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Where does the CBS Sports mock draft have Auburn Basketball stars Jabari Smith and Walker Kessler?

Two former Auburn Basketball players will be selected in the upcoming NBA Draft

The results are in for the NBA lottery, which is the final step before the NBA draft on June 23rd. 

Kyle Boone of CBS Sports put out his updated mock draft after the lottery pick selections were made, and both Auburn alumni Jabari Smith and Walker Kessler are slated to be first-round picks. 

Assuming both Kessler and Smith are drafted in the first round, that would give the Auburn Basketball program four first-round picks in the last four years. Kessler and Smith would join the likes of Isaac Okoro, and Chuma Okeke as the most recent Tiger basketball players to go in the first round.  

This shows how far Coach Bruce Pearl has brought the program in his time on the Plains. Pearl is bringing in another talented class for this upcoming season and will hopefully be able to turn some of that roster into first-round talent. 

Now let's take a look at where Kessler and Smith are slated to be drafted in the recent CBS Sports mock draft. 

Auburn punter Arryn Siposs (90) punts the ball during the A-Day spring practice gameat Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, April 13, 2019. Jc Auburnday 31
Auburn Tigers forward Jabari Smith (10) celebrates with his team as Auburn Tigers men's basketball celebrates the regular season SEC championship at Neville Arena in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, March 5, 2022. Auburn Tigers defeated South Carolina Gamecocks 82-71.
Auburn Tigers player Walker Kessler (13) takes the court as Auburn Tigers men's basketball takes on Texas A&M Aggies at Auburn Arena in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022. Auburn Tigers lead Texas A&M Aggies 33-18 at halftime.

The NBA Draft will be a highly anticipated event in the Auburn community as these two talented young men will hear their names called. Smith and Kessler have brought all of us Auburn fans joy over the past months, and it will be exciting to see their professional careers take off. Thanks to these guys, the Auburn Basketball team is in a really good spot going forward. 

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