Kentucky head coach John Calipari had four players eyeing a selection in the NBA Draft last night. Three of them were drafted, but the trio dropped, to varying degrees, from where they were projected to go.
Let’s be clear; three draft picks for any program is a cherished accomplishment, but for someone with the track record of Coach Cal, the outcome of Thursday night’s draft was less than ideal.
With his usual candor, he didn’t have a problem letting people know about it with a barrage of tweets.
Skal Labissiere, the second-highest ranked college recruit in 2015’s ESPN 100, ahead of future top-three picks Brandon Ingram and Jaylen Brown, was the most shocking of the disappointments considering he went from projected to being taken in the lottery-range to being taken with the 28th pick by the Phoenix Suns (traded to Sacramento).
We knew NBA teams had concerns about Tyler Ulis’ size and ability to defend at the next level, so his slight drop surprised nobody outside of Calipari and Wildcats fans.
Jamal Murray was taken 7th overall by the Denver Nuggets, while Alex Poythress went undrafted.