This won’t come as a shocker or anything, but according to two NBA Scouts, UofL players – most notably Trez and Terry – didn’t necessarily help their draft stock against the Cayuts. Harrell finished with 9 points (on 4 of 9 shooting) and 8 rebounds, but was forced to play 40 minutes because Louisville has no other inside scoring threats. Terry posted better overall numbers of 15 points and 8 rebounds in 37 minutes, but he struggled shooting the ball, going 1-5 from 3 and 5-18 overall. Both players don’t have the luxury of having other elite players around them to help take some pressure off of them offensively. But, the Cards won’t have to face another team with UK’s length at every position the rest of the season.
Chris Jones just cannot shoot and takes too many tough shots. [Terry] Rozier was solid. He can score. [Wayne] Blackshear, [Chinanu] Onuaku, and [Mangok] Mathiang did not impact the game enough to make a difference today. The length of Kentucky caused fits for Blackshear and his ability to make shots. He really struggled shooting the ball today. [Montrezl] Harrell didn’t have one of his better games. Too passive offensively and did not dominate the glass. He was more of a passer today than a threat to score in the half court other than a couple nice post moves.
I’m not sure why Blackshear, Jones, and Mathiang were even mentioned by the scout as Harrell and Rozier are the only NBA prospects currently on UofL’s roster. According to DraftExpress.com, Trez is projected to go 17th overall in their latest mock draft, which came out today. Rozier isn’t listed in either round. On NBADraft.net, their mock from the 18th of this month has Trez 10th overall and Rozier 19th. By the end of the season, Harrell is likely to be projected as a lottery pick while Terry should be in the mid-first round.