Round 1, Pick 1
G/F - Kansas
Round 2, Pick 33
Guard - Virginia
The Top Prospects
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The first thing scouts mention with Wiggins is his extraordinary athleticism. He’s an explosive leaper with incredible conditioning, logging a ton of minutes as a freshman in Lawrence.
Harris earned All-ACC third-team honors and helped lead the Cavaliers to a 30-7 record, ACC regular-season and tournament championships and a trip to the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16.
Randle may not be the flashiest first round prospect on the board, but coaches will know what they’ll get from him every night – and that’s a good thing in today’s NBA.
Exum, who comes from good basketball bloodlines, isn’t a finished product, but his physical attributes, relentless motor and basketball IQ will make him too intriguing for a PG-needy team to pass up.
Harris may not have ridiculous upside but he does have a skillset that’s as NBA-ready as anyone at the top of the draft. At MSU, he was one of the most accomplished players in the Big 10.
Jabari Parker is commonly viewed as the most NBA-ready of the bunch. He already has the build, at nearly 6-9, 240, with a 7-0 wingspan – physically suitable to either forward position.
Gordon will probably considered an “energy” player at the next level – a supreme athlete loaded with intangibles but lacking polish offensively. But he is also one of the youngest players in this year’s draft
A below-the-rim big whose main strength is just that – his strength. At just 19 years of age, he’s impossible to move under the basket. He has a big body and knows how to use it. Also possesses excellent footwork with good lateral movement.
There’s a lot to like about Smart’s game on both ends of the floor, but scouts usually start with his physical attributes. The 6-4, 220-pound Dallas native is built like an NFL free safety and often plays the game like one.
He has unlimited range and the ability to create his own shot. Stauskas is also a tough, gritty player who shot 44 percent for his career at Michigan. He’s a solid ball-handler and good decision-maker.
Embiid, if healthy, projects to be a monster on the defensive end as a pro. Growing up playing soccer and volleyball, he’s an exceptionally fluid athlete for a man his size.