The Kentucky Wildcats’ dream of an undefeated season came to an end on Saturday night when the Wisconsin Badgers stunned the Wildcats in the Final Four. With Kentucky finished, it comes as no surprise that a good portion of the roster will likely be heading to the NBA:
Kentucky roster exodus to June's NBA Draft expected to minimally include Towns, Cauley-Stein, Harrison twins, Lyles, Johnson and Booker.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) April 5, 2015
The top two prospects are Karl-Anthony Towns and Willie Cauley-Stein. Towns is in the running for the No. 1 pick along with Duke’s Jahlil Okafor, while Cauley-Stein could be a top five pick thanks to his elite defensive ability. Both Trey Lyles and Devin Booker are also consensus first-round picks.
Johnson and the Harrison twins, on the other hand, likely won’t be first-rounders if they do in fact leave. Johnson could garner first-round attention because he’s a legit 7-footer, but he’s still raw and made zero impact against Wisconsin. The Harrisons, once viewed as possible first-rounders last year, might not even get drafted now.
None of these players have officially made their intentions known, but Cauley-Stein essentially made his announcement after Kentucky lost to Wisconsin, per Kyle Tucker of The Courier-Journal:
“It’s time to take another step,” he said. “I mean, obviously, I’m not 100 percent on it, but I’m pretty sure I know what I want to do. Gotta talk to a couple more people, but probably was my last game here.”
While Kentucky is set to lose a ton of talent to the NBA, head coach John Calipari will just reload and everything will be fine in Big Blue Nation.