withdrawn their names from consideration.

Combined with a loaded 2021 class of high school prospects, the 2021 draft class should be stacked with talent.

Of course, COVID had a huge impact on this as a lot of players felt that they needed another year of development due to the fact that they couldn’t showcase their skills to any teams post COVID.

So what does this mean for the 2020-2021 Kentucky Wildcats? How many are projected to get drafted? Where will they be selected?

USA Today’s Bryan Kalbrosky mocked up an early 2021 NBA Draft that has 3 total Cats being selected, and the positions may surprise you a little bit. Below are the projections with an excerpt from Bryan.

14. BJ Boston

Guard, 6-foot-6, Freshman

“BJ Boston is more than capable of creating his own shot, which will help him shine when playing at Kentucky. The former Sierra Canyon star averaged 22.8 points, 8.3 rebounds 3.3 assists as well as 1.8 steals per game for the AOT Running Rebels on the Nike EYBL circuit.”

23. Terence Clark

Guard, 6-foot-7, Freshman

“Terrence Clarke, who foregoed his senior year of high school to reclassify and play for Kentucky, averaged 17.3 points with 5.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game for Expressions Elite on the Nike EYBL circuit. His accomplishments at the AAU level were especially impressive when considering that he was a year younger than his fellow peers.”

49. Devin Askew

Guard, 6-foot-3, Freshman

“Devin Askew reclassified to join the graduating class of 2020 at Mater Dei in Santa Ana, California. He played for Team WhyNot on the AAU Circuit, where he connected on 24 of 52 (46.2%) attempts from beyond the arc. He led that squad with 4.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game as well.”

I was shocked when I saw BJ Boston at 14. His skill set is way too strong to be that low, on top of the fact that he was named both Mr. Basketball and top athlete of California.

And this is the first 2021 mock draft of any kind to include Devin Askew, who has been impressing in summer workouts. The initial thought was he’d be a multi-year college player, but if he can hold down the starting point guard spot and have a productive season, he may only spend one year in Lexington.

Also, look for players like Keion Brooks and potentially Oliver Sarr to join these projections very soon.

However, we have to understand that this is extremely early. The players will show what they have on the court and there will be all kinds of movement throughout the season.

But it’s good for these players to see where they’re at now to give them an understanding of where scouts see them and the work they need to put in.

College basketball is tentatively scheduled to start on November 25th, but there’s a lot of unknown right now so it’s better to just let things play out.

When it does start, it should be one of the best we’ve seen considering all the returning talent that will be on display for so many teams.