Zion Williamson | Duke | Fr | PF | 6-7
Relatives have released comparisons for Williamson for some time now. They say that he was built like Charles Barkley. They say he's dunks like Blake Griffin. And I see those things, I guess. But here's the truth: Zion Williamson was built more like The Incredible Hulk than Charles Barkley ̵1; and that's definitely not a good basketball comp for him. The 6-foot-7, 285-pound forward averaged 22.6 points and 8.9 rebounds in 30 minutes per game as a freshman at Duke. He has a Player Efficiency Rating of 42.55 – which is almost five points higher than any other person in college basketball. He is the CBS Sports National Player of the Year. I'm not saying that goodness has never been a prospect. But what I can say is that it has never been a prospect that is unique. In other words, no one on the planet has the size of Zion to do the things that Zion does. He moves like a little man – though he is a very big man. He is a very large physical specimen, a well-rounded and skilled basketball player. He's a superstar who changes the franchise – and a lock to go No. 1 in 2019 NBA Draft.
Ja Morant | Murray St. | Soph | PG | 6-3
NBA legend Jerry West has reportedly told friends that he believes Morant is the best hope in this NBA Draft. I was surprised to disagree with having Zion Williamson. But Morant is clearly intriguing for many reasons – most remarkable because he is incredibly difficult, near impossible, for the guards to avoid the lane, which is why the over half of the objectives of the field of search Morant came to the rim, where he completed successfully over 61% of this time period. The CBS Sports First Team All-American has an average of 24.5 points, 10.0 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 36.6 minutes per game. He got triple-double on Murray State's win over Marquette in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, and the fact that he shot 87.5% from the 3-point range in eight attempts at the NCAA Tournament which serves as evidence that he is a capable shooter. Clearly, the Grizzlies are rebuilding, and Mike Conley makes it clear, the best way possible, that he would rather not spend his last great year on the NBA by rebuilding. So it's really easy. Draft Morant, pair him with Jaren Jackson Jr., move Conley for young players / assets, and everyone gets what they want.
RJ Barrett | Duke | Fr | SF | 6-7
Barrett has earned more points (860) this season than any ACC's freshman history on his way to becoming a CBS Sports First Team All-American, and he's the only player from a Power Power conference 5 to 13 points per contest that he played. In other words, the 6-7 guard is an undeniable and merciless bucket-getter – but his percentages, and efficiency numbers, are not good, so some have doubts that Barrett will be a NBA superstars. He only made 27.8% of his 2-point jumpers and 30.8% of his 3-point attempt while helping the Duke to do the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. That is a clear point of concern. But in spite of this, Barrett, at this point, is still the best player available – and if the Knicks really add Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving through an independent agency, they can put Barrett between them and begin to compete in the East.
De & # 39; Andre Hunter | Virginia | Soph | SF | 6-7
There is no guarantee that the Lakers will take this pick because it packs it in other things and moves it for a veteran to help LeBron James today is a remarkable option that may push The King. But if the Lakers choose, they should pick up the best player available – and, I think, that's the Hunter. He is a 6-7 wing A) as well as OG Anunoby, B) can switch to bigs or guards no problem, and C) earned 43.8% from this 3-point range of the season while leading Virginia in the national championship. It is difficult, near impossible, to produce reasons why he will not be very good, if not good, to the next level. In fact, I heard former NBA players now describing him as a television analyst as Kawhi Leonard of this draft. I can not promise that, exactly, because it's like a high bar. But if their point is the Hunter's projects as a huge two-way player, yes, that's a fair assessment and why he will not lose the top five anything.
Jarrett Culver | Texas Tech | Soph | SG | 6-6
Culver projects as the second straight sub-100 high school study to develop a top-20 pick within two years of enrollment at Texas Tech, which speaks of volume about the progress that occurs in Chris Beard's program. The 6-6 sophomore averages 18.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 32.5 minutes per game this season while leading Texas Tech in the NCAA Tournament game title. Yes, he was outplayed by De & # 39; Andre Hunter in the game title – but that should not keep Culver from drop too far below Hunter in this draft.
Darius Garland | Vanderbilt | Fr | PG | 6-2
The general pick of No. 1 last year, Deandre Ayton, is on record that says Phoenix needs a point guard. So choosing Garland here has made many sense – though she is coming off of season-ending knee surgery, which is less than perfect. Before being hurt, Garland came out with five games for Vanderbilt. He scored 16.2 points while shooting 53.7% from the field and 47.8% from the 3-point range. He is good at the ball. He is a huge shooter. If he's got an All-Star, I'm not surprised.
Coby White | N. Carolina | Fr | PG | 6-5
Perhaps it is not desirable that the top scorer in the history of North Carolina high school basketball has become bigger as a freshman at UNC. However, many White, a sub-20 prospect in the Class of 2018, are still uncertain, to pass Michael Jordan on the list of school freshman inventors in early March and play as big role as he plays for a North The Carolina team have earned a No. 2 seed at the NCAA Tournament. Before the time, White was considered a 6-5 shooting guard. But he demonstrated the ability at this time to effectively play with or without a ball, which became even more attractive to his prospect and a clear player.
Nassir Little | N. Carolina | Fr | SF | 6-6
Little is the MVP of 2018 McDonald's All-American Game and the 2018 Jordan Brand Classic. So reasonable to suggest that most did not expect him to average just 9.8 points in his first season in North Carolina. But that's exactly what he did – partly because he played 18.2 minutes per game and behind a pair of seniors in Cameron Johnson and Lucas Maye. This is not a suitable fit from a roster perspective. Regardless, scouts are still interested in Little's natural gifts and potential. So while he will not choose where he was chosen before the start of the season, the Little will, which prevents a surprise, will still be chosen in the lottery.
Romeo Langford | Indiana | Fr | SG | 6-6
Langford took the poor percentage of his one year in Indiana. Some believe it is because he has had the injured hand for a lot of time; I hope that's true. But, either way, 6-6 guard averaged 16.5 points and 5.4 rebounds in 34.1 minutes per game. He is an intriguing prospect big enough to play alongside Bradley Beal in Washington, which is why he is a reasonable choice at this point in the draft.
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Jaxson Hayes | Texas | Fr | PF | 6-11
Hayes is ultimately developing and labeled as the only third-best prospect in the Texas's four-player recruiting class that comes out of high school. But the 6-11 forward showed great potential in the early days and established himself as a lottery talent with incredible increase. Hayes drops 72.8% off the field – often because he dunked all near the rim. His block percentage is 10.6 rated 19th nationally. And it should also be noted that Hayes is the son of a former professional athlete, which sometimes means nothing but something more and more the NBA franchises that are very important thanks to players like Stephen Curry and Jaren Jackson Jr.
Cam Reddish | Duke | Fr | SF | 6-8
Pride is the most important pick, suggesting that the Duke will be the first team in history to have three players selected in the top five of the same NBA Draft. But it seems like today is an impossible situation considering the unusual and wildly uneven freshmen year Reddish played only. The 6-8 forward took only 35.6% from the field and 33.3% from the 3-point range – and the fact that he was missed at a NCAA Tournament game for doubtful reasons was nothing to eliminate. concerned with some circles that Reddish's passion for the game is probably not where it should be.
PJ Washington | Kentucky | Soph | PF | 6-8
Not all beginners go back to school for their sophomore seasons to improve their stock really, you know, improve their stock. But Washington has certainly helped himself in this season – often because of his 23.8% 3-point shooter (in limited circumstances) as a freshman to someone who made 42.3% of the 78 3-pointers he attempted as sophomore while Kentucky is the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. The 6-8 forward led the UK to both points (15.2) and rebounds (7.5). So the Washington project is a floor-reach project that can work around the edges.
Sekou Doumbouya | France | – | SF | 6-9
Doumbouya must be the first non-college player to be selected. 6-9 onwards were born in Guinea but raised in France – and he did not become 18 until last December, making him the youngest first-round pick available. He is a great athlete who can run on the floor and play at the top of the rim. And even though Doumbouya's high-arcing jumper never suffices enough for anyone to call him a reliable shooter, there is no clear reason he can not build one and become a high- way player when he moves from France's leading league professional to France.
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Brandon Clarke | Gonzaga | Jr | PF | 6-8
Zion Williamson, as mentioned above, has the highest rating of Player Efficiency in college basketball this season. But Clarke's PER is ranked second in the country; it's more than three points better than everything else. And 6-8 forward is a big reason why Gonzaga finished a perfect 16-0 in the West Coast Conference while earning No. 1 seed at the NCAA Tournament. Clarke scored 16.9 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.2 blocks in 28.1 minutes per game. The transfer of San Jose State is a high energy that is a plus-player at both ends of the court. Any franchise obsessed with advanced statistics, which is most, will seriously consider him anywhere outside the top 10.
Tyler Herro | Kentucky | Fr | SG | 6-5
Herro did a great job at this time proving that he had more ways than the "shooter" – which many labeled he appeared in high school, perhaps because of a little more than stereotypes. In Kentucky, 6-5 guard averaged 14.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 32.6 minutes per game while shooting 46.2% from the field, 35.5% from the 3-point range and 93.5% from the free- throw line. So he's a guard with a size that can put the ball on the floor and keep the shots down. And that's what makes a real candidate for Herro to be chosen either at the end of the lottery or just outside it.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker | Va Tech | Soph | SG | 6-5
Alexander-Walker made a significant jump from his freshman season in his sophomore season and averaged 16.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.0 assists for the Virginia Tech team to make Sweet 16 for only for a second time in school history. Above all, for his future in the NBA, showed that Alexander-Walker is a 6-5 guard capable of playing or dropping the ball and guarding at least three seats – which is why scooters The NBA is humming about him since November.
Bol Bol | Oregon | Fr | C | 7-2
Perhaps Bol is the most polarizing prospect in this draft. On the one hand, he's a 7-2 center that can put a ball on the floor, shoot 3-pointers effectively and change and block shots like nothing else available. That's good. On the other hand, he is a 7-2 center struggling to stay in space and has missed most of this season after a difficult December foot requiring surgery in January. That's bad. Some of the franchises will have him in the top 10, others outside the top 20. Exactly where Bol's land in June is one of the greatest mysteries of this draft.
Rui Hachimura | Gonzaga | Jr | PF | 6-8
Hachimura was lost from a man who was averaging 4.6 minutes per game as a freshman in a consensus top-20 prospect as a junior – one shot 59.1% from the field, and 41.7% from 3-point range, it's time for a Gonzaga team who finished in the regular season ranked No. 1 in AP polls. 6-8 forward did not start playing basketball in his native Japan until his teenage years and improved significantly, in every way, every year in college. So there's no reason to think Hachimura does not continue to get better with all the things he's good at.
Johnson Keldon | Kentucky | Fr | SG | 6-6
Kentucky must have three players selected in the top 20 of this NBA Draft – and they can study. For what it's worth, I have Johnson the last to come off the board. But if he is the first actially, it's not surprising if the 6-6 wing is a good athlete who shot 38.1% from the 3-point range in three attempts per game this season. He is a great reason why Kentucky is just a shot from the making of the Final Four for the fifth time in a 10-year span under John Calipari.
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Ty Jerome | Virginia | Jr | PG | 6-5
Show me a smart player with great size for his position that can play either backcourt somewhere, dribble, pass, shoot and be hard on the defensive end of the court, and I'll show you someone who will have a long career playing professional basketball. Jerome is a player. The 6-5 combo guard averaged 13.6 points, 5.5 assists and 4.2 rebounds in 33.9 minutes per game for a Virginia team that won the national title. The success of other recent Virginia alums in the NBA, along with the fact that Jerome made 39.2% of the 424 3-pointers he had attempted at college, would help him in the front office looking to avoid a mistake.
Kevin Porter Jr. | USC | Fr | SG | 6-6
From a pure basketball perspective, Porter is a lottery talent that would be a steal for the Thunder, or anyone else, below this draft. But he's done very little, and possibly nothing, to remove some of the red flags to know to select him at the lottery one not starter for some – not all, but certain-franchise. The 6-6 wings spent part of his freshman season injured, part of which was suspended and was something less than the student athlete model while averaging 9.5 points to 22.1 minutes per game for a USC team finished with missing records. None of that one means Porter can not get one of the top 10 players from this draft. But some of them are why he can not be one of the top 10 players chosen in this draft.
Luguentz Dort | Arizona St. | Fr | SG | 6-4
Dort has been the third suspected top-50 high school prospect to enroll in Arizona State – joining a list that includes James Harden and Jahii Carson – and he was one of the major reasons why the Sun Devils NCAA Tournament for the second straight year under Bobby Hurley. 6-4 freshman from Montreal averaged 16.1 points and earned a free throw line of 6.1 times per game. He has 6-9 wingspan and a real desire to watch faster and bigger players. His 215-pound frame is rock-solid. And although Dort was not a natural point guard, he spent part of this season proving he could play or off the ball, helping him with scouts.
Admiral Schofield | Tennessee | Sr | SG | 6-6
Schofield is a 3-star prospect coming out of high school – a 6-5 forward from Illinois that is not considered a top-250 recruit in the Class of 2015, according to 247Sports. Now he is 6-6 with a sculpted body and reputation for being a tireless worker loved by his coaches, all of which helped him average 16.5 points and 6.1 rebounds during this time for a Tennessee team spent four weeks ranked No. 1. The fact that Schofield has made more than 40% of the 393 3-point attempts over the past three times indicates that he would be a real threat from the perimeter when he earned the NBA.
Carsen Edwards | Purdue | Jr | PG | 6-1 | 200
Edwards's incredible performance in the NCAA Tournament – especially his 42-point game against the Virginia team who went on to win the national championship – helped Purdue junior in the NBA's front offices, and now he is a possible first-round pick. The 6-1 guard averaged 24.3 points in 35.4 minutes per game this season while threatening 35.5% from the 3-point range. At the worst, I think Edwards's projects as an instant-offense contributor to the bank's best suited.
Talen Horton-Tucker | Iowa St. | Fr | SF | 6-4
Horton-Tucker came from a top-60 recruiter of the borderline coming out of high school with a likely first-pick pick within a year thanks to a nice freshman season that saw him average 11.8 points and 4.9 rebounds in 27.2 minutes per game for a Iowa State team that won the Big 12 Tournament. 6-5 guard is only 18 years old; you probably need patience. But Horton-Tucker's ability to play multiple positions gives him an interesting prospect.
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Grant Williams | Tennessee | Jr | PF | 6-7
Williams is twice SEC Player of the Year averaging 18.8 points and 7.5 rebounds in 31.9 minutes per game this season. The CBS Sports First Team All-American is constantly productive that NBA scouts who have previously asked what he is doing move to the next level begins to wonder why not. It is true that 6-7 onwards is not a good athlete or a serious threat from the perimeter. But Williams really knows how to play. And, more and more often, the players described in this way place their own roles for the NBA. Perhaps the next Williams might be.
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KZ Okpala | Stanford | Soph | SF | 6-9
Okpala production is great at this time. 6-9 averaged 16.8 points and made 36.8% of his 3-point attempt while shifting from a top-45 prospectline to the Class of 2017 to a possible first-round pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. One of its keys, it should be noted, is that Okpala is gone from a 6-6 forward to a 6-9 forward for two years. So now he looks like a good combo forward for the way the NBA is currently playing.
Bruno Fernando | Maryland | Soph | C | 6-10
Fernando, blessed by an NBA-ready body, is extremely hard for Big Ten's posters to deal with all the time while averaging 13.6 points and 10.6 rebounds to 30.0 minutes each game. A coach compared him to Karl Malone. And while I'm not sure that 6-10 future projects as a future Hall of Famer such as The Mailman has eventually become, it's hard not like an athlete built this way with a motorbike- allowing him to work harder, and playing harder, than most of the other bigs he spent the past two matches against.
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Dylan Windler | Belmont | Sr | SG | 6-8
Windler enters Belmont as an unexpected hope but leaves as one of the best players in the country. 6-8 senior averages 21.3 points and 10.8 rebounds in 33.2 minutes per game this season while registering at the country's 10th-best Player Efficiency Rating and leading the Bruins to their first win in NCAA Tournament history. More than that, Windler got above 42% from the 3-point range in each of the past two seasons, indicating he would be a reliable NBA shooter and a space-to-go forward.
Eric Paschall | Villanova | Sr | PF | 6-8