Updated Prospect Rankings

Breaking down the updated prospect rankings and reviewing the last week in college basketball

Click Here To See The Updated 2019 NBA Draft Prospect Rankings

Moving Up:

Ignas Brazdeikis ∧ 8

Caleb Martin ∧ 6 

Grant Williams ∧ 6

Jaylen Nowell ∧ 5

Moving Down:

Kris Wilkes ∨ 6

Miye Oni ∨ 6

Carsen Edwards ∨ 5

Louis King ∨ 5

Added:

Tyler Herro

Desmond Bane

Dropped Out:

Goga Bitadze

Shamorie Ponds

Week in review:

• Duke freshman Zion Williamson missed both games last week and his fifth straight, but he is expected to play in the ACC tournament this week. Without Williamson Duke has not been the same team, and it has required RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish to try and take more of the offensive load. Tre Jones has played better the last two games, and the blue devils will need him to play well heading into their NCAA tournament run.

Nassir Little played under 20 minutes in both of UNC’s games last week. His draft stock continues to be built off of future potential from games like his 9 points and 4 rebounds in 17 minutes against Duke. Little’s North Carolina teammates Coby White and Cameron Johnson are both playing great basketball heading into the postseason, with Johnson’s back to back double-double’s being impressive given he is primarily known as a shooter.

• Kentucky has seen a resurgence from Ashton Hagans after a recent slump, and freshman Tyler Herro has been getting better as the season has gone on. Herro scored 20 against Ole Miss and 16 against Florida, after scoring 29 against Arkansas two games before. He should not be in the draft this season, but Herro could end up a first round pick next year. Keldon Johnson played well last week, scoring 22 and 14 while shooting 13 of 26 from the field. Johnson can play himself into top five consideration with a strong SEC and NCAA tournament. PJ Washington has been struggling with his outside shot after shooting the ball well the majority of this season, but shooters miss at times and the data suggest he will get it back on track.

Jalen Smith showed off his range last week going 4 of 8 in 2 games while finishing with 19 and 11 against Minnesota. He also had some impressive moves to create his own shots, which is one of the reasons his ceiling is considered as high as it is. Smith is a player who could leave after this year and be a first round pick, but also could come back and be in the top five/ten consideration. Bruno Fernando had two double-doubles against Minnesota and Michigan to go with 6 blocks in the Michigan game. His offensive game should expand at the NBA level and he has shown that he has more in his game than what he is asked to do at Maryland. Maryland is the type of team that could make a run in the tournament having point guard Anthony Cowan to go with NBA talent like Fernando, Smith, and Aaron Wiggins, however they need Smith and Wiggins to step up in the postseason to do so.

• TCU has two legitimate NBA prospects on the roster that do not get much attention in Kouat Noi and Desmond Bane. Noi did not play well last week, but he has shown off improvement this season, although his percentages are down from the higher usage rate. Bane on the other hand dominated against Texas going for 34 points and 6 rebounds while going 6 for 8 from deep. He can create his own shot, has shooting guard size and length at 6’5″, and he has shown the ability to shoot the three. Whether it is this year or next, both of these players will be in draft consideration.

Lamine Diane closed the season out just how he started it, putting up ridiculous numbers. He dropped 34 points and 13 rebounds against UCSB, and then 33 points and 18 rebounds against Hawaii. The fact he made 2 three pointers against Hawaii was a good sign, given that outside shooting is his weakness as of now. He was not a part of great team success this season, and all signs point to him returning back to school next season, but he has legit NBA potential if his outside shot continues to improve.

Ja Morant lead Murray State to the OVC championship over Belmont, clinching their berth to the NCAA tournament. He scored 36 in the championship game and 29 in the semifinals with 11 assists in the two games. He shot 2 for 8 from deep in the tournament not giving scouts any more confidence in his outside shot. If Murray State makes a run in the NCAA tournament with Morant starring along the way, he will be in consideration for the second pick behind Zion Williamson. Dylan Windler put up 32 points and 21 rebounds against Austin Peay, but struggled against Murray State going 1 for 7 on 3’s.

• Suspended Texas point guard Kerwin Roach will return for the Big 12 tournament. The Longhorns will need to win the tournament to get the NCAA’s, so they need all of the help they can get. Ohio State forward Kaleb Wesson will also return when the Buckeyes play in the Big Ten tournament. Kansas coach Bill Self announced that senior guard Lagerald Vick will not be returning to the Jayhawks this season, after leaving the team for personal reasons in February from the team.

• Detroit Mercy’s season ended when they lost to Northern Kentucky in Horizon League tournament. Despite the lack of team success, Antoine Davis finished with more three pointers than any other freshman to ever play college basketball. His percentages began to slide when defenses started to focus on him more after his explosive start to the year. There is no reason at this point to believe he will leave for the NBA, but putting up those kind of numbers is nothing to overlook and scouts will be paying attention closely to his development going forward.

Tyler Bey continued his impressive play against USC and UCLA. He scored 27 against UCLA and 17 against USC, to go with 13 and 11 rebounds. If Bey ever gets his outside shot to improve, he will be a scary player to defend. As of now, he is scoring very efficiently and rebounding at a high level. Some sites have him projected in the draft this year, and we have him going in our 2020 mock draft.

Carsen Edwards struggled in both games last week after playing well in the previous week. He shot 7 for 31 (No, that is not a typo) against Minnesota, while going 3 for 15 from deep. Edwards followed that game up with a 3 for 10 performance on 3’s against Northwestern. When his shot is on, he is one of the best players in college basketball, but when it is off, it can look pretty bad. Despite the poor shooting recently, Purdue won the big ten regular season, and that has a lot to do with Carsen Edwards.

• Three Pac 12 sharp shooting big men to keep an out eye on as we enter the end of the season and the draft process. 6’9″ Robert Franks made 8 three pointers against Oregon State and finished with 37 points. Bennie Boatwright standing at 6’10” went 4 for 11 on 3’s last week and has gone 82 for 189 (43.4%) on the season. Oregon State Junior Tres Trinkle stands 6’8″ and has been hot the last couple of weeks from deep, going 7 for 13 last week against Washington State and Washington.

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