Coach Calipari wants to reduce season-long distractions from scouts, officials
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 9, 2014) — With so many potential NBA players on this year’s team, University of Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari is reportedly trying to eliminate season-long distractions from scouts and NBA officials by having a UK-only NBA combine to allow NBA representatives to look at players during practices and scrimmages.
The event is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 10-11 in Lexington.
As many as nine UK players are thought to good enough to be selected in the 2015 or 2016 NBA drafts.
Draft Express ranks six UK players in its top 33 prospects — freshman center Karl Towns (No. 3), junior center Willie Cauley-Stein (No. 10), sophomore center Dakari Johnson (No. 21), sophomore guard Andrew Harrison (No. 25), sophomore guard Aaron Harrison (No. 29) and junior forward Alex Poythress (No. 33).
Sophomore forward Marcus Lee and freshmen Devin Booker and Trey Lyles are also considered potential NBA draft picks at some point.
The draft consists of two rounds, with 30 players selected in each round.