Zion Williamson | Duke | Fr | PF | 6-7
People have figured out comparisons for Williamson for a while now. They say he's built like Charles Barkley. They say he's pounding like Blake Griffin. And I can see those things, I guess. But here's the truth: Zion Williamson is built more like The Incredible Hulk than Charles Barkley – and it's really not a good basketball companion for him. 6-foot-7, 285-pound forward averaged 22.6 points and 8.9 rebounds of 30 minutes per game as beginners at Duke. He had a Player Efficiency Rating of 42.55 ̵
Ja Morant | Murray St. | Soph | PG | 6-3
NBA legend Jerry West has told friends that he believes Morant is the best prospect in this NBA draft. I respect respectively because of Zion Williamson's presence. But Morant is obviously exciting for many reasons – especially because he is extremely difficult, bordering on impossible, for opposing guards to stay out of the track, why more than half of Morant's field goals attempted at the rim, where he successfully completed more than 61% of the time this season. CBS Sports First Team All-American averages 24.5 points, 10.0 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 36.6 minutes per game. He received a triple-double in Murray State win over Marquette in the first round of the NCAA tournament and the fact that he shot 87.5% from the 3-point range on eight attempts at the NCAA tournament served as evidence that he is a capable shooter. It is obvious that Grizzlies is rebuilding, and Mike Conley has made it best possible that he prefers not to spend his last good years in the NBA through a rebuild. So this is actually easy. Draft Morant, pair him with Jaren Jackson Jr., move Conley to young players / assets, and everyone gets what they want.
RJ Barrett | Duke | Fr | SF | 6-7
Barrett scored more points (860) this season than any beginner in ACC history on his way to becoming CBS Sports First Team All-American, and he was the only player from a Power 5 conference to score at least 13 points in each competition he played. In other words, the 6-7 guard is an indisputable and relentless bucket-goat – but his percentages and efficiency numbers were not large, so some are skeptical that Barrett becomes an NBA superstar. He did just 27.8% of his 2-point jumpers and 30.8% of his 3-point trials while helping Duke do eleven of the NCAA tournament. It is an obvious concern. But, regardless of Barrett, this time is still the best player available – and if Knicks actually adds Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving through the free agency, they can put Barrett right between them and start competing in the East immediately.
Other Hunter | Virginia | Soph | SF | 6-7
There is no guarantee that the Lakers will make this choice to pack it with other things and move it to a veteran to help LeBron James is now a sensible option for which the King can operate. But if the Lakers choose, they should simply take the best player available – and in my opinion it is Hunter. He is a 6-7 wing that A) measures in the same way as OG Anunoby, B) can switch to bigs or guards no problem, and C) shot 43.8% from the 3-point range this season while leading Virginia to the land championship . It is difficult, bordering on impossible, to come up with reasons why he will not be very good, if not good, on the next level. In fact, I've heard previous NBA players who are now TV analysts describing him as Kawhi Leonard in this draft. I can't promise that, exactly, because it's such a high bar. But if their score is that Hunter is projecting as a huge two-way player, yes, that's a fair assessment and why he won't slip out of the top five, no matter what.
Jarrett Culver | Texas Tech | Soph | SG | 6-6
Culver projects as the second straight sub-100 high school prospect to evolve into a top 20 election within two years of signing up with Texas Tech, which speaks volumes about developments happening within Chris Beard & # 39 ; s program. 6-6 sophomore averages 18.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.7 helps 32.5 minutes per game this season while Texas Tech led to the title game of the NCAA tournament. Yes, he was played by The Other Hunter in this title game – but it shouldn't keep Culver falling too far below Hunter in this draft.
Darius Garland | Vanderbilt | Fr | PG | 6-2
Last year's first puppy Deandre Ayton is on record and says that Phoenix needs a point guard. So choosing Garland here would make a lot of sense – even if he gets away from the season-ending knee surgery, which is less than perfect. Before being injured, Garland came in five matches for Vanderbilt. He was on average 16.2 points while he was shooting 53.7% from the field and 47.8% from the 3-point range. He's fine with the ball. He is a huge shooter. If he develops into an All Star, it won't surprise me.
Coby White | N. Carolina | Fr | PG | 6-5
Perhaps it should not be surprising that the leading scorer in the history of North Carolina High School Basketball did great as a freshman at UNC. But still, I'm not sure many expected White, one under 20's in the 2018 class, to pass Michael Jordan on the school's freshman score list in early March and play the same role he played for a North Carolina team that got a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament. Before the season, White was considered a 6-5 shooter. But he showed the ability this season to play effectively with or without the ball, making him an even more exciting prospect and an obvious single player.
Nassir Little | N. Carolina | Fr | SF | 6-6
Little was the MVP of the 2018 McDonald's All-American Game and the 2018 Jordan Brand Classic. So it is reasonable to suggest that most people did not expect him to score on average 9.8 points in his freshman season in North Carolina. But that was exactly what he did – at least in part because he played only 18.2 minutes per game and behind a few seniors in Cameron Johnson and Luke Maye. It was just not a good fit from a roster perspective. Whatever the actor is still interested in Little's natural gifts and potential. So while he will not be picked where he would have been picked before the season started, Little Will, without a surprise, will still be picked up in the lottery.
Romeo Langford | Indiana | Fr | SG | 6-6
Langford shot bad percentages in his one year at Indiana. Some believe it is because he had a damaged hand a lot of the season; hopefully it is true. But somehow the 6-6 watch is still on average 16.5 points and 5.4 returns in 34.1 minutes per game. He is an exciting opportunity to play with Bradley Beal in Washington, why he is a reasonable option at this time in the draft.
Pick acquired via trade with Dallas
Jaxson Hayes | Texas | Fr | PF | 6-11
Hayes developed late and was noticed as just the third best view in Texass's four-player recruitment class coming from high school. But 6-11 ahead showed tremendous ability early in the season and established itself as a lottery talent with incredible upside. Hayes shot 72.8% from the field – mostly because he dunked everything near the rim. His 10.6% block rank was ranked 19th nationally. And it should also be noted that Hayes is the son of a former professional athlete, which sometimes means nothing but definitely something more and more NBA franchise has come to worth thanks to players like Stephen Curry and Jaren Jackson Jr.
Cam Reddish | Duke | Fr | SF | 6-8
Reddish projected as a top five pick in the offense, suggesting that Duke would probably be the first team in history to have three players selected in the top five in the same NBA draft. But it now seems like an unlikely scenario considering the lame and wildly inconsistent freshmen Reddish just played. 6-8 forward shot only 35.6% from the field and 33.3% from 3-point intervals – and the fact that he missed an NCAA tournament play for questionable reasons did nothing to eliminate the worry in some circles that Reddish's passion for the game might It's not where it should be.
PJ Washington | Kentucky | Soph | PF | 6-8
Not all beginners returning to school for their sophomore seasons to improve their inventory, you know, improve their inventory. But Washington definitely helped this season – mostly because he went from a 23.8% 3-point shooter (on limited opportunities) as a beginner to someone who made 42.3% of the 78 3-pointers he tried as a sophomore while leading Kentucky to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. 6-8 ahead led Britain in both points (15.2) and returns (7.5). Then Washington designs as a stretch-the-floor forward that can also work around the rim.
Sekou Doumbouya | France | – | SF | 6-9
Doumbouya shall be the first non-college player selected. 6-9 ahead was born in Guinea but raised in France – and he did not become 18 until December, making him the youngest projected first round election. He is a good athlete who can run the floor and play over the rim. And although Doumbouya's high-voltage jumper has never been consistent enough for someone to call him a reliable shooter, there is no obvious reason that he cannot develop into one and become a high-level two-way player as he moves from the top professional league in France to the NBA .
Pick acquired via trade with Sacramento
Brandon Clarke | Gonzaga | Jr | PF | 6-8
Zion Williamson, as mentioned above, had the highest player's efficiency rating in college basketball this season. But Clarkes PER ranked second nationally; there were more than three points better than everyone else's. And 6-8 ahead was a big reason why Gonzaga finished a perfect 16-0 in the West Coast Conference while getting a No 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. Clarke averaged 16.9 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.2 blocks for 28.1 minutes per game. San Jose State Transfer is a high-energy large that is a plus player at both ends of the court. Every franchise obsessed with advanced statistics, which is the most, will seriously consider him anywhere outside the top 10.
Tyler Herro | Kentucky | Fr | SG | 6-5
Herro did a good job this season, showing that he is the way more than "just a shooter" – which is what many noticed him coming out of high school, perhaps because of a little more than stereotypes. In Kentucky, the 6-5 guard average was 14.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 assist in 32.6 minutes per game while shooting 46.2% from the field, 35.5% from 3-point intervals and 93 , 5% from the free kick. So he is a guard with size who can put the ball on the floor and consistently knock down pictures. And that's what makes Herro a real candidate to be elected either late in the lottery or just outside it.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker | Va. Tech | Soph | SG | 6-5
Alexander-Walker made a significant leap from his beginner's season to his sophomore season and averaged 16.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.0 aids for a Virginia Tech team that made Sweet 16 just the second time in school history. More importantly, for his NBA future at least, Alexander-Walker showed that he is a 6-5 guard who can play on or off the ball and watch at least three positions – too, why the NBA scouts have lashed about him since November.
Bol Bol | Oregon | Fr | C | 7-2
Bol is probably the most polarizing outlook in this draft. On the one hand, he is a 7-2 center that can put the ball on the floor, shoot 3-pointers effectively and change and block shots like no other available. It is good. On the other hand, he is a 7-2 center struggling to guard in space and missed most of this season after suffering a foot injury in December that required surgery in January. It's bad. Some franchises will get him in the top 10, others outside the top 20. Just as Bol will land in June is one of those drafts the greatest mysteries.
Rui Hachimura | Gonzaga | Jr | PF | 6-8
Hachimura has gone from someone who averaged 4.6 minutes per game as a beginner to a consensus top 20 outlook as a junior – one who shot 59.1% from the field and 41.7% from the 3-point range , this season for a Gonzaga team that ended the regular season ranked No. 1 in the AP poll. 6-8 forward did not play basketball in their original Japan until their teens and has improved significantly, in every way, every year in college. So there is no reason to believe that Hachimura does not continue to improve on all the things he is already good at.
Keldon Johnson | Kentucky | Fr | SG | 6-6
Kentucky should have three players selected in the top 20 of this NBA draft – and they could really go in any order. For what it's worth, I have Johnson the last to get away from the board. But if he is the first time, it will not be surprising given that the 6-6 wing is a fine athlete who shot 38.1% from the 3-point range on three attempts per game this season. He was a big reason why Kentucky was just a shot from making the Final Four for the fifth time in a 10-year-old John Calipari team.
Pick acquired through trading with Los Angeles Clippers
Ty Jerome | Virginia | Jr | PG | 6-5
Show me a smart player of good size for his position that can play either backcourt spot, dribble, pass, shoot and be tough on the court's defensive end, and I'll show you someone who will have a long career playing professional basketball. Jerome is such a player. The 6-5 combination protection 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 that other US alumni have had in the NBA, combined with Jerome making 39.2% of the 424 3-pointers he tried in college, helps him with front offices that seem to avoid a mistake.
Kevin Porter Jr. | USC | Fr | SG | 6-6
From a pure basketball perspective, Porter is a lottery key that would be a steal for Thunder, or someone else, so low in this draft. But he has done very little, and possibly nothing, to eliminate some of the red flags that figure to make the choice of him in the lottery a non-starter for some – not all, but definitely some – franchises. The 6-6 wing spent some of its freshman season damaged, some of it was suspended and was slightly smaller than the model student's athlete and averaged just 9.5 points in 22.1 minutes per game for a USC team ended with a lost record. None of that only means that Porter does not appear as one of the top 10 players from this draft. But part of it is therefore not likely that he is one of the top 10 players selected in this draft.
Luguentz Dort | Arizona St. | Fr | SG | 6-4
Dort just became the third consensus's top 50 school's prospect of entering Arizona State – joining a list that includes James Harden and Jahii Carson – and he was a major reason why Sun Devils made the NCAA Tournament second straight year during Bobby Hurley. The 6-4 beginner from Montreal averaged 16.1 points and got the free kick 6.1 times per game. He has a 6-9 wingspan and a real desire to protect both faster and bigger players. His 215-pound frame is rock solid. And even though Dort is not a natural sentry guard, he spent some of this season proving he can play on or off the ball, which helped him with scouts.
Admiral Schofield | Tennessee | Sr | SG | 6-6
Schofield was just a 3-star prospect that came out of high school – a 6-5 forward from Illinois that was not even considered a 250 recruiter in class 2015, according to 247Sports. Now he is 6-6 with a sculpted body and reputation for being a tireless worker who is loved by his coaches, all of whom helped him with an average of 16.5 points and 6.1 returns this season for a Tennessee team that spent Four weeks ranked No. 1. The fact that Schofield made more than 40% of 393 3-point attempts over the past three seasons suggests that he will be a real threat from the perimeter when he comes to the NBA.
Carsen Edwards | Purdue | Jr | PG | 6-1 | 200
Edwards incredible performances in the NCAA tournament – especially his 42-pointer game against the Virginia team who continued to win the national championship – helped the Purdue junior with the NBA's front office, and now he is a likely first-round choice. The 6-1 guard average was 24.3 points in 35.4 minutes per game this season while 35.5% was shot from the 3-point range. In the worst case, I think, Edwards project as a direct-hit computer that fits perfectly to get away from the bench.
Speech Horton-Tucker | Iowa St. | Fr | SF | 6-4
Horton-Tucker went from a cross-border 60 recruiter who came out of high school to a probable first round in one year thanks to a nice freshman season that saw him averaging 11.8 points and 4.9 rebounds for 27.2 minutes per game for an Iowa State Team who won the Big 12 Tournament. Guard 6-5 is still only 18 years old; so patience is likely to be required. But Horton-Tucker's ability to play multiple positions makes him an interesting vantage point.
Pick acquired through trade with Houston
Grant Williams | Tennessee | Jr | PF | 6-7
Williams is a two-hour SEC player of the year who averaged 18.8 points and 7.5 rebounds in 31.9 minutes per game this season. CBS Sports First Team All-American was so consistently productive that NBA scouts who previously questioned what he is doing will translate to the next level starting to wonder why it won't. It is true that 6-7 forward is not a good athlete or a serious threat from the perimeter. But Williams really knows how to play. And more and more players who are described are playing themselves out in the NBA. Maybe Williams can be next.
Pick acquired via trade with Denver
KZ Okpala | Stanford | Soph | SF | 6-9
Okpalas production was significantly higher this season. 6-9 on average averaged 16.8 points and made 36.8% of their 3-point trials while converting from a top-line 45 in the 2017 class to a likely first round in the 2019 NBA draft. One of the keys to that, it should be noted that Okpala has gone from a 6-6 forward to a 6-9 forward in a span of two years. So now he looks like a nice combo ahead of how the NBA is currently playing.
Bruno Fernando | Maryland | Soph | C | 6-10
Fernando, who was already blessed with an NBA-ready body, was extremely tough for Big Ten posters to handle the entire season with an average of 13.6 points and 10.6 rebounds in 30.0 minutes per game. A coach compared him to Karl Malone. And while I'm not sure that 6-10 forward projects like a future Hall of Famer like The Mailman eventually became, it's hard not to think that an athlete built this way, which also has a motor that makes him can work harder and play harder, than most other bigs he has spent the last two seasons matched.
Pick acquired through trade with Toronto
Dylan Windler | Belmont | Sr | SG | 6-8
Windler entered Belmont as a mostly unbounded perspective but leaves as one of the country's most productive players. The 6-8 seniors averaged 21.3 points and 10.8 returns in 33.2 minutes per game this season while registering the country's 10th best player efficiency rating and leading Bruins to their first win in the NCAA tournament history. In addition, Windler shot over 42% from the 3-point range in each of the last two seasons, suggesting he will be a reliable shooter in the NBA and a space-the-floor ahead. “/>
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Eric Paschall | Villanova | Sr | PF | 6-8
Villanova needed Paschall to raise his play this season to be relevant and win a fifth Big East title for a six-year period. He did. Then did the wild cats. And in the process, 6-8, 260-pound leader helped himself with NBA scouts by proving that he is more than just a role player on a team with four future NBA players, which is kind of what he used to be. Paschall averages 16.5 points and 6.1 returns in 36.1 minutes per game this season. The biggest thing against him is that he is already 22 years old and will be 23 in November.