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Saturday / May 30.
  • Multiple Kentucky players projected to go undrafted in latest NBA Mock

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Five Kentucky underclassmen are among the 205 Early-Entry candidates named by the NBA on Tuesday, yet a couple of them could go undrafted.

    Sophomores Ashton Hagans and E.J. Montgomery are not projected on the latest mock by Sam Vecenie of The Athletic.

    Among the Kentucky players, freshman Tyrese Maxey is projected at No. 14 to the Trail Blazers, sophomore Immanuel Quickley is at 43 to the Kings and junior Nick Richards is at 60 to the Pelicans.

    Former Kentucky prospect Kahlil Whitney, who left the team at midseason, also declared for the draft but is not projected to be drafted.

    Under coach John Calipari, Kentucky has produced 38 NBA Draft picks, 29 first-rounders, three No. 1 selections, seven top-five picks and 21 lottery picks.

    Of the 27 players at Kentucky who have declared for the NBA Draft after their freshman seasons (like Maxey), 25 have been first-round picks. All 27 have played a game in the NBA.

    As for Duke, sophomore Tre Jones is projected at No. 23 to the Miami Heat, Cassius Stanley chimes in at 33 to the Minnesota Timberwolves and freshman Vernon Carey Jr. is at 35 to the Kings.

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    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.