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NBA mock drafts include four Jayhawks

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Kansas guard Malik Newman (14), the MVP for the Midwest Regional, hoists the remainder of the net as the Jayhawks celebrate a trip to the Final Four following their 85-81 overtime victory over Duke on Sunday in Omaha, Neb.

Kansas guard Malik Newman (14), the MVP for the Midwest Regional, hoists the remainder of the net as the Jayhawks celebrate a trip to the Final Four following their 85-81 overtime victory over Duke on Sunday in Omaha, Neb. by Nick Krug

The Athletic, ESPN.com, The Ringer and SI.com all do a nice job with their mock drafts. The four sites agree on two things regarding how KU players will fare in next Thursday night’s draft.

First, they predict that the first round will pass without any Jayhawks hearing their names called.

Second, they all have Malik Newman being drafted. Not even Devonte’ Graham appears on one site's projection. Svi Myhailiuk also did not make the cut in one mock draft and and Billy Preston appears on 2 of 4.

Interestingly, two sites have Newman going to the Lakers.

One guess has Graham going to the Wizards, where he could join Jayhawks Markieff Morris and Kelly Oubre Jr. and would compete to become John Wall’s backup.

A look at where four websites have KU’s four prospects going in the upcoming draft:

Player The Ringer SI.com ESPN.com The Athletic
Malik Newman 47 Lakers 53 Thunder 47 Lakers 49 Spurs
Devonte' Graham 44 Wizards Free agent 40 Nets 60 76ers
Svi Mykhailiuk Free agent 59 Suns 57 Thunder 45 Nets
Billy Preston Free agent 60 76ers Free agent 59 Suns

Comments

Marius Rowlanski 3 months ago

I understand why the Lakers would want to draft another combo guard. The Lakers might be a good place to land for Newman as they are committed to bringing in players for both long-term and immediate success. Malik showed why he was so highly recruited entering into the final BIG12 games is and into the tournament. Ball is a much better player than the average fan might give him credit for so no easy going for Malik..

I don't see all four getting drafted but I'm sure all of them will at least get workouts with various NBA teams and given a shot somewhere. Despite what happened to Preston, all four of these kids have used good judgment and shown themselves that they know how to act on and off the court. What matters most is where they land.

Matthew Coleman 3 months ago

Interesting that Devonte is viewed as both the best and the worst pick among the KU players, depending on who you ask.

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