Beyond the Key Episode of the week
By Jeremy Fitch
Any college basketball fan can see that the potential for the NBA Draft this summer could be something special. According to Real GM multiple NBA Scouts and general managers believe it could be the “strongest in a decade.”
There is a while until the draft, but ESPN Senior Writer, Chad Ford has just released 2.0 of his 2017 NBA Draft big board.
1. Markelle Fultz
2. Lonzo Ball
3. Josh Jackson
4. Malik Monk
5. Dennis Smith
6. Jayson Tatum
7. Harry Giles
8. Jonathan Isaac
9. De'Aaron Fox
10. Miles Bridges
11. Lauri Markkanen
12. Frank Ntilikina
13. OG Anunoby
14. T.J. Leaf
15. Robert Williams
16. Ivan Rabb
17. Terrance Ferguson
18. Edrice Adebayo
19. Jarrett Allen
20. Marques Bolden
The top 10 projected picks are all freshman, but they have some of the greatest upside since 2003 that had the likes of LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade among many other All-Stars.
Ford is predicting that there are 10-15 players in this draft that could be All-Stars in the future. I see this as a high probability, but there are at least two freshman in my opinion that have a lot to prove in Conference play in the coming weeks if they will become great in the NBA.
Projected to be one and done players out of Duke, Marques Bolden and Harry Giles. Both coming off of injuries to start the season, both have been playing limited minutes since being entered back into the lineup.
Bolden has been only getting about four minutes the last three outings with nothing to show for it. Whether that be because Amil Jefferson has been so good or because Coach K does not believe he is ready, he will need to show his potential come conference play if he wants to be a top 20 pick in this year’s draft.
Giles has been the number one high school recruit coming out of high school since his junior year and many have said his is the best prospect they have seen since LeBron James. He has been compared to Chris Webber, which is high praise considering his has just come back to play competitive basketball in two years. While he will come back slow, he will be a high pick if not top five if he shows flashes of his old self in Conference play for Duke.
Although Duke has their fair share of prospects, no prospect has impressed me more than Lonzo Ball out of UCLA.
Ball has proven that he and his teammates are putting UCLA back on the map as a college basketball power house. He has been said to have Jason Kidd’s vision and Derrick Rose athleticism.
At this point in December I am taking Lonzo Ball number one in this year’s NBA Draft.