Fast-break points from the summertime blues:
21. Willie Cauley-Stein. On May 5, DraftExpress.com had the former Kentucky big man going sixth in its 2015 NBA mock draft. In Monday's new projection, Cauley-Stein was 11th.
20. What gives? According to Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.com, five NBA teams he spoke with expressed concern about the stress fracture that Cauley-Stein suffered in his ankle during Kentucky's 2014 NCAA Tournament victory over Louisville and whether it had healed properly.
19. A blessing in disguise? Slippage in Thursday night's draft would cost Cauley-Stein money on his rookie contract. Yet a player whose calling card is his defensive versatility could prove more valuable — and earn a better second contract — on a stronger team that doesn't need him to score.
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18. DraftExpress.com mock draft: 1. Karl-Anthony Towns; 3. D'Angelo Russell; 9. Devin Booker; 11. Willie Cauley-Stein; 13. Trey Lyles; 14. Cameron Payne; 24. Montrezl Harrell; 30. Terry Rozier; 40. Dakari Johnson; 43. Andrew Harrison.
17. NBADraft.net mock: 1. Karl-Anthony Towns; 3. D'Angelo Russell; 8. Trey Lyles; 9. Cameron Payne; 11. Willie Cauley-Stein; 13. Devin Booker; 16. Montrezl Harrell; 24. Terry Rozier; 45. Dakari Johnson; 53. Andrew Harrison.
16. John Calipari. If the mock drafts are correct and Kentucky has six players chosen in 2015, it will mean 19 Calipari-recruited players from UK have been drafted in six years. (That does not count Enes Kanter, who did not play for Kentucky.)
15. Adolph Rupp. In 42 years as Kentucky head man, Rupp had 47 players he recruited drafted by the NBA.
14. Joe. B. Hall. In 13 years as UK's top Cat, Hall had 29 players he recruited drafted by the NBA.
13. Eddie Sutton. In four years as UK coach, Sutton had one player (Rex Chapman) he recruited to Kentucky — and who finished his college career at UK — drafted by the NBA.
12. Rick Pitino. Over eight seasons as Cats head man, Pitino had 11 recruits go on to be drafted by the NBA.
11. Tubby Smith. In 10 years as UK coach, Smith had five players go in the NBA Draft (plus Erik Daniels, Gerald Fitch and Chuck Hayes, who made NBA rosters as undrafted free agents).
10. Billy Gillispie. Over his two years at UK, Billy G. signed five players — Patrick Patterson, Josh Harrellson, DeAndre Liggins, Darius Miller and Daniel Orton — who were drafted by the NBA.
9. Maxwell Smith. The ex-UK quarterback transferred to San Diego State as a graduate student before the spring semester. Now, Smith is said to be "the leader in the clubhouse" to be the Aztecs' starting QB in 2015.
8. Two-man race. After a six-man QB battle in spring practice, San Diego State Coach Rocky Long declared Smith and redshirt freshman Christian Chapman the finalists for the starting job.
7. Smith's edge. San Diego State quarterbacks coach Blane Morgan told UTSanDiego.com that the former Wildcat "understands what we're trying to do and knows where to put the ball as far as routes go. He's a pretty heady football player."
6. A worrisome factor. After showing ample promise early, Smith's Kentucky career was sidetracked by injuries. So it's a concern that the SDSU offensive line was said to have struggled in spring practice.
5. Ben Rhodes. The teenage NASCAR driver from Louisville placed seventh (Iowa) and 21st (Chicagoland) in his first two Xfinity Series races for Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s JR Motorsports. His next scheduled race in the No. 88 Chevrolet is July 18 at New Hampshire.
4. Kentucky Speedway. Will NASCAR's announcement that it is debuting a new rules package for the Sprint Cup Series at July 11's Quaker State 400 entice the ticket-buying public?
3. Mark Simendinger. "I do think it will sell tickets," the Kentucky Speedway general manager said. "We were talking about it, you are adding another variable to our race. I think that's what people like to watch."
2. SAFER Barrier. To enhance driver safety, Simendinger says, Kentucky Speedway has added more of the energy-absorbing walls to the inside wall in the backstretch and to the outside wall on the frontstretch.
1. Quaker State 400 ticket sales. In an era of declining NASCAR attendance, Kentucky Speedway has a massive 106,000-seat grandstand to fill.
"I think we're tracking a little better than last year," Simendinger said of ticket sales. "We're not going to be selling every ticket available, but I feel pretty good about where we're at."