All of the questions get answers Thursday night.
That's when former University of Kentucky basketball standouts Julius Randle and James Young will learn their professional destinations.
Both are in Brooklyn, N.Y., for the NBA's annual two-round draft of players, and both are expected to hear their names called in the first round.
NBA Draft analysts have found a lot to like about Randle and Young, both of whom are still teenagers just scratching the surface of their potential.
They arrive at draft night from a Kentucky program that has produced 13 first-round selections in the past four seasons, a group that includes some of the NBA's top emerging young stars in Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Terrence Jones, Brandon Knight and John Wall, among others.
Any questions surrounding Randle and Young will be quelled by the NBA teams providing their stamp of approval by investing millions of dollars in drafting them.
But leading up to that moment both players — and most of their peers — have spent the past few months being picked apart in the pre-draft process.
For Randle, the 6-foot-9 forward from Dallas who led Kentucky in scoring and rebounding last season, the pre-draft questions have surrounded a broken foot suffered in high school and whether it will require surgery.
Despite the reports, Randle has impressed in pre-draft workouts to the point he is projected as the No. 5 to No. 7 pick in most mock drafts.
"There's no issue with my foot," Randle told the Salt Lake Tribune after a workout for the Utah Jazz last week. "I got through five workouts. I'm good, ready to go through summer league wherever I am. That's all I know. I don't know anything about a surgery."
Young, Kentucky's second-leading scorer in 2013-14, has been hounded by questions about his defense and passing ability. The 6-6 swingman from Rochester Hills, Mich., displayed a solid jumper at Kentucky and will be counted on to knock down shots and get to the basket in the NBA.
"A lot of people don't see me as a defensive player," Young said at the NBA Combine last month. "But when it's time to get nitty-gritty, I definitely get in there and stop the first line."
Young is projected in most mock drafts to be selected on the fringes of the lottery, which consists of the top 14 picks. He has been projected anywhere from No. 12 to No. 24, but there seems little doubt he'll receive the guaranteed contract that comes with being selected in the first round.
Smith awaits fate
One other player with Kentucky ties is projected on draft boards for Thursday night: Louisville senior Russ Smith.
The 6-1 guard from Brooklyn led the Cardinals in scoring last season at 18.2 points per game.
Mock drafts see Smith as a possible second-round pick.
Wiggins, Parker ... LeBron
Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker aren't NBA players yet and they are already learning their first lesson. This is LeBron James' league and they will just be playing in it.
Wiggins, Parker and the rest of the NBA Draft class of 2014 are sharing the spotlight with James, whose decision to opt out of his contract and become a free agent Tuesday still had the league shaking a day later.
Carmelo Anthony has the same plan as James, and right now they are a 1-2 that Wiggins and Parker can't match.
"They're going to dictate how this draft goes," Parker said Wednesday.
Cleveland has the No. 1 selection for a second straight year, and either Wiggins or Parker would be an improvement over Anthony Bennett, who struggled his first season.
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