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ESPN mock draft: Kentucky's Towns no slam dunk for No. 1

Kentucky forward Karl-Anthony Towns shot over Cincinnati forward Octavius Ellis for two of his eight points in the Wildcats' NCAA second-round tournament game on March 21.
Kentucky forward Karl-Anthony Towns shot over Cincinnati forward Octavius Ellis for two of his eight points in the Wildcats' NCAA second-round tournament game on March 21. Herald-Leader

Former University of Kentucky standout Karl-Anthony Towns remained the No. 1 player in ESPN’s updated NBA mock drafts Tuesday, but he’s not a sure thing to go to Minnesota with the top pick.

ESPN insider Chad Ford said his sources continue to say that Jahlil Okafor is at the top of the draft board for Timberwolves president and head coach Flip Saunders. Still, Ford has Okafor going No. 2 to the Lakers in his updated mock draft.

The mock draft also has former UK players Willie Cauley-Stein (No. 6 to the Kings) and Devin Booker (No. 9 to the Hornets) being chosen in the lottery. Trey Lyles comes in at No. 16 to the Celtics.

Dakari Johnson, Andrew Harrison and Aaron Harrison are not mentioned in Ford’s mock draft, which only includes the 30 picks of the first round.

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