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.
Several mock drafts have projected freshman point guard Marquis Teague as a potential lottery pick (one of the top 14 picks). Kamalsky and Isaacson are not sold on that possibility.
"I think its still too early to tell where Teague winds up. The point guard position has the least clear hierarchy among positions in the 2012 draft, meaning as teams start to really do their homework, his stock could rise or fall accordingly," Kamalsky said. "He's absolutely helped himself in recent weeks, and I see him ultimately going in the back-half of the first round, but where he stands in that range can change in the coming months."
Isaacson thinks Teague's strong NCAA Tournament play that helped UK win the national championship "opened some eyes" with NBA teams.
"It showed that he had certainly worked on some of his weaknesses from earlier in the year. I would be stunned if he was a lottery pick, and he wouldn't be one of the first two point guards picked if he came out. If he was to go back and pick up where he ended this season, he will find himself in the lottery conversation, and possibly the first point guard picked next year," Isaacson said.