The Top Ten NBA Draft Prospects Not Named Zion Williamson
Zion Williamson has been the top consensus prospect in all of college basketball this season. Fans of cellar-dwelling NBA franchises all have high hopes of landing the Duke Blue Devils’ man-child, but it should also be noted that Williamson isn’t the only collegiate star worthy of every NBA executive’s attention. Nitrogen Sports Blog takes a look at some of the best of the rest and discusses each of these amateur stars below.
RJ Barrett, G/F, Duke Blue Devils
Williamson isn’t the only young beast on Duke’s roster. There’s Canadian RJ Barrett, who’s formed a lethal combo with Williamson. In fact, Barrett is leading the Blue Devils with 23.3 points per game. Barrett has NBA-ready physical attributes and could prove to be a perennial All-Star once he learns the ropes in the pros.
Ja Morant, PG, Murray State Racers
Over the course of the season, Murray State’s Ja Morant established himself as the top pure point guard in college basketball. Morant is known for his high-flying dunks and explosive rack attacks. If that sounds like he’s the next Russell Westbrook, it’s probably because he is. Like Brodie, Morant is a stat sheet-stuffing machine who is averaging 24.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 10.3 assists per contest.
Nassir Little, F, North Carolina Tar Heels
Nassir Little arrived in Chapel Hill with great pedigree. Little was MVP of the McDonald’s All-American Game and MVP of the Jordan Brand Classic. He was generally recognized as one of the best high school players in the country. He’ll have to polish his game a little more for the pros, but he has all the tools needed to be a star.
Kevin Porter Jr., G, USC Trojans
Kevin Porter Jr. has missed a chunk of games this season because of health issues, but he remains among the top prospects for this year’s NBA Draft. Porter is a proven scorer, who can knock down shots from anywhere on the floor. He sometimes struggle with consistency, but that’s something he could fix once he turns pro.
Romeo Langford, SG, Indiana Hoosiers
The Indiana Hoosiers are one of the most disappointing teams this season, but that shouldn’t diminish the shine of guard Romeo Langford. The first-year court general has shown glimpses of skill and talent which have NBA scouts interested in watching Hoosiers games regardless of how bad the team is doing in conference play. He leads the team with 17.0 points per game to go with 5.3 rebounds. If he adds a little touch to his 3-point jumper, it will make him a more enticing prospect.
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Bol Bol, C, Oregon Ducks
Bol Bol is out for the season with a foot injury, but NBA teams will still be after the 7’2” center. Bol blends quickness, agility, athleticism, range, and ball-handling skills rarely seen from such a towering big man.
Cameron Reddish, F, Duke Blue Devils
Another Blue Devil checks in on the list. Cameron Reddish has gained the reputation of a stud prospect during his current stint in Durham. He’s being outshined by Williamson and Barrett, but given the spotlight, he can definitely impress.
Rui Hachimura, F, Gonzaga Bulldogs
Rui Hachimura has added a lot of depth to his game this season. He has made his jump shot into a weapon and has proven himself to be an offensive force. Ultimately his strength and physicality will lead him to the NBA.
Darius Garland, PG, Vanderbilt Commodores
Although there are some injury concerns, most scouts love what they see in Darius Garland. Garland is a playmaker with a jump shot. He’s an efficient scorer, who’s shooting over 50 percent from the field.
Jarrett Culver, SG, Texas Tech Red Raiders
The sophomore guard was a role player last season but has emerged as the focal point of Texas Tech’s offense this year. Culver is versatile and plays even bigger than his listed 6’6” height.
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