6–8 | 180 | Small ahead | Colorado | Freshman
The supple and tall (he is 6-foot-1 with a 7-foot wingspan) ultra-versatile guard/ahead is the prototypical trendy NBA participant. Cody Williams, despite the fact that he is solely a freshman, is taking pictures a outstanding 60%+ each from the sphere and from three (although it is low quantity from three, only one.4 makes an attempt per up to now). He confirmed his large upside and performed level guard in highschool, which speaks to his versatility. Over the previous three video games, Cody has scored 17, 21 and 21 factors and has knocked down all 4 of his three-point pictures. Regardless of Cody’s clean play, questions nonetheless stay amongst NBA scouts about his energy and competitiveness. It is going to be as much as him to play constantly and present the dedication and energy that was reportedly lacking from his play at the highschool degree. Keep in mind, his brother was a late bloomer who went on to turn out to be a star on the NBA degree. Regardless of the low-key demeanor, Cody has an opportunity to be particular and moved again as much as the primary decide in our most up-to-date mock draft replace.
6–9 | 200 | Ahead | JL Bourg-en-Bresse (French Professional League) | Age 18
Risacher has been on a tear currently and has re-established himself as one of many prime prospects for the 2023 NBA Draft. After struggling some early within the season, Risacher has scored double-digit turnovers in every of his previous 4 video games scored. He averages 46% from three and 53% from the ground. When assessing Risacher, you will need to take into account that he’s solely 18 years outdated. Risacher is constructing his title primarily as a shooter: he is 9/15 from three prior to now 5 video games, and most of his offense relies on being a deep taking pictures risk. Though he averages simply 3.7 rebounds per sport, his 1 steal per sport illustrates his defensive depth. His 69% FT taking pictures is complicated given his taking pictures stroke and desires enchancment.
6–2 | 170 | Guard | Kentucky | Freshman
Whereas Kentucky continues to be attempting to determine issues out (most just lately the crew fell to unranked UNCW), Sheppard has been a significant brilliant spot. Not solely does it completely put out mild. However he does just a little little bit of all the things. Over his final three video games, Sheppard is averaging 20 factors, seven rebounds, 5 assists and two steals on over 55% — each from three and from the sphere generally! He was additionally excellent from the free throw line. When it comes to the place he goes from right here on the draft board, dimension could be the priority. He is listed at 6-3 and seems to be a shade beneath that, and his reported 6-2 wingspan would not do him any favors. Light-weight shooters like this have a tendency to seek out their manner into an NBA rotation a method or one other, and he most likely has sufficient dimension to be a stable rotation man. Can he actually turn out to be a first-rounder and fill a next-level position just like Seth Curry? Time will inform.
6–10 | 215 | Energy ahead | G-League ignite | Age 19
Tyler Smith is a tall, lefty large who’s competing for the G League Ignite. He reveals nice potential as a shot blocker and is remarkably cellular for his dimension. One of many extra constant and spectacular components of his sport was his three-point taking pictures. He’s on respectable quantity 41% of the yr. That stated, he’s simply 2/14 from three in his previous 4 video games. General, consistency and taking part in id are a difficulty for Smith. He nonetheless appears to be determining precisely what his sport will seem like at this degree. However scouts love the uncooked bundle of the 6–10 cellular large man.
6–6 | 215 | Taking pictures guard | Tennessee | Senior
If Knecht wasn’t already on scouts’ radars, he actually was after a 37-point explosion final week in opposition to a robust UNC crew. After two years in Northern Colorado, the sharpshooter transferred to a extra aggressive crew and convention in Tennessee. Knecht can hit the three and he has an awesome wanting launch. However he really does his injury all around the flooring. He is a good slasher and finisher within the Cup. Highly effective, assured and an actual hooper. Within the NBA, he would not precisely venture himself as a go-to microwave scorer. So it is going to be a matter of carving out his area of interest and bettering the opposite areas of the sport and intangibles to make a residing.
6–7 | 210 | Taking pictures guard | Kansas | Senior
McCullar transferred from Texas Tech to Kansas and is now taking part in his fifth season of school basketball. Beforehand a job participant, McCullar is now, in his closing season, a key participant on the most effective groups within the nation. Final season, McCullar performed round 30 mpg with averages of 11 ppg / 7 rpg / 2.4 apg. He is solely taking part in for just a few mpg this yr, however has practically doubled his offensive output. His splits this season are 19 ppg/7 rpg/5 apg, together with with a lot better taking pictures effectivity. he has had two triple doubles just lately, taking up as one of many crew’s offensive choices. He does just a little little bit of all the things. He has lengthy been often called a lockdown defender all through his profession. However this season he has been added to his repertoire and is changing into a formidable risk in assault. Because of his age, 23 in March, it is unlikely he’ll be a first-round decide, but it surely appears like he is taking part in himself into an early-to-mid second-round decide.
7–0 | 250 | Heart | Duke | Sophomore
After offseason hip surgical procedure, which reportedly added some flexibility for the sophomore, Filipowski seems to be shifting higher. Regardless, he is nonetheless a below-average athlete by NBA requirements. Based on experiences out of Durham, Filipowski had been engaged on his exterior shot this season. However up to now we have seen little proof of the payoff. Filipowski is a giant participant who can even need to show he has the lateral quickness to maintain up with the defensive-switch-obsessed NBA, the place large gamers usually defend agile perimeter gamers. He drops down the board because of his position in Duke’s latest struggles, his lack of capability to point out exterior taking pictures enhancements and lingering questions on his mobility. His 28% from three will want an enormous enchancment if he’s picked by the lottery in June.
6–5 | 185 | Level guard | Duke | Sophomore
Proctor has had an up and down season, identical to his Duke Blue Devils. It is onerous to say who precisely is accountable right here. However level guard could be an affordable place to level the finger. Proctor has had a very powerful previous few outings (once more, very similar to the Blue Devils, who dropped two in a row). He had a nasty sport final week in a loss to Arkansas, and performed only one minute the subsequent sport after taking place with an ankle harm in a loss to Georgia Tech. Proctor is displaying flashes, however might want to enhance his 32% three-point taking pictures and restrict turnovers if he desires to arrange teammates on the highway. As a giant level guard with glorious dimension and bodily attributes, Proctor has lottery decide potential. However up to now he has didn’t show this constantly.