Congratulations go out to all 4 Kentucky players who entered the NBA draft.
Enes Kanter was taken 3rd by the Utah Jazz. Kanter immediately commented that his first season was dedicated to the UK fans for their support during his time at Kentucky (yes, he did go to Kentucky even though he didn’t get to play.)
Brandon Knight was taken 8th by the Detroit Pistons. Knight will join former Kentucky great Tayshaun Prince. Let the Knight and Prince playing in the Palace jokes begin…. now.
Josh Harrellson was taken 45th overall (15th in the second round) by the New York Knicks. Harrellson’s hard work and dedication paid off as no one really saw him as an NBA player (sure we all hope every UK will make it to the NBA someday) until he exploded last season. I still say “Jorts” is the worst nickname of all time. Why he allowed that to stick, I have no idea.
DeAndre Liggins was picked by the Orlando Magic at #53. Liggins will join former fellow Wildcat Daniel Orton in Orlando. No doubt Liggins will tell Orton how much fun it was to make it to the Final Four this year. Orton will inform Liggins that he was taken in the first round and is a millionaire already.
Honorable mention goes to…
Lexington’s own, Shelvin Mack. Mack was was taken 34th overall by the Washington Wizards. He will join former Wildcat John Wall. Mack shouldn’t get his hopes up about too much playing time.
And last, but not least, Kenneth Faried from Morehead State went #22 to the Denver Nuggets. Faried will never have to pay for dinner in Lexington for the block that sent Louisville packing.
Good luck to all those who have Kentucky ties in all your future endeavors.