Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
All 30 NBA teams were in attendance Sunday night for Kentucky’s Pro day, which was televised on ESPNU.
According to DraftExpress.com, Kentucky features players projected to go No. 1 (Skal Labissiere), No. 6 (Jamal Murray), No. 18 (Isaiah Briscoe), No. 28 (Marcus Lee) and No. 58 (Alex Poythress) in the 2016 NBA Draft.
The 6-foot-11 Labissiere has not yet been cleared by the NCAA because of an amateurism issue, not an academic one, ESPN’s Andy Katz confirmed on air, presumably because of what has previously been reported about his guardian, Gerald Hamilton.
DraftExpress.com also has sophomore point guard Tyler Ulis at No. 38 in the 2017 draft, though many think he may come out after this season.
Kentucky coach John Calipari has produced 27 NBA players while at Kentucky, and a Top 10 pick for eight years in a row.
LSU will run its combine this week as well, but it’s not expected to be televised. LSU features 6-foot-10 forward Ben Simmons, the projected No. 2 pick who many feel should go No. 1, the projected No. 29 pick in Tim Quarterman and freshman guard Antonio Blakeney.“UK has more depth which makes a combine much more interesting,” one veteran NBA scout said. “LSU has three top prospects but lacks depth for a quality combine.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.