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Kansas Basketball: Jayhawks and the 2018 Draft

SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 31: Malik Newman
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LAWRENCE, KS – NOVEMBER 10: Kansas Jayhawks Guard Svi Mykhaliuk drives the ball around Tenn. State Gurad Darreon Reddick (14) during the game between the Kansas Jayhawks and the Tennessee State Tigers on November 10, 2017, at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, KS. (Photo by Nick Tre. Smith/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
LAWRENCE, KS – NOVEMBER 10: Kansas Jayhawks Guard Svi Mykhaliuk drives the ball around Tenn. State Gurad Darreon Reddick (14) during the game between the Kansas Jayhawks and the Tennessee State Tigers on November 10, 2017, at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, KS. (Photo by Nick Tre. Smith/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

Jayhawks and the 2018 Draft

Svi Mykhailiuk

Projection: Late 2nd Round

Svi will be a project player in the NBA. He has the shooting skills to make a squad, but he lacks the size at his position to for any teams to grab him quick. He has his sweet spots on the court and should have no problem with the NBA three. He showed signs of improving different parts of his game throughout the season, but didn’t do enough to boost his draft stock.

There is a chance he lands on the D-League squad for a while, but he could easily find himself playing NBA minutes after just a short time in the NBA’s minor league.

Another negative to Svi is his habit of blending in and getting lost within the game. Svi could very easily have a decent NBA career, but I expect him to be a journeyman for a few years before settling in. He’s only 20 years old.

Lagerald Vick and Udoka Azubuike

Projection: Not drafted

Vick has been on Big Boards all year long. When the season started he was starting to get quite the attention from NBA scouts. As the season went on, his production faded into oblivion. He went 12 straight games without scoring more than 11, after he started the season scoring over 20 points per game with ease.He is still on Big Boards nationwide, but there is no chance of him getting drafted this season.

Udoka has the chance to be a top five pick, just not this year. If Udoka continues to learn, and continues to add to his game, he could be a NBA star right out of the gate in a year or two. There is absolutely no evidence that drafting Udoka in 2018 is going to happen. Pecil both these players on your 2018-2019 Kansas roster.

Next: Top one and done players at Kansas

The Jayhawks will be full of NBA prospects for the next three to four years, as Kansas Basketball will be well represented in upcoming drafts. This season will be a little on the melancholy side of things, but if it plays out like I think it will, big news for Kansas faithful next season.