Draft Notes: Whitney, Scouting, Bruner, Mock Draft

Freshman forward Kahlil Whitney, who dropped out of Kentucky in January, has declared for the draft and will hire an agent, Jonathan Givony of ESPN reports. Whitney’s stock has taken a major hit since he arrived at Kentucky. He was the No. 12 recruit in the 2019 ESPN 100, but he struggled to keep his spot in the Wildcats’ rotation, averaging 3.3 PPG and 1.7 RPG in 12.8 MPG. He appeared in 18 games before dropping out of school. The 6’7” Whitney is ranked as the No. 80 NBA draft prospect in ESPN’s top 100 for the 2020 draft.

We have more draft-related news:

  • The limitations for scouting prospects due to the pandemic has some executives worried about their evaluations, Keith Smith of NBC Sports reports. For the time being, they can only look at film. As the process moves along, they can conduct virtual meetings with prospects but workouts, and even watching live workouts remotely, are prohibited. There are other concerns as well. “If there are medical red flags, it can take a guy right off our draft board,” an Eastern Conference GM told Smith. “Now, we have to trust what we get from the agent, and there’s different motivation there. Then we, of course, want to see the guy work out.”
  • Jordan Bruner has apparently opted to change schools rather than enter the draft pool. The former Yale forward is transferring to Alabama, Tyler DeLuca of Sooner Sportspad tweets. An earlier report suggested that Bruner, who has one year of eligibility remaining, would enter the draft.
  • The latest ESPN mock draft has the Warriors selecting Georgia guard Anthony Edwards with the No. 1 overall pick. Edwards is ranked No. 1 on ESPN’s best available list. The mock draft, conducted by Givony and Mike Schmitz, has the Cavaliers selecting center James Wiseman with the No. 2 pick and the Hawks taking Auburn swingman Isaac Okoro at No. 3.
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3 thoughts on “Draft Notes: Whitney, Scouting, Bruner, Mock Draft

  1. hiflew

    Kahlil Whitney couldn’t break into the top 8 of a mediocre (by Kentucky’s standards) UK rotation and suddenly he thinks he’s an NBA player? He is the perfect example of why high school rankings can be deceiving. He was a big fish in a small pond that shrank considerably in the bigger sea of college. Does he think the ocean that is the NBA will be easier? This is why the NBA needs age limits. To save guys from their own hubris.

  2. rycm131

    Hearing the Warriors May package the pick with future picks and a player for Kawaii Leonard

  3. Skip, Tampa

    Warriors have alot options to work with for sure.
    Warriors: Gordon, Bamba
    2020 1st
    Magic: Edwards, Wiggins
    Nice move for both teams.

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