Mock Draft Friday

Breaking down the top five picks from our updated mock draft

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

Last 2 Games:

DNP vs. Virginia Tech

DNP vs. Syracuse

Williamson missed has missed the last 2 games with a sprained knee after his shoe issues against North Carolina. The injury is not expected to be serious or impact his draft stock, and as long as he gets back on the court and seems to be himself that will be the case. Zion would bring a jolt of excitement into an NBA franchise that obviously is not very worried about winning this season. Phoenix is currently starting Tyler Johnson, Kelly Oubre, Devin Booker, Josh Jackson, and Deandre Ayton. The addition of Williamson would definitely be an upgrade and a nice addition to the young talent that the Suns have on team friendly contracts.  

2. RJ Barrett Freshman 6’7″ 202 SG/SF

Last 2 Games: 

21 Points, 4 Rebounds, 5 Assists vs. Virginia Tech

30 Points, 5 Rebounds, 7 Assists vs. Syracuse

When Williamson went down with his injury, it caused both RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish to have more of a load on their backs from an offensive standpoint. Barrett has continued to be hot or cold when it comes to his outside shot, but his ability to set his teammates up has been improving the entire season. He struggled from deep against Virginia Tech, after being efficient and leading Duke to a victory over Syracuse. Barrett’s passing ability allows him to bring the ball up the floor and play a point forward type of game, which will be more on display in the NBA than it is in college. 

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

Last 2 Games: 

11 Points, 10 Rebounds, 10 Assists, 1 Block vs. Morehead State

23 Points, 4 Rebounds, 12 Assists, 2 Steals, 3 Blocks vs. SE Missouri State

Morant’s outside shot remains the main flaw in his game, but he has shown improvement this season in that area. His triple double against Morehead State was a 3 for 11 shooting night from the field, but he did make two 3 pointers. His performance against SE Missouri State was almost perfection, going 9-12 from the field and 1-2 from behind the three point line to go with his 12 assists. The Murray State Sophomore is arguably the best passer in the country, and his athleticism is not going anywhere. If Cleveland does end up with the third selection, they will have a tough choice to make if Morant is still available with Collin Sexton on the roster. 

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

Last 2 Games:

27 Points, 6 Rebounds, 1 Assist, 2 Steals vs. Pacific

23 Points, 10 Rebounds, 1 Assist, 1 Steal vs. BYU

Hachimura may be the safest pick in the draft this season, the other contender would be Deandre Hunter from Virginia. His play has been consistent the entire year, so you pretty much know who he is at this point in his basketball career. He has shown improvement in his shot, and remains as efficient as any non center in the country. The Gonzaga Junior went 8 for 13, and 11 for 16 from the field against Pacific and BYU. As his shot continues to improve, his stock should be in the top ten when draft day arrives. 

5. Cameron Reddish Freshman 6’8″ 218 Small Forward

Last 2 Games: 

17 Points, 6 Rebounds, 1 Assist vs. Virginia Tech

5 Points, 7 Rebounds, 3 Assists, 1 Steal, 2 Blocks vs. Syracuse

The Duke freshman struggled against Syracuse, shooting 2 for 11 from the field and 1 for 8 on 3’s. It is concerning to teams that every 2 or 3 games Reddish has a terrible shooting night, especially given that his game is built around it. With that said, he has had some very solid games following those bad nights, and he continues to show a high ceiling of potential. He played much better against Virginia Tech, making 3 of 6 three point attempts in route to 17 points in a Duke loss. As long as Zion Williamson remains out with his injury, Reddish will get all of the shots he wants, and that could lead to a big game when he is on. 

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Updated 2020 Mock Draft

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