Reed Sheppard and Rob Dillingham have taken Kentucky Wildcats fans by storm with their play through the first 11 games of the season.
Sheppard is currently averaging 12.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game, while Dillingham adds another 14.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game.
Not only has the duo taken the BBN by storm, but the national media is also taking notice of the two freshmen's incredible play.
Recently, ESPN’s Jeff Borzello, Myron Medcalf, and John Gasaway took part in a college basketball fantasy draft, which featured both Sheppard and Dillingham alongside some of the top names in the sport, including Zach Edey, Hunter Dickinson, Tyler Kolek, Kyle Filipowski, and others.
First off the board for Kentucky players is Dillingham, who was selected by Medcalf in the fourth round.
Here is what he had to say about the pick:
“John Calipari has been coaching college basketball for a long time. Who am I to question his rotations? But on any other team in America, Dillingham would be a starter. I’m not bringing him off the bench with my squad. The 6-foot-3 guard is an explosive scorer, and he’ll get a lot of touches. Dillingham (14.2 PPG, 44% from the 3-point line) makes mine a difficult team to deal with. Edey surrounded by good 3-point shooters and capable scorers? Good luck.”
Sheppard then comes off the board in the first pick in the eighth round to Borzello’s team.
Here is what he said about the addition of Sheppard:
“I had to get one freshman on the roster, right? Sheppard has been one of the biggest surprises among the sport’s newcomers, and he gives me a little more perimeter depth and two-way ability. His shooting numbers — 58.5 FG%, 57.8 3PT% — are unsustainable, but he plays with energy, he can really shoot it, and he is a terrific passer and playmaker when running the show.”
Both freshman guards have provided a serious spark to this Kentucky squad coming off the bench as the sixth and seventh men for this team. We all knew that this team needed some solid depth to make a deep tournament run this March, and at this point, it seems the Cats are poised to finally make a run once again.
But in the meantime seeing them selected alongside some of the biggest names in the sport is a great sight to see.