*Players who are not currently ranked for this year’s draft are given an NR
Board is an average of rankings from Draft Express, NBA Draft.net, ESPN Draft Insider Chad Ford, and CBS Sports College Basketball Insider Gary Parrish.
- F: Andrew Wiggins, 6’8 Fr., Kansas – Despite an underwhelming start, Wiggins remains the most complete prospect available. Wiggins has game-changing athletic ability, with elite quickness and explosion for his size. He can make a significant impact on both ends of the floor.
DX: 1 | NBA Draft: 2 | ESPN: 1 | CBS: 1
- F: Jabari Parker, 6’9 Fr., Duke – Draws comparisons to Paul Pierce and Carmelo Anthony for his ability to score in a variety of ways. Parker is a high-IQ talent and clearly the best offensive talent available. At his peak, he has the talent to win multiple scoring titles.
DX: 3 | NBA Draft: 1 | ESPN: 2 | CBS: 2
- C: Joel Embiid, Fr., Kansas – Prototypical center, with two-way ability. Embiid has soft touch, good athleticism, fluidity and the ability to anchor a defense. Embiid is way ahead of his learning curve in regards to his experience and has the chance to be a premier center for years to come.
DX: 4 | NBA Draft: 3 | ESPN: 3 | CBS: 3
- PF: Julius Randle, 6’9 Fr., Kentucky – Strong, throwback power forward with a knack for scoring, elite rebounding ability, and impressive ball handling ability. Randle draws some similarities to Zach Randolph.
DX: 3 | NBA Draft: 7 | ESPN: 4 | CBS: 4
- G: Marcus Smart, 6’4 So., Oklahoma State – This year’s Victor Oladipo in the sense that he has the best intangibles in the draft. Smart is a big, physical combo guard who can create for himself, others, and possesses tremendous leadership. Smart could have been last year’s first overall pick.
DX: 6 | NBA Draft: 4 | ESPN: 6 | CBS: 5
- G: Dante Exum, 6’6 (18 y/o), Australia – Exum has a great combination of speed, athleticism and skill as a combo guard. He can get to anywhere on the court he chooses and is a strong playmaker . Exum’s disadvantage is his lack of exposure to a national audience, but his talent level is off the charts.
DX: 5 | NBA Draft: 6 | ESPN: 5 | CBS: 7
- PF: Noah Vonleh, 6’9 Fr., Indiana – Vonleh possesses excellent athleticism in addition to a high motor and big wingspan. He’s already one of the best rebounders in college basketball. Vonleh is raw offensively, but plays hard enough to make an immediate impact.
DX: 8 | NBA Draft: 9 | ESPN: 9 | CBS: 9
- PF: Aaron Gordon, 6’9 Fr., Arizona – Gordon is the best leaper in this year’s class and is a highlight reel waiting to happen. Though he still needs to progress offensively, Gordon is a sound defensive player, who competes hard and is a big threat in the transition game with his athleticism and explosiveness.
DX: 7 | NBA Draft: 18 | ESPN: 7 | CBS: 7
- SG: Gary Harris, 6’5 So., Michigan State – Sharpshooting two-guard with solid size, slashing ability and promising defensive upside.
DX: 10 | NBA Draft: 10 | ESPN: 13 | CBS: 10
- C: Willie Cauley-Stein, 7’0 So., Kentucky: Lanky rim protector with good physical tools in the mold of Tyson Chandler or JaVale McGee. Cauley-Stein won’t give you much offensively, but he’s a big, athletic body with a solid mator.
DX: 9 | NBA Draft: NR | ESPN: 17 | CBS: 8
Last Four In:
- G: Zach LaVine, 6’5 Fr., UCLA - Explosive athlete, knockdown 3-point shooter and good height for his position. LaVine could go early in the lottery if his stock continues to rise.
- F: James Young, 6’7 Fr., Kentucky - Good size and length for his position with 3-point range, the ability to create off the dribble and a knack for making difficult shots
- F: Dario Saric, 6’10 (19 y/o), Croatia – Point forward with good court vision, solid handle, passing, and ability to create for teammates off the dribble. Saric has excellent mismatch potential on the wing if he can develop a reliable perimeter shot.
- F: Rodney Hood, 6’8 So., Duke – Through his first nine games, Hood was averaging 19.3 points on 59 percent shooting and 53 percent from 3-point range. His 3-point shooting has cooled off recently, but he’s had as hot a start as any prospect so far.
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