With the early entry deadline in the rearview mirror, we now have a clearer understanding as to who we should expect to see selected in the 2020 NBA Draft. It's not definitive, as prospects have until June 3rd to decide if they want to remain in the draft process, but the draft pool has certainly gained some clarity.
Among those who is expected to hear their name called come draft night is University of Louisville forward Jordan Nwora, as the junior declared for the NBA Draft earlier this month.
Now that he is confirmed to be heading to the next level, when will be taken off the board? Who will take him?
As a result of speaking to "dozens of sources across the landscape of basketball, including executives, scouts, agents and college coaches," The Athletic's Sam Vecenie has as good of a guess as anyone in the mock draft industry.
In his 2020 NBA Mock Draft 5.0, he is projecting that Nwora will be drafted late in the second round, getting selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder with the No. 51 overall pick in the draft.
Vecenie's scouting report on Nwora:
"Nwora is a high-level shooter in this class who has hit a high percentage of 3s in his career at Louisville. He has a quick release and is an underrated vertical athlete. But his defensive ability raises real questions, as he doesn’t move particularly well laterally and is heavy-footed. More than that, his off-ball attentiveness leaves a lot to be desired. Teams also noticed that he didn’t exactly take much of a leap last season. Essentially, he is who he was last year, and late in the season, there were a lot of important moments where Nwora just wasn’t on the floor late for Louisville. Still, Nwora averaged 18.8 points and 7.7 rebounds per game last year in the ACC, and has made the All-ACC team each of the last two years. It’s probably worth taking a flyer on some improvement at this point."
Interestingly enough, Vecenie also projected former Louisville signee Jay Scrubb not only to be drafted, but taken off the board before Nwora with the No. 47 overall pick held by the Chicago Bulls. But Vecenie does include the caveat that he thinks his upside would have been higher had he put together a full year at the ACC level, and it's "hard to nail down if he’ll a lock to be picked or not."
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