3. Patrick McCaw, SG, UNLV
Patrick McCaw is the youngest player on this list at 20-years old, headed to the NBA after two seasons at UNLV. His sophomore season he averaged 14.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.9 assists while shooting almost 47 percent from the field.
McCaw has been billed as a “3-and-D” type of player at the next level and while he only shot 37 percent from distance (5.6 attempts per game) last season his shot mechanics are where they need to be. McCaw stands 6-7 with a monstrous 6-10 wingspan and reminds a little bit of Corey Brewer. While Brewer has never fulfilled his expectations as the No. 7 pick, he’s had a successful career thus far.
Most drafts have McCaw going anywhere from No. 25-40. The most recent Draft Express mock has him at 40 and it’s hard to see that many teams passing him up. He’s young and has tons of potential with his physical skills. He also fits the NBA’s style in terms of his length and versatility both on the offensive and defensive end of the court.
McCaw makes the list because if he slips to the second round he could become an immediate steal for whichever team happens to land him. The Lakers pick at No. 32 and if he’s still there (depending on who else is available) he would be an ideal selection as they rebuild.
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