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Freshman forward Kevin Knox led Kentucky with 15.7 points per game in the regular season. Knox likely will be a lottery pick come June.

2018 NBA mock draft: Where are Kentucky players projected?

Kevin Knox was named first-team All-SEC and SEC Co-Freshman of the Year. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was second-team All-SEC and landed on the All-Freshman team. Both first-year Kentucky stars could be lottery picks in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Here’s our weekly roundup of the NBA draft projections for Knox, Gilgeous-Alexander, Hamidou Diallo and Jarred Vanderbilt. Kentucky freshmen PJ Washington and Nick Richards no longer appear on draft boards.

SF/PF Kevin Knox: 6-foot-9, 215 pounds

“He may not be a star at the next level, but his skill set is a perfect fit for Utah,” wrote Jonathan Tjarks, Kevin O’Connor and Danny Chau of The Ringer. “At 6-foot-9 and 215 pounds, Knox is a combo forward who can shoot 3s and create shots off the dribble, and he has the physical tools to guard on the post and the perimeter. He’s the small-ball 4 they have been looking to place next to Rudy Gobert for years.”

PG Shai Gilgeous-Alexander: 6-6, 180 pounds

“Following last offseason’s trade of both Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn — as well as the flame-out of Shabazz Muhammad — the Timberwolves could use another long, versatile option in the backcourt who can play both guard positions,” wrote Sam Vecenie of The Athletic. “Shai Gilgeous-Alexander fits that perfectly as an attack-oriented combo who is 6-6 with a 7-foot wingspan.”

SG Hamidou Diallo: 6-5, 198 pounds

“Diallo is losing playing time at Kentucky, failing to add much of anything outside of transition offense,” wrote Jonathan Wasserman of Bleacher Report. “Tools, athleticism and youth still hint at potential worth reaching on, but poor shooting, limited creating ability and bad defense cloud his NBA projection.”

SF Jarred Vanderbilt: 6-9, 214 pounds

“There’s a lot to be disappointed by in Vanderbilt’s injury-shortened season,” wrote Reid Forgrave of CBS Sports. “What you should never be disappointed by is his motor or athleticism. Vanderbilt is going to be able to make a living off being a gifted athlete who loves to hustle. It will be fascinating to see if he can add to that.”

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