Breaking down the draft: Most likely all-star outside the lottery
Over the next couple of days, each of our writers here at College Basketball Talk will weigh on certain topics and prospects. Yesterday’s question? Who will be the steal of the second round? Today’s question? Most like to make the All-Star team without getting picked in the lottery:
Eric Angevine: Since there are some guys who are on the edge of the lottery who might sneak in, I’m going with someone who seems certain to be picked later in the first round. Marquis Teague ran point for the national champs. He’s a kid still growing into his potential, but he already has that huge feather in his cap. Being picked low, he’ll get to join a quality playoff contender where he’ll be surrounded by veterans in a solid team concept. That sounds like a recipe for growth that could turn the raw talent into an All Star before it’s all said and done.
Raphielle Johnson: Perry Jones III. Maybe he ends up going in the lottery after all but with much of the chatter being that his stock drops him just outside of it I’ll take Jones. Yes there are concerns about the motor, but he’s also a seriously gifted basketball player. He could end up with a team that’s coming off of a playoff appearance, and hopefully that would include some good veteran influences.
Daniel Martin: Moe Harkless. Rumors are circulating that Harkless could end up in the lottery, but, if he ends up outside of it, watch out. His size and length has caught the attention of scouts and, as he develops a killer scoring instinct, he becomes more and more dangerous. It could take him a few years to get his feet underneath him at the NBA level, but he is mature and willing to learn, which can only help him.
Mike Miller: Tony Wroten. Wroten’s got the skills and size to be a dynamic playmaker in the league. He’s also got the confidence. But he could just as easily languish on the bench for years because of poor decision-making and an erratic shot. But if he lands on a team that can capitalize on his talents, well, he’s the type who’ll make jaw-dropping plays others can’t envision, let alone pull off.
Rob Dauster: I’m going to go with Royce White. White is an immensely talented player and a matchup nightmare as a 6-foot-8, 260 lb power forward that can run the point. The biggest red flag regarding White has to do with his anxiety issues and the trouble that he’s gotten into in the past, but he couldn’t have been more honest or forthcoming about them in the media in recent months. The biggest concern regarding White? His fear of flying. Is that why he canceled his remaining workouts?