ANNUALLY we are surprised by the draft position of some players as we see prospects soar and fall once the action gets underway. Outside of the lottery, there is a big bunch of players who could find themselves drafted between picks 15-40 and I’ve found six guys who you need to monitor tonight during the draft.
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Melvin Frazier, SF, Tulane
I think that the Tulane wing Frazier is quite underrated. He could become a great 3-and-D guy if he is given the chance and his upside should see him drafted somewhere in the 20’s. Picture a player carved in a similar mould as Kent Bazemore but Frazier is more engaged, active defender.
Kevin Huerter, SG, Maryland
There are a ton of franchises that could use some sharp shooting and, as a result, Kevin Huerter continues to fly up draft boards. I don’t want to compare him to one of the best shooters of all-time, but there is a little bit of Kyle Korver about him If you need floor spacing then he’s your man. Little Kyle Korver about him coming off screens and if you give him an inch he won’t hesitate to fire from deep. The Timberwolves, Sixers and Bucks are all a perfect fit.
Elie Okobo, PG, France
SPEAKING of fast risers, the French-born Elie Okobo looks like a competent scorer with awesome upside. Still only 20-years old, Okobo is slightly raw and would benefit from playing a backup role to start his career as he develops into a full-time starter. Atlanta at No. 19 or Indiana at No. 23 should pounce.
Donte DiVincenzo, SG, Villanova
IF the Draft was held one week from now then there is a chance that DiVincenzo would find himself as a top-10 pick. The former Wildcat wasn’t really even meant to be here, however his huge performance in the championship game has seen NBA GM’s start to salivate over his playmaking talents. I wouldn’t be drafting him until the mid to late 20’s with Portland at 24 and Philadelphia at 26 good fits. Don’t rule out the Bucks doing something crazy at 17 though.
Landry Shamet, PG, Wichita State
I love Landry Shamet and I can guarantee you one team will emerge very happy that he is on their team once tonight concludes. The Wichita State junior is a great shooter, who generally makes the right play more times than not. His high basketball I.Q. and impressive range probably isn’t enough to see him drafted in the first round, but I think someone in the 40’s will snap him up.
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Robert Williams, PF/C, Texas A&M
WE aren’t quite sure what to expect from Robert Williams. The supreme athlete has shown flashes of greatness during his time in the league, but we aren’t sure if he will actually deliver. Either way I think if he falls out of the lottery the Wizards would be fools to pass up on the rim running big man with their pick at 15.
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