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?
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.