The NCAA tournament is over, but 2016 NBA draft buzz has just begun. SI.com ranks the top 30 prospects in our Big Board 3.0.
With March Madness out of the way, it’s time to revisit our Big Board. We’ve expanded to 30 prospects this time and made some changes to reflect recent developments. Super-early entry Thon Maker—still not officially eligible, mind you—makes his debut, as do many other prospects of interest.
Some key dates to keep in mind: April 24 at midnight is the early-entry deadline, which actually means less this year given the increased number of prospects. The best 60 or 70 will be invited to participate in the combine in Chicago, May 11–15, and after that, college underclassmen have until May 25 to return to school, provided they have yet to hire an agent. International players have until June 13 to withdraw.
Before we get started, here are five guys on the cusp of the first round who just missed our Big Board:
• DeAndre' Bembry (F, St. Joseph’s, Jr.) — Gifted playmaker and versatile wing who’d be a surefire first-rounder with a better jumper (26% from three).
• Ben Bentil (F, Providence, Soph.) — Undersized but talented four–man who could creep higher as the process moves forward.
• Brice Johnson (F, North Carolina, Sr.) — His strong final year at UNC didn’t fully erase past doubts surrounding his motor and inconsistencies.
• Caris LeVert (G, Michigan, Sr.) — If LeVert’s long medical history checks out OK, he’s a first-round quality talent.
• Ante Zizic (C, Croatia, age 19) — A physically mature interior force who works extremely hard on the glass.