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  • Players Declaring for the NBA Draft March 22, 2017 College Pride Press

    Below is a list of underclassmen that have declared for the NBA Draft. The players that have not hired an agent are denoted below. We will keep this list updated as new information comes in.

    • Jayson Tatum
      • Duke
      • Forward
      • 6’8 Freshman
    • Tyler Lydon
      • Syracuse
      • Forward
      • 6’9 Sophomore
    • Ivan Rabb
      • California
      • Forward/Center
      • 6’11 Sophomore
    • Markelle Fultz
      • Washington
      • Point Guard
      • 6’4 Freshman
    • Dennis Smith Jr. 
      • NC State
      • Point Guard
      • 6’2 Freshman
    • Omer Yurtseven (No Agent/Eligible to Return)
      • NC State
      • Forward/Center
      • 7′ Freshman
    • Jarrett Allen (No Agent/Eligible to Return)
      • Texas
      • Forward/Center
      • 6’10 Freshman
    • Thomas Wilder (No Agent/Eligible to Return)
      • Western Michigan
      • Point Guard
      • 6’3 Junior
    • Dwayne Bacon
      • Florida State
      • Shooting Guard
      • 6’5 Sophomore
    • Donovan Mitchell (No Agent/Eligible to Return)
      • Louisville
      • Shooting Guard
      • 6’3 Sophomore
    • Jaylen Johnson (No Agent/Eligible to Return)
      • Louisville
      • Power Forward
      • 6’9 Junior
    • Deng Adel (No Agent/Eligible to Return)
      • Louisville
      • Small Forward
      • 6’7 Sophomore
    • Xavier Rathan-Mayes
      • Florida State
      • Guard
      • 6’3 Junior
    • Jonathan Isaac
      • Florida State
      • Forward
      • 6’10 Freshman
    • Lonzo Ball
      • UCLA
      • Point Guard
      • 6’6 Freshman
    • Cameron Oliver (No Agent/Eligible to Return)
      • Nevada
      • Forward
      • 6’8 Sophomore
    • Dennis Smith Jr.
      • NC State
      • Point Guard
      • 6’2 Freshman
    • Harry Giles
      • Duke
      • Power Forward/Center
      • 6’10 Freshman
    • Edmond Sumner 
      • Xavier
      • Point Guard
      • 6’6 Sophomore
    • Austin Nichols
      • Virginia
      • Forward
      • 6’9 Junior
    • Semi Ojeleye
      • SMU
      • Forward
      • 6’7 Junior
  • 2017 NBA Draft Top 100 Prospects: It’s Tournament Time Edition March 3, 2017 Brett Siegel

    The time has come. Conference Tournaments are here and March Madness is right around the corner! This time of the year is when prospects can make millions or lose the hype they have coming into they tourneys. This is the time for all the prospects to step up and take charge of their team. NBA scouts will be watching conference tournaments and the NCAA Tournament, so there is no time for rest or mistakes for these players. With a heavily talented draft class, it will be super competitive to crack into the NBA Lottery, so it is time for “Prospect Takeover” this March!

    NBA Draft Analyst Brett Siegel has updated his Top 100 Prospects once again! Check out where he ranks your favorite players and who he believes are the top prospects entering the NCAA Tournament!

    Draft Board (Color)

    Ranking Name Position School/Country Year/Age Height Weight
    1 Markelle Fultz PG/SG WASHINGTON Freshman/18 6’5″ 190 lbs
    ↑ (1) 2 Lonzo Ball PG UCLA Freshman/19 6’5″ 195 lbs
    ↑ (1) 3 Josh Jackson SF KANSAS Freshman/20 6’8″ 203 lbs
    ↓ (1) 4 Dennis Smith PG N.C. ST. Freshman/19 6’2″ 180 lbs
    5 Jayson Tatum SF DUKE Freshman/19 6’8″ 204 lbs
    6 Jonathan Isaac SF FLORIDA ST. Freshman/19 6’11” 205 lbs
    7 Malik Monk PG/SG KENTUCKY Freshman/19 6’4″ 185 lbs
    8 Lauri Markkenen PF ARIZONA Freshman/19 7’0″ 225 lbs
    9 Frank Ntilikina PG FRANCE INTL/18 6’4″ 175 lbs
    10 De’Aaron Fox PG KENTUCKY Freshman/19 6’4″ 170 lbs
    ↑ (4) 11 T.J. Leaf PF UCLA Freshman/19 6’9″ 215 lbs
    ↓ (1) 12 Miles Bridges SF MICHIGAN ST. Freshman/18 6’8″ 230 lbs
    13 Harry Giles PF DUKE Freshman/18 6’11” 230 lbs
    ↑ (4) 14 Terrance Ferguson SG/SF USA INTL/18 6’7″ 185 lbs
    ↓ (3) 15 Ivan Rabb PF/C CALIFORNIA Sophomore/20 6’11” 220 lbs
    ↓ (2) 16 Bam Adebayo PF/C KENTUCKY Freshman/19 6’10” 240 lbs
    ↓ (1) 17 Luke Kennard SG DUKE Sophomore/20 6’5″ 187 lbs
    ↑ (1) 18 Isaiah Hartenstein PF GERMANY INTL/18 6’10” 230 lbs
    ↑ (2) 19 Justin Jackson SF UNC Junior/21 6’8″ 193 lbs
    ↑ (4) 20 Robert Williams PF/C TEXAS A&M Freshman/19 6’9″ 237 lbs
    ↑ (7) 21 Justin Patton C CREIGHTON Freshman/19 6’11” 215 bs
    ↓ (5) 22 Dwayne Bacon SF FLORIDA ST. Sophomore/21 6’5″ 202 lbs
    ↓ (3) 23 Jonathan Jeanne PF/C FRANCE INTL/19 7’2″ 195 lbs
    ↓ (2) 24 Tyler Lydon SF/PF SYRACUSE Sophomore/20 6’9″ 205 lbs
    25 Jonathan Motley PF BAYLOR Junior/21 6’9″ 230 lbs
    ↑ (12) 26 Jarrett Allen C TEXAS Freshman/18 6’11” 227 lbs
    27 Jaron Blossomgame SF CLEMSON Senior/23 6’7″ 214 lbs
    ↓ (5) 28 Rodions Kurucs SF LATVIA INTL/19 6’9″ 190 lbs
    ↑ (5) 29 Joel Berry II PG/SG UNC Junior/21 6’0″ 195 lbs
    ↑ (1) 30 Caleb Swanigan PF PURDUE Sophomore/19 6’9″ 247 lbs
    ↓ (1) 31 Andzejs Pasecniks C LATVIA INTL/21 7’1″ 220 lbs
    32 Josh Hart SG/SF VILLANOVA Senior/21 6’5″ 205 lbs
    33 Frank Mason III PG KANSAS Senior/22 5’11” 185 lbs
    ↑ (6) 34 Monte Morris PG IOWA ST. Senior/21 6’3″ 170 lbs
    ↑ (8) 35 Jawun Evans PG OKLAHOMA ST. Sophomore/20 6’1″ 177 lbs
    ↓ (7) 36 O.G. Anunoby SF INDIANA Sophomore/19 6’8″ 215 lbs
    ↑ (19) 37 Donovan Mitchell PG/SG LOUISVILLE Sophomore/20 6’3″ 210 lbs
    ↓ (3) 38 Alec Peters PF VALPARAISO Senior/21 6’9″ 225 lbs
    ↓ (13) 39 Thomas Bryant PF/C INDIANA Sophomore/19 6’10” 245 lbs
    ↓ (1) 40 Isaiah Hicks PF UNC Senior/22 6’8″ 230 lbs
    ↑ (1) 41 Allonzo Trier SG ARIZONA Sophomore/21 6’4″ 205 lbs
    ↑ (5) 42 Bonzie Colson PF NOTRE DAME Junior/21 6’5″ 220 lbs
    ↑ (9) 43 Wesley Iwundu PF KANSAS ST. Senior/22 6’7″ 210 lbs
    ↑ (9) 44 Dillon Brooks SF OREGON Junior/21 6’7″ 215 lbs
    ↑ (5) 45 Charles Cooke SG DAYTON Senior/22 6’5″ 196 lbs
    ↓ (2) 46 Ike Anigbogu C UCLA Freshman/18 6’10” 230 lbs
    ↑ (22) 47 Devonte Graham PG/SG KANSAS Junior/22 6’2″ 175 lbs
    ↓ (12) 48 Nigel Hayes SF WISCONSIN Senior/22 6’8″ 235 lbs
    NEW 49 Jordan Bell PF OREGON Junior/22 6’9″ 215 lbs
    NEW 50 Nigel Williams-Goss PG GONZAGA Junior/22 6’4″ 182 lbs
    ↓ (14) 51 Grayson Allen PG/SG DUKE Junior/21 6’5″ 205 lbs
    ↓ (11) 52 Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk SG KANSAS Junior/19 6’8″ 191 lbs
    ↑ (25) 53 P.J. Dozier SG SOUTH CAROLINA Sophomore/20 6’6″ 200 lbs
    ↑ (25) 54 John Collins PF WAKE FOREST Sophomore/19 6’10” 225 lbs
    NEW 55 Devin Robinson SF FLORIDA Junior/21 6’8″ 200 lbs
    NEW 56 Cameron Oliver PF NEVADA Sophomore/20 6’8″ 225 lbs
    ↓ (9) 57 V.J. Beachum SF NOTRE DAME Senior/22 6’9″ 197 lbs
    ↑ (30) 58 Kyle Kuzma PF UTAH Junior/21 6’9″ 221 lbs
    ↓ (14) 59 Frank Jackson PG DUKE Freshman/18 6’4″ 200 lbs
    NEW 60 Mathias Lessort PF/C FRANCE INTL/21 6’9″ 250 lbs
    ↑ (3) 61 Kobi Simmons PG ARIZONA Freshman/19 6’6″ 185 lbs
    ↓ (11) 62 Manu Lecomte PG BAYLOR Junior/21 5’11” 170 lbs
    ↓ (6) 63 Michael Fusek C SLOVAKIA INTL/21 7’5″ 220 lbs
    ↓ (6) 64 Ethan Happ PF WISCONSIN Sophomore/20 6’9″ 230 lbs
    ↓ (10) 65 Vinny Okouo C CONGO INTL/19 7’2″ 240 lbs
    ↓ (6) 66 Blaz Mesicek SG SLOVENIA INTL/19 6’6″ 190 lbs
    ↓ (8) 67 Isaiah Briscoe PG/SG KENTUCKY Sophomore/20 6’3″ 218 lbs
    ↓ (3) 68 Marcus Keene PG CENTRAL MICHIGAN Junior/21 5’9″ 175 lbs
    ↓ (8) 69 Malcolm Hill SF ILLINOIS Senior/21 6’6″ 230 lbs
    ↓ (4) 70 L.J. Peak SF GEORGETOWN Junior/21 6’5″ 215 lbs
    ↓ (4) 71 Alpha Kaba PF/C FRANCE INTL/20 6’10” 226 lbs
    ↓ (4) 72 Aleksander Vezenkov SF/PF BULGARIA INTL/21 6’9″ 225 lbs
    ↑ (2) 73 Zach Collins C GONZAGA Freshman/19 6’11” 220 lbs
    ↑ (20) 74 Tony Bradley C UNC Freshman/19 6’10” 248 lbs
    ↑ (12) 75 Luke Kornet PF/C VANDERBILT Senior/21 7’0″ 240 lbs
    ↓ (4) 76 Melo Trimble PG MARYLAND Junior/22 6’3″ 190 lbs
    ↓ (7) 77 Bryce Alford PG/SG UCLA Senior/22 6’3″ 185 lbs
    NEW 78 Sindarius Thornwell SG SOUTH CAROLINA Senior/22 6’5″ 214 lbs
    NEW 79 Jonah Bolden PF AUSTRALLIA INTL/21 6’10” 215 lbs
    ↑ (10) 80 Moses Kingsley PF/C ARKANSAS Senior/22 6’10” 230 lbs
    ↓ (7) 81 Amile Jefferson PF DUKE Senior/23 6’9″ 195 lbs
    ↓ (28) 82 Chris Boucher PF OREGON Senior/23 6’10” 200 lbs
    ↓ (21) 83 Peter Jok SG IOWA Senior/22 6’6″ 199 lbs
    ↓ (35) 84 E.C. Matthews SG RHODE ISLAND Sophomore/21 6’4″ 181 lbs
    ↓ (4) 85 London Perrantes PG/SG VIRGINIA Senior/22 6’2″ 192 lbs
    ↓ (2) 86 Trevon Bluiett SF XAVIER Junior/22 6’6″ 215 lbs
    ↓ (37) 87 Marques Bolden C DUKE Freshman/18 6’10” 254 lbs
    ↓ (25) 88 Omer Yurtseven C N.C. ST. Freshman/18 7’0″ 228 lbs
    ↓ (16) 89 Santiago Yusta SG SPAIN INTL/19 6’7″ 200 lbs
    ↑ (1) 90 Jessie Govan C GEORGETOWN Sophomore/19 6’11” 255 lbs
    NEW 91 Kostja Mushidi SG BELGIUM INTL/18 6’5″ 210 lbs
    ↓ (16) 92 Mikal Bridges SF VILLANOVA Sophomore/20 6’7″ 200 lbs
    ↓ (6) 93 Felipe Dos Anjos C BRAZIL INTL/18 7’2″ 230 lbs
    NEW 94 Semi Ojeleye SF/PF SMU Junior/22 6’7″ 235 lbs
    ↓ (15) 95 Chimezie Metu PF/C USC Sophomore/19 6’9″ 210 lbs
    ↑ (1) 96 Emircan Kosut C TURKEY INTL/21 6’11” 220 lbs
    ↓ (11) 97 Kennedy Meeks C UNC Senior/21 6’9″ 279 lbs
    ↓ (4) 98 Nik Slavica SF CROATIA INTL/19 6’7″ 190 lbs
    ↑ (1) 99 Jack Gibbs PG DAVIDSON Senior/22 6’0″ 195 lbs
    ↓ (29) 100 Dedric Lawson SF MEMPHIS Sophomore/19 6’8″ 225 lbs

    Be sure to check out my past Big Boards as well:

     

  • 2017 NBA Draft Big Board/Top 100 Prospects: Draft Gold or Blindfold Edition February 3, 2017 Brett Siegel

    What a wonderful time of the year. NBA Prospects that have their eyes on the draft show all of us whether or they are draft gold, or whether we should wear a blindfold when watching them! As we get closer and closer to Selection Sunday, only 37 days left, this is each prospect’s last chance to impress scouts and NBA personnel during conference play. This year’s draft class is absolutely stacked! Some of the top prospects are being compared to James Hardin, Jason Kidd, and even Russell Westbrook!

    NBA Draft Analyst Brett Siegel has updated his Draft Board once again! Check out where he ranks your favorite players and who he sees as the top prospects entering the NBA this summer!

    Players By Conference ACC: 23 players Big-12: 11 players Big-10: 10 players PAC-12: 15 players SEC: 8 players Other: 33 players
    Players By Year   Freshmen: 23 players Sophomores: 23 players Juniors: 15 players Seniors: 23 players International: 16 players

     

     

    Ranking Name Position School/Country Year/Age Height Weight
    1 Markelle Fultz PG/SG WASHINGTON Freshman/18 6’5″ 190 lbs
    ↑ (1) 2 Lonzo Ball PG UCLA Freshman/19 6’5″ 195 lbs
    ↑ (5) 3 Dennis Smith PG N.C. ST. Freshman/19 6’2″ 180 lbs
    ↓ (1) 4 Josh Jackson SF KANSAS Freshman/20 6’8″ 203 lbs
    5 Jayson Tatum SF DUKE Freshman/19 6’8″ 204 lbs
    ↑ (5) 6 Jonathan Isaac SF FLORIDA ST. Freshman/19 6’11” 205 lbs
    ↓ (3) 7 Malik Monk PG/SG KENTUCKY Freshman/19 6’4″ 185 lbs
    ↑ (5) 8 Lauri Markkenen PF ARIZONA Freshman/19 7’0″ 225 lbs
    ↓ (3) 9 Frank Ntilikina PG FRANCE INTL/18 6’4″ 175 lbs
    ↓ (1) 10 De’Aaron Fox PG KENTUCKY Freshman/19 6’4″ 170 lbs
    ↑ (3) 11 Miles Bridges SF MICHIGAN ST. Freshman/18 6’8″ 230 lbs
    ↓ (5) 12 Ivan Rabb PF/C CALIFORNIA Sophomore/20 6’11” 220 lbs
    ↓ (1) 13 Harry Giles PF DUKE Freshman/18 6’11” 230 lbs
    ↓ (4) 14 Bam Adebayo PF/C KENTUCKY Freshman/19 6’10” 240 lbs
    ↑ (7) 15 T.J. Leaf PF UCLA Freshman/19 6’9″ 215 lbs
    ↑ (7) 16 Luke Kennard SG DUKE Sophomore/20 6’5″ 187 lbs
    ↑ (3) 17 Dwayne Bacon SF FLORIDA ST. Sophomore/21 6’5″ 202 lbs
    ↑ (7) 18 Terrance Ferguson SG/SF USA INTL/18 6’7″ 185 lbs
    ↑ (12) 19 Isaiah Hartenstein PF GERMANY INTL/18 6’10” 230 lbs
    ↑ (12) 20 Jonathan Jeanne PF/C FRANCE INTL/19 7’2″ 195 lbs
    ↑ (13) 21 Justin Jackson SF UNC Junior/21 6’8″ 193 lbs
    ↑ (11) 22 Tyler Lydon SF/PF SYRACUSE Sophomore/20 6’9″ 205 lbs
    ↓ (7) 23 Rodions Kurucs SF LATVIA INTL/19 6’9″ 190 lbs
    ↑ (21) 24 Robert Williams PF/C TEXAS A&M Freshman/19 6’9″ 237 lbs
    ↑ (24) 25 Jonathan Motley PF BAYLOR Junior/21 6’9″ 230 lbs
    ↑ (1) 26 Thomas Bryant PF/C INDIANA Sophomore/19 6’10” 245 lbs
    ↓ (6) 27 Jaron Blossomgame SF CLEMSON Senior/23 6’7″ 214 lbs
    NEW 28 Justin Patton C CREIGHTON Freshman/19 6’11” 215 bs
    ↓ (14) 29 O.G. Anunoby SF INDIANA Sophomore/19 6’8″ 215 lbs
    ↑ (20) 30 Andzejs Pasecniks C LATVIA INTL/21 7’1″ 220 lbs
    ↑ (13) 31 Caleb Swanigan PF PURDUE Sophomore/19 6’9″ 247 lbs
    ↓ (13) 32 Josh Hart SG/SF VILLANOVA Senior/21 6’5″ 205 lbs
    ↓ (4) 33 Frank Mason III PG KANSAS Senior/22 5’11” 185 lbs
    ↓ (4) 34 Joel Berry II PG/SG UNC Junior/21 6’0″ 195 lbs
    ↑ (5) 35 Alec Peters PF VALPARAISO Senior/21 6’9″ 225 lbs
    ↓ (19) 36 Nigel Hayes SF WISCONSIN Senior/22 6’8″ 235 lbs
    ↓ (19) 37 Grayson Allen PG/SG DUKE Junior/21 6’5″ 205 lbs
    ↓ (12) 38 Jarrett Allen C TEXAS Freshman/18 6’11” 227 lbs
    ↑ (15) 39 Isaiah Hicks PF UNC Senior/22 6’8″ 230 lbs
    ↓ (2) 40 Monte Morris PG IOWA ST. Senior/21 6’3″ 170 lbs
    ↑ (16) 41 Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk SG KANSAS Junior/19 6’8″ 191 lbs
    ↑ (19) 42 Allonzo Trier SG ARIZONA Sophomore/21 6’4″ 205 lbs
    ↑ (23) 43 Jawun Evans PG OKLAHOMA ST. Sophomore/20 6’1″ 177 lbs
    NEW 44 Ike Anigbogu C UCLA Freshman/18 6’10” 230 lbs
    ↓ (17) 45 Frank Jackson PG DUKE Freshman/18 6’4″ 200 lbs
    ↓ (22) 46 Marques Bolden C DUKE Freshman/18 6’10” 254 lbs
    ↑ (24) 47 Bonzie Colson PF NOTRE DAME Junior/21 6’5″ 220 lbs
    ↓ (9) 48 V.J. Beachum SF NOTRE DAME Senior/22 6’9″ 197 lbs
    ↑ (19) 49 E.C. Matthews SG RHODE ISLAND Sophomore/21 6’4″ 181 lbs
    ↑ (19) 50 Charles Cooke SG DAYTON Senior/22 6’5″ 196 lbs
    ↑ (19) 51 Manu Lecomte PG BAYLOR Junior/21 5’11” 170 lbs
    NEW 52 Wesley Iwundu PF KANSAS ST. Senior/22 6’7″ 210 lbs
    ↓ (18) 53 Dillon Brooks SF OREGON Junior/21 6’7″ 215 lbs
    ↑ (1) 54 Chris Boucher PF OREGON Senior/23 6’10” 200 lbs
    ↑ (36) 55 Vinny Okouo C CONGO INTL/19 7’2″ 240 lbs
    ↑ (36) 56 Donovan Mitchell PG/SG LOUISVILLE Sophomore/20 6’3″ 210 lbs
    NEW 57 Michael Fusek C SLOVAKIA INTL/21 7’5″ 220 lbs
    NEW 58 Ethan Happ PF WISCONSIN Sophomore/20 6’9″ 230 lbs
    ↑ (4) 59 Isaiah Briscoe PG/SG KENTUCKY Sophomore/20 6’3″ 218 lbs
    ↓ (13) 60 Blaz Mesicek SG SLOVENIA INTL/19 6’6″ 190 lbs
    ↑ (15) 61 Malcolm Hill SF ILLINOIS Senior/21 6’6″ 230 lbs
    ↑ (15) 62 Peter Jok SG IOWA Senior/22 6’6″ 199 lbs
    ↓ (27) 63 Omer Yurtseven C N.C. ST. Freshman/18 7’0″ 228 lbs
    ↑ (14) 64 Kobi Simmons PG ARIZONA Freshman/19 6’6″ 185 lbs
    ↑ (23) 65 Marcus Keene PG CENTRAL MICHIGAN Junior/21 5’9″ 175 lbs
    ↓ (4) 66 L.J. Peak SF GEORGETOWN Junior/21 6’5″ 215 lbs
    ↓ (9) 67 Alpha Kaba PF/C FRANCE INTL/20 6’10” 226 lbs
    ↑ (11) 68 Aleksander Vezenkov SF/PF BULGARIA INTL/21 6’9″ 225 lbs
    ↓ (28) 69 Devonte Graham PG/SG KANSAS Junior/22 6’2″ 175 lbs
    ↓ (3) 70 Bryce Alford PG/SG UCLA Senior/22 6’3″ 185 lbs
    ↑ (1) 71 Dedric Lawson SF MEMPHIS Sophomore/19 6’8″ 225lbs
    ↓ (29) 72 Melo Trimble PG MARYLAND Junior/22 6’3″ 190 lbs
    ↓ (25) 73 Santiago Yusta SG SPAIN INTL/19 6’7″ 200 lbs
    ↓ (32) 74 Amile Jefferson PF DUKE Senior/23 6’9″ 195 lbs
    NEW 75 Tacko Fall C UCF Sophomore/21 7’6″ 300 lbs
    NEW 76 Mikal Bridges SF VILLANOVA Sophomore/20 6’7″ 200 lbs
    ↑ (16) 77 Zach Collins C GONZAGA Freshman/19 6’11” 220 lbs
    NEW 78 P.J. Dozier SG SOUTH CAROLINA Sophomore/20 6’6″ 200 lbs
    NEW 79 John Collins PF WAKE FOREST Sophomore/19 6’10” 225 lbs
    ↑ (10) 80 Chimezie Metu PF/C USC Sophomore/19 6’9″ 210 lbs
    ↓ (29) 81 London Perrantes PG/SG VIRGINIA Senior/22 6’2″ 192 lbs
    ↓ (31) 82 Isaac Hamilton SG UCLA Senior/22 6’5″ 195 lbs
    ↓ (46) 83 Edmond Sumner PG XAVIER Sophomore/21 6’5″ 170 lbs
    ↑ (3) 84 Trevon Bluiett SF XAVIER Junior/22 6’6″ 215 lbs
    ↓ (39) 85 Maurice Watson Jr. PG CREIGHTON Senior/23 5’10” 170 lbs
    ↑ (11) 86 Kennedy Meeks C UNC Senior/21 6’9″ 279 lbs
    NEW 87 Felipe Dos Anjos C BRAZIL INTL/18 7’2″ 230 lbs
    ↓ (6) 88 Kyle Kuzma PF UTAH Junior/21 6’9″ 221 lbs
    ↓ (6) 89 Luke Kornet PF/C VANDERBILT Senior/21 7’0″ 240 lbs
    ↑ (4) 90 Vince Edwards Jr. SF PURDUE Junior/20 6’8″ 225 lbs
    ↓ (17) 91 Aaron Holiday PG UCLA Sophomore/20 6’1″ 187 lbs
    ↓ (17) 92 Moses Kingsley PF/C ARKANSAS Senior/22 6’10” 230 lbs
    ↓ (20) 93 Jessie Govan C GEORGETOWN Sophomore/19 6’11” 255 lbs
    ↓ (14) 94 Nik Slavica SF CROATIA INTL/19 6’7″ 190 lbs
    ↓ (42) 95 Lagerald Vick SG KANSAS Sophomore/20 6’5″ 175 lbs
    ↑ (4) 96 Tony Bradley C UNC Freshman/19 6’10” 248 lbs
    ↓ (11) 97 Emircan Kosut C TURKEY INTL/21 6’11” 220 lbs
    ↑ (1) 99 Egemen Guven PF/C TURKEY INTL/20 6’10” 210 lbs
    ↓ (34) 99 Kris Jenkins SF/PF VILLANOVA Senior/23 6’6″ 240 lbs
    ↓ (44) 100 Jack Gibbs PG DAVIDSON Senior/22 6’0″ 195 lbs
  • 2017 NBA Draft Board/Top 100 Prospects: End of 2016 Edition December 22, 2016 Brett Siegel

    As we enter into the final weeks of 2016 and into conference play in College Basketball, NBA Draft Analyst Brett Siegel has updated his 2017 NBA Draft Big Board/Top 100 Prospects. The year of the freshmen continue as players around the country move into and out of the Top 100 list! Check out the list and see who he has as the Top 100 CBB players in the country!

     

    Conference play is right around the corner, which means it is time to see who is and who isn’t ready for the draft! The top 20 continue to make a name for themselves as others begin their journey and establish their position on my Top 100 list! From all of us at College Pride Press, we wish everyone a Happy Holidays and New Year! Thanks for making this past year fantastic for checking us out and giving feedback!

     

     

    Ranking Name Position School/Country Year/Age Height Weight
    1 Markelle Fultz PG/SG WASHINGTON Freshman/18 6’5″ 190 lbs
    ↑ (1) 2 Lonzo Ball PG UCLA Freshman/19 6’5″ 195 lbs
    ↓ (1) 3 Josh Jackson SF KANSAS Freshman/19 6’8″ 203 lbs
    ↑ (6) 4 Malik Monk PG/SG KENTUCKY Freshman/18 6’4″ 185 lbs
    5 Jayson Tatum SF DUKE Freshman/18 6’8″ 204 lbs
    6 Frank Ntilikina PG FRANCE INTL/18 6’4″ 175 lbs
    7 Ivan Rabb PF/C CALIFORNIA Sophomore/19 6’11” 220 lbs
    ↓ (4) 8 Dennis Smith PG N.C. ST. Freshman/19 6’2″ 180 lbs
    ↑ (2) 9 De’Aaron Fox PG KENTUCKY Freshman/19 6’4″ 170 lbs
    ↑ (4) 10 Bam Adebayo PF/C KENTUCKY Freshman/19 6’10” 240 lbs
    ↓ (3) 11 Jonathan Isaac SF FLORIDA ST. Freshman/19 6’11” 205 lbs
    ↓ (3) 12 Harry Giles PF DUKE Freshman/18 6’11” 230 lbs
    13 Lauri Markkenen PF ARIZONA Freshman/19 7’0″ 225 lbs
    ↓ (2) 14 Miles Bridges SF MICHIGAN ST. Freshman/18 6’8″ 230 lbs
    15 O.G. Anunoby SF INDIANA Sophomore/18 6’8″ 215 lbs
    ↑ (5) 16 Rodions Kurucs SF LATVIA INTL/18 6’8″ 190 lbs
    17 Nigel Hayes SF WISCONSIN Senior/21 6’8″ 235 lbs
    ↑ (1) 18 Grayson Allen PG/SG DUKE Junior/21 6’5″ 205 lbs
    ↑ (1) 19 Josh Hart SG/SF VILLANOVA Senior/21 6’5″ 205 lbs
    ↑ (2) 20 Dwayne Bacon SF FLORIDA ST. Sophomore/20 6’5″ 202 lbs
    ↑ (12) 21 Jaron Blossomgame SF CLEMSON Senior/23 6’7″ 214 lbs
    ↑ (27) 22 T.J. Leaf PF UCLA Freshman/18 6’9″ 215 lbs
    ↑ (32) 23 Luke Kennard SG DUKE Sophomore/20 6’5″ 187 lbs
    ↓ (8) 24 Marques Bolden C DUKE Freshman/18 6’10” 254 lbs
    ↑ (5) 25 Terrance Ferguson SG/SF AUSTRALLIA INTL/18 6’7″ 185 lbs
    ↓ (8) 26 Jarrett Allen C TEXAS Freshman/18 6’11” 227 lbs
    ↑ (2) 27 Thomas Bryant PF/C INDIANA Sophomore/19 6’10” 245 lbs
    ↓ (5) 28 Frank Jackson PG DUKE Freshman/18 6’4″ 200 lbs
    ↓ (5) 29 Frank Mason III PG KANSAS Senior/22 5’11” 185 lbs
    ↑ (7) 30 Joel Berry II PG/SG UNC Junior/21 6’0″ 195 lbs
    ↓ (5) 31 Isaiah Hartenstein PF GERMANY INTL/18 6’10” 230 lbs
    ↓ (5) 32 Jonathan Jeanne PF/C FRANCE INTL/19 7’2″ 195 lbs
    ↓ (8) 33 Tyler Lydon SF/PF SYRACUSE Sophomore/20 6’9″ 205 lbs
    ↑ (2) 34 Justin Jackson SF UNC Junior/21 6’8″ 193 lbs
    35 Dillon Brooks SF OREGON Junior/20 6’7″ 215 lbs
    ↓ (8) 36 Omer Yurtseven C N.C. ST. Freshman/18 7’0″ 228 lbs
    ↓ (5) 37 Edmond Sumner PG XAVIER Sophomore/21 6’5″ 170 lbs
    ↓ (7) 38 Monte Morris PG IOWA ST. Senior/21 6’3″ 170 lbs
    ↓ (5) 39 V.J. Beachum SF NOTRE DAME Senior/22 6’9″ 197 lbs
    40 Alec Peters PF VALPARAISO Senior/21 6’9″ 225 lbs
    ↓ (2) 41 Devonte’ Graham PG KANSAS Junior/21 6’2″ 175 lbs
    ↑ (3) 42 Amile Jefferson PF DUKE Senior/23 6’9″ 195 lbs
    43 Melo Trimble PG MARYLAND Junior/21 6’3″ 190 lbs
    ↑ (7) 44 Caleb Swanigan PF PURDUE Sophomore/19 6’9″ 247 lbs
    NEW 45 Robert Williams PF/C TEXAS A&M Freshman/19 6’9″ 237 lbs
    ↑ (19) 46 Maurice Watson Jr. PG CREIGHTON Senior/23 5’10” 170 lbs
    ↓ (1) 47 Blaz Mesicek SG SLOVENIA INTL/19 6’6″ 190 lbs
    ↓ (4) 48 Santiago Yusta SG SPAIN INTL/19 6’7″ 200 lbs
    ↑ (25) 49 Jonathan Motley PF BAYLOR Junior/21 6’9″ 230 lbs
    ↑ (3) 50 Andzejs Pasecniks C LATVIA INTL/21 7’1″ 220 lbs
    NEW 51 Isaac Hamilton SG UCLA Senior/22 6’5″ 195 lbs
    52 London Perrantes PG/SG VIRGINIA Senior/21 6’2″ 192 lbs
    NEW 53 Lagerald Vick SG KANSAS Sophomore/20 6’5″ 175 lbs
    ↓ (6) 54 Isaiah Hicks PF UNC Senior/21 6’8″ 230 lbs
    ↓ (17) 55 Chris Boucher PF OREGON Senior/23 6’10” 200 lbs
    ↑ (4) 56 Jack Gibbs PG DAVIDSON Senior/21 6’0″ 195 lbs
    ↑ (6) 57 Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk SG KANSAS Junior/19 6’8″ 191 lbs
    ↑ (12) 58 Alpha Kaba PF/C FRANCE INTL/20 6’10” 226 lbs
    ↑ (7) 59 Malik Pope SF SAN DIEGO ST. Junior/19 6’10” 205 lbs
    ↓ (19) 60 Wenyen Gabriel SF/PF KENTUCKY Freshman/19 6’9″ 200 lbs
    ↓ (19) 61 Allonzo Trier SG ARIZONA Sophomore/20 6’4″ 205 lbs
    NEW 62 L.J. Peak SF GEORGETOWN Junior/20 6’5″ 215 lbs
    ↓ (7) 63 Isaiah Briscoe PG/SG KENTUCKY Sophomore/20 6’3″ 218 lbs
    ↓ (7) 64 James Blackmon Jr. SG INDIANA Junior/21 6’3″ 184 lbs
    ↓ (18) 65 Kris Jenkins SF/PF VILLANOVA Senior/22 6’6″ 240 lbs
    ↑ (11) 66 Jawun Evans PG OKLAHOMA ST. Sophomore/20 6’1″ 177 lbs
    NEW 67 Bryce Alford PG/SG UCLA Senior/21 6’3″ 185 lbs
    ↓ (18) 68 E.C. Matthews SG RHODE ISLAND Sophomore/20 6’4″ 181 lbs
    NEW 69 Charles Cooke SG DAYTON Senior/22 6’5″ 196 lbs
    ↑ (20) 70 Manu Lecomte PG BAYLOR Junior/21 5’11” 170 lbs
    NEW 71 Bonzie Colson PF NOTRE DAME Junior/20 6’5″ 220 lbs
    NEW 72 Dedric Lawson SF MEMPHIS Sophomore/19 6’8″ 225lbs
    ↓ (19) 73 Jessie Govan C GEORGETOWN Sophomore/18 6’11” 255 lbs
    NEW 74 Aaron Holiday PG UCLA Sophomore/20 6’1″ 187 lbs
    ↑ (17) 75 Moses Kingsley PF/C ARKANSAS Senior/22 6’10” 230 lbs
    ↓ (14) 76 Malcolm Hill SF ILLINOIS Senior/21 6’6″ 230 lbs
    ↑ (21) 77 Peter Jok SG IOWA Senior/22 6’6″ 199 lbs
    ↓ (20) 78 Kobi Simmons PG ARIZONA Freshman/18 6’6″ 185 lbs
    ↓ (8) 79 Aleksander Vezenkov SF/PF BULGARIA INTL/20 6’9″ 225 lbs
    ↓ (7) 80 Nic Slavica SF CROATIA INTL/19 6’7″ 190 lbs
    ↓ (20) 81 Antonio Blakeney SG LSU Sophomore/19 6’4″ 177 lbs
    ↓ (9) 82 Kyle Kuzma PF UTAH Junior/20 6’9″ 221 lbs
    ↓ (16) 83 Luke Kornet PF/C VANDERBILT Senior/21 7’0″ 240 lbs
    ↓ (9) 84 Diego Flaccadori SG ITALY INTL/20 6’5″ 172 lbs
    ↓ (6) 85 Amida Brimah C UCONN Senior/22 7’0″ 230 lbs
    ↑ (13) 86 Emircan Kosut C TURKEY INTL/21 6’11” 220 lbs
    ↑ (13) 87 Trevon Bluiett SF XAVIER Junior/20 6’6″ 215 lbs
    NEW 88 Marcus Keene PG CENTRAL MICHIGAN Junior/20 5’9″ 175 lbs
    ↓ (21) 89 Josh Langford SG MICHIGAN ST. Freshman/18 6’6″ 205 lbs
    ↓ (26) 90 Chimezie Metu PF/C USC Sophomore/19 6’9″ 210 lbs
    ↓ (8) 91 Vinny Okouo C CONGO INTL/19 7’2″ 240 lbs
    NEW 92 Donovan Mitchell PG/SG LOUISVILLE Sophomore/20 6’3″ 210 lbs
    ↓ (17) 93 Kyle Guy SG VIRGINIA Freshman/18 6’2″ 170 lbs
    ↓ (1) 93 Zach Collins C GONZAGA Freshman/18 6’11” 220 lbs
    ↓ (13) 94 Vince Edwards Jr. SF PURDUE Junior/20 6’8″ 225 lbs
    ↓ (13) 95 Matt Jones SG DUKE Senior/21 6’5″ 200 lbs
    ↓ (10) 96 Nic Slavica SF CROATIA INTL/19 6’7″ 190 lbs
    ↓ (1) 97 Kennedy Meeks C UNC Senior/21 6’9″ 279 lbs
    ↓ (20) 98 Rawle Alkins SG ARIZONA Freshman/18 6’4″ 185 lbs
    ↓ (5) 99 Egemen Guven PF/C TURKEY INTL/19 6’10” 210 lbs
    NEW 100 Tony Bradley C UNC Freshman/19 6’10” 248 lbs
    Players By Conference ACC: 24 players Big-12: 10 players Big-10: 11 players PAC-12: 14 players SEC: 9 players Other: 32 players
    Players By Year Freshmen: 25 players Sophomores: 19 players Juniors: 17 players Seniors: 23 players International: 16 players
  • 2017 NBA Draft Big Board/Top 100 Prospects: 112 Days Until Selection Sunday Edition! November 21, 2016 Brett Siegel

    Week 1 of the College Basketball season is in the past, so let’s continue to analyze the future! NBA Draft Analyst Brett Siegel has updated his NBA Draft Big Board/Top 100 Prospects list for the 2017 NBA Draft based on performances during the first week of the College Basketball season! Check out the rankings to see who has helped their draft stock this past week and who has endangered it!

    It has clearly been the year of the freshman so far, but let’s not forget about these upperclassmen either! Take a look and see where your favorite college player ranks among the rest of the prospects, and see how many NBA prospects from your favorite college/country made my list!

     

     

    Players By Conference ACC: 24 players Big-12: 11 players Big-10: 12 players PAC-12: 13 players SEC: 10 players Other: 30 players
    Players By Year Freshmen: 24 players Sophomores: 20 players Juniors: 16 players Seniors: 24 players International: 16 players
    Ranking Name Position School/Country Year/Age Height Weight
    1 Markelle Fultz PG/SG WASHINGTON Freshman/18 6’5″ 190 lbs
    2 Josh Jackson SF KANSAS Freshman/19 6’8″ 203 lbs
    ↑ (4) 3 Lonzo Ball PG UCLA Freshman/18 6’5″ 195 lbs
    ↓ (1) 4 Dennis Smith PG N.C. ST. Freshman/19 6’2″ 180 lbs
    ↓ (1) 5 Jayson Tatum SF DUKE Freshman/18 6’8″ 204 lbs
    ↓ (1) 6 Frank Ntilikina PG FRANCE INTL/18 6’4″ 175 lbs
    ↑ (1) 7 Ivan Rabb PF/C CALIFORNIA Sophomore/19 6’11” 220 lbs
    ↓ (2) 8 Jonathan Isaac SF FLORIDA ST. Freshman/18 6’11” 205 lbs
    9 Harry Giles PF DUKE Freshman/18 6’11” 230 lbs
    ↑ (3) 10 Malik Monk PG/SG KENTUCKY Freshman/18 6’4″ 185 lbs
    ↓ (1) 11 De’Aaron Fox PG KENTUCKY Freshman/18 6’4″ 170 lbs
    ↑ (10) 12 Miles Bridges SF MICHIGAN ST. Freshman/18 6’8″ 230 lbs
    ↑ (2) 13 Lauri Markkenen PF ARIZONA Freshman/19 7’0″ 225 lbs
    ↓ (3) 14 Bam Adebayo PF/C KENTUCKY Freshman/19 6’10” 240 lbs
    ↑ (4) 15 O.G. Anunoby SF INDIANA Sophomore/18 6’8″ 215 lbs
    ↓ (4) 16 Marques Bolden C DUKE Freshman/18 6’10” 254 lbs
    17 Nigel Hayes SF WISCONSIN Senior/21 6’8″ 235 lbs
    18 Jarrett Allen C TEXAS Freshman/18 6’11” 227 lbs
    ↓ (3) 19 Grayson Allen PG/SG DUKE Junior/20 6’5″ 205 lbs
    ↑ (19) 20 Josh Hart SG/SF VILLANOVA Senior/21 6’5″ 205 lbs
    21 Rodions Kurucs SF LATVIA INTL/18 6’8″ 190 lbs
    ↑ (8) 22 Dwayne Bacon SF FLORIDA ST. Sophomore/20 6’5″ 202 lbs
    ↑ (15) 23 Frank Jackson PG DUKE Freshman/18 6’4″ 200 lbs
    ↑ (34) 24 Frank Mason III PG KANSAS Senior/22 5’11” 185 lbs
    ↓ (5) 25 Tyler Lydon SF/PF SYRACUSE Sophomore/20 6’9″ 205 lbs
    ↓ (3) 26 Isaiah Hartenstein PF GERMANY INTL/18 6’10” 230 lbs
    ↓ (3) 27 Jonathan Jeanne PF/C FRANCE INTL/19 7’2″ 195 lbs
    ↓ (3) 28 Omer Yurtseven C N.C. ST. Freshman/18 7’0″ 228 lbs
    ↓ (15) 29 Thomas Bryant PF/C INDIANA Sophomore/19 6’10” 245 lbs
    ↓ (3) 30 Terrance Ferguson SG/SF AUSTRALLIA INTL/18 6’7″ 185 lbs
    ↓ (5) 31 Monte Morris PG IOWA ST. Senior/21 6’3″ 170 lbs
    ↑ (5) 32 Edmond Sumner PG XAVIER Sophomore/20 6’5″ 170 lbs
    33 Jaron Blossomgame SF CLEMSON Senior/22 6’7″ 214 lbs
    34 V.J. Beachum SF NOTRE DAME Senior/21 6’9″ 197 lbs
    35 Dillon Brooks SF OREGON Junior/20 6’7″ 215 lbs
    ↓ (8) 36 Justin Jackson SF UNC Junior/21 6’8″ 193 lbs
    ↑ (12) 37 Joel Berry II PG/SG UNC Junior/21 6’0″ 195 lbs
    ↓ (9) 38 Chris Boucher PF OREGON Senior/23 6’10” 200 lbs
    ↑ (1) 39 Devonte’ Graham PG KANSAS Junior/21 6’2″ 175 lbs
    ↑ (5) 40 Alec Peters PF VALPARAISO Senior/21 6’9″ 225 lbs
    ↓ (5) 41 Wenyen Gabriel SF/PF KENTUCKY Freshman/19 6’9″ 200 lbs
    ↓ (11) 42 Allonzo Trier SG ARIZONA Sophomore/20 6’4″ 205 lbs
    ↓ (11) 43 Melo Trimble PG MARYLAND Junior/21 6’3″ 190 lbs
    44 Santiago Yusta SG SPAIN INTL/19 6’7″ 200 lbs
    ↑ (3) 45 Amile Jefferson PF DUKE Senior/23 6’9″ 195 lbs
    ↓ (4) 46 Blaz Mesicek SG SLOVENIA INTL/19 6’6″ 190 lbs
    ↓ (1) 47 Kris Jenkins SF/PF VILLANOVA Senior/22 6’6″ 240 lbs
    ↓ (1) 48 Isaiah Hicks PF UNC Senior/21 6’8″ 230 lbs
    ↑ (7) 49 T.J. Leaf PF UCLA Freshman/18 6’9″ 215 lbs
    50 E.C. Matthews SG RHODE ISLAND Sophomore/20 6’4″ 181 lbs
    51 Caleb Swanigan PF PURDUE Sophomore/19 6’9″ 247 lbs
    52 London Perrantes PG/SG VIRGINIA Senior/21 6’2″ 192 lbs
    ↑ (13) 53 Andzejs Pasecniks C LATVIA INTL/20 7’1″ 220 lbs
    ↓ (11) 54 Jessie Govan C GEORGETOWN Sophomore/18 6’11” 255 lbs
    ↑ (18) 55 Luke Kennard SG DUKE Sophomore/20 6’5″ 187 lbs
    ↑ (13) 56 Isaiah Briscoe PG/SG KENTUCKY Sophomore/20 6’3″ 218 lbs
    NEW 57 James Blackmon Jr. SG INDIANA Junior/21 6’3″ 184 lbs
    ↑ (40) 58 Kobi Simmons PG ARIZONA Freshman/18 6’6″ 185 lbs
    NEW 59 Terry Larrier SG/SF UCONN Sophomore/21 6’8″ 195 lbs
    ↓ (5) 60 Jack Gibbs PG DAVIDSON Senior/21 6’0″ 195 lbs
    ↓ (7) 61 Antonio Blakeney SG LSU Sophomore/19 6’4″ 177 lbs
    ↑ (29) 62 Malcolm Hill SF ILLINOIS Senior/20 6’6″ 230 lbs
    ↓ (22) 63 Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk SG KANSAS Junior/19 6’8″ 191 lbs
    ↓ (11) 64 Chimezie Metu PF/C USC Sophomore/19 6’9″ 210 lbs
    ↑ (20) 65 Maurice Watson Jr. PG CREIGHTON Senior/23 5’10” 170 lbs
    ↓ (2) 66 Malik Pope SF SAN DIEGO ST. Junior/19 6’10” 205 lbs
    ↓ (2) 67 Luke Kornet PF/C VANDERBILT Senior/21 7’0″ 240 lbs
    ↓ (11) 68 Josh Langford SG MICHIGAN ST. Freshman/18 6’6″ 205 lbs
    ↑ (2) 69 Tyler Roberson PF SYRACUSE Senior/22 6’8″ 225 lbs
    ↓ (9) 70 Alpha Kaba PF/C FRANCE INTL/20 6’10” 226 lbs
    ↓ (12) 71 Aleksander Vezenkov SF/PF BULGARIA INTL/20 6’9″ 225 lbs
    ↓ (10) 73 Nic Slavica SF CROATIA INTL/19 6’7″ 190 lbs
    ↓ (10) 73 Kyle Kuzma PF UTAH Junior/20 6’9″ 221 lbs
    ↑ (5) 74 Jonathan Motley PF BAYLOR Junior/21 6’9″ 230 lbs
    ↑ (5) 75 Diego Flaccadori SG ITALY INTL/20 6’5″ 172 lbs
    ↓ (8) 76 Kyle Guy SG VIRGINIA Freshman/18 6’2″ 170 lbs
    ↑ (12) 77 Jawun Evans PG OKLAHOMA ST. Sophomore/19 6’1″ 177 lbs
    ↑ (22) 78 Rawle Alkins SG ARIZONA Freshman/18 6’4″ 185 lbs
    ↓ (12) 79 Amida Brimah C UCONN Senior/22 7’0″ 230 lbs
    ↑ (7) 80 Keita Bates-Diop SF OHIO ST. Junior/20 6’7″ 235 lbs
    ↑ (7) 81 Vince Edwards Jr. SF PURDUE Junior/20 6’8″ 225 lbs
    ↓ (10) 82 Matt Jones SG DUKE Senior/21 6’5″ 200 lbs
    ↓ (6) 83 Vinny Okouo C CONGO INTL/19 7’2″ 240 lbs
    ↓ (14) 84 Jordan Woodard PG OKLAHOMA Senior/20 5’11” 181 lbs
    ↓ (2) 85 Deng Adel SF/PF LOUISVILLE Sophomore/20 6’7″ 200 lbs
    ↓ (12) 86 Nic Slavica SF CROATIA INTL/19 6’7″ 190 lbs
    ↓ (12) 87 DJ Hogg SF TEXAS A&M Sophomore/20 6’8″ 220 lbs
    ↑ (2) 88 V.J. King SF LOUISVILLE Freshman/19 6’7″ 190 lbs
    ↑ (6) 89 Jalen Brunson PG VILLANOVA Sophomore/19 6’2″ 200 lbs
    NEW 90 Manu Lecomte PG BAYLOR Junior/21 5’11” 170 lbs
    ↓ (7) 91 Carlton Bragg PF KANSAS Sophomore/20 6’8″ 225 lbs
    ↓ (16) 92 Moses Kingsley PF/C ARKANSAS Senior/22 6’10” 230 lbs
    ↑ (4) 93 Zach Collins C GONZAGA Freshman/18 6’11” 220 lbs
    ↓ (16) 94 Egemen Guven PF/C TURKEY INTL/19 6’10” 210 lbs
    ↓ (14) 95 Jabari Bird SG CALIFORNIA Senior/22 6’6″ 200 lbs
    ↓ (14) 96 Kennedy Meeks C UNC Senior/21 6’9″ 279 lbs
    ↓ (5) 97 Devin Robinson SF FLORIDA Junior/21 6’8″ 180 lbs
    ↓ (4) 98 Peter Jok SG IOWA Senior/22 6’6″ 199 lbs
    ↓ (13) 99 Emircan Kosut C TURKEY INTL/21 6’11” 220 lbs
    ↓ (7) 100 Trevon Bluiett SF XAVIER Junior/20 6’6″ 215 lbs
  • 2017 NBA Draft Big Board/Top 100 Prospects: It’s Tip Off Time Edition October 18, 2016 Brett Siegel

    NBA Draft Analyst Brett Siegel has compiled his final preseason rankings for the 2017 NBA Draft! Check out what he has to say below!

    The 2016-2017 College Basketball Season tips off in three weeks, which means it is time to release my final Preseason Top 100 Big Board for the 2017 NBA Draft! Stocks have been rising up and down for all the prospects, which means prospects are moving up and down my big board! Take a look and see where your favorite college player ranks among the rest of the prospects, and see how many NBA prospects from your favorite college/country made my list!

    Players By Conference ACC: 24 players Big-12: 10 players Big-10: 11 players PAC-12: 15 players SEC: 10 players Other: 30 players
    Players By Year Freshmen: 25 players Sophomores: 20 players Juniors: 14 players Seniors: 25 players International: 16 players

     

    Ranking Name Position School/Country Year/Age Height Weight
    1 Markelle Fultz PG/SG WASHINGTON Freshman/18 6’5″ 190 lbs
    2 Josh Jackson SF KANSAS Freshman/19 6’8″ 203 lbs
    ↑ (3) 3 Dennis Smith PG N.C. ST. Freshman/19 6’2″ 180 lbs
    ↓ (1) 4 Jayson Tatum SF DUKE Freshman/18 6’8″ 204 lbs
    5 Frank Ntilikina PG FRANCE INTL/18 6’4″ 175 lbs
    ↑ (11) 6 Jonathan Isaac SF FLORIDA ST. Freshman/18 6’11” 205 lbs
    ↓ (3) 7 Lonzo Ball PG UCLA Freshman/18 6’5″ 195 lbs
    ↑ (6) 8 Ivan Rabb PF/C CALIFORNIA Sophomore/19 6’11” 220 lbs
    ↓ (2) 9 Harry Giles PF DUKE Freshman/18 6’11” 230 lbs
    ↓ (1) 10 De’Aaron Fox PG KENTUCKY Freshman/18 6’4″ 170 lbs
    11 Bam Adebayo PF/C KENTUCKY Freshman/19 6’10” 240 lbs
    ↑ (13) 12 Marques Bolden C DUKE Freshman/18 6’10” 254 lbs
    ↑ (13) 13 Malik Monk PG/SG KENTUCKY Freshman/18 6’4″ 185 lbs
    ↑ (1) 14 Thomas Bryant PF/C INDIANA Sophomore/19 6’10” 245 lbs
    ↑ (4) 15 Lauri Markkenen PF ARIZONA Freshman/19 7’0″ 225 lbs
    ↓ (6) 16 Grayson Allen PG/SG DUKE Junior/20 6’5″ 205 lbs
    ↓ (1) 17 Nigel Hayes SF WISCONSIN Senior/21 6’8″ 235 lbs
    18 Jarrett Allen C TEXAS Freshman/18 6’11” 227 lbs
    ↑ (4) 19 O.G. Anunoby SF INDIANA Sophomore/18 6’8″ 215 lbs
    ↑ (7) 20 Tyler Lydon SF/PF SYRACUSE Sophomore/20 6’9″ 205 lbs
    ↑ (11) 21 Rodions Kurucs SF LATVIA INTL/18 6’8″ 190 lbs
    22 Miles Bridges SF MICHIGAN ST. Freshman/18 6’8″ 230 lbs
    ↓ (15) 23 Isaiah Hartenstein PF GERMANY INTL/18 6’10” 230 lbs
    ↓ (11) 24 Jonathan Jeanne PF/C FRANCE INTL/19 7’2″ 195 lbs
    ↑ (3) 25 Omer Yurtseven C N.C. ST. Freshman/18 7’0″ 228 lbs
    ↓ (14) 26 Monte Morris PG IOWA ST. Senior/21 6’3″ 170 lbs
    ↑ (2) 27 Terrance Ferguson SG/SF AUSTRALLIA INTL/18 6’7″ 185 lbs
    ↓ (7) 28 Justin Jackson SF UNC Junior/21 6’8″ 193 lbs
    ↑ (4) 29 Chris Boucher PF OREGON Senior/23 6’10” 200 lbs
    ↑ (4) 30 Dwayne Bacon SF FLORIDA ST. Sophomore/20 6’5″ 202 lbs
    ↑ (8) 31 Allonzo Trier SG ARIZONA Sophomore/20 6’4″ 205 lbs
    ↓ (8) 32 Melo Trimble PG MARYLAND Junior/21 6’3″ 190 lbs
    ↓ (3) 33 Jaron Blossomgame SF CLEMSON Senior/22 6’7″ 214 lbs
    ↑ (7) 34 V.J. Beachum SF NOTRE DAME Senior/21 6’9″ 197 lbs
    35 Dillon Brooks SF OREGON Junior/20 6’7″ 215 lbs
    NEW 36 Wenyen Gabriel SF/PF KENTUCKY Freshman/19 6’9″ 200 lbs
    37 Edmond Sumner PG XAVIER Sophomore/20 6’5″ 170 lbs
    38 Frank Jackson PG DUKE Freshman/18 6’4″ 200 lbs
    ↓ (19) 39 Josh Hart SG/SF VILLANOVA Senior/21 6’5″ 205 lbs
    ↓ (4) 40 Devonte’ Graham PG KANSAS Junior/21 6’2″ 175 lbs
    ↑ (7) 41 Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk SG KANSAS Junior/19 6’8″ 191 lbs
    ↑ (12) 42 Blaz Mesicek SG SLOVENIA INTL/19 6’6″ 190 lbs
    ↑ (7) 43 Jessie Govan C GEORGETOWN Sophomore/18 6’11” 255 lbs
    ↑ (21) 44 Santiago Yusta SG SPAIN INTL/19 6’7″ 200 lbs
    ↓ (5) 45 Alec Peters PF VALPARAISO Senior/21 6’9″ 225 lbs
    ↓ (15) 46 Kris Jenkins SF/PF VILLANOVA Senior/22 6’6″ 240 lbs
    ↑ (2) 47 Isaiah Hicks PF UNC Senior/21 6’8″ 230 lbs
    ↓ (1) 48 Amile Jefferson PF DUKE Senior/23 6’9″ 195 lbs
    ↓ (13) 49 Joel Berry II PG/SG UNC Junior/21 6’0″ 195 lbs
    ↑ (20) 50 E.C. Matthews SG RHODE ISLAND Sophomore/20 6’4″ 181 lbs
    51 Caleb Swanigan PF PURDUE Sophomore/19 6’9″ 247 lbs
    52 London Perrantes PG/SG VIRGINIA Senior/21 6’2″ 192 lbs
    ↓ (11) 53 Chimezie Metu PF/C USC Sophomore/19 6’9″ 210 lbs
    ↓ (9) 54 Antonio Blakeney SG LSU Sophomore/19 6’4″ 177 lbs
    ↑ (3) 55 Jack Gibbs PG DAVIDSON Senior/21 6’0″ 195 lbs
    ↓ (3) 56 T.J. Leaf PF UCLA Freshman/18 6’9″ 215 lbs
    57 Josh Langford SG MICHIGAN ST. Freshman/18 6’6″ 205 lbs
    ↓ (15) 58 Frank Mason III PG KANSAS Senior/22 5’11” 185 lbs
    ↑ (5) 59 Aleksander Vezenkov SF/PF BULGARIA INTL/20 6’9″ 225 lbs
    ↑ (15) 60 Ray Smith SF ARIZONA Freshman/19 6’8″ 210 lbs
    ↑ (19) 61 Alpha Kaba PF/C FRANCE INTL/20 6’10” 226 lbs
    ↑ (22) 62 Nic Slavica SF CROATIA INTL/19 6’7″ 190 lbs
    ↑ (4) 63 Kyle Kuzma PF UTAH Junior/20 6’9″ 221 lbs
    ↓ (1) 64 Malik Pope SF SAN DIEGO ST. Junior/19 6’10” 205 lbs
    ↑ (8) 65 Luke Kornet PF/C VANDERBILT Senior/21 7’0″ 240 lbs
    ↑ (6) 66 Andzejs Pasecniks C LATVIA INTL/20 7’1″ 220 lbs
    ↑ (14) 67 Amida Brimah C UCONN Senior/22 7’0″ 230 lbs
    ↓ (9) 68 Kyle Guy SG VIRGINIA Freshman/18 6’2″ 170 lbs
    ↓ (23) 69 Isaiah Briscoe PG/SG KENTUCKY Sophomore/20 6’3″ 218 lbs
    ↓ (9) 70 Jordan Woodard PG OKLAHOMA Senior/20 5’11” 181 lbs
    NEW 71 Tyler Roberson PF SYRACUSE Senior/22 6’8″ 225 lbs
    ↓ (12) 72 Matt Jones SG DUKE Senior/21 6’5″ 200 lbs
    ↓ (7) 73 Luke Kennard SG DUKE Sophomore/20 6’5″ 187 lbs
    ↑ (10) 74 Nic Slavica SF CROATIA INTL/19 6’7″ 190 lbs
    NEW 75 DJ Hogg SF TEXAS A&M Sophomore/20 6’8″ 220 lbs
    NEW 76 Moses Kingsley PF/C ARKANSAS Senior/22 6’10” 230 lbs
    NEW 77 Vinny Okouo C CONGO INTL/19 7’2″ 240 lbs
    ↑ (12) 78 Egemen Guven PF/C TURKEY INTL/19 6’10” 210 lbs
    ↓ (17) 79 Jonathan Motley PF BAYLOR Junior/21 6’9″ 230 lbs
    ↓ (2) 80 Diego Flaccadori SG ITALY INTL/20 6’5″ 172 lbs
    NEW 81 Jabari Bird SG CALIFORNIA Senior/22 6’6″ 200 lbs
    ↓ (5) 82 Kennedy Meeks C UNC Senior/21 6’9″ 279 lbs
    ↓ (28) 83 Deng Adel SF/PF LOUISVILLE Sophomore/20 6’7″ 200 lbs
    ↓ (28) 84 Carlton Bragg PF KANSAS Sophomore/20 6’8″ 225 lbs
    ↓ (9) 85 Maurice Watson Jr. PG CREIGHTON Senior/23 5’10” 170 lbs
    ↑ (5) 86 Emircan Kosut C TURKEY INTL/21 6’11” 220 lbs
    ↓ (16) 87 Keita Bates-Diop SF OHIO ST. Junior/20 6’7″ 235 lbs
    ↑ (1) 88 Vince Edwards Jr. SF PURDUE Junior/20 6’8″ 225 lbs
    ↓ (6) 89 Jawun Evans PG OKLAHOMA ST. Sophomore/19 6’1″ 177 lbs
    ↑ (8) 90 V.J. King SF LOUISVILLE Freshman/19 6’7″ 190 lbs
    ↓ (19) 91 Malcolm Hill SF ILLINOIS Senior/20 6’6″ 230 lbs
    ↓ (19) 92 Devin Robinson SF FLORIDA Junior/21 6’8″ 180 lbs
    ↓ (7) 93 Trevon Bluiett SF XAVIER Junior/20 6’6″ 215 lbs
    ↓ (20) 94 Peter Jok SG IOWA Senior/22 6’6″ 199 lbs
    ↓ (7) 95 Jalen Brunson PG VILLANOVA Sophomore/19 6’2″ 200 lbs
    ↓ (9) 96 James Daniel PG HOWARD Senior/22 5’11” 165 lbs
    ↓ (18) 97 Zach Collins C GONZAGA Freshman/18 6’11” 220 lbs
    ↓ (13) 98 Kobi Simmons PG ARIZONA Freshman/18 6’6″ 185 lbs
    ↓ (1) 99 Tyler Dorsey SG OREGON Sophomore/20 6’4″ 180 lbs
    ↓ (7) 100 Rawle Alkins SG ARIZONA Freshman/18 6’4″ 185 lbs
    ↓ (9) 101 Derryck Thornton PG USC Sophomore/19 6’2″ 160 lbs
    ↓ (20) 102 Chase Jeter C DUKE Sophomore/18 6’10” 239 lbs
    ↓ (9) 103 Justin Robinson PG MONMOUTH Senior/21 5’8″ 160 lbs
    ↓ (9) 104 J.J. Frazier PG GEORGIA Senior/20 5’10” 155 lbs
    ↓ (9) 105 Tarik Phillip PG/SG WEST VIRGINIA Senior/22 6’3″ 200 lbs
    ↓ (9) 106 James Blackmon Jr. SG INDIANA Junior/21 6’3″ 184 lbs
    ↓ (8) 107 Austin Nichols PF VIRGINIA Junior/21 6’9″ 202 lbs
  • 2017 NBA Draft Big Board/Top 100 Prospects: End of Summer Addition August 14, 2016 Brett Siegel

    As the summer of 2016 comes to an end, it is time to see which 2017 NBA Draft prospect’s stocks are rising and falling! NBA Draft Analyst Brett Siegel has updated his 2017 NBA Draft Big Board with a new #1 Overall Prospect! Check out where he ranks your favorite college players and where he ranks this year’s top incoming freshmen among the rest of the college basketball world! Even though we are 323 days away from the 2017 NBA Draft, each day counts for these young prospects looking to make their dreams come true!

     

     

    Players By Conference ACC: 25 players Big-12: 10 players Big-10: 12 players PAC-12: 15 players SEC: 7 players Other: 31 players
    Players By Year Freshmen: 24 players Sophomores: 21 players Juniors: 16 players Seniors: 25 players International: 14 players

    Ranking

     

    Name

    Position

    School/Country

    Year/Age

    Height

    Weight

    ↑ (3) 1 Markelle Fultz PG/SG WASHINGTON Freshman/18 6’4″ 190 lbs
    ↓ (1) 2 Josh Jackson SF KANSAS Freshman/19 6’7″ 185 lbs
    ↓ (1) 3 Jayson Tatum SF DUKE Freshman/18 6’8″ 175 lbs
    ↑ (2) 4 Lonzo Ball PG UCLA Freshman/18 6’5″ 195 lbs
    ↑ (4) 5 Frank Ntilikina PG FRANCE INTL/18 6’4″ 175 lbs
    ↑ (8) 6 Dennis Smith PG N.C. ST. Freshman/19 6’2″ 180 lbs
    ↓ (4) 7 Harry Giles PF DUKE Freshman/18 6’10” 230 lbs
    ↑ (5) 8 Isaiah Hartenstein PF GERMANY INTL/18 6’10” 230 lbs
    ↑ (6) 9 De’Aaron Fox PG KENTUCKY Freshman/18 6’4″ 170 lbs
    10 Grayson Allen PG/SG DUKE Junior/20 6’5″ 205 lbs
    ↓ (4) 11 Bam Adebayo PF/C KENTUCKY Freshman/18 6’9″ 240 lbs
    ↓ (7) 12 Monte Morris PG IOWA ST. Senior/21 6’3″ 170 lbs
    ↑ (7) 13 Jonathan Jeanne PF/C FRANCE INTL/19 7’2″ 195 lbs
    ↓ (6) 14 Ivan Rabb PF/C CALIFORNIA Sophomore/19 6’11” 220 lbs
    ↓ (3) 15 Thomas Bryant PF INDIANA Sophomore/19 6’10” 245 lbs
    16 Nigel Hayes SF WISCONSIN Senior/21 6’8″ 235 lbs
    ↑ (12) 17 Jonathan Isaac SF FLORIDA ST. Freshman/18 6’10” 185 lbs
    ↓ (7) 18 Jarrett Allen C TEXAS Freshman/18 6’10” 220 lbs
    ↑ (17) 19 Lauri Markkenen PF ARIZONA Freshman/19 7’0″ 225 lbs
    ↓ (2) 20 Josh Hart SG/SF VILLANOVA Senior/21 6’5″ 205 lbs
    21 Justin Jackson SF UNC Junior/21 6’8″ 193 lbs
    22 Miles Bridges SF MICHIGAN ST. Freshman/18 6’7″ 225 lbs
    23 O.G. Anunoby SF INDIANA Sophomore/18 6’8″ 215 lbs
    ↓ (7) 24 Melo Trimble PG MARYLAND Junior/21 6’3″ 190 lbs
    ↓ (6) 25 Marques Bolden C DUKE Freshman/18 6’10” 254 lbs
    ↑ (2) 26 Malik Monk SG/SF KENTUCKY Freshman/18 6’3″ 185 lbs
    ↑ (6) 27 Tyler Lydon SF/PF SYRACUSE Sophomore/20 6’9″ 205 lbs
    ↓ (4) 28 Omer Yurtseven C N.C. ST. Freshman/18 7’0″ 228 lbs
    ↑ (1) 29 Terrance Ferguson SG/SF AUSTRALLIA INTL/18 6’7″ 185 lbs
    ↓ (3) 30 Jaron Blossomgame SF CLEMSON Senior/22 6’7″ 214 lbs
    ↑ (8) 31 Kris Jenkins SF/PF VILLANOVA Senior/22 6’6″ 240 lbs
    ↓ (7) 32 Rodions Kurucs SF LATVIA INTL/18 6’8″ 190 lbs
    ↑ (7) 33 Chris Boucher PF OREGON Senior/23 6’10” 200 lbs
    34 Dwayne Bacon SF FLORIDA ST. Sophomore/20 6’5″ 202 lbs
    35 Dillon Brooks SF OREGON Junior/20 6’7″ 215 lbs
    ↓ (10) 36 Joel Berry II PG/SG UNC Junior/21 6’0″ 195 lbs
    ↓ (6) 37 Edmond Sumner PG XAVIER Sophomore/20 6’5″ 170 lbs
    38 Frank Jackson PG DUKE Freshman/18 6’4″ 200 lbs
    ↓ (7) 39 Allonzo Trier SG ARIZONA Sophomore/20 6’4″ 205 lbs
    ↑ (1) 40 Alec Peters PF VALPARAISO Senior/21 6’9″ 225 lbs
    ↑ (7) 41 V.J. Beachum SF NOTRE DAME Senior/21 6’9″ 197 lbs
    ↓ (5) 42 Chimezie Metu PF/C USC Sophomore/19 6’9″ 210 lbs
    43 Frank Mason III PG KANSAS Senior/22 5’11” 185 lbs
    ↑ (1) 44 Devonte’ Graham PG KANSAS Junior/21 6’2″ 175 lbs
    ↑ (5) 45 Antonio Blakeney SG LSU Sophomore/19 6’4″ 177 lbs
    ↓ (4) 46 Isaiah Briscoe PG/SG KENTUCKY Sophomore/20 6’3″ 218 lbs
    47 Amile Jefferson PF DUKE Senior/23 6’9″ 195 lbs
    ↑ (5) 48 Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk SG KANSAS Junior/19 6’8″ 191 lbs
    49 Isaiah Hicks PF UNC Senior/21 6’8″ 230 lbs
    ↑ (8) 50 Jessie Govan C GEORGETOWN Sophomore/18 6’11” 255 lbs
    ↓ (7) 51 Caleb Swanigan PF PURDUE Sophomore/19 6’9″ 247 lbs
    ↑ (4) 52 London Perrantes PG/SG VIRGINIA Senior/21 6’2″ 192 lbs
    ↓ (2) 53 T.J. Leaf PF UCLA Freshman/18 6’9″ 215 lbs
    54 Blaz Mesicek SG SLOVENIA INTL/19 6’6″ 190 lbs
    ↑ (8) 55 Deng Adel SF/PF LOUISVILLE Sophomore/20 6’7″ 200 lbs
    ↓ (10) 56 Carlton Bragg PF KANSAS Sophomore/20 6’8″ 225 lbs
    ↓ (5) 57 Josh Langford SG MICHIGAN ST. Freshman/18 6’6″ 205 lbs
    ↑ (1) 58 Jack Gibbs PG DAVIDSON Senior/21 6’0″ 195 lbs
    ↓ (2) 59 Kyle Guy SG VIRGINIA Freshman/18 6’2″ 170 lbs
    ↓ (5) 60 Matt Jones SG DUKE Senior/21 6’5″ 200 lbs
    ↑ (5) 61 Jordan Woodard PG OKLAHOMA Senior/20 5’11” 181 lbs
    ↑ (5) 62 Jonathan Motley PF BAYLOR Junior/21 6’9″ 230 lbs
    ↓ (3) 63 Malik Pope SF SAN DIEGO ST. Junior/19 6’10” 205 lbs
    ↑ (10) 64 Aleksander Vezenkov SF/PF BULGARIA INTL/20 6’9″ 225 lbs
    NEW 65 Santiago Yusta SG SPAIN INTL/19 6’7″ 200 lbs
    ↓ (4) 66 Luke Kennard SG DUKE Sophomore/20 6’5″ 187 lbs
    ↑ (22) 67 Kyle Kuzma PF UTAH Junior/20 6’9″ 221 lbs
    ↑ (15) 68 Malcolm Hill SF ILLINOIS Senior/20 6’6″ 230 lbs
    NEW 69 Luke Kornet PF/C VANDERBILT Senior/21 7’0″ 240 lbs
    70 E.C. Matthews SG RHODE ISLAND Sophomore/20 6’4″ 181 lbs
    ↑ (4) 71 Keita Bates-Diop SF OHIO ST. Junior/20 6’7″ 235 lbs
    ↑ (7) 72 Andzejs Pasecniks C LATVIA INTL/20 7’1″ 220 lbs
    ↓ (2) 73 Devin Robinson SF FLORIDA Junior/21 6’8″ 180 lbs
    ↓ (2) 74 Peter Jok SG IOWA Senior/22 6’6″ 199 lbs
    ↓ (14) 75 Ray Smith SF ARIZONA Freshman/19 6’8″ 210 lbs
    ↓ (11) 76 Maurice Watson Jr. PG CREIGHTON Senior/23 5’10” 170 lbs
    ↓ (1) 77 Kennedy Meeks C UNC Senior/21 6’9″ 279 lbs
    NEW 78 Diego Flaccadori SG ITALY INTL/20 6’5″ 172 lbs
    ↓ (15) 79 Zach Collins C GONZAGA Freshman/18 6’11” 220 lbs
    NEW 80 Alpha Kaba PF/C FRANCE INTL/20 6’10” 226 lbs
    ↓ (8) 81 Amida Brimah C UCONN Senior/22 7’0″ 230 lbs
    ↓ (14) 82 Chase Jeter C DUKE Sophomore/18 6’10” 239 lbs
    ↑ (5) 83 Jawun Evans PG OKLAHOMA ST. Sophomore/19 6’1″ 177 lbs
    84 Nic Slavica SF CROATIA INTL/19 6’7″ 190 lbs
    ↓ (16) 85 Kobi Simmons PG ARIZONA Freshman/18 6’6″ 185 lbs
    ↓ (9) 86 Trevon Bluiett SF XAVIER Junior/20 6’6″ 215 lbs
    ↑ (8) 87 James Daniel PG HOWARD Senior/22 5’11” 165 lbs
    ↑ (3) 88 Jalen Brunson PG VILLANOVA Sophomore/19 6’2″ 200 lbs
    ↓ (11) 89 Vince Edwards Jr. SF PURDUE Junior/20 6’8″ 225 lbs
    ↓ (9) 90 Egemen Guven PF/C TURKEY INTL/19 6’10” 210 lbs
    ↓ (9) 91 Emircan Kosut C TURKEY INTL/21 6’11” 220 lbs
    92 Derryck Thornton PG USC Sophomore/19 6’2″ 160 lbs
    ↓ (13) 93 Rawle Alkins SG ARIZONA Freshman/18 6’4″ 185 lbs
    94 Justin Robinson PG MONMOUTH Senior/21 5’8″ 160 lbs
    ↓ (9) 95 J.J. Frazier PG GEORGIA Senior/20 5’10” 155 lbs
    ↓ (9) 96 Tarik Phillip PG/SG WEST VIRGINIA Senior/22 6’3″ 200 lbs
    ↓ (1) 97 James Blackmon Jr. SG INDIANA Junior/21 6’3″ 184 lbs
    ↑ (2) 98 V.J. King SF LOUISVILLE Freshman/19 6’7″ 190 lbs
    ↓ (9) 99 Tyler Dorsey SG OREGON Sophomore/20 6’4″ 180 lbs
    ↓ (3) 100 Austin Nichols PF VIRGINIA Junior/21 6’9″ 202 lbs
  • 2017 NBA Draft Big Board/Top 100 Prospects July 10, 2016 Brett Siegel

    NBA Draft Analyst Brett Siegel compiled his “Way-Too-Early” 2017 NBA Draft Big Board/Top 100 Players. Check out where he ranks your favorite college players and where he ranks this year’s top incoming freshmen among the rest of the college basketball world! Even though the 2017 NBA Draft is about a year away, it is never too early to start finding the next hidden gems in college basketball!

     

    Brett Siegel’s 2017 NBA Draft Big Board/Top 100 Prospects July 8th, 2016

    Players By Conference ACC: 25 players Big-12: 11 players Big-10: 11 players PAC-12: 15 players SEC: 7 players Other: 31 players
    Players By Year Freshmen: 25 players Sophomores: 22 players Juniors: 17 players Seniors: 25 players International: 11 players

    Ranking

     

    Name

    Position

    School/Country

    Year/Age

    Height

    Weight

    1 Josh Jackson SF KANSAS Freshman/19 6’7″ 185 lbs
    2 Jayson Tatum SF DUKE Freshman/18 6’8″ 175 lbs
    3 Harry Giles PF DUKE Freshman/18 6’10” 230 lbs
    4 Markelle Fultz PG/SG WASHINGTON Freshman/18 6’4″ 190 lbs
    5 Monte Morris PG IOWA ST. Senior/21 6’3″ 170 lbs
    6 Lonzo Ball PG UCLA Freshman/18 6’5″ 195 lbs
    7 Bam Adebayo PF/C KENTUCKY Freshman/18 6’9″ 240 lbs
    8 Ivan Rabb PF/C CALIFORNIA Sophomore/19 6’11” 220 lbs
    9 Frank Ntilikina PG FRANCE INTL/18 6’4″ 175 lbs
    10 Grayson Allen PG/SG DUKE Junior/20 6’5″ 205 lbs
    11 Jarrett Allen C TEXAS Freshman/18 6’10” 220 lbs
    12 Thomas Bryant PF INDIANA Sophomore/19 6’10” 245 lbs
    13 Isaiah Hartenstein PF GERMANY INTL/18 6’10” 230 lbs
    14 Dennis Smith PG N.C. ST. Freshman/19 6’2″ 180 lbs
    15 De’Aaron Fox PG KENTUCKY Freshman/18 6’4″ 170 lbs
    16 Nigel Hayes SF WISCONSIN Senior/21 6’8″ 235 lbs
    17 Melo Trimble PG MARYLAND Junior/21 6’3″ 190 lbs
    18 Josh Hart SG/SF VILLANOVA Senior/21 6’5″ 205 lbs
    19 Marques Bolden C DUKE Freshman/18 6’10” 254 lbs
    20 Jonathan Jeanne PF/C FRANCE INTL/19 7’2″ 195 lbs
    21 Justin Jackson SF UNC Junior/21 6’8″ 193 lbs
    22 Miles Bridges SF MICHIGAN ST. Freshman/18 6’7″ 225 lbs
    23 O.G. Anunoby SF INDIANA Sophomore/18 6’8″ 215 lbs
    24 Omer Yurtseven C N.C. ST. Freshman/18 7’0″ 228 lbs
    25 Rodions Kurucs SF LATVIA INTL/18 6’8″ 190 lbs
    26 Joel Berry II PG/SG UNC Junior/21 6’0″ 195 lbs
    27 Jaron Blossomgame SF CLEMSON Senior/22 6’7″ 214 lbs
    28 Malik Monk SG/SF KENTUCKY Freshman/18 6’3″ 185 lbs
    29 Jonathan Isaac SF FLORIDA ST. Freshman/18 6’10” 185 lbs
    30 Terrance Ferguson SG/SF AUSTRALLIA INTL/18 6’7″ 185 lbs
    31 Edmond Sumner PG XAVIER Sophomore/20 6’5″ 170 lbs
    32 Allonzo Trier SG ARIZONA Sophomore/20 6’4″ 205 lbs
    33 Tyler Lydon SF/PF SYRACUSE Sophomore/20 6’9″ 205 lbs
    34 Dwayne Bacon SF FLORIDA ST. Sophomore/20 6’5″ 202 lbs
    35 Dillon Brooks SF OREGON Junior/20 6’7″ 215 lbs
    36 Lauri Markkenen PF ARIZONA Freshman/19 7’0″ 225 lbs
    37 Chimezie Metu PF/C USC Sophomore/19 6’9″ 210 lbs
    38 Frank Jackson PG DUKE Freshman/18 6’4″ 200 lbs
    39 Kris Jenkins SF/PF VILLANOVA Senior/22 6’6″ 240 lbs
    40 Chris Boucher PF OREGON Senior/23 6’10” 200 lbs
    41 Alec Peters PF VALPARAISO Senior/21 6’9″ 225 lbs
    42 Isaiah Briscoe PG/SG KENTUCKY Sophomore/20 6’3″ 218 lbs
    43 Frank Mason III PG KANSAS Senior/22 5’11” 185 lbs
    44 Caleb Swanigan PF PURDUE Sophomore/19 6’9″ 247 lbs
    45 Devonte’ Graham PG KANSAS Junior/21 6’2″ 175 lbs
    46 Carlton Bragg PF KANSAS Sophomore/20 6’8″ 225 lbs
    47 Amile Jefferson PF DUKE Senior/23 6’9″ 195 lbs
    48 V.J. Beachum SF NOTRE DAME Senior/21 6’9″ 197 lbs
    49 Isaiah Hicks PF UNC Senior/21 6’8″ 230 lbs
    50 Antonio Blakeney SG LSU Sophomore/19 6’4″ 177 lbs
    51 T.J. Leaf PF UCLA Freshman/18 6’9″ 215 lbs
    52 Josh Langford SG MICHIGAN ST. Freshman/18 6’6″ 205 lbs
    53 Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk SG KANSAS Junior/19 6’8″ 191 lbs
    54 Blaz Mesicek SG SLOVENIA INTL/19 6’6″ 190 lbs
    55 Matt Jones SG DUKE Senior/21 6’5″ 200 lbs
    56 London Perrantes PG/SG VIRGINIA Senior/21 6’2″ 192 lbs
    57 Kyle Guy SG VIRGINIA Freshman/18 6’2″ 170 lbs
    58 Jessie Govan C GEORGETOWN Sophomore/18 6’11” 255 lbs
    59 Jack Gibbs PG DAVIDSON Senior/21 6’0″ 195 lbs
    60 Malik Pope SF SAN DIEGO ST. Junior/19 6’10” 205 lbs
    61 Ray Smith SF ARIZONA Freshman/19 6’8″ 210 lbs
    62 Luke Kennard SG DUKE Sophomore/20 6’5″ 187 lbs
    63 Deng Adel SF/PF LOUISVILLE Sophomore/20 6’7″ 200 lbs
    64 Zach Collins C GONZAGA Freshman/18 6’11” 220 lbs
    65 Maurice Watson Jr. PG CREIGHTON Senior/23 5’10” 170 lbs
    66 Jordan Woodard PG OKLAHOMA Senior/20 5’11” 181 lbs
    67 Jonathan Motley PF BAYLOR Junior/21 6’9″ 230 lbs
    68 Chase Jeter C DUKE Sophomore/18 6’10” 239 lbs
    69 Kobi Simmons PG ARIZONA Freshman/18 6’6″ 185 lbs
    70 E.C. Matthews SG RHODE ISLAND Sophomore/20 6’4″ 181 lbs
    71 Devin Robinson SF FLORIDA Junior/21 6’8″ 180 lbs
    72 Peter Jok SG IOWA Senior/22 6’6″ 199 lbs
    73 Amida Brimah C UCONN Senior/22 7’0″ 230 lbs
    74 Aleksander Vezenkov SF/PF BULGARIA INTL/20 6’9″ 225 lbs
    75 Keita Bates-Diop SF OHIO ST. Junior/20 6’7″ 235 lbs
    76 Kennedy Meeks C UNC Senior/21 6’9″ 279 lbs
    77 Trevon Bluiett SF XAVIER Junior/20 6’6″ 215 lbs
    78 Vince Edwards Jr. SF PURDUE Junior/20 6’8″ 225 lbs
    79 Andzejs Pasecniks C LATVIA INTL/20 7’1″ 220 lbs
    80 Rawle Alkins SG ARIZONA Freshman/18 6’4″ 185 lbs
    81 Egemen Guven PF/C TURKEY INTL/19 6’10” 210 lbs
    82 Emircan Kosut C TURKEY INTL/21 6’11” 220 lbs
    83 Malcolm Hill SF ILLINOIS Senior/20 6’6″ 230 lbs
    84 Nic Slavica SF CROATIA INTL/19 6’7″ 190 lbs
    85 Wenyen Gabriel PF KENTUCKY Freshman/18 6’8″ 210 lbs
    86 J.J. Frazier PG GEORGIA Senior/20 5’10” 155 lbs
    87 Tarik Phillip PG/SG WEST VIRGINIA Senior/22 6’3″ 200 lbs
    88 Jawun Evans PG OKLAHOMA ST. Sophomore/19 6’1″ 177 lbs
    89 Kyle Kuzma PF UTAH Junior/20 6’9″ 221 lbs
    90 Tyler Dorsey SG OREGON Sophomore/20 6’4″ 180 lbs
    91 Jalen Brunson PG VILLANOVA Sophomore/19 6’2″ 200 lbs
    92 Derryck Thornton PG USC Sophomore/19 6’2″ 160 lbs
    93 Isacc Humphries C KENTUCKY Sophomore/18 7’0″ 260 lbs
    94 Justin Robinson PG MONMOUTH Senior/21 5’8″ 160 lbs
    95 James Daniel PG HOWARD Senior/22 5’11” 165 lbs
    96 James Blackmon Jr. SG INDIANA Junior/21 6’3″ 184 lbs
    97 Austin Nichols PF VIRGINIA Junior/21 6’9″ 202 lbs
    98 Charles Cooke SG DAYTON Senior/22 6’5″ 192 lbs
    99 Emmett Naar PG SAINT MARY’S Junior/22 6’1″ 195 lbs
    100 V.J. King SF LOUISVILLE Freshman/19 6’7″ 190 lbs

     

    Download the full chart at NBA Big Board 2017

  • NBA Draft Breakdown by Conferences and Classes June 27, 2016 College Pride Press

    We have been covering everything involving the NBA Draft and now that all the picks have been made I wanted to take a step back and look at the big picture of the draft from a college basketball perspective. 16 international players were selected on Thursday night making that 44 college players selected throughout the night. The first stat I wanted to look at was the players selected by conference.

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    The ACC is always considered one of the best basketball conferences if not the best conference in the country. The talent level is extremely high and it shows on their teams. The one thing that really surprised me was that the talent was very well spread throughout the ACC with no team having more than 2 players selected on Thursday night.

    The Big Ten, Big-12, and SEC all tied for second with 6 picks. Kentucky had a down year with only 3 players getting selected. Most years the SEC has 6 just from Lexington.   The Big Ten seemed to have a down year with Indiana, Wisconsin, and Ohio State all not having a draft pick. Of those three Indiana was the only team with 2 undrafted players. The conference should rebound next year with loads of talent coming into Michigan State and Indiana developing future NBA players.

    The PAC-12 was on of the most interesting conferences because two of their five selections came from middle tier team Washington. Conference champion Oregon retained all of their future NBA players. The conference had two consensus first round picks return to school with Allonzo Trier (Arizona) and Ivan Rabb (Cal). Next year will be a big year for the PAC-12 with more talent in the draft.

    The Big East brings up the rear of major conferences with 4 draft picks. The national champ Villanova Wildcats did not have any draft picks. Providence had 2 players selected with Marquette and Seton Hall representing the other two picks. The Big East has been very successful competing with the bigger conferences without tons of NBA players on their rosters.

     

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    The class standing of the draftees was a little surprising to me with more seniors being selected than any other class. The 2015-2016 year was a big one for seniors all over the country. Four of their draft picks were in the first round inferring that NBA teams still value experience and readiness somewhat. 14 freshmen were selected in the draft to go along with 10 sophomores and five juniors.

    Next year should be a heavy year for the freshmen and sophomores. The 2016 recruiting class is loaded with future NBA players and expected “one and done” careers. Combine that with some of the freshmen who decided it would be wiser to spend another year in college and the underclassmen may rule the next draft class.

     

    Brad Kreppel

    Indiana University ’18

  • Brett Siegel’s Draft Grades June 26, 2016 College Pride Press

    Brett Siegel grades each team on their picks and trades during Thursday’s night.

    NBA Teams GRADE Round 1 Picks Round 2 Picks Trades (Players Received) Trades (Draft Picks Received)
    Atlanta Hawks B- (81) Taurean Prince (12), DeAndre’ Bembry (21) Isaia Cordinier (44) NONE NONE
    Boston Celtics B+ (87) Jaylen Brown (3), Guerschon Yabusele (16), Ante Zizic (23) Demetrius Jackson (45), Ben Bentil (51), Abdel Nader (58) NONE 2019 1st Round Pick (LAC)
    Brooklyn Nets B (86) Caris LeVert (20) Isaiah Whitehead (42) NONE NONE
    Charlotte Hornets C- (72) NONE NONE SG Marco Belinelli NONE
    Chicago Bulls B+ (88) Denzel Valentine (14) Paul Zipser (48) C Robin Lopez, PG Jose Calderon, PG Jerian Grant NONE
    Cleveland Cavaliers B- (80) NONE Kahlil Felder (54) NONE NONE
    Dallas Mavericks C+ (78) NONE A.J. Hammons (46) NONE NONE
    Denver Nuggets B+ (87) Jamal Murray (7), Juan Hernangomez (15), Malik Beasley (19) Petr Cornelie (53) NONE NONE
    Detroit Pistons B (85) Henry Ellenson (18) Michael Gbinije (49) NONE NONE
    Golden State Warriors B+ (89) Damian Jones (30) Patrick McCaw (38) NONE NONE
    Houston Rockets B (85) NONE Chinanu Onuaku (37), Zhou Qi (43) NONE NONE
    Indiana Pacers A- (90) NONE Georges Niang (50) PG Jeff Teague, PF Thaddeus Young NONE
    Los Angeles Clippers B (83) Brice Johnson (25) David Michineau (39), Diamond Stone (40) NONE NONE
    Los Angeles Lakers B+ (89) Brandon Ingram (2) Ivica Zubac (32) NONE NONE
    Memphis Grizzlies B+ (87) Wade Baldwin IV (17) Deyonta Davis (31), Rade Zagorac (35), Wang Zhelin (57) NONE NONE
    Miami Heat C- (70) NONE NONE NONE NONE
    Milwaukee Bucks B (84) Thon Maker (10) Malcolm Brogdon (36) NONE NONE
    Minnesota Timberwolves B (86) Kris Dunn (5) NONE NONE NONE
    New Orleans Pelicans B+ (89) Buddy Hield (6) Cheick Diallo (33) NONE NONE
    New York Knicks B+ (88) NONE NONE PG Derrick Rose, SG Justin Holiday 2017 2nd Round Pick (CHI)
    Oklahoma City Thunder A- (91) Domantas Sabonis (11) Daniel Hamilton (56) SG Victor Oladipo, PF Ersan Ilyasova NONE
    Orlando Magic A- (90) NONE Stephen Zimmerman (41) PF Serge Ibaka 2019 2nd Round Pick (POR)
    Philadelphia 76ers A- (92) Ben Simmons (1), Timothe Luwawu (24), Furkan Korkmaz (26) NONE NONE NONE
    Phoenix Suns A (94) Dragan Bender (4), Marquese Chriss (8) Tyler Ulis (34) NONE NONE
    Portland Trail Blazers C (76) NONE Jake Layman (47) NONE NONE
    Sacramento Kings A- (91) Georgois Papagiannis (13), Malachi Richardson (22), Skal Labissiere (28) Isaiah Cousins (59) SG Bogdan Bogdanovic 2020 2nd Round Pick (PHO)
    San Antonio Spurs A- (92) Dejounte Murray (29) NONE NONE NONE
    Toronto Raptors B+ (88) Jakob Poeltl (9), Pascal Siakam (27) NONE NONE NONE
    Utah Jazz B- (82) NONE Joel Bolomboy (52), Marcus Paige (55), Tyrone Wallace (60) PG George Hill NONE
    Washington Wizards D (68) NONE NONE NONE NONE
  • CPP Podcast: NBA Draft Recap June 25, 2016 College Pride Press

    Brad Kreppel is joined by NBA Draft analyst Brett Siegel, Duncan Hensley, and Noah Croak to break down the NBA Draft. We talk about picks that we liked and didn’t like as well as giving a grade for every team. Finally, we talked about the record setting 31 underclassmen that gave up eligibility and ultimately went undrafted. All of our draft grades are posted below in case you missed anything. Be sure to subscribe to us on iTunes!

    NBA Draft Grades

  • Quick Hits: NBA Draft Analysis June 24, 2016 College Pride Press

    The NBA Draft is now over and it was a crazy night for our favorite college players becoming professionals. Here are some quick hits on what went on last night.

    • 76ers selected Ben Simmons. Lakers selected Brandon Ingram. Nothing to see here move along.
    • Boston couldn’t find a decent veteran available to trade for the third pick so they selected Jaylen Brown. He’s got high upside and athleticism but isn’t a good shooter at this point. Could be a small forward version of Marcus Smart. The Celtics had an underwhelming draft and didn’t make a splash even though they had 8 picks and tons of other assets to play with.
    • Minnesota Timberwolves now have the final piece to their puzzle with Kris Dunn. Skies the limit now with the NBA ready point guard in the mix.
    • Phoenix Suns added some untapped potential with Dragen Bender and Marquesse Chriss. If one of the works out this draft will be a huge success. Love their draft.
    • Thon Maker was picked 10th by Milwaukee Bucks. (I’ll just leave that here so it sinks in).
    • Skal Labissiere and Deyonta Davis both fell way down the boards with Skal picked 28 and Davis picked in the second round. Skal was projected as a top 3 pick before the season and Davis was in the top 10 of many mock drafts including the last College Pride Press student mock draft. This makes Ivan Rabb and Thomas Bryant’s decision to stay in school look really good.
    • Thon Maker was selected 10th by the Milwaukee Bucks. Maker had been in hiding in Canada playing high school basketball. He never played top competition avoiding the best tournaments and some events to showcase his skills and yet the Bucks still took the risk on this mixtape sensation. He has tons of potential but lots of baggage. No one truly knows how old he is as rumors have come out that he could be as old as 24. He also has a guardian who is more like an amateur agent for Thon and his younger brother Matur.
    • The Oklahoma City Thunder improved greatly by picking up Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis via a trade for Serge Ibaka. This adds to their team now with very valuable role players but can add potential in case a certain small forward leaves this summer.
    • Aaron Gorden did not have a good night as the Magic traded for a player that plays his position and then drafted another forward.
    • Golden State isn’t to worried about losing Festus Ezeli. They just drafted his younger long lost twin in Damian Jones. Jones will fit perfectly into Ezeli’s role.
    • Wade Baldwin got picked by the Memphis Grizzlies. This pick was to perfect not to happen. The tough and long Baldwin will be a solid player for the Grizzlies. He will not be forced to be a leader with Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph already in the fold. (I did have this pick in our mock draft. #subtlebrag).
    • One of the thoughts crossing my mind was the number of the draft picks from underperforming teams. UNLV had two draft picks after being horrible last year. Washington had two first round picks after missing the tournament. Vanderbilt had two first round picks and they didn’t make it to the first weekend of the NCAA tournament getting knocked out in the first four. This blows my mind how teams with two NBA players on them cannot be near the top 25 or at least in consideration for the NCAA tournament.
    • Mini rant over. Jamal Murray to the Nuggets is perfect next to Emmanuel Mudiay. Those two will lock down the backcourt for years to come. The Nuggets also picked up Malik Beasley who can be the third wheel of that backcourt. Be sure to catch a Nuggets game next season.
    • Atlanta Hawks picked up two first round picks that I like in Taurean Prince and DeAndre Bembry.Two very talented wings who will carve out nice roles for the Hawks next year. If they can retain Al Horford and add some guard depth they can be right at the top of the eastern conference again.
    • The Chicago Bulls really intrigued me with their pick. They will likely lose their starting front court from last season and they selected Denzel Valentine late in the lottery. I don’t love this pick at all. Chicago can’t decide whether to start a rebuild by trading Jimmy Butler or continue to compete by filling an immediate need. Valentine doesn’t fill an immediate need for the Bulls and after 4 years of college their isn’t much upside left in his game.
    • The LA Clippers made a huge splash with their late draft picks adding Brice Johnson, Diamond Stone, and David Michineau. Johnson and Stone can be valuable backups for Deandre Jordan and Blake Griffin. Michineau is a young draft and stash point guard who can add value in years to come. With the limited resources available, Doc Rivers made some great picks here to help his team immediately and add some upside for the future. They were a wing player away from being the biggest winners of the draft.
    • Here are a few of the second round picks I wasn’t a fan of:
      • Zhou Qi to Houston….right after drafting Chinanu Onuaku
      • Marcus Paige to the Milwaukee Bucks. Yogi Ferrell didn’t go through a season long shooting slump, just remember that.
      • Jake Layman to Portland. At least Pat Connaughton will have a buddy on the bench.
      • Abdel Nader to Boston. I would rather go undrafted if I am Nader. Boston has to many mouths to feed even on their D-league affiliate.
    • Boston Celtics picked up Ben Bentil with one of their many picks. Bentil can be a really good player in the league and I hope he doesn’t get lost in the shuffling of players in Boston. Boston has so many young players that some of them slip through the cracks (i.e. James Young). Hopefully Bentil can get onto the roster and earn some playing time.
    • Tyler Ulis was picked in the second round by the Phoenix Suns. If John Calipari were to coach in the NBA he would want to go to Phoenix as they have five guards on their roster that played for the University of Kentucky.
    • 31 underclassmen go undrafted showing us that the new combine rules haven’t made that much of a difference. Here are some of the players who went unselected. (I am a college basketball guy so I am very biased on this).
      • Cat Barber could have played alongside a 5-star guard and international forward who scored 91 points in a game with Omer Yurtseven at NC State.
      • Troy Williams turned down a top 10 ranking and Assembly Hall for the life of the undrafted free agent.
      • Tim Quarterman and Isaiah Taylor were rarely talked about through the process but they turned down opportunities to play another season with some really talented teammates.
      • Devin Williams of WVU and Wayne Selden of KU could be fighting for a Big-12 title. Now they are fighting for non-guaranteed contracts.
      • Jalen Reynolds would’ve made Xavier into a top 10 team next season.

    It is tough to see those guys go undrafted after leaving college eligibility and education on the table. We wish them all well in their ventures. The NBA draft did select a surprising 15 college seniors which seems like a lot. The 15 were not all second rounders either as Buddy Hield, Kris Dunn,  and Denzel Valentine were all lottery picks. We wish all the players the best in their NBA careers and hope they can come back to campus next season to support their team like we do every game.

    Be sure to look out for our NBA Draft recap podcast this weekend and we will breakdown all that went on Thursday night!

     

    Brad Kreppel

    Indiana University ’18

  • 2016 NBA Mock Draft 3.0 & 3.5 June 21, 2016 Brett Siegel

    NBA Draft Analyst Brett Siegel created the last of his two mock drafts in preparation of the 2016 NBA Draft on Thursday, June 23rd. Check out where he has your favorite college players going and who he has your favorite NBA team drafting this year! Also, check out his Mock Draft 3.5 to see if your team is thinking about making any trades this year during the draft!

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  • Updated NBA Draft Big Board June 21, 2016 College Pride Press

    Brett Siegel updated his NBA Draft Big Board one last time before the NBA Draft commences on Thursday night. Check out to see where your favorite college players rank. Click the link to see all the rankings and pro comparisons. Final Big Board

  • NBA Draft: Battle of Tanking June 18, 2016 Grayson Ross

    The NBA has fallen victim to one of the most heinous crimes any sports team can impose on its fans, tanking. The act of losing games on purpose in order to gain a better spot in the draft is currently dominating sports. While some teams refuse to stoop so low many others are joining the trend. The team who is best known for this trend would be the Philadelphia 76ers. With four straight years of not winning 40 games it is fair to say that Philly has been accepting losing from their basketball team. For three straight years they drafted highly respected players in the first round who all played the same position. With the first overall pick since selecting Allen Iverson in 1996, Philly has a chance to turn around the tank and stop being the joke of the league. The decision they have to make is between two players, Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram.

    After the top two picks this year the speculation is endless. Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram are the consensus top two picks in this years draft in that order. As the NBA continues to be dominated by the three pointer, the case for spacing on the court is an all time high. A player such as Draymond Green is currently transcending the NBA. A power forward with the ability to guard the center position but also step out and shoot the three is what the NBA seems to be transitioning too. The small ball game is taking over the NBA in a big way, which leads me to this years NBA draft. The prediction for the number pick this year is Ben Simmons. The 6’10” forward who went to LSU for one year is regarded as the best player in this year’s draft. Averaging 19 points a game and 12 rebounds is a very impressive stat line. He has flashes of LeBron James in his game as he has the ability to handle the ball like a point guard and pass the same way. With the skill set he displays he seems to be a no brainer for the first overall pick. The main issue for him is that he does not shoot jump shots. He shot 3-18 all season on jump shots all season.

    While he may be the most complete prospect in this draft I think it is going to be difficult for him without a jumper. As the NBA game continues to move further away from the rim the need for jump shooting is at an all time high. While I cannot sit here and think that Ben Simmons will not be an impactful player in this year’s class it is hard for me to overlook the potential of Brandon Ingram.

     

    Brandon Ingram is the complete opposite of Ben Simmons. The lanky small forward from Duke has a Kevin Durant type game to him. The 6’9” forward weighing 190 pounds is and needing to add on some weight. However what he lacks in muscle he makes up for in his range. He shot 41 percent from the three-point line and averaged 17 points a game. Ingram seems to be a fit for the new wave of the NBA. Someone with that type of size is generally not that athletic and as good of a shooter. While he will need to gain some muscle, Ingram has upside to be a perennial all-star.

    Even with all the reasons that show Ingram may be the better fit I still have a hard time seeing Simmons not going first. He is a once in a generation prospect and will probably end up going first. After he and Ingram go one and two however there is more uncertainty in the draft than ever before.

  • NBA Draft Big Board June 14, 2016 College Pride Press

    NBA Draft analyst Brett Siegel compiled his big board of players in the NBA Draft in a few weeks. Check out where he ranks your favorite college players. Brett Siegel’s Big Board

  • CPP Podcast: NBA Mock Draft June 13, 2016 College Pride Press

    Check out what our writers had to say about the first round of the NBA draft as they make their picks for each team in the first round. Zach Beeler, Brett Siegel, Noah Holley, and Grayson Ross all rotate being in the GM’s chair and make a pick that fits the teams needs while giving insight as to why they made that selection. Follow us on twitter @edupridepress for updates on our NBA Draft content and more! All of the picks are listed on the podcast page of www.collegepridepress.com

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  • 2016 NBA Mock Draft Part 5 June 7, 2016 College Pride Press

    Now that we have the official list of players in the draft, we gathered a group of writers and did a mock draft. The picks were randomly assigned to writers and they were put in the GM’s chair for a few minutes.

    1.Philadelphia 76ers-Ben Simmons

    LSU

    SF/PF 6’10”

    Sam Hinkie signed on as the general manager of the Sixers on May 14th, 2013. Roughly two months into his tenure, he dealt the Sixers’s lone All-Star, Jrue Holiday, on draft night, for the rights to Nerlens Noel, and a future first round pick (Elfrid Payton, traded for Dario Saric). This was the beginning of what is now known as the “Tanking Era.” Players and picks were viewed as assets, therefore making everyone expendable. The goal was to collect as many assets as possible, then develop the existing assets or move them to accumulate high-level talent. This demanded seemingly perpetual losing to maximize the potential of acquiring the top pick in the draft, a possible franchise-changing asset. Though Hinkie was scrutinized for his strategy, and eventually run out of town, his questionable moves finally netted Sixers brass a top draft selection. Three years of hardship and shameful losses later, the Sixers finally have the opportunity to bring in a possible franchise-changer, Ben Simmons.

    Simmons has the handles and speed of a point guard, the striking ability and athleticism of a small forward, post moves and the size of a power forward. His basketball IQ and ability to create for his teammates are second-to-none. Though LSU severely underperformed this season, the 19-year-old player out of Australia put on a clinic nearly every night throughout the season, proving he’s been worthy of the numerous years of praise he’s received leading up to the draft. Many wonder whether he will ever develop a jumper, due to only three attempted 3-pointers on the CBB season. Concerns of his willingness to shoot from deep are legitimate, but his fluid stroke and ability to strike to the basket suggest he will find success in the NBA from long-range when bigger defenders force him to attempt more looks from outside. -Adam Gross

    Pro Comparison: Lamar Odom/Draymond Green

     

    2. Los Angeles Lakers-Brandon Ingram

     Duke

    SF 6’9

    The Lakers have, quite possibly, the easiest pick in the past few drafts at the #2 slot. With the consensus being that there is quite a drop after the first two prospects, it is widely expected that the Lakers will end up with Ingram, assuming the Sixers take Simmons. That is not a bad consolation prize, and I think Ingram has a chance to be a real star in a league where players of his style and build (Paul George, Kevin Durant, etc.) are really excelling.

    Ingram was one of the better pure scorers in college basketball last year, averaging 17.3 PPG while shooting 41% from beyond the arc. He constantly impressed me with his ability to not only get his own shot but to hit tough shots over defenders. His length is very impressive, and it gives him the potential to become a solid defender in the NBA as well. He also is a solid rebounder, averaging almost seven per game at Duke.

    There are some things that give me reservations about Ingram. It has been said over and over again, but 196 pounds isn’t going to get it done in the beast that is the NBA. If he doesn’t put on muscle, he could struggle going against grown men. Also, Ingram needs to get better at making those better around him. He only averaged 2.0 assists per game last year despite the amount of attention he attracted from double teams. He needs to avoid becoming a “black hole” in the NBA and focus on being more than just a scorer.

    Overall, the Lakers will have very little discussion involving their #2 overall pick. They will pick Simmons or Ingram, and I believe either one will vastly improve a roster that is devoid of talent and desperately needs a new star entering into the post Kobe Bryant era.-Zach Beeler

    Pro Comparison: Kevin Durant

     

    3. Boston Celtics- Jaylen Brown

    California

    SF 6’7”

    I think that this is one of the most interesting selections in the entire draft. The Boston Celtics have accumulated a ton of picks over the last few years, and even though they were one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference this past season, they have the third pick in this year’s draft thanks to the blockbuster trade with the Brooklyn Nets from a few years ago. With one of the best young coaches in the entire league in Brad Stevens, the Boston Celtics have a fantastic foundation to build upon to launch an assault on the upper echelon of the Association.

    The Celtics have plenty of roster flexibility, but they do not have what someone would call a bonafide superstar to rely upon. What this pick came down to for me was the “unknown” of Dragan Bender versus the “known” of a player like Jaylen Brown. Keeping that in mind, I thought that Brown is the better fit for the Celtics as they look to take the next step as a franchise.

    Jaylen Brown is still extremely young, he doesn’t turn 20 until October 24th, and still has plenty of room to develop. Brown already goes strong to the hoop, drawing an average of 7 fouls every 40 minutes (Thanks to Ken Pomeroy at kenpom.com for that and other stats). The problem is that he only shot 65% from the Free Throw Line and 29% from 3 Point Land. He also turns the ball over at a higher rate than he assists, which concerning considering he used 31% of Cal’s possessions this past year. Even with these questions, I think that Brown’s foundation makes him one of the most exciting prospects in the entire draft. -Duncan Hensley

    Pro Comparison: Jimmy Butler

     

    4. Phoenix Suns- Dragan Bender

    International

    PF 7’1”

    The Phoenix Suns are an absolute mess. There is a reason the Suns have the number 4 pick this year. Two years ago they tried to build a killer trio with Isaiah Thomas, Eric Bledsoe, and Goran Dragic. Bledsoe is the only one remaining on the roster as that combination only produced one playoff berth. Last season Phoenix struggled at basically every position as Bledsoe struggled to get any help.

    Phoenix nailed their first round pick last year selected shooting guard Devin Booker. Booker and Bledsoe make up a deadly backcourt to build on. In the frontcourt, the Suns have been a trainwreck. Alex Len has been slowed by injuries and has not developed into the dominate force everyone expected. After trading both of the Morris twins, the Suns will look to begin a new chapter at the power forward by drafting Bender. They do not have a power forward under contract next year so Bender was the clear option.

    Dragan Bender is a mystery man from Croatia. He hopes to replicate the meteoric rise and popularity that fellow European Kristaps Porzingis had his rookie year. Bender is a fantastic mix of size and skill. His jump shot is very good and can stretch out to three point range. He is very versatile in the way that he can score. He needs to continue to get stronger to compete with NBA big men. The main difference between Kristaps and Dragan is that Dragan will me more of a force off the dribble. Porzingis has a more developed post game but Dragan has a better handle of the ball and can be utilized as a slasher and driver. –Brad Kreppel

    Pro Comparison: Kristaps Porzingis

     

    5. Minnesota Timberwolves- Jamal Murray

    Kentucky

    PG/SG 6’5

    When I was picked to be the GM of the Timberwolves for this pick I was extremely excited. The Timberwolves are just a few years away from being a serious contender in this league. The Wolves have great young core with two building blocks in  Karl Towns and  Andrew Wiggins and the human pogo stick in Zach Lavine. The one missing ingredient to this team is a lethal shooter from deep.

    I drafted Jamal Murray from Kentucky because he is an amazing playmaker and scorer. Murray was the nation’s leading scorer for a player under the age of 20. He started the whole year as an 18 year old so he has plenty of time to develop. Murray can become a top guard in the league with his combination of driving ability and deadly shooting. He shot 41% from deep in his only season at Kentucky. I fully expect Ricky Rubio to be on the trade market as the Timberwolves will look to open up some opportunities for Murray to grow and develop. The T-Wolves have great bigs and great slashers but no one to really spread the court. Murray will spread the floor and open up more space in the paint for everyone. If Jamal Murray can improve his consistency and his distributing the Timberwolves will be a deadly team in 2 years. –Chris Garcia

    Pro Comparison: Eric Bledsoe

    6. New Orleans Pelicans- Kris Dunn

    Providence

    PG 6’4”

    The Pelicans definitely have a good group of guards on their roster as of now. Eric Gordon is an upcoming free agent, Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans both only have one year left on their deals with New Orleans, the Pelicans could use this pick to get a younger guy, that wouldn’t require as much money. We could compare Kris to Devin Harris by his build and athletic ability.

    Kris is a point guard with great size and speed. His speed allows him to get past defenders, and get to the basket with ease. This first step helps him excel in a pull up jumper and drawing in defenders to dish it off. As a junior at Providence he lead the nation in assists for a majority of the season, proving he can create shots for teammates and give them the ball when they are open. He has ideal size when it comes to a NBA point guard that runs and jumps well. His great jumping ability allows him to make contested shots at the rim. His 2.8 steals per game, which was 4th in the nation, shows his improvement on the defensive end over the past few years.

    Some things that do drawback on Dunn’s draft stock is his turnover numbers, and inability to stay healthy for long periods of time. He sometimes will get out of control on his drives to the basket and turn the ball. His passing off the pick and roll is sub par, which leads to some TOs. This is especially important in the NBA since the pick and roll is so popular. His first two years of college he only played 29 games, so his health in the NBA is worrisome.

    Despite turnovers, and health issues this would be a great pick that would contribute right away. His size and shooting will help him as he enters the league and is still feeling it out. He is a scorer, but compliments that this great passing as well. For a team that doesn’t know what their star guards will do the next two years, Dunn would be a safe pick to fill in a spot if one of them do choose to leave NOLA. -Gibson Archer

    Pro Comparison: Rajon Rondo

     

    7. Denver Nuggets- Buddy Hield

    Oklahoma

    SG 6’5”

    The Denver Nuggets have one of the most intriguing situations in all of basketball. They have a few players who they feel could really develop into stars led by Nikola Jokic. But they also have players who have fully reached their potential, like Danilo Gallinari and Kenneth Faried. With a case like this, it’s tough to choose whether to look to the future or try to win now. I believe they should and will go with the latter.

    The Denver Nuggets need to move some pieces to prepare for the future and that begins with moving Faried and Gallinari. That’s where Buddy Hield slides right in. With a player like Hield, he’s a great perimeter defender but he can also shoot the lights out when he’s really feeling it. He also has all the intangibles needed to get to the rim and be a solid starter in the NBA. Hield fits in perfectly with the new prototypical “three and D” type wing player. Look for him to be able to make an impact quick as his 4 years of experience will go a long way. -Matthew Ferreira

    Pro Comparison: Khris Middleton and Wesley Matthews

     

    8. Sacramento Kings – Marquese Chriss

    Washington

    PF 6’10

    Marquese Chriss is an athletic big that has the ability to become a solid modern stretch four with the Kings. Chriss is good at using his athletic ability to get open, has shown promise in catch and shoot situations and with his size and quick reflexes makes nice looks in face-up isolations.

    He is an exciting young prospect that can become a long term solution at the four position for the Kings. As he fills into his body, he will become a weapon alongside both Willie Cauley-Stein and DeMarcus Cousins (if Cousins continues to develop his passing skills). If the Kings want to put a stretch four into their system next year, they will have to look to free agency but if the Kings are willing to be patient, Chriss is a long term solution that could become a great fit.

    Chriss is also a native Californian who has expressed interest in playing for a team so close to home, and playing for the Kings would also give Chriss the chance to play alongside his favorite NBA player, Rudy Gay. -Cole Bollinger

    Pro Comparison: Amar’e Stoudemire

     

    9. Toronto Raptors- Deyonta Davis

    Michigan State

    PF/C 6’9

    Coming off an appearance to the Eastern Conference Finals, the Raptors have the talent to build around to continue into next season. It gives them the option to take a little bit of a risk with a player that has a lot of potential. Deyonta Davis is raw offensively, but has the capability to become a high level defender at the NBA level with his 6′ 9” 240 pound frame along with a 7’2” wingspan.

    Adding more post depth is just what the Raptors need to go along with one of the top backcourts in Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. Davis could have the capability to play alongside Jonas Valanciunas in a role he would not be expected to score a lot right away. With the build and athleticism of Davis the Raptors could be adding a huge piece to a team that aims at reaching the NBA Finals next year.-Sam Boger

    Pro Comparison: Bismack Biyombo

     

    10. Milwaukee Bucks- Domantas Sabonis

    Gonzaga

    PF 6’10

    The Bucks do have decent forwards on the team such as Jabari Parker, Giannis Antetokounmpo, John Henson, and possibly Kris Middleton (if they decide to put him there), but with the 9th pick this year, they should go for some insurance for a big man and take the best player available: Domantas Sabonis.

    At 6-10, 240 pounds, he can give the Bucks size but also versatility.  He has an excellent post game and that can help spread the floor as well.  Adding Sabonis with guys like Parker, Middleton, and Carter-Williams can really make the bucks a dangerous shooting team with a young core.  Not only that but with the versatility of their players, they can be a threat to the Cavs in the east as soon as this year with this pick.

    Taking Sabonis could make the Bucks like the Warriors: a team that can win with shooting as well as post game.  I love this pick for the Bucks and it’s not a huge risk but could be a very high reward.  They also don’t need to rely on him to be the center of the franchise.  They can use him as a building block to be a great role player, which Sabonis can easily become.  -Jake Solovy

    Pro Comparison: Chris Bosh

     

    11. Orlando Magic – Henry Ellenson

    Marquette

    PF 6’10”

    Ellenson is another power forward in this draft with a ton of upside. He possess great versatility, the ideal height and length to play power forward in the league, and could be utilized as a small-ball Center in some lineups.

    The Magic already have some talented bigs on their roster, but Ellenson is too good to pass up at number 11. He has the chance to be a big time player on down the road. Ellenson will be able to stretch the floor while also being a capable rebounder. His pro comparison speaks for itself. – Cole Bollinger

    Pro Comparison: Kevin Love

     

    12. Utah Jazz- Denzel Valentine

    Michigan State

    SG/SF 6’6

    The Utah Jazz are on the right track to success as they merely missed the playoffs last season. With a young and talented core of Gobert, Hayward, Exum, and Favors there seems to be a small missing piece and that is the two guard spot. Valentine provides consistency to the Jazz, he is a can’t miss player. 2nd in player of the year voting he is a sure thing for at least a solid rotation player for ten years.

    As the Jazz are looking to make the playoffs right away, they must get consistency out of their role players. Valentine can attribute that from the jump of his rookie season. The only problem I see with this pick is the Alec Burks and Rodney Hood very much would play the same role, although I would still take Denzel Valentine with this pick if I am the GM I’m looking to move Alec Burks hefty contract for a back up big who can stay compliment Favors and Goberts game from a bench role. –Noah Croak

    Pro Comparison: Evan Turner, Lance Stephenson

     

    13. Phoenix Suns- Skal Labissiere

    Kentucky

    PF/C 7’0”

    Skal Labissiere, along with Dragan Bender, are probably two of the riskiest players to draft this year. For Skal, the upside is there. He has the talents, he’s shown the ability, and he’s given us a taste of his full potential when he wants to. But he seems to be one of the toughest kids to coach. At Kentucky, John Calipari had a hard time with him because his drive just did not seem to be there. But if you’re the Suns, a roll of the dice might just be what it takes to become a playoff team once again.

    The Suns have decent players scattered all throughout the lineup with Bledsoe and Knight, but what makes this pick make so much sense is Tyson Chandler. Skal needs a mentor and no one fits the bill better than Chandler. Tyson has been a leader ever since he stepped foot on a court and he has the ability to help Labissiere out tremendously. And the best part, Labissiere can play right alongside Alex Len to really solidify that second unit. Skal has the upside, now it’s up to him to develop into the player he can become. –MF

    Pro Comparison: Kelly Olynyk

     

    14. Chicago Bulls- Demetrius Jackson

    Notre Dame

    PG 6’2 

    The Bulls are put in a very difficult spot with the 14 pick.  A team with a very uncertain future can go in many directions.  However I believe they should go with Jackson and take this route: Build around Butler.

    Jimmy Butler is a proven All-Star with all the qualities to being that franchise player for the Bulls and only 26 years old, still has a very bright future.  He also takes great leadership.  For example, he said it’s his fault the Bulls missed the playoffs this year and stepped up.  This is something the Bulls should want to keep, not trade.  Instead, they should trade Derrick Rose who had a decent year for the Bulls but doesn’t seem to have the potential to get back to his former self.  So I think, the Bulls should trade Rose for a solid young forward or another draft pick to get another young star to replace Pau Gasol or Joakim Noah in that F/C position.  Hence, take Jackson to be the new point guard.

    Jackson is a decent shooter but also has a nice driving game.  We all remembered the great Derrick Rose and Jackson, who has similarities to Rose, can turn into a very dangerous player.  He can give the Bulls a good all around point guard to replace Rose and should fit nicely into Hoiberg’s system. -JS

    Pro Comparison: Raymond Felton

     

    15. Denver Nuggets- Cheick Diallo

    Kansas

    PF/C 6’9”

    While everyone around the Association is falling in love with the potential of the Minnesota Timberwolves and rightly so, I think that with some smart drafting and shrewd pickups the Nuggets could be a similar up-and-coming team in the Western Conference. With Emmanuel Mudiay running the point and All-Rookie Team Member Nikola Jokic in the post, the Nuggets have two pillars to help develop this team. The earlier selection of Buddy Hield at #7 overall allows Denver to be a little more risky with no glaring needs in their Starting 5.

    This is where one of the most exciting and talented prospects in the entire draft fits in- Cheick Diallo. Few players in the NBA posses a similar body and athleticism to Diallo, and I think that wherever he lands he will be able to have an immediate impact on his team. I, like many college basketball fans, was very disappointed in his lack of playing time during his time at Kansas, and I do not think we will never the full story of that situation. Diallo was a DNP in 11 of Kansas’ 38 games this past season (6 of those were by Coach’s Decision).

    Even without the game tape, I think Diallo’s performance in the Combine and team workouts will make a GM and Front Office fall in love with him. With the concerns of lack of playing time and refined basketball skills, Diallo will fall out of the Top 10 and will be drafted somewhere between 12-18. Diallo’s 56.9% Effective Field Goal % (eFG), and 11.8% Block Percentage will make the gamble that whatever team takes on him worth it. -DH

    Pro Comparison: Kenneth Faried

     

    16. Boston Celtics-Jakob Poeltl

    Utah

    C 7’1

    Want to give a shout out to writer Duncan Hensley who had the Celtics number 3 pick and selecting Jaylen Brown from California. With the Celtics already drafting a wing, their focus turns to beefing up down low. Don’t get me wrong here Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk are solid bigs but with Amir Johnson’s contract up and no other key frontcourt players on the team they need to use a pick or two down low.

    I was completely shocked when Poeltl was available at 16. He is the biggest steal in this draft in my mind.  He game is so complete, great size, great post moves, can use both hand, and great with the pick and roll. One thing I look at when analyzing bigs are how they move on the court and he has a lot of mobility for his size. Brad Stevens wants the Celtics to be a fast past team so Poeltl will be able to play at that quicker pace. Once he adds a little more weight and improves his defense he will be a solid starter. -CG

    Pro Comparison: Jonas Valanciunas

     

     

    17. Memphis Grizzlies- Wade Baldwin IV

    Vanderbilt

    PG 6’4

    The Memphis Grizzlies will be in a very tough spot this offseason. Point guard Mike Conley has been a leader and great scorer for them but he is a free agent this summer. With rumors of the Spurs attempting to court Conley the Grizzlies better make plans to play without Conley next season. Wade Baldwin is a small reach at this pick but with the lack of point guards after Kris Dunn there are no other clear options.

    Baldwin had a up and down senior year for the Commodores who majorly underachieved last season. Baldwin and Damian Jones were supposed to be the unstoppable pick and roll combination but instead struggled in the SEC and completely missed the NCAA tournament. Despite the team’s underachievement, Baldwin continued to show his hard nosed style point guard play. He isn’t the quickest point guard but makes that up with toughness and strength. He is very tough to stop once he gets rolling to the rim. Baldwin’s outside jumper did show some signs of improvement last season as he was able to knock down some deep shots to make defense respect him from distance. I project his jumper to continue to develop into a threat during his NBA career. His toughness and strength should make him an above average defender at the next level.

    This is a perfect match for the Memphis Grizzlies who have a reputation for having tough hard nosed players. Baldwin’s experience playing with a skilled big man like Jones will help his transition to playing with Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. -BK

    Pro Comparison: Chauncey Billups

     

    18. Detroit Pistons- Tyler Ulis

    Kentucky

    PG 5’10”

    The Pistons are emerging and are slowly becoming an Eastern contender once again. The Pistons front line is pretty formidable, so picking up a guard could help them out. A quick point guard like Ulis could allow the Pistons to get a true point guard and let Reggie Jackson play some SG. The Pistons probably have to decide between drafting the best available player or try to get someone that fits. They are use to drafting lottery picks that they needed to develop but then became important parts to their success. Detroit really doesn’t need another big man to sit the bench behind Drummond, so that’s where Ulis slides in. The Pistons could use some bench production, and more specifically the backup point guard.

    Ulis is a true PG that defines what a floor general is. You could compare him to Nate Robinson, but not quite as athletic. His effort, speed, and heart makes up for his lack of size. He is extremely fast with the ball in his hands and really pushes the tempo. Tyler maybe a pass-first guard, but he can shoot from the outside, and his quick release allows him to shoot it over bigger defenders. He is like a coach on the court, too. When he gets out on the court he has the ability to change a game with his defense, pressure, and quickness.

    Tyler Ulis is a great guard, but his height brings up concerns. It really affects a lot of things on both offense and defense. He will need to create his own shots better and be more consistent when shooting. His size also hurts him when battling against bigger point guards. He will need to get stronger, to compete with guys taller than him.

    Overall, while at Kentucky Ulis continued to show his immense work ethic and huge heart. He never gives us and has that never-say-die attitude. With a coach like Stan Van Gundy, I think Ulis could excel and end up being a great asset off the bench. His work ethic alone should be enough to keep him in the league, and some offensive development could make him a Sixth Man of the Year candidate.-GA

    Pro Comparison: Isaiah Thomas

     

     

    19. Denver Nuggets- Furkan Korkmaz

    International

    SG/SF 6’7

    The Denver Nuggets have one of the best home court advantages in the entire league. With the altitude being so high, they have the advantage to run their opponents out of the gym and play at a very fast pace. A few years ago, they had one of the more prolific offenses in the NBA, led by the talents of Ty Lawson. They need to get back to this level of play as soon as possible. Furkan Korkmaz has the skills needed to be able to run just like the Denver offense should be doing.

    Furkan Korkmaz, a Turkish player, presents risks just like any other international player but his upside is present. He can run with the best of them because of his ability to do three key things: shoot, pass, and get in the lane. But of course with all strengths comes weakness. He isn’t a strong ball handler, has trouble finishing in traffic, and he is a below average defender. But at this stage in the draft, he might be one of the best scorers left and that’s exactly how they like them up in Denver. -MF

    Player Comparison: Evan Fournier

     

    20. Indiana Pacers- Brice Johnson

    North Carolina

    PF 6’10

    The Pacers have a few different directions they could go with this pick. They have long needed a point guard, and scoring from the SG position has always been tough for them. However, new coach Nate McMillan said last week that he sees promising second year player Miles Turner as the long term center, which leaves a void at PF. I think that Brice Johnson could be a great fit for the Pacers in that role.

    Johnson impressed a lot last year with his energy on the court, as it would have been easy for him to simply rely on his athleticism. And athleticism he does have, as it looks like he is going to hit his head on the rim each time he dunks. This allows him to be a naturally elite rebounder, and he was a double double machine last year at UNC. This rebounding ability also earns him a lot of put backs, and he figures to get a lot of his scoring from this method in the NBA.

    Going off of that, I don’t know if Johnson can ever be a traditional back-to-basket PF as he simply doesn’t have the frame for it. He has added some muscle, but he needs to hit the gym hard in order to keep up his rebounding dominance. Also, he sometimes struggles on the defensive end. If he can improve his defensive instincts, he and Turner could be quite the defensive pairing for years to come as Johnson just screams potential in terms of him being a shot-blocking monster.

    As I said, the Pacers could go a lot of directions here. However, I think Larry Bird will value the maturity and athleticism of Johnson and take him at #20. – ZB

    Pro Comparison: Taj Gibson

     

     

     

    21. Atlanta Hawks- Timothe Luwawu

    International

    SG/SF 6’6”

    For the 2nd straight straight year, the Atlanta Hawks were swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers and crashed out of the playoffs. Now this offseason once again presents some decisions for Coach Bud and the Front Office, as they decide about the Free Agency of Kent Bazemore and Al Horford and the future of the Point Guard position between Jeff Teague and Dennis Schroeder. Couple these decisions with Kyle Korver’s skillset clearly in decline, the Hawks time near the top of the Eastern Conference could be coming to a premature end. This puts even more pressure on this pick to not only develop, but be someone the Hawks can rely on for future seasons.

    One of the hot international prospects in this year’s draft, I was surprised Luwawu was still available at 21. He has developed a lot in the past season, really focusing on his shot. He is extremely long, a wingspan of 6’11”, and his experience this past year playing the “Pack-line” Defense (think Virginia) will make his transition as a NBA wing a little smoother. His passing ability is strong which I think will fit will in Bud’s offense. His greatest weakness is his ball-handling, but I think that he can develop that skill as he comes to the league. Given the propensity for the Popovich coaching tree to gravitate to European prospects, I think that the Hawks would sprint to the podium if Luwawu is available at 21. While they are both Frenchmen, I think that Luwawu’s game compares favorably to Nicolas Batum and at worst the Hawks would get a “3 and D”  rotational player to fit into their team. – DH

    Pro Comparison: Nicolas Batum

     

    22. Charlotte Hornets-Tareun Prince

    Baylor

    SF 6’8

    The Hornets surprised a lot of people this year making the playoffs and almost took down the Heat in the first round and forced seven games.  They have a great young core to work with and Prince would be a great fit for the roster.

    Besides Kidd-Gilchrist, no forward really stands out as a solid go-to guy and may also lose some players via free-agency so with the need of a forward, Prince can come in handy if he falls to number 22.  This kid is a proven leader and it showed during Baylor’s run in March.  So with a young group of guys, a leader like Prince could be valued.  For his talent, he is very quick and has a decent jump shot but needs to work on ball handling more.  Especially in the NBA, you’ve got to protect the basketball but other than this flaw, he’s a pretty safe pick.

    At 22, the risk isn’t that high and Prince is a pretty solid all around player and could be a huge gain for this team if he lands in their lap. -JS

    Pro Comparison: DeMarre Carroll

     

    23. Boston Celtics- Thon Maker

    International

    PF/C 7’1

    Thon Maker is the one complete mystery man in this draft. He has the measurables and the flashy mixtapes but he has never played in a game above the high school level. Maker is also very old for his grade at 19 years old. He is almost an entire year older than Indiana’s Thomas Bryant who will be entering his sophomore year in college. Thon is such an intriguing prospect because of some of the skills he shows in the limited games he has played. He has shown the ability to post up, block shots, and shoot three pointers at a very high rate. The seven footer even won a three point contest as part of an All-Star game in Toronto. If Maker can develop his offensive game and put on some muscle he could be one of the best players to come out of this draft. Thon will be a project big for Brad Steven’s to develop. With so many draft picks in their pocket it would be very smart for the Celtics to grab someone that has unlimited potential. –CG

    Pro Comparison: Serge Ibaka

     

     

    24. Philadelphia 76ers- Malik Beasley

    Florida St.

    SG 6’5”

    Vying for the top selection means having to play with blatant holes in your lineup. Inserting Ben Simmons will almost certainly boost the success of the team, but lacking a backcourt with the ability to shoot from deep could severely affect the growth of the young lineup. Enter Florida St. freshman, Malik Beasley.

    Entering the CBB season, Malik Beasley (28th on ESPN’s 2015 Top 100 Recruits) wasn’t viewed as highly as fellow Seminole guard, Dwayne Bacon (14th on ESPN’s 2015 Top 100 Recruits). Fortunately for the Seminoles, both guards found success on the court, with Beasley even gaining the upper-hand on Bacon with his advanced scoring ability and athleticism. Beasley possesses less-than-ideal size for the 2-spot at 6’5”, but makes up for it with his ability to get to the rim with ease. Beasley’s knack for scoring is exactly what the Sixers need, as Philly sat 29th in field goal percentage at 43.1%. Beasley’s 54.1% effective field goal percentage (according to Sports Reference) and 38.7% 3-point percentage will drastically improve the Sixers’s scoring totals. Many are suspect of Beasley’s ability to guard the 2 with his lack of size (6’7” wingspan), but letting a defensive-minded coach like Brett Brown mold the raw talents of Beasley should boost his ability with his back to the basket. Giving Simmons a running-mate that can consistently hit from deep will help the Sixers space the ball on the offensive side, while conforming to the new 3-point shooting trend in the NBA. –AG

    Pro Comparison: Eric Gordon

     

    25. Los Angeles Clippers- Deandre Bembry

    St. Joseph’s

    SF 6’6

    As the Clippers season came to an end solely because of devastating injuries to their core players. The future looks bright but this offseason there is a glaring weakness they need wings, wings who can contribute from the start. They get this with Deandre Bembry as he is a veteran college player who can play minutes from day one. All small forwards for them will be free agents or possibly retiring, (Paul Pierce who is 50-50 on returning.)

    Deandre’s game is far from perfect as he gets a lot of steals and blocks but needs to work on one on one defense and not picking up fouls right away. He must improve his three point shot and work on his motor of keeping the same sense of energy on both sides of the floor. Deandre understands angles and that is not something you can teach. This pick seems like a no brainer for the Clippers and they do not need to wait years for him to be able to contribute. –NC

    Pro Comparison: Andre Iguodala

     

    26. Philadelphia 76ers- Dejounte Murray

    Washington

    PG 6’5”

    The Sixers are in a position where they can fully utilize their three first-round selections, and draft for potential, rather than immediate need. I fully expect Philadelphia to acquire a veteran point guard in free agency, meaning that Dejounte Murray would see the entirety of his minutes coming off the bench. This would allow Murray to develop his skills before facing serious minutes.

    Murray and Ben Simmons don’t exactly comprise the perfect pair. Simmons thrives with a point guard who can play off-the-ball, and is capable of hitting outside shots with consistency. Dejounte Murray doesn’t fit that mold. Murray is a big-bodied floor general at 6’5” (6’10” wingspan, according to ESPN) who had an inconsistent outside stroke his freshman year at Washington (28.8% from outside). So why did I select Murray over other guards with a consistent stroke? To gain the most value from the pick.

    Murray has the highest ceiling of the remaining point guards, and could wind-up having the best career. This means that if Murray is able to reach his potential, the Sixers could either figure out how to fit Murray and Simmons on the court, or trade him for a large return. Murray is already an exceptional defender, and has a knack for getting to the basket. He uses his size to rebound at a high rate (6.0 per contest last season), and is a solid distributor (4.4 per contest). He isn’t a great shooter, but was willing to take outside shots, regardless (3.5 3PA per game). If Murray can clean up his stroke and add to his 170 pound frame, he could play a large role in the Sixers’s future core, or at least a valuable trade chip.-AG

    Pro Comparison: Shaun Livingston

     

     

    27. Toronto Raptors- Malachi Richardson

    Syracuse

    SG/SF 6’7

    The Raptors are in prime spots in the draft coming off a nice playoff run to the Eastern Conference Finals. Adding a scorer to the bench couldn’t hurt the Raptors. Malachi Richardson is a proven scorer with the ability to create his own shot, being a key player in leading Syracuse to the Final Four. His 6’6” 200 pound frame is ideal for a NBA wing to go along with the lengthy 7 foot wingspan.

    The downfall to Richardson’s game would be his arid shot selection at times, which would lead to his less than ideal shooting percentages in college. However, when his shots are falling he is the guy the Raptors would want on their team that could bring a boost off the bench in the years to come. With some good coaching on shot selection and getting a lot of reps, Richardson could become a great wing scorer off the bench. It is not definite that he will be able to produce at the NBA level, but the Raptors are a team that can afford to take the risk with a promising player like Malachi Richardson. -SB

     

    28. Phoenix Suns- Juan Hernangomez

    International

    SF/PF 6’9

    Phoenix used their first two draft picks to beef up their rotation and give them some room to grow with those big guys. Hernangomez will be the pick here as a versatile forward who can be a draft and stash guy. After getting two lottery selections the Suns will not be looking for an immediate impact player with this third first round pick. Taking a draft and stash guy can give them some flexibility with their roster and cap space.-BK

    Pro Comparison: Josh Smith

     

    29. San Antonio Spurs – Petr Cornelie

    International

    PF 6’11”

    The San Antonio Spurs are known for their foreign players, and Cornelie makes sense as a late first round pick. Cornelie plays above the rim with ease while also having a “stretch 4” element in his game. He plays with great confidence and maturity and also shows great potential defensively on the perimeter due to his quick feet and ability to switch on ball screens. This could be another draft pick we look back on in a few years and realize that the Spurs stole another quality role player. – CB

    Pro Comparison: Zydrunas Ilgauskas

     

    30. Golden State Warriors- Stephen Zimmerman

    UNLV

    PF 6’11”

    The Warriors don’t need much help as they broke the NBA record for best regular season ever at 73-9. Golden State is stacked at guard, so we are looking in the paint. Bogut is solid, but is injury prone and Ezeli and Varejao are becoming free agents. Drafting Zimmerman could give the Warriors a big post that rebounds and has a soft touch around the rim.

    Zimmerman won’t blow you away with this athleticism, but his size makes up for that. He has a 7’3” wingspan which allows him to rebound well and block shots. The left handed big man, proved he has a good faceup game and has a good feel for the game in a whole. He definitely is not a back to the basket guy and could eventually shoot consistently from the outside which would work well this Kerr’s offense. Another piece of Zimmerman’s game is his passing ability. He can find open guys and gets them the ball when they need it. He doesn’t try to make the flashy play, which tells me he would be content being on the court to rebound, block shots, and pass the ball to Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. His size really gives him the ability to be a two way player.

    The biggest issue with Stephen is his consistency. That could have something to do with the laid-back personally he possesses. He won’t be ready to compete in games and it takes him a while to get on track. The strength and toughness are also concerns when it comes to the big Freshman out of UNLV.

    All in all, the Warriors really don’t need a great player with their current roster. Now changes could come about, but they have the potential to draft a young, big guy that could really help them out down the road with some development. The mobile forward could really fit into the Warriors scheme and potentially thrive. He is comparable to Cole Aldrich, but more mobile. This draft pick won’t make or break Golden State. Picking him could end up being the steal of the draft. It is worth the risk, as the Warriors has enough options from the current roster that they will do just fine if he doesn’t pan out as planned right away. –GA

    Pro Comparison: Chris Bosh

     

     

     

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  • Kris Dunn NBA Scouting Report May 29, 2016 Kieran Burns

    Strengths:

    Kris Dunn, first and foremost, is the fastest player on the court at any given time. Dunn uses his speed and quickness to rip apart defenses and pad his stat line. In addition to his speed, Dunn also has exceptional dribbling skills that allows him to get past defenders as well as getting fast breaks going. Another major strength of Dunn is his leadership on the court. When the ball is in his hands the game feels different and everyone around him plays at his pace. Dunn’s ability to control a game is one that will translate well to the NBA and has impressed scouts this season. On the defensive side Dunn is a lockdown defender and uses his long arms to pick pockets and steal passes. Dunn’s quickness on defense almost eliminates whoever he is guarding from the game.

    Weakness:
    Anyone who has watched Dunn lately can tell you he struggles with keeping his hands to himself. Dunn, who fouled out against MSU, usually ends games early, or with 4 fouls. Dunn needs to play smarter on defense and not get reaching-in fouls 40 feet from the basket, Dunn needs to stay in the game for as long as possible. Several times this season Coach Cooley has been forced to sit Dunn for periods of time due to foul trouble. Secondly, Dunn needs to be more of a consistent jump shooter, though to his credit, he has come a long way since the end of last season. If Dunn can be as deadly from range as he is getting to the basket there is little stopping him from being the best player in the upcoming draft. Finally, Dunn needs to work on limiting his turnovers. Kris Dunn plays a fast paced game and sometimes he gets ahead of himself and tries forcing passes. This issue will correct itself as time goes on and Dunn gets more experience (seeing as this is only his second full season).

    NBA Comparison – John Wall
    Many people might think that a player like Westbrook would fit Dunn better, but Wall’s style of play is more suited to Dunn. Kris Dunn is not a shoot-first point guard like Westbrook, but rather, Dunn uses his speed and dribbling to open up defenses and dish to teammates, much like Wall. Also, on defense, John Wall’s speed is what gives him the edge and I believe that’s truly what it boils down to. Dunn and Wall’s speed is what gives them the upper hand on both sides of the ball. I expect Dunn to be an impact player on the court, in the NBA,within 2 years. Dunn has made giant leaps since the start of last season in all aspects of his game. Expect to be hearing his name called early on draft day, and for years to come in the NBA.

  • Pre-Tournament NBA Mock Draft April 6, 2016 College Pride Press

    The NBA draft team of students put together this mock draft just before the NCAA tournament and in the madness we never got around to posting it on the site. The mock draft does not account for the NBA decisions already made. We will update you with a new mock draft once the list of draft entrants is officially set.

    1.Philadelphia 76ers- Ben Simmons

     

    LSU SF/PF, 6’10”, Freshman

    This should not shock anyone. Ben Simmons has been considered the top prospect since he was in high school and has done nothing to change that. He is a versatile forward that can do so many things to contribute on both ends. Philadephia cannot pass up on a player like Simmons even though they have drafted mostly big men throughout their rebuilding process. -Bradley Kreppel

    2. Los Angeles- Brandon Ingram

    Duke SF, 6’9”, Freshman

    I want to make one thing clear: the gap between Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram is extremely small, yet they are very different players. Simmons is a physical specimen who is capable matching up on pretty much everyone on the court, distributing the ball, and striking to the basket with high efficiency, but hasn’t shown any real shooting ability thus far. Ingram stands at 6’9” with a 7’3” wingspan, and sits at a mere 195 lbs. He is an excellent shooter (53.9% Effective Field Goal %) and uses his length to add quickness to his game, yet due to his size, has trouble matching up against bigger players. The biggest difference is the shooting, which is an extremely important asset to possess in today’s NBA (just ask Steph Curry). If not for a cold February where Ingram has shot just 36% from the field, there would be more debate as to who the top pick should be.

     

    Laker Nation should be ecstatic to land a player that not only fits the mold for a modern NBA small forward, but could succeed Kobe in leading this team into the future. The Russell-Ingram duo would be lethal, and would immediately solidify the Lakers as a top young team. If Ingram can bulk up and strengthen his defense, there is no reason why Ingram cannot turn out to be a better pro than Simmons.  -Adam Gross

    3.Phoenix Suns

    Dragan Bender, Maccabi Tel Aviv

    7’0” PF, 220 lbs

    After the success of Kristaps Porzingis with the Knicks, teams are going to want to snag the next big foreign thing. Bender can definitely fill that void. He is long, athletic and has an impressive jump shot for a big man. He runs the court well, and has a high basketball IQ. Along with that, he has a lot of defensive potential and can develop into an excellent two way player once he becomes more refined.

    However, I also err on the side of caution with a pick like this. For every Porzingis, there is a Darko Milicic that doesn’t succeed in the NBA. Currently, Bender can look great against the weaker foreign competition. That being said, he still needs to bulk up and add some muscle or he will get destroyed down low in the NBA. He’s not quite as versatile as Porzingis, so he will need to develop his post game a little more. This is still a great pick for the Suns, who need talent at every position, they just need to make sure they thoroughly scout him out. -Zach Beeler

    4. Boston Celtics- Jaylen Brown

    Cal SF, 6’7”, Freshman

    This is the exact type of player the Boston Celtics need.  Headed by a tremendous coach in Brad Stevens, this fundamental team needs to add some athleticism to really make a splash in the Eastern Conference.  Adding a strong, lengthy wing to the likes of Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder is a great start.  Brown has an NBA ready body, he can get out and run and finish on the break with relative ease.  His athleticism alone makes him worth a lottery pick, but add in his ability to create shots and get to the rim is the reason he is so highly touted.  A top-level athlete like Brown can be turned into a lethal weapon once Brad Stevens gets ahold of him.  Developing a long-range jumper is something Brown needs to work on, and if he can shoot at a higher rate from beyond the arc, there is no reason he can’t develop into an NBA All-Star.  Drafting a young guy with a high ceiling like Jaylen Brown could potentially put Boston back on top in the East. -Ryan Dahlkamp

     

    5. Minnesota Timberwolves- Buddy Hield

    Oklahoma SG, 6’4”, Senior

    This pick really shows how far the Timberwolves have come. They have so many young talented players that they are finally drafting someone over the age of 20 that has some more polish. Hield will fit in right alongside Andrew Wiggins and Zach Lavine to provide more of an outside threat that Minnesota lacks at the minute. Hield is a spectacular shooter who can score from anywhere on the court. His game will translate very well to the NBA style of play. Oklahoma had tons of dribble isolation for Hield and that is very similar to how things work in the NBA. -Brad Kreppel

    6.Denver Nuggets- Jamal Murray

    Kentucky SG, 6’4”, Freshman

    The Canadian Shooting Guard has continued to develop and improve his game as Kentucky has seen their upward trend the past few weeks. Gary Harris hasn’t developed necessarily like the Nuggets would have liked, and I think that a backcourt of Emmanuel Mudiay and Murray could be one of the most young, dynamic backcourts not only in the Western Conference but the NBA. With Kenneth Faried’s athletic force at the 4 and Nikola Jokic’s continued development at 5, the Nuggets could see a quick turnaround of fortunes. – Duncan Hensley

     

    7. New Orleans Pelicans- Jakob Poeltl

    Utah C,7’1”, Sophomore

    New Orleans will have two major needs on their roster for next season: shooting and a defensive big to pair with Anthony Davis. I felt that all of the shooters available would be major reaches with the seventh pick. Jakob Poeltl was the pick here because he fills the Pelican’s hole for a defensive minded center. Omer Asik will likely not remain in New Orleans past this season leaving a vacancy for Poeltl to come in and make an unstoppable pairing with Anthony Davis.

     

    Poeltl has made a huge jump from his freshman season to his sophomore campaign. He has doubled his scoring output and has improved his rebounding. He is considered the best defensive player in this draft with his ability to guard the post and protect the rim. He will be a great fit in the Pelican’s lineup taking some of the defensive pressure from Anthony Davis while providing some offensive when needed. -Bradley Kreppel

    8. Milwaukee Bucks- Kris Dunn

    Providence PG, 6’3”, Senior

    After surrendering a protected Lakers first-round pick to the Sixers for Michael Carter-Williams, seeing the franchise draft a point guard with shooting woes and turnover problems might strike fear into Bucks fans. Worry not though, Kris Dunn will prove to be a better player than MCW.

     

    Firstly, Dunn is a great athlete. His quickness combined with a high basketball IQ allows him to run an offense with high efficiency. He’s an excellent passer, ranking third in the NCAA in assist percentage (42.4%). He struggles with turnovers (3.6 per game), but this could be due to his high usage percentage (28.3%). His court vision is exceptional, and will be essential to run a team filled with young players.

     

    Dunn is by no means a great shooter, but his reputation of being a poor shooter is absurd. Dunn leads a Providence team that lacks top-notch talent, forcing him to take nearly 13 shots per game. He possesses good striking ability for a point guard, and does a good job finishing at the rim. He’s not a spectacular outside shooter, but he has improved each season at Providence, currently shooting at a 35.5% clip from downtown.

     

    Dunn is one of the most reliable and NBA-ready players in the draft, which should prove to be extremely beneficial to an underperforming Bucks team. -Adam Gross

     

    9. Toronto Raptors-Henry Ellenson

    Marquette Golden Eagles PF, 6’10” Freshman

    Toronto is in the midst of a great season, and also get a lottery pick thanks to the New York Knicks. If there is a glaring weakness to the Raptors squad, it seems to be at the Power Forward position. This can be solved with smooth forward Henry Ellenson, out of Marquette University. He is skilled, and can really stretch the floor with his shooting ability. He is a good rebounder as well, and has a great rebounding mind.

    He isn’t explosive, but I wouldn’t say he is a poor athlete. He is fluid with great balance, and it helps him run the floor in transition. He has a great post game, with a turnaround jumper that doesn’t leave much to be desired. Passing could also be considered a strength, and he doesn’t make many mistakes. Although his ceiling may be lower than some due to a lack of explosiveness, Ellenson should be a solid NBA player and would be a great fit in Toronto. -Zach Beeler

    10. Sacramento Kings- Ivan Rabb

    Cal PF, 6’11”, Freshman

    Already having the top center in the league in Boogie Cousins, and solid role players in Rudy Gay and Rajon Rondo, the Kings are still looking for more pieces to add to the puzzle.  Rabb’s athleticism and defensive abilities could potentially make him a perfect complement to Cousins and give the Kings one of the top frontcourts in the NBA.  His ability to score with either hand makes him a viable option on offense if Cousins is getting all the opposing defense’s attention.  Although his post-up game needs a little fine tuning, there is no reason to believe he can’t develop in that area because of his highly touted work ethic and high motor.  At 6’11” he has the size to play PF in the NBA.  He is one of the more raw prospects in the draft due to his young age, but he has a boat load of potential and would be able to learn from the likes of Demarcus Cousins to help his development. -Ryan Dahlkamp

     

    11.Orlando Magic- Furkan Korkmaz

    6’7” SG, Turkey

    For the second year in a row the Magic will take an international player who can shoot. Last year they took Mario Hezonja who has had an up and down year. This year they will take arguably the best shooter in this draft class in Korkmaz. Korkmaz has great size for the 2 guard position at 6’7” and can knock down shots from anywhere. Finding the right combination between Korkmaz, Hezonja, and Victor Oladipo will be key for the Magic to take this core of young talent to the next level.-BK

     

    12. Phoenix Suns-Demetrius Jackson

    Notre Dame PG, 6’1”, Junior

    Demetrius Jackson’s development during his time at Notre Dame has seen him become one of the best point guards throughout the nation. Maybe the most incredible stat showing his development during his college career is his Assist and Turnover Rate. Assist Rate according to Ken Pomeroy at KenPom.com is “assists divided by the field goals made by the player’s teammates while he is on the court”. Jackson’s Freshman year he had an Assist Rate of 14.7%, versus a rate of 25.8% during his Junior year. Turnover Rate is defined as “the percentage of personal possessions used on turnovers. Jackson’s Turnover Rate was 21.4% his Freshman year compared to 14.3% his Junior year. Jackson should be a good fit in Phoenix where he and Devin Booker can help reenergize what was once one of the most exciting and promising backcourts in the entire NBA. – DH

     

    13. Houston Rockets- Skal Labissiere

    Kentucky PF/C, 6’11”, Freshman

    Skal Labissiere has been one of the tougher players to peg this season. He came into Kentucky with scouts pegging him as a top 2 pick in this draft but he has struggled to transition to college basketball. He lost his starting spot and does not play the minutes you would expect a future lottery pick to receive. I think part of the reason that Labissiere has struggled has been foul trouble and the other part is that John Calipari tried to use Labissiere as a true post player like he did with Karl Anthony Towns last season. Labissiere’s game is not that of a true post player but more as a Anthony Davis style of play. I am not saying Labissiere is Anthony Davis but if you watch Davis he takes a lot of mid range jump shots and prefers to face the basket. Labissiere would be most effective facing the basket in the NBA.

     

    When it came to finding a player that could be a fit for Houston I was really lost. Patrick Beverley just signed a contract extension last summer, Dwight Howard’s future is up in the air, and James Harden seems like a tough guy to play with. Labissiere can provide the Rockets with minutes off the bench his rookie year but will need some development and weight training to reach his potential.

     

    My feeling is that Labissiere will impress teams with his workouts and end up being a lottery pick. He may even have a chance to sneak back into the top 10 if he can close out the season on a high note and do well during the draft process. –BK

     

    14. Utah Jazz- Timothe Luwawu

    International SG/SF, 6’7”

    It’s no secret that this draft class is weak. Top-tier talent runs two picks deep, and everything that follows will be a bit of a crapshoot. That is why the Jazz select Luwawu, who possesses one of the highest ceilings of any player available at this point.

    Luwawu has prototypical size for an NBA wing, at 6’7”, 205 lbs., and a 6’11” wingspan. His best attribute is his defense, which is a combination of his size and athleticism. Though his handles can use improvement, he has good ability to strike to the basket off the dribble. He’s improved his shooting mechanics, but doesn’t project to be a great shooter in the NBA. He is an all-around solid player, and at the very least should be a good role player off the bench.

     

    The Jazz don’t have any particular holes in their starting lineup, so adding depth at the wing should be one of their main goals. Rodney Hood has become a pleasant surprise, and would offer good mentorship for Luwawu. -AG

     

    15. Denver Nuggets-Domantas Sabonis

    Gonzaga Bulldogs, 6’10” PF

    Denver has some pieces, but they are in dire need of consistency. That is what Sabonis brings to the table, a guy that you’ll be able to rely on night in and night out. Sabonis is a great rebounder, and has a great instinct when it comes to that facet of the game. With Kenneth Faried also on the team, it gives the team two very solid rebounders at the 4. Along with rebounding, he brings a great energy to the court and could be a solid defender as well at the next level.

    Although not elite athletically, Sabonis can hold his own. As I mentioned, his instinct and body control will help make up for a lack of explosiveness. He is a solid post player offensively, but will need to continue to work on it as that will be where he makes his money. He’ll make a longer jumper if he’s open, but will need to put in a lot of work if he wants to make that a legitimate weapon for the future. Overall, I like Sabonis a lot and feel that he has the potential to be a very consistent player in the league for years to come. –ZB

    16. Denver Nuggets- Denzel Valentine

    Michigan State PG/SG, 6’5”, Senior

    A guy with the skill set of Denzel Valentine falling out of the lottery?  How is it possible that the potential National Player of the Year in the NCAA falls this late in the draft?  I personally believe that he has top 12 talent, but perhaps his limiting factor is his average athleticism.  Described as ‘The Swiss Army Knife’, Valentine can do it all.  Over the past two years he has continuously developed his jumper which is showing through his 19.6 ppg.  Not to mention his 7.5 assists and 7.2 rebounds per game are pretty impressive as well.  He seems to make a “wow” play every time he steps foot on a basketball court.  Teaming up Valentine with young prospects like Emmanuel Mudiay, Nikola Jokic, and Kenneth Faried could be the start of a bright future in Denver.  Even though he hasn’t played in an NBA game yet, he already seems to play like a savvy veteran.  He seems to always find an open man or knows when to shoot and his basketball knowledge makes him an extremely valuable asset.  Denzel Valentine at 16 would be the steal of the draft. –RD

     

    17. Boston Celtics- Greyson Allen

    Duke SG, 6’4” Sophomore

    Greyson Allen is going to be a good NBA player. I know he has been known for his antics on the court and I have been one of his biggest critics but the kid can flat out play. Allen will fit right in with guards Isiah Thomas, Courtney Lee, and Marcus Smart to be an unstoppable force. Allen will add the go to scorer in the second unit. Thomas is a great scorer off the bench but his size can limit him at times. Allen can drive the ball and finish strong and he is an excellent deep shooter. His ego may take a hit with role player minutes but Brad Stevens should be able to comb that over.-BK

    18. Charlotte Hornets-Juan Hernangomez

    International SF/PF, 6’9”, 20 Years Old

    The Spanish International may not be very well known yet in the United States, but he could end up being one of the real hidden gems of this draft class. Hernangomez is relatively refined on the offensive end, with a nice shot, efficient on the pick and roll, and able to attack with either hand will allow Hernangomez to smoothly transition to NBA Defenses. He must also continue to develop a consistent shot from 3. The two areas that will dictate whether he can be a successful NBA player will be his defense and his decision-making. Hernangomez routinely gets taken advantage of in the post and gambles too much on the perimeter. He also must make better decisions on the offensive end, where he averages nearly one more turnover than assists currently in the Spanish Professional Basketball League. – DH

     

    19. Chicago Bulls- Deyonta Davis

    Michigan State PF/C, 6’10”, Freshman

    The way that the picks fell this draft I ended up selecting mostly big men in this mock draft. Chicago did not trade Taj Gibson or Joakim Noah at the trade deadline but it is clear that those two bigs are not part of Fred Hoiberg’s long term plan for the Bulls. Last year the Bulls selected PF/C Bobby Portis and he has shown flashes of greatness this season even with limited playing time. The Bulls will look to pair Davis and Portis together for years to come.

     

    Davis has not played a major role in the Michigan State offense this season but he has shown some flashes of potential. He still is very raw but he is a natural shot blocker and will be able to provide rim protection right away for the Bulls. He has shown the ability to knock down hook shots and his midrange jumper is developing. Davis is a guy with tremendous potential and will be a steal to get him outside of the lottery.-BK

     

    20. Atlanta Hawks- Malik Beasley

    Florida State PG, 6’5”, Freshman

    At the beginning of the CBB season, many people believed Dwyane Bacon would be the one-and-done guard out of Florida State that would land someone in the first round. As we near the end of the season, Malik Beasley has shocked the country and gets slotted earlier than Bacon in the first.

     

    The athleticism is the first thing that pops out in Beasley’s game. At 6’5” with a 6’6” wingspan, he possesses good size for a two-guard. He had some good showings against stiff competition, including a 23 point (10-16) outing against then #17 Louisville. He’s a good shooter, hitting 37.6% of his shots from downtown, and shooting 82.6% from the charity stripe. His scoring efficiency as a freshman is one of his best assets, putting up a 53.6% Effective Field Goal Percentage. Though he can stand to add some weight to his frame (190 lbs.), he’s not afraid to bang down-low, averaging 5.3 rebounds per contest.

     

    Kyle Korver is going to turn 35 this month, and hasn’t been as effective this season as last season’s all-star campaign. Bringing in a young, athletic guard who can shoot should be a priority for Atlanta to replace Korver at the two, and Beasley would perfectly fill that role. Not only would this be a good fit, Beasley might be the best value at pick 20. -AG

    21. Indiana Pacers- Wade Baldwin

    Vanderbilt Commodores, 6’3” PG

    The Pacers have a few pieces to build on, but in this point guard driven league George Hill won’t bring them a championship anytime soon. Wade Baldwin has a lot of potential, and it would be wise for the Pacers to take a shot on him. He has a ridiculous 6’10” wingspan, which just screams defensive potential. Along with that, he is a fluid athlete that just looks comfortable manning the point. He is a good outside shooter, and could definitely make people pay for leaving him open or missing a switch defensively.

    Perhaps the biggest knock on Baldwin is his inconsistency. There are times when Baldwin looks engaged, energized, a lottery pick. Then there are games like the one against Kentucky this year, when he looked lackadaisical in a 1-9 shooting effort. He will need to work hard to become more consistent if he wants to start at point guard in the NBA. However, his body looks like that of an NBA point guard and he is more than worth the risk if he falls to the Pacers. -ZB

     

      22. Philadelphia 76ers- Monte Morris

    Iowa State PG, 6’3”, Junior

    The Sixers have the youngest roster in the league along with a stockpile of draft picks.  If the Sixers do end up being awarded the top pick in the draft they will already have the beloved Ben Simmons. Adding a safe player like Monte Morris to all of their young talent would be a smart move.  Morris boasts a near 5:1 assist: turnover ratio.  He always makes the smart play and is able to set up his teammates with relative ease.  This season the Sixers have turned it over more than any other team.  They need a guy like Monte Morris who can slow the tempo and control a game.  Teaming him up with frontcourt talent such as Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor, and potentially Ben Simmons, Morris would make each of these players better with his elite passing ability.  To go along with that, Morris has a knack for the ball on defense averaging nearly two steals per game over his past two seasons at Iowa State.  With all the shaky moves by the Sixers’ front office, taking a safe player like Monte Morris would be in their best interest. –RD

     

    23. Boston Celtics- Brice Johnson

    UNC PF, 6’10” Senior

    Boston added a 2 guard and a small forward already in this draft so they decide to go with some experience and athleticism with Brice Johnson. Johnson is a rebounding monster who has great touch around the basket. I believe he has room to grow but can be a very formidable backup as a rookie. The Celtics like to get out in the fast break where Brice is at his best. This isn’t a risky pick but one that can pay off greatly in the right system.-BK

     

    24. Memphis Grizzlies- Melo Trimble

    Maryland PG, 6’3”, Sophomore

    Melo Trimble came to Maryland with loads of expectations as a McDonald’s All-American and needing to help Maryland transition from the ACC to the Big 10. By all accounts Trimble has been all of that and more for Mark Turgeon and the Terrapins helping them to the Sweet 16 last year and the Terps look to be a National Title Contender as the calendar turns to March. The Grizzlies need to start evolving as a team as their “ground and pound” game with Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph continue to age and it looks more and more certain that Mike Conley will not be returning to Memphis after he enters Free Agency in the Summer of 2016. Trimble’s 3-Point Shooting and his ability to effectively utilize the pick and roll will allow for Memphis to kick-start the development of a newer and more perimeter-focused squad. – DH

     

    25. LA Clippers- Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk

    Kansas SG/SF, 6’8”, Sophomore

     

    The Clippers are in need of some shooting to supplement the aging JJ Reddick. The Clippers are led by two post players who are not used to stepping far outside of the basket offensively so the wings must be able to knock down outside shots in order to stretch the defense. Sviatoslav can do just that for the Clippers. He is a 6’8” guard or small forward that is lethal from long range. He is originally from the Ukraine and has extensive experience with their national team before arriving in Lawrence last year.

     

    His playing time has been limited because Brannen Greene has been Bill Self’s go to shooter off the bench. When Mykhailiuk has gotten minutes he has done nothing but impress. He can knock down shots from anywhere and is continuing to add strength and offensive diversity to his game. This year Mykhailiuk is shooting just under 40% from three point range. He just scored 17 points in the Big-12 clinching victory over Texas Tech.  The Clippers will make this pick with an eye on the present and the future as Mykhailiuk can come off the bench and provide a deep shooting threat while continuing to develop and add strength. I have been high on Mykhailiuk all season because of his size and shooting ability. Bill Self has struggled the past few seasons of managing his bench and it seems like Mykhailiuk is one of those guys who has fallen through the cracks. He will be a huge asset for the Clippers and make Ukraine proud. –BK

     

    26. Toronto Raptors- Caris LeVert

    Michigan SG, 6’7”, Senior

    This selection can vary greatly depending on how LeVert’s leg heals. Many believed LeVert would crack the lottery if he had stayed healthy this season, so if he is able to properly rehabilitate, this could be a steal for Toronto.

     

    Caris LeVert is an all-around force at the shooting guard position. He’s a great shooter, hitting his 3’s at a 44.6% clip this season. He has become a very good passer, putting up a 2.96 assist-to-turnover ratio, which is a big jump from 1.7 last season. His height (6’7”) and wingspan (7’1”) helped him average 5.3 rebounds per contest this season, but he lacks the ideal size (205 lbs) for the NBA. Though he possesses ideal length and quickness, he’s an average defender, which can be somewhat fixed when he enters the league.

     

    With Demar Derozan opting-out of his contract, according to Brian Lewis of the NY Post, finding a replacement is essential for Toronto. LeVert’s game has some flaws, but should be a successor, whose game has developed well after four years in Ann Arbor. It doesn’t appear as though LeVert’s ceiling is too high, but if his leg heals properly, this could be the best value pick of the draft. -Adam Gross

     

    27. Philadelphia 76’s- Dwayne Bacon

    Florida State Seminoles, 6’5” SG

    Well, the Sixers have a frontcourt. As for a backcourt, that is a different story. In Dwayne Bacon, they would get an elite scorer who could immediately bring a scoring punch to a team desperately in need of a punch of any kind. Bacon is a natural scorer, a slasher who has a knack for finishing at or near the rim by any means necessary. Although he isn’t elite athletically, this knack for scoring should translate just fine to the NBA, although it may limit his ability to be a star.

    Also limiting that star capability is the fact that Bacon struggles from long range. He shoots below 30% from three, and can struggle with shot choice at times as well. He is an average defender, but is nothing to write home about. I worry that without improving one or both of these areas, Bacon will become just another run of the mill bench unit scorer. But the Sixers have plenty of picks and are willing to be patient, so Bacon may be a great fit for the team. –ZB

     

    28. Phoenix Suns- Cheick Diallo

    Kansas PF, 6’9”, Freshman

    Diallo quite possibly has the highest ceiling of any player in this year’s draft.  The only problem is that no one has seen it since Bill Self has played him only eight minutes per game.  His numbers are extremely low considering he, other than Ben Simmons, was possibly the most hyped player in the 2015 recruiting class.  After his impressive showings at the Jordan Brand Classic and McDonald’s All-American game, people were talking about him as a top 5 pick in the draft.  He still has a ridiculous amount of untapped potential and his athleticism and motor make him appealing to an NBA team.  The only reason his is not a lottery pick is because he hasn’t yet showed anyone what he can do. Phoenix is a struggling franchise right now so it may be worth the risk in drafting Diallo and pairing him up with Devin Booker, Eric Bledsoe, and Brandon Knight.  His length and passion for basketball along with his insane athleticism could make him an NBA All-Star in the long run, but for now, he needs to prove himself on the floor.-RD

     

    29. San Antonio Spurs- Diamond Stone

    6’10” PF, Maryland

    This just feels like a very Spurs pick so late in the first round. Stone was a highly recruited player who did not live up to the extreme hype at Maryland. Part of the issue was that Maryland had a great amount of talent but never really were able to work together. Stone showed some flashes of brilliance when he had the ball with pull up jump shots and some nice post moves but was inconsistent with ball dominant guards on his team.

    Stone will fall into the Spurs lap and they will rejoice as they have found a new running mate with LaMarcus Aldridge. Stone plays like Aldridge but is more physical around the rim. The Spurs can build and develop Stone while continuing their amazing success even after Tim Duncan is gone.

     

    30. Golden State Warriors-Stephen Zimmerman

    UNLV C, 7’0”, Freshman

    Most evaluators would have told me I was crazy if I said Zimmerman was going to fall all the way to the end of the First Round at the beginning of the year. What Zimmerman did not know at the beginning of the year is that UNLV would struggle at the beginning of the year eventually resulting in Dave Rice being relieved of his duties as Head Coach. Even with the turmoil in and around the UNLV program, Zimmerman’s potential as a big man who can step out and play the perimeter means that he is tailor-made for today’s NBA. Andrew Bogut is 31 years old, and can help Zimmerman navigate the NBA in his early years, but once Zimmerman is ready to take over and be the starter for this team Bogut should be ready to hang up his sneakers. Pairing Zimmerman with Steph, Klay, Draymond et al should be the perfect system for the young big man. – DH

     

  • College Pride Press January NBA Mock Draft January 20, 2016 College Pride Press

    Our first NBA Mock Draft was such a huge success that we wanted to do another mock draft. Conference play has provided us with plenty of top match-ups. With each game we learn more and more about each player and their NBA potential. We have chatted with our writers all over the country for help on the players we don’t have a chance to watch a lot at our schools. The order of the picks was determined by record from last to first as of one week ago.

    1.Philadelphia 76ers- Ben Simmons

    6’10 SF, LSU

    There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Ben Simmons is the most dominant player in college basketball. He’s drawn comparisons to the likes of Lebron James and Magic Johnson. The 76ers are in need of a point guard with great vision and IQ to run their offense, but in Simmons, they would get a point forward, capable of doing both while also consistently grabbing double digit rebounds each game. At LSU, he has lifted the play of those around him by pounding the ball towards the paint and then passing it out. Ben Simmons can very well be the last piece needed for the 76ers to begin to become a formidable team in the NBA. -Cain Lever

     

    2. Los Angeles Lakers- Brandon Ingram

    6’9” SF, Duke University

    The Lakers have been subpar this season, in the wake of the retirement season of Kobe Bryant. This is obviously a rebuilding year for the franchise. The future is a little brighter as the Lakers have had good stretches of play from guards Jordan Clarkson and last year’s First round pick D’Angelo Russell. Coach Byron Scott is also trying to figure out if PF Julius Randle should start or come off the bench. Brandon Ingram is a good fit for the Lakers. Wingspan, wingspan, wingspan, Ingram is all arms right now. He measured 6’9.5″ in shoes and a 7’3″ wingspan at the 2015 NIKE Hoop Summit. Ingram uses his length well to finish at the rim and is very efficient. He also has a good midrange game and his range extends to the NBA three point line. He uses his size and length to easily shoot over smaller defenders. Weaknesses coming into the draft would be that he needs to put on weight and get stronger so he can get better on the defensive end. His comparisons anetre to Kevin Durant and he sure does have that upside. Ingram will be an All-Star in this league and a force for years to come. –Adekale Ande

     

    3. Boston Celtics (Brooklyn) – Dragan Bender

    7’1” PF/C, Croatia

    The Boston Celtics have put themselves in a great situation with three first rounders and a shot at the number one pick under the excellence of Danny Ainge and Brad Stevens. Their trade with Brooklyn a couple years back landed them this possibility and they have room to experiment with a low-risk high-reward player in Dragan Bender. Bender is an extremely young prospect, just having turned 18 last November. His young age and raw ability could take time to develop as patience is key, but they ceiling is worth it. With a 7’2” wingspan and 9’3” standing reach, his long strides and length are reminiscent of the recently drafted Giannis Antetokounmpo. He is the closest thing to Pau Gasol, as his work ethic is full of hustle and he plays hard defensively. His dribbling coordination paired with physical athleticism seen internationally in Israel make him a gem for a 7-footer. Bender shows his dual threat abilities as he wants to be able to face up from three point line or score posting up under the basket. His versatility is shown as he can play and guard the 3,4, and 5 in “small ball” lineups, similar to his role models of Nikola Mirotic and Dirk Nowitzki, who he has shown to be better defensively than. –Karam Hamada

    4. Phoenix Suns- Jakob Poeltl

    7’ Center, Utah

    This was my first and toughest pick of the draft.  The Suns have a front court of Markieff Morris (who will not be on the roster at the end of the year), an aging Tyson Chandler, Mirza Teletovic who is 30, and Alex Len who has trouble staying healthy. The rest of the team is guards and wing players. There is a clear need for a big man. Ben Simmons and Dragen Bender were both taken. There were the two premier big men in this draft. The next three bigs on my list were Jakob Poeltl, Henry Ellenson, and Skal Labissiere. Ellenson has been up and down this season so this might be seen as a reach at the number 5 pick. Skal Labissere has shown very small flashes at Kentucky but overall has been a mess. He is a project and I do not think Eric Bledsoe wants to work with a project big. That left me with the pick of Poeltl.

    Jakob Poeltl is an athletic big man who is great on the defensive end. He can come in and defend almost all positions and protect the rim. Offensively he has improved a ton from last season as he now averages close to 18 points to go along with 10 rebounds and 2 blocks per game. He is more of a silent player but in the end he puts up some impressive scoring numbers. He will be a great addition to the Suns who have struggled when Alex Len has been injured.

    He will be a great fit defensively for the Suns as they have given up the second most points per game in the NBA this season. Poeltl will stabilize the defense without giving up anything on the offensive end. If Poeltl reaches his ceiling he will be an All-Star player providing great value on both ends of the court.–Bradley Kreppel

     

    5. New Orleans Pelicans- Kris Dunn

    6’3” PG, Providence College

    Building around Anthony Davis has been the Pelican’s top priority, but they have failed at doing so. The roster is a mess, and the 2016 draft is their opportunity to take a step in the right direction. Kris Dunn is a no-brainer at this spot. Dunn has single-handedly brought Providence into relevancy this season, posting 17.7 points, 7.3 assists, and 6.3 boards, per game. Dunn has proven his ability to run an offense, leading the NCAA in assist percentage this season (49.3), as well as last season (50.0). He has good size for a point guard, allowing him to get to the basket at will. He is also a very strong defender, ranking second in the NCAA in steal percentage (5.9). His shooting could use some work, but nonetheless has posted a solid effective field goal percentage this season (52.4%). This is an easy choice for New Orleans, and should certainly help the team’s overall progression. -Adam Gross

    6.Denver Nuggets- Jaylen Brown

    6’7” SF, Cal-Berkeley

    In my last mock I took Brown to the Nuggets as well. I just think he fits so well that it is a no brainer if he is available at that pick. He has dynamic athleticism and is tough enough to take the ball to the rim with no fear of getting blocked or fouled. Along with that, he has a lot of potential defensively and could potentially become a good two-way player for the future. His jump shot could be better, but when you play for a living that facet of the game tends to improve. This would be a slam dunk pick for the Nuggets. –Zach Beeler

     

    7. Minnesota Timberwolves- Skal Labissiere

    6’11” C, Kentucky

    Since the start of the season, Skal Labissiere has not played near the level that many college scouts believed he could play at, but the name of the game for Skal is potential, and this 6’11” forward has a whole lot of it. Skal has a smooth jumper and has quicker feet than most centers and forwards. As he fills out into his frame, he can also become a great rebounder and defensive threat in the NBA. Although he may not produce right away for the Timberwolves, Skal can eventually become a great front court partner with Karl Anthony-Towns. –Cain Lever

    8. Milwaukee Bucks- Furkan Korkmaz

    6’7” SG, Turkey

    Milwaukee while not having the best season: definitely has young talent to lead the team for years to come, but there is one thing missing. Milwaukee is great need of a natural born shooter and scorer and Furkan Korkmaz is there guy. He is a dream player for any coach because of his offensive ability to score at will. He rarely struggles to create a scoring option for himself or others. He is a sharp shooter with a high percentage from beyond the three-point arc. Korkmaz averaged nearly 50% from three in the latest U19 World Championships and he did so while taking smart shots within the system. NBA Scouts and Coaches are worried about his strength and athleticism and other physical characteristics because he is a European player and they don’t have the same training regimen as the NBA. If I were the Bucks front office I would take a gamble with this kid because he has experience and he is leading his Turkish club in scoring (25.3 ppg) and they could sure need it now. –Adekale Ande

    9.Portland Trailblazers – Cheick Diallo

    6’9” PF, Kansas

    After the departure of four of their 2014-15 starters, the Blazers have found themselves in a whole down low, but their backcourt has shined in the emergence of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. Portland will be looking to replace the size and energy down low from long-time Blazer Lamarcus Aldridge. They will look for potential as they are not necessarily looking to win right now and pick the most NBA ready, but instead they will pick the player with the highest ceiling available and that is Cheick Diallo. Although he has not played much under Bill Self at Kansas this season yet, he is already showing how he can make a huge impact on the next level defensively. Diallo is a high energy guy who can run the court and get on the offensive glass, which the NBA desperately looks for nowadays. His undersized height for his position is countered by his long wingspan and physical endurance and ability. He has shown to expand his game with mid-range jumpers, which causes trouble for several defenders as his offense is still very raw. A good NBA comparison would be to Tristan Thompson, and possibly Kenneth Faried, as they have both shown to translate well to the next level with their physical strength and abilities even though being undersized.

    –Karam Hamada

    10. Sacramento Kings- Jamal Murray

    6’5” Guard, Kentucky

    The Sacramento Kings will be at a crossroads this offseason as they will decide whether to trade Demarcus Cousins and rebuild with George Karl’s system or keep Cousins and build around him. Rajon Rondo has bounced back in his first season in Sacramento to be a leader and help out Demarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay. Rondo is 29 and has struggled with injuries and inconsistency throughout the past couple seasons. Willie Cauley-Stein has helped the defense with his versatility so the 3-5 positions are really all accounted for in the future.  Rondo and McLemore have been the main guards in the lineup but could use some help. In comes Jamal Murray.

     

    Jamal Murray has been playing men older than him for his entire high school career including playing on Team Canada. He is very mature and developed for being just 18. He is a natural scorer who can score at every level. He will be a perfect fit to the Kings because he can play on or off the ball. With a ball dominant forward like Demarcus Cousins this will be extremely valuable. Murray can play either guard spot as well with very good size and skill set.

     

    Murray has been a very good scorer at Kentucky but has struggled with consistency at times. When his shot is falling he wants the create with every possession they have but when he is having an off night he must force up shots due to the lack of scoring help around him at Kentucky. As Murray grows he will become more consistent with every facet of his game and will be a star in the league. I would put an NBA comparison as Klay Thompson with his hot and cold shooting but a natural knack for scoring.

     

    The Kings can pair Murray and Ben McLemore in the backcourt for the future and have great success. The Kings need one more piece to push them over the edge and Murray will be able to take scoring pressure off of Cousins. -Bradley Kreppel

     

    11. Toronto Raptors- Ivan Rabb

    6’9” PF, Cal- Berkeley

    The Toronto Raptors are undoubtedly one of the most athletic teams in the NBA, making Ivan Rabb, possibly the most athletic big in the draft, an obvious selection here. Rabb had a lot of hype surrounding him when coming out of high school, grading out as ESPN’s 8th best recruit in the 2015 class. Though Cal has severely underperformed this season, Rabb has proven why he was valued so highly. He is a lengthy, athletic power forward, who is a very strong rim protector, and possesses a solid mid-range jumper. At just 18 years old, he still needs to put on some size and develop more post moves, but still has plenty of time to do so. By drafting Rabb, the Raptors are investing in a potential star that won’t make a massive immediate impact in the NBA. If the Raptors can properly maximize the potential behind a Valanciunas-Rabb duo, Toronto could very well have the best front court in the NBA.

    -Adam Gross

     

    12. Washington Wizards- Henry Ellenson

    6’10” PF, Marquette University

    The Wizards are currently going through a disappointing season considering their young talent, and will be looking for a big to go alongside young guards John Wall and Bradley Beal. Henry Ellenson could very well be that guy. Although Ellenson lacks elite athleticism, he makes up for it with high basketball IQ and a solid jump shot. He is a very smooth player, and looks especially developed around the rim. However, he can also step out and hit some jump shots as well. If Ellenson can extend his shooting ability to the three point line, he could be a deadly stretch four in the NBA.-Zach Beeler

     

    13. Charlotte Hornets- Domantas Sabonis

    6’11” C, Gonzaga

    This Gonzaga big man may not be as athletic as some of the other forwards in this draft; however, he still finds a way to drop 18 points and grab 11 rebounds each game. The Hornets can use Sabonis as a low scoring threat in their offense and they can rely on him to crash the glass every time a shot goes up. -Cain Lever

     

    14. Orlando Magic- Buddy Hield

    6’4” SG, University of Oklahoma

    I highly doubt Buddy Hield will drop to the 14th pick, but if he is still on the board why not pick him up. That is what the Orlando Magic are thinking with this pick. With Hield the Magic are getting a natural born scorer and a smart basketball player. He is a high volume scorer with a well-rounded skill set. Hield is a good athlete with a long wingspan and powerful. Buddy also is a graceful athlete who is extremely fluid and can get off the ground with ease. There might be some concerns with his height at his position but he’s been proving scouts wrong, especially with his 46 point performance against Kansas in Triple overtime. The Magic will be getting a 4-year senior which mean he’s a leader and highly respected in the locker room. He has the potential to be a great six man in this league with comparison to Jodie Meeks and Eric Gordon. A great fundamental pick for this franchise. –Adekale Ande

     

    15. Utah Jazz – Timothé Luwawu

    6’7” SG/SF, France

    The Jazz have been a middle of the pack team the last few years and are looking for someone to finally get them the edge they have been seeking. With Trey Burke running the point for their future and their front court packed with Gobert and Favors, their weakness has tended to be shown with their wings. This wing out of France will do a great job filling in that role for the time being. Luwawu is a solid athlete with great size for a backcourt player, drawing comparisons to Thabo Sefolosha. He’s a natural scorer who can change the game with his streaky shooting. However, he can always provide help on the glass for his size and has the potential to be a great defender.–Karam Hamada

     

    16. Denver Nuggets- Dwayne Bacon

    6’7” SG, Florida State

    There was not much thought needed for this pick. The Denver Nuggets have a bunch of solid players but other than Emmanuel Mudiay there is not a ton of upside on the roster. The Nuggets drafted Gary Harris with hopes of him becoming an All-Star shooting guard but he has struggled making the transition to the NBA. The Nuggets will want to find a running mate to pair with Mudiay and Dwayne Bacon will be that second guard to build on. Bacon came into Florida State as a top recruit and has played fantastically as a freshman. He has risen way up on the draft boards with his 17 points and 5 rebounds per game. He has great size for a 2 guard at 6’7”. My NBA comparison is Klay Thompson. They are the same size and play a similar style game.  Bacon and Mudiay will be a backcourt that the team can build upon with them combining for a dangerous mix of athleticism and finesse. -Bradley Kreppel

     

    17. Memphis Grizzlies-Wade Baldwin

    6’3” PG, Vanderbilt University

    Since 2010, Memphis has been in what’s known as the “Grit and Grind” era. The name was derived from their high-pressure, defensive style of basketball. Guys like Tony Allen and Marc Gasol perfectly exemplify what it means to be a Grizzly. Wade Baldwin’s style is nearly taylor-made for the Memphis Grizzlies. The sophomore point guard out of Vanderbilt is one of the best defensive players in college. His athleticism, quick feet, size, and knack for the game gives him the ability to lock down opposing guards. He is also hitting shots from the perimeter at a 45.7% clip, making him one of the best outside shooters in the NCAA. Memphis has struggled to find a guy that can play their gritty style of defense while consistently hitting outside shots, which should make Baldwin one of the Grizzlies’s top draft candidates.-Adam Gross

    18. Detroit Pistons- Damian Jones

    7’ C, Vanderbilt University

    This one is a bit of a gamble that I really think could pay off for the Pistons. Jones plays mostly center for the Commodores, but is still learning to become a more polished player. If he can develop his jump shot to spread the floor with Andre Drummond underneath the rim, the Pistons will have a deadly pair of seven footers, each with their own style. Jones is also a good rebounder, and is developing as a defender. This pick may be a bit of a risk on Jones’ potential, but I believe it to be high and the Pistons should consider Jones if he is on the board. –Zach Beeler

     

    19. Boston Celtics-Melo Trimble

    6’4” PG, Maryland

    Melo Trimble is easily one of the best point guards in this draft. Since his freshman season, his scoring has dipped slightly, but his shot selection and field goal percentage have improved. Along with that, Trimble’s assist numbers have gone up. The Celtics can use his scoring and facilitating abilities to improve their offense. He brings the floor spacing that Marcus Smart lacks and the height that Isaiah Thomas lacks to an offense in need of a primary ball handler. –Cain Lever

    20. Indiana Pacers- Stephen Zimmerman

    7’0” C, UNLV

    The one component that is keeping the Indiana Pacers from dominating the East is a legitimate big. Stephen Zimmerman can be the answer to their prayers. Stephen is freakishly athletic for a 7 ft. big man. He is capable of backing you down with his great footwork or spacing the floor with his ability to knock down a mid-range jumper. Although he is just a freshman, scouts love his NBA ready size and body. His biggest weakness is that he tends to settle too much for his jump shot instead of posting up. He draws comparisons to All-Star PF LaMarcus Aldridge. Zimmerman should be a solid role player in the league. It just make sense for Indiana to pick him at 20. –Adekale Ande

    21. Boston Celtics (Dallas) – Denzel Valentine

    6’5” Guard, Michigan State

    Boston is looking for permanent help in the backcourt to pair with their budding star in Isiah Thomas and reliable talents in Avery Bradley and the young Marcus Smart. Their best bet for their future to pair with their top pick, which is most likely Dragan Bender, is a player who has looked like the best player in college basketball this year. A constant triple double threat, putting up numbers that draw memories of another memorable Spartan in Magic Johnson. His high IQ paired with his size that allows him to guard multiple positions effectively draw comparisons to a the shining Warriors star of Draymond Green. He can shoot the long ball and passes like no other, approaching the game in all different facets. He could be the next big thing as he transitions to the NBA. –Karam Hamada

    22. Toronto Raptors- Wayne Selden Jr.

    6’5” SG, Kansas

    The Raptors already took Ivan Rabb as their project center to backup Jonas Valanciunas. Now they will look for some insurance in case DeMar DeRozan leaves via free agency this summer. Selden is a solid combination of upside and yet a less risky pick than others. He can still improve his game but he will be able to come to the NBA and contribute right away. His experience at Kansas will be beneficial for his transition. Selden is able to score in a variety of ways whether it be shooting deep or driving to the rim. Selden has the strength to get into the paint and finish through contact. He has been playing fantastic this year but is still underrated with the multitude of stars on Kansas.

    If the Raptors are able to retain DeRozan, Selden will be able to come off the bench and provide some quality guard depth behind DeRozan and Kyle Lowry. This is a high floor, high ceiling pick by the Raptors that likely will not be labeled as a bust. Selden will be a nice complement to the less developed higher upside pick of Ivan Rabb. -Bradley Kreppel

    23. Atlanta Hawks – Caris LeVert

    6’6” Guard, Michigan

    Atlanta is just looking to fill in the gaps to finally make them a true contender for the title as Mike Budenholzer’s work in Atlanta has already proven extremely phenomenal as he continues to win without a true superstar. With depth at every position, Caris LeVert is a player who can help the backcourt take the next step.as Kyle Korver continues to age. With already young successful talent in Dennis Schroder and Tim Hardaway, Caris is a shooting guard who has shoot the ball effectively and can run the ball down the court. He draws great comparisons to Jamal Crawford and Jeremy Lamb as his length and quick release make him impossible to stop when hot. He has the physical quickness to get open and has the ability to be a good defender. His weaknesses come in his mid-range game, but under a mentor like Korver, he should not have to worry about that for long.–Karam Hamada

    24. Philadelphia 76ers- Demetrius Jackson

    6’1” PG, Notre Dame

    I have always been a big Jackson fan, and think he fits well into the 76ers future. At some point they have to start trying to win, and there is no reason Jackson can’t be their point guard of the future. He has elite athleticism with a lot of burst of the dribble, and is a good shooter as well. On the defensive side, he is a pest that will pressure the ball handler into more than one mistake a game. Although his height (or there lack of) may bring about some reservations, his style and athleticism should allow him to compensate for it well. –Zach Beeler

     

    25. Chicago Bulls- Greyson Allen

    6’4” SG, Duke

    With Derrick Rose’s decline and Jimmy Butler’s ascension, the Bulls are in need of a guard capable of shooting the three point shot efficiently to help space the floor and create a deadly backcourt alongside Butler. Grayson Allen is a player who doesn’t need the ball in his hands during each offensive possession. He is capable of creating his shot and making catch-and-shoot baskets as well. In his first year as a starter, Allen has seen major improvements in both his points per game (4.4 to 20.5) and his assists per game (0.4 to 3.6). Allen will only get better as he plays more games and will prove to be a great pick for this Bulls team. –Cain Lever

    26. Los Angeles Clippers- Justin Jackson

    6’8” SF, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

    Clippers have been seriously lacking at the SF position for years. Justin Jackson is a smart and great fit at this pick. He is a long and fluid athlete with solid length/wingspan for his position. A versatile player with the ability to play and defend multiple positions. He creates a nice mix of scoring and excellent court vision/passing.  His offensive game be described as smooth and polished. NBA scouts love his size for the small forward position. He tends sometimes to be tentative when shooting and he needs to be more explosive while attacking the basket. These are some things he will be able to work on at the next level. An excellent fit and safe pick for the Clippers. –Adekale Ande

    27. Philadelphia 76ers- Guerschon Yabusele

    6’8” PF, International

    Simply put, the Sixers don’t have enough roster spots to draft and develop three players in the first round. This results in Philadelphia looking for an overseas project. Yabusele is a power forward out of France. He possesses great athleticism and a solid 6’8” 240 lb. frame, which allows him to play a physical style of basketball. Though he is short for the power forward spot, he uses his body and toughness to hold his down defensively. His overall offensive skills need some refinement, but has flashed some real potential while playing for SPO Rouen and representing the U20 French team at the 2015 Adidas Eurocamp. This pick gives Philly some flexibility, which, thus far, has been a key part of their rebuild.-Adam Gross

    28. Phoenix Suns- Brice Johnson

    6’9” PF, North Carolina

    I drafted Jakob Poeltl to the Sun earlier in this draft so I wanted to compliment the low risk pick of Poeltl with more of a raw athlete. Brice Johnson is a pure athlete who has developed his skills throughout his 4 years at North Carolina. He is 6’9” and will likely be a 3 or 4 at the NBA level. He is a riskier pick because of his lack of a jump shot. NBA teams have fallen in love with power forwards that can stretch the floor and shoot three pointers but Johnson has not taken a long distance shot in his collegiate career. He does have exceptional rebounding skills and has been hauling in rebounds since he got on campus.

    He will be a unique player who can be successful in the right system. Phoenix will allow Johnson to develop his game while he plays a role in the rotation but he will need to carve out a niche in order to remain in an NBA rotation. His upside is huge but it is a risky pick. With 2 first round selections the Suns can afford to take a raw athlete in hopes of finding and niche and putting him in the best situations to succeed. -Bradley Kreppel

    29. San Antonio Spurs-Devin Robinson

    6’7” SF, University of Florida

    The Spurs have developed their homegrown talent to the tune of five titles in the last 17 years. They draft by their own rules and nobody doubts their methods. I suspect that they will go with another foreign prospect, but with a shallow international pool, their next best interest would be to go best player available. Devin Robinson possesses off-the-chart athleticism and an incredible wingspan (6’11.5”), which, in turn, gives him the potential to be a lockdown defender. Though his shooting and handles need some serious refinement, San Antonio’s coaching staff is capable of significantly improving his offensive game- just look at Kawhi Leonard. It’s always very difficult to decipher the Spurs’s methods of drafting, but I think both sides could really benefit from this selection. -Adam Gross

    30. Golden State Warriors- Troy Williams

    6’7” SF, Indiana University

    The Warriors have an embarrassment of riches and are among the NBA’s elite without question. However, I think that Troy Williams’ athleticism and energy could be a big time asset for the reigning champs. Troy is a slasher and finishes with authority at the rim. With Curry to pass him the ball and space the floor, this could be a perfect fit. Although he could use some development as a shooter and especially as a defender, Williams’ athleticism and potential make the risk worth it for a team that doesn’t necessarily need an immediate game changer. –Zach Beeler

     

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    1. Philadelphia 76ers- Ben Simmons

    6’9” SF, Louisiana State University

    This was a slam dunk for the Philadelphia 76ers. They have been loading up on bigs for a while now and Simmons is the guy to help the team finally turn the corner. Simmons is a point forward who can distribute to those bigs while playing the 3. Skal Labisserie is slightly considered but with Nerlens Noel, Dario Saric, Jahlil Okafor, and Joel Embiid in the mix the 76ers have an easy choice with Simmons. Also, there are no guards worthy of the number one pick for them even to consider. -Brad Kreppel

     

    2. Los Angeles Lakers- Skal Labissiere

    6’11” C, University of Kentucky

    Although Skal is struggling a bit in the college game, his potential is just eye-boggling. He could very well be the next in a long line of recent Kentucky big men (Demarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, etc.). Labissiere’s struggles thus-far means that his development may take longer than that of Cousins, Davis, and Towns to reach hi Labissiere has elite athleticism for a guy his size, and coming from Haiti still hasn’t been playing the game all that long. As he puts it all together, he can become a scary two way player for the long term and a center that the Lakers can finally build around. His defensive potential is particularly intriguing for me. -Zach Beeler

     

    3. New Orleans Pelicans- Brandon Ingram

    6’9” SF, Duke University

     

    Many of us have been waiting for Ingram to show his true stripes after getting off to a weak start at Duke, but that time has finally come as Ingram has dominated opponents as of recent. Ingram can score from nearly everywhere on the floor and has exceptional IQ on the court. He also possesses an enormous wingspan at 7’3”. New Orleans desperately needs to find a way to surround Anthony Davis with talent. This would be an enormous get for New Orleans, and can quickly put the Pelicans in position to begin contention. -Adam Gross

     

    4. Boston Celtics- Cheick Diallo

    6’11” PF, University of Kansas

     

    The Boston Celtics need a power forward that they can build around and develop. Diallo is extremely raw but his floor is very high. He can come in and provide great defense and rebounding while his scoring game develops. He has shown flashes of his amazing athleticism thus-far and we will learn more and more about Diallo as he get acclimated to the Kansas Jayhawks and college basketball. He can play alongside Kelly Olynyk to make a very formidable pair. Olynyk can shoot and Diallo can bang inside and get the rebounds. Watch out for the Celtics over the next few years! -Brad Kreppel

     

    5. Denver Nuggets- Jaylen Brown

    6’7” SF, Cal-Berkeley

    The Nuggets desperately need some talent, as they really seem to be in a rut over the past few years. Look no further than dynamic SF Jaylen Brown out of Cal-Berkeley. Brown has the ability to get to the rim at will, and dominates athletically at the college level. He is a tough-minded player, and is not afraid to mix it up with anyone on either side of the ball. He will need to develop a jump shot to succeed in the NBA, but he has all the potential you could ask for. -Zach Beeler

     

    6. Milwaukee Bucks- Jamal Murray

    6’4” PG, University of Kentucky

    Brandon Knight is lighting it up in Phoenix, and Michael Carter-Williams cannot seem to find any rhythm. Enter Jamaal Murray, the best pure scoring guard in the draft. Milwaukee is currently sitting at 29th in PPG (99.5). They desperately need a consistent threat at the guard position, and Murray would be exactly that. He is putting up 15.5 PPG in a crowded Kentucky backcourt. Whether he runs the point or not in the NBA is still up for debate, but regardless of his true position this is an excellent value and need pick for the Bucks. -Adam Gross

    7. Sacramento Kings- Dragen Bender

    7’ C, International

     

    Kristaps Porzingis has had a lot of success in his rookie year for the Knicks. Bender is of the similar mold as a big who can shoot but hasn’t quite filled out his body yet. He will be a trendy pick due to the success of Kristaps. He is also a perfect fit for Sacramento to pair next to Demarcus Cousins. Cousins can post up and isolate while Bender can be a lethal catch and shoot guy in the corner while playing center. -Brad Kreppel

     

    8. Portland Trailblazers- Domantas Sabonis

    6’10” PF, Gonzaga University

    Sabonis is the son of former NBA player Arvdyas Sabonis, and certainly shows that bloodline in his game. Sabonis is silky smooth down low, with his forte being fundamentals. He won’t blow you out of the gym with his vertical jump by any means, but that isn’t how he succeeds. He succeeds by focusing on what he does well and what he can control. His natural rebounding ability is outstanding, and Sabonis has the potential to fill the PF role for the Blazers, especially if he can continue to work on his jump shot to stretch the defense. -Zach Beeler

     

    9. Houston Rockets- Kris Dunn 

    6’3” PG, Providence College

    The Houston Rockets undoubtedly have flaws, but one of the most prominent is the lack of a true point guard to help James Harden and Co. spread the floor. Ty Lawson was a failed experiment, and Patrick Beverley isn’t exactly a great floor general. Kris Dunn could perfectly slot in as the talented, true point guard they desperately need. The 6’3” point guard has single-handedly carried Providence to a top 25 AP Poll ranking, including an upset over then-#11 Arizona. He’s great in nearly every facet of the game, and his age (Will be 22 come the draft) could work to his advantage as a leader on the court. He needs to work on his outside shot (23% from outside), but has the overall scoring ability to not find this too worrisome. Don’t be surprised if he sneaks into the top 5. -Adam Gross

     

    10. Washington Wizards- Jacob Poeltl

    7’ C, Utah

     

    Washington has struggled this season with some unreliable play beyond John Wall and Bradley Beal. While Wall is a great point guard, he is not a natural jump shooter and is better distributing. Otto Porter Jr. and Kelly Oubre are still developing at the 3. Nene is providing quality play at the 4 leaving the clear need at center. Even though Marcin Gortat just received a contract extension his play is diminishing. Jacob Poeltl is a very talented center who can provide quality minutes as a rookie while developing into a high quality player. I have a hard time seeing him as an All-Star but rather as a consistent starter for many years like a Marcin Gortat. -Brad Kreppel

     

    11. New York Knicks- Dwayne Bacon

    6’6” SG, Florida State

    Bacon has so much upside it really made me overlook the flaws his game currently has. His athleticism and length is exactly what scouts look for, and he is explosive when attacking the basket. However, he is still really working to refine his game. His outside shot can be spotty at times, and he can seem to be complacent through periods of the game. With all the physical tools being in place, these flaws can be looked past and the Knicks can get a home run pick. -Zach Beeler

     

    12. Minnesota Timberwolves- Furkan Korkmaz

    6’6” SG, International 

     

    International prospects are always hard to decipher, but success stories like Kristaps Porzingis force teams to take the gamble. Minnesota is the type of team willing to take this type of risk, as their last few first-round picks seem to be progressing nicely. Korkmaz is natural-born scorer. He has a knack for getting the ball in the basket, whether that be his beautiful shot, or aggressiveness to the basket. His defense isn’t perfect, but he has the necessary tools to change that. Limited playing time and his size are legitimate concerns, but his potential may be too difficult for Minnesota’s front office to pass up. -Adam Gross

     

    13. Phoenix Suns- Caris LaVert

    6’7” SG/SF, University of Michigan 

     

    When I looked at Phoenix’s roster there were two real needs: backup big and small forward. TJ Warren has provided some scoring and quality minutes but Caris LaVert is a much better player. LaVert can contribute in so many ways with his passing, rebounding, and defensive abilities. Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight are very talented guards but both focus on scoring when they touch the ball. Adding LaVert to the rotation could help distribute to everyone creating a better flow. If Jacob Poeltl was on the board here he would be the pick to backup Alex Len. Henry Ellenson and Ivan Rabb both crossed my mind but I felt it would be a reach for both of those players. -Brad Kreppel

     

    14. Utah Jazz- Demetrius Jackson

    6’1” PG, Notre Dame

    The Jazz desperately need someone with an explosive scoring punch, and Jackson is about as explosive as they come. He is lightning quick, and attacks the rim with toughness and aggression. Along with that, he is a pretty good shooter who can stretch the defense. He is a pest and a ball hawk on the defensive end, and will always make it tough for the opposing point guard to operate. Although the Jazz have Dante Exum in the ranks, he is no sure thing with injury and Jackson for me seems to good to pass on. Although his height may be a bit of a problem, he has the toughness and athleticism to make up for it. -Zach Beeler

     

    15. Detroit Pistons- Henry Ellenson

    6’10” PF, Marquette University 

     

    Andre Drummond has become the centerpiece of the Pistons, now they need to find pieces to compliment him. Nothing pairs better than a true center and a stretch-four, and that is exactly what Henry Ellenson is. He’s an exceptional athlete with fantastic handles. His defense is questionable, but Drummond’s ability to lock down the paint should lessen those worries. This would be the best need/value pickup of the draft. -Adam Gross

    16. Boston Celtics- Isaiah Briscoe 

    6’3” PG, University of Kentucky

    Boston has an assortment of players and picks that they need to comb through carefully to build this team right. Using this pick on Isaiah Briscoe after already adding Cheick Diallo makes this draft a win for them. Briscoe is a thoroughbred with the ball but gets lost in the Kentucky show with Tyler Ulis, Jamal Murray, and others. Briscoe can flat out score. In terms of fitting into the lineup I like Isiah Thomas on the bench providing that scoring punch like a Jamal Crawford type. I think Marcus Smart is a very tough hard-nosed player but in terms of leading a team and distributing he is not your franchise player. Briscoe’s ceiling is that of John Wall’s in my mind. I also thought about taking Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk with this pick because of the need for shooting on the Celtics but Briscoe was too hard to pass up. -Brad Kreppel

     

    17. Los Angeles Clippers- Nigel Hayes

    6’7” SF, Wisconsin University

    After being somewhat overshadowed by Sam Dekker and Frank Kaminsky last year, it is now Hayes’ time to shine. He is a dynamic and athletic forward who can shoot and play defense as well. Hayes has improved so rapidly with the Badgers it is hard not to get excited when thinking about what he can when he starts playing for a living. He will need to learn how to play the SF position a little more since he won’t be able to play the PF in the NBA, but Hayes to the Clippers seems like a win for both sides since Hayes gets to play next to one of the best PFs in the game while the Clippers need that wing presence. -Zach Beeler

    18. Orlando Magic- Melo Trimble

    6’3” PG, University of Maryland 

    Orlando isn’t particularly weak in any one position, but they could definitely use a dependent scorer on the wing. There is no doubt that this is a risky pick, but Melo Trimble is one of the best scorers in CBB. Elfrid Payton has looked great thus far, but nobody doubts the fact that he isn’t a particularly good shooter. Melo would offer a great rotational piece for Orlando to do what he does best- score. Trimble has been lethal from outside this year, hitting his shots from downtown at a 40.5% clip. Though he’s averaging 5.3 APG, he’s not a great distributor, which is why I expect him to be a great 6th man, similar to Victor Oladipo’s current role. If Trimble can continue to prove himself as a great shooter and solid defenseman, this could be a great pickup for Orlando. -Adam Gross

     

    19. Charlotte Hornets- Wayne Selden Jr. 

    6’5” SG, University of Kansas

     

    Charlotte has always had a need for that secondary scorer up top next to John Wall. The PJ Hairston pick has not worked out as well as expected and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is still developing his jump shot. Wayne Selden is a great fit for the Hornets who could use shooting and natural scorer at the 2. He is shooting 57% from beyond the arc so far this year and has looked focused and improved on both ends of the floor. Wayne Selden Jr. will be ready to contribute or even start right away for the Hornets in an attempt to put them over the hump into the upper-echelon of the eastern conference. -Brad Kreppel

     

    20. Toronto Raptors- Ivan Rabb

    6’9” PF, Cal-Berkeley

    Rabb is a guy who has been falling on some draft boards, but I believe he can be a steal here for the Raptors. Toronto needs a PF next to Jonas Valanciunas, and Rabb can be that guy. He has great athleticism and is a very smart player whose court awareness is one of his biggest attributes. He is still working on his jump shot and needs to fill out to make it in the NBA, but he has all the tools in place to become a staple at the PF slot for any team who drafts him and is willing to work with him. -Zach Beeler

     

    21. Boston Celtics (From Dallas Mavericks)- Denzel Valentine 

    6’5” SG, Michigan State University

     

    Valentine leads CBB in improved draft stock so far this year. He’s as versatile as they come, leading CBB in triple doubles, while playing very solid defense. Boston certainly has some needs, but the value here is too great to pass up on.  His biggest knock is his age, as being a 22-year-old senior certainly limits his potential. Valentine is one of the safest picks in the draft, and Boston certainly can’t pass up on a experienced weapon. -Adam Gross

     

    22. Memphis Grizzlies- Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk

    6’8” SG, University of Kansas

    It has been a mini Kansas Jayhawks love fest for me selecting 3 of their players with the teams I have represented but the fits have all be right. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk has not reached his potential in college but has shown glimpses of what he is capable of. The 6’8” shooting guard can shoot it from anywhere and opponents have a hard time contesting his shots with his long arms. It may take a fews years for Mykhailiuk to develop but he could be the steal of the draft when all is said and done. Courtney Lee and Tony Allen are both reaching the end of their primes and it will be a seamless transition to Sviatoslav at the 2 or 3 spot. I did think about going with someone more NBA ready given the ages of Mike Conley, Mark Gasol, and especially Zach Randolph. It eventually became a toss up between Mykhailiuk and Buddy Hield from Oklahoma but I went with Mykhailiuk because I believe his floor is a lethal catch and shoot guy right away in the NBA but his ceiling is much higher than that of Hield’s. -Brad Kreppel

     

    23. Philadelphia 76ers (From Oklahoma City Thunder)- Buddy Hield

    6’4” PG, Oklahoma University

    Hield is a very polished player coming into the NBA, and teams should know exactly what they are getting with him. This makes a lot of sense for the 76ers, who desperately need some established guard play after taking big men for the past three years. Hield is a dead-eye three point shooter, hitting at a 50% rate so far this year. Hield projects as a combo guard in the NBA, and will present problems for defenses as he stretches the floor with his three point shooting ability. Athletically speaking Hield is on par with the rest of the league and it shouldn’t present too much for him. He will need to learn to attack the rim or risk being predictable when he has the ball, but for the 76ers this seems like a no brainer after taking potential star Ben Simmons at number one. -Zach Beeler

     

    24. Atlanta Hawks- Taurean Prince 

    6’7” SF, Baylor University 

    Atlanta is about as well-balanced as a team could be, so adding a guy like Taurean Prince would be beneficial to their style of play. He has great size at 6’7” (6’11” wingspan), which translates very well on defense. Many project him as a 3-and-D type player off the bench, but he will need to improve his shot for that to come to fruition. He does a very good job at using his size to strike to the basket. If Prince can improve his consistency from long-range and his ball-handling, he can serve as a very important role player off the bench. -Adam Gross

     

    25. Chicago Bulls- Monte Morris

    6’2” PG, Iowa State University

    This pick was a slam dunk for me. Fred Hoiberg coached Monte Morris for 3 years at Iowa State before moving to Chicago. Now the Bulls are in need of an insurance policy for Derek Rose. Morris is a fantastic point guard who can slice and dice teams with his vision and speed. He does have a nice knack for scoring as well and shoots around 40% from beyond the arc in college. Morris can be the point guard of the future and with Rose’s injury history it might be time to part ways and give Morris the keys to the car. As a rookie, Morris can slide into a bench role for the Bulls instead of Kirk Hinrich, but he is also capable of being the starter right away should another injury to Derek Rose occur. Absolute win for everyone. -Brad Kreppel

     

    26. Philadelphia 76ers (From Miami Heat)- Guerschon Yabusele

    6’8” PF, France

    It seems like every year there is one international guy that really climbs up the boards close to draft day, and I think that Yabusele can be that guy. Coming from France, he isn’t known too well but he is high-potential guy who is worth taking a risk on. He can shoot well out past the three point line, and athletically dominates in his league overseas. In fact, he plays so aggressive that often foul trouble is an issue for him so he will need to work on that. However, the 76ers can afford to take a chance on a project player with their “rebuilding” project and having three first round picks. That makes Yabusele to Philly a great fit. -Zach Beeler

     

    27. Indiana Pacers- Marcus Lee

    6’9” PF, University of Kentucky

     

    Indiana’s frontcourt is a work in progress with Myles Turner still adjusting to the NBA. Their recent success gives them the ability to find a project, and Marcus Lee may be the biggest project of them all. Lee is as raw as them come, but if he can use his dominant athleticism to refine his game, he could very well be the steal of the draft. This pick is entirely boom-or-bust, but if Lee can find his game, Indiana will have one of the best frontcourts in the NBA. -Adam Gross

     

    28. Cleveland Cavaliers- Ron Baker

    6’4” SG, Wichita State

     

    This was probably my hardest decision of the “draft night”. I knew Cleveland would want a perimeter player with Kevin Love, Timofey Mozgov, Tristan Thompson, and Anderson Varejao down low for the near future. They would also look for a more developed player to give Lebron another piece as he tries to win a title in the twilights of his career. All of the trendy upperclassman picks of Hield, Valentine, and Caris LaVert were already taken so I went with Ron Baker. Baker is a 3 and D guy at the NBA level who can come in and shoot the ball and play very clean basketball. He will not make any stupid mistakes or crazy shots (Sorry, JR Smith) and he is a more polished shooter than Iman Shumpert in my mind. Although this may seem like a reach, it fills a need for the Cavs right away and the likelihood that Baker is a flop is very slim after seeing him at Wichita State for 4 years. -Brad Kreppel

     

    29. San Antonio Spurs- Kyle Wiltjer

    6’10” PF, Gonzaga University

    Wiltjer seems like such a Spurs player, and although his ceiling isn’t high he would be a great fit in San Antonio. He is a polished player, and can shoot well. He will stretch defenses in the NBA and can also mix it up down low with a decent post game. He lacks elite athleticism, but with the way he plays it shouldn’t bother him too much. The biggest worry is defense, where there is fear Wiltjer could be exposed every possession. However, with Gregg Popovich at the helm there is no reason to think he can’t improve and become at least a serviceable defender and a solid NBA forward. -Zach Beeler

     

    30. Golden State Warriors- Diamond Stone

    6’10” C, University of Maryland

     

    The Warriors are known for their success with small-ball, but many underestimate just how important Andrew Bogut is to the team. Unfortunately, Bogut’s contract expires after the 2016 season, so Golden State may need to draft with his departure in mind. Diamond Stone is a very skilled offensive player, with a strong post game. He is also a very capable rebounder with a 7’3.5” wingspan. He will need to improve his defense to become an everyday starter in the NBA, but playing behind Bogut for a year can certainly help that. -Adam Gross

     

    Brad’s Wrapup:

     

    • My favorite pick was the Monte Morris pick to the Bulls. Just a perfect match with a history between Hoiberg and Morris.

    • I think Isaiah Briscoe and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk are both the biggest steals of the draft with Mykhailiuk being based more on projection and potential.

    • I loved Adam’s pick of Kris Dunn to the rockets. Dunn could help James Harden with the ball handling duties while distributing to others and helping Harden get open looks. I think Ty Lawson will be traded before the end of the season and Dunn would be an upgrade over Patrick Beverley on both end of the floor.

    • The Melo Trimble to the Orlando Magic pick seemed like a small reach but I loved the fit. Trimble is a point guard who can knock down an outside shot. Both Elfrid Peyton and Victor Oladipo have struggled to hit shots from the outside so Trimble could give them some balance whether he starts or comes off the bench.

    • Zach had a home run pick with Skal Labisserie to the Lakers pick. He will fit in great next to Julius Randle and D’Angelo Russell for the future. Those three can develop together.

    • I did not like the selection of Hammons to the Warriors as I feel Golden State would prefer to play at a quicker pace and with a smaller lineup. I might have looked to a Malik Pope or Troy Williams if I was making that pick.

    • Malik Newman and Stephen Zimmerman were guys that we slated to go back to school for another season. Diamond Stone has shown us nothing since being on campus at Maryland to warrant a first round pick but he could creep up the draft boards as the season goes on.

     

    Zach’s Wrap Up

    • My favorite pick was Demetrius Jackson to the Jazz. He is such an electrifying player for Notre Dame and I feel that his size will make him overlooked at the NBA level.

    • I had originally considered a more established player for pick number 26 of the Sixers, but with three first round picks and with them being in no hurry to get better a project seems like a great fit for them.

    • Personally I would’ve taken Hield before Morris for the Bulls, but I can understand why they could take Morris with Fred Hoiberg being familiar with him.

    • Although Rabb is sliding down some boards, I think he has the potential to be a steal with his potential. He may take a while to come along, but he can definitely be a solid NBA big man.

    • I think Bacon may have been a bit of a reach, but I also think that he’ll be a guy that will rise on boards as the draft gets closer. He is such a talented scorer that he can be a great fit in New York.

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