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Way-too-early 2022 NBA Mock Draft has multiple Cats in first round

Kentucky is expected to have one of the most skilled rosters in college basketball this season.

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The Kentucky Wildcats have three high-level recruits coming to Lexington this season along with a couple of transfers and then a slew of returning members.

It should be the perfect storm of talent and experience, hopefully, one that helps recoup the program from their struggles last season.

The highest-ranked name coming to Lexington is 5-star recruit, point guard TyTy Washington. He’s currently the No. 12 prospect in the nation via 247 Sports Composite.

Washington’s mix of craftiness and vision should make him one of the best point guards in the NCAA. That said, much like BJ Boston was a season ago, Washington has high expectations and will be a projected first-round pick.

He’s not the only Wildcat looking to fly off the board though.

ESPN’s Jonathan Givony took his first look at the next draft class, and in doing so, he listed two Wildcats as potential first-round prospects. He has Washington coming off the board at No. 17 and Daimion Collins at No. 18.

Collins is the Wildcats’ other 5-star recruit. He’s 6-foot-9 and is ranked No. 13 via 247 Composite.

Both Collins and Washington have high expectations entering the season, but there are other names like Jacob Toppin, Oscar Tshiebwe, and Keion Brooks Jr. to keep on your radar.

That said, Kentucky’s draft class is ranked 7th in the nation with the top-overall recruit, Chet Holmgren, taking his talent to Gonzaga. Along those lines, Jalen Duren is also expected to be a top-five prospect, but he has yet to announce if he’s going to play collegiately at all.

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