2020 NBA Draft Big Board (Top 30) Videos & Analysis

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First Tier

  • LaMelo Ball

Second Tier

  • James Wiseman
  • Anthony Edwards

Third Tier

  • Tyrese Haliburton
  • Isaac Okoro
  • Obi Toppin
  • Onyeka Okongwu

Fourth Tier

  • Devin Vassell
  • Deni Avdija
  • Killian Hayes
  • Kira Lewis
  • Patrick Williams

Fifth Tier

  • Saddiq Bey
  • Aaron Nesmith
  • Jalen Smith
  • Cole Anthony
  • Aleksej Pokusevski
  • Jaden McDaniels
  • Josh Green
  • Tyrese Maxey
  • RJ Hampton
  • Precious Achiuwa
  • Malachi Flynn

Sixth Tier

  • Desmond Bane
  • Leandro Bolmaro
  • Nico Mannion
  • Udoka Azubuike
  • Theo Maledon
  • Isaiah Joe
  • Tyler Bey

1. LaMelo Ball (PG, 6’6″, 180 lbs, USA)

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Strengths

  • Ball Handling With Both Hands
  • Pass Accuracy & Consistency (Even On Flashy Plays)
  • Ball Security (Doesn’t Turn The Ball Over)
  • Playmaking (Creates Open Looks For Teammates)
  • Vision
  • Basketball IQ (Passing/Cutting/Driving/Defensive Rotations)
  • Rebounding
  • Physical Tools (Tall, Long Wingspan, Quick)
  • Creating Turnovers/Steals

Weaknesses

  • Getting Through Screens
  • Jump Shot (Guide Hand Pushes The Shot)
  • Leadership
  • Motor

Player Comparisons

  • Trae Young
  • Lonzo Ball
  • Spencer Dinwiddie

Keys To Success

  • Being A Leader
  • Being Pass First
  • Respectable Three Point Shooting
  • Having A Consistent Motor On Defense

Overall

Ball is sneaky good defensively, but struggles at getting through screens and lacks effort at times. Although his motor and leadership are definitely question marks heading into the draft, LaMelo’s talent offensively goes without question. He’s slippery and tight with his handles, an elite passer with impressive vision, and can finish at the rim with ease. Showing no weakness dribbling or passing with his left, LaMelo puts defenders on skates and delivers dimes to open teammates in the blink of an eye. Ball’s inconsistent jump shot may weaken his value, led by poor mechanics and subpar shot selection, but he is a decent free-throw shooter. He makes up for his lack of a consistent mid-range jumper with a nice floater package and can create open looks for himself or others whenever he wants. LaMelo also rebounds very well for a guard and creates many turnovers with his length and IQ. LaMelo Ball is a weapon who deciphers and decimates defenses with the combination of his height, speed, and length coupled with his All-Star caliber playmaking ability. Ball will be a triple-double candidate every time he steps on the floor and is my top player in the 2020 draft class.

2. James Wiseman (C, 7’1″, 240 lbs, Memphis)

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Strengths

  • Height, Length, Athleticism
  • Footwork Offensively
  • Touch Around The Rim & From Further Out
  • Smooth Jumper For A Big (Lots Of Upside)
  • Good Free Throw Shooter
  • Finding A Body & Boxing Out
  • Crashing The Offensive Glass
  • Highlight Reel
  • Solid Handle (Lots Of Upside)

Weaknesses

  • Defending The Pick & Roll (Mostly Hedging)
  • Leaving His Feet On Defense (Leading To Fouls)
  • Not Using His Strength Down Low (Mostly Defensively)
  • Vision In The Post (Finding Cutters/Shooters)

Player Comparisons

  • Chris Bosh
  • Anthony Davis
  • Bam Adebayo
  • Mitchell Robinson

Keys To Success

  • Becoming A Defensive Anchor
  • Knocking Down a Mid-Range/Three Point Jumper Consistently
  • Running The Floor
  • Passing Out Of The Post (High & Low)

Overall

James Wiseman is equally an anomaly and an enigma. The star, Center, only played in 3 games before dropping out of Memphis after he was suspended 12 games by the NCAA. Wiseman was built to play Center in today’s NBA. Standing at 7’1″, the 240 pound athletic phenom can run like a gazelle and finish off a lob in transition with an exclamation point. Even more impressive than his stature is Wiseman’s feel around the basket. His touch translates to the foul line, wing, and three point line as well. Wiseman possesses the ability to put the ball on the deck too, making him truly unguardable. Defensively, Wiseman’s presence is felt through his strong rebounding and volleyball-like shot blocking (10.7 rebounds and 3 blocks per game). The best Center in the draft has an extremely high floor, but to reach his full potential, he must work on his pick and roll defense, use his legs instead of reaching defensively, and continue to develop his offensive tools. James Wiseman may have played just three games in college, but there is no dispute that he has a very bright future ahead of him.

3. Anthony Edwards (SG, 6’5″, 225 lbs, Georgia)

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Strengths

  • Quick, High Release, Elevates On Jump Shot
  • Upper Body Control On Shot
  • Unlimited Range
  • Tough Shot Maker (Step Backs/Contested)
  • Size/Frame
  • Explosiveness

Weaknesses

  • Shot Selection
  • Consistency
  • Playmaking
  • Loose Handle
  • Finishing At The Rim
  • Getting Beat Off The Dribble
  • Getting Over/Through Screens
  • Defensive Rotations (Off Ball Help & Looking To Switch)

Player Comparisons

  • Bradley Beal
  • Buddy Hield
  • Tim Hardaway Jr.

Keys To Success

  • Being More Than A Scorer
  • Taking Good Shots
  • Consistent Shot Making
  • Utilizing His Size & Athleticism Defensively
  • All-Around Defense

Overall

Anthony Edwards has oodles of untapped potential, but flashes of excellence don’t always translate to greatness. He can score from every inch across half court, is built like a beast, and can jump out of the building. What’s not to like? Well, Edwards has struggled in almost every facet of the game at times, drawing some serious red flags. He hasn’t created much at all for his teammates, shot the three ball at a poor percentage (29.4%), and has had many rough stretches defensively. Despite his struggles, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that Edwards has all of the tools to be an NBA All-Star if he can connect the pieces to his jigsaw like game. Without a question Edwards is the purest scorer in this draft and can put up points in a hurry. Yet the question still remains, what else will Anthony Edwards provide for the team that selects him?

4. Tyrese Haliburton (PG, 6’5″, 175 lbs, Iowa State)

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Strengths

  • Shooting From Three (Spot Up Or Off The Dribble)
  • Vision & Passing
  • Finishing With His Right (Floater & Layups)
  • Free Throw Shooting
  • Off Ball Defense (Jumping Into Passing Lanes, Digging, Closing Out, & Blocking Shots)
  • Rebounding (Uses Height & Length, Superior To Most Point Guards)

Weaknesses

  • Physicality (Avoiding Contact At The Rim, Not Drawing Fouls, Stopping Drives Defensively)
  • Shot Creating (Especially Mid-Range)
  • Driving & Finishing With His Left Hand

Player Comparisons

  • Lonzo Ball
  • D’Angelo Russell
  • Jrue Holiday
  • Devin Booker

Keys To Success

  • Shooting At A High Percentage
  • Adding Strength
  • Creating Himself Open Looks Off The Dribble
  • Getting Into The Paint
  • Sticking With Quicker Guards

Overall

Shooter! Tyrese Haliburton’s game is like a balanced breakfast; he can shoot it, he can drive it, he can dish it, and he can defend. The crafty playmaker is one of the safest picks in this draft, due to his consistent shooting from three (42%). Haliburton is arguably the best three point shooter in the draft and can play point guard or shooting guard, making him an easy fit for any team. He can improve his handle and imagination off the bounce, but Haliburton’s rock solid game and steady shooting make him a sure fire hit in this weaker draft class.

5. Isaac Okoro (SF, 6’6″, 225 lbs, Auburn)

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Strengths

  • Finishing Through Contact (And 1s)
  • Driving/Finishing With Both Hands
  • Passing/Vision (Reads/Decision Making, Accuracy)
  • Athleticism (Quick, Has A Burst, Explosive Around Rim)
  • Can Guard 1-4 (Slides Feet Well Vs. Guards, Strong & Tough Vs. Forwards)
  • Instincts Defensively (Creating Turnovers & Blocking Shots)
  • Energy/Hustle
  • Rebounding (Endless Pursuit Of The Basketball On Rebounds & Loose Balls)

Weaknesses

  • Shooting (Mid-Range, Three Point, & Free Throw)
  • Fouling (A Little Too Handsy/Aggressive)
  • Turnovers

Player Comparisons

  • Andre Iguodala
  • Jimmy Butler
  • Jaylen Brown

Keys To Success

  • Consistent Shooting On Catch & Shoot Threes
  • Playmaking Off The Dribble
  • Guarding 1-4
  • Playing With A High Motor
  • Creating Turnovers

Overall

Isaac Okoro is the best defender in the draft, without question. He can guard everyone on the floor excluding the Center, generates turnovers, and blocks shots. Offensively Okoro is currently just a threat in transition and on cuts for the most part, but made steady improvements throughout his Freshman year at Auburn. Okoro shot 34.4% from three in his last 10 games and displayed and impressive ability to drive to the basket and finish with either hand. Okoro is built strong and quick and has a serious motor, leaving his finger prints all over a basketball game. If he can continue to develop offensively and break some bad habits (fouling & turnovers), Okoro can be just as good as anyone in this draft. However, if he can’t shoot the ball consistently, Okoro may just be a lockdown defender with little game on the offensive end. Either way, Okoro will be a valuable asset and I believe his work ethic will shine on the offensive side of the ball in due time.

6. Obi Toppin (PF, 6’9″, 220 lbs, Dayton)

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Strengths

  • Athleticism/Vertical
  • Highlight Reel
  • Rim Running (Transition, Rolling, & Cuts)
  • Solid Passing & Vision For A Big
  • Finishing With His Right Hand
  • Stays In Control When Driving To Basket (Not Susceptible To Charges)
  • Shot Blocking
  • Communicating Through Switches Off The Ball
  • High Basketball IQ Offensively (Feeling A Double Team, Going Back Door, Finding The Open Shooter)

Weaknesses

  • Positioning & Footwork On Defense (Stands Tall, Doesn’t Initiate Contact, Reaches, Sags Far Off Screens, Weak Help Defense, Loses The Ball While Watching Man)
  • Doesn’t Box Out Well (Gets Rebounds With Athleticism & Pursuit)
  • Falls Back On Jump Shot
  • Setting Screens (Slips/Rolls Early When It’s The Wrong Play Occasionally, Avoids Contact)
  • Lacks Multiple Post Moves (Mostly Uses A Nice Drop Step)

Player Comparisons

  • Amar’e Stoudemire
  • Blake Griffin
  • Julius Randle

Keys To Success

  • Three Point Shooting (Pick & Pop Or Catch & Shoot)
  • Being More Versatile (Ways Of Scoring Offensively & Being Able To Switch Defensively)
  • All-Around Defense
  • Drawing Fouls

Overall

A prototypical stretch four with a not so typical 7’2″ wingspan and uncanny leaping ability, Obi Toppin is an intriguing player. Toppin has tools reminiscent to Blake Griffin with his absurd vertical coupled with the ability to shoot from three and drive through the lane. There’s a lot to like about Toppin offensively… but defensively… there’s a lot to fix. He struggles in many facets on the other side of the ball, although he communicates well and has a great feel for the game. Toppin relies on his athleticism a lot on defense and while rebounding, instead of using his body to create contact and gain positioning. A highlight machine with All-Star potential, Toppin needs to sharpen his tools offensively while sewing his tears defensively to reach his full potential.

7. Onyeka Okongwu (C, 6’9″, 245 lbs, USC)

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Strengths

  • Hands (Catches Tough Passes, Passes In Traffic, & Lobs Well)
  • Finishing With Both Hands (Very Impressive/Natural With His Left)
  • Working Out Of The Post (Hooks With Either Hand, Drop Step)
  • Rim Running
  • Highlight Reel
  • Offensive Rebounding
  • Shot Blocking
  • Switching Onto Smaller Guards (Quick Feet, Versatile)

Weaknesses

  • Jump Shot Needs Work (Inconsistent, Limited Range)
  • Vision/Decision Making When Passing
  • Defensive Rebounding (Finding A Body, Being Physical)

Player Comparisons

  • Bam Adebayo
  • Hassan Whiteside
  • Tristan Thompson
  • Clint Capela

Keys To Success

  • Playing With A High Motor
  • Adding To His Offensive Repertoire (Shooting, Handle, Post Moves)
  • Boxing Out & Grabbing Defensive Rebounds
  • Being A Premier Shot Blocker

Overall

Onyeka Okongwu is the kind of player every team would love to have. He’s efficient, can switch/guard everyone, is efficient offensively, and play with electrocuting energy. His ceiling is limited due to his severe lack of range on a jumper and inability to dribble much, but his floor is very high. Okongwu is an imposing shot blocker with DeAndre Hopkins like hands. He can catch lobs/passes in bumper to bumper traffic and follow it up with nice touch, using either hand or finishing with an emphatic slam. If Okongwu can work on his shooting, passing, and defensive rebounding; he can quickly turn himself into one of the top Centers in the league.

8. Devin Vassell (SF, 6’6″, 194 lbs, Florida State)

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Strengths

  • Shooting (Three Point & Mid-Range, Quick & High Release, NBA Range, Makes On Contested Looks)
  • Poise Offensively (Doesn’t Turn The Ball Over, Isn’t Scared Of Pressure Or Shot Contests, Makes The Right Play/Pass)
  • Defensive Capabilities (Quick, Long, Strong, High Effort, Slides Well, Solid Rotations)
  • Generating Turnovers
  • Rebounding

Weaknesses

  • Creating Off The Dribble
  • Finishing At The Rim
  • Drawing Fouls
  • Poise Defensively (Over Aggressive & Falls For Fakes Sometimes)

Player Comparisons

  • Khris Middleton
  • Justin Holiday
  • Danny Green

Keys To Success

  • Consistent Shooting On Catch & Shoot Threes
  • Becoming More Capable Off The Dribble (More Then 1-3 Dribbles & A Pull-Up Jumper)
  • Staying Smart Defensively And Not Over-Pursuing
  • Adding Strength

Overall

A heady player with a steady jumper is always a good pick. Vassell is a three and D option who can guard the 2,3, or 4. His most impressive ability is to rise and knockdown mid-range and three point jumpers over defenders blanketing him. Of course his length and outstanding defense are also major positives as well. Vassell has lots of room to grow as a playmaker and shot creator offensively and can benefit from not getting over aggressive defensively. Vassell will be a very nice floor spacer in the NBA who can run in transition and hold his own defensively better than most.

9. Deni Avdija (SF, 6’9″, 215 lbs, Israel)

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Strengths

  • Basketball IQ
  • Size/Length
  • Quick, High Release On Jumper
  • Finishing At The Rim (Has A Large Repertoire In This Area)
  • Slashing/Cutting
  • Post Play (Scoring & Passing/Vision)
  • Pushing The Ball After Rebounds (Outlet Or Bringing The Ball Up)
  • Defensive Rotations/Weak Side Help
  • Slides Feet Well Against Quicker Opponents (Including Guards)

Weaknesses

  • Ball Handling
  • Driving With Left Hand
  • Consistent Jump Shot
  • Running The Offense (Not Necessary At Forward Position, But Is Limiting His Potential)
  • Has Issues Finishing Against Prominent Shot Blockers (Needs To Be More Aggressive, Create Contact With Body, And Explode To The Rim)
  • Rebounding (Lacks Physicality & Doesn’t Look To Box Out)

Player Comparisons

  • Gordon Hayward
  • Kelly Oubre Jr.
  • Mario Hezonja

Keys To Success

  • Consistent Shooting On Catch & Shoot Threes
  • Driving To The Rim
  • Playing Physical
  • Guarding 1-4

Overall

Deni Avdija is one of the most all-around prospects in the entire draft. He has solid length and athleticism with the ability to play with or without the basketball. He will fit on any team, anywhere. Avdija sports a savvy game with high basketball IQ. He is at his best when he’s slashing/cutting to the rim or driving in transition. He has also shown a nice stroke from three while displaying an ability to facilitate too. Defensively, Avdija tended to guard the opponents best player regardless of their position. There’s a lot to like with Avdija, but he also needs to grow in a lot of areas across the board. Still very young, he’s still a little weak and needs to develop more physicality/strength. Deni could also be a more polished ball handler and consistent shooter. Avdija is a very safe pick in this draft, but does appear to have a lower ceiling than the players ranked above him.

10. Killian Hayes (PG, 6’5″, 195 lbs, France)

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Strengths

  • Passing & Vision (Tremendous Accuracy- Especially On Lobs)
  • Shooting (Mid-Range, Three-Point, & Free Throw)
  • Efficient Scorer (Shoots At A High Percentage Across The Board)
  • Finishing With His Left Around The Rim (Crafty Moves Such As A Floater)
  • Playing Out Of The Pick & Roll (Shooting Or Passing, Making The Right Reads)
  • Active Hands On Defense (Forces Turnovers)
  • Moves Feet/Slides Well Defensively

Weaknesses

  • Ball Handling, Driving, Finishing, & Passing With His Right Hand
  • Being Stronger With His Dribble (Not Getting Stopped So Easily, Kept Out Of The Paint, & Slow Setting Up The Offense)
  • Picks Up Dribble Too Soon Sometimes
  • Gets Caught Out Of Position Or Too Upright At Times Defensively
  • Off Ball Defense (Late Rotations, Caught Ball Or Man Watching)

Player Comparisons

  • D’Angelo Russell
  • Goran Dragic
  • George Hill

Keys To Success

  • Getting Into The Paint
  • Having A Solid Right Hand
  • Proper Defensive Positioning

Overall

Killian Hayes is a very efficient scorer, solid passer, and has plus size/length for a point guard. He shoots at a very high percentage in every category, due in part because of his smart shot selection. Hayes is very shifty and crafty when breaking down defenses, but struggles to move the ball and get the offense set when versing top defenders. He is a great passer, but mostly only with his left hand. Hayes needs to work on his right hand dribbling, passing, and finishing to be a more versatile offensive weapon. Defensively, Hayes’ size, active hands, and quick feet are very promising. He does need to clean up his off ball defense though. Hayes is a solid point guard that won’t blow many people away in the NBA, but can be a very efficient and steady option as long as he improves his ball handling/security.

11. Kira Lewis (PG, 6’3″, 165 lbs, Alabama)

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Strengths

  • Athleticism (Speed, vertical, explosiveness)
  • High Motor
  • Playing In Transition
  • Shooting (Three Point and Free Throw)
  • Generating Turnovers
  • Rebounding For His Size
  • Passing/ Driving With Both Hands
  • On Ball Defense (slides feet well, good positioning)

Weaknesses

  • Making The Right Reads Offensively
  • Size
  • Mid-Range Jumper

Player Comparisons

  • De’Aaron Fox
  • Terry Rozier
  • Darren Collison

Keys To Success

  • Adding Strength
  • Making The Right Reads
  • Playing With A High Motor
  • Scoring/Shooting Efficiently

Overall

Speed kills! Kira Lewis is probably the fastest player in the draft and can shoot the lights out. Lewis has a lot of explosiveness and is most dangerous in transition. He uses his length and speed to generate ample turnovers, but his lack of strength makes him a liability at times on the defensive end. Offensively he can become a better playmaker/facilitator, but his ability to shoot from three and get into the paint at will, opens up opposing defenses plenty. Although Lewis will need some help from his shot blockers defensively, his speed and offensive game are much too valuable to overlook.

12. Patrick Williams (SF, 6’8″, 225 lbs, Florida State)

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Strengths

  • Athleticism (Strong, Fast, High Vertical)
  • Highlight Reel
  • Great Cutter & PnR Ball Handler
  • Mid-Range Jump Shot (Rises Up, Smooth)
  • Tremendous Off Ball Defender (Rotating, Helping, Blocking Shots)
  • Free Throw Shooting

Weaknesses

  • Discipline (Falling For Shot Fakes, Taking Bad Shots, Dribbling Into Trouble)
  • Defensive Rebounding (Lacks Aggression & Doesn’t Look To Box Out Hard)
  • Passive (Doesn’t Attack/Score As Much As He Should)
  • Getting Beat Off The Dribble (Athleticism Helps Him Get Away With It vs. Lesser Athletes)
  • Jump Shot From Three (Stiff/Not Fluid)

Player Comparisons

  • Paul Millsap
  • Aaron Gordon
  • Jerami Grant

Keys To Success

  • Figuring Out What He Does Best
  • Being Aggressive Offensively
  • Consistent Shooting
  • Improving Footwork, Positioning, & Poise Defensively

Overall

One of the rawest, most versatile players in the draft, Patrick Williams is a major question mark. He’s clearly a freak of nature with freakishly impressive touch and finesse. He also doesn’t have a go-to part of his game and lacks aggression at times. He can shoot from all three levels, but it is uncertain how consistantly he can and if he can take over a game. Also a great defender, Williams sometimes gets lazy and recovers thanks to his superior athleticism. In the NBA he will need to cleanup his footwork and be more aggressive if he’s going to be a major impact player. Williams has a ton of potential, but has a long way to go to being a high caliber player. His defense alone makes him a nice addition for any team and a consistent jumper could catapult his career significantly.

13. Saddiq Bey (SF, 6’7″, 216 lbs, Villanova)

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14. Aaron Nesmith (SF, 6’7″, 215 lbs, Vanderbilt)

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15. Jalen Smith (PF, 6’10”, 225 lbs, Maryland)

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16. Cole Anthony (PG, 6’3″, 190 lbs, North Carolina)

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17. Aleksej Pokusevski (PF, 7’0″, 195 lbs, Serbia)

18. Jaden McDaniels (PF, 6’10”, 200 lbs, Washington)

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19. Josh Green (SG, 6’6″, 210 lbs, Arizona)

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20. Tyrese Maxey (PG, 6’3″, 198 lbs, Kentucky)

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21. RJ Hampton (PG, 6’5″, 192 lbs, New Zealand)

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22. Precious Achiuwa (PF, 6’9″, 234 lbs, Memphis)

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23. Malachi Flynn (PG, 6’2″, 185 lbs, San Diego State)

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24. Desmond Bane (SG, 6’6″, 217 lbs, TCU)

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25. Leandro Bolmaro (PG, 6’7″, 185 lbs, Spain)

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26. Nico Mannion (PG, 6’3″, 190 lbs, Arizona)

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27. Udoka Azubuike (C, 6’11”, 260 lbs, Kansas)

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28. Theo Maledon (PG, 6’5″, 187 lbs, France)

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29. Isaiah Joe (SG, 6’5″, 180 lbs, Arkansas)

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30. Tyler Bey (SF, 6’7″, 216 lbs, Colorado)

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