Kentucky players in NBA draft; Bentley at WVU

Kyle’s Korner ….

Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns worked out for the Minnesota Timberwolves this past Saturday.

The Wolves pick first in the NBA draft this week.

The 6-foot-11 Towns is considered the heavy favorite to be chosen No. 1 overall on Thursday night, and the Wolves are the only team he has worked out for during the pre-draft process.

Minnesota also hosted Duke center Jahlil Okafor, Ohio State guard D’Angelo Russell and point guard Emmanuel Mudiay. Mudiay played professionally in China last season, rather than play one year in college.

UK will likely have at least four players selected in the first round and some could be lottery picks.

The Wildcats have several other players that are expected to be taken in the first round. They include 6-foot-6 Devin Booker, who was a freshman last season, and Willie Cauley-Stein, who is a 7-foot-0 athletic low post player. Cauley-Stein was a junior for UK this past season.

Trey Lyles, a 6-foot-10 forward, is leaving after his freshman year. He is expected to be a first round pick.

Dakari Johnson, another, 7-foot-0 sophomore, is expected to be drafted high. Twin guards Aaron Harrison, 6-foot-6, and Andrew Harrison, also 6-foot-6, who were sophomores for Coach John Calapari last season also entered the draft early. The brothers are expected to be picked in the second round.

It all depends on which mock draft you read or what commentator you listen to on where certain players will be selected. Some think Aaron Harrison may not get drafted, meaning he would have to sign as a free agent.

The same goes for 6-foot-1 West Virginia point guard Juwan Staten. Some have him as a possible second round choice, while other “experts” say he will likely be signed as a free agent.

It would be nice to see the Mountaineer guard be drafted so he could get a nice contract, but it is unlikely that will happen. Still, many free agents latch on with a team. Staten has the desire and work ethic to do so.

SHORT STUFF: Mingo County native and Belfry junior-to-be Cole Bentley, a 6-foot-5, 295 pound defensive lineman, got a lot of interest from coaches at a recent football camp at West Virginia University. Bentley got to talk to defensive coordinator Tony Gibson, a native of Boone County.

Cole’s dad said the big guy ran a 4.9 in the 40 and impressed the WVU coaches with his quickness.

Bentley was an all-state and all-area performer this past season, helping Belfry to another Class AAA state title.

His dad Fred Bentley was a standout basketball and football player at Tug Valley, while his grandfather Fred, Sr. was an outstanding Golden Gloves boxer late 1960s and early 1970s.

… West Virginia University is placing the remaining 2015 football season tickets on sale. The tickets went on sale starting Tuesday for the 7-game home schedule are $395 each. A limited number of tickets in the Green Zone are available.

Season ticket orders can be made by visiting or by calling 1-800-WVU-GAME. They also can be purchased in person at the Mountaineer ticket office at the WVU Coliseum.

The Mountaineers’ season gets under way on Sept. 5 when they host Georgia Southern.

(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern)

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