INVITED: 3 UK players to attend the NBA Draft

T.J. Walker, Basketball Recruiting Analyst
Cats Illustrated

It was a no-brainer that former UK stars De'Aaron Fox and Malik Monk would be invited to the NBA Draft's green room, but after stellar workouts Bam Adebayo also received an invitation.

No school will have more players than Kentucky in the green room when the NBA Draft takes place on Thursday evening in Brooklyn.


Kentucky's Fox, Adebayo and Monk combined to average 49.5 points for UK last season. Monk's desperation three against UNC in the closing seconds would have forced overtime in the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight, but the Tar Heels hit a jumper just moments later to pull back ahead.

All three started for Kentucky. Fox and Monk didn't wait long to announce their plans to forgo their college eligibility and sign with an agent after the season. Adebayo initially announced he would enter the NBA Draft without an agent, to keep the door open to return to UK. Just days later after receiving positive feedback Adebayo announced he was signing with an agent.

The most recent mock drafts from ESPN, CBS, Draft Express and the Ringer have Fox and Monk going in the top 10, with Adebayo going anywhere from No. 13 to No. 25.

When Adebayo initially entered the draft most mock drafts didn't have him going in the first round.

John Calipari has had a player draft in the top 10 every year since taking over at Kentucky in 2010. He's had three No. 1 picks and 21 players taken in the first round of the NBA Draft.

The NBA Draft begins Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.

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