Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports
Probable 2014 Draftees: Julius Randle, Willie Cauley-Stein, James Young
Future Draftees: Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, Alex Poythress, Dakari Johnson, Marcus Lee
For the most part, John Calipari's last couple freshman classes haven't been quite as attractive to NBA scouts as we thought they would be.
However, Kentucky tops our list because it has a truckload of long-term professional potential. We're getting a good taste of it on this Sweet 16 run too.
Julius Randle stands out as the most NBA-ready player of the bunch, as he's already overwhelming college opponents and routinely notching double-doubles. If he can polish his footwork and ball skills a little more during his first couple of seasons, he could become an All-Star.
Behind him are several highly talented youngsters who could be key role players but not much more than that.
Willie Cauley-Stein had 4.8 blocks per 40 minutes this season, and he'll be an athletic rim protector and end-to-end energy guy in the NBA. James Young may develop into a smooth secondary scoring option if he improves his ball-handling. The Harrison twins have a solid chance of being more than role players, but they still have a lot to learn about efficiently operating a backcourt.
While Calipari's boys didn't exactly meet the NBA hype, they've helped their stock with solid showings in the SEC tourney and the Big Dance.
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