Mock Draft Friday

Breaking down the top five picks in our updated 2019 Mock Draft

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

No surprise here, Williamson keeps the top spot. His game against NC State was continued dominance, impressing on both ends of the floor. He sprained his knee early in the game against UNC, but as long as that injury is not a long term problem his stock should not be hurt. Of course the injury has led to talk that the Duke freshman should shut it down for the season, but as of now there has been no sign that is a realistic possibility. His highlight offensive plays are what most people see in the game highlights, but his play on defense this season has also been at an elite level.

Last 2 Games:

No stats vs. North Carolina

32 Points, 6 Rebounds, 1 Assist, 3 Steals vs.  NC State

2. Ja Morant Soph. 6’3″ 175 Point Guard

Morant had 2 solid performances in the last week, which is expected when a top 5 pick is playing in the OVC. He passes it well, scores at will and the only question marks in his game have been limiting turnovers and outside shooting. Morant shot a combined 5 for 11 in the last 2 games, showing that the potential for improvement is there. Whichever team has the second pick will most likely be deciding between RJ Barrett and Morant. He will need to continue to dominate against conference opponents, and play well against better competition in the NCAA tournament providing Murray State is the team that comes out of the OVC conference.

Last 2 Games: 

30 Points, 1 Rebound, 9 Assists, 2 Steals, 1 Block vs. UT Martin

25 Points, 8 Rebounds, 14 Assists, 3 Steals, 1 Block vs. Eastern Kentucky

3. RJ Barrett Freshman

6’7″ 202

SG/SF

With WIlliamson going down early against UNC, Barrett had to try and take over the game along with Cam Reddish to give Duke a chance. That of course led to some questionable shot decisions with Duke playing from behind, and Barrett went 3-11 from deep. Against NC State he finished with only the fourth triple double in school history dominating the game with his versatility. Barrett will not fall further than number three, and could easily end up going behind Williamson at two.

Last 2 Games:

33 Points, 13 Rebounds, 4 Assists, 1 Block vs. North Carolina

23 Points, 11 Rebounds, 10 Assists vs. NC State

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

Reddish had another up and down week. Against NC State he shot 2 for 15 from the field and 1 for 7 on 3’s, which has happened too often this season. The Duke freshman rebounded against UNC and played well in Williamson’s absence making four 3 pointers, but he need 12 attempts to get there. Just like Barrett, Reddish was forced to take some bad shots trying to mount a comeback. His size and skill will keep him in the top five as long as he continues to show that his outside shot will get more consistent. 

Last 2 Games: 

27 Points, 3 Rebounds, 1 Block vs. North Carolina

9 Points, 7 Rebounds, 4 Assists vs. NC State

5. Rui Hachimura Junior 6’8″ 225 Power Forward

Hachimura needs to dominate against in conference opponents considering the level of competition, and he has continued to do so. He is shooting 12 for 27 (44%) on 3’s for the season so the potential is there for his game to extend to the three point line. Displaying athleticism and the ability to play well on both ends of the court will always have scouts attention, and his game could be scary with a consistent outside shot. The NCAA tournament will be big for all of the Gonzaga draft prospects since they do not have nearly as many opportunities against other top talent.

Last 2 Games:

23 Points, 7 Rebounds, 3 Assists, 1 Steal, 2 Blocks vs. Pepperdine

22 Points, 10 Rebounds, 1 Steal vs. San Diego

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Updated 2020 Mock Draft

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