Before a recent hot streak, I had the Pacers selecting Robert Williams from Texas A&M near the end of the lottery.
Gafford has been so good this year that the distance between those two players isn’t even that large at this point. He is shooting 65 percent from the field and becoming an elite offensive rebounder (chicken or egg?) while still earning extra opportunities. The rookie has only started for about half the season, but Arkansas is notably more explosive when he plays.
Last week, the Razorbacks beat Missouri and Jontay Porter. The two draft prospects weren’t matchup up often, but Gafford displayed what makes him so enticing constantly in that game. He is both nimble and athletic in the paint, dancing in the post before leaping over the moon.
He has a knack for diving in for quick post-ups that displays an understanding for the game and the post-up’s place within it. And he almost always finishes them with a thundering dunk.