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2018 NBA Draft Big Board 7.0: Top 100 Prospects

The official group of NBA draft–eligible prospects is locked in and the lottery is on the horizon. Here is The Crossover Front Office's Top 100 big board.

Everybody into the pool! The NBA’s early-entry deadline passed on April 22, the draft is less than two months away, and for the first time this cycle, the official group of draft-eligible prospects is locked in. We’ve moved into a key evaluation period, with prospects soon to begin working out for teams and combine invites soon to go out. Things are getting serious, and the Front Office is expanding its Big Board accordingly, to include 100 eligible players.

Key dates to remember from here: the draft lottery is May 15 in Chicago, followed immediately by the draft combine, with the on-court component spanning two days. Underclassmen who have not hired agents and retained their amateur status have until the NCAA’s May 30 deadline (10 days after the official conclusion of the combine) to withdraw. The NBA’s withdrawal deadline is June 11, which applies to international prospects and players entering the draft who are not looking to retain their college eligibility. The difference between those dates is a key distinction. The draft itself is June 21 in New York. Until then, we’ll continue to update these rankings based on intel and other developments as prospects withdraw from the pool.

As a reminder, while our mock draft aims to project what the draft might look like on a given day of the season and factors in team needs, the Big Board serves as our own point of reference to project draft value and ranges within the available prospect pool. This board is based on our own evaluations and factor in intel from around the league, and established how we'd rate players in a vacuum without team context. Rankings and stats last updated April 24. Assume all underclassmen are testing with an agent, unless otherwise stated.

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1. Deandre Ayton, C, Arizona | Freshman

Height: 7'0" | Weight: 260 pounds | Age: 19 | Last Big Board: 1
Stats: 20.1 PPG, 11.6 RPG, 1.9 BPG

Elite physical tools, soft touch at the rim and a promising jump shot make Ayton the likely top pick. His sheer size and strength presents a matchup problem for most any defender, and he may be the most athletic 7-foot prospect to come along this decade. Ayton checks essentially every offensive box for his position: he has soft touch, can face up or play with his back to the basket, his midrange shot projects nicely to the perimeter, and he’s also a sound passer out of double-teams. While Ayton struggled defensively this season, he was frequently asked to defend forwards in Arizona’s scheme, surrendering some of his physical advantage and hampering his opportunity to consistently improve as a team defender. He did make progress, and with his nimble feet and long frame, he has the ability to be an above-average presence protecting the basket. Bottom line, it’s extremely rare to find a 7-footer with his array of gifts.

2. Luka Doncic, G, Real Madrid

Height: 6'8" | Weight: 220 | Age: 19 | Last: 2
Stats (All competitions): 14.8 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 4.4 APG

A prodigious playmaker and basketball savant, Doncic will be the most accomplished player in the draft bar none. He enters with an unprecedented résumé for a 19-year-old, enjoying real success in the Euroleague and ACB and helping Slovenia to last summer’s Eurobasket title. Doncic is comfortable with the ball in his hands, makes his teammates better as a passer and reads the floor beyond his years. He didn’t shoot the ball well from outside this season, but his stroke is projectable enough. He will face an adjustment to the speed of NBA defenses, and it’s yet to be seen if his lack of elite explosiveness and burst will make things more difficult at the NBA level—it’s possible that limits his ceiling, but he should have plenty to offer regardless. As an oversized lead ballhandler, Doncic appears up to task to eventually become the engine of a spacing-oriented attack.

3. Jaren Jackson Jr., C, Michigan State | Freshman

Height: 6'11" | Weight: 240 | Age: 18 | Last: 3
Stats: 10.9 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 3.0 BPG

With a projectable frame, above-average mobility and a fast-developing skill set, Jackson put his considerable potential on display this season and played his way among the draft’s top prospects. His shot blocking numbers (5.5 per-40) were off the charts, and teams are intrigued by his ability to protect the rim and defend in space. He shot 39.6% from three (though his mechanics leave a bit to be desired) and has nice touch around the rim with either hand, continuing to develop perimeter skills at an impressive rate. Jackson is more lanky and agile than he is bouncy, but some of his issues keeping up with physical opponents in traffic should be mitigated as he gets stronger. He’s less NBA-ready than some of his peers, as illustrated by the inconsistency he faced this season, but Jackson’s overall outlook is sunny as he gets stronger and matures.

4. Marvin Bagley III, F/C, Duke | Freshman

Height: 6'11" | Weight: 235 | Age: 19 | Last: 4
Stats: 21.2 PPG, 11.3 RPG, 61.4% FG

An athletic, competitive presence on the inside, Bagley was one of college basketball’s most productive players, utilizing his athletic mismatch to score in the paint and manufacture easy baskets on the offensive glass at an elite clip. It’s hard to argue with his numbers, and with more shooters and playmakers around him, Bagley’s life should get even easier—you shouldn’t have to worry about his individual effort. He’s extremely left-hand dominant as a scorer and needs to expand his skill set, including his jump shot, which needs to improve for him to really thrive as a four-man. Defensively there’s some fear he may end up stuck between positions, as he’s not much of a shot-blocker and didn’t display strong instincts on that end. Weaknesses noted, Bagley is a quality prospect who could evolve into a high-caliber frontcourt player.

5. Mohamed Bamba, C, Texas | Freshman

Height: 7'0" | Weight: 225 | Age: 19 | Last: 5
Stats: 12.9 PPG, 10.5 RPG, 3.7 BPG

Bamba boasts rare length and verticality that translate to serious defensive impact. His 7'9" wingspan allows him to contest, alter or block most any shot within his area, and he has promising mobility that adds a level of intrigue on top of that. As a baseline, he has the kind of tools you can’t teach. His offensive game is unfinished, but he has some shooting touch and developing skills around the basket, and should be able to threaten as a lob-catcher. Some scouts have questioned Bamba’s competitiveness and toughness on the inside, as his interest level appeared to waver at times this season. It’s fair to wonder how much weight he can pack onto to his slender frame, as well. All things considered, Bamba’s long-term upside as a team’s defensive backbone is substantial.

6. Michael Porter Jr., F, Missouri | Freshman

Height: 6'10" | Weight: 215 | Age: 19 | Last: 6
Stats (2016 U18 FIBA Americas):  15.8 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 2.4 APG

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The long-term state of Porter’s back remains a matter of concern, but he’s still one of the most polished scorers in the draft. He’s a capable jump shooter and perimeter scorer with a good feel for scoring the ball, and has the size to play either forward spot. There are concerns about his defensive approach and playmaking skills, neither of which has ever been considered a strength. Porter’s brief late-season comeback from back surgery, in which he looked understandably stiff and rusty, sends him into workout season with a bit more to prove from a health and conditioning standpoint. That said, NBA teams are well aware of what Porter is capable of at his best, and how he chooses to handle the predraft process (and which teams he works out for) is worth monitoring closely.

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7. Wendell Carter Jr., C, Duke | Freshman

Height: 6'10" | Weight: 260 | Age: 19 | Last: 7
Stats: 13.5 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 2.1 BPG

Carter was a productive, stabilizing force for Duke this season and is viewed as a safe bet to play in the NBA for a long time as a well-rounded post player. He’s a natural rebounder and a better athlete than he gets credit for, able to contest shots effectively and haul in tough balls. Carter’s offensive role at Duke was less prominent than he was accustomed to coming up, but he’s a polished post score and has become a respectable jump shooter. What may hold Carter back long-term is a lack of elite explosiveness, as he occasionally struggles to gather off two feet and score against longer defenders under the basket. His impressive skill level, passing ability and on-court feel set him apart, and a different system might unlock more of his talent.

8. Trae Young, PG, Oklahoma | Freshman

Height: 6'2" | Weight: 180 | Age: 19 | Last: 8
Stats: 27.4 PPG, 8.8 APG, 36.1% 3FG

A potent perimeter shooter and playmaker, Young displayed and sustained serious ability as the fulcrum of Oklahoma’s offense. Young’s deep shooting range and intelligent use of ball screens open up room for his creative dribble penetration, and turning Oklahoma into an elite offensive team for a large stretch of the season was no small feat. His change of pace and variety of moves help offset a lack of elite physical attributes, though he will need to keep working on his body as evidenced by the way he wore down a bit toward the end of the season. It’s unlikely Young will be more than an average defender at best, but if he’s placed within a system that can give him enough room to operate, his talent should be able to outweigh his weaknesses. In a relatively thin group of point guards, Young’s upside stands out.

9. Mikal Bridges, SF, Villanova | Junior

Height: 6'7" | Weight: 210 | Age: 21 | Last: 9
Stats: 17.7 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 43.5% 3FG

Bridges couples great defensive instincts and ability with quality three-point shooting, making him a fairly safe bet to provide value in the modern NBA. His impactful perimeter defense should translate nicely, given his 7’0” wingspan and foot speed that lets him ably defend both guards and wings. Bridges has made major strides as a jump shooter as well, and while he sometimes struggles to create his own shot off the dribble he should be able to thrive in a supporting role alongside a quality playmaker or two. He doesn’t have superstar upside, but could fill a need effectively early in his career. Given how the league is trending toward wide-open play, there’s not a team in the league that can’t use a player with Bridges’s strengths.

10. Robert Williams III, C, Texas A&M | Sophomore

Height: 6'9" | Weight: 240 | Age: 20 | Last: 10
Stats: 10.4 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 2.6 BPG

A physical force when he’s engaged, Williams can be a difference-making rebounder and finisher around the rim, but has struggled to produce big numbers on a consistent basis. He’s an instinctive rebounder and shot-blocker and plays above the rim as easily as anyone, able to win most 50-50 balls within his area thanks to his length and quickness off the floor. For a guy with his gifts, Williams should have been tallying up more easy baskets at A&M—he wasn’t ever the focal point of the offense, but he didn’t always use his physical edge to his advantage. He’s a limited scorer outside eight feet, but when penciled into a Clint Capela-type NBA role, he makes a lot of sense. If a team can get him to buy in, he has the talent to be a quality contributor.


11. Miles Bridges, F, Michigan State | Sophomore

Height: 6'7" | Weight: 225 | Age: 20 | Last: 13
Stats: 17.1 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 36.4% 3FG

Bridges is a well-built, active scorer who might be a little bit stuck between positions. Athletically he fits the bill, and he showed some improvement as a spot-up shooter on the wing. He’s limited as a ball-handler and shot creator, and his best pro position is probably power forward, where he can better utilize his quickness despite the fact he’s built more like a two-guard. There are still questions about how his three-point shooting will translate to NBA range. Bridges could become a plus defender thanks to his agility and strength, but has never been a true standout on that side of the ball. If Bridges can remake himself from a finesse-based scorer into a high-energy glue guy, he should be able to cover for his weaknesses just fine, but there’s some risk here.

12. Kevin Knox, F, Kentucky | Freshman

Height: 6'9" | Weight: 215 | Age: 18 | Last: 11
Stats: 15.6 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 34.1% 3FG

An intriguing project with the build to handle either forward spot, Knox was never consistently able to take over games at Kentucky but has the ability to develop into a capable supporting scorer in due time. Knox has some natural shooting touch, meets the requirements to keep up athletically and is a solid rebounder, though his handle must improve in order for him to keep playing on the wing. His competitiveness comes and goes sometimes and he’ll have to get tougher, but it helps that Knox is one of the younger prospects in the draft and showed improvement over the course of the season. He has the type of malleable talent that should play in an NBA rotation given time to develop.

13. Collin Sexton, PG, Alabama | Freshman

Height: 6'2" | Weight: 190 | Age: 19 | Last: 12
Stats: 19.2 PPG, 3.6 APG, 33.6% 3FG

There’s no doubting Sexton’s talent as a scorer. At Alabama, he showcased his ability to attack the basket, play through contact and fill up a box score. He’s athletically impressive, can get downhill off the bounce and is unafraid of the moment. His three-point shooting clip leaves something to be desired, but may be attributable in part to a heavy workload. Where Sexton struggles is making teammates better—and while some of his poor assist to turnover ratio came as a byproduct of the Tide’s lack of offensive structure, there’s some concern among NBA teams about the selfish nature of his play. Sexton came in with a reputation as an elite defender, but averaged less than a steal per game, and his overall focus level wavered more than the narrative surrounding him would have you believe. The question may be whether he’s better suited to run a team full-time, or to provide scoring punch off the bench.

14. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PG, Kentucky | Freshman

Height: 6'6" | Weight: 180 | Age: 19 | Last: 14
Stats: 14.4 PPG, 5.1 APG, 1.6 SPG

Gilgeous-Alexander was one of the quickest studies in college basketball this year: he bordered on timid in November, and finished as one of the most productive point guards in the country. His size, length and quick hands help him stand out on both ends of the floor. Gilgeous-Alexander has an unorthodox but effective off-the-dribble game, using hesitations and fakes to create space for himself. His jumper is passable, but not quite consistent yet. He’s highly unselfish, and while not extremely explosive, Gilgeous-Alexander has a good understanding of angles with the ball in his hands. Long enough to defend either backcourt spot at an above-average level, he’s the sort of versatile player who would partner well with a more scoring-minded guard.

15. Lonnie Walker IV, SG, Miami | Freshman

Height: 6'4" | Weight: 190 | Age: 19 | Last: 15
Stats: 11.5 PPG, 41.5% FG, 34.6% 3FG

An athletic, slashing two-guard, Walker had an uneven freshman season after recovering from a summer meniscus tear. While he didn’t set the world on fire, Walker’s strong frame and ability to attack and finish around the rim give him inherent status as a prospect. He has a nice-looking jumper, but needs to become a more comfortable shooter. His physical tools also project well on the defensive end. Walker lacks a certain degree of instinctiveness that hampers him somewhat as a halfcourt scorer, although some of his struggles at Miami also appeared confidence-based. He has a lot of room to improve, and while he’s not polished, Walker is an intriguing first-round talent with a chance to crack the late lottery.

16. Mitchell Robinson, C, Chalmette HS (Louisiana)

Height: 6'11" | Weight: 230 | Age: 20 | Last: 16
Stats (2016–17 HS): 25.7 PPG, 12.6 RPG, 6.0 BPG

Although Robinson will have had a year off from competitive basketball and enters the draft with no experience beyond high school, his long build, impressive athletic ability and shot-blocking skills come with built-in NBA intrigue. He will have to solidify his stock with strong workouts, and teams have plenty of questions about his decision to skip college hoops, as well as his overall feel for the game (plus, he’s already 20). Robinson is capable of highlight-caliber plays around the rim, and the hope is he becomes a shot-blocking, lob-catching center. He has a wide range of draft outcomes and some teams may be scared off by the risk factor, but talent-wise he’s worthy of consideration as early as the middle of the first round.

17. Zhaire Smith, G/F, Texas Tech | Freshman

Height: 6'5" | Weight: 195 | Age: 18 | Last: 17
Stats: 11.3 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 55.6% FG

Smith is one of the surprise stories of this draft, beginning his freshman year as an unheralded curiosity and finishing it as a key player for an Elite 8 team with enough raw athletic ability to warrant first-round consideration, and entering the draft with an agent. While he’s unlikely to contribute much right away, his explosiveness, ability to make acrobatic plays and instincts on the defensive end are all tantalizing (he averaged more than a steal and a block per game). He fared well from three this season, but scouts have doubts about his actual feel shooting from the perimeter. More importantly, Smith seriously struggles to create his own shot, which may kneecap his potential without serious development. He’s a risk-reward proposition, and drafting him is a bet on his intangibles and willingness to work hard and improve.

18. Troy Brown, G/F, Oregon | Freshman

Height: 6'7" | Weight: 215 | Age: 18 | Last: 18
Stats: 11.3 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 3.2 APG

Blending size, ball-handling ability and an unselfish game, Brown is an intriguing prospect given the increasingly positionless nature of the NBA game. He’s unlikely to lead your team in scoring, but has the ability to do enough other positive things to fit a utility-type perimeter role. He grew up playing point guard and is most comfortable with the ball in his hands. Brown is a good athlete with a body that should help him become a versatile defender. He lacks one true calling-card skill at this stage, can disappear at times and shot the ball poorly from distance this season. But he’s certainly talented, and as one of the younger players in this class has the makings of a rotation player after some development time.

19. Dzanan Musa, G/F, KK Cedevita

Height: 6'9" | Weight: 185 | Age: 18 | Last: 19
Stats (All competitions): 12.2 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 47.8% FG

Musa is a score-first wing who hangs his hat on pull-up jumpers and a crafty game. He’s an experienced player for his age and has earned a large chunk of playing time for Cedevita, shooting the ball at a strong clip this season. Word is that he’s extremely motivated to make it in the NBA. An improving playmaker with a solid feel, Musa tends to be ball-dominant and isn’t an elite creator off the dribble, which will require adjustment. His thin frame may also pose a challenge, particularly when attacking the basket. He lacks ideal length, has a bit of a hunched posture and isn’t much of a man-to-man defender, either. Still, his natural ability to put the ball in the basket and the NBA’s premium on perimeter talent helps set him apart as perhaps the top international prospect behind Doncic.

20. Anfernee Simons, G, IMG Academy | HS Senior

Height: 6'3" | Weight: 180 | Age: 18 | Last: 21
Stats (2017 UnderArmour Association): 15.3 PPG, 41.4% 3FG

After finishing his prep year at IMG and opting to forgo college for the draft, Simons appears set to ride a wave of mystery into a guaranteed contract. He’s a springy, quick-twitch athlete who profiles as more of a two-guard than a combo right now. He’s at his best when he’s aggressive and attacking the basket and is a promising shooter, but is extremely early in his development and still very streaky. He needs to get stronger and establish himself as a defender, but has the ability to be solid on that end in time. Simons needs seasoning and will likely spend time in the G League next year, but has a good chance to be a first-round pick based off of upside.

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21. Aaron Holiday, PG, UCLA | Junior

Height: 6'1" | Weight: 185 | Age: 21 | Last: 24
Stats: 20.3 PPG, 5.8 APG, 42.9% 3FG

Holiday impressed this season with steady performances as an outside shooter and primary facilitator and looks suited for a backup point guard role in the NBA. With his scoring instincts and ability to use ball screens, he can provide an offensive spark. He’s a smallish and can only defend one position, but competes defensively and should be tough enough to hold his own. Holiday is more of a shoot-first guy than a setup man, and he struggles getting downhill into the paint around defenders at times, which limits his upside on some level. That said, he’s a fairly safe choice to provide some value, and the fact he has two older brothers in the NBA doesn’t hurt when it comes to intangibles—Aaron may be less physically gifted than Jrue and Justin, but has the makeup to overachieve and find a place in the league.

22. Bruno Fernando, C, Maryland | Freshman

Height: 6'10" | Weight: 245 | Age 19 | Last: 22
Stats: 10.3 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 1.2 BPG

One of the most athletic bigs in college basketball, Fernando has impressed scouts with his immense physical potential. While he’s presently testing the waters, he may well end up with enough love to stay in the draft. The Angola native picked up the game late and is still extremely raw, but his reported 7'4" wingspan, impressive defensive mobility and ability to elevate around the basket are all eye-catching. Fernando was often in foul trouble this season and didn’t see the lion’s share of playing time until the last month or so, and he’s more skilled than was able to show, although it’s fair to critique his feel. At this point, his upside makes him a worthy flier in the late first round, although his small sample size may work against him. His predraft workouts will be pivotal.

23. Khyri Thomas, SG, Creighton | Junior

Height: 6'3" | Weight: 210 | Age: 21 | Last: 26
Stats: 15.1 PPG, 1.7 SPG, 41.1% 3FG

Although he doesn’t possess starry upside, Thomas was one of college basketball’s top perimeter stoppers and has made a nice case for himself as a useful role player in the pros. He has great feet and hands, a muscular build and the length to make life difficult for a variety of opponents as a man-to-man defender. The flipside is that he’s limited as a creator off the dribble, but Thomas was an efficient scorer all season and made his jumpers at a convincing clip. Thomas is also a smart passer and understands how to play off others, rarely forcing shots. There’s safety in Thomas’s 3-and-D skill set, which should translate nicely to the perimeter-oriented NBA game. He’s declared for the draft without an agent.

24. Jontay Porter, F/C, Missouri | Freshman

Height: 6'11" | Weight: 240 | Age: 18 | Last: 29
Stats: 9.9 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 2.2 APG

While Michael Porter’s season ended up a wash, his younger brother burst onto the scene in his stead and is tracking as a late first or early second-round selection, though he’s entered the draft without an agent for now. Jontay has legitimate range out to three and is a quality passer and rebounder, with an advanced feel and skill level as the youngest player on our entire Top 100. He could be a weapon as a screener and short-roll playmaker, and has demonstrated surprising ability to attack closeouts. The key for Porter is developing his body, which presently leaves something to be desired but has plenty of time to physically mature. It’s unclear how high his ceiling really is, but there’s not much knocking his talent level.

25. Rawle Alkins, G/F, Arizona | Sophomore

Height: 6'5" | Weight: 220 | Age: 20 | Last: 25
Stats: 13.1 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 35.9% 3FG

A jack-of-all-trades on the wing, Alkins was on the first-round cusp a year ago and should receive some looks in this range again. He plays with a ton of energy and already has a strong build, able to power his way to the basket and explode to the rim when he has a step. Alkins has shown a willingness to make winning plays, and his continued efforts this season despite a tough year for Arizona (and breaking his foot in September) should be viewed as a positive. As he works back into peak shape, his defensive contributions and comfort level as a shooter should improve. Alkins should be in good position to boost his stock with a strong predraft process.

26. Chandler Hutchison, SF, Boise State | Senior

Height: 6'7" | Weight: 200 | Age: 22 | Last: 23
Stats: 20.0 PG, 7.7 RPG, 3.5 APG

Offering a nice mix of size, athleticism and production, Hutchison took a nice step forward statistically this season as a heavy offensive focal point for the Broncos (he used a whopping one-third of their possessions). He won’t be asked to carry that big a load in the NBA, but his ability to attack the rim on straight-line drives,make an impact on the glass and find gaps in the defense as an off-ball threat are all appealing. He also may have a chance to potentially play as a small-ball four at times, creating more of a mismatch with his quickness. Hutchison doesn’t create especially well off the dribble and has to keep improving as a shooter, but he belongs in the late first-round picture.

27. Jerome Robinson, G, Boston College | Junior

Height: 6'4" | Weight: 190 | Age: 21 | Last: 27
Stats: 20.7 PPG, 3.3 APG, 40.9% 3FG

A high-scoring guard with a nice degree of shake to his game, Robinson could become a useful third guard with his ability to play on or off the ball. He excels at creating his own shot on all three levels, with a great ability to change speeds and some sneaky athleticism. Robinson’s production and intangibles should appeal to teams as well. He’s an inch or so shorter than his official listed height, and his slight build may cause some limitations, particularly as a defender. His upside isn’t immense, but he can really score the ball and made big strides as a junior (he had an eye-popping 46-point game against Notre Dame). Robinson is presently testing without an agent.

28. Bruce Brown Jr., G, Miami | Sophomore

Height: 6'5" | Weight: 190 | Age: 21 | Last: 28
Stats: 11.4 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 4.0 APG

Brown’s athleticism, frame and defensive-minded approach remain good selling points for a combo guard, but he’s coming off an underwhelming season in which he missed the final two months with a foot injury. He can be a disruptive force in the backcourt and get to the rim effectively, but needs to convince people his three-point shooting can swing closer to last season (34.7%) than this year’s poor 26.7% mark. Hopes that Brown could transition to playing the point full-time have largely been dashed at this point, and given he was already old for his class, the lack of progression as a sophomore was frustrating. He’s still an interesting complementary player, and will have an opportunity to make up for lost time in the predraft process.

29. Jalen Brunson, PG, Villanova | Junior

Height: 6'3" | Weight: 190 | Age: 21 | Last: 30
Stats: 18.9 PPG, 4.6 APG, 40.8% 3FG

Although the critiques of Brunson’s average size and athleticism as they pertain to his upside are fair, the leader of Villanova’s title team checks basically every other box for a lead guard and is a good bet to play in the league for a long time. The son of former journeyman guard Rick Brunson, Jalen grew up around the NBA and has an elite feel for running an offense. He relies on his considerable craft to compensate for a lack of top-flight quickness and understands how to pick his spots, change speeds and score. Brunson is also a good three-point shooter, and his steely on-court demeanor will appeal to teams. Defensively he’ll have to work hard to cut it, but he’s too intelligent not to figure out a way to succeed.

30. De’Anthony Melton, G, USC | Sophomore

Height: 6'4" | Weight: 190 | Age: 19 | Last: 31
Stats (2016–17): 8.3 PPG, 3.5 APG, 1.9 SPG

Melton missed the season due to USC’s prolonged investigation into his eligibility, but can finally begin re-establishing his value in predraft workouts. The mix of defensive toughness and athletic playmaking he showed as a freshman serves as a good place to start. Melton’s steal and block rate in his lone college campaign were impressive, and the key now is rounding out his offensive skill set to a palatable level—he may not be a true point guard, but needs to improve his utility with the ball in his hands. Melton’s jumper is also questionable, but his energy, smarts and physicality (a 6'8" wingspan helps him harry opposing ball-handlers) are bankable strengths.

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31. Donte DiVincenzo, G, Villanova | Sophomore

Height: 6'4" | Weight: 205 | Age: 21 | Last: 32
Stats: 13.4 PPG, 3.5 APG, 40.1% 3FG

After breaking out on college basketball’s most prominent stage, DiVincenzo has forced the issue and is a definite prospect for this year’s draft should he choose to stay in and hire an agent. As a quick, tough combo guard willing to make small plays and do the dirty work, he profiles nicely into an eventual backcourt role. DiVincenzo isn’t quite as tall as he’s listed, but he’s quick and wiry enough to defend either backcourt spot. His three-point shooting and overall instincts are a plus. He’s old for his class after taking a medical redshirt as a freshman, and taking a long, hard look at turning pro makes sense. If he goes back to Villanova, he’ll be the leading man next season.

32. Melvin Frazier, G/F, Tulane | Junior

Height: 6'6" | Weight: 200 | Age: 21 | Last: 33
Stats: 15.9 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 2.1 SPG

A physical specimen who put together a solid individual season on an underwhelming team, Frazier has piqued NBA interest with his tools and defensive instincts. He pops from an eye-test perspective, and has potential to be a multipositional stopper given his long arms and penchant for generating turnovers. He’s a powerful leaper and difficult to stop once he has a head of steam toward the basket, though he’s not especially refined as a scorer. Frazier shot 38% from outside this season, but teams aren’t totally sold on his jumper and he doesn’t have an outstanding feel for putting the ball in the basket. He’s an interesting dart throw in the middle of the draft if he stays in.

33. Grayson Allen, SG, Duke | Senior

Height: 6'4" | Weight: 205 | Age: 22 | Last: 34
Stats: 15.5 PPG, 4.6 APG, 37.0% 3FG

Allen’s senior year affirmed his ability to bring long-distance shooting, secondary ball-handling and toughness to a backcourt. He’s a very good athlete and has proven over time he can make difficult, deep shots off the dribble and catch. Allen has enough ability to attack the basket off of closeouts to keep defenders honest and buy himself a little extra time for his jumper. His offensive role was somewhat reduced this season at times given the talent around him, likely more akin to the load he’ll end up shouldering as a supporting player. Although his athletic ability doesn’t totally translate on the defensive end,  it’s a fair bet that his experience and competitive spirit will help split the difference.

34. Hamidou Diallo, SG, Kentucky | Freshman

Height: 6'5" | Weight: 200 | Age: 19 | Last: 35
Stats: 10.3 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 43.0% FG

Had he stayed in the draft a year ago, Diallo would likely have been a first-rounder. This time around, the picture is much more cloudy, as his immense physical talents are unchanged, but his lack of ball skills have been exposed, Diallo began to turn it on as a defender late in the season and remains a dynamic player in transition, where few can keep up with him. It’s just that his skill set is unrefined, his handle loose and his offensive feel in the halfcourt limited. Diallo’s talent is still worth a dice roll in a low-risk situation, but his actual offensive ceiling may be a bit capped without significant skill improvement. Best-case scenario, he becomes a plus defender, hits enough threes to keep himself on the floor and becomes a useful complementary wing.

35. Chimezie Metu, F/C, USC | Junior

Height: 6'10" | Weight: 225 | Age: 21 | Last: 36
Stats: 15.7 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 1.7 BPG

A springy, mobile big, Metu has NBA-level talent and showed some improvement this season, but hasn’t quite done enough to lock himself in as a surefire first-rounder. His good games can be head-turning, but he’s not extremely comfortable playing with his back to the basket and sometimes shies away when the paint is packed, which hurts him as a rebounder. He can shoot from mid-range and has tried to play as more of a stretch big, but those results have been mixed. He underachieved on a year to year basis at USC relative to his talent, and has yet to find a level of consistency to his game. Metu will likely need to embrace a lower-usage, pick-and-pop role at the next level to thrive.

36. Landry Shamet, PG, Wichita State | Sophomore

Height: 6'4" | Weight: 190 | Age: 21 | Last: 39
Stats: 14.9 PPG, 5.2 APG, 44.2% 3FG

As a perimeter scorer and facilitator, Shamet does a lot of important things well. He’s not very explosive or quick, but his blend of size, handle and three-point shooting help set him apart from other available point guards. His ability to catch and shoot as well as pull up makes him a constant perimeter threat, and he might be able to run off screens and do damage in due time. This helps offset his average athleticism, which keeps him from consistently getting all the way to the rim. Shamet competes defensively and has the chops to follow in the footsteps of former Shockers Fred Van Vleet and Ron Baker, both of whom have carved out NBA niches. It’s worth nothing Shamet has suffered serious injuries in both of his feet.

37. Shake Milton, G, SMU | Junior

Height: 6'6" | Weight: 205 | Age: 21 | Last: 41
Stats: 18.0 PPG, 4.4 APG, 43.4% 3FG

After missing the last 11 games of the season with a hand injury, Milton is facing a wider range of draft outcomes than others: he’s been billed as a late first-rounder in the past, but seems to be trending more toward the second after scouts have had three seasons to pick him apart. This was his best year at SMU, and to his credit, he took a step forward as a scorer without sacrificing efficiency. Milton is much more comfortable on the ball than off, but has the size to theoretically play either guard position and provides spacing with a reliable jumper (he never shot below 42% in three college seasons). Milton isn’t really a dribble-breakdown guy, but has some change of pace ability. His aggressiveness and defensive contributions waver somewhat. He’ll likely benefit from playing a lower-pressure role in the NBA where he won’t have to anchor the scoring.

38. Jacob Evans, G/F, Cincinnati | Junior

Height: 6'6" | Weight: 210 | Age: 20 | Last: 42
Stats: 13.0 PPG, 1.3 SPG, 37% 3FG

Evans is a tough, defensive-minded wing who’s shown the ability to make threes at the college level, making him a prospect almost by defauld. He has the type of frame that enables him guard a variety of players on the perimeter and was a committed stopper for Cincinnati. Evans is an oft-erratic scorer and doesn’t create offense very well, nor is he always aggressive attacking the rim. He has sort of a hard, flat jumper that has given some scouts pause. Evans does have the benefit of being young for his class, but lacks immense upside. Teams looking to add immediate toughness to their wing rotation will give him a hard look. He’s left the door open to return to school.

39. Devonte’ Graham, PG, Kansas | Senior

Height: 6'2" | Weight: 185 | Age: 23 | Last: 37
Stats: 17.3 PPG, 7.2 APG, 40.6% 3FG

Graham is an experienced, capable setup man and shooter who prefers to operate and score from the perimeter. He was productive while leading a Kansas team that skewed thin to the Final Four, and does a solid job on the defensive end as well. However, Graham’s struggles to score in isolation and when attacking the paint are concerning, with one big red flag being a sub-40 percent clip on his two-point attempts. He’s also already 23, and his counting stats were somewhat inflated by playing a massive percentage of the Jayhawks’ minutes. Graham will have an opportunity in the NBA and may be able to help round out a team’s rotation, but lacks a certain it factor to his game.

40. Elie Okobo, PG, Pau-Orthez

Height: 6'3" | Weight: 180 | Age: 20 | Last: 59
Stats (French Pro A): 12.5 PPG, 4.3 APG, 38% 3FG

A quick, toolsy ball-handler who excels at scoring off the dribble, Okobo is an intriguing potential stash pick with his range of offensive skills and has given himself a good chance to get drafted after a strong season in his native France. He has solid shooting mechanics, range from three and the ability to get into the paint and kick the ball to open teammates. He’s certainly athletic enough to project into the NBA’s style, and turned up his play a notch for his club while handling a hefty offensive workload. A 6’8” wingspan and solid instincts give him a nice defensive ceiling as well. Like many young guards, Okobo will need to rein in his shot selection and turnovers, but he’s looking like a nice second-round option at this point.

41. Rodions Kurucs, G/F, FC Barcelona

Height: 6'9" | Weight: 190 | Age: 20 | Last: 43
Stats (LEB Gold): 10.6 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 43.8% FG

Kurucs has struggled to get a foothold when it comes to playing time with Barcelona’s senior team, but has the type of size and versatility NBA teams are looking for on the wing. He was a likely late first-round selection last season before pulling out of the draft (he had a substantial contract buyout with his club) and his mix of athleticism and scoring is appealing. He has some nice traits and looks like a potentially useful role player, but it has been difficult for teams to get eyes on him given his current team situation. Kurucs’s team environment has created some challenges, but he’ll likely end up in a similar draft range this time around.

42. Kevin Huerter, SG, Maryland | Sophomore

Height: 6'7" | Weight: 190 | Age: 19 | Last: 51
Stats: 14.8 PPG, 3.4 APG, 41.7% 3FG

Possessing good size for a two-guard and a nice array of scoring skills, Huerter is young for his class and has impressed scouts with his fundamentally sound game. He excels as a spot-up scorer, with natural jumper mechanics and the ability to attack closeouts and use his height mismatch against smaller guards. He’s decently athletic (moreso vertically than laterally) and there’s room for multifaceted shooters in his mold to make an NBA impact. Improving defensively will help, but simply being a high-quality floor spacer given his physical attributes and ball-moving skills is a good place to start. He’s testing the waters without an agent. He’s testing the waters, and he should have a better shot at the first round next year if he returns.


43. Gary Trent Jr., SG, Duke | Freshman

Height: 6'6" | Weight: 210 | Age: 19 | Last: 45
Stats: 14.5 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 40.2% 3FG

Cast into a supporting role on a team otherwise devoid of wings, Trent did a nice job fitting in and finished as one of the top three-point specialists in the country. Working mostly in spot-ups, spacing the floor and running in transition, Trent has projectable jumper mechanics and a solid feel for what was asked of him. It may end up being his NBA fate as well, given he’s not wildly athletic which could limit his ability to create his shot and more importantly, defend at the next level. He has more ability than he was able to show at Duke, and should be able to progress into a capable supporting scorer in a league where you can never have too many shooters. 

44. Keita Bates-Diop, F, Ohio State | Junior

Height: 6'7" | Weight: 235 | Age: 22 | Last: 49
Stats: 19.8 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 35.9% 3FG

It’s tough to ignore Bates-Diop’s production, as the Big Ten’s player of the year and a central figure in Ohio State’s resurgence. He has a deft scoring touch and has been a tough matchup for college defenders. However, his lack of explosiveness may limit him at the next level, and he’s not quite big or strong enough to play the four (despite a 7'2" wingspan) nor is he an ideal ball-handler to play the three. It’s good to consider what elements of his scoring will translate—Ohio State ran a lot of isolation plays for him in the mid-range, touches he likely won’t warrant at the next level when he no longer has a mismatch advantage. If Bates-Diop continues to shoot at a great clip from outside he’ll have a chance at an NBA role, but his skills will have to cover for his athletic ability.

45. Tyus Battle, SG, Syracuse | Sophomore

Height: 6'6" | Weight: 235 | Age: 20 | Last: 47
Stats: 19.2 PPG, 39.9% FG, 32.2% 3FG

With a good body for an NBA wing and ability to score the ball at all three levels, Battle was Syracuse’s primary option this season. His massive role and extremely rare trips to the bench caused some statistical inflation and also made him a bit tricky to assess, particularly whether his poor shot selection was a byproduct of team demands, or his own preference. He’s overreliant on midrange shots, isn’t much of a playmaker or physical finisher, and isn’t especially consistent from three, none of which lies too much in concert with the demands asked of modern shooting guards. Syracuse’s 2–3 zone also makes his defensive impact hard to peg. He’s testing without an agent.