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No current Wildcats projected in 2022 NBA Mock Draft, but 1 target is

Will the streak finally come to an end? Probably not.

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Ever since John Calipari arrived in Lexington in 2009, the Kentucky Wildcats basketball program has been known for its numerous draft picks they have each summer in the NBA Draft.

The tides have seemed to change over the last several years, including in the 2021 NBA Draft. It is wild to think that only one player may hear his name called in the first round in Isaiah Jackson, when typically guys are scattered throughout the first 30 picks.

Want to hear something even crazier?

A new ESPN mock draft for 2022 was released this morning, and it currently has zero Kentucky Wildcats going in the two round draft. As always, there is hope for that to change.

Damion Collins is currently listed as Kentucky’s highest-ranked recruit in the Class of 2021, as he comes in at 11th overall in the class. He is seen as a guy with tremendous upside on both ends of the floor, and with a good season could end up playing his way into a first-round selection, similar to Jackson this past year.

Other signees Bryce Hopkins and Nolan Hickman are seen as multi-year guys at the collegiate level.

Kentucky is still in the mix for TyTy Washington, who cut his list of schools to six this weekend and it featured the Cats. He came in on the NBA mock draft at 13th overall and the second point guard target taken behind Kennedy Chandler of Tennessee. Add him to the mix for next season, and it seems likely that at least one Wildcat will be picked in 2022.

Once again, this mock draft is being released very early, and there is still plenty of time for things to change. I mean, look back at Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Tyler Herro, both players who were thought to be multi-year guys, ended up playing themselves into being lottery selections. Isaiah Jackson may be about to do the same.

With a good season and some players exceeding current expectations, this board should at least feature a couple Wildcats come January 2022.