By Jack Drapkin
In a loaded draft class dominated by diaper dandies, the stock of several seniors has slid under the radar. In fact, if you look closely at many mock drafts it will be hard to find just one senior who is selected in the first round.
Josh Hart is everyone’s favorite pick to be this year’s, Malcolm Brogdon. For good reason, he has the advanced offensive game and serial mentality. However, unlike Brogdon who was an excellent defender in college, Hart still needs work on the defensive end of the court and is not near the athlete Brogdon is. However, Hart is a tremendous worker and an intelligent basketball player. He’s got a shot.
Frank Mason is one of my favorite players to watch period. He and his backcourt mate Devonte Graham, were a joy to watch at Kansas grow over the past three seasons. Look this guy even has a song “B*#$h I’m Frank Mason”. Give it a listen. Mason is too tough, too competitive, and too gifted offensively not to find success at the next level. He won’t be a 1st rounder, and maybe not even a 2nd but he will play in the NBA. Book it.
Alec Peters from Valparaiso has been talked about for what seems like forever. As a 6’9 Forward with a sweet-shooting stroke it makes sense. However, I think his upside is a Channing Frye, Jon Leur-type player, who is limited athletically and is therefore a minus on the defensive end. I’m not sold his game will translate to the next level.
Wesley Iwundu from Kansas State is one of my biggest sleepers in this year’s draft class. Here’s a guy who improved every year he was in school and averaged 13 points, six rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game last season. Oh did I mention, he’s 6’7″ with a near 7-foot wingspan. As an excellent defender Iwundu has everything you look for in a 3 and D guy.
Monte Morris from Iowa State is your consummate floor general. Ever since his freshman year, this guy has been among the nation’s leaders in assist/turnover ratio. This year was no different as he posted a prolific 5.17 assist/turnover ratio. He simply does not make mental mistakes on the basketball court. He’s got a shot at the next level.
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