Earlier Friday, ESPN’s resident NBA Draft analyst Chad Ford tweeted to his followers that six players in Saturday’s Kentucky-North Carolina could be NBA lottery picks. A total of nine, according to Ford, could go in the top 30 picks in the NBA Draft.
No wonder why just about every NBA team and national media outlet will attend Saturday’s game at Rupp Arena.
UK is expecting 10 NBA general managers or assistant GMs, eight directors of personnel/scouting, and nine scouts. For those without a calculator, that’s 27 NBA representatives.
The 27 representatives are not the most UK has credentialed at a game (Update: turns out is the most UK has ever had), but that number would have been higher had the NBA lockout not ended. Before the NBA owners and players association agreed on the collective bargaining agreement, Kentucky was expecting 30 GMs/assistant GMs, eight directors of personnel/scouting, and 10 scouts. Now that the league is going back to work, most NBA employees are scrambling to get ready for the season, forcing a lot of them to cancel their trip to Lexington.
In addition to the NBA scouts, just about every national media outlet is expected to have a writer on hand at the game. Everyone from ESPN, to Yahoo! Sports, Sporting News, CBS and USA Today are expected to cover the game. Of course, we recommend you head to CoachCal.com for your postgame coverage, but for those of you that like to read everything, you’ll have plenty to choose from Saturday afternoon.
And as for celebrities, well, you can bet they’ll be a few in the house as well, but we don’t want to ruin everything for you.
Closing the book on St. John’s; looking ahead to UNC