Despite averaging 43 points per game in high school and being a McDonald’s All-American, Trae Young entered his freshman season at Oklahoma without a great deal of fanfare. That quickly changed around Thanksgiving, at the PK80 Tourney, where he averaged 34.7 points and 6.7 assists in three games vs. Arkansas, Portland, and Oregon.
Mohamed “Mo” Bamba is guaranteed to lead the NBA in at least one category in the 2018-19 season – wingspan. He set an NBA Combine record in May, when his wingspan was measured at seven feet, 10 inches, which is one inch longer than the current NBA leader, Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz.
There has been a lot of debate about who is the best big man in the 2018 NBA Draft, and Jaren Jackson, Jr. is at the forefront of that discussion. He is projected by some to go as high as third overall in the draft. Not yet 19 years old, Jackson is currently the fifth-youngest prospect on our draft board, …
Barely 19 years old, Marvin Bagley is one of the youngest prospects on our draft board, and after a stellar freshman season at Duke, he is likely to be one of the first five selections in the 2018 NBA Draft. One year ago, he was finishing up his junior year at high school, and he probably didn’t expect to be sitting where he is today.
Often compared to Hall of Famer David Robinson, DeAndre Ayton is considered the favorite to be the first player selected in the 2018 NBA Draft, and with good reason. He had a terrific freshman season at Arizona, culminating with a host of honors, including Pac-12 Player of the Year, first-team All-American, and the Karl Malone Award.
Last spring, Robert Williams was projected to be a first-round pick, but to the surprise of many, he returned to Texas A&M for his sophomore season. At the time, Williams stated publicly that he needed more time to mature and develop his game before moving on to the NBA. Following an up-and-down sophomore year, I am not positive that Williams achieved his goals, but his draft stock remains very high.