Zion Williamson seems unstoppable when he is in good health and is about to become the first pick in the NBA selection. Redmond / Associated Press
The NCAA Tournament is an important moment for NBA scouts who are looking for high caliber players who may have a future career in professional basketball.
The basic screening work of the qualifiers in the repechage was done during the regular season and off-season training sessions will help them to have an even better idea of the skill level, athletic potential and ability of the team. player to understand the professional game.
But the tournament is a valuable research tool because players play in the brightest spotlights in the games that matter most. These performances may not translate into playoff performances in the NBA, but scouts learn if a player will step up or shrink under the most difficult circumstances.
In this article, we offer a preliminary draft, with a deeper look at the top prospects that play for teams in the NCAA tournament.
NBA Mock Draft
1. New York, Zion Williamson, PF, Duke
2. Phoenix, Ja Morant, PG, Murray State
3. Cleveland, Rui Hachimura, SF-PF, Gonzaga
4. Chicago, R.J. Barrett, SG, Duke
5. Atlanta, DeAndre Hunter, SF-PF, Virginia
6. Atlanta, Coby White, PG-SG, North Carolina
7. Memphis, Jarrett Culver, SG, Texas Tech
8. Washington, Keldon Johnson, SG-SF, Kentucky
9. New Orleans, Nassir Little, SF, North Carolina
10. Charlotte, Bruno Fernndo, C, Maryland
11. Orlando, Cameron Reddish, SG-SF, Duke
12. LA Lakers, Romeo Langford, SG, Indiana
13. Minnesota, Okpala KZ, SG-SF, Stanford
14. Boston, Darius Garland, PG, Vanderbilt
15. Miami, Nickeil Alexander, SG, Viriginia Tech
16. Detroit, Daniel Gafford, PF-C, Arkansas
17. Brooklyn, Charles Bassey, C, Western Kentucky
18. Boston, Bowl, C, Oregon
19. Utah, Naz Reid, C, SSU
20. San Antonio, Sékou Doumbouya, SF-PF, France
21. Boston, Jaxson Hayes, PF-C, Texas
22. Portland, Goga Bitadze, C, Republic of Georgia
23. Cleveland, Ty Jerome, PG, Virignia
24. Oklahoma City, Kris Wilkes, SF, UClA
25. Indiana, Jontay Porter, C, Missouri
26. Philadelphia, Chuma Okeke, SF-PF, Auburn
27. Brooklyn, Jordan Nwora, SF-PF, Louisville
28. Golden State, Jalen McDaniels, PF, State of San Diego
29. San Antonio, Eric Paschall, SF-PF, Villanova
30. Milwaukee, Ashton Hagans, PG, Kentucky
Key player profiles
Zion Williamson, Duke
Williamson is the most awaited prospect in years because the 6 "striker, 280 pounds has an unstoppable feature for his game as well as incredible skills and the ability to dominate any match when he is in good health.
He was compared to Charles Barkley and Blake Griffin by NBAdraft.net, and although Williamson is a freshman who has not even played a full season, this comparison may be inferior to his attributes. He is just an overwhelming athlete who possesses the kind of jumping ability that we have rarely seen, especially of a man as thick and strong.
Few players can compete with what he is able to do in the transition game. Although his best asset may be his ability to finish, he demonstrated in the ACC title game the ability to make a sensational pass with the left hand to a teammate. who was able to finish the break.
Ja Morant, Murray State
The 6 "playmaker, 175 pounds has excellent athletic and play skills that should rise to the next level. NBA Draft expert Jonathan Wasserman says Morant has "an explosive A-plus, a passing skill and a point of vision for elite gaming potential."
Morant is averaging 24.6 points and 10.0 assists per game while shooting 51.3 percent of the field.
R.J. Duke Barrett
Barrett was also a dynamic player in his first year, and without Williamson's presence, he would be the most talked about Duke player. The shooting guard of 6 "6", 210 lbs was compared to Michael Redd by NBAdraft.net, and he has the kind of versatility that will allow him to succeed at the next level.
He can play the shooting guard, the goalkeeper or the small striker, and he has the ability to score against any defense. Barrett averages 23.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per game for the Blue Devils, and if he clearly enjoys playing with Williamson, there is no doubt about the talent he brings to the game.
Cameron Reddish, Duke
The small forward-guard combination is another member of Duke's overwhelming first-year class. Reddish has a quick first step that allows him to avoid the defender. Although he has a lot of explosiveness, he also has the game of finesse that should be good at the next level.
Reddish has been compared to Rudy Gay NBAdraft.net, and he averages 13.8 points per game for the Blue Devils. Reddish must clearly work on his shot since he only hits 35.6% of his shots, but he has excellent defense skills and the star of 6 "7", 215 pounds has the kind physical skills that should be translated to the next level.
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Jarrett Culver, Texas Tech
The 6 "6", 195-pound goalkeeper showed that he had the skills to be an outstanding striker, averaging 18.5 points per game for the Red Raiders, and he managed 48 % of connection, his shots of the field.
Culver can get his share of rebounds and averages 6.3 tables per game. Wasserman points out that with a little bit of improvement, Culver could go on to two.
"An improvement as a presenter of the ball screen (3.7 assists per game in general) could ultimately help tip the scales towards Culver, a double goalkeeper at two. well balanced pathways " Wasserman wrote.