Mock Draft Friday

Breaking down the top five picks from the updated 2019 NBA Mock Draft

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

Last 2 Games:

DNP vs. Wake Forest

DNP vs. Miami

Williamson missed has missed 4 games due to his knee sprain suffered in the North Carolina game. He will stay the number one pick as long as their are no injury concerns going forward, and according to reports he will miss the rematch against UNC. 

2. RJ Barrett Freshman 6’7″ 202 SG/SF

Last 2 Games:

28 Points, 5 Rebounds, 4 Assists, 2 Blocks vs. Wake Forest

19 Points, 10 Rebounds, 7 Assists, 1 Steal vs. Miami

Barrett had a productive week, leading Duke to two wins without Zion Williamson. He has continued to struggle with his outside shot, going 0 for 9 on three pointers last week. As long as he is being asked to be the leader of the Duke offense while Williamson is out, he will be taking some questionable shots. Barrett is now down to 31% from behind the arc on the season, after arriving on campus being billed as a much more efficient shooter. His stroke looks good, and I doubt many teams don’t believe his shooting will improve once he can focus on basketball full time, however it is somewhat of a red flag that he has shot the 3 so poorly. His ceiling is arguably as high as anyone in the draft with his all around game to go with his size and agility. 

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

Last 2 Games: 

27 Points, 6 Rebounds, 13 Assists, 2 Blocks vs. Austin Peay

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

The Murray State sophomore flirted with getting back to back triple doubles last week. He struggled shooting against Morehead State going 3 for 11 from the field, but Morant is the type of player that can effect the game in multiple ways leading to his triple double on a down shooting night. He didn’t shoot great against Austin Peay but he shot the ball better and it showed in the box score with Morant scoring 27 points. He is most likely the best passer in the draft, and should Murray State make the NCAA tournament he will be attempting the put himself in the number two position behind Zion Williamson.  

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

Last 2 Games: 

6 Points, 2 Rebounds vs. Wake Forest

19 Points, 7 Rebounds, 4 Assists, 1 Steal, 1 Block vs. Miami

Reddish had another typical Cam Reddish week. He shot the ball well against Miami and helped Duke to victory and then followed it up with an off shooting night against Wake Forest going 2 for 9 from the field. It seems to be the case that for the remaining games this Duke team has together, Reddish is going to be the guy who can make or break the game based on his shooting, especially while Zion Williamson is injured. He should not fall outside of the top five, but if he hits a hot streak during the ACC and NCAA tournaments, it is possible he could go as high as number three. 

5. Keldon Johnson Freshman 6’6″ 205 Shooting Guard

Last 2 Games: 

22 Points, 7 Rebounds, 3 Assists, 1 Steal vs. Mississippi

7 Points, 7 Rebounds, 1 Assist vs. Tennessee

Johnson had a down night against Tennessee, shooting 2 for 9 from the field and 1 for 5 on 3 pointers, but it was not just him as the entire Wildcat team struggled in a blowout loss. He bounced back against Ole Miss going 9 for 18 from the field. He can create jump shots, drive to the basket, and set up his teammates to go with his almost 40% from behind the arc this season. Much like Reddish, Johnson will often follow up a strong performance with a down game, and his draft stock is built on the belief that he can improve on his efficiency at the next level. Johnson is looking like a lock to go somewhere in the 5 to 10 range, with Kentucky’s NCAA tournament run being an opportunity to cement himself behind Williamson, Barrett, and Morant.

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