Possibly the most skilled player on the 2014-15 Wildcat roster, Trey Lyles was selected by Utah Jazz as they still struggle to find a post Karl Malone/John Stockton identity. What the Jazz get in Lyles is a big man that can shoot from the outside, attack the rim off the dribble and is comfortable playing with his back to the basket. Unfortunately, Lyles didn’t get to show off his skills has he dealt with an injury at the beginning of the season and the undisclosed illness in the middle. Rest assured, the folks in Salt Lake City are going to love his all around game.
Since he played guard at the University of Kentucky, Devin Booker is headed to Phoenix to join Brandon Knight, Archie Goodwin and Eric Bledsoe. We all know Booker is a deadeye shooter, both from three point area and in the midrange. What’s underrated his is ability to put the ball on the floor and attack the basket. Certainly, he needs to improve defensively, but Booker already posses an elite skill that should make in a great fit for what the Phoenix Suns are trying to do.
Andrew Harrison was, to no one’s surprise, drafted in the second round by the Phoenix Suns (44th overall) and then traded to the Memphis Grizzlies. Andrew saw his draft stock rise after great pre draft workouts. It’s safe to say that, like most Calipari players, we didn’t see his entire arsenal at Kentucky, so he has the opportunity to make a name for himself at the next level. Dakari Johnson was selected 48th overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder, joining former almost-Wildcat Enes Kanter. 2014 NCAA Tournament star Aaron Harrison went undrafted, but he will have an opportunity to prove himself in the NBA Summer League.
Another historic night for Coach Cal and Kentucky with a record tying 6 Wildcats selected in the NBA Draft. It was a joy watching the guys on the court and I know that the entire Big Blue Nation wishes them well at the next level. Once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat.