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Jonathan Wasserman 2024 NBA Mock Draft: Full 2-Round Predictions, Pro Comps After March Madness 0 of 58 Jamie Squire/Getty Images Scouting for the 2024 NBA draft continued until college basketball’s final game of March Madness.
Some of the analysis is repeated from our previous mock draft published on Wednesday, April 3.
Washington Wizards: Rob Dillingham 2 of 58 Bryan Lynn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images Previous Mock Draft Spot: No.
San Antonio Spurs: Reed Sheppard 3 of 58 Andy Lyons/Getty Images Previous Mock Draft Spot: No.
Portland Trail Blazers: Stephon Castle 5 of 58 Christian Petersen/Getty Images Previous Mock Draft Spot: No.
New York Knicks (via Mavericks): Tidjane Salaun 25 of 58 Previous mock draft spot: No.
Los Angeles Lakers (via Clippers): Antonio Reeves 55 of 58 Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images Previous mock draft spot: No.
Dallas Mavericks (via Celtics): Johni Broome 58 of 58 Steph Chambers/Getty Images Previous mock draft spot: No.


Wasserman Jonathan.

After March Madness, a complete 2-round prediction system and professional comps are included in the 2024 NBA mock draft.

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Before college basketball’s March Madness championship game, scouting for the 2024 NBA draft took place.

In the championship game between Purdue and Connecticut on Monday night, six predicted picks took part. Furthermore, when the tournament started, each player’s projection was lower than it is now.

The NCAA tournament saw big wins for Huskies stars Donovan Clingan and Stephon Castle, while Zach Edey kept making arguments and shifting perceptions about his prospects for the pros.

Next up is a seniors-only competition called the Portsmouth Invitational. Subsequently, prospects are mandated to attend the NBA combine in May and G League Elite Camp.

Players and agents will also start planning their workout schedules.

A portion of the analysis is a reprint of our April 3 mock draft that we published earlier.

1. Alexandre Sarr, Detroit Pistons.

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Not at the previous mock draft location. 1.

Group: Wildcats of Perth.

Place: PF/C.

Weight: 216 pounds, 7’1″.

18 years old.

France is the nationality.

Jaren Jackson Jr. is a pro in comparison.

Right now at No., Alexandre Sarr might have the strongest case. 1 with pro-level production, physical tools, and defensive versatility that all point to a high floor, along with glimpses of inside-out offensive ability that point to future development and a route to greater scoring potential.

After Perth lost two out of three to Tasmania in the NBL semifinals, his season is over. He scored nine points, six rebounds, five blocks, and sixteen made threes in thirty games at the age of eighteen.

In the future, testing, measuring, and NBA combine interviews will be the next steps. Whereas the majority of prospects will embark on strenuous workout tours, Sarr should feel confident enough in his stock to select the select few teams at the top of the draft board that he wishes to see.

Without a doubt, Sarr’s potential defensive impact as a roaming shot-blocker who can take a position and guard ball handlers and wings around the perimeter is the main attraction.

He’s, however, emerging as a formidable contender to lose. 1 because of brief looks at three-point shooting, pull-up shooting, and open-floor ball handling—unique abilities for a seven foot one inch, switchable rim protector.

The Detroit Pistons are far enough out of the running for spots or needs to matter in the draft, even with players like Ausar Thompson, Cade Cunningham, Jaden Ivey, and Jalen Duren. They still have to give top priority to locating the best possible prospect. This year, the difficulty lies in locating him, as scouts keep coming up with a variety of responses regarding who ought to and ought not to go no. 1.

2. Rob Dillingham of the Washington Wizards.

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Not at the previous mock draft location. 2.

Group: Kentucky.

Place: PG/SG.

Size: 176 lbs., 6′ 3″.

Year/Age: 19 First Year.

American nationality.

Darius Garland is a pro at comparison.

The Washington Wizards have fewer reliable franchise cornerstones to build upon and rely on than any other team. In spite of the Wizards’ selection, fit and position are unlikely to influence the front office’s choice.

However, Rob Dillingham might have the best prospect case available in Washington, as well as the ideal scenario to gain point-guard reps right away and hone his lead-guard feel and decision-making skills.

Oakland’s victory over Kentucky on a bad night won’t have much of an impact. Scouts had long recognized that he was vulnerable due to his style and shot choice.

He still had a 59.5 true shooting percentage and shot 47 points per game from the field despite his diet heavy in jumpers and lackluster finishing tools. With his skill at handling the ball and shiftiness, he not only makes shots on and off the ball that are generally reliable, but he also has the most convincing creation ability in the class. He even took people by surprise with how well he used his gravitas and elusiveness to create plays and locate teammates (29 points/7 assists).

Dillingham’s primary problem is defense, and scouts are still worried about how much his lack of physicality, effort, and awareness will offset his offensive contributions. In order to eventually conceal his fundamental flaws, he’ll probably need a particular kind of roster construction.

See *Our Complete Rob Dillingham 2024 NBA Draft Scouting Report is available.

3. Spurs of San Antonio: Reed Sheppard.

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Not at the previous mock draft location. 6.

Team: Kentucky.

Place: SG/PG.

Weight: 187 lbs., 6′ 3″.

Year/Age: 19 First Year.

American nationality.

Kirk Hinrich (pro comparison).

How high is too high to draft Reed Sheppard remains a question after an uncharacteristic performance against Oakland. The bigger worry for a prospect who had started to garner top-five buzz recently was that, aside from a few poor passes and defensive blunders, he was largely in the background during Kentucky’s defeat.

It strengthened the main defense offered by his detractors, who claim that a 6’3″ guard like him doesn’t create enough half-court opportunities.

Thanks to his pull-up game, passing IQ, and feel/timing slashing to the basket, he is still a great pick-and-roll ball handler in the larger picture of the entire season. Additionally, he received a grade of 1.5 points per possession, making him the most efficient spot-up scorer in college basketball.

Sheppard’s current case is more about fit than upside and transferable qualities and abilities that are always valued by teams, such as shooting, playmaking, being a dependable floater, and making generally wise decisions. He finished tied for the 12th-best box plus-minus on record for a freshman, behind 11 top-10 picks, despite lacking an advanced one-on-one game or scoring ability.

View our comprehensive Reed Sheppard 2024 NBA Draft scouting report here.

4. Zaccharie Risacher, Charlotte Hornets.

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Source: Getty Images/Aurelien Meunier.

No, not the previous mock draft spot. 4.

Group: JL Bourg-en-Bresse.

Status: SG/SF.

Weight: 204 lbs., 6′ 8″.

19 years old.

France is the nationality.

Harrison Barnes is a good analogy.

Zaccharie Risacher’s bad play persisted this weekend as he was scoreless in the victory on Sunday.

For the majority of the season, his draft stock has been driven by his reliable shooting. He has only made 17 of 64 shots from three since January 20, though, for a 26.5% clip. And suddenly, it’s important to consider whether his 69.4% free-throw shooting is a better predictor of success than his early-season three-point shooting accuracy—or the fact that he wasn’t previously recognized for his advanced shooting.

Risacher appears to be an obvious NBA-caliber shotmaker with excellent positional size, athleticism for open-floor finishing, and defensive quickness/court coverage. However, at 18 years old, the eye test will carry more weight. The most prevalent and realistic projection depicts a strong starter for off-ball scoring.

5. Portland Trail Blazers: Stephon Castle.

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Not at the previous mock draft location. 7.

Connecticut as a squad.

In position: SG.

6’6″ and 215 lbs. in size.

Age/19: First-year student.

American nationality.

Anthony Black, as a pro.

Stephon Castle didn’t have the most efficient scoring performance in the national title game, but he still made an impact with his passing, defense, hustle and play-finishing.

With a total of 34 points and three three-pointers made between the two Final Four victories, he demonstrated his versatility as a scorer and off-the-ball player.

Scouts predict that a 6’6″ two-way player with winning intangibles and stellar background checks will draw a lot of interest in the lottery, even if teams are still reluctant to spend big money on shooting upgrades.

Teams will be persuaded to overlook his 19-year-old shooting problems by his versatility as a Swiss Army knife.

6. NBA: Donovan Clingan, Toronto Raptors.

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Previous Draft Location: Not at all. Five.

Connecticut is the team.

Place: C.

7’2″ and 280 lbs in size.

20 years old, a sophomore.

American nationality.

Rudy Gobert is a pro comparison.

While Donovan Clingan made it difficult for Zach Edey to score 37 points against Connecticut, he managed to force difficult hook shots and contested finishes with his strength and reach below the rim.

He had shown dominance on defense against lesser big men, but enough stops against Edey ought to have cemented perceptions about his potential in the paint as a basket defender.

Ultimately, teams should feel confident enough in Clingan’s defense to rely on his size, strength, length, and effectiveness at the collegiate level. This could be especially important in a draft devoid of certainties. Additionally, it is evident that the majority of top-10 picks must improve their defense against scoring.

7. Ron Holland, Memphis Grizzlies.

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Previous Mock Draft Spot: No. 3.

Team: G League Ignite.

Position: SF.

Size: 6’6″, 204 lbs.

Age/Year: 18.

Nationality: American.

Pro Comparison: Cam Whitmore.

Despite Ron Holland’s stock having dipped since being projected No. 1 earlier in the season, he still averaged 19.5 points in the G League at 18 years old. And he made some encouraging adjustments throughout the season, particularly with his ability to play at different speeds, rather than just fast.

At worst, he should be able to inject his team with transition offense, rim pressure and easy baskets. But given his age and the flashes, there is still plenty of untapped self-creation, passing and shot-making to bet on.

*Check out our Full Ron Holland 2024 NBA Draft Scouting Report.

8. Utah Jazz: Dalton Knecht.

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Previous Mock Draft Spot: No. 10.

Team: Tennessee.

Position: SG/SF.

Size: 6’6″, 204 lbs.

Age/Year: 22, Senior.

Nationality: American.

Pro Comparison: Wally Szczerbiak.

Despite the loss to Purdue, Dalton Knecht added another special scoring performance to a resume that already shows 30-40-point games against Kentucky, Auburn, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida.

He put up 37 points in the Elite Eight off mostly signature shotmaking that scouts deem translatable, given his size, stroke and general shooting versatility. He seemingly has an ideal skill set for a complementary role at the next level, where he can space the floor, curl off screens and take dribble handoffs into pull-ups or drives.

Turning 23 years old this month, Knecht will have some skeptics who worry about age for a lottery pick. But most teams won’t be overly picky in 2024. The idea of adding a plug-and-play scorer with a valued core skill and professional approach will look appealing outside the top five.

9. Houston Rockets (via Nets): Nikola Topić.

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Previous Mock Draft Spot: No. 8.

Team: KK Crvena Zvezda.

Position: PG.

Size: 6’6″, 198 lbs.

Age/Year: 18.

Nationality: Serbian.

Pro Comparison: Goran Dragić.

It’s been over three months since Nikola Topić went down with a knee injury, although he was warming up prior to Crvena Zvezda’s last game. With the college season over, scouts and executives will have more time to make a final Eurotrip to see the draft’s projected top playmaker.

Rare production for an 18-year-old overseas had led to top-five buzz. His stock has become vulnerable due to all this missed time, plus the fact that he doesn’t play off the ball and most lottery teams already have lead guards.

Whatever happened to his return, leading the Adriatic League in assists and ranking second in scoring ought to have been enough to draw lottery interest.

His ability to quickly apply rim pressure, create pick-and-roll offense, and make plays should reassure teams.

Ten. Matas Buzelis, Atlanta Hawks.

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Not at the previous mock draft location. Nine.

Group: G League Intense.

Location: SF.

209 lbs. and 6’8″ in size.

19. Years old.

Nationality: American/Lithuanian.

Hedo Türkoğlu is a pro at comparison.

Mixed feelings swirl around Matas Buzelis as he heads into the predraft process.

Throughout the season for Ignite, he impressed with flashes of scoring versatility fueled by open-floor drives, shotmaking, athletic finishing and defensive playmaking. The 14.1 points and highlights have also been clouded by 26.1 percent three-point shooting and Buzelis’ team going 2-32.

He should be able to make up some ground during workouts, where his size and bounce will pop, and he can convince teams to buy his stroke over the numbers.

11. Cody Williams of the Chicago Bulls.

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Getty Images courtesy of Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire.

Previous Draft Location: Not at all. 11.

Colorado squad.

Place: SF/PF.

190 lbs. and 6’9″ in size.

Year/Age: 19 First Year.

American nationality.

Jaden McDaniels is a pro at comparison.

In a defeat to Marquette, Cody Williams looked more aggressive during drives, knocked down a three-pointer, and produced some outstanding defensive plays to close out the season.

He is still very much a raw player; he lacks polish off the dribble, has no true pull-up ability, and only attempts 1 point, 7 times, on average, in three-pointers per game. He will still be a top-10 pick, though, since it’s likely that one team will be interested in him because he’s a big, two-way wing archetype and they can wait for him to develop.

As a 6’9″ driver, off-ball play-finisher, and wing stopper who typically plays the right way, Williams would still have value even if the team that drafts him doesn’t have time to wait.

*View our complete scouting report on Cody Williams for the 2024 NBA Draft.

12. Oklahoma City Thunder: Jared McCain (through the Rockets).

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Getty Images/Lance King.

Not at the previous mock draft location. Twelve.

Group: Duke.

Place: PG/SG.

Size: 197 lbs., 6′ 3″.

20 years old, first year.

American nationality.

Pro: Immanuel Quickley is the comparison.

The second time in the NCAA tournament that Jared McCain had scored thirty or more points, his 32-point performance was eclipsed by North Carolina State’s thrilling victory over Duke.

Although his size and physical limitations do raise some concerns, he has developed into one of the draft’s most convincing shotmakers. He has demonstrated a variety of ways to make up for these shortcomings, including deft ball handling and pace, shooting versatility, touch shots in the lane, and finishing adjustments.

McCain will be seen by teams as a potential offensive sparkplugger to come off the bench or as a combination scorer and secondary facilitator.

13. Kyle Filipowski, Portland Trail Blazers (via Warriors).

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Getty Images/Lance King.

Previous Mock Draft Spot: No. 13.

Team: Duke.

Position: PF/C.

Size: 7’0″, 248 lbs.

Age/Year: 20, Sophomore.

Nationality: American.

Pro Comparison: Santi Aldama.

A strong sophomore season for Kyle Filipowski ended in disappointing fashion in the Elite Eight, with his three-point shot not falling and North Carolina State’s physical bigs forcing tougher two-point attempts.

But the biggest scouting takeaway was that he struggled defensively to contain DJ Burns Jr. ‘s strength and footwork in the post. It served as a reminder that Filipowski should be better suited to play the 4 most nights in the NBA.

Overall, his draft stock remains relatively unchanged after he hit three threes against Houston and totaled eight assists through the tournament’s first two rounds. Shooting range, post skill, improved finishing and passing and defensive mobility create versatility that should lock Filipowski into the late-lottery/mid-first-round range.

While he doesn’t project as a top option like he was at Duke, he checks the right complementary boxes to make a quick transition to a supporting stretch 4 or 5 role.

*Check out our Full Kyle Filipowski 2024 NBA Draft Scouting Report.

14. New Orleans Pelicans (via Lakers): Isaiah Collier.

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Previous Mock Draft Spot: No. 14.

Unit: United States of America.

Position: PG.

Size: 6’5″, 210 lbs.

Age/Year: 19, Freshman.

Nationality: American.

Pro Comparison: Tyreke Evans.

USC missed the NCAA tournament, so Isaiah Collier figures to start training for the draft and learn how he can alleviate scouts’ concerns over his shooting and decision-making.

The scouting report remains well-defined, with his quickness, power and tough finishing good for creation, rim pressure and gravity, and his shooting struggles and turnovers troublesome for a lead ball-handler.

Scouts are deciding what role will suit Collier best. Regardless, without many starting point guard jobs open, he figures to begin his career as a change-of-pace bench spark.

*Check out our Full Isaiah Collier 2024 NBA Draft Scouting Profile.

15. Devin Carter, Miami Heat.

Out of 58, number 15.

Pic by Sarah Stier/Getty Images.

Not at the previous mock draft location. sixteen.

Providence is the team.

Place: SG/PG.

Size: 195 lbs., 6′ 3″.

Age/Year: 22, Junior.

American nationality.

Professional Equivalency: Derrick White.

After a breakthrough year in which he demonstrated significant offensive improvement, Devin Carter made his decision to enter the draft public very quickly. This was a game-changer for one of the best perimeter defenders in the country.

With a brilliant final-year performance against Marquette, he scored 27 points on 14 shots.

He will receive NBA minutes and paychecks due to his versatility and intangibles, regardless of his scoring bursts this season. The 32 blocked shots and 8 points and 7 rebounds per game are significant for a 6’3″ guard.

Though Carter has entered the lottery conversation by becoming a dangerous shot-maker and a cunning pick-and-roll ball handler, his untouchable defensive intensity, toughness, and instincts define him.

16. Tristan da Silva of the Philadelphia 76ers.

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via Getty Images, Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire.

No. in the previous mock draft position. Number 15.

Colorado is the school or team.

Place: SF/PF.

220 lbs. and 6’9″ in size.

Age/Year: 22, Senior.

Brazilian/German nationality.

Kuzma, Kyle, is a pro comparison.

Tristan da Silva was able to highlight his scoring versatility and passing and defense IQ with a strong three-game performance in the NCAA tournament (18 points per game, 60 percent FG). His perceived ceiling is lowered by his lack of explosiveness and physicality, but he is too big, talented, and effective for it to matter outside of the lottery. Da Silva’s shooting, passing, and general discipline are reliable assets for teams, even with his physical limitations.

17. Terrence Shannon Jr. of the Toronto Raptors (via Pacers).

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Previous Mock Draft Spot: No. 17.

Team: Illinois.

Position: SG/SF.

Size: 6’6″, 225 lbs.

Age/Year: 23, Senior.

Nationality: American.

Pro Comparison: Kelly Oubre Jr.

Terrence Shannon Jr. was the country’s hottest scorer until he ran into Connecticut, specifically Donovan Clingan’s rim protection and Stephon Castle’s perimeter defense.

Shannon’s tendency to prioritize speed and athleticism over ingenuity and countermoves was partially exposed during the Illinois game.

Despite this, scouts see Shannon as he keeps up the pressure on defenses with a scoring attack that is propelled by self-assured shooting, explosiveness in transition, turning the corner in ball-screen situations, and his first step.

Shannon, however, will be focused entirely on the results of a hearing scheduled for May 10 and the teams’ inquiries into the September rape charge during the predraft process. It could depend on the outcome if he is considered undraftable or if he is considered for lottery teams.

See *Our Complete Terrence Shannon Jr. Scouting Report Draft for 2024.

18. Ke’lel Ware, Atlanta Hawks (via Kings).

18 out of 58.

Photo by David Berding/Getty Images.

No, the previous mock draft spot. 18.

Indiana is the team.

Location: C.

242 lbs., 7’0″ in size.

19 years old and a sophomore.

American nationality.

Pro: Brook Lopez is the comparison.

Though Kel’el Ware struggled during Indiana’s finale and loss to Nebraska, he mostly had a strong last two months in terms of scoring and impact.

Narratives that point out empty stats or low-impact production have lost steam. Along with showing bonus shotmaking touch and range that increase offensive potential, he delivered more consistently in one-on-one situations near the basket.

Ware’s physical attributes, athleticism, and shooting ability will only make him appear more alluring in the gym, when teams may be willing to overlook earlier concerns about his inconsistent play or lack of motor.

19. Ja’Kobe Walter of the Cleveland Cavs.

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Credit: Justin Ford/Getty Images.

Previous Draft Location: Not at all. 19.

Team: Baylor.

Place: SG/SF.

195 lbs. and 6’5″ in size.

Year/Age: 19 First Year.

American nationality.

Pro: Caldwell-Pope / Kentavious C.

Ja’Kobe Walter scored 19 and 20 points against Colgate and Clemson, respectively, after having a difficult tournament in the Big 12. He demonstrated all of the traits found in the scouting report for the entire season: physical line driving, catch-and-shoot shotmaking, and a lack of creativity off the dribble.

With just 50 assists, 145 made free throws, and 75 threes in 35 games, his stats amply demonstrate both his strengths and weaknesses.

Walter figures to interest late-lottery to mid-first-round teams who could use more wing depth and see a three-and-D rotation player.

20. Phoenix Suns: Tyler Smith.

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Previous mock draft spot: No. 20.

Team: Ignite.

Nationality: American.

Position: PF.

Size: 6’11”, 224 lbs.

Age: 19.

Pro comparison: Channing Frye.

Scouts debate whether Tyler Smith is merely a spot-up shooter or a more versatile, inside-out scorer.

At 6’11”, a convincing stroke and strong finishing tools should draw top-20 interest regardless, but he has fans around the league who’d take him earlier than mid-first round.

The ability to catch, rise and fire from anywhere in the half court could turn Smith into a more useful/dangerous scoring threat.

21. Orlando Magic: Zach Edey.

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Previous mock draft spot: No. 25.

School/team: Purdue.

Position: C.

Size: 7’4″, 300 lbs.

Age: 21, Senior.

Nationality: Canadian.

Pro comparison: Jonas Valančiūnas.

With a 37-point effort in the national championship game, Zach Edey finished Purdue’s NCAA tournament run averaging 29.5 points.

He’s changed a number of minds regarding his pro outlook and potential to carve out an NBA role, even without adding any modern skills. His combination of 7’4″ height and one-handed touch creates a tremendous advantage in the post. And improved mobility has led to increased, quicker defensive court coverage around the key.

As we saw against Connecticut’s Donovan Clingan, he could still be predictable playing with his back to the basket. And NBA offenses will have an obvious game plan to put him in ball-screen situations and pull him away from the basket. He was unable to get back to the rim to challenge the roll man, and Connecticut scored two significant baskets against him in the second half.

However, Edey should still be able to make a case for a team that could use more easy baskets, inside physicality, and shot blocking in the teens or 20s.

21. Johnny Furphy of the New Orleans Pelicans.

22, out of 58.

Getty Images via Boyd Ivey/Icon Sportswire.

Previous Draft Location: Not at all. 22.

Team: Kansas.

Position: SF.

Size: 6’9″, 202 lbs.

Age/Year: 19, Freshman.

Nationality: Australian.

Pro Comparison: Cam Johnson.

The strengths on Johnny Furphy’s scouting report popped against Samford in Kansas’ opening NCAA tournament game. He buried three spot-up threes, drove past closeouts and made plays in transition.

His reliance on shooting and play-finishing was evident against Gonzaga, though he was still able to hit a pair of threes and show some defensive toughness.

NBA teams will ultimately have a clear picture of his future role and value, with Furphy’s shotmaking and athleticism built for a stretch-forward, off-ball role.

23. New York Knicks: Kevin McCullar Jr.

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Previous mock draft spot: No. 21.

Team/school: Kansas.

Status: SG/SF.

Size: 6’7″, 214 lbs.

Age: 23, Senior.

Nationality: American.

Pro comparison: Josh Hart.

Kansas ruled Kevin McCullar Jr. his knee before the NCAA tournament even began, and now, as predraft talks get underway, the topic of discussion is his injury.

His impact and broad contributions to the Jayhawks’ offense, play-making, finishing plays, and defense of opponents’ best wings are evident in the way the team appeared different without him.

Scouts value his defensive prowess and adaptability for a supporting role in the NBA, but he must stay clear of any health issues before the draft.

24. The Milwaukee Bucks have Ulrich Chomche.

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Previous Draft Location: Not at all. 24.

Team: NBA Africa Academy.

Position: C.

Size: 6’11”, 225 lbs.

Age/Year: 18.

originating from Cameroon.

Serge Ibaka is the pro comparison.

Scouts will now get several chances to see Ulrich Chomche in Africa in May during BAL Elevate and at the Nike Hoop Summit in April.

The 6’11” eighteen-year-old’s decision to either consider his college offers for the 2024–25 season or declare for the draft will probably depend on how he performs over the next two months.

During the G League Showcase in December, Chomche had a few impressive performances. He left an impression with his rim protection and his offensive bursts of passing, shooting, and ball handling.

25. New York Knicks (via Mavericks): Tidjane Salaun.

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Previous mock draft spot: No. 26.

Team: Cholet.

Nationality: French.

Position: PF.

Size: 6’9″, 212 lbs.

Age: 18.

Pro comparison: Obi Toppin.

The flashes and eye test figure to outweigh Tidjane Salaun’s numbers and inconsistency, given his age and the appeal of an athletic, 6’9″ shot-maker who can defend wings.

The 18-year-old forward is up to 61 made threes and 32 dunks, a combination that highlights his play-finishing as a spot-up shooter and finisher.

Anything he adds in between will take time and feels like a bonus, but he’ll draw first-round interest for his ability to space the floor, run in transition, cut for easy baskets and crash the glass.

26. Washington Wizards (via Clippers): Yves Missi.

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Previous mock draft spot: No. 23.

School: Baylor.

Nationality: Cameroon.

Position: C.

Size: 7’0″, 235 lbs.

Age/Year: 19, Freshman.

Pro comparison: Mark Williams.

A quiet game in a loss to Clemson capped off a productive season of 63 dunks, interior defense and occasional face-up drives for Missi. Teams interested in adding another easy-basket target and shot-blocker will have to assess Missi versus Zach Edey, who’s far more productive and skilled, but also older and less athletic/mobile.

Missi’s 61.6 free-throw percentage and 13 total assists are worth thinking about, but given his tools, foot speed, coordination and leaping, it’s also easy to picture his finishing, switchability and rim protection carrying over.

27. Utah Jazz (via Thunder): Harrison Ingram.

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Previous mock draft spot: No. 27.

School/team: North Carolina.

Position: SF/PF.

Size: 6’7″, 235 lbs.

Age: 21, Junior.

Nationality: American.

Pro comparison: Naji Marshall.

Five threes against Michigan State and five assists versus Alabama highlight Harrison Ingram’s shooting and passing for an NBA connector role. He also averaged 8.8 boards and 1.4 steals for the year. Ingram’s improved shotmaking off the catch and dribble are behind his rise up boards, but he’s become a well-rounded forward with secondary playmaking skill and defensive/rebounding activity.

28. Minnesota Timberwolves: Kyshawn George.

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Previous mock draft spot: No. 29.

Team: Miami.

Position: SG/SF.

Size: 6’8″, 205 lbs.

Age/Year: 20, Freshman.

Nationality: American.

Pro Comparison: Dalano Banton.

Kyshawn George finished the year at 40.8 percent on 4.2 three-point attempts, highlighting impressive shot-making for a 6’8″ wing who can handle and pass.

Scouts believe he can generate first-round interest from teams drawn to his archetype and upside, though his floor does feel low thanks to zero explosion and a 46.7 two-point percentage.

29. Denver Nuggets: Tyler Kolek.

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Previous mock draft spot: No. 28.

Team: Marquette.

Position: PG.

Size: 6’3″, 195 lbs.

Age/Year: 23, Senior.

Nationality: American.

Pro Comparison: Jason Preston.

Tyler Kolek couldn’t generate enough offense for Marquette when the team shot 4-of-31 from three against NC State.

Though the scouting report hasn’t changed much from one season to the next, he made more fans this year with his advanced ball-screen feel and crafty finishes. He’s going to draw interest from teams that could use a second-unit engine capable of creating and setting the table, though his efficient catch-and-shoot stroke figures to also give Kolek an extra scoring method from off the ball.

30. Boston Celtics: Bobi Klintman.

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Previous Mock Draft Spot: No. 30.

Team: Cairns Taipans.

Position: SF/PF.

Size: 6’8″, 215 lbs.

Age: 21.

Nationality: Swedish.

Pro Comparison: De’Andre Hunter.

Bobi Klintman has started preparing for the draft after an encouraging season in the NBL, showing teams his transition ball-handling, shooting range, athleticism around the rim, some live-dribble passing and strong defensive tools.

While he hasn’t established one signature skill, versatility and fit have become selling points for an NBA combo forward.

31. Toronto Raptors (via Pistons): Jaylon Tyson.

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Previous mock draft spot: No. 31.

Team: California.

Nationality: American.

Position: SF/PF.

Size: 6’7″, 215 lbs.

Age/Year: 21, Junior.

Pro comparison: Caleb Martin.

Jaylon Tyson has become one of the draft’s most advanced on-ball forwards with handles and footwork for self-creation into drives, jumpers and floaters.

His shot-making off his own dribble and post moves powered his scoring production. He just wasn’t as efficient off the ball, and some teams may question how he’ll adjust and fit after this year’s 30.2 usage percentage.

32. Utah Jazz (via Wizards): Carlton Carrington.

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Previous mock draft spot: No. 33.

School/team: Pittsburgh.

Position: PG/SG.

Size: 6’5″, 190 lbs.

Age: 18, Freshman.

Nationality: American.

Pro comparison: Nickeil Alexander-Walker.

Carlton Carrington seemed like a candidate to return, but he was quick to announce he’d be going all in on the 2024 draft.

His lack of rim pressure and steals (0.6 per game) highlight limited burst and quickness for a lead guard. But at 6’5″, he’s a potent shotmaker off the dribble with playmaking feel, finishing with averages of 2.0 threes and 4.1 assists at 18 years old.

33. San Antonio Spurs: KJ Simpson.

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Previous mock draft spot: No. 32.

School: Colorado.

Nationality: American.

Position: Guard.

Size: 6’2″, 189 lbs.

Age/Year: 21, Junior.

Pro comparison: Cole Anthony.

While there will always be skeptics in undersized scoring guards, KJ Simpson demonstrated the type of craftiness, high-level shotmaking and competitiveness for teams to bet on a 6’2″ guard overcoming some physical limitations. At least if the gamble only requires a pick in the late 20s or second round.

Simpson had an ultra productive and efficient season that continued into the NCAA tournament. A contested, game-winning dribble jumper against Florida gave Colorado a second win.

A 43.1 percent catch-and-shoot guard who hit 42.7 percent of his pull-ups and 43.2 percent of his mid-range shots, totaled 110 made half-court buckets at the rim and registered a 25.0 assist percentage in three consecutive season, Simpson is still likely to go late in the draft due to size and athletic question marks.

34. Portland Trail Blazers (via Hornets): Dillon Jones.

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Previous mock draft spot: No. 34.

School/Team: Weber State.

Nationality: American.

Position: SF.

Age/Year: 22, Junior.

Size: 6’6″, 235 lbs.

Pro comparison: Tosan Evbuomwan.

The only NCAA player on record to average at least 20 points, nine rebounds, five assists and a three-pointer, Dillon Jones has scouts divided on his historic production and unusual fit/position for the NBA. Teams are asking whether he’ll be a useful creator on the ball and if he offers any value playing off it.

There figures to be one team willing to take a chance earlier than others. At 6’6″, 235 pounds, his ball-handling, live-dribble passing, finishing, improving touch and capable shot ultimately create tempting versatility.

35. Milwaukee Bucks (via Blazers): Baylor Scheierman.

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Previous mock draft spot: No. 35.

School/team: Creighton.

Position: SF.

Size: 6’7″, 205 lbs.

Age: 23, Senior.

Nationality: American.

Pro comparison: Joe Ingles.

Baylor Scheierman went out swinging in Creighton’s loss to Tennessee with 25 points off deep shooting and some improvised shotmaking. He finished the season with 110 three-point makes and a 19.9 assist percentage, numbers that reflect shooting and passing skills, which don’t require plus athletic traits.

36. Indiana Pacers (via Raptors): Pacome Dadiet.

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37. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Grizzlies): Ajay Mitchell.

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Previous mock draft spot: No. 37.

School/team: UC Santa Barbara.

Position: PG.

Size: 6’5″, 190 lbs.

Age: 21, Junior.

Nationality: Belgian.

Pro comparison: Andrew Nembhard.

His year ended with him scoring over 35 points in two of Santa Barbara’s final three games. A weak strength of schedule, record (seventh in the Big West) and his lack of three-point volume work against him. But there will be believers in his scoring translating based on how effectively he uses change of speed to get to spots and touch shots/adjustments around the paint.

Plus, despite taking just 2.9 threes in 31.5 minutes as a third-year college guard, he made them at a solid rate (39.3 percent), burying free throws (85.8 percent) and demonstrating the shot-making versatility to connect off the catch and dribble.

38. New York Knicks (via Jazz): Jamal Shead.

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Previous mock draft spot: No. 38.

School/team: Houston.

Position: PG.

Size: 6’1″, 200 lbs.

Age: 21, Senior.

Nationality: American.

Pro comparison: Jevon Carter.

You could feel Houston’s Final Four chances plummet once Jamal Shead went down early with an ankle injury against Duke. It robbed him of more chances to showcase his leadership and intangibles, though at this stage, they’re well-documented.

While a lack of size and questionable shooting will limit his upside and first-round looks, translatable defense, playmaking and toughness point to a backup point guard role and second-round value.

39. Memphis Grizzlies (via Nets): Adem Bona.

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Previous mock draft spot: No. 39.

School/team: UCLA.

Position: C.

Size: 6’10”, 245 lbs.

Age: 21, Sophomore.

Nationality: Turkish/Nigerian.

Pro comparison: Isaiah Jackson.

NBA teams should know what they’re getting and what they’re not with Adem Bona. He can bring instant defensive activity/switchability and athletic finishing. And he’ll remain a threat in the post with his drop steps into hooks. Being foul- and turnover-prone will just mean a reduced role, likely one off the bench for the foreseeable future.

40. Portland Trail Blazers (via Hawks): Pelle Larsson.

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Previous mock draft spot: No. 40.

School/Team: Arizona.

Nationality: Swedish.

Position: SF.

Age/Year: 23, Senior.

Size: 6’6″, 215 lbs.

Pro comparison: Christian Braun.

During Arizona’s loss to Clemson, Pelle Larsson had a forgettable offensive performance and some bad defensive lapses late in the game.

The timing was poor, but Larsson had been highly reliable all season, finishing at 42.6 percent from three and 47.2 percent on pull-ups with 3.7 assists and highly efficient pick-and-roll and transition play. Teams could see a plug-and-play wing with Larsson if this year’s improved shooting wasn’t fluky.

41. Philadelphia 76ers (via Bulls): Ryan Dunn.

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Previous mock draft spot: No. 41.

School/team: Virginia.

Position: PF.

Size: 6’8″, 216 lbs.

Age/Year: 21, Sophomore.

Nationality: American.

Pro comparison: Matisse Thybulle.

Ryan Dunn finished the year with one double-digit scoring game in February and March. But certain teams will be willing to accept his scoring limitations, given his defensive specialist potential and explosiveness for play-finishing.

42. Charlotte Hornets (via Rockets): Kam Jones.

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Previous mock draft spot: No. 42.

School/Team: Marquette.

Nationality: American.

Position: SG.

Age/Year: 22, Junior.

Size: 6’5″, 200 lbs.

Pro comparison: Malik Beasley.

Kam Jones averaged 22.0 points through three NCAA tournament games, mostly off spot-up, movement and rhythm-dribble shotmaking. He still showed some two-point scoring ability on drives and runners, though a lack of burst/explosion suggests NBA teams should expect to bank on his shooting.

43. Miami Heat: Jalen Bridges.

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Previous mock draft spot: No. 43.

School/team: Baylor.

Position: SF/PF.

Size: 6’9″, 225 lbs.

Age: 22, Senior.

Nationality: American.

Pro comparison: Dorian Finney-Smith.

Scouts are starting to mention Jalen Bridges in the second-round sleeper discussion. After hitting 6-of-10 threes in two NCAA tournament games, he finished the year at 41.2 percent on 5.1 attempts per game. Even if teams aren’t buying the improved self-creation and pull-up flashes, he’s developed into an accurate off-ball shotmaker (15-of-27 off screens) with an excellent defensive profile at 6’9″, 225 pounds.

44. Houston Rockets (via Warriors): Justin Edwards.

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Previous mock draft spot: No. 44.

School/Team: Kentucky.

Nationality: American.

Position: SF.

Age/Year: 20, Freshman.

Size: 6’8″, 203 lbs.

Pro comparison: James Posey.

Shooting is a clear swing skill for Justin Edwards, who has an NBA physical profile for a wing but no translatable creation or playmaking skills. He finished the season missing six of his seven threes in losses to Texas AandM and Oakland immediately following a six-game heater (14-of-21).

Going first round will require a real optimistic believer in Edwards’ shotmaking. But he did finish the year with some encouraging percentages: 38.8 percent catch-and-shoot, 38.1 percent on pull-ups, 77.6 percent free throws.

45. Los Angeles Clippers (via Pacers): Melvin Ajinça.

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Previous mock draft spot: No. 45.

Team/nationality: Saint-Quentin.

Nationality: French.

Position: SG/SF.

Age: 19.

Size: 6’7″.

Pro comparison: Evan Fournier.

Melvin Ajinça has been ruled out with a sternum injury, and it’s unclear if he’ll be ready to participate next week at the Nike Hoop Summit in front of dozens of NBA executives. He hasn’t been able to show much this year other than shooting, but at 6’7″ and 19 years old, Ajinça already has an impressive shotmaking resume between FIBA and LNB Pro A.

46. San Antonio Spurs (via Lakers): DaRon Holmes II.

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Previous mock draft spot: No. 46.

School/team: Dayton.

Position: C.

Size: 6’10”, 235 lbs.

Age: 21, Junior.

Nationality: American.

Pro comparison: Trayce Jackson-Davis.

DaRon Holmes II went out strong with 23 points and 11 boards against Arizona, though it was the two three-pointers and three assists that were the most meaningful numbers from an NBA scouting perspective. The improved range, handles/body control attacking the basket and passing have raised his draft stock. There still seems to be some reluctance from scouts who question his defensive fit and how translatable his new shot is.

47. Sacramento Kings: PJ Hall.

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Previous mock draft spot: No. 47.

Team: Clemson.

Nationality: American.

Position: PF/C.

Size: 6’10”, 238 lbs.

Age: 22, Senior.

Pro comparison: Dean Wade.

PJ Hall’s strengths and weaknesses were evident during Clemson’s four NCAA tournament games. He showed his ability to get shots off in the post by sealing defenders, spinning off them or fading away. Hall showed confidence in his shooting range, even if the threes weren’t falling. He became vulnerable when forced to face up and put the ball down, and despite encouraging form and shotmaking ability, his 31.5 three-point percentage reflects some unreliability.

48. Indiana Pacers (via Cavaliers): Oso Ighodaro.

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Previous mock draft spot: No. 49.

Team: Marquette.

Position: PF/C.

Size: 6’11”, 235 lbs.

Age/Year: 21, Senior.

Nationality: American.

Pro Comparison: Brandon Clarke.

Oso Ighodaro went out quietly to North Carolina State, playing mostly a background role to Marquette’s guards and wings. His value at the next level will revolve more around his ball-handling and passing from the frontcourt, skills that can give a lineup a different look and Ighodaro advantages against bigs. But he’ll also earn minutes with his play-finishing, touch shots and defensive versatility.

49. Orlando Magic: Hunter Sallis.

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Previous mock draft spot: No. 48.

School/team: Wake Forest.

Position: SG.

Size: 6’5″, 185 lbs.

Age: 21, Junior.

Nationality: American.

Pro comparison: Malaki Branham.

A breakout season with Wake Forest reignited interest around Hunter Sallis’ three-level scoring. His team couldn’t survive Georgia in the NIT with Sallis missing the game with an ankle injury. He’ll presumably now start the predraft process after averaging an efficient 18.0 points on 40.5 percent shooting from three. Sallis is viewed more safely as a second-rounder due to limited playmaking for a 185-pound guard. But he flashed enough creation, shotmaking and athleticism to sell scouts on his scoring, and he’ll likely be advised to try to improve his stock further during NBA combine scrimmages.

50. Detroit Pistons (via Knicks): Jaxson Robinson.

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Previous mock draft spot: No. 50.

Team: BYU.

Nationality: American.

Position: SF.

Size: 6’7″, 190 lbs.

Age: 21, Senior.

Pro comparison: Julian Champagnie.

Despite BYU’s upset loss to Duquesne, Jaxson Robinson made his strongest pitch of the season to scouts with his shooting versatility and bonus flashes of self-creation into jumpers and drives. He’ll have a chance to improve his odds of getting drafted with more impact shotmaking during NBA combine scrimmages.

51. Indiana Pacers (via Pelicans): Tristen Newton.

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Previous mock draft spot: No. 51.

School/team: Connecticut.

Position: PG.

Size: 6’5″, 195 lbs.

Age: 22, Senior.

Nationality: American.

Pro comparison: Terance Mann.

Even if there are flaws tied to Tristen Newton’s athletic limitations and shooting, his versatility and winning percentage will earn him two-way contract offers. The Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player was Connecticut’s engine during its win over Purdue, finishing with 20 points, seven assists, five boards and zero turnovers. He’s ultimately showcased enough shotmaking, passing and tough finishing for teams to take a chance on an older player who might not pass the eye test.

52. Washington Wizards (via Suns): Payton Sandfort.

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Previous mock draft spot: No. 52.

School/team: Iowa.

Position: SF.

Size: 6’7″, 215 lbs.

Age: 21, Junior.

Nationality: American.

Pro comparison: Sam Hauser.

Payton Sandfort’s season ended in strange fashion during the NIT after he followed up his best game of the year (30 points against Kansas State) with his worst (1-of-11 against Utah).

Neither game will ultimately move the needle, with Sandfort’s shotmaking, passing IQ and athletic limitations all well-documented by now. He’ll be a second-round candidate for teams who see a fit in a 6’7″ shooter who can add some secondary playmaking with his dribble and decision-making.

53. Golden State Warriors (via Bucks): Coleman Hawkins.

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Previous mock draft spot: No. 53.

School/team: Illinois.

Position: PF.

Size: 6’10”, 225 lbs.

Age: 22, Senior.

Nationality: American.

Pro comparison: Georges Niang.

Coleman Hawkins was having a strong NCAA tournament until Illinois ran into Connecticut. While scouts have their reservations, he has their attention with a shoot-dribble-pass skill set that creates a valuable stretch-playmaking 4 archetype.

54. Boston Celtics (via Mavericks): Alex Karaban.

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Previous mock draft spot: No. 55.

School/Team: Connecticut.

Nationality: American.

Position: SF/PF.

Age/Year: 21, Sophomore.

Size: 6’8″, 220 lbs.

Pro comparison: Bojan Bogdanović.

Alex Karaban’s shot didn’t fall during the championship game, but he impacted it with some impressive defensive displays of foot speed and instincts. Still, shotmaking and cutting will be behind the NBA interest in Karaban, who has a fitting off-ball skill set and mentality for a supporting role.

55. Los Angeles Lakers (via Clippers): Antonio Reeves.

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Previous mock draft spot: No. 54.

School/Team: Kentucky.

Nationality: American.

Position: SG.

Age/Year: 23, Senior.

Size: 6’6″, 195 lbs.

Pro comparison: Justin Holiday.

Antonio Reeves’ 27 points weren’t enough to make up for his own and Kentucky’s defensive struggles against Oakland. For a 6’6″ guard, he’s too advanced of a shotmaker with his spot-up, movement and pull-up shooting (and floater) to not think about in the 50s for a scoring specialist role.

56. Memphis Grizzlies (via Thunder): Cam Spencer.

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Previous mock draft spot: No. 56.

School/team: Connecticut.

Position: SG.

Size: 6’4″, 205 lbs.

Age: 24, Senior.

Nationality: American.

Pro comparison: Jeff Hornacek.

At 24 years old with underwhelming physical and athletic traits, Cam Spencer will be earning himself draft looks thanks to consistent, off-screen shooting and ball-screen skills with his pull-up, floater and passing. His competitiveness and toughness could give him an extra edge in front-office conversations.

57. Denver Nuggets (via Timberwolves): N’Faly Dante.

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Previous mock draft spot: No. 57.

School/Team: Oregon.

Nationality: Malian.

Position: C.

Age/Year: 22, Senior.

Size: 6’11”, 265 lbs.

Pro comparison: Daniel Gafford.

Through five postseason games between the NCAAs and Pac-12 tournament, N’Faly Dante averaged 22.4 points on 74.6 percent shooting. Even though he hasn’t expanded his range or added any ball-handling skill, he’s improved offensively in the paint with his footwork, poise and off-hand. A career 2.8 steal percentage is also extremely rare for a center. Dante has become a name worth watching heading into the predraft process, and more impact two-way play at the combine could further strengthen his chances of being drafted.

58. Dallas Mavericks (via Celtics): Johni Broome.

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Previous mock draft spot: No. 58.

School/team: Auburn.

Position: C.

Size: 6’10”, 240 lbs.

Age: 21, Junior.

Nationality: American.

Pro comparison: Markieff Morris.

Johni Broome’s 24 points, 13 boards and four assists in Auburn’s NCAA tournament opener were seemingly erased by a Yale upset. He still had a year worthy of NBA attention after he stood out last year at G League Elite camp, returned and improved key areas like shooting and passing. Broome should have done enough this season to earn an invite straight to the NBA combine.


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