Kentucky forward Chris Livingston picked No. 58 overall by Milwaukee Bucks in 2023 NBA Draft


Isabel McSwain

Kentucky Wildcats forward Chris Livingston (24) passes the ball during the Kentucky vs. LSU mens basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. UK won 74-71. Photo by Isabel McSwain | Staff

Cole Parke, Sports Editor

Kentucky men’s basketball forward Chris Livingston was drafted No. 58 overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2023 NBA Draft on Thursday.

Livingston played just one season in Lexington after joining the program as a five-star freshman alongside Cason Wallace.

In his one season in Lexington Livingston averaged 6.3 points per game and 4.2 rebounds per game, playing in 34 total games for the Cats.

Recording a career-high 14 points in the CBS Sports Classic against UCLA in December, Livingston began to come into his own in the back half of the season. Of his seven games with double-digit point totals, five came after the start of February.

Having earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors during the season, Livingston was honored on the SEC All-Freshman Team at the end of the season.

After some thought following Kentucky’s NCAA Tournament defeat at the hands of Kansas State, Livingston decided to enter the NBA Draft while maintaining eligibility to test the waters in April.

In a move that surprised some, Livingston seemingly liked what he heard from scouts and his agent with the Klutch Sports Group and opted to leave his name in the draft pool on May 31, forgoing any remaining college eligibility.

Now joining the Bucks, Livingston will join NBA talent such as Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday.