Hoop Group To The NBA: Projecting this year's Draft Class destinations

By Kaitlyn Fedor

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Mo Bamba – Texas 7 0”

The 7-foot center out of the University of Texas is already drawing comparisons to elite shot blocking bigs in the league like that of Rudy Gobert and Hassan Whiteside. Unquestionably a top 5 pick, it looks as if the Grizzlies will look to grab up his talent at number 4 and look to make a playoff push for this upcoming season. He will provide a nice addition to Marc Gasol down low.

Miles Bridges-Michigan State 6 7”

Miles Bridges the 6-7” Forward out of Michigan State is projected to go Mid First Round and if he falls to the Wizards, this could be a perfect fit for them. He provides them with a nice compliment to the already athletic backcourt in Washington as well as being able to stretch the floor creating space for John Wall and knocking down open threes.

Donte Divincenzo- Villanova 6-4 ½”

The athletic guard from Villanova has been making a name for himself ever since he won most outstanding player in the final four this past year. The versatility between his shooting and athletic finishing at the rim make him more than a threat. Projected late first round. The Lakers could grab him with the 25th pick where he could provide some depth to their shooting game off the bench.

  

Mikal Bridges- Villanova 6-7”

Projected lottery pick, Bridges is coming off a very efficient senior year and a National Championship. With J.J. Redick and Bellineli being free agents this summer, it looks as if the need for a wing shooter is there for the 76ers. That’s exactly where Bridges can contribute and bring high hopes for a team who just came short of a conference finals appearance.

Lonnie Walker IV- Miami 6-4 ½

Walker size and off the dribble shooting are going to make for a very dangerous asset in the NBA this upcoming season. With him being the 4th best available PG it’s likely that the clippers grab him at 12. They an organization looking to the future and the potential is there with Walker.

Kevin Huerter- Maryland 6-7 ½

The Sharpshooter out of College Park decided to forgo his junior and senior year and leave for the NBA draft. One of the youngest players in this draft, grabbing him late mid first round will be a steal for what look likes is long term talent. The Timberwolves would be a great destination they are lacking in perimeter shooting.

 

Hamidou Diallo- Kentucky 6-5”

The 6-5 guard out of Kentucky is projected to be taken late 1st-early second round in this years draft. Diallo is a player with astounding athleticism. Speed and length will be huge strengths going into the NBA. Denver could be a potential landing spot for diallo as they need a volume scorer in their lineup

 

Omari Spellman- Villanova 6-9”

This 6-9 forward provides the ability to stretch the floor of whatever team he lands on. A team that could use a versatile big is OKC. The offensive versatility would provide space and open up so much more for star guard Russell Westbrook.

 

Rawle Alkins- Arizona 6-4”

A tough gritty player who can finish at the rim coming straight out of Arizona. Some doubt on the defensive end and a broken foot last September have hurt his draft stock. Expect to see the Wildcat Guard go mid second round.

 

Trevon Duval- Duke 6-3”

The athletic guard out of duke has raised a lot of questions with doubts on his shooting ability. Duval has proved however he can finish and the rim and do his part on the defensive side of the ball. Mid to Late second round could be where he lands.

 

Bruce Brown Jr. - Miami 6-5”

A strong defensive presence, Brown has tremendous size and can drive to the rim. He might as well be a forward. However his shooting ability is not great and that makes him limited on the offensive side of the ball. Could go late second round or perhaps could get picked up after going undrafted.

 

Jalen Brunson- Villanova 6-2”

A lot of talk has been said of this guard who led the wildcats to Villanova’s second national championship in 3 years. A phenomenal IQ mixed with his shooting ability make for him to be a huge threat on the offensive side, However, there are great doubts on his build and size. There has been a lot of speculation on whether he will be able to contribute on the defensive side of the ball. If he can play through that and let his skill carry him, he could be very dangerous. Expect Brunson to go late first- early second round.

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