Next year’s Kentucky team may not be as stunning in the NBA Draft as John Calipari’s teams usually are, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any future NBA talents on the roster.
Incoming freshman Keldon Johnson is guaranteed to be an NBA-level talent, and ESPN’s Myron Medcalf noted that in a recent post titled “Best NBA Draft prospect for each team in Way-Too-Early Top 25.”
With Kentucky being the No. 1 team on his list, Johnson is thus at the top of the article. Here’s what Medcalf had to say about him.
John Calipari’s fleet of five-star recruits features Johnson, a 6-foot-6 wing who can explode through traffic or drive off screens. His size will help him play through contact, too.
With Reid Travis and PJ Washington working with Johnson on pick-and-roll situations, the projected top-15 pick in ESPN’s 2019 mock draft could soar in his first and only season in Lexington.
Medcalf is making a not very surprising assumption that Johnson will be one-and-done, and as one of the top players in his class and a player that perfectly fits the mold of today’s NBA, that wouldn’t be surprising at all.
PJ Washington and Reid Travis have a chance to solidify—and even raise—their draft stock this season, and there are other five-star prospects incoming, but as a 6-6 wing that can do it all, Johnson has the highest potential of anyone on the team, so selecting him as UK’s best NBA Draft prospect makes sense.