This shouldn’t come as any real surprise for anyone who’s watched Sheppard play this season, as he’s been nothing short of sensational for the Kentucky Wildcats. His current box score +/- has him in the same company as names like Anthony Davis and Zion Williamson.
21 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals for Reed Sheppard in a blowout win for Kentucky over Miami, showing his tremendous shot-making prowess, defensive instincts and passing creativity. The 6'2 freshman has been Kentucky's best player on both ends of the floor this season. pic.twitter.com/dVIQirhCf9— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) November 29, 2023
It’s time to prepare for a reality where Reed Sheppard is not part of the 2024-25 Kentucky Basketball team.
The same is true for Rob Dillingham, who came to Kentucky with more NBA hype than Sheppard, but still, many thought that Dillingham could be a two-year college player.
For as special as Sheppard has been, Dillingham has been almost as impactful for a Kentucky team that just demolished a top-10 Miami Hurricanes squad.
In this projection, Dillingham goes No. 20 overall to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Elsewhere, three other Wildcats heard their names called in this mock draft, highlighted by Justin Edwards going No. 10 overall to the San Antonio Spurs, where he’d be paired alongside Keldon Johnson.
DJ Wagner went five spots later to the Atlanta Hawks at No. 15.
Finally, Aaron Bradshaw, who could make his Kentucky debut this week, went No. 39 to the Oklahoma City Thunder, teaming up with NBA superstar Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
If nothing else, you have to like these projections in terms of current Cats being paired with former Cats. Be sure to read the entire ESPN mock draft here.
It’s time for the BBN to prepare for a reality where all of these guys are in the pros next year, hopefully after a special season that ends with a National Championship.