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Thursday Headlines: NBA Draft Day Edition

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Draft Day arrives!

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Graduation day is here for the latest group of Kentucky Wildcats who will hear their names called in the NBA Draft.

Isaiah Jackson will look to keep up Kentucky’s streak of having a first-round pick in every year under John Calipari, while Brandon Boston has the potential to be one of the biggest sleepers in this year’s class based on what Calipari says.

Here’s what you need to know to watch and follow tonight’s festivities.

How to watch the 2021 NBA Draft


We’ll be using this for tonight’s NBA Draft live blog, so be sure to come back here at 8 pm ET.

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