For the draft sickos out there like myself, it's never too early to start thinking ahead. That's why you're here and that's why we love to provide you the information to keep you ahead of the game. Below you'll find a list of players that are on the minds of every NBA team for the upcoming draft. This is just a quick preview, and we will have more names for your needs as the year progresses. The names below are not in order of rank, so put down those pitchforks draft gurus. For now, this should please your Draft "fix."
James Wiseman, C, Memphis (Freshman) (7’1”, 245)
The talented Freshman big man was a huge get for Memphis and Head Coach Penny Hardaway and will draw plenty of national attention. Wiseman will find himself in the conversation to be the heavy favorite to be next years number 1 overall pick, but he will still have to show he’s worthy at the Collegiate level. A big man that runs the floor with impressive athleticism for his size, Wiseman should draw plenty of fans early in the year in Draft circles.
Anthony Edwards, G, Georgia (Freshman) (6’4", 215)
Edwards will give Wiseman a run for his money to be a top choice in the 2020 draft class. The talented guard should get plenty of opportunities to become the go-to scorer for this Georgia Bulldogs team in his freshman year. Important note to remember when looking into Edwards as a prospect was that he reclassified to become draft-eligible in 2020. After 3 years of High School basketball, Edwards will be taking a big leap forward in terms of competition level, but physically...he’s more than ready.
RJ Hampton, G, New Zealand Breakers (6’5”,190)
The story of the collegiate basketball preseason might have been the shocking announcement by heavily recruited RJ Hampton to take his talents overseas to play in the NBL for the New Zealand Breakers. Don’t downplay this decision, the NBL is a fantastic international league that will give Hampton every ounce of physical play that he can handle. Hampton is another prospect that reclassified and became 2020 eligible. A lengthy yet fluid ball-handler with great size, Hampton is known for being more of a scoring threat especially off of the dribble. He could become a scary weapon if he can make some serious progress with his outside shot this year in Australia.
Theo Maledon, PG, Asvel (France) (6’4", 175)
Maledon is another PG prospect with great size in this class and he’s one of the leading candidates to become one of the first international prospects chosen. High IQ and versatility will be the calling card for Maledon. He’s been playing for Asvel Basket of France for the last couple of years, which is owned by former San Antonio Spurs great Tony Parker. Maledon will be a serious international prospect to track especially with the fact that he will be facing elite Euroleague competition this year.
(Video via LNB Officiel)
Deni Avdija, G/F, Maccabi Tel Aviv (6’8”, 210)
The other International prospect that will be going head to head with Maledon for the title of first international prospect selected will be Deni Avdija of Maccabi Tel Aviv. Deni is an absolute magician with the ball in his hands and teams will drool over his combination of size and playmaking ability. After opening some eyes at Basketball Without Borders in February (Where he was named MVP), Deni showed plenty of flashes recently at the FIBA U20 European Championship, where he was also named MVP. His outside shot will need to continue to develop this upcoming year, but there’s already PLENTY to love about his game.
(Video via FIBA )
Jaden McDaniels, F, Washington (Freshman) (6’11",185)
McDaniels is raw but finds himself as one of the most fascinating prospects in the upcoming draft class. Jaden has a great combination of fluidity and ball-handling for a player of his size. Pairing that with his elite ability to shoot over defenders off of the bounce, Jaden has the potential to become a nightmare for opposing defenders. He's a serious one to keep an eye on. If he can start to light it up early in the year, he could quickly climb draft boards towards the top of the class. A player like McDaniels is going to be questioned by NBA Personnel because of his rail-thin frame.
Scottie Lewis, G/F, Florida (Freshman) (6’5", 180)
Lewis has the potential to be the prospect of this class with the "freakish athleticism" tag. He's a human pogo-stick and can leap with the best of them. It's surely something that will have scouts drooling. Lewis has the killer instinct when he plays, and plays with an edge especially on the defensive side of the ball. Evaluators will be curious to see if the offensive game can develop along the way.
Isaiah Stewart, C, Washington (Freshman) (6’9”, 250)
If you are looking for the "beast" of the upcoming Draft Class then Isaiah Stewart is your best bet. Stewart looks the part on paper and has been an absolute monster in the high school ranks. Scouts will now question how he will hold up against better competition. Stewart is a bit undersized at 6'9" for a Center, but he also possesses a reported mammoth 7'5" wingspan. Another wildcard for Stewart? Washington is famous for playing in a Zone defensive system.
Nico Mannion, PG, Arizona (Freshman) (6’3", 180)
Mannion is a prospect I'm most excited to see in his upcoming year in Tucson. Nico had rave reviews after his performance throughout the week at the Nike Hoop Summit, and playing alongside fellow 5-star recruit Josh Green should make an exciting year for Arizona Wildcats faithful. Mannion has a sneaky feel for the game and should open some eyes this year with his playmaking ability. Scouts will question his overall length for a primary ball-handler, but his basketball IQ and toughness should weather some of those concerns.
Cole Anthony, PG, North Carolina (Freshman) (6’3", 175)
Cole Anthony is lightning in a bottle and can score in a hurry. The son of NBA Veteran Greg Anthony, Cole will have plenty of hype heading into his Freshman year at Chapel Hill. He's older than usual for an incoming Freshman, having just turned 19 in May, but Anthony showcases elite athleticism and scoring ability. He will need to showcase an ability to do more than just score, as some question his ability to get teammates involved. Anthony should light up some box scores for the Tar Heels. Recently, we got a viral clip of Cole Anthony showing off his bounce against some NBA talent in open gym.
Bryan Antoine, G, Villanova (Freshman) (6’4", 175)
Bryan Antoine has been a highly touted recruit for quite some time now and possesses good size with a reported 6'8" wingspan that should get the approval of NBA personnel leaguewide. Antoine can light it up from outside and has NBA range to go with it. Although he is described as just a "good athlete" Antoine makes up for it with a quick first step and continues to develop his arsenal of scoring off of the bounce. File him down as an "underrated" prospect in this class.
Kahlil Whitney, G/F, Kentucky (Freshman) (6’6", 200)
Whitney will jump off of the screen with his overall physique. He's listed at 6'6" 200 pounds and reportedly pairs that with a 7'0" wingspan. So on paper, he will have scouts salivating. Early projections have Whitney as a promising 3-and-D type of player for the next level, and he joins another impressive Kentucky Wildcats team this year. It will be interesting to see if he can make an impact on the offensive side of the ball as well, which will only make his draft stock rise in a hurry.
Ayo Dosunmu, PG, Illinois (Sophomore) (6’5, 185)
One of my favorite prospects in next years class is a returner and I am a serious fan in Ayo Dosunmu and his potential. It was music to my ears, as well as other NBA scouts, that Dosunmu decided to return to Illinois for his Sophomore year and get some more seasoning. Dosunmu has great size and length for a ball-handler and you could see the light start to come on during the second half of his freshman year. If his offensive game can continue to take steps forward, he has some sneaky appeal to seriously climb some draft boards throughout the college basketball season.
Killian Hayes, G, Cholet (France) (6’5", 185)
Playmaking is going to be Hayes calling card in draft circles this year. The 6'5" combo guard out of France is known for his ability to distribute the ball and get teammates in the best position to succeed. Hayes is crafty with the ball in his hands and isn't afraid to throw flashy passes. If he continues to progress, he should become a valuable weapon in the pick and roll game. Hayes knock will be his outside shooting, which is the case with most raw point guards, but he has a knack for getting to the free-throw line.
(Video via "Killian Hayes" Youtube)
Tyrese Maxey, G, Kentucky (Freshman) (6'3", 190)
- With Ashton Hagans returning for his Sophomore year, it's expected that Maxey will slide in at the shooting guard position for the Wildcats. Maxey and Hagans have the potential to be an absolute nightmare backcourt defensively for opposing teams. Kentucky is going to have a lot of depth, especially on the wings this year, so it's possible that Maxey's numbers could suffer.
Amar Sylla, F, Senegal (6'9", 195)
- Sylla has slowly started to creep into Draft Circles over the years and his impressive in the European Championships has started to heat up those talks. The 6'9" forward possesses a 7'2" wingspan and won't turn 18 years old until October 1st. Sylla showcases a tremendous combination of quickness and versatility on both sides of the ball. Sylla is known for having a desire to play on the perimeter, and he absolutely can score off of the bounce, but his outside shooting is a work in progress.