With many of the top draft prospects having made their decisions about whether or not to come back to school, the overwhelming majority of those players have chosen to declare, given that the new rules allow you to sign with an agent but still return to school. With that said, some players determined they should return to school next season which has led them to be placed in the 2020 mock draft. Below is our breakdown of the update to our 2019 and 2020 NBA mock draft’s.
• Tre Jones returning to school is most likely the best decision for his basketball future, with the freshman not being consistent throughout Duke’s season. As of now we would put him as a late first round pick next year, but as we saw this season, he started being considered a possible first round pick and faded as the season went on.
• Jalen Smith surprised many when he announced he would be returning to Maryland next year, with the presumption being that at the very least he would declare and go through the pre-draft process even if he did return. We have had him in our 2020 mock draft for the majority of the season, and currently he would enter next year as a possible lottery pick.
• Markus Howard was another surprise, electing to come back for his senior season after averaging 25 points per game as a junior. It was not a guarantee he would be a first round pick if he had decided to enter this years draft, but you you could make an argument his stock can’t get much higher given his physical limitations at 5’11”. We currently have him going in the first round of the 2020 mock.
• Louis King declaring for the draft was no surprise, but from what we are hearing, he is expected to be all in and has no intentions of returning to Oregon next season. With his size and skill set, he is a name that could see his stock climb into the first round as we get closer to the draft.
• Luguentz Dort is also apparently all in, although that might not be the best decision for his stock considering there is no guarantee he will be taken in the first round, or even in the early second. Whatever the case may be, with him staying in this year he does have a great motor and passion for the game despite his some what limited abilities with not being a great athlete or shooter.
• Some of the more interesting selections from the updated mock: Bol Bol at #9 to Boston, where he would be given plenty of time to adapt to the NBA game and learn his fit in the league. PJ Washington to the San Antonio at #20 seems like a perfect fit for the Spurs organization with his work ethic and being considered a great guy from people around the Kentucky program. Dylan Windler to the Phoenix at #32: Windler pairing up with Devin Booker and potentially Ja Morant would definitely make Suns fans happy having a fast paced and exciting offense, which could be a throwback to the better days in the past for the franchise.
• Two more names to watch as we move into the pre-draft process, Mfiondu Kabengele and Jordan Nwora could end up going in the first round with their all around game. Kabengele is a perfect center for the modern game with his ability to step out and hit a jumpshot, while also being able to play inside. Nwora is sneaky athletic, and can score at an elite level, which should he do well at the combine could solidify him staying in the draft and being drafted much higher than projected at the start of the season.