Mock Draft Friday

Highlighting the top ten picks of the updated 2019 mock draft

1. Zion WIlliamson Freshman 6’7″ 285 PF

 

Last 2 games: 35 Points/10 Rebounds/1 Assists/1 Steal/4 Blocks vs. Syracuse

                       11 Points/8 Rebounds/2 Assists vs. Florida State

Williamson stays on top after an interesting last week. He went down with an eye injury against Florida State limiting his stats for the day, and came back with a big game against Syracuse. Barring injury or RJ Barett/Ja Morant taking another step towards challenging him for the top spot, expect Williamson to go #1 overall.

 

2. RJ Barrett Freshman 6’7″ 202 SG/SF

Last 2 Games:  23 Points/16 Rebounds/9 Assists/1 Block vs. Syracuse

                        32 Points/3 Rebounds/2 Steals vs. Florida State

Remaining number 2 in our mock draft, Barrett helped lead Duke over Florida State after Williamson went down with the eye injury. Coming off of that solid game, he shot the ball terribly going 4-17 on 3 point shots against Syracuse. Part of what makes Barrett’s ceiling so high is that even when he has an off shooting night he can effect the game in many different ways like the 16 rebounds and 9 assists he had on his off night.

 

3. Ja Morant Soph. 6’3″ 170 PG

Last 2 Games:  27 Points/3 Rebounds/9 Assists/1 Steal/1 Block vs. Eastern Illinois

                        17 Points/3 Rebounds/14 Assists/1 Block vs. Southeast Missouri State

Arguably the most exciting prospect to watch other than Williamson, Morant continues to dominate in conference play with much lesser opponents attempting the stop the freakishly athletic point guard. His numbers are impressive, as are the dunks, making him a fan favorite for the Knicks to select. Rightfully so, the Murray State sophomore is opening up the possibility his name will be called #2 behind Williamson. 

 

4. Nickeil Alexander-Walker Soph.

6’5″ 210

SG/PG

Last 2 Games:  19 Points/4 Rebounds/3 Assists vs. Virginia

                         4 Points/4 Rebounds/4 Assists vs. Geogia Tech

Alexander rebounded from a terrible game against Georgia Tech where he shot 1-13 (0-6 from 3) with a usual solid outing from the Virginia Tech sophomore. He continues to be efficient, and how well his game fits into the modern NBA should be a driving factor for where he will ultimately end up.

 

5. Cameron Reddish Freshman

6’8″ 218

SF

Last 2 Games:  DNP vs. Syracuse (Illness)

                        23 Points/3 Rebounds/3 Assists/1 Steal/1 Block vs. Florida State

After finally breaking out this season after slumping for over a month, Reddish took the Florida State game over along with Barrett once Williamson went down. He hit the game winning 3 point shot, and was the clear cut go to go on many Duke possessions. The flashes that Reddish has shown will give hope to a team picking early that they can get a steal after the first few picks. 

 

6. Rui Hachimura Junior 6’8″ 225 SF

Last 2 Games:  10 Points/7 Rebounds/1 Assist vs. Loyola Marymount

                         21 Points/7 Rebounds/2 Blocks vs. San Francisco

The Gonzaga junior has not fully answered questions as to whether or not he can extend his game to the 3 point line, but he has shown improvements this season.  If he wants to cement himself as a top five pick, he will need to play at a very high level against the lower competition in the WCC, which can be difficult since Gonzaga has many lopsided victories in conference. 

 

7. KZ Okpala Soph. 6’8″ 195 SF

Last 2 Games:  22 Points/5 Rebounds/2 Assists/1 Block vs. Washington

                         21 Points/9 Rebounds/2 Assists/2 Steals vs. Arizona St. 

Okpala has continued to climb up draft boards due to his productive play over the last month. He has shown an improvement with his outside shot and more of a willingness to take those shots, which is what NBA teams wanted to see when he returned to Stanford. While the Pac 12 is not the best conference in the country, his last week was very solid in conference.

 

8. Keldon Johnson Freshman 6’6″ 211 SG

Last 2 Games:  0 Points/3 Rebounds/2 Assists

                        15 Points/1 Rebound/1 Assist

It is never a good sign when a projected lottery pick puts up a goose egg against a 9-7 Georgia, but Johnson did only take 6 shots total in that game. He has not played great the last couple of weeks dropping him a few spots, but Johnson could work his way into the top five with a strong conference and NCAA Tournament run.

 

9. Jarrett Culver Soph.

6’5″ 190

SG

Last 2 Games:  20 Points/16 Rebounds/1 Assist vs. Iowa St. 

                        14 Points/9 Rebounds/6 Assists/2 Blocks vs. Iowa St.

Culver has shown he can rebound at a high level which is good news to NBA teams when you pair that with his outside shooting ability. He has only made 1 3 point shot in his last 5 games, and that should be a concern, but previously he has been an efficient shooter so this slump will need to continue before scouts become too concerned.

 

10. Romeo Langford Freshman 6’6″ 215 SG

Last 2 Games:  18 Points/6 Rebounds/1 Assist/3 Steals/1 Block vs. Maryland

                         28 Points/2 Rebounds/3 Assists vs. Nebraska 

Langford has been solid over the last week while Indiana has lost 3 straight. He shot it well from deep against Maryland, which should give scouts a glimmer of what he could do if he gets it going from outside. His athleticism and scoring ability put in the top ten with room to grow. 

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