Ranking the top 50 NBA Draft prospects, from Zion to Franks

Ranking the top 50 NBA Draft prospects, from Zion to Franks

From Duke's Zion Williamson to Washington State's Robert Franks, Yardbarker's Brett Koremenos offers his take on the top-50 prospects in the June 20 draft. 

 
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1. Zion Williamson | Duke | 6-7

Zion Williamson | Duke | 6-7
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Positives: Freakish athlete with good handle for size who's capable of highlight-reel plays on both ends of the floor.

Area(s) of Concern: Can be overly reliant on athleticism and lacks a consistent jumper.

 
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2. Ja Morant | Murray State | 6-3

Ja Morant | Murray State | 6-3
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Positives: Elite distributor with excellent physical tools who can uplift team around him.

Area(s) of Concern: Finishing around the basket and shots off the dribble need improvement.

 
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3. De’Andre Hunter | Virginia | 6-7

De’Andre Hunter | Virginia | 6-7
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Positives: Solid athlete with good length, emerging outside shot and a commitment to defense.

Area(s) of Concern: Lacks a go-to skill offensively and isn’t the most agile mover in space.

 
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4. Darius Garland | Vanderbilt | 6-2

Darius Garland | Vanderbilt | 6-2
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Positives: Quick-twitch, scoring point guard who possesses a top-level jump shot.

Area(s) of Concern: Slight frame and so-so play-making skills may hold him back.

 
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5. Jaxson Hayes | Texas | 6-11

Jaxson Hayes | Texas | 6-11
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Positives: Late bloomer and above-the-rim finisher with potential to be a versatile defensive threat.

Area(s) of Concern: Struggles rebounding despite size and athleticism.

 
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6. RJ Barrett | Duke | 6-7

RJ Barrett | Duke | 6-7
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Positives: Point-forward type with aggressive, attacking mentality. Can hit tough shots around the basket while also capable of creating shots for teammates.

Area(s) of Concern: Left-hand dominant and struggles shooting the ball both off the catch and off the dribble.

 
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7. Jarrett Culver | Texas Tech | 6-7

Jarrett Culver | Texas Tech | 6-7
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Positives: Classic “3-&-D” prospect. Combines decent outside shot with good size for a wing. Has promising defensive ability.

Area(s) of Concern: Three-point shooting dipped during sophomore season and rest of offensive game lacks any real punch.

 
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8. Rui Hachimura | Gonzaga (Japan) | 6-8

Rui Hachimura | Gonzaga (Japan) | 6-8
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Positives: Strong, physical forward with great intangibles and versatile scoring approach.

Area(s) of Concern: Lacks a position defensively and three-point shot translating to the NBA is an open question.

 
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9. Coby White | North Carolina | 6-5

Coby White | North Carolina | 6-5
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Positives: Up-tempo point guard with solid outside shot and aggressive scoring mentality.

Area(s) of Concern: Physical tools, especially his length, aren’t anything to write home about, and he struggles as a decision-maker despite point guard role.

 
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10. Cam Reddish | Duke | 6-8

Cam Reddish | Duke | 6-8
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Positives: Physical tools are ideal for an NBA wing player. Has smooth, fluid three-point stroke and flashes potential to be an off-the-dribble scorer.

Area(s) of Concern: Tools and production don’t match up. Same for three-point shot that looks great, but doesn’t find the bottom of the net at a rate anywhere near an elite shooter.

 
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11. Brandon Clarke | Gonzaga | 6-8

Brandon Clarke | Gonzaga | 6-8
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Positives: High-effort forward who plays like he’s on a trampoline. Despite forward size, was one of the best shot-blockers in college basketball last season.

Area(s) of Concern: More of an undersized center. Lacks a credible jump shot and may struggle defending quicker perimeter players at NBA level.

 
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12. Keldon Johnson | Kentucky | 6-6

Keldon Johnson | Kentucky | 6-6
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Positives: Combines a good frame with solid athleticism and plays hard. Flashed a capable three-point shot in college and should be a versatile defender.

Area(s) of Concern: Outside of his motor, he lacks a real “wow” factor to his game. None of Johnson’s skills stand out, and he is unlikely to develop into a player capable of having an offense run through him.

 
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13. KZ Okpala | Stanford | 6-8

KZ Okpala | Stanford | 6-8
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Positives: Physically impressive player who combines a sturdy frame with good length. Should be a multi-position defender. Outside shot improving and sneaky play-making instincts.

Area(s) of Concern: Not a refined player. Can he shoot the NBA three? 

 
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14. Sekou Doumbouya | Limoges CSP | 6-9

Sekou Doumbouya | Limoges CSP | 6-9
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Positives: Smooth, athletic international prospect who got playing time at high level overseas this past season.

Area(s) of Concern: Motor is on and off and his physical tools don’t generally match up to his impact on the game.

 
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15. Nassir Little | North Carolina | 6-7

Nassir Little | North Carolina | 6-7
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Positives: Physically is the prototypical NBA wing, possessing great length and eye-catching athleticism.

Area(s) of Concern: Incredibly raw player who couldn’t crack the 20 minute-per-game mark in college. Intensity isn’t always there and doesn’t have a great feel for the game.

 
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16. Grant Williams | Tennessee | 6-7

Grant Williams | Tennessee | 6-7
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Positives: Smart, tough forward who plays within his skill set. Strong free-throw shooting and improvement from three this past season suggest his jump shot will be a reliable weapon soon.

Area(s) of Concern: Lacks ideal physical tools you’d like to see from an NBA forward.

 
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17. PJ Washington | Kentucky | 6-8

PJ Washington | Kentucky | 6-8
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Positives: Inside-out forward with impressive length. Three-point shot emerged out of nowhere this season and could join his rebounding and defending in translating to the NBA level.

Area(s) of Concern: Coming off a foot injury that has limited his draft preparation. Doesn’t always read the game well and the three-point shot could be a small sample-size mirage.

 
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18. Nickeil Alexander-Walker | Virginia Tech | 6-5

Nickeil Alexander-Walker | Virginia Tech | 6-5
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Positives: High-effort defender who should be able to guard both backcourt spots in the NBA. Flashes potential to be an all-around offensive player.

 Area(s) of Concern: Lacks elite physical tools. First-step quickness and ability to finish above the rim and in traffic just aren’t there

 
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19. Goga Bitadze | Serbian League | 6-11

Goga Bitadze | Serbian League | 6-11
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Positives: Versatile offensive talent who spent his past season dominating for the same club that produced Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets' star

Area(s) of Concern: Not a great vertical athlete and still quite unrefined in key areas on both ends of the floor.

 
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20. Romeo Langford | Indiana | 6-6

Romeo Langford | Indiana | 6-6
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Positives: Another fluid athlete with the physical tools desired at the NBA level. Good finisher with solid feel for making plays who could develop a versatile and effective offensive game.

Area(s) of Concern: Three-point shot is still a major work in progress. Does he have mentality to be an impactful, all-around defender?.

 
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21. Lu Dort | Arizona State | 6-4

Lu Dort | Arizona State | 6-4
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Positives: Tough, strong, physical, and athletic guard who will immediately be an impactful, on-ball defender in the NBA. Aggressive, downhill attacker on offense who should rack up foul calls.

Area(s) of Concern: Three-point shooting still needs improvement. Is nowhere near being a lead ball-handler and generally needs to tone down his attacking impulses.

 
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22. Bol Bol | Oregon | 7-2

Bol Bol | Oregon | 7-2
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Positives: Perhaps the most intriguing player in the draft. Combines extreme height and length with perimeter-orientated game on offense and rim protection on defense.

Area(s) of Concern: Saw his lone college season end after just nine games (foot injury), increasing questions about his durability. Motor and general nonchalance in games is also concerning.

 
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23. Kevin Porter | Southern Cal | 6-6

Kevin Porter | Southern Cal | 6-6
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Positives: Powerful, athletic wing player who excels in the open court and finishing around the basket. Has ability to create his own shot off the dribble in most situations.

Area(s) of Concern: Possesses tunnel-visioned with the ball in his hands. Must be more intense on defense.

 
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24. Ty Jerome | Virginia | 6-5

Ty Jerome | Virginia | 6-5
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Positives: Hard-nosed defender. Versatile offensive player whose outstanding shooting and play-making skills will cause problems for NBA defenses.

Area(s) of Concern: Has a shorter wingspan than listed height. Plenty of questions surrounding how he will fare athletically at next level.

 
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25. Bruno Fernando | Maryland | 6-10

Bruno Fernando | Maryland | 6-10
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Positives: Combination of athleticism, standing reach, size and wingspan are on par with some of the best athletes in the NBA.

Area(s) of Concern: Tools don’t translate into meaningful production. Lacks awareness on both ends of the floor.

 
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26. Nic Claxton | Georgia | 6-11

Nic Claxton | Georgia | 6-11
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Positives: Fluid, perimeter-orientated big man with intriguing skill set. Has potential to do everything offensively, from leading the break to posting up smaller players.

Area(s) of Concern: Frame needs filling out and three-point shot is a work in progress.

 
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27. Cam Johnson | North Carolina | 6-9

Cam Johnson | North Carolina | 6-9
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Positives: Smooth combo forward with excellent three-point range. Has a knack for playing within himself and the team structure.

Area(s) of Concern: Isn’t particularly physical or athletic. Offensive game will need to evolve past just shooting.

 
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28. Admiral Schofield | Tennessee | 6-6

Admiral Schofield | Tennessee | 6-6
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Positives: Undersized forward who made big strides as a shooter during college career. Incredibly tough competitor who will lay it all on the line every game.

 Area(s) of Concern: Despite improved shooting, there was an overreliance on using a rugged unrefined, approach offensively. May not carry over well to the NBA

 
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29. Tyler Herro | Kentucky | 6-5

Tyler Herro | Kentucky | 6-5
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Positives: Big combo guard with impressive competitive streak. Unafraid of big moments and showed ability to create his own shot against a high level of competition.

Area(s) of Concern: Isn’t on the level as a jump shooter he needs to be given his reliance on those shots. Also lacks any athletic edges in terms of acceleration or length.

 
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30. Terence Davis | Mississippi | 6-4

Terence Davis | Mississippi | 6-4
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Positives: Rising up draft boards due to impressive workouts and combine showings. Great athlete who can pile up points with the best of them.

Area(s) of Concern: Only produced one strong season of three-point shooting during college career. Will that carry over to NBAl?

 
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31. Daniel Gafford | Arkansas | 6-11

Daniel Gafford | Arkansas | 6-11
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Positives: Mobile big man who can catch and-finish above the rim as well as anyone in college basketball. Has the potential to be an intimidating rim protector defensively.

Area(s) of Concern: Doesn't always bring effort. Movement skills needed to switch and guard perimeter players must improve, too.

 
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32. Matisse Thybulle | Washington | 6-5

Matisse Thybulle | Washington | 6-5
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Positives: Perhaps the draft’s most impactful defender. Loaded up impressive steal and block numbers despite playing a zone defense in college.

Area(s) of Concern: Three-point shooting took a dip in his senior season and his overall offensive game lacks much punch.

 
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33. Mfiondu Kabengele | Florida State | 6-10

Mfiondu Kabengele | Florida State | 6-10
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Positives: Big, strong physical center with solid movement skills. Showcases skills that should allow him to play on the perimeter at the NBA level.

Area(s) of Concern: Not much awareness for his teammates offensively and more of an effort defender than a disciplined one.

 
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34. Talen Horton-Tucker | Iowa State | 6-4

Talen Horton-Tucker | Iowa State | 6-4
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Positives: Jack-of-all-trades wing who played major minutes during his lone season at Iowa State. Was one of the team’s best creators and managed a positive assist-to-turnover rate despite not being a traditional point guard.

Area(s) of Concern: Still developing his game and lacks a home-run skill. Who he could guard at the next level also remains a mystery

 
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35. Jontay Porter | Missouri | 6-10

Jontay Porter | Missouri | 6-10
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Positives: Listed as a center but has a perimeter game much closer to that of a guard. Put up strong per 40-minute numbers defensively during his freshman season as well.

Area(s) of Concern: Missed this past season at Missouri due to a knee injury. Body was already a question before that. Will durability hold him back from developing his intriguing skill set?

 
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36. Shamorie Ponds | St. John’s | 6-1

Shamorie Ponds | St. John’s | 6-1
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Positives: One of the best scorers in college basketball last season and improved his playmaking every year.

Area(s) of Concern: Relies quite a bit on craftiness to score due to his size. Will he buy into a role at the next level?

 
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37. Eric Paschall | Villanova | 6-9

Eric Paschall | Villanova | 6-9
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Positives: Tough, physical and energetic forward. Flashes hints of explosive athleticism while continuing to improve his outside shot.

 Area(s) of Concern: Despite his athleticism and frame, can be too jump-shot happy at times, almost trying to prove he’s a shooter. Still questions on whether he can guard more perimeter bound forwards in NBA.

 
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38. Dylan Windler | Belmont | 6-8

Dylan Windler | Belmont | 6-8
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Positives: Smart, crafty offensive player. Elite shooter who can knock down shoots from both off the catch and off the dribble.

Area(s) of Concern: Average athlete who lacks much verve when forced to put the ball on the floor.

 
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39. Carson Edwards | Purdue | 6-1

Carson Edwards | Purdue | 6-1
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Positives: Scoring guard with an incredible feel for getting buckets. Three-point percentage dipped this past season due to high volume of attempts, but there’s no doubt his jump shot is a reliable weapon.

Area(s) of Concern: Undersized even if classified as a traditional point guard. Made his name due to a string of impressive performances in the NCAA Tournament. Were those a real reflection of his skill or a player riding a hot streak?

 
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40. Zylan Cheatham | Arizona State | 6-8

Zylan Cheatham | Arizona State | 6-8
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Positives: Tough, smart, hyper-athletic and versatile forward who should defend multiple positions. Has underrated ability to make plays and actually filled in at point guard for two games this past season.

Area(s) of Concern: Jump shot mechanics have been altered this spring, but getting results will take time. A player who would be helped quite a bit by a team that values his play-making skills.

 
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41. Darius Bazley | Finneytown (Ohio) High School | 6-9

Darius Bazley | Finneytown (Ohio) High School | 6-9
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Positives: One of the more intriguing combinations of size and skill in the draft. Skipped college basketball to focus on developing his game and body for an entire season.

Area(s) of Concern: Missing out an entire season of organized games would be a huge blow to anyone’s development. Will that lost year put him on wrong path from the jump?

 
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42. DaQuan Jeffries | Tulsa | 6-5

DaQuan Jeffries | Tulsa | 6-5
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Positives: Possesses good size, athleticism and strength for an NBA wing. Attacks downhill well and showed an improved three-point shot.

Area(s) of Concern: Not tested much versus high-level competition. Off-the-dribble game needs work as well.

 
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43. Chuma Okeke | Auburn | 6-8

Chuma Okeke | Auburn | 6-8
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Positives: High-energy forward with the potential to be great defensively, especially on the glass.

 Area(s) of Concern: Tore his ACL during the NCAA Tournament and lost valuable development time. Must round out his offensive skills set to augment his defensive contributions.

 
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44. Justin Wright-Foreman | Hofstra | 6-2

Justin Wright-Foreman | Hofstra | 6-2
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Positives: Produced one of the most efficient scoring seasons in college basketball history last year. Threat to put up points from anywhere on the floor. Elite scorer.

Area(s) of Concern: There’s a chance his size or adjusting to a more limited role diminish his ability to score efficiently against NBA competition.

 
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45. Jared Harper | Auburn | 5-11

Jared Harper | Auburn | 5-11
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Positives: Incredible athlete for size and is an advanced pick-and-roll operator with threatening three-point shot.

Area(s) of Concern: Sub 6-foot guards are quite uncommon in NBA. Will need to tone down aggressiveness and play to more limited role he’ll see at the next level.

 
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46. Yovel Zoosman | Maccabi Tel Aviv | 6-7

Yovel Zoosman | Maccabi Tel Aviv | 6-7
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Positives: Brings high level overseas experience to a hard-nosed, team-oriented game. Outside shot isn’t there yet, but close.

Area(s) of Concern: Not an explosive athlete and lacks much potential to be an off-the-dribble threat.

 
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47. Quinndary Weatherspoon | Mississippi State | 6-4

Quinndary Weatherspoon | Mississippi State | 6-4
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Positives: Strongly built combo guard with great length. Flashes wide range of offensive tools and is hardly a bystander on defense.

Area(s) of Concern: Tends to be too shot happy at times. What position can he play in NBA?

 
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48. Nikita Mikhailovskii | Avtodor Saratov of the VTB United League | 6-7

Nikita Mikhailovskii  | Avtodor Saratov of the VTB United League | 6-7
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Positives: Versatile offensive-oriented forward who earned minutes as a teenager for Russian pro team.

Area(s) of Concern: Rail thin. Body and athleticism will need work over the years for him to land in NBA.

 
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49. Kenny Wooten | Oregon | 6-9

Kenny Wooten | Oregon | 6-9
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Positives: Defensive menace who can block shots as well as anyone in college basketball.

Area(s) of Concern: Undersized for a center and lacks much in the way of an offensive game.

 
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50. Robert Franks | Washington State | 6-9

Robert Franks | Washington State | 6-9
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Positives: Possesses the size to be an NBA combo forward. Combines solid three-point shot with team-orientated approach.

Area(s) of Concern: Isn’t an impressive athlete and his ability to guard at the next level will be tested.

Brett Koremenos is a writer, trainer and strength coach who has worked and written about athletes from high school to the professional level for over a decade.

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