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NickiSue's View: Wildcats NBA draft preview

NickiSue's View: Wildcats NBA draft preview

Nicole Harrell, About me: I graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Communications. I’ve worked with ESPNU, UK Student News Network, LEX 18 and now at WHAS11 I work in the web and sports departments. I’m a loyal Kentucky Wildcats, Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings and Los Angeles Lakers fan.

by Nicole Harrell

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 18, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 16 at 5:53 AM

(BLOG) -- On Tuesday, all five starters of the National Championship Kentucky Wildcats announced that they will enter the 2012 NBA Draft.

It’s official, freshmen Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague along with sophomores Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb will all be leaving the Kentucky program.  You also can’t forget about arguably the best 6th man in college basketball, senior Darius Miller.

With all of this talent many have speculated that all six may go in the first round of the NBA draft. So Big Blue Nation, where will these players go in the draft?

Anthony Davis is predicted to go number one in the draft across the boards. The record setting, award-winning player has accomplished just about everything there is to accomplish in the sport of college basketball.  It was no surprise when he made his announcement. It seems that Davis is ready to ride his “white on white Bentley” to wherever he is drafted, even if it is to the Charlotte Bobcats.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is predicted to go soon or maybe even right after Davis in the draft.  Hoopsworld.com and NBAdraft.net have Kidd-Gilchrist going number two to the Washington Wizards. Kentucky fans might like this move because they would be able to watch him play with former Coach Cal prodigy John Wall.

Terrence Jones and Marquis Teague seem to be next in line. NBAdraft.net has Jones going at number 16 to the Philadelphia 76ers while Hoopsworld.com has Teague going at number 9 to the Utah Jazz. With these predictions Jones could become teammates with former star Jodie Meeks who was a fan favorite during his time at Kentucky when he scored 54 points against rival Tennessee. Teague could end up with former UK recruit/student assistant Enes Kanter. If you don't remember Enes, you surely remember the "Free Enes" campaign.

Hoopsworld.com has Doron Lamb going at number 25 to the Indiana Pacers and NBAdraft.net has him going at number 24 to the Boston Celtics. If Lamb goes to the Celtics fans could see him play with former star and Louisville native Rajon Rondo.

Darius Miller seems to be the player that may not go in the first round. The Kentucky native started his college career losing in the NIT but finished as an NCAA National Champion. ESPN has Miller going in the second round.

The NBA draft will begin on June 28 so there is still plenty of time for these predictions to change. WHAS11 will keep you informed as the draft approaches. 

About me: I graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Communications. I’ve worked with ESPNU, UK Student News Network, LEX 18 and now at WHAS11 I work in the web and sports departments. I’m a loyal Kentucky Wildcats, Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings and Los Angeles Lakers fan. Follow me on twitter @NickiSue456.
 

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