The 2019 NCAA tournament is about to begin and it is annually the best showcase for lottery hopefuls. Many NBA superstars have emerged from relative obscurity by excelling during deep tournament runs. This NBA draft seems to have 3 elite prospects which also coincides with the new NBA lottery drafts odds being flattened to 14% for the teams with the three worst records (currently the NY Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns).

There undoubtedly will be at least a few candidates to claim and/or secure themselves Top 5 draft picks status as the rest of the lottery field has yet to separate themselves from the pack and there are a couple of notable injury absences( Bol Bol and Darius Garland).

This Mock NBA Lottery list the top 14 NBA prospects prior to March Madness.

 

PickPlayerSchoolHeightWeightNotes
1Zion Williamson

Duke6’7″280One of the most exiting players to emerge in years, Zion has shown the prerequisite scoring and enough defense to potentially be the face of the franchise while showing just enough three point range.
2RJ Barrett

Duke6’7″210Barrett has shown the ability to eventually be the leading scorer on a contender. He has displayed strong rebounding and passing ability which projects him to be a well rounded player.
3Ja Morant

Murray State6’3″175Morant has burst unto the scene with a Russell Westbrook like impact on his team. As unlikely as it sounds, a deep tournament run could see him challenge for the top overall pick
4Keldon Johnson

Kentucky6’6″215A well rounded player with prototype size, Johnson is in the tier below NBA All-Star that teams look to round out their roster.
5DeAndre Hunter

Virginia6’7″225A defense first player with good catch and shoot ability, Hunter will need to showcase his ability to create his own offense to cement a Top 5 spot or be relegated to “role player” as his NBA ceiling.
6Bruno Fernando

Maryland6’10”245In a relatively weak Big Man class, Bruno is the quintessential diamond in the rough big man athlete. Teams looking to unearth the next John Collins or Mitchell Robinson will be giving him long look during the tournament.
7Romeo Langford

Indiana6’6″210Good individual scorer who needs to improve his three point shot, Langford may be inclined to put up gaudy scoring numbers in the NIT to remain in the spotlight.
8Bol Bol

Oregon7’3″235A season ending injury means that scouts will instead be focusing on his medical reports to determine his draftability. Has a rare combination of interior defense and outside shooting ability.
9Jarett Culver

Texas Tech6’6″195Culver can defend, shoot and create his own shot. His biggest issues stem from poor concentration from time to time. A great tourney  showing can ameliorate those concerns.
10Darius Garland

Vanderbilt6’2″175Despite only playing 4 games this season before a meniscus injury, Garland is still the 2nd ranked PG prospect in a weak class. He will be hoping no other point guards distinguish themselves this tournament.
11Kevin Porter

USC6’5″220Porter has missed significant time this season due to injury and suspension and USC has suffered as a result. He still remains an intriguing prospect due to his athletic and scoring ability.
12Cam Reddish

Duke6’8″215Reddish has been plagued by poor shooting and passiveness after entering the season regarded as a Top 3 pick. He desperately needs a great tourney to recapture his lost mojo.
13Coby White

North Carolina6’5′185Currently profiles as a combo guard which is becoming less valuable in the NBA, White has great scoring ability and can use the tournament to showcase a permanent position.
14Rui Hachimura

Gonzaga6’8″235A late bloomer and an undersized PF, Hachimura profiles as a high energy defensive rim runner with catch and shoot ability. Questions about his motor prevents me from projecting him as the next Paul Millsap. He can catapult up the draft with a Final Four appearance.

 

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