In this version of SI's Big Board, Brandon Ingram overtakes Ben Simmons for the No. 1 slot.
The list of entries is official, the draft order is set, and we are less than one month away from the big night. So, over the past several weeks we’ve expanded the board from 30 to 60, with tons of change up and down as the pre-draft process moves forward.
Here’s another reminder that the Big Board aims to rate players in a prospect vacuum, not relative to team fit. For that, check out Andrew Sharp’s mock draft. But 28 days from now, we’ll have all our answers. Until then, here are new rankings to chew on.
31. Pat McCaw | UNLV | SG | 6’7”, 181 | So.
As three-and-D types go in this draft, McCaw checks out well: his shooting stroke and defensive length (6’10” wingspan) are tangible strengths, and he’s developing as a playmaker. He could provide first-round type value.
32. Caris LeVert | Michigan | G | 6’7”, 191 | Sr.
LeVert’s long injury history clouds his stock, but in a talent vacuum, he checks out in the first round. He’s on track to return to the court for workouts in June, and presents a definite risk-reward opportunity.
33. Damian Jones | Vanderbilt | C | 7’0”, 244 | Jr.
People are somewhat split on Jones, whose physical tools and defensive ability profile well, but never quite put everything together at Vandy. In a simplified NBA role, he could thrive. “That guy can get up and down the floor like very few bigs can,” one scout says.
34. Malcolm Brogdon | Virginia | G | 6’6”, 223 | Sr.
Given that he’s one of the most experienced players in the draft, it’s easy to see Brogdon sneaking into a rotation right away, a la Norman Powell or Josh Richardson. He’s not a crazy upside play, but a diversified two-way skill set certainly holds appeal.
35. Malik Beasley | Florida State | SG | 6’5”, 190 | Fr.
An athletic slasher with a nose for the basket, Beasley demonstrated the ability to score at all three levels in his one season at FSU, and improved as the year went on. He’s raw, but he’s a definite prospect.
36. Ben Bentil | Providence | PF | 6’8” 229 | So.
Bentil profiles as a quality rebounder with good touch who can also hit an outside shot, and has long enough arms to compensate for his relative lack of height. He needs seasoning, but the tools are intriguing.
37. Joel Bolomboy | Weber State | PF | 6’9”, 224 | Sr.
Freakishly athletic with strong mid-major production on his resumé, Bolomboy’s hallmark ability is rebounding, with a dash of everything else sprinkled in. He’s got a somewhat unorthodox game and will need to be molded, but could be quite the dice roll.
38. Brice Johnson | North Carolina | PF | 6’10”, 209 | Sr.
Johnson’s outstanding senior season for the Tar Heels didn’t wipe away three years of inconsistency. His lack of bulk could make his NBA transition tougher, even as a college senior. Still, he’s quite the athlete and could become a viable energy big.
39. Petr Cornelie | Le Mans (France) | PF | 6’11”, 220 | 20
He's a stretchy, fluid French big man with legit size who runs the floor, all great things in theory. Stash-worthy at minimum.
40. Zhou Qi | Xinjiang (China) | C | 7’2”, 218 | 20
He’s enormous, mobile, blocks shots and can shoot jumpers, he also weighs next to nothing and has yet to be tested by elite competition. Could make for a very unique piece ... could also be out of the league very quickly.
41. Malachi Richardson | Syracuse | SG | 6’6”, 200 | Fr.
Richardson played well in the NCAA tournament and has been sneaking onto radars given his frame and scoring ability on the wing. He’s a bit one-dimensional at this stage, looking mostly for his own offense, but the upside is there. Some see him as a first-rounder based on scoring potential.
42. Gary Payton II | Oregon State | PG | 6’3”, 184 | Sr.
Of course, the bloodlines are working for Payton, who’s a tremendous athlete and solid defender. His game is well-rounded, but the questions lie with his jump shot, which will likely keep him out of the first round.
43. Chinanu Onuaku | Louisville | C | 6’10”, 245 | So.
He brings a legitimate defensive presence inside and showed well at the combine. He’s got good size inside, but not much of an offensive skill set yet. Still just 19, Onuaku has a chance as a rotational big down the line.
44. Michael Gbinije | Syracuse | G/F | 6’7”, 205 | Sr.
The more polished of the two Syracuse guards, Gbinije was a bit of a forgotten man in college after getting buried at Duke, but bloomed late, showed well at the combine, and has already played internationally for Nigeria. He’s about to turn 24, but his size, playmaking and shooting (though streaky) have appeal.
45. Pascal Siakam | New Mexico State | PF | 6’10”, 227 | So.
Siakam’s already 22, but his size, ability to get up and down the floor and competitive spirit helped him stand out at the combine. The native of Cameroon averaged 20 points, nearly 12 rebounds and two blocks last season, and that production combined with his tools make him an intriguing sleeper.
46. Isaiah Whitehead | Seton Hall | G | 6’5”, 210 | So.
Though Whitehead is a talented scorer and competitor, you still wonder whether he can handle lead-guard responsibilities in the NBA. There’s been talk of him sneaking into the first round, but there are certainly safer bets.
47. Robert Carter Jr. | Maryland | F/C | 6’9”, 251 | Jr.
Another combine standout, Carter has slimmed down from his days at Georgia Tech and presents a wide bag of tricks on offense, both facing up and with his back to the basket. His defense is a different story.
48. Dorian Finney-Smith | Florida | SF | 6’8”, 215 | Sr.
Finney-Smith has fared well throughout the pre-draft process, and his athleticism, toughness and shooting ability make him a viable role player on the wing. Guys in his mold have certainly succeeded in the past.
49. Cat Barber | NC State | PG | 6’3”, 173 | Jr.
Dangerous off the dribble with elite speed and quickness, it’s easy to see Barber as a bench scorer and shot creator. That said, he’ll have to prove he can blend into a team concept and distribute better in order to stick.
50. Prince Ibeh | Texas | C | 6’11”, 261 | Sr.
Ibeh‘s not a scorer at all (4.1 PPG in 18 minutes as a senior), but outstanding measurables including a nearly 7’6” wingspan and 9’4.5” standing reach make him extremely draftable. All he has to do is pick up the right concepts on the defensive end, and he should provide some value.
51. Isaia Cordinier | Denain (France) | SG | 6’5”, 177 | 19
Very good athlete with strong intangibles, but has a long way to go from the French second division to make an impact. If he’s stashable, either overseas or in the D-League, it certainly helps his appeal.
52. Jake Layman | Maryland | SF | 6’9”, 209 | Sr.
A capable shooter and underrated athlete, Layman floated at times in college but played a role for a loaded Maryland team similar to what the pros will ask of him. If he can cut it defensively and knock down a shot, he can fill out a rotation.
53. Wayne Selden | Kansas | SG | 6’6”, 232 | Jr.
After three years at Kansas, Selden’s still more athlete than player. He’s on the fringe, and also coming off meniscus surgery.
54. Kay Felder | Oakland | PG | 5’10”, 177 | Jr.
Felder popped athletically at the combine, and following a highly-productive college season has a good case in the second round. As little guys go, he’s not Tyler Ulis as a playmaker, but he might be the better scorer.
55. AJ English | Iona | G | 6’4”, 190 | Sr.
English is one of the oldest guys in the draft but he’s impressed in the run-up, winning Portsmouth MVP and competing well at the combine. He was prolific at Iona and could conceivably give you something late.
56. Jarrod Uthoff | Iowa | F | 6’10”, 214 | Sr.
Oversized shooters always earn themselves looks, and here’s Uthoff, who’s skilled with sneaky athleticism, but not exceptionally strong and without a definite position on the defensive side of the ball.
57. Guerschon Yabusele | Rouen (France) | PF | 6’8”, 240 | 20
Kind of an obscure player with an awesome name, Yabusele brings a strong frame, good hands and touch at the basket. Can also face up and hit a jump shot. Someone to keep overseas and monitor.
58. Sheldon McClellan | Miami | SG | 6’6”, 198 | Sr.
McClellan scored the final invite to the draft combine, and can shoot it, put it on the deck and get to the basket. He played both on and off the ball in college, which bodes well for a pro transition. If he can cut it enough defensively, he’s an interesting late play.
59. Damion Lee | Louisville | G/F | 6’6”, 210 | Sr.
Lee can really shoot, and put together a pretty good lone season at Louisville. If he continues to hit the deep ball and develops as an all-around scorer, he might be a low-cost piece for someone on the wing.
60. Yogi Ferrell | Indiana | PG | 6’0”, 178 | Sr.
With all said and done, Ferrell, a former McDonald’s All-American, put together a very solid career at Indiana. He markedly improved as an upperclassman and can make plays for others, though his size makes it difficult to assign incredible upside. His quickness should help, and the maturity of his game makes him worth consideration for a late dart throw.