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Zaccharie Risacher SF, France

Height: 6-9, Weight: 215

It's solid but unspectacular, but that's what you expect in this draft. Risacher is a 3-and-D prototype, which you'd hope for more from a No. 1 overall pick, but that's what you're getting in this class. The better course of action would have been to trade down, but that option didn't seem to present itself to the Hawks. (Adam Finkelstein)

B

Rating: 92
Pro Comparison: Harrison Barnes
Summary

The latest in a long line of star French prospects that includes 2023 No. 1 overall pick Victor Wembanyama, Risacher – a former teammate of Wembanyama's – has a long frame and a developing game worthy of going top five in the 2024 draft. Risacher has spent the last few years playing with ASVEL in EuroLeague and most recently with Bourg in the LNB Pro A, where his long frame and fluidity has made him a coveted wing prospect in the frame of a modern-day big.

About
  • Earned the 2023-24 French League Best Young Player Award and 2023-24 EuroCup Rising Star Award.
  • Played one season on French club ASVEL with 2023 No. 1 overall pick Victor Wembanyama.
Strengths
  • Has an ideal frame of a modern-day NBA wing with a plus-wingspan.
  • Developing shooter with range beyond the 3-point line. Has shown willingness and confidence to take more shots and steadily improved his consistency from beyond the arc.
  • Excellent catch-and-shoot weapon. Playing primarily off the ball for Bourg has allowed him to flourish as a spot-up threat. He has great fundamentals and is automatic when he catches and fires in rhythm.
  • Good perimeter defender on the ball. Slides his feet well and can stay in front of his man. Uses his leverage well and knows how to force the issue.
  • Smart team defender who has a good awareness of when to help. Shows smartness in sliding over to rotate for help.
Weaknesses
  • Has desirable traits to develop into a plus defender but needs to develop more strength. Tends to die or get hung up on ball screens at the top of the key that allows his man easy looks.
  • Struggled shooting the ball down the stretch of the season for Bourg, a concern for a prospect whose rise has largely been spurred by his improvement in that area.
  • Shows flashes of being useful off the dribble but still very raw in terms of his short-term production profile. Mostly a catch-and-shoot weapon in the NBL who has room to grow with his physicality and finishing.
Combine Data
  • Wingspan: 6 feet, 9.5 inches
  • Standing vertical leap: 25 inches
  • Standing reach: 8 feet, 11 inches
  • Lane agility: 11.51 seconds
  • Three quarter sprint: 3.38 seconds
  • Max vertical leap: 31 inches

2023-24 College Stats

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2

Alex Sarr C, France

Height: 7-0, Weight: 224

This is what Sarr wanted. He wanted to be with the Wizards, and the Wizards wanted him. Many thought he was the best prospect in this draft because he's an exceptionally mobile 7-footer who can play on the perimeter. But the worry is his lack of physicality. He's going to need to put on 20-plus pounds of muscle to do what he wants on the floor. And I also don't fully trust the shooting from 3, which will be a key skill for him to hit on. (Adam Finkelstein)

B+

Rating: 92.5
Pro Comparison: Jaren Jackson Jr.
Summary

In a wide-open 2024 NBA Draft class, Sarr – literally and figuratively – stands above the competition with his big frame, movement skills and long-term potential. He’s a center with a blend of guard skills who can play in the post and out to the perimeter. He also has very good shot-blocking skills and projects to be an impactful defender in the NBA as a back-end anchor to a defensive unit.

About
  • He played two seasons at Overtime Elite, the first with Team Overtime and the second with YNG Dreamerz.
  • Grew up in France before moving to Spain to join Real Madrid’s Youth Team in 2019.
Strengths
  • Modernized skill set to fit neatly into the NBA as a hybrid center. Can space the floor and shoot it, put the ball on the floor and create, and bang down low in the paint if needed.
  • Immense positional versatility. A true 1-5 defender because of his ability to cover ground and defend in space.
  • Improving jumper with good touch. Rates in the 98th percentile on runners, according to Synergy data, and 93rd percentile in shots within 17 feet.
  • Size of a center with the skill of a guard. Can attack closeouts with an advanced handle for his position and shows playmaking upside in terms of his ability to create his own looks.
Weaknesses
  • Not yet a consistent shooter. Played the entire season with Perth in the NBL at 18 years old and struggled shooting it from 3 – sub-30% – and also shot just 71.4% from the free throw line.
  • Lacks confidence in pick-and-roll scheme as roll man. This is likely a role he will be asked to serve in frequently. He’s hesitant to pull up and shoot jumpers, but doesn’t attack the basket with confidence in these situations, either. The flashes of playmaking and dribbling are nice but at this point still hit-or-miss. An area of improvement.
  • Center primarily in size only. Not a polished product playing out of the post and struggled this season playing in post-ups/isos down low. Needs more reps and needs to add strength to sharpen this part of his game. Too frequently settles for fadeaway jumpers and gets pushed out of his position.
Combine Data
  • Wingspan: 7 feet, 4.25 inches
  • Standing vertical leap: 30.5 inches
  • Standing reach: 9 feet, 2 inches
  • Lane agility: 11.43 seconds
  • Three quarter sprint: 3.27 seconds
  • Max vertical leap: 37 inches

2023-24 College Stats

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Reed Sheppard PG, UK

Height: 6-2, Weight: 182

Sheppard exceeded all expectations at Kentucky and became one of the most efficient freshmen in the country. Now he goes to the Rockets, a team that was seen as having interest in several players but chooses to add to their young backcourt with much-needed marksman shooting. At worst, he's an extraordinary role player, but you'd hope for a higher ceiling at third overall. I worry about the extreme shooting being an outlier since he wasn't as good in high school, and I worry about his size on defense... But I've been wrong about him before. (Adam Finkelstein)

B

Rating: 89
Pro Comparison: Davion Mitchell
Summary

Sheppard is the most lethal 3-point shooting prospect in the 2024 NBA Draft class and had an historically great shooting season as a freshman at Kentucky. He's more than a one-trick pony, too, with a balance of elite defensive playmaking and passing.

About
  • Led college basketball in 3-point shooting percentage at 52.1% in 2023-24.
  • Parents Jeff and Stacey Sheppard both starred in basketball at Kentucky. Jeff won two national championships with the Wildcats and was named MOP of the 1998 Final Four.
Strengths
  • Dynamic shooter. Rated in the 100th (!) percentile in jump shots as a true freshman at Kentucky, including: 99th percentile in catch and shoot and 99th percentile on dribble jumpers; also made 52.1% of his 144 3-point attempts, which led college basketball
  • Immense feel and anticipation. Led SEC in steals at 2.5 per game and finished eighth nationally in steals across all college players. When asked to be a creator, showed great vision as passer.
  • Shooting touch that extends to anywhere on the floor. Has excellent touch around the rim with runners and mid-range jumpers, and can extend it well beyond the 3-point line.
Weaknesses
  • Sometimes struggled in big moments or in big games and can disappear during stretches on offense. Had just three points in NCAA Tournament first-round loss to No. 14 seed Oakland. Was also held to four points vs. No. 13 Auburn.
  • Can improve consistency and also aggressiveness. Smart player capable of getting others involved but sometimes unaware that his team's best option is for him to push through funks even when he has a slow start.
Combine Data
  • Wingspan: 6 feet, 3.25 inches
  • Standing vertical leap: 32.5 inches
  • Standing reach: 7 feet, 9.5 inches
  • Lane agility: 10.96 seconds
  • Three quarter sprint: 3.08 seconds
  • Max vertical leap: 42 inches

2023-24 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

28.9

12.5

4.1

4.5

.536

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Stephon Castle SG, UCONN

Height: 6-6, Weight: 210

Castle was an outstanding multi-positional defender for the national champion Huskies and flashed offensive skills as a creator. I have questions about the fit in San Antonio. He's 6-6, and while some believe he could be a point guard, he played the 3 at UConn and was better off on the weak side slashing. The shooting is the real issue, and the Spurs need shooting around Wembanyama. He's ultra-versatile, but if he's not a shooter, does it work? (Adam Finkelstein)

B-

Rating: 92
Pro Comparison: Jrue Holiday
Summary

Castle is a mystery prospect whose ceiling may be as high as anyone in this year's draft class. A former McDonald's All-American and five-star recruit, Castle starred in his role for UConn as a lockdown defender and clutch scorer in its run to win the national championship. He has the size, skill, defense and playmaking to become a star in the NBA.

About
  • Helped UConn win the national championship in 2023-24 and was selected to 2024 NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team.
  • Named unanimous 2023-24 Big East Freshman of the Year.
Strengths
  • Lockdown defensive prospect. Consistently drew the toughest perimeter defensive assignments for a UConn team that went 37-3 and finished No. 4 in adjusted defensive efficiency metrics.
  • Universally praised by teammates and coaches as a selfless player who sacrificed for the loaded Huskies team that won the title. Could have been a No. 1 option at just about every school in the Big East, but instead embraced his role as an overqualified role player, winning Big East Freshman of the Year honors while tantalizing NBA teams with the combo of his size and smooth game.
  • Never plays hurriedly. Has a great feel for the game and cerebral enough to make adjustments in games. If his offense was needed, he recognized; if his defense was most required, he locked in and took a backseat on offense. Rarely forces the issue to accumulate stats.
Weaknesses
  • Needs to develop his outside shot. He made just 26.7% from 3-point range on 75 attempts and frequently looked timid taking those shots. He lacks confidence shooting from outside and lacks efficiency shooting those shots, too.
  • Long athlete whose size is appealing, but he lacks an elite athletic burst that could ding him in the NBA. Combine that with his low threat of shooting and NBA teams will cheat down on screens, making him somewhat one-dimensional until his shot improves.
  • Good, but not elite, playmaker. Has good court vision but may not have the vision to be a true No. 1 playmaking option. More of a 1.5 than a 1, and closer to a 2. Makes selling him as a point guard challenging if he's not an elite passer and makes selling him as a shooting guard challenging given his struggles shooting.
Combine Data
  • Wingspan: 6 feet, 9 inches
  • Standing vertical leap: 28.5 inches
  • Standing reach: 8 feet, 6 inches
  • Lane agility: 10.93 seconds
  • Three quarter sprint: 3.19 seconds
  • Max vertical leap: 37 inches

2023-24 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

26.9

11.1

4.7

2.9

.472

1

5

Ron Holland SF, G League Ignite

Height: 6-7, Weight: 197

Holland was the No. 1 recruit in the country last year but had an up-and-down season with the Ignite. His talent is obvious because of his defensive ability on the perimeter and his motor. He does a lot of great things and was my favorite prospect in the class. The issue is the fit: The Pistons desperately need shooting, and Holland's shot is not where it needs to be to help there. (Adam Finkelstein)

B

Rating: 85.4
Pro Comparison: Mikal Bridges
Summary

A former five-star recruit, Holland initially signed with Texas before spending the 2023-24 season with G League Ignite developing in its program. Holland led the team, which was put together for top prospects, in both scoring and steals. He has electric athleticism and leaping ability and has above-the-rim finishing that makes him one of the most exciting talents in the class.

About
  • Finished the 2023 recruiting cycle as the No. 1 prospect in 247Sports' recruiting rankings.
  • Signed with Texas as a recruit before getting out of NLI and signing with G League Ignite.
  • Led G League Ignite in scoring and steals in 2023-24.
Strengths
  • Top-shelf athlete who excels in transition. Checked in with 38.0 inch max standing vertical at the NBA Draft Combine, which was top-10 (including ties).
  • Consistently plays big and with confidence and serves as a threat to dunk on someone's head at any moment.
  • Wingspan of nearly 6-11 is promising. For a combo forward, his length, movement and standing reach (8-8) bodes well for his ability to defend multiple positions at the NBA.
  • Improved attacker and dribbler. Polished and made strides in his game in attacking closeouts and finishing at the rim. Also averaged 3.2 assists per game at G League Ignite.
Weaknesses
  • Could stand to improve his jump shot and become more efficient as an outside scoring threat. Made less than 25% of his 3-pointers with G League Ignite and struggled in catch-and-shoot situations where he'll likely be asked to deliver in the NBA, albeit on a team hastily put together.
  • Passing flashes come and go but his vision is below average. He struggles to see passing lanes and juggling between attacking and being a creator.
  • Can get too jittery with the ball in his hands when asked to be a playmaker or initiator. Often loses his balance or gets pushed off his spots. An improvement in strength will help, but he remains raw and is unlikely to ever be a creator combo wing.
Combine Data
  • Wingspan: 6 feet, 10.75 inches
  • Standing vertical leap: 30 inches
  • Standing reach: 8 feet, 8 inches
  • Lane agility: 11.10 seconds
  • Three quarter sprint: 3.10 seconds
  • Max vertical leap: 38 inches

2023-24 College Stats

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Tidjane Salaun PF, France

Height: 6-9, Weight: 207

Salaun is 18 years old, has a terrific build, a high motor and shooting potential on top of it, especially on a Charlotte team that needs a 4 man more than anything else. It's contrary to a lot of people's takes, but he has terrific potential with his physical tools. (Adam Finkelstein)

B+

Rating: 85
Pro Comparison: Jalen Williams
Summary

A late-rising talent in the 2024 draft class, Salaun had a stellar finish to his season with Cholet, showing off two-way versatility and improved shooting. He won FIBA Champions League Best Young Player earlier in 2024 and has extensive experience playing on the FIBA international circuit with France.

About
  • 2023-24 Basketball Champions League Best Young Player Award winner.
  • Led France in scoring at the 2023 FIBA U18 World Cup with 12.9 points per game
Strengths
  • Ideal size for a big wing who checks all the boxes as a do-it-all weapon scoring the basketball, defending multiple positions and showing creation abilities.
  • High IQ player who does well playing without the basketball. Shows good savvy cutting without the ball, setting up screens and doing little things to help his team operate.
  • Chaotic and glorious finisher around the rim. Throws down dunks with authority, replete with the Dereck Lively feet-up finish. His go-to finish is the two-handed throw down, two feet kick up and then a brief one-handed hang before releasing. It’s art.
Weaknesses
  • Can sometimes get rushed with his shooting mechanics and getting into his offense. Has an improved shot but isn’t consistent with his release and squaring up to the basket
  • Too in love with his own outside game. He’s earned fans because of his growth and development as a shooter but seems to forget he’s bigger, and more agile, than most he lines up against.
  • Not yet prepared to be a consistent attacker. He can get to his spots and pull up on jumpers but his best offense is sneaking in on cuts for easy layins. To unlock his next phase of growth, he’ll need to gain strength and become more dynamic as a closeout attacker.

2023-24 College Stats

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Donovan Clingan C, UCONN

Height: 7-2, Weight: 282

This is a best-case scenario for Portland. There was real talk that he could go No. 1. There were teams trying to trade up for him. But the Blazers always wanted him, and he fell to them at 7. He's a defensive monster with his size, rebounding and shot-blocking, but we don't talk enough about the offensive potential with his slip passes and ability to put it on the floor. And I believe that shooting could be around the corner. (Adam Finkelstein)

A

Rating: 91
Pro Comparison: Walker Kessler
Summary

A modern-day big man who was a potential first-round one-and-done center who came back to UConn as a sophomore to lead the Huskies' charge to a second straight title. Elite defensive prospect and rim-protector who is still scratching the surface of what he could become as a finished product.

About
  • Ranked second among all college basketball players in 2023-24 in Player Efficiency Rating (PER), box plus/minus and win shares per 40 minutes
  • Ranked eighth in the country in both blocks and field-goal percentage in 2023-24 as a sophomore.
Strengths
  • Efficiency darling. Finished second in all of college basketball last season in Player Efficiency Rating behind only player of the year Zach Edey. Also ranked second in total box/plus minus. UConn was a team-high 36.09 points per 100 possessions last season when Clingan was on the floor.
  • Otherworldly interior presence on defense. Ranked sixth in college basketball in block percentage and was eighth in blocks per game at 2.5.
  • Knack for the ball. Very effective at using his body and leverage to squeeze out and produce offensive rebounds/second-chance opportunities.
Weaknesses
  • Limited offensive arsenal at this stage. Took just eight 3-pointers all season and made two. Scoring was primarily limited to in the paint on hooks, dunks and layups. Needs to add a consistent jumper to his bag and extend his range.
  • Concerning string of injuries the last year. Began the season with a right foot tendon injury and suffered another injury on same foot in December. Came back and played brilliantly, but history of foot injuries could be something NBA teams dig deeper into for a 7-footer.
Combine Data
  • Wingspan: 7 feet, 6.75 inches
  • Standing vertical leap: 25.5 inches
  • Standing reach: 9 feet, 7 inches
  • Lane agility: 12.06 seconds
  • Three quarter sprint: 3.46 seconds
  • Max vertical leap: 29 inches

2023-24 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

22.6

13

7.4

1.5

.639

1

8

Rob Dillingham PG, UK

Height: 6-1, Weight: 164

This is a really high-risk, high-reward pick for Minnesota. Dillingham is a dynamic offensive talent but comes with questions, particularly about his size and defense. He was rated in the bottom 1% for most of the season as a defender -- until he fell to the 0% by the end of it. The things he can do with a basketball cannot be taught, but he needs to get his body to an NBA level. But it's worth noting that he makes a lot of sense as a secondary creator next to Anthony Edwards, one of the true rising stars of the league. (Adam Finkelstein)

B

Rating: 88.2
Pro Comparison: Kyrie Irving
Summary

Twitchy guard from Kentucky who first developed at Overtime Elite before blossoming into a star in one season under John Calipari. He's a firecracker with the ball in his hands who can be a microwave scorer and dynamic offensive weapon with an array of acrobatic finishing angles and body contortion ability. He puts the ball in the basket at a high level.

About
  • Spent one season prior to his time at Kentucky playing for Overtime Elite
  • Appeared in 32 games for the Wildcats, making just one start, but was named the SEC's Sixth Man of the Year after leading Division I with 474 points off the bench.
  • Earned a spot on the SEC All-Freshman Team.
Strengths
  • Versatile offensive weapon who flashed brilliance in nearly every department at Kentucky. His shotmaking in particular pops off the page; he rated in the 98th percentile as a catch-and-shoot weapon and 93rd percentile in jump shots, per Synergy data
  • Excellent touch around the basket as a finisher. He lacks ideal size of an NBA 2-guard but compensates for it well with imaginative finishing ability. He can contort his body and weave around defenders in the lane and has excellent touch to convince the ball to scoot through the hoop. Very creative.
  • Underrated passer and playmaker. He can create offense for himself as an electric pull-up weapon or score it as a secondary option, but showed strong development as a playmaker over the last season. He led Kentucky in assist rate and in usage rate yet finished fourth on the team in turnover percentage.
Weaknesses
  • Room for improvement on the defensive side of the floor. UK defense gave up 110 points per 100 possessions when he was on the floor, per Pivot Analysis, which was eighth on the team.
  • Gets hung up or lost when defending in space. Dies on screens and takes chances that frequently burn him. Has the pep to be a good defender but his mechanics of understanding of defending need to improve. He can be an average defender at the point of attack with development.
  • Acrobatic finishes and shooting touch around the basket have buoyed an otherwise unappealing scoring profile at or around the hoop. He rated in the 34th and 36th percentile in shots at the rim and on layups, respectively, according to Synergy data. His runners and touch on those attempts are breathtaking but mask an underlying issue that could be problematic in the NBA.
Combine Data
  • Wingspan: 6 feet, 3 inches
  • Standing reach: 7 feet, 11 inches

2023-24 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

23.3

15.2

2.9

3.9

.475

1

9

Zach Edey C, PURDUE

Height: 7-4, Weight: 299

This is a pick where beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Nobody cares what Edey did in college in terms of Edey's decorated trophy case. But they do care about your rate of improvement -- and Edey improved every single year. He's massive, so big that it can actually hurt him on defense because he will be attacked on ball screens. But he's massive, he's a worker and he's improving every single day. And he fits: Edey is the best screener in the draft, and Ja Morant loves running a pick-and-roll. (Adam Finkelstein)

B

Rating: 69
Pro Comparison: Ivica Zubac
Summary

There are a bevy of big man options toward the middle or end of the first round and Edey is the most accomplished of them all. Edey is a bit of a throwback big man. He’s a dominant low-post threat who worked tirelessly to improve his conditioning and agility to hang on the perimeter defensively. He projects to be a force on the glass. He can protect the rim, but he’s more of a rim deterrent than a true elite shot-blocker. With Edey anchoring the back line, just 28% of the attempts against Purdue came at the rim. Edey will be amongst the tallest players in the NBA.

About
  • First player since UCLA’s Bill Walton to be the consensus national player of the year in back-to-back seasons.
  • Joined Shaquille O'Neal as the only players in NCAA history to have at least two seasons of 22.0 points, 12.0 rebounds. 2.0 blocks and to shoot 60% from the field.
  • Only player in NCAA history to average at least 25.0 points, 12.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 2.0 assists per game.
  • Born in Toronto and played hockey and baseball before starting basketball as a sophomore in high school.
Strengths
  • "- Elite offensive rebounder. Led the NCAA in offensive rebound percentage in - 2021-22 and 2022-23. He finished third in offensive rebound percentage this past season.
  • An outstanding postup scorer over the left shoulder, but he owns a few counters in his bag when he needs it. Used a crafty step-through in his 37-point showing against UConn’s Donovan Clingan in the national title game.
  • Sets bone-crushing screens and graded out in the 97th percentile as a roller in ball-screens, per Synergy.
  • Grew as a decision-maker against double teams, finding shooters or the open man in the dunker spot.
Weaknesses
  • Likely only able to play drop coverage in pick-and-rolls at the next level. Improved mobility throughout his career at Purdue, but still a concern against explosive NBA lead guards.
  • Very rarely showcased the ability to pass on the move in the short roll. Almost all of Edey’s playmaking comes from postups or handoffs.
  • Career 70% free-throw shooter, but showcased no floor-stretching abilities during collegiate career. Attempted just two 3-pointers in four years.
Combine Data
  • Wingspan: 7 feet, 10.75 inches
  • Standing vertical leap: 26.0 inches
  • Standing reach: 9 feet, 7.5 inches
  • Lane agility: 11.19 seconds
  • Three quarter sprint: 3.42 seconds
  • Max vertical leap: 31.5 inches

2023-24 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

32

25.2

12.2

2

.623

1

10

Cody Williams SF, COLO

Height: 6-7, Weight: 178

Williams is one of the more notable high-risk/high-reward prospects in this draft. He missed some time during his one college season but showed a versatile skill set as a big, fluid wing who can shoot. Older brother Jalen Williams is a rising star for the Thunder, and the Jazz hope Cody can produce at a similar level. But he hasn't turned the potential into production in the way his brother has. If he does, this is a great pick. (Adam Finkelstein)

B

Rating: 82
Pro Comparison: Richard Hamilton
Summary

Williams was a projected one-and-done player dating back to his junior year of high school, when he solidified his stock as a five-star talent. He dealt with a slew of injuries in his lone season at Colorado, but his pre-draft testing, his 7-1 wingspan, his brother’s proven NBA capability (Jalen Williams plays with the OKC Thunder) and his projected long-term athleticism make him a tempting high draft pick for the future. Williams is a consummate team player and, from a mental standpoint, is considered as mature and ready for Year 1 in the NBA as any teenager in this year’s class.

About
  • Highest-rated recruit in Colorado history. Williams ranked No. 4 in the Class of 2023 at 247 Sports
  • 2023-24 Pac-12 All-Freshman honoree
  • Averaged 11.9 points in 28.4 minutes with the Buffaloes
  • He’s the third lottery pick to ever come out of Colorado, joining Chauncy Billups (1997) and Alec Burks (2011)
  • Joins brother Jalen as a high draft pick (12th, 2022), marking a rare instance where siblings have both been taken in the lottery.
Strengths
  • Rangy defender with quick-twitch instincts. His willingness to and want-to on the defensive end is his biggest attribute
  • Has a good rise-and-release on his jump shot and should adapt quickly to be a reliable mid- and long-range shooter
  • Excellent teammate, never slacks off or looks for selfish plays
Weaknesses
  • Too skinny at this point to be a consistent NBA player. Will need to add a minimum of 10 pounds of muscle to become a durable potential starter in the near future
  • Likely to be more effective at both ends from 15 feet out than 10 feet in
  • His stock is as much about his potential as it is about what he’s actually proven against good competition. Plenty to prove, and he’s a semi-project
Combine Data
  • Wingspan: 7 feet, 1 inch
  • Standing vertical leap: 31 inches
  • Standing reach: 8 feet, 7 inches
  • Lane agility: 11.17 seconds
  • Three quarter sprint: 3.06 seconds
  • Max vertical leap: 35.5 inches

2023-24 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

28.1

11.9

3

1.6

.552

1

11

Matas Buzelis SF, G League Ignite

Height: 6-9, Weight: 197

He is a player with a wide range of outcomes, but there was a high probability that he would be off the board before this because of his size and skill. He has playmaking ability off the dribble at 6-9, and he can do a lot of things across the court. The shooting is a work in progress, as a senior year of high school hot streak doesn't reflect his otherwise lesser numbers. If he locks in on defense at a level we haven't seen before, he has the skill set to be good on that end with his wingspan. (Adam Finkelstein)

B+

Rating: 88
Pro Comparison: Andrew Wiggins
Summary

If you constructed the ideal frame and game of a modern-day NBA wing, it'd pop out of the oven looking a whole lot like Buzelis. He's pushing 7-feet tall with a game that fits a wing with his shooting and attacking ability and the size of a power forward. Buzelis began the cycle as a potential No. 1 pick and struggled early before playing his way back into the top five conversation.

About
  • Born in Chicago, Buzelis is of Lithuanian descent, with parents Aidas and Kristana both former professional basketball players in Lithuania.
  • He spent one season (2023-24) playing with G League Ignite in preparation for the 2024 NBA Draft. Prior to that he played his senior year at Sunrise Christian Academy and earned McDonald's All-American honors.
Strengths
  • Excellent positional size and uses his size to his advantage to defend multiple positions and is a go-go-gadget type weapon in transition with his ability to cover space and handle the ball.
  • Shot it well at Sunrise Christian prior to G League Ignite; Synergy data put him in the 96th percentile on dribble-jumpers, 87th percentile in jump shots and 83rd percentile in catch and shoot situations. Has shown promising development to foretell future upside as a weapon here.
  • Smart defensive player. Very engaged and seems to understand concepts well. Can be impactful when he wants and defends multiple positions. Good ability to slide feet and stay in front as defender.
  • Highlight-reel finisher. Can throw down spectacular dunks and putbacks above the rim and has a knack for finding space and crouching behind defenders to sneak up and put a big jam back.
Weaknesses
  • Love his flashes of playmaking in the open floor but still room to grow as a creator. An ideal path for him to stardom would be developing his offensive game on the ball as a passer/playmaker/hub. He's not quite polished enough there on any of those fronts.
  • Ideal frame, but with a significant downside: he's not yet filled it out. Needs to add strength and weight to hold up against NBA competition. This will (hopefully) allow him to improve in other areas of weaknesses in his game where lack of strength show up such as his finishing ability, playing downhill and defending against longer or stronger players.
Combine Data
  • Wingspan: 6 feet, 10 inches
  • Standing vertical leap: 31 inches
  • Standing reach: 8 feet, 9.5 inches
  • Lane agility: 10.73 seconds
  • Three quarter sprint: 3.09 seconds
  • Max vertical leap: 38 inches

2023-24 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

1

12

Nikola Topic PG, Serbia

Height: 6-6, Weight: 190

I had this in my mock drafts because the fit makes so much sense. Topic is coming off a knee injury that could cost him his rookie season. But he had a breakout season before that injury and emerged as a top-five prospect. He is a great passer who gets the ball into the paint, and he goes to a young team that can afford to be patient because of the Thunder's depth. (Adam Finkelstein)

A-

Rating: 87
Pro Comparison: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Summary

Big guard with big playmaking ability. Advanced passer with a big frame who can see over the top of defenses and plays with great anticipation. Plays with a poise and confidence that translates to success as an offensive hub. Never plays sped up.

About
  • Diagnosed with a partially torn ACL in left knee in early June, just weeks before the 2024 NBA Draft.
  • Named the 2023-24 ABA League Prospect after leading Cvrena Zvezda to an Adriatic League Title.
Strengths
  • Ideal frame for a big playmaking guard
  • Savvy scorer and finisher. Not a bull in the china shop; has great feel for when to accelerate and decelerate to create space for passing and shooting inside the arc
  • Good dribbler and general high-feel player who oozes poise. Consistently makes ""wow"" passes and reads looks routine, and makes routine passes and reads with frequency.
  • Someone you can trust to carry your offense and someone who excels running a modern offense as the lead man in pick and roll.
Weaknesses
  • Not a consistent scoring threat. Teams sag off him from deep and dare him to shoot. He shoots with hesitancy and is below 25% from 3-point range the last three seasons.
  • Needs to improve his shooting across the board, but in particular on dribble jumpers and pull-ups. Too frequently he is pass-first to a fault and shows little willingness to make defenses pay for cutting under screens

2023-24 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

1

13

Devin Carter SG, PROV

Height: 6-2, Weight: 193

This is a straight A. Carter was one of my three favorite prospects in this class relative to expectations. He's an elite competitor going to a team where he can help right away. You don't bet against elite competitors. He stepped up big-time when Bryce Hopkins went down. He has an NBA pedigree, and he is ready to go. (Adam Finkelstein)

A

Rating: 84
Pro Comparison: George Hill
Summary

Carter is a potential top-10 pick who developed into the Big East Player of the Year his final season with the Friars. He improved his offense each season and shot a career-best 37.7% from 3-point range, adding to an already-strong defensive profile to make him one of the more rounded guards in the class.

About
  • The son of former NBA 13-year veteran guard Anthony Carter, who is now an assistant coach with the Memphis Grizzlies
  • Began career at South Carolina before transferring to finish out his college career in two seasons at Providence
Strengths
  • Downhill disruptor who plays with relentless, bordering on reckless, abandon.
  • Dominant defender at the point of attack. Gets low in his stance and locks in. Slides feet well and has smarts to be a defensive playmaker while not being too handsy.
  • Improved shooter. Made a career-high 37.7% from 3-point range last season and rated 86th percentile on catch and shoots, 78th percentile on long 3-pointers and 80th percentile on jumpers, per Synergy.
Weaknesses
  • Needs to improve finishing ability and diversify his shot-making portfolio around the basket. Can become more dynamic if he improves touch on runners, mid-range jumpers and pull-ups
  • Ironically can struggle in one-on-one and isolation situations on both offense and defense. He’s great as the lead dog but can get overwhelmed in the post.
Combine Data
  • Wingspan: 6 feet, 8.75 inches
  • Standing vertical leap: 35 inches
  • Standing reach: 8 feet, 2 inches
  • Lane agility: 10.63 seconds
  • Three quarter sprint: 2.87 seconds
  • Max vertical leap: 42 inches

2023-24 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

35.2

19.7

8.7

3.6

.473

1

14

Carlton Carrington PG, PITT

Height: 6-4, Weight: 195

"Bub" had some huge fans in the draft process after a very productive freshman season saw him turn himself into a one-and-done unexpectedly. He's a late-blooming guard who grew 8 inches since beginning high school. Even the Pittsburgh staff was surprised how good he was because of his high IQ. He needs to develop that body now to make it work at the NBA level, but this is the player they wanted in trading back and now they get him. (Adam Finkelstein)

B

Rating: 82.2
Pro Comparison: Coby White
Summary

Carrington emerged an unexpected one-and-done after a tremendous freshman season at Pitt where he led the Panthers in assists and finished second in scoring and minutes played behind only stalwart Blake Hinson.

About
  • Named to ACC All-Rookie Team in 2023-24
  • Second cousin of 17-year NBA veteran Rudy Gay
  • Also played football and baseball in high school
Strengths
  • Speedy with the ball in his hands. He gets up the court in a hurry and gets to work quick. He plays like he’s got the script in his head and knows the next move.
  • Good at reading defenses and trustworthy of running the offense. Adept at getting into pick-and-roll actions and making good decisions.
  • Dynamic shot-maker. Has confidence to pull from logo without hesitation and showed an array of dynamic shot-making in college which included fadeaways, runners, mid-rangers and more.
Weaknesses
  • Not a threat to battle for loose balls off the backboard. Had a woeful 1.6% offensive rebounding rate. Has good size and the ball skills to hunt down rebounds but did so almost exclusively on the defensive side.
  • Room to improve decision-making and passing as guard with ball in his hands. Averaged nearly 2.0 turnovers per game and sometimes fails to make basic reads while trying too hard to squeeze advanced passes into tiny windows.
Combine Data
  • Wingspan: 6 feet, 8 inches
  • Standing vertical leap: 28.5 inches
  • Standing reach: 8 feet, 3 inches
  • Lane agility: 11.28 seconds
  • Three quarter sprint: 3.16 seconds
  • Max vertical leap: 36.5 inches

2023-24 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

33.2

13.8

5.2

4.1

.412

1

15

Kel'el Ware C, IND

Height: 7-0, Weight: 230

Ware is the most polarizing prospect in this class. There are a lot of those guys, but he's the most extreme. He's been that way since high school. He has every single tool in the book: size, speed, hands, touch out to the perimeter. But he's said out loud he's not sure how much he loves basketball. There have been questions about motor, physicality, etc. But going to the Heat and Heat culture will be great for him -- unless he can't fit in. (Adam Finkelstein)

B-

Rating: 83
Pro Comparison: Jarrett Allen
Summary

Ware came off the bench and only played 15.8 minutes per game during his freshman year at Oregon despite being a five-star prospect from the Class of 2022. That led to a transfer to Indiana, where the 7-footer flourished while averaging 15.9 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 32.1 minutes per game this season. Ware's ability to protect the rim and stretch the floor have turned him into a tantalizing prospect with first-round potential.

About
  • Second Team All-Big Ten (2024)
  • Big Ten All-Defensive Team (2024)
  • McDonald’s All-American (2022)
Strengths
  • Has the athleticism and strength to be a special rim-protector.
  • Reliable 3-point shooter who made 42.5% of his attempts this season.
Weaknesses
  • Has the athleticism and strength to be a special rim-protector.
  • Reliable 3-point shooter who made 42.5% of his attempts this season.
Combine Data
  • Wingspan: 7 feet, 4.5 inches
  • Standing vertical leap: 32.5 inches
  • Standing reach: 9 feet, 4.5 inches
  • Lane agility: 10.97 seconds
  • Three quarter sprint: 3.29 seconds
  • Max vertical leap: 36 inches

2023-24 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

32.1

15.9

9.9

1.5

.586

1

16

Jared McCain SG, DUKE

Height: 6-2, Weight: 203

If Dalton Knecht weren't on the board, I'd bump this up a grade. But I love what McCain brings as a shooter and scorer and personality. Defensively, he and Tyrese Maxey may not be ideal as two smaller guards who focus on offense. But there's a lot to like, and adding shooting around Joel Embiid makes sense. And his competitive spirit is worth betting on. (Adam Finkelstein)

B+

Rating: 84.6
Pro Comparison: Tyler Herro
Summary

A TikTok star with dizzying dancing and singing abilities, McCain has a dazzling game on the court as one of the draft’s best sharpshooters and a combo guard who can create and score it anywhere. He made 41.4% of his 3-pointers as a freshman at Duke.

About
  • Was a McDonald’s All-American in high school before signing with Duke out of California.
  • Earned California Gatorade Player of the Year honors as a senior.
Strengths
  • Dynamic movement shooter. Rated in 95th percentile in catch and shoot situations when guarded last season at Duke, per Synergy data.
  • Untapped potential as a playmaker and facilitator. Rated in 93rd percentile as P&R ball-handler last season and averaged just shy of 2.0 assists per game.
  • Excellent rebounder for his position. Relentless effort and energy.
Weaknesses
  • Can improve efficiency in the mid range area as a shooter. Has great touch around the basket and is automatic beyond the arc, but still finding his comfort in mid-range as a jump shooter.
  • Below average defender. Tenacious on that end but rated poorly almost across the board on that end as freshman.
Combine Data
  • Wingspan: 6 feet, 3.5 inches
  • Standing vertical leap: 25.5 inches
  • Standing reach: 8 feet, 2 inches
  • Lane agility: 10.87 seconds
  • Three quarter sprint: 3.23 seconds
  • Max vertical leap: 33 inches

2023-24 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

31.5

14.3

5

1.9

.462

1

17

Dalton Knecht SF, TENN

Height: 6-5, Weight: 212

This is an absolute no-brainer, someone whom I would have taken in the top seven. Big time scorer, big time shot-maker. He's not just a shooter, but he can run off screens and be a primary domino and unlock playbooks. For JJ Redick, a shooter himself, I like the coach-player fit because Redick will know how to use him. (Adam Finkelstein)

A+

Rating: 84
Pro Comparison: Josh Hart
Summary

In line to be the oldest top-10 NBA Draft pick since 2016, Knecht took the road less traveled to the NBA Draft. He started his career with two seasons at Northeastern Junior College in Colorado before bouncing to Northern Colorado the next two years, where he blossomed into an All-Big Sky performer. Knecht then went one-and-done at Tennessee, earning All-American honors while averaging 21.7 points and 4.9 rebounds per game for the Vols.

About
  • Turned 23 years old earlier this spring, putting him in line to be the oldest lottery pick since Buddy Hield in 2016
  • Spent five seasons at college level – two in junior college, two at Northern Colorado then one final season at Tennessee
  • Earned SEC Player of the Year and All-America honors in one and only season with Vols in 2023-24
Strengths
  • Vertical pop machine. Has outstanding leaping ability and tested well at the combine, showing off a 39.0 vertical jump. The athletic pop shows in his game, where he can create highlights as a flashy dunker and has the swiftness to create for himself separation on offense.
  • Great shooter almost across the board that projects well for him to fill numerous roles in the NBA. He rated in the 88th percentile as a catch and shoot shooter, 79th percentile as a jump shooter and 86th percentile on 3-pointers, per Synergy data.
  • Smart cutter. Showed at Tennessee he can be an alpha scorer and go-to weapon in crunch time but has the wherewithal and smarts to play off the ball as well.
Weaknesses
  • Struggled at Tennessee shooting at the rim. He was efficient finishing at the basket at Northern Colorado but the leap to the SEC and facing more athleticism and length hurt his overall efficiency.
  • Doesn't have the shooting touch inside the arc you'd hope to see from a prospect who profiles best as a shooting role-player. Rated 47th percentile on runners at Tennessee and was 13th percentile on such shots the season prior at Northern Colorado.
Combine Data
  • Wingspan: 6 feet, 9 inches
  • Standing vertical leap: 31 inches
  • Standing reach: 8 feet, 7.5 inches
  • Lane agility: 10.56 seconds
  • Three quarter sprint: 3.07 seconds
  • Max vertical leap: 39 inches

2023-24 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

30.5

21.7

4.9

1.8

.458

1

18

Tristan da Silva PF, COLO

Height: 6-8, Weight: 217

Da Silva is a plug-and-play wing who has good size and makes shots and good decisions. If he bulks up his size, he can play small-ball 4 but now is a 3. He does a lot of things well including helping with creation and 3-pointers. (Adam Finkelstein)

B

Rating: 80
Pro Comparison: Cameron Johnson
Summary

The German native is a four-year player, three-year starter, and two-time All-Pac-12 Selection for Colorado. While he’s still somewhat lean physically, he checks a lot of different boxes with a well-rounded floor game that includes shooting, cutting, a high basketball IQ and the potential to play two positions. He wasn’t necessarily a standout at the combine, but has nonetheless continued to trend up draft boards in recent months because of his plug-and-play type potential.

About
  • Younger brother of Oscar da Silva, who was an All-Pac-12 forward at Stanford and now plays with FC Barcelona.
  • Grew up a multisport athlete in Germany, before following in his brother’s footsteps to come to the U.S. and play in the Pac-12.
  • Played four years at Colorado, cracking the starting lineup as a sophomore and then becoming an all-conference selection after his junior year in which he averaged 15.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.3 assists.
  • Averaged 16 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 2.4 assists as a senior while shooting 49% from the floor, 39.5% from 3-point range, and 83.5% from the free-throw line.
Strengths
  • Overlap of positional size, ball skills, shooting, awareness, and basketball acumen.
  • Considered a very smart player who should thrive in offensive structure without having to be a focal point because of his ability to pass, cut, and space the floor.
  • Solid positional size on the wing that should also allow him to play some face-up-four as he continues to get stronger.
Weaknesses
  • Physically weak by NBA standards and in need of bulking up his frame in order to play through contact at that level.
  • Not overly creative with the ball. or even necessarily explosive athletically. At this point, he projects as more of a role player.
Combine Data
  • Wingspan: 6 feet, 10.25 inches
  • Standing vertical leap: 28.5 inches
  • Standing reach: 8 feet, 8.5 inches
  • Lane agility: 10.81 seconds
  • Three quarter sprint: 3.09 seconds
  • Max vertical leap: 35.5 inches

2023-24 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

34

16

5.1

2.4

.493

1

19

Ja'Kobe Walter SG, BAYLOR

Height: 6-4, Weight: 198

It's slightly redundant with them taking Gradey Dick last year because Walter's upside comes as a shooter -- even though he did not shoot as well as hoped this past season as a freshman. This is a team that has historically prioritized length and athleticism, but Walter doesn't fit that description. (Adam Finkelstein)

B

Rating: 82.5
Pro Comparison: Moses Moody
Summary

Walter signed with Baylor as a top-10 prospect and immediately impacted winning for the Bears, leading them in scoring as a freshman. He has a long track record of being a knockdown shooter with an excellent frame.

About
  • Led Big 12 freshmen and Baylor in scoring.
  • Recorded the second-most points by a freshman in school history (508)
  • Earned Big 12 Freshman of the Year honors
Strengths
  • Long frame with defensive potential. Good reach with good instincts. Can develop into a plus defender in time.
  • Sharpshooter. Shot just 34.1% from 3-point range as a freshman, but rated in the 84th percentile shooting off screens and 89th percentile on handoffs.
Weaknesses
  • Has work to do on his frame. Ideal size but needs to fill out his body and add weight and strength to become more dynamic.
  • Tends to die on screens and get lost on defense, either due to overplaying his leverage or underplaying. A lot of his defensive struggles may be owing to inexperience, but he needs to sharpen up that side of his game to be worthwhile as a rotation player in the NBA.
Combine Data
  • Wingspan: 6 feet, 10 inches
  • Standing vertical leap: 30.5 inches
  • Standing reach: 8 feet, 6.5 inches
  • Lane agility: 11 seconds
  • Three quarter sprint: 3.04 seconds
  • Max vertical leap: 38.5 inches

2023-24 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

32.2

14.5

4.4

1.4

.376

1

20

Jaylon Tyson SF, CAL

Height: 6-6, Weight: 218

If you saw him this year at Cal, you're going to be excited about this pick. If you saw him the year before at Texas Tech, not so much. He really took advantage of a need for ball dominance at Cal and made it work for him. He's a big facilitating guard, but the question is whether he can be an off-ball shooter when he doesn't get the ball as often. (Adam Finkelstein)

B-

Rating: 80.5
Pro Comparison: Isaac Okoro
Summary

Tyson is a well-rounded and versatile wing who hit 50.9% of his 2-pointers, 36% of his 3-pointers and 79.6% of his free throws while shining as one of college basketball’s top transfers at Cal in the 2023-24 season.

About
  • Earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors in 2024
  • Also played at Texas and Texas Tech
Strengths
  • Has the frame and skill to play 1-4.
  • Developed in to a true three-level scorer.
  • Should be a versatile defender vs. NBA competition.
Weaknesses
  • Lacks elite athleticism.
  • Needs to tighten handle.
  • Ceiling may be as a 3-and-D wing.
Combine Data
  • Wingspan: 6 feet, 8 inches
  • Standing vertical leap: 29.5 inches
  • Standing reach: 8 feet, 6.5 inches
  • Lane agility: 11.13 seconds
  • Three quarter sprint: 3.12 seconds
  • Max vertical leap: 36.5 inches

2023-24 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

34.3

19.6

6.8

3.5

.465

1

21

Yves Missi C, BAYLOR

Height: 6-11, Weight: 229

New Orleans has a young asset at every position except center, and this solves that. Missi has the same potential as Dereck Lively to be an early achiever because he's a natural rim protector and defensive presence. He should have been off the board in terms of his upside, but now he goes to a really good fit. (Adam Finkelstein)

A-

Rating: 81
Pro Comparison: Clint Capela
Summary

Missi exceeded expectations in his freshman season at Baylor after reclassifying up in the spring of 2024 to head to college a year earlier than originally expected. Previously a top-25 ranked prospect in the national Class of 2024, he proved to be more ready than expected for the highest levels of college basketball, where he was able to impact the game around the rim on both ends of the floor with his size and athleticism. The athletic big man also has a translatable niche to the NBA game with his ability to run the floor, play high above the rim, and block shots.

About
  • Was initially a top-25 prospect in the national Class of 2024.
  • Finished as the 42nd ranked recruit in the Class of 2023, after reclassifying up in May 2023.
  • Started 32 of 34 games at Baylor and averaged 10.7 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks in 23 minutes.
  • Selected for both the 2023-24 All-Big 12 Freshman Team and All-Big 12 Defensive Team.
Strengths
  • Athletic big man who provides a rim-runner, lob threat and vertical spacer on the offensive end of the floor.
  • Good rim-protector with mobility and potential defensive versatility for a borderline 7-footer.
Weaknesses
  • Has some offensive limitations, particular as he extends his game away from the basket.
  • Needs to become a more consistent free-throw shooter and decision-maker within the flow of the offense.
Combine Data
  • Wingspan: 7 feet, 2 inches
  • Standing vertical leap: 31 inches
  • Standing reach: 9 feet, 1.5 inch
  • Lane agility: 11.45 seconds
  • Three quarter sprint: 3.12 seconds
  • Max vertical leap: 38.5 inches

2023-24 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

23

10.7

5.6

0.4

.614

1

22

DaRon Holmes II C, DAYTON

Height: 6-9, Weight: 236

The Nuggets traded up here for a versatile big man who really fits well. Holmes bet on himself, returned to school, developed his shooting range and built himself into a first-round pick. The shooting was a real difference maker and puts him in a place to help Denver, which had really liked him through the process but knew it couldn't wait until 28. (Adam Finkelstein)

B-

Rating: 84
Pro Comparison: Jarell Martin
Summary

Holmes carried a heavy load for Dayton the past couple of seasons, guiding the Flyers to 47 wins, including a second round NCAA Tournament run this past March. He’s a true combo forward: Holmes can play the 3 if asked, but he’s better suited for the 4 — or even as a small-ball 5. His 3-point shot was solid (38.6% on 83 attempts) after not entering college as a proven shooter. Has the strength, rebounding acumen and measurements to be a two-contract NBA player, provided he lands in the right spot.

About
  • Named a CBS Sports Third Team All-American.
  • Earned 2023-24 Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Year and A-10 Defensive Player of the Year honors.
  • Led A-10 in scoring (20.4) and rebounding (8.5) last season
Strengths
  • Among the better grab-from-all-angles rebounders in this draft. His instincts in getting loose balls are terrific
  • At his size, is a good playmaker off the dribble — but can also use his back to the basket well and will force power forward defenders into a lot of situations outside their comfort zone
  • Fatigue was seldom an issue in college
Weaknesses
  • Can sometimes be baited into over-committing on defense
  • Has a high dribble
  • Defensive consistency is worrisome
Combine Data
  • Wingspan: 7 feet, 1 inch
  • Standing vertical leap: 27.5 inches
  • Standing reach: 9 feet, 0 inch
  • Lane agility: 11.20 seconds
  • Three quarter sprint: 3.25 seconds
  • Max vertical leap: 34 inches

2023-24 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

32.4

20.4

8.5

2.6

.544

1

23

AJ Johnson SG, NBL Australia

Height: 6-4, Weight: 167

This is a stretch even though Johnson is a potential first-round talent. In Milwaukee, they need players who can come in and play right now. Johnson was a five-star recruit who decided to go overseas instead of Texas. He's a big-time talent who is smooth but a ways away. (Adam Finkelstein)

C+

Rating: 60
Pro Comparison: Shake Milton
Summary

Johnson is a combo guard with a lean build who can play on or off the ball. He didn't play much during his lone season in the NBL but had an impressive showing at the NBA Draft Combine.

About
  • Was committed to Texas as the No. 24 player in 247Sports’ rankings for the Class of 2023 before choosing to play in Australia’s National Basketball League
Strengths
  • Stirs the drink offensively as an attacker and passer.
  • Quick and athletic with good length.
  • Highlight-reel potential in transition.
Weaknesses
  • Needs to add significant mass
  • 3-point shooting consistency is a concern
  • Could be a defensive liability against strong guards
Combine Data
  • Wingspan: 6 feet, 8.5 inches
  • Standing vertical leap: 29 inches
  • Standing reach: 8 feet, 6 inches
  • Lane agility: 10.76 seconds
  • Three quarter sprint: 3.15 seconds
  • Max vertical leap: 38 inches

2023-24 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

1

24

Kyshawn George SF, MIAMI

Height: 6-7, Weight: 209

The Wizards traded up for George, who was born and raised in Europe before playing a season for the Hurricanes. This shows that their plan is clear: They're taking upside plays with all three of their picks. George has high-upside outcomes because of the things he is capable of doing, but there's a problem: He's never produced. George averaged 7 points per game last season. The Wizards have time to give him a shot, but he's going to have to make a big leap. (Adam Finkelstein)

C+

Rating: 82
Pro Comparison: Cameron Johnson
Summary

George was one of the most pleasant surprises of the 2023-24 college season. Despite starting just 16 of 31 games for a Hurricanes team that underachieved after making the Final Four in 2023, George showed immense potential and outplayed his three-star rating. Most notably, his size and shooting ability from deep stood out and it didn’t take long for him to make fans at the NBA level while scoring 7.6 points per game.

About
  • Native of Switzerland who played club basketball in France.
  • Shot 40.8% from 3-point range as a freshman.
  • Had a career high 21 points against Wake Forest and career high nine rebounds against Pittsburgh.
  • Had five games of four or more 3-pointers as a freshman.
Strengths
  • Has good positional size to go along with deep range and crisp shooting stroke.
  • Knows his role on the floor and has tremendous value as a floor spacer.
  • Good overall feel for the game and has room to add strength to his frame.
Weaknesses
  • Hasn’t yet shown that he can consistently create shots off the dribble.
  • Doesn’t have tremendous length and is a relatively average athlete.
  • Still young and hasn’t proven that he can be consistently productive.
Combine Data
  • Wingspan: 6 feet, 10.25 inches
  • Standing vertical leap: 27 inches
  • Standing reach: 8 feet, 9 inches
  • Lane agility: 11.90 seconds
  • Three quarter sprint: 3.32 seconds
  • Max vertical leap: 32 inches

2023-24 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

23

7.6

3

2.2

.426

1

25

Pacome Dadiet SF, France

Height: 6-8, Weight: 217

Big wing with a big moon-ball shot and a soft, natural touch. This is a long-term play. If he does come over, he'll be a G Leaguer, but he more than likely will stay in Europe after playing in Germany last season. (Adam Finkelstein)

C+

Rating: 72
Pro Comparison: Keegan Murray
Summary

While he didn’t receive as much hype as some of the other top international prospects, Dadiet is one of the more intriguing prospects in the draft. He won’t turn 19 until after he’s chosen, making him one of the youngest players in the draft, he has good experience overseas and has several physical characteristics that translate to the NBA level.

About
  • Won a bronze medal with Germany in FIBA U17 World Championship.
  • Hails from the same German team, Ulm, that produced 2020 lottery pick Killian Hayes.
  • Participated in the 2023 Basketball Without Borders program.
Strengths
  • Ideal size for an NBA wing.
  • Plays in attack mode, has some creativity and can put pressure on the rim.
  • Has real upside as a perimeter shooter.
Weaknesses
  • Can get caught ball watching on the defensive end.
  • Hasn’t yet proven that he can be a consistent jump shooter from deep.
  • Still needs to develop and could be a few years away from contributing.
Combine Data
  • Wingspan: 6 feet, 9 inches
  • Standing vertical leap: 29 inches
  • Standing reach: 8 feet, 11.5 inches
  • Lane agility: 11.84 seconds
  • Three quarter sprint: 3.21 seconds
  • Max vertical leap: 36 inches

2023-24 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

1

26

Dillon Jones SF, WEBER

Height: 6-5, Weight: 237

This is classic OKC. They take a flier on a guy who has versatility and potential with low risk by trading into this position. He fits their profile of a paint-touch guy who can do a lot of things. If he can figure out defense and shoot well, there's some real potential here. (Adam Finkelstein)

B

Rating: 81
Pro Comparison: David Roddy
Summary

Quirky do-it-all guard with a versatile skill set. Has the size and physicality to play power forward in the NBA but the passing, playmaking and offensive versatility to be a lead guard, which he did at Weber State in an illustrious four-year career.

About
  • 2023-24 Big Sky Player of the Year.
  • Three-time All-Big Sky performer in four-year career at Weber State.
Strengths
  • Dynamic offensive weapon. Not the most explosive but has the size and craft to work past defenders by using and dictating leverage and uses body leans and dribble set-ups to his advantage.
  • Very good passer. Mahomes-like in his ability to see open teammates. Can deliver dimes without looking and has a great feel for when things are developing and when he needs to be on time.
Weaknesses
  • Below-the-rim athlete. Aspirational comp might be Josh Hart minus the athletic juice.
  • Career 32.0% 3-point shooter. Was consistently a top option for Weber and always drew defensive attention, but didn’t show to be an elite threat as a catch-and-shoot weapon.
Combine Data
  • Wingspan: 6 feet, 11 inches
  • Standing vertical leap: 26.5 inches
  • Standing reach: 8 feet, 4.5 inches
  • Lane agility: 11.08 seconds
  • Three quarter sprint: 3.25 seconds
  • Max vertical leap: 33.5 inches

2023-24 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

37

20.8

9.8

5.2

.489

1

27

Terrence Shannon Jr. SF, ILL

Height: 6-6, Weight: 219

He was one of the best players in college basketball last year but will need to adapt to a big change in role after all his freedom. But the offensive burst he brings to the table is real, and he is an NBA player right now. The shot will need to hold up, but the talent is there and so is the polish. (Adam Finkelstein)

B+

Rating: 74
Pro Comparison: Kelly Oubre Jr.
Summary

Shannon averaged 23.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists at Illinois while helping Brad Underwood’s program advance to the Elite Eight of the 2024 NCAA Tournament. The 6-6 wing’s season was briefly interrupted by a rape charge brought against him in Kansas. But Shannon always maintained his innocence and was found not guilty by a jury earlier this month.

About
  • Earned AP Third Team AP All-American honors in 2023-24.
  • Two-time member of First Team All-Big Ten (2022-23, 2023-24).
  • Big Ten Tournament MOP in 2024.
Strengths
  • Above-average athleticism that allows him to be an effective two-way wing.
  • Great at attacking in transition.
Weaknesses
  • More of a scorer than a real shot-creator/playmaker.
  • Combined to shoot below 35% from 3-point range in two years at Illinois.
Combine Data
  • Wingspan: 6 feet, 8.75 inches
  • Standing reach: 8 feet, 4 inches

2023-24 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

33.9

23

4

2.3

.475

1

28

Ryan Dunn PF, UVA

Height: 6-6, Weight: 214

One of the best defensive players in college basketball, he is an explosive athlete who didn't get to show it much because of Virginia's pace. He's also a great cutter who can show it with the Suns' spacing. If he can get to the point where defenses have to show him even a little respect as a shooter, he will be a long-term NBA player. But he's not there at all as a shooter yet. (Adam Finkelstein)

B

Rating: 74
Pro Comparison: Ausar Thompson
Summary

Dunn is a fascinating prospect. If he had any type of reliable jump shot, his name would have been projected in the lottery. His calling card is defense five times over, plus there’s the measurements that benefited him well. At the combine he was 6-6.25 in bare feet, plus had a wingspan of 7-1.5. His standing reach was 8-7. Questions loom heavy about if he’ll ever be able to contribute on offense, but on the reverse, he’s expected to be a top-20 defender in the league by the end of his rookie season.

About
  • Was a top-five defender in college basketball last season, aided in part by playing in Tony Bennett’s system at Virginia.
  • Averaged 8.1 points. 6.9 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 1.3 steals.
  • Had four-plus blocks seven times last season.
Strengths
  • On-ball defense is suffocating. Great poise, constant determination.
  • Intelligent off-ball defender who never chases or gambles.
  • Coachable, always giving effort, seldom fatigues.
Weaknesses
  • Strictly offense-based weakness. Dunn shot 20% from 3-point range and only took 35 3-pointers.
  • He was an abysmal 52.5% from the free-throw line in his two years with the Cavs.
  • Needs to put as much work into his jumper as any player in this draft.
Combine Data
  • Wingspan: 7 feet, 1.5 inch
  • Standing vertical leap: 32 inches
  • Standing reach: 8 feet, 7 inches
  • Lane agility: 10.99 seconds
  • Three quarter sprint: 3.12 seconds
  • Max vertical leap: 38.5 inches

2023-24 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

27.4

8.1

6.9

0.8

.548

1

29

Isaiah Collier PG, USC

Height: 6-3, Weight: 205

His passing is his best asset, and when he plays to that skill, he's got the most upside. He is a big power guard who can get downhill and see the field. The first issue is turnovers, which are normal. Secondly, he didn't defend last year even though he has the physical gifts. But the biggest one is the shooting. If he pulls that up, he'll be strong. (Adam Finkelstein)

B

Rating: 86.5
Pro Comparison: John Wall
Summary

Formerly ranked as the No. 1 player in the Class of 2023, Collier spent one season at USC – where he spent part of the year battling injury – before making the leap to the NBA. A fiery, competitive two-way guard, Collier presents as a downhill driver and disruptor with a force of energy who can serve as a primary creator and initiator at the NBA level.

About
  • Once ranked as the No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2024, entered college basketball ranked No. 2 in his recruiting class before signing with USC.
  • Born in Atlanta and was Georgia's Mr. Basketball at Marietta-Wheeler High School, the same high school as same high school as Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown and former NBA All-Star Shareef Abdur-Rahim.
  • Was named Co-MVP of the 2023 McDonald's All-American game.
  • Earned spot on 2023-24 Pac-12 All-Freshman Team after leading Pac-12 freshman in scoring
  • Born in Atlanta and went to Wheeler High School in Marietta, Georgia.
  • Was named Co-MVP of the 2023 McDonald's All-American game.
Strengths
  • Downhill disruptor who can get to the rim with an array of straightline speed, smooth handles. Not a ton of herky-jerky to his game; gets to his spots and does it with confidence
  • Underrated shooter. Made just 33.8% from 3-point range taking lots of tough contested looks, but rated 71st percentile in catch-and-shoot situations taking shots beyond the arc.
  • Advanced playmaker and passer who displayed high-level IQ as a lead creator as a true freshman. He finished second among all major conference freshmen in assist rate at 30.9%, which was top-50 among all college players.
Weaknesses
  • Has room to grow as decision-maker. Tries to get too cute with passes and forces them into too-tight windows, which leads to unnecessary turnovers.
  • Crafty in using angles to carve out space in pick-and-roll, but needs to polish his mid-range jumper and floater game to become a more dynamic and dangerous guard. Defenses may use that weakness to defend him a certain way and limit him.
Combine Data
  • Wingspan: 6 feet, 4.75 inches
  • Standing vertical leap: 30 inches
  • Standing reach: 8 feet, 1.50 inch
  • Lane agility: 10.77 seconds
  • Three quarter sprint: 3.04 seconds
  • Max vertical leap: 34 inches

2023-24 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

30

16.3

2.9

4.3

.490

1

30

Baylor Scheierman SF, CREIGH

Height: 6-6, Weight: 202

I am a believer in Scheierman and this is a great fit. It seems like it might have been between him and Duke center Kyle Filipowski. When you have a primary domino like Jayson Tatum or Jaylen Brown, Scheierman will be able to play off them and create for them. Plus he can shoot and rebound. (Adam Finkelstein)

A-

Rating: 77
Pro Comparison: Joe Ingles
Summary

The former South Dakota State standout transferred to Creighton ahead of the 2022-23 season and significantly raised his stock during his time in Omaha. Scheierman averaged a team-high 18.5 points and 9 rebounds and shot 38.1% from distance on over eight attempts.

About
  • Started career at South Dakota State before transferring to Creighton for his final two seasons of college
  • Averaged a career-high 18.5 points and shot 38.1% from distance
  • Earned third-team All-American honors by CBS Sports
Strengths
  • Elite floor spacer who can knock down shots from all areas of the floor beyond the arc at a high clip
  • Proven he can post up against smaller defenders to exploit mismatches on that end of the floor
Weaknesses
  • Not an elite athlete and could struggle against smaller and quicker guards if he plays shooting guard long-term
  • Age could be a factor in potential upside, as he could become one of the oldest first-round picks in the modern era
Combine Data
  • Wingspan: 6 feet, 8.25 inches
  • Standing vertical leap: 27.5 inches
  • Standing reach: 8 feet, 6.5 inches
  • Lane agility: 10.89 seconds
  • Three quarter sprint: 3.09 seconds
  • Max vertical leap: 32 inches

2023-24 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

36.7

18.5

9

3.9

.448