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ESPN NBA Mock Draft now has Reed Sheppard and Rob Dillingham in first round

The Dilly and Reed backcourt has been nothing short of amazing.

Reed Sheppard. Rob Dillingham. Jason Marcum - A Sea Of Blue

If you didn’t believe it already, believe it now: Reed Sheppard is a first-round NBA Draft prospect, as a major NBA Mock Draft just included him among the top 30 picks.

In the latest mock draft at ESPN, Sheppard cracked the first round, going No. 25 overall to the Indiana Pacers, where he would team up with Oscar Tshiebwe, who just got his first call-up to the NBA.

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.

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.

Not happening.

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.

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