LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – With the NBA Draft coming up on Thursday, it’s a familiar feeling for Kentucky players hearing their names called, frequently pretty early in the night too.

TyTy Washington was one of the top freshmen in the SEC this year and now is hoping he hears his name called as early as possible.

Washington had pre-draft workouts with a number of teams and some teams up in the lottery (top 14 selections), including a strong workout with the Washington Wizards last weekend.

Other draft buzz is saying he could fall out of the lottery portion of the first round, with the latest Fox Sports mock draft having the Arizona-native going 17th to the Houston Rockets.

The former SEC freshman of the week proved he can play point guard, fueling Kentucky’s best moments when he stepped on the floor and commanded the offense at the point or working off another point guard like Sahvir Wheeler.

NBA draft analysts have raved about the combo guard’s crafty play at the rim, proving he can get buckets and score at all three levels on the floor.

TyTy was one of the fan favorites last season when healthy, which cannot be said of former freshman Shaedon Sharpe, who never took the court and continues to be the target of some animosity from Big Blue Nation on social media.

Sharpe made a statement last weekend by saying “I see myself being one of the greatest players to ever play the game of basketball” during a pre-draft conference call with reporters. The confidence is something NBA teams could gravitate to, while also adding more to his mysterious draft profile.

He quickly became the highest rated recruit coming out of high school in the class of 2022 and was supposed to join the Wildcats this upcoming season with fellow freshmen Cason Wallace and Chris Livingston, but reclassified and made his way to Lexington in January, staying on the bench all season and not playing a game in a plan spearheaded by head coach John Calipari.

The mystery of him not playing a single minute of college basketball has created some negative buzz from draft analysts and NBA executives, with the same Fox Sports mock draft listing Sharpe at 10th to the Wizards. Other mock drafts have the guard going 6th to the Indiana Pacers.

The 2022 NBA Draft begins on Thursday at 8 p.m. at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.