Mock Draft Friday

Highlighting the top five picks from our updated 2019 mock draft

1. Zion Williamson Freshman 6’7″ 285 Power Forward

Zion remains the heavy favorite to go #1 overall, and last week only helped his cause. He took somewhat of a backseat offensively against Virginia to Cam Reddish and RJ Barrett, but he only needed 8 shots for his 18 points. Williamson came back with a strong performance against Louisville leading Duke back from 23 points down at one point. His shot remains shaky at best, but it continues to not hold him back against college competition. On the defensive end, Williamson has been been a menace with both blocks and steals, showcasing that he should be a defensive star in the league.

Last 2 Games:

27 points, 12 rebounds, 1 block, 3 assists vs. Louisville

18 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocks, 3 steals vs. Virginia

2. Ja Morant Soph. 6’3″ 170 Point Guard

At this point, the second pick looks like it will come down to a decision between Ja Morant and RJ Barrett. Morant could be a franchise point guard for the Knicks, but if they chose to stick with Dennis Smith Jr. they could take Barrett and put him next to Smith Jr. and Kevin Knox. Morant had another solid week, but his shooting has not looked great lately, and he continues to turn the ball over at a high rate. You can’t ignore the play-making ability and his athleticism, which will have him the in the top 3 conversation.

Last 2 Games:

32 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocks vs. Austin Peay

20 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal, 1 block vs. SIU-Edwardsville

3. RJ Barrett Freshman 6’7″ 202 SG/SF

Barrett shot the ball terribly against Louisville, after a promising 6-10 from deep against Virginia. He continues to be hot and cold with his outside shot, but when he is on you can understand why he was considered the top recruit by most rankings. If he can become an elite shooter at the next level, and he does go behind Williamson and Morant, he could end up being the steal of the draft. Cleveland would love to pair Barrett with Collin Sexton, which could be the start of building a young nucleus of solid talent.

Last 2 Games:

13 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal vs. Louisville

26 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal vs. Virginia

4. Cam Reddish Freshman 6’8″ 218 Small Forward

Reddish moves up 1 spot after continuing a resurgence of sorts after not living up to expectations in the first half of the season. His shot much like Barrett remains up and down, but when he gets it going, he is one of the best players who will be available in the draft. The flashes he has shown since breaking out against Florida State have been impressive. He was essential to Duke’s comeback against Louisville making clutch shot and he played great against a defensive juggernaut in Virginia, going 5-8 from deep. 

Last 2 Games:

22 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 1 steal vs. Louisville

17 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks vs. Virginia

5. KZ Okpala Soph. 6’8″ 195 SF

The Stanford sophomore moves up one spot, despite not playing great over the last week. He remains one of the most confusing players in the draft scout. Okpala possesses great mobility and athleticism given his size at 6’8″, with legitimate guard skills, but he can disappear at times and his shot selection is questionable leading to some terrible shooting nights. One of those nights was against Oregon where he shot 3-14 from the field, but he did play better against USC. Okpala is shooting 37.1% on 3 pt. shots this season, so when he is evaluated over the entire season, his shot should improve at the next level.  

Last 2 Games:

18 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals vs. Southern Cal

10 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal vs. Oregon

 

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Updated 2020 Mock Draft

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