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ACC Preview: Draft Prospects

Highlighting the top draft prospects in the Atlantic Coast Conference

Boston College

Nik Popovic

Class: Senior

Height/Weight: 6’11” 253

Position: Center

Popovic is a big man that has good mobility and athleticism and an offensive skill set that has seen him score in a variety of ways. He can score with his back to the basket as well as occasionally pop out and hit a long jump shot. He averaged 7.2 rebounds last season so he has proven he can effect the game on that end of the floor but scouts will be looking for him to shoot the ball more efficiently this season.

Clemson

Tevin Mack

Class: Senior

Height/Weight: 6’6″ 227

Position: Shooting Guard/Small Forward

Mack has bounced around a little bit in his college career with previous stops at Alabama and Texas before joining Clemson this season. He had a very good sophomore year at Texas but he struggled to replicate that with less minutest at Alabama. His talent is undeniable but his shot has been up and down throughout his college years. A new start could mean improved play and he is on the radar of scouts entering the season.

Florida State

Patrick Williams

Class: Freshman

Height/Weight: 6’8″ 225

Position: Small Forward

Williams was considered one of the top recruits in the class of 2019, and he should have a big impact this season. He has good size and agility to go with an already pretty well filled out build. His strength and athleticism allow him to score inside while his outside shot is a still a work in progress. Some analysts believe that Williams will only be in college for one season, and he definitely has the talent for that to be a possibility.

Balša Koprivica

Class: Freshman

Height/Weight: 7’1″ 260

Position: Center

Koprivica runs the floor when compared to similar players, and while he is not a great jumper he can finish at the basket due to his length. If he can protect the rim it will not only earn him minutes this season but it could also see his name enter draft discussions in the next couple of seasons. He does most of his work around the basket and unless he develops more of an offensive skill set you know what you are getting with the center.

M.J. Walker

Class: Junior

Height/Weight: 6’5″ 213

Position: Shooting Guard

Walker came into Florida State as a highly rated recruit but he has been lost in some ways on the depth chart with a lot of talent on the roster. He is an athletic guard that create a shot and drive to the basket, with play making in the open court being his best attribute. His outside shooting needs to improve and his shot selection needs to be more aggressive if he wants to make an impact on the offensive end. He has the agility and physical make up that should have him being able to lock down opposing players on the wing.

Louisville

Samuell Williamson

Class: Freshman

Height/Weight: 6’7″ 200

Position: Shooting Guard/Small Forward

Williamson joins an already talented group at Louisville this season and he might just be the best player of the bunch. He can shoot from the outside or take a defender off of the dribble, giving him the versatile game that should work well with the Cardinals this year. His athleticism is solid and he has the physical tools to compete at the next level, he just needs to show that he can do it on the stage of college basketball.

Jordan Nwora

Class: Junior

Height/Weight: 6’7″ 225

Position: Small Forward

Nwora is one of the top returning players in the country after a breakout sophomore season that showed his potential. He shoots the ball well, and he can create a shot but his quickness could be improved. His athleticism is better than he gets credit for and he runs the floor well while being one of the better defenders on the team. His stock at this point is a potential first round pick and with an even better season this year he could move up further.

Steven Enoch

Class: Redshirt Senior

Height/Weight: 6’10” 255

Position: Center

Enoch was a powerful force inside for Louisville last season although he is yet to play more than 20 minutes per game over the course of a season. His skill set revolved around the basket in his first two seasons but last year he started to show that he can step out and hit a three point shot as well. With this improvement to his shot and his abilities to effect the game around the basket some analysts are calling him a potential first round pick.

NC State

Dereon Seabron

Class: Freshman

Height/Weight: 6’7″ 180

Position: Point Guard/Shooting Guard

Seabron enters the season as one of the more intriguing freshman due to his blend of size and the ability to play either guard position. He desperately needs to add strength to compete at the college level, but the rest of his build is ideal with good length and athleticism. How well he is able to shoot the ball and facilitate are going to be the biggest factors in his stock going forward.

Markell Johnson

Johnson is a quick but undersized guard that can score the ball at high rate while remaining efficient. His shooting analytics are very good, especially from the outside and he is able to get his shot off against much taller players. He can cause havoc to taller players at time as a defender but he can also struggle if he gets backed down. As a passer he regressed last season but it is still one of the strengths to his game.

C.J. Bryce

Class: Redshirt Senior

Height/Weight: 6’5″ 210

Position: Shooting Guard

Bryce came to Raleigh after transferring from UNC Wilmington where he had some productive seasons. He acclimated well to ACC play but his numbers went down which was to be expected. The senior has the ability to knock down the deep ball playing off of the ball or creating off of the dribble. His defense will be key this season in proving to scouts that he has the ability to play at the next level.

D.J. Funderburk

Class: Redshirt Junior

Height/Weight: 6’10” 225

Position: Power Forward/Center

Funderburk was impressive on the defensive end of the floor last season and he has made strides in improving his offensive skill set. He stepped out and knocked down some open three pointers, to go with his interior play where he is able to use his size to score around the basket. If he can continue to improve his shot and become consistent in that area then he will be on teams scouting lists going forward.

Notre Dame

John Mooney

Class: Senior

Height/Weight: 6’9″ 245

Position: Power Forward

Mooney is not the best of athletes but he knows how to use his body inside to be productive. He has improved his shooting and last season was solid in that area which makes it much harder for defenders to lock in on one aspect of his game. Overall his draft stock will never be more than a second round pick and even that is not even close to a guarantee but he put himself on the map with his play last year.

TJ Gibbs

Class: Senior

Height/Weight: 6’3″ 185

Position: Point Guard

Gibbs has been a go to scorer for the Irish over the last two seasons and despite a small drop in production last year he is expected to put up numbers as a senior. He is quick and fast enough to get by defenders in the open court and his jump shot has been reliable although last season was a struggle in that area. If he can get back to his previous level of efficiency he has a chance of catching on to a professional team even if it is in the G League.

Syracuse

Elijah Hughes

Class: Redshirt Junior

Height/Weight: 6’6″ 215

Position: Small Forward

Hughes sat out two years ago after transferring and once he joined the team he made an immediate impact. He is an athletic wing that can shoot the ball and drive to the basket, making him a tough guard. He should have an even bigger role this season and could be a breakout player, especially if he continues to improve on the defensive end of the floor.

Brycen Goodine

Class: Freshman

Height/Weight: 6’3″ 183

Position: Point Guard

Goodine is a skilled guard that can flat out score. He is not the fastest or most explosive player but he has more than enough athleticism to compete at a high level. His skills defending on the wing can improve and his outside shot needs to be consistent if he wants to get looks from the NBA in the near future. As a passer he has made strides and there is a willingness to set up teammates with open shots.

Wake Forest

Brandon Childress

Class: Junior

Height/Weight: 6’0″ 190

Position: Point Guard

Childress has been able to score at the college level despite not having great size at 6’0″. His efficiency has been solid and he has made steady improvement across the board each season. He will never be a first round prospect but teams definitely are watching as his skill set continues to improve.

Chaundee Brown

Class: Junior

Height/Weight: 6’5″ 220

Position: Shooting Guard

Brown has continued to improve over is first two seasons but the efficiency is still not where scouts want to see it. He is a capable play maker that can take defenders off of the dribble or pull up for a jump shots. He needs to be a lock down defender on the wing and show teams that he can effectively knock down shots from the outside if he wants his stock to improve.

Duke 

Tre Jones

Class: Sophomore

Height/Weight: 6’3″ 185

Position: Point Guard

Jones was disappointing on many level last season in a year that he just did not shoot the ball well. He proved he can distribute the basketball and play a high level of defense on the perimeter but his shot will need improve if he wants to boost his draft stock. Definitely a player that knows how to run a team on the floor he just needs to put it all together.

Vernon Carey Jr.

Class: Freshman

Height/Weight: 6’10” 270

Position: Center

Carey is a dynamic big man that despite being one of the largest players in the recruiting class he still has solid agility and athleticism that make him a tough assignment. He can step out and shot to a degree, but his scoring around the basket is what he does best as well running the floor in fast break situations. Carey could be a lottery pick if he has an impressive first year in Durham.

Matthew Hurt

Class: Freshman

Height/Weight: 6’9″ 214

Position: Power Forward

Hurt is a skilled power forward with the ability to score inside and outside of the paint. He is not the most athletic player or very quick but he knows how to use his body to get shots off. Once that shot is off there is a good chance it will be going in as he is one of the better shooting big men entering college. Some analysts are billing him as a first round pick in 2020.

Cassius Stanley

Class: Freshman

Height/Weight: 6’6″ 190

Position: Shooting Guard

Stanley is largely overlooked in the recruiting class but his highlight types have been viewed many times on YouTube. He has an elite vertical leap and speed going up and down the floor, and if he figures out how to shoot the ball consistently he could be a one and done player. With some coaching his defensive potential is through the roof and is one of the better aspects to his ceiling.

Wendell Moore

Class: Freshman

Height/Weight: 6’6″ 213

Position: Small Forward

Moore is a do it all wing that brings the ability to score playing off of the ball but also with the ball in his hands. He is able to play multiple positions and guard multiple positions which will help him earn early playing time at Duke. There is a chance he needs more time than the other recruits from his class but he does have a lot of potential going forward.

Javin DeLaurier

Class: Senior

Height/Weight: 6’10” 237

Position: Power Forward

DeLaurier has not done much offensively in his three seasons at Duke, but he is one of the better athletes in college basketball around his height. He has good length and can effect the game in a big way on the defensive side of the floor, while his offensive game is limited to put backs and dunks. His athleticism alone has him in draft consideration but with some more offense this season he can improve that perception of his game.

Georgia Tech

James Banks III

Class: Senior

Height/Weight: 6’10” 250

Position: Center

Banks gets his production from around the basket using his size and athleticism and he is one of those types of players where you know what you are getting offensively from him. On the defensive side of the floor he has a strong ability to block shots and protect the rim, which is what scouts want to see from an athletic but limited offensively style of big.

Michael Devoe

Class: Sophomore

Height/Weight: 6’5″ 193

Position: Point Guard/Shooting Guard

Devoe is a natural scorer who showed that he has a lot offensive potential in his freshman season. He will be asked to do more this year so he should have a chance to impress scouts. His outside shooting is the strength of his game with good mechanics and his passing improved over the course of the year. He is not a great athlete and his position fit is unclear at this time but he is on the radar of scouts.

Miami

Harlond Beverly

Class: Freshman

Height/Weight: 6’4″ 186

Position: Point Guard/Shooting Guard

Beverly comes into the season with plenty of hype and a big time offensive game. He can shoot the ball well off of the dribble and in a catch and shoot situation. His athleticism is solid and he can play at either guard position giving the Hurricans plenty of looks they can employ Beverly in this season.

Chris Lykes

Class: Junior

Height/Weight: 5’7″ 165

Position: Point Guard

Lykes is one of the smaller players in division one but he backs down from no one and has the ability to finish inside. His speed and quickness is how he is able to get around bigger opponents. Efficiency has been the issue as well as shot selection so he will need to improve that aspect of his game. He will likely never be able to not be somewhat of a defensive liability but his offense is impressive when his shot is falling.

North Carolina

Cole Anthony

Class: Freshman

Height/Weight: 6’3″ 185

Position: Point Guard

Anthony is one of the top five or so prospects on most analysts big board and with good reason. He can shoot it well, and is deadly creating a shot or handling the ball in the open floor. Add in some elite athleticism and you have a play maker that should be the best player on the roster. He could be the number one overall pick when it is all said and done.

Armando Bacot

Class: Freshman

Weight/Height: 6’10” 232

Position: Power Forward/Center

Bacot is going to bring athleticism and a high motor that allows him to effect the game on both ends of the floor. His offensive game is mainly limited to around the basket but he has knocked down some jump shots at the high school and AAU level. He could become an elite shot blocker with his length and athleticism, and all signs point to him being a strong defender.

Anthony Harris

Class: Freshman

Height/Weight: 6’4″ 190

Position: Point Guard/Shooting Guard

Harris is likely to take somewhat of a backseat to Anthony this season but he can play at a high level as well. His shot is a work in progress and he does the most damage when penetrating to the basket. He has good athleticism and vertical leaping ability which help him be able to play either guard position.

Garrison Brooks

Class: Junior

Height/Weight: 6’10” 230

Position: Power Forward/Center

Bacot is a high flyer that uses his high motor to get rebounds and score around the basket. He can effect the game on the defensive side of the floor with shot blocking and he can do more of that this season. Definitely not a first round pick however it would not be surprising to see him mentioned in the draft conversation if his offensive game improves.

Pittsburgh

Xavier Johnson

Class: Sophomore

Height/Weight: 6’3″ 200

Position: Point Guard/Shooting Guard

Johnson had an impressive freshman year where he became the go to scorer for the Panthers. His ability to score the ball by driving to the basket and pulling up for jump shots was something that he had no problem doing at the ACC level. He can became a better shooter as well as improve his defense, however there is a a lot to like in his game.

Trey Mcgowens

Class: Sophomore

Height/Weight: 6’4″ 190

Position: Shooting Guard

McGowens came into his own throughout his freshman season becoming a scorer that could a little bit of everything on the floor. He needs to shoot the ball at a better rate, and if his efficiency goes down due to an increased role that will not be a good sign. Overall he is a natural scorer that averaged double digits as a freshman in a major conference, that will always get the attention of scouts.

Virginia 

Casey Morsell

Class: Freshman

Height/Weight: 6’3″ 190

Position: Point Guard/Shooting Guard

Morsell is a deadly scorer with good athleticism that can really get to the rim. He needs to be more of a point guard going forward if he is to be considered a potential professional prospect, and he has shown flashes of being able to do so. If he can defend well and score like the scouts already know he can then he could rise.

Mamadi Diakite

Class: Senior

Height/Weight: 6’9″ 224

Position: Power Forward

Diakite made a name for himself with strong play on Virginia’s run to the national championship. He has athleticism and length that make him one of the best defensive players in the country, to go with a soft shooting touch in the mid-range. If he does not become more of a consistent outside threat offensively than he will remain limited, but there have been glimpses of him knocking down those shots.

Jay Huff 

Class: Redshirt Junior

Height/Weight: 7’1″ 243

Position: Center

Huff has not gotten the kind of minutes you would expect with his talent level, but this may be the season he is healthy and able to contribute in a big way. He is a skilled big man that can run the floor well in addition to being able to knock down an open jump shot. He should be a legitimate shot blocker this year with an increased role and alongside Diakite they can be effective protecting the rim.

 

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