The NBA Draft is coming up on Thursday, and it is one of the most stacked drafts basketball fans have ever seen. These are my Top 10 prospects in the Draft.
1. Markelle Fultz, G, Washington
Markelle Fultz is the NCAA equivalent of Russell Westbrook. He is a great player on a bad Washington team, and his skills are being wasted. He averaged 23.2 PPG, 5.9 APG, and 5.7 RPG. To go along with that, he averaged 1.6 SPG and 1.2 BPG. Not too shabby for a 6′ 4” freshman.
2. Lonzo Ball, G, UCLA
Lonzo Ball’s scoring doesn’t strike you as amazing – he only averages 14.6 PPG. Still, he gets 7.6 APG, 6.0 RPG, and 1.8 SPG. He also shoots 55.1 percent from the field. He is an original leader for whoever he plays for. Without Lonzo, the Bruins went 15-17. With him, they went 31-5. Lonzo is another great freshman who will be picked early in the draft.
3. Josh Jackson, G, Kansas
Josh Jackson, Jayson Tatum, and De’Aaron Fox are all contenders for this pick. Still, out of the three, I think that Josh Jackson is the best. Jackson averaged 16.3 PPG, and also shot 51.3 percent from the field. He can play big against smaller guards, as he is 6′ 8” and grabs 7.4 rebounds per game. He is a good player, and another freshman skipping his last three years of college.
4. Jayson Tatum, F, Duke
Tatum has proven himself. He scored 16.8 PPG and 7.3 RPG to go along with 1.3 SPG. He also shot 84.9 from the charity stripe, a good percentage for someone 6′ 8”. He can play big but also be a perimeter player and make jumpers. Yet another freshman, he will be a good addition for the Suns or whoever drafts him.
5. De’Aaron Fox, G, Kentucky
Finally, De’Aaron Fox finishes the Top 5. He is another good guard and scored 16.7 PPG while sharing the backcourt with Malik Monk. He also dished out 4.6 assists per game and grabbed 4 boards every game. 1.5 SPG make him a dangerous player on each side of the floor. He is the fifth prospect in the Top 5 to be a freshman and his youth is very important.