NBA draft prospects for MKG

Matt Kamalsky and Ed Isaacson give their input on the draft prospects for Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

NBA draft analysts Matt Kamalsky and Ed Isaacson give their input on the draft prospects for Kentucky's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

None of Kentucky's underclassmen, including Davis — the consensus national player of the year — have declared that they are leaving UK for the NBA. However, Kentucky coach John Calipari said again Friday that he hopes UK has six first-round picks — the five underclassmen plus senior Darius Miller.

The two analysts offered their insights on UK's possible draft choices and they do have a slight difference of opinion on freshman perimeter player Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

"Based on the players who have declared and who we expect to, I would see Kidd-Gilchrist going somewhere between the fifth and eighth pick," Isaacson said. "While the perimeter shooting is one concern, the bigger concern is he a franchise-changing type of player. I don't think he is.

"He will be a very good pro, but his game is more suited to be a complimentary player. If I am a GM (general manager) picking in the top four, I need to swing for the fences and go for someone who has the potential to change the team for years to come. I don't see that in Kidd-Gilchrist."

Kamalsky believes Kidd-Gilchrist will be among the top four picks if he opts to leave Kentucky after his freshman season.

"His ability to make plays in different phases of the game will mask his limited (shooting) range early on, but if he's going to reach his full potential, he needs to develop a reliable jump shot. He's a superstar if he becomes a reliable shooter," Kamalsky said.

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