2024 NBA Draft Big Board: Reed Sheppard stock up, Isaiah Collier stock down

The 80 best NBA Draft prospects from college and international basketball.

Reed Sheppard, Kentucky
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The 2024 NBA Draft continues to baffle the masses. We don't have a clue who the No. 1 pick will be. There are two dozen players with a reasonable claim to top-five status. Is that a mild exaggeration? Maybe, but also, maybe not.

A few tips for the weary.

1. Be prepared for a bunch of small guards.

A lot of the players on this big board measure below 6-foot-3. The NBA has become more and more dependent on the intersection of size and skill, but with such little established talent on the wing and in the frontcourt, plucky guards with outlier traits are starting to build up buzz.

2. Focus on role more than ranking.

You will realize the No. 1 prospect on this board in a guard initiator. Let's say you're a fan of the Detroit Pistons. "We don't need another non-shooting point guard." Worry not, brave friend. Nikola Topic is brilliant, but he's far from unassailable. Focus on the best prospects in a needed archetype. This is the kind of draft where the "No. 6 prospect" can be the No. 1 pick if the team context is right. Front offices are going to get creative. So should we all.

3. Buy the production.

Sometimes, in the absence of singular athletes and dominant high school track records, we simply need to buy the college (or professional) production. Reed Sheppard has been one of the most efficient and impactful freshmen in recent history. He's the best player at Kentucky. The volume is limited, and yes, he's a 6-foot-3 guard. But he gets the job done, and he should be considered highly. Nikola Topic is another prime example. He has performed against the best non-NBA competition in the world. The 3-point shot is a concern. So is the defense. But, buy the production. Buy the endless paint touches, the advantages created, and the crafty finishes.

4. Have fun.

It's the NBA Draft. It's all about projections and hypotheticals. Have fun! There are so many possibilites with this year's draft. What it lacks in concentrated star power, the 2024 class makes up for with the opportunity to dig a little deeper in search of hidden gems. Think outside the box. Get bold with your predictions. Have. Fun.

2024 NBA Draft Big Board: Top 80 prospect rankings

1. 1. Guard. KK Crvena Zvezda. Nikola Topic

Nikola Topic is the latest basketball prodigy from Serbia’s Mega MIS. At 6-foot-6, he’s the preeminent slasher of the 2024 class, constantly rumbling downhill and generating paint touches. Topic knows how to mix speeds and nix defenders with timely acceleration. He can finish every which way around the rim. The jumper projects reasonably well, even if his 3-point consistency stands to improve. There are valid defensive concerns, but he’s a smart team defender who won’t get bullied due to his size. The ability to initiate actions, collapse defenses, and finish so prolifically around the rim makes Topic one of the best star bets in the draft. 

2. 2. Wing. G League Ignite. Ron Holland

Ron Holland is a bold downhill attacker, sometimes to his detriment. Poor surroundings at G-League Ignite impact Holland’s ability to locate fissures in the defense, which can lead to sloppy turnovers when he runs headlong into a brick wall. There are other instances, however, where Holland’s combination of burst, body control, and touch yields spectacular results. As the 3-point shot comes around, Holland should be able to carve out a secondary or tertiary role in the NBA. He needs to improve as a decision-maker, but the foundation is rock-solid. He has a path to becoming the best wing defender on the board. His competitiveness is well-documented and he covers a lot of ground at 6-foot-7.

Big. Perth Wildcats. Alex Sarr. 3. 3

Alex Sarr has the potential to effectively anchor an NBA defense for the next decade. That will keep him firmly in the No. 1 mix, no matter the offensive concerns. Sarr is a mobile 7-footer who has no trouble finishing above the rim or fluidly attacking downhill, but his limited physicality and inconsistency as a shooter are holdups. Sarr will attempt 3s, but the results are rather unreliable. He doesn’t rebound at the rate teams want from their centers either. Sarr can guard up in space, navigate the perimeter on defense, and block shots at a healthy clip. His ability to cover ground is unique, and there are shades of the rangy 7-footers who have defined recent NBA Draft classes. Sarr needs to level up on offense to fully convince scouts, but he’s worthy of investment.

Read our full scouting report on Alex Sarr here.

4. 4. Guard. Kentucky. Reed Sheppard

Reed Sheppard will continue to battle concerns about his limited 6-foot-3 frame, but the dude is a winner. He’s one of the best shooters on the board, comfortable curling around screens and launching on the move, or torching defenders with deep pull-up range. He doesn’t have the greatest first step, but Sheppard is comfortable as a secondary, connective playmaker who makes rapid-fire decisions with the ball. On defense, he’s a thorny passing lane resident who makes up for athletic limitations with a preternatural understanding of where he needs to be, and when. His high activity level and smarts should lead to significant NBA interest.

Read our full scouting report on Reed Sheppard here.

Guard. Kentucky. Rob Dillingham . 5. 5

Rob Dillngham is a bundle of fun. He’s worryingly small, but the shifty handles, efficient three-level scoring, and passing creativity make it easy to envision NBA upside. He’s one of the best offensive talents on the board. He drives without fear and creates space on a dime, despite being generously listed at 6-foot-2. He’s a legitimate playmaker on defense, too. 

Read our full scouting report on Rob Dillingham here.

Wing. Baylor. Ja'Kobe Walter. 6. 6

Ja’Kobe Walter will supply ample shooting dynamism on the wing. At 6-foot-5, he’s comfortable flying off screens or handoffs and taking off-balance jumpers. He doesn’t generate much separation off the bounce and he lacks in the playmaking department, but Walter’s shot-making is electric and he’s a bursty straight-line driver. He absorbs contact on finishes and isn’t afraid of traffic at the rim. On defense, he contains the point of attack well and takes special pride in getting stops. There is positional versatility tied to his 6-foot-10 wingspan. 

7. 7. Guard. Connecticut. Stephon Castle

At 6-foot-6, Stephon Castle has great positional size for a combo guard. Castle doesn’t explode past his defenders, but he places with pace and is comfortable shifting gears off the dribble, getting his man off balance with hesitations and head fakes before elevating into pull-up jumpers. His tough shot-making gene is strong and he’s a creative passer, to boot. He profiles as a versatile defender. His 3-point shot is the swing skill. Castle doesn’t always create a ton of separation, but he is great once he’s moving downhill with his head on a swivel. That will be difficult at the next level if defenders don’t respect the jump shot.

8. 8. Wing. G League Ignite. Matas Buzelis

Matas Buzelis is 6-foot-9 with a skill set well-suited to the modern game. He doesn’t score with the aggressiveness scouts tend to prefer in top-shelf picks, but Buezlis has great connective instincts on offense. If you believe in the 3-point shot, his ability to attack closeouts, pass on the move, and use his length to finish around the rim are extremely promising traits. He should be able to defend several different positions, too, especially once his frame fills out.

Colorado. Cody Williams. 9. 9. Wing

Cody Williams is a toolsy 6-foot-8 wing who competes hard on both ends of the floor. He doesn’t possess much wiggle as a ball-handler, but Williams attacks downhill, weaponizing long strides and a high release to carve out efficient finishes in the paint. He loves to push the tempo in transition, and the defensive activity is highly promising. So long as the spot-up 3s continue to fall, Williams should be able to carve out a strong complementary presence at the next level. He’s the younger brother of OKC forward Jalen Williams.

Wing. JL Bourg. Zaccharie Risacher. 10. 10

Zaccharie Risacher has been a high-level pro contributor, which carries even more weight than usual in a relatively weak class. At 6-foot-8, he’s a fairly versatile 3-point shooter with clean, compact mechanics. He doesn’t offer much self-creation, but Risacher can straight-line drive against errant closeouts and make quick decisions in the flow of the offense. He’s not going to self-create a ton, but Risacher uses his length effectively to create space and finish around the rim. What makes him a legitimate No. 1 pick candidate is the defense. He covers a ton of ground with his length and effectively navigates screens to bottle up ball-handlers.

Wing. Kansas. Kevin McCullar. 11. 11

Kevin McCullar has made a notable senior-season leap, providing more live-dribble scoring and playmaking to accompany his typically excellent wing defense. NBA teams will want to see the 3-point consistency improve, but McCullar is 6-foot-6 with strength to finish on drives, impressive connective instincts, and a relentless two-way motor.

12. 12. Big. Duke. Kyle Filipowski

Kyle Filipowski was a potential top-20 pick in 2023 before his surprise decision to return to Duke for a sophomore season. He brings a lot of interesting skills to the center position. He can shoot, pass, handle the rock, and finish above the rim — a lot of teams will salivate over his offensive potential. That said, 7-footers with negative wingspans who struggle to defend in space and lack discipline can present serious downside risk too. Filipowski will have to convince scouts his offensive dynamism can offset the defensive limitations.

13. 13. Guard. USC. Isaiah Collier

Isaiah Collier is the engine that drives USC’s offense. There are turnover concerns, as Collier often relies on his strength to bludgeon his way to open spaces at the rim. He’s not the most advanced decision-maker, often predetermining rather than intuitively reading the floor. And yet, he’s a walking paint touch who can score with either power or finesse around the rim. He’s going to get the offense into sets and create advantages moving downhill. The 3-point inconsistency is a persistent problem, and Collier’s defense leaves much to be desired, but the physical tools are easy to buy stock in. He’s listed at 6-foot-5 (but probably shorter) and he’s built like a tank. He won’t be able to bully his way to points the same way in the NBA, but he will still bump defenders off their spot before elevating into a crafty finish.

Read our full scouting report on Isaiah Collier here.

14. 14. Big. Indiana. Kel'el Ware

Kel’el Ware was considered by many to be a lottery talent in the 2023 class but he struggled to impact winning as a freshman. Even so, 7-footers with Ware’s blend of mobility, explosiveness, and outside shooting touch don’t come around very often. He needs to get stronger, but Ware is a sky-scraping lob threat who stretches defenses out beyond the 3-point line. He can struggle against physicality and pressure, but the occasional mid-range flourish is enough to maintain confidence in Ware’s unique ceiling. On defense, he covers a ton of ground and displays tremendous instincts as a shot-blocker. His impressive second and third leap leads to a major presence on the glass.

Virginia. Ryan Dunn. 15. 15. Wing

 A springy 6-foot-8 athlete, sophomore Ryan Dunn covers a ton of ground defensively for Virginia. He’s not hitting 3s yet, but Dunn can provide enough offensively as a cutter, full-court sprinter, and above-rim finisher to get by on elite defense. Whether he’s shadowing the ball-handler, blowing up passing lanes, or impacting shot attempts from the weak side, Dunn has the motor and instincts to leave his imprint on every game. 

16. 16. Big . Connecticut. Donovan Clingan

As expected, Donovan Clingan has elevated into a more prominent sophomore role for the reigning champs. At 7-foot-2 with a 7-foot-7 wingspan, he towers over the competition inside. His instincts as a rim protector, combined with soft touch and power-finishing ability on offense, make him a bankable two-way presence with a high NBA floor.

Tennessee. Dalton Knecht. 17. 17. Wing

He’s a middling athlete as a 6-foot-6, 22-year-old senior, but Dalton Knecht looks ready-made to fly around screens, bomb 3s, and provide connective tissue in an NBA offense. He is scoring at all three levels for Tennessee. If the defense translates, Knecht has a long future in the association.

Wing. Cholet. Tidjane Salaun. 18. 18

At 6-foot-9 with appealing explosiveness on the wing, Tidjane Salaun profiles as a strong upside bet in a class weak on top-end talent. He needs to become a more consistent shooter, but he will hit contested 3s, attack the lane fluidly, and make flash plays on defense. He will require a patient hand at the next level, but there is plenty of clay to be molded.

19. 19. Big. Dayton. DaRon Holmes II

A bouncy shot-blocker who can catch lobs and run the floor all game, DaRon Holmes should be able to transition smoothly to the next level. He’s one of the best shot-blockers in college basketball and his shooting touch extends out to the 3-point line. He’s not the most robust offensive player, but Holmes is a fundamental offensive big who puts in the effort to set screens and make himself available at the rim.

Guard. UC Santa Barbara. Ajay Mitchell. 20. 20

Ajay Mitchell doesn’t get the benefit of elite competition at UC Santa Barbara, but the 6-foot-5 point guard is too productive to ignore. He’s not an explosive athlete, but Mitchell uses gear shifts and craft to generate space and create advantages working downhill. He’s one of the best guard finishers in the draft, with vision working out of pick-and-rolls and enough touch to support optimism in his 3-point shot long term. NBA scouts may ding him for soft competition, but guards with Mitchell’s raw production, efficiency, and I.Q. generally profile well.

21. 21. Big. Oregon. Kwame Evans Jr.

At 6-foot-10, Kwame Evans brings a lot of desirable, modern traits to the frontcourt. He’s fluid with ball skills and a projectable jumper. He can finish with finesse or power in the paint, and there’s built-in defensive versatility with his frame. Evans already shows a special knack for generating deflections and protecting the rim from the weak side. The percentages are wonky as a freshman, but Evans’ physical tools and high free-throw percentage provide a strong foundation for long-term belief.

22. 22. Big. G League Ignite. Tyler Smith

Tyler Smith is 6-foot-11 with a beautiful lefty jumper that consistently finds the bottom of the net. He’s comfortable running off screens and stepping into movement jumpers like a wing, plus there’s defensive potential tied to his frame and athleticism.

23. 23. Wing. USC. Kobe Johnson

Kobe Johnson is an elite wing defender for USC, always on the prowl in passing lanes. He will do the dirty work and could contribute immediately at the next level as a result. The offense is a work in progress, but he’s a smart team player who explodes on cuts to the rim and hits enough 3s to warrant long-term confidence.

24. 24. Wing. USC. Bronny James

Bronny James lacks the explosive upside of a traditional lottery pick, but he’s a brilliant basketball mind who understands how to contribute in the small ways. He’s one of the best perimeter stoppers on the board and he can splash 3s efficiently. He doesn’t offer much self-creation at this stage, but he feasts on cuts to the rim and makes quick decisions in the flow of the offense.

25. 25. Wing. Colorado. Tristan da Silva

The 6-foot-8 senior should impress scouts with his shot-making and discipline. He can score at every level, plus he’s an advanced passing hub at the four spot. Concerns about athleticism and age will hold him back, but da Silva has a well-rounded skill set and high basketball I.Q. that should translate smoothly to the NBA.

Colorado. KJ Simpson. 26. 26. Guard

He’s 6-foot-2 with middling burst and no outlier traits athletically, but KJ Simpson has been a titanic presence for the Colorado offense. He’s comfortable on or off the ball, with deep 3-point range and compact mechanics. He’s excellent at manipulating defenders off the dribble, changing speeds and shifting direction to offset his lack of pure speed. Simpson creates angles on drives and finishes well inside the arc for a player his size. He’s more off-guard than point guard, but Simpson can create on the move and he doesn’t turn the ball over much.

D.J. Wagner. 27. 27. Guard. Kentucky

He’s not the best shooter, but the 6-foot-3 D.J. Wagner from Camden, New Jersey is an absolute beast inside the arc. His twitchy athleticism and excellent feel for playmaking shine on the regular. He’s one of the best guard finishers in the draft on paper and he is dynamite on the fast break. He will also get after it with strong point-of-attack defense on the perimeter.

28. 28. Wing. Weber State. Dillon Jones

Dillon Jones averaged a double-double in his junior season. He was also a Combine standout before withdrawing from the 2023 draft. He’s a bit of a tweener on defense at 6-foot-6 and 235 pounds, but he competes hard and his skill set screams useful role player. He crashes the boards, makes quick passing reads in the flow of the offense, actively screens and cuts — some NBA team is going to fall in love.

29. 29. Big. Baylor. Yves Missi

One of the best freshman shot-blockers in college basketball, Yves Missi has a streamlined-but-effective skill set NBA teams should gladly buy into. He won’t offer much traditional upside, but he hammers the glass on both ends, protects the rim at a high level, and finishes efficiently in the paint on offense.

30. 30. Big. UCLA. Adem Bona

Adem Bona is a rugged rim-runner and shot-blocker who should earn NBA looks after his second season at UCLA. He doesn’t provide much in terms of ancillary skills, but his strength and athleticism as a finisher, combined with plus instincts on defense, provide a firm foundation. Foul trouble could limit Bona at the next level, though. He will need to improve his discipline and channel his energy more selectively.

31. Big. Arkansas. Trevon Brazile. 31

Trevon Brazile was well on his way to first round consideration in 2023 before a torn ACL tanked his season. Still, the junior is impactful as a rim finisher and shot-blocker. Brazile’s reliance on athleticism rubs up uncomfortably against his knee injury, but assuming the medicals check out, NBA teams will line up around the block. His roaming presence on defense, combined with efficient 3-point shooting (on low volume) and flashes of face-up potential, will appeal to a variety of teams.

Syracuse. Judah Mintz . 32. 32. Guard

The Syracuse sophomore presents ample upside with his rim pressure and in-between scoring. Plus, the 3-point shooting is on the right path. Judah Mintz is a bursty downhill attacker who has solid point guard instincts and enough defensive oomph to overcome his slender 6-foot-3 frame.

33. 33. Wing. Miami. Wooga Poplar

Wooga Poplar loves to run out in transition, where he puts his elite burst and penchant for high-flying acrobatics to use. He’s a quality defensive guard with positional size at 6-foot-5. Now, the 3-point shooting is spiking as a junior. If Poplar can combine his downhill explosiveness with a dynamic jumper, there’s real offensive upside to tap into. He will need to improve as a decision-maker and creator for others, though.

34. 34. Big . Kentucky. Zvonimir Ivisic

Zvonimir Ivisic impresses scouts with his size, mobility, and skill. He’s a competent 3-point shooter and shot-blocker, who flashes immense upside attacking off the dribble and carving out shots around the paint. He needs to get much more disciplined on both ends, but the tools for success are there. NBA teams will monitor his progress closely. Few 7-foot-2 bigs can match Ivisic’s perimeter skill, mobility, and rim protection.

Pittsburgh. Carlton Carrington. 35. 35. Guard

Nobody really saw this coming from Cartlon Carrington, but the four-star recruit exploded out of the gates. He went for a triple-double in his first ever college game, showcasing a blend of shot-making, passing vision, and two-way effort that could immediately land him in the lottery on draft boards. He’s a speedster in transition, a versatile shooter beyond the arc, and he doesn’t turn the ball over much either. He’s a dude.

36. Guard. Providence. Devin Carter. 36

Devin Carter is one of the top guard defenders in college basketball, with elite anticipation skills and a hunger for stops. He glides over screens, mirrors ball-handlers at the point of attack, and supplies a persistent nuisance in passing lanes. The offense can get streaky, but he flashes pull-up range out to the 3-point line and he handles with enough zip to command backup point guard duties in the NBA.

Kylan Boswell. 37. 37. Guard. Arizona

A bulky 6-foot-2 guard who presents intriguing versatility as a shooter, Kylan Boswell is embracing an expanded role as a sophomore. The Wildcats traditionally have little trouble drawing NBA eyeballs. Boswell is torching nets and making quick, connective decisions on offense, all while scrapping his way to a positive impact on defense.

New Zealand Breakers. Mantas Rubstavicius. 38. 38. Wing

At 6-foot-5, Mantas Rubstavisius has a ton of traits NBA teams covet on the wing. He’s a plus shooter who can launch quickly off the catch. He also has a knack for beating closeouts, finishing with touch around the rim, and even making the occasional high-level pass on the move. He operates mostly north-to-south, but plus-shooting wings who offer ancillary skills tend to project well at the next level.

39. 39. Guard. Creighton. Trey Alexander

There are concerns about Trey Alexander’s limited size at 6-foot-4, he’s one of the most efficient and versatile 3-point shooters in college basketball. Plus, the junior has made noticeable strides as a passer and driver who could supply invaluable connective tissue at the next level.

Tyrese Proctor. 40. 40. Guard. Duke

Tyrese Proctor a brilliant playmaker with his head constantly on a swivel, always making the right read and consistently passing teammates open. Proctor doesn’t have great explosiveness with his first step, but he boasts positional size at 6-foot-5 and soft touch. His scoring efficiency has improved as a sophomore, but mild 3-point volume and poor rim finishing is a concern.

41. 41. Wing. Florida State. Baba Miller

Baba Miller is the perfect modern wing on paper — 6-foot-11 with ball skills, 3-point range, and spurts of disruptive defense. In practice, however, Miller has been far too passive at Florida State. He doesn’t take (or make) enough 3s to leave front offices confident in the jumper. His flashes as a finisher and passer are enough to stay invested, but Miller needs to start leaving his impression on the game with increased regularity.

Marquette. Tyler Kolek. 42. 42. Guard

With limited burst at 6-foot-3, there are serious creation doubts with Tyler Kolek. Still, he’s a brilliant passer and ridiculously confident 3-point bomber who should be scrappy enough to stick on NBA radars. He won’t put a ton of pressure on the rim, but he will connect dots and stretch defenses with his jumper.

Guard. Florida. Walter Clayton Jr.. 43. 43

After two productive seasons at Iona, Walter Clayton transferred to Florida for his junior season. He’s a bubbly shot-maker who creates genuine havoc on the defensive end, but there are natural concerns tied to his 6-foot-2 frame. He can absorb contact on drives and finish with touch around the rim, though, and his pull-up shooting should translate to the next level. NBA teams in need of a bench spark should take note.

44. 44. Guard. Oregon . Jackson Shelstad

A twitchy 6-foot-nothing guard, Jackson Shelstad makes his impression as a scorer. He’s a deadly pull-up shooter, able to shift gears at will and hit the turbo button before elevating into a quick, concise pull-up jumper. He displays touch shots around the rim and confidence well behind the 3-point line. His next step is playmaking for teammates. Defense will be a concern at the next level.

Guard. Duke. Jared McCain. 45. 45

He’s not the best athlete on the board, but 6-foot-3 freshman Jared McCain has carved out a starting role at Duke. He’s a talented shooter with versatility off the dribble or off the catch. He’s also skilled in the playmaking department, blessed with shifty handles and a great sense of pace. He will struggle to generate advantages against length due to his average first step, but the skill level and I.Q. earns him draft board status.

46. 46. Wing. Santa Clara. Adama Bal

Although questions about his lackluster burst and unconventional shot release persist, Adama Bal has breached the NBA radar with his spot-up 3s, off-kilter handles, and creative finishes as a slasher. He’s scoring at all three levels, he can defend well enough, and there is legitimate playmaking equity to tap into.

47. 47. Big. Marquette. Oso Ighodaro

The Marquette senior presents a unique set of skills that screams useful (if atypical) NBA role player. At 6-foot-9, he’s a hard-nosed defender and a genuine passing hub on offense. He can spray passes all over the court facing up from the elbow and he’s a fixture in DHO actions for the Golden Eagles. He scores efficiently at the rim, too. The absence of a 3-point shot is a strike against him, but Ighodaro is young for a senior and the fundamentals are razor-sharp.

48. 48. Wing. North Carolina. Harrison Ingram

At 6-foot-7, Harrison Ingram’s junior season transfer to North Carolina has paid dividends. He’s drilling spot-up 3s and operating effectively in a connective role, processing the game at a high level and firing quick-trigger passes to keep the offense in motion. Ingram is comfortable attacking downhill and firing passes on the move, too. Factor in a strong and physical presence on defense, and Ingram has positive role player traits in spades.

Wing. Saint-Quentin. Melvin Ajinca . 49. 49

A solidly built 6-foot-7 wing who torched nets from 3-point range in France, it’s not hard to see teams buying Melvin Ajinca’s high 3-and-D floor in a draft class plagued with uncertainty. He doesn’t create his own shots on a regular basis, but he can pop on drives to the rim and the 3s will fall fast and furious in the NBA.

Guard. Ratiopharm Ulm. Juan Núñez. 50. 50

He will have to prove that he can score and defend well enough to stay on the floor in the NBA, but Juan Núñez is one of the smartest players on the board – an expert manipulator with the ball in hand, lulling defenders to sleep with stop-start handles before rocketing perfectly-placed passes from anywhere, to anywhere on the court.

51. 51. Wing. Ratiopharm Ulm. Pacome Dadiet

 A lanky 6-foot-8 wing, Pacome Dadiet displays a compelling blend of shot-making potential and defensive versatility. He’s comfortable launching 3s and he can get to his spots as a pull-up shooter in the mid-range. Dadiet also operates with impressive tempo as a slasher, using hang dribbles and hesitation moves to lull his defender into disadvantageous positions.

Wing. Baylor. Jalen Bridges. 52. 52

With rather cut-and-dry appeal as a 3-and-D wing, Jalen Bridges is a strong role player bet in the late first or early second round. He defends multiple positions at 6-foot-7. On offense, he’s constantly hitting relocation 3s, cutting backdoor, or collecting easy buckets in transition. He doesn’t offer much in the self-creation department, but Bridges can complement stars and finish off possessions.

Pelle Larsson. 53. 53. Wing. Arizona

With appealing assist numbers, a skyrocketing 3-point percentage, and plenty of strong connective traits, 6-foot-5 Pelle Larsson has the look of an NBA wing. He needs to up his 3-point volume, but the spot-ups look smooth and he’s a smart off-ball operator, frequently moving into open space or attacking downhill off the catch.

Wing. Kentucky. Justin Edwards. 54. 54

At 6-foot-7, Justin Edwards is an explosive lefty scorer who can attack downhill off the catch or feast on cuts to the rim. His pull-up jumper looks good and he can defend across the positional spectrum on the perimeter. The Wildcats can be a tricky team to scout because of John Calipari’s outmoded system, but Edwards has the talent to pop — as most Kentucky five-stars ultimately do. He will eventually want to showcase more aptitude on the ball to deliver on his initial first round hype.

Baylor Scheierman . 55. 55. Wing. Creighton

A future role player who can impact the game with shooting, passing, and hustle despite his lackluster athleticism and limited frame. Scheierman’s unfettered confidence and creativity oozes off the screen. He will bury deep contested 3s, whip beautiful passes on the move, and finish with touch in the paint.

Big. Clemson. P.J. Hall. 56. 56

In full breakout mode as a senior, P.J. Hall has muscled his way into the NBA Draft picture as a true 7-footer who can score with equal touch and physicality in the post. He’s also comfortable beyond the arc, where he’s a constant threat to hit trailing 3s in transition. He will anchor the paint well enough, but there are valid concerns about his ability to defend in space at the next level.

Big. Purdue. Zach Edey. 57. 57

At 7-foot-4 and 285 pounds, Zach Edey occupies quite a lot of space on both sides of the ball. There are obvious and valid concerns about his potential to hold up defensively in the NBA — he doesn’t move very well in space — but he can still wall off the paint, inhale rebounds, and contribute with surprising skill on the offensive end. He’s one of the most dominant players in college basketball and is going to earn some looks at the next level.

Cairns Taipans. Bobi Klintman. 58. 58. Wing

Sporadic playing time at Wake Forest limited Bobi Klintman’s exposure to national audiences as a freshman. He has a ways to go developmentally, but fluid 6-foot-10 athletes who can grab-and-go in transition, navigate traffic off the bounce, and shoot the 3 aren’t easy to find. His upside is significant.

59. 59. Wing. Arizona. KJ Lewis

A heady, versatile off-guard who can connect dots with his passing and defense. NBA scouts will want to see KJ Lewis shoot more 3s and impact the game as a scorer eventually, but his sharp-edged defense and rapid-fire processing suggest role player upside. He finishes well at the rim and has the strength to emerge as a legitimate slashing threat.

60. 60. Wing. Iowa State. Milan Momcilovic

Milan Momcilovic is a 6-foot-8 freshman with a knack for tough, contested jumpers. He loves one-footed fallaways in the mid-range and he’s comfortable sticking a pull-up in his defender’s face. There are concerns about how he will translate stylistically to the next level, but his positional size and shooting touch is hard to deny.

61. 61. Big. G League Ignite. Izan Almansa

Spaniard Izan Almansa spent last season in the Overtime Elite league showcasing the kind of size, athleticism, and skill intersection that gets NBA scouts out of bed in the morning. Almansa doesn’t quite space the floor yet, but he’s comfortable working out of pick-and-rolls and exploding downhill for finishes at the rim. His passing touch at 6-foot-9 is highly impressive and he profiles as a versatile defensive forward who can slide over to small-ball five in certain matchups.

62. 62. Guard. Stanford. Kanaan Carlyle

Kanaan Carlyle has been an efficient scoring hub for the Stanford offense, stepping confidently into both pull-up and spot-up 3s and creating off drives with elusive, arhythmic handles. He’s not the quickest guard and his playmaking numbers aren’t great, but Carlyle’s shot-making at 19 years old demands attention.

Sydney Kings. Alex Toohey . 63. 63. Wing

 A 6-foot-8 wing who’s comfortable running the floor, attacking on straight-line drives, and finishing with touch around the basket, Alex Toohey should pop as a potential connective wing in the NBA. He doesn’t have much wiggle off the bounce and he won’t explode past defenders with his first step, but Toohey has the ability to hit 3s, beat closeouts, and make smart decisions in the flow of the offense.

64. Wing. Texas. Dillon Mitchell. 64

Dillon Mitchell is a tier-one athlete at 6-foot-8. He can’t shoot 3s, which is a huge drawback, but his explosive play-finishing at the rim, in addition to upside as a chaos engine on defense, makes him a worthy upside swing in a weak class. He will crash the boards, cover lots of ground, and provide the spunk necessary to swing the momentum of games.

Mega MIS. Nikola Djurisic. 65. 65. Wing

Nikola Djurisic started last season as a projected lottery pick. Injuries and uneven play sent him rocketing down draft boards and now he’s looking to bounce back in 2024. It’s the perfect opportunity for him to do just that with so little established top-tier talent. He’s a mobile 6-foot-8 wing who’s comfortable creating his own shot off the bounce. If the jumper starts falling more consistently, he’s a teenager with a track record of success in the pros. NBA teams will catch on.

Guard. Duke. Caleb Foster. 66. 66

A bursty scoring guard with shifty handles, Caleb Foster should appeal to NBA teams yearning for a creation punch in the second unit. He needs to improve on defense and display more awareness as a passer, but Foster can slyly maneuver through pick-and-rolls, get downhill, and or hit spot-up 3s.

Providence. . Garwey Dual . 67. 67

The freshman needs to boost his scoring efficiency (a lot), but Garwey Dual’s explosiveness as a driver pops every time he steps on the court. He makes a few enticing passes and hits enough pull-up jumpers to keep scouts invested. The defensive playmaking upside is pronounced. He hasn’t put all the pieces together, but the raw materials merit consideration.

68. 68. Wing. Florida . Riley Kugel

NBA scouts will monitor Riley Kugel closely due to his shot-making chops and ball-handling creativity from the wing. He loves to explode down the lane with a head of steam and his pull-up shooting pops, even if the efficiency marks aren’t great right now. He doesn’t provide much outside of scoring, however, and he’s prone to cold spells.

Virginia. Reece Beekman. 69. 69. Guard

Reece Beekman, a 6-foot-3 senior, doesn’t possess flashy athleticism or great physical tools. He simply knows how to play ball. He gets after it on defense and presents a useful balance of instinctual playmaking and 3-point shooting on offense. He can play on or off the ball and he should be ready for day-one contributions at the next level due to his experience.

70. Big. Kentucky. Aaron Bradshaw. 70

Aaron Bradshaw is an athletic 7-footer with genuine rim protection equity and shooter’s touch on mid-range jumpers and fadeaways. That said, he needs to put on muscle and operate more forcefully around the basket. A fractured foot could impact his draft stock.

71. 71. Big. Connecticut. Alex Karaban

Alex Karaban is a strong 6-foot-8 forward with a skill package that should translate to the next level. He’ll have to prove that he can defend in the NBA, but Karaban is a versatile shooter who looks right at home in DHO and pick-and-pop actions on the perimeter. He’s also a capable driver with some face-up juice. He doesn’t generate much separation in the lane, but he possesses tremendous touch and creative footwork.

72. 72. Wing. Arizona. Keshad Johnson

Keshad Johnson does the dirty work on both ends. He doesn’t offer much in the way of self-creation, but he’s a devoted screener and off-ball mover with the strength to absorb contact and finish plays inside. He hits enough 3s for confidence on that front. Meanwhile, the defensive effort is commendable at 6-foot-7 and 225 pounds. Johnson is built strong and should offer some positional versatility.

73. Wing. Belmont. Cade Tyson. 73

A 6-foot-7 wing who is comfortable flying around screens and bombing 3s, Cade Tyson has utility upside at the next level. He can beat closeouts with straight-line drives and he finishes well around the rim or with one-dribble pull-ups at the elbow. That said, he will struggle to translate his defense to the NBA and he won’t offer much more than play-finishing.

Miami. Matthew Cleveland. 74. 74. Wing

Matthew Cleveland is an athletic wing who should be capable of guarding multiple positions at the next level. He’s quite good at getting downhill or out in transition, using his frame to initiate contact and finish at the rim. His touch close to the rim has finally translated to 3-point success. His decision to transfer from Florida State to Miami appears to be paying dividends.

75. 75. Guard. Princeton. Xaivian Lee

Xaivian Lee lacks the traditional strength and athleticism of NBA prospects, but the 6-foot-3 Princeton sophomore has made a name for himself with wit and skill. He’s a confident, dynamic shooter with slippery handles and a keen eye for passing. His ability to locate the smallest pocket of air and create shots from scratch is valuable. He’s comfortable working pick-and-rolls. It’s a matter of whether or not his creativity translates against the superior athleticism of NBA competition.

76. 76. Wing. Adelaide 36ers. Trentyn Flowers

Still very much a work in progress, Trentyn Flowers will keep scouts interested with his 6-foot-8 size and live-wire athleticism. He flashes impressive shot-making all over the floor and the bare bones of a jumbo-sized playmaker exist. That said, Flowers struggles as a processor and he’s best suited to a streamlined role at the moment. His jumper has been streaky for Adelaide and he’s probably a couple years away, at least, from impacting winning in the NBA.

Guard. Kentucky. Antonio Reeves. 77. 77

Despite concerns about age (23) and limited athleticism, Antonio Reeves continues to earn NBA looks with his shot-making talent. He’s a prolific 3-point shooter at 6-foot-4, with feather-soft touch on in-between shots. He won’t pressure the rim or create prolifically for teammates, but he is a bucket.

78. 78. Big. Creighton. Ryan Kalkbrenner

Wielding a 7-foot-5 wingspan, Ryan Kalkbrenner imposes his will frequently as a rim protector. He’s not stiff, but Kalkbrenner is often neutralized by physicality and he’s not going to defend in space at a high level. Kalkbrenner has flashed touch out to the 3-point line, but the majority of his points still come off simple finishes at the rim.

79. 79. Wing. BYU. Jaxson Robinson

A senior season shooting leap has placed Jaxson Robinson in the NBA draft conversation. At 6-foot-7, he currently profiles as one of the best shooters on the board. Add the occasional downhill foray, and Robinson should present role player upside at the next level. He’s nails off the catch with the athleticism and touch to regularly beat closeouts.

Syracuse. JJ Starling. 80. 80. Guard

JJ Starling is a gifted off-guard scorer. He can hit movement jumpers and make quick work of defenders ducking under screens or DHOs. His bursty first step and capacity for finishing in traffic suggests upside as a secondary creator and slasher and he competes hard defensively at 6-foot-4. He will be younger than most sophomores. The percentages are way down right now, but he passes the eye test.

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