Vanderbilt, Washington and sophomore Wenyen Gabriel (who worked out Saturday for the Utah Jazz) are all testing the NBA Draft process without agents. Sophomore Sacha Killeya-Jones is transferring. If Kentucky gets some combination of Vanderbilt, Washington and Gabriel back — along with an incoming recruiting class of Immanuel Quickley, Keldon Johnson, Tyler Herro, E.J. Montgomery and potentially Ashton Hagans if he reclassifies — they could be especially dangerous in 2018-19. When Kentucky won its last title in 2012, it had a mix of one-and-dones like Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and “older” players like Doron Lamb, Terrence Jones and Darius Miller. Kansas and reigning NCAA champion Villanova, which each have four guys at the Combine, also figure to be among next year’s top teams depending on who returns. Duke, which brings in the No. 1 recruiting class in 2018 led by R.J. Barrett, will also be projected among the top teams next season. “Let’s assume P.J. Washington and Jarred Vanderbilt come back, along with this excellent recruiting class, which looks like it could be added to if [Hagans] comes, what you have is the silver lining of an average one-and-done class by their standards that’s going to return as sophomores and will meld with another very good incoming freshman class,” ESPN’s Fran Fraschilla said by phone this week. “It bodes well for Kentucky to have some veteran players even if they’re going to be sophomores.” P.J. has reportedly worked out for the Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Milwaukee Bucks and the L.A. Clippers ahead of the Combine.
Watching Hamidou Diallo work out in Chicago. Shooting mechanics are looking good. Nice high, quicker release. Definitely will help himself if he shoots it like he is tonight this week at the NBA Combine. pic.twitter.com/dB0oQ5zD81— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) May 15, 2018