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Could Heat land third Kentucky player in NBA Draft?

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Miami has drafted two previous Wildcats — Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro.

NCAA Basketball: Kentucky at Florida Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat struck gold with their last two NBA Draft selections, with Bam Adebayo in 2017 and Tyler Herro in 2019. Both played under Kentucky coach John Calipari.

And now, it appears like Miami could end the 2020 NBA Draft with yet another former Wildcat.

Greg Sylvander of 5 Reasons Sports and Alder Amo of Empire Sports Media both reported that Miami has interviewed Kentucky guard Immanuel Quickley twice.

Quickley played two seasons at Kentucky, so he was a teammate of Herro during the 2018-19 college basketball season. The two are close.

Jake Weingarten also reported that Miami is interested in Ashton Hagans, another guard from Kentucky. Hagans also played with Herro in his first college season and is projected to go in the second round. It’s possible that the Heat could trade down in the Draft, offering their 20th pick for two later picks.

The best Kentucky player in this Draft, though, is Tyrese Maxey. The question for Pat Riley is whether he’ll be available after Adam Silver announces the first 19 picks. Maxey participated in a workout Oct. 29 that was broadcast on ESPN2. Jay Bilas predicted him to be a lottery pick.