By LARRY VAUGHT
This is the final part of the analysis by Ed Isaacson (@nbadraftblog on Twitter) of NBADraftBlog.com on his thoughts on what impact the 2014 NBA draft could have on Kentucky.
Question: What are your thoughts on Alex Poythress? Has his improved play shown you he is NBA ready yet or not?
Isaacson: “I like that Poythress has finally seemed to embrace his role on this team, and being the guy who crashes the boards and runs the floor suits his strengths perfectly. He’s certainly not NBA-ready, and it’s tough to find any college player with such a narrow role who is. As many have said all along, the raw tools are there for Poythress to be a complete player, though not what was envisioned of him two years ago.”
Question: What potential do you see in Dakari Johnson and Marcus Lee?
Isaacson: “I’ve said it before, but how Dakari Johnson was ever considered a five-star prospect is beyond me. It’s great that he seems to be hustling more than many when he’s out there and he has good size, but he is just very awkward on both ends of the floor. Still, with his size and the fact that he seems to want to work to improve, he may turn out to be a serviceable post player next year. But he is in the group with the Harrisons in that he just needs to stop with the whining every time he commits a foul or makes a mistake.
“Lee seems to me like he could be an interesting player, but he’s in a tough situation where he just isn’t getting enough court time to really improve. That really puts it on him to do double the work during the off-season to put him in position to compete with the new players next year. But long and athletic players are always valuable, and if coached correctly, he can be turned into a player.”