Kentucky’s draft situation became a touch clearer following Isaiah Jackson’s decision to sign with an agent and forgo the remainder of his college eligibility, leaving only the 6-foot-10 forward and Brandon Boston Jr. as the program’s likely draftees in 2021. Davion Mintz is also testing the draft waters, though he is not expected to hear his name called on draft night regardless of his final decision.
Just one month away from the NBA Draft, major outlets are releasing their newest mock drafts and updated big boards left and right, with Stadium’s Jeff Goodman being the latest to do so.
In his debut mock draft of the offseason released on Friday, Jackson came in at No. 18 overall to the Oklahoma City Thunder, followed by Boston coming off the board just six picks later at No. 24 to the Houston Rockets.
Here is what he had to say about the pair of former Wildcats:
18. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Miami) – Isaiah Jackson, 6-10, 210, PF, Fr., Kentucky
Jackson is raw and still a major work in progress, but displayed glimpses of someone who can be a big-time defender and rim runner at the next level. It’ll just take time. Jackson needs to put on weight, but he’s long and athletic, can run the court well and is able to impact the game with his ability to alter and block shots.
24. Houston Rockets (from Milwaukee) – Brandon Boston Jr., 6-7, 185, SG, Fr., Kentucky
Boston is ultra-long and can score, although he struggled to do that for much of his time at Kentucky as a freshman. But he could become a Brandon Ingram-type of player due to his body frame and the potential to score consistently as he adds strength.
Goodman’s top overall pick is no surprise, though things get a little wacky from there. Take a look at the projected lottery:
1. Cade Cunningham (Oklahoma State)
2. Jalen Suggs (Gonzaga)
3. Evan Mobley (USC)
4. Jalen Green (G League Ignite)
5. Jonathan Kuminga (G League Ignite)
6. Keon Johnson (Tennessee)
7. Davion Mitchell (Baylor)
8. Moses Moody (Arkansas)
9. Scottie Barnes (Florida State)
10. Josh Giddey (Australia)
11. Kai Jones (Texas)
12. Franz Wagner (Michigan)
13. James Bouknight (UConn)
14. Corey Kispert (Gonzaga)
The draft lottery will be held on June 22 to determine the final order of picks, followed by the 2021 NBA Draft scheduled for July 29 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN and ABC.
For Goodman’s complete draft projections, click here.