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Kentucky Wildcats in 2021 NBA Draft take a step back in most recent The Ringer update

With two potential draft picks, there should be concern Kentucky doesn’t have a first-round select.

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After reports that Brandon “BJ” Boston Jr.’s stock was on the rise, Kevin O’Connor’s most recent big board update reset that narrative. Along those lines, O’Connor seemingly dropped where Isaiah Jackson is slated to go.

O’Connor made waves with this update as he released that the Golden State Warriors are looking to trade the No. 7 overall pick. It was jam-packed with far more than just that though.

It was a full big board, showing how all 60 picks could be made. For the Wildcats that will be taken, it wasn’t favorable.

Isaiah Jackson was selected at No. 28. He’s the only projected first-round pick. If Jackson, who may see his stock slide prior to the draft, or Boston aren’t taken in the first 30 picks, it would be the first time in 2009 that the Wildcats didn’t have a first-round pick.

That said, in this update, Jackson, barring a trade, would be taken by the Philadelphia 76ers.

As for Boston, he’s dubbed a “Former top recruit who struggled as a freshman but retains massive upside with his combination of shot creation and height.” It’s truly a fair assessment of what Boston may bring to the table.

The upside is there, as is the athleticism. However, his poor efficiency while in Lexington may have scouts not loving his potential in the NBA. He would be taken in O’Connor’s update at No. 37, a pick currently held by the Detroit Pistons.

He would be a solid fit in Detroit. Whoever snags Boston in the second round is going to get an absolute steal. He was supposed to be a lottery pick after being dubbed a five-star recruit. His struggles in Kentucky were notable, but they shouldn’t define his career.

Both Jackson and Boston should have long careers in the NBA despite not getting overwhelming love from most analysts.