Cade Cunningham and 5 NCAA basketball freshmen who are slam-dunk lottery picks

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Ncaa basketball freshmen NBA Draft lotery picks
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2. B.J. Boston, G/F, Kentucky Wildcats

The 2020 NBA Draft was a bit of an anomaly as neither Duke nor Kentucky had a player selected in the lottery. But with Johnson already being mentioned as a lock, the Wildcats and John Calipari will also get back into the fold in the top-14 picks as another Sierra Canyon product, B.J. Boston, has the goods to be a top-five pick.

At 6-foot-6 and seemingly not done growing just yet, Boston has the skill set of a guard who has an elite scoring mentality. His outside shooting started to blossom in showcase leagues throughout last year and he’s already proven that his combination of ball-handling and length make him a lethal threat to slash and either score at the rim or from the mid-range with great efficacy.

Much like Williams, Boston needs to be diligent in Kentucky’s strength and conditioning program as he sports a relatively slight frame. That being said, his length plays a great role in that as he has a lot of body to fill out. That length is enticing in itself, though, making him difficult to defend and dangerous as a defender on the perimeter.

Boston is the linchpin for Kentucky this season amid the top recruiting class in the country. He should be relied upon as the team’s primary playmaker and, if he can continue to make strides as a secondary facilitator to go along with his scoring prowess, he could be selected right behind Cunningham.