# Team Player Pos
1 Zaccharie Risacher SF

This draft is pretty wide-open as it relates to who is perceived as the No. 1 in the class but Risacher presents the positional size, athleticism and theoretical long-term upside that will be hard to pass on for the Wizards. Wings at 6-foot-9 who can handle and shoot with ease the way he can have superstar potential. His stock dipped a bit last year but he's back in the mix to be viewed as a consensus top-five prospect in this class.

2 Nikola Topic PG

I view Sarr as the better prospect but it'd be impossible to pass on the possibility of pairing superstar distributor prospect Nikola Topic with 7-5 rookie center Victor Wembanyama in San Antonio. Topic is a guard who can play downhill and combine his vision with his instincts to present the most well-rounded playmaker of this class.

3 Alex Sarr C

Sarr has a case to be considered the most high-ceiling defender in this class. He can be a shot blocking big and has shown the ability to switch onto the perimeter and be a terror on the defensive end guarding multiple positions.

4 Cody Williams
Colorado, Fr
 
SG

The younger brother of rising OKC Thunder star Jalen Williams, Cody has caught the eye of NBA teams as a sneaky No. 1 pick contender given his size and skill as a playmaking wing. He's shooting nearly 50% from 3-point range on modest volume this season as a freshman and has flashed in a number of roles with the Buffaloes this season.

2023 College Stats

MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
30.6 13.7 3.3 1.8 59.0
5 Reed Sheppard
Kentucky, Fr
 
SG

On a Kentucky team flush with future NBA talent, Sheppard has consistently been the team's most impactful presence. He's shooting 51.4% from 3-point range on good volume and has ideal skill and feel to be a plug and play weapon at guard.

2023 College Stats

MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
28.3 11.7 4.3 4.1 52.2
6 Rob Dillingham
Kentucky, Fr
 
PG

The sheer potential of Dillingham is tantalizing because of his athletic pop and how quick he plays. He's a good shooter with explosive leaping ability and has the offensive makeup you want in a lead guard. His defense leaves a lot to be desired and there's room for growth as a true point. Feels like there's a wide range of career outcomes for him.

2023 College Stats

MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
23.3 15 2.9 3.8 48.8
7 Ja'Kobe Walter
Baylor, Fr
 
SG

On the best 3-point shooting team in college basketball, Walter has started every game for Baylor as a freshman despite being the least consistent weapon on that front among starters. His big, built frame and shot-making versatility has me buying long-term on the hope that his shot-making consistency improves.

2023 College Stats

MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
31.2 14.8 4.4 1.5 38.8
8 Tidjane Salaun SF

A big wing with a sturdy shooting base and a consistent release, Salaun has quickly become one of my favorites in this class. His mechanics as a shooter are excellent and his positional size as a jumbo wing make his game immediately translatable to the NBA.

9 Matas Buzelis PF

Buzelis hasn't quite lived up to expectations as a potential No. 1 pick in 2024 playing for G League Ignite this season but it's still hard to see him slipping out of the top 10. The tools he possesses that made him such a highly-touted prospect -- his 6-10 frame, ability to put the ball on the floor and shooting upside -- are all enough to validate a team willing to take him in this range.

10 Ron Holland PF

I've long been a fan of Holland's athleticism and potential and he's shown growth this season with G League Ignite with his handle. He has a lot of room to develop as an offensive weapon, though, particularly as a shooter and a facilitator. Lot to like about his potential but some concerns about him being a bit one-dimensional at this stage.

11 Isaiah Collier
USC, Fr
 
PG

USC's dream season with No. 1 recruit Collier has veered into nightmare territory, but Collier is not solely responsible. When healthy he has been highly productive and shown the type of lead guard, downhill driving and playmaking ability we expected from him. A team may get a bargain on a potential top-five talent if he falls this far.

2023 College Stats

MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
29.7 16 2.8 4.3 47.7
12 Stephon Castle
UConn, Fr
 
PG

This is probably on the low end of where Castle could wind up going in this year's draft. He's been arguably the best and most impactful freshman in college basketball the last month and change for a No. 1 UConn team. He's a smooth operator who has great positional size and has at times taking over games with his scoring ability.

2023 College Stats

MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
26.8 10.9 4.3 3 46.6
13 Yves Missi
Baylor, Fr
 
C

Missi is an unsuspecting one-and-done candidate who could go in the lottery after what he's put on tape at Baylor. He has a huge reach and a big frame that he puts to good use as a lob finisher and shot blocker. Still raw but the refined version of him could be a starting center in the NBA.

2023 College Stats

MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
22.9 11 5.6 0.4 64.0
14 Donovan Clingan
UConn, Soph
 
C

The difference in dominance between when Clingan is on the floor for No. 1 UConn vs. when he is not is jarring. He's the most impactful player for the clear best team in college basketball and his defensive energy and presence on the interior might be what helps the Huskies repeat as title winners. He's that good.

2023 College Stats

MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
21 12.3 6.5 1.3 64.6
15 Kyle Filipowski
Duke, Soph
 
C

I wanted to see Filipowski in his second season at Duke develop as a defender and become a more consistent and reliable shooter. Check and check. The 7-footer fits the profile of a modern NBA big with the ability to score it from deep and also operate as a facilitator with good vision and willingness as a passer.

2023 College Stats

MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
30.6 16.9 8.2 2.8 50.0
16 DaRon Holmes II
Dayton, Jr
 
PF

Dayton is the best team in the A-10 and 21-5 on the season behind an All-American caliber season from Holmes. He's improved his shot from deep on more volume, scoring at a more efficient clip and made big strides as a junior for the Flyers. Rotation-caliber big with athleticism aplenty.

2023 College Stats

MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
31.8 20.2 7.9 2.5 55.3
17 Dalton Knecht
Tennessee, Sr
 
SG

Arguably no power conference player has done more for his stock this season than has Knecht, who transferred from Northern Colorado and is on pace to be an All-American at Tennessee. Bouncy athlete, high-feel scorer and good size -- exactly what I like in a scoring guard.

2023 College Stats

MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
29.4 20.1 5 2 47.7
18 Trevon Brazile
Arkansas, Soph
 
PF

Coming off a season that was cut short due to an ACL tear, Brazile has missed extended time this year due to knee soreness, so there may be some medicals worth digging into for NBA teams. But if he clears health wise I'd be buying low on him here in the late teens or early 20s. Above-the-rim athlete who can block shots and been a floor-spacer for a modern Arkansas offense.

2023 College Stats

MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
26.5 8.5 6.2 0.5 46.3
19 Bobi Klintman
Sweden, Fr
 
PF

Klintman was a late first round guy for me last cycle before opting to withdraw from the draft and he's done nothing to suggest he doesn't still belong in the top 30. Big wing with shooting ability and defensive switchability who could be a starting player with some development down the line.

20 Kevin McCullar Jr.
Kansas, Sr
 
SG

McCullar really struggled at the NBA Draft Combine last summer and ultimately came back to Kansas. Credit to him for that, because he has clearly made strides as a shooter playing with as much confidence as he has previously. He's been dinged up a bit throughout the season but when healthy has been the most important player for a Kansas team that has the goods to win it all.

2023 College Stats

MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
35.3 19 6.4 4.4 46.3
21 Terrence Shannon Jr.
Illinois, Sr
 
SG

Shannon has made strides in each of his five college seasons and is on pace for a career year as a scorer and shooter. NBA teams in general may see his age as a deterrent but he's a big wing who can hold his own as a defender and has the versatility on offense to be a potential rotation player at a premium position.

2023 College Stats

MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
33.5 21.6 4.3 2.3 47.3
22 Johnny Furphy
Kansas, Fr
 
SG

Among freshmen in college hoops, Furphy is the biggest riser the last month as he's taken a spot in the KU starting lineup and earned the vote of confidence. He has the handles of a polished guard and shooting ability to boot. His energy is infectious and his production profile is quickly becoming worthy of lottery consideration.

2023 College Stats

MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
22.4 9.2 4.5 0.8 52.7
23 Jared McCain
Duke, Fr
 
PG

One of college basketball's biggest personalities and most versatile shot-makers. Killer combo. McCain is a fun player all around who can be a microwave scorer and he plays with an edge that makes him fun to watch. Smidge concerned about his size, but definitely worth a pick in the 20s.

2023 College Stats

MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
30.4 13.6 4.9 1.8 46.1
24 Hunter Sallis SG

A former five-star who began his career at Gonzaga, Sallis has flourished this season at Wake averaging 18.4 points per game and shooting 40% from 3-point range. His progression as an outside scoring weapon was what previously kept him from earning first round buzz, and is now what might get him into the top 30.

2023 College Stats

MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
35.1 18.7 4 2.5 51.4
25 Tyler Smith PF

Smith is a stretch big who has quietly had a strong season for G League Ignite shooting it from deep and showcasing his athleticism. He has a five-star pedigree and has flashed enough to get first round looks for a team in this range looking to develop a big for the future.

26 Trey Alexander
Creighton, Jr
 
SG

The departure of Ryan Nembhard has freed Alexander up at Creighton to take on an even larger role commanding the offense and he's fared well as a co-creator. I don't see him as a lead guard in the NBA but there's a role for him as a combo guard who can facilitate and create at the NBA level given his versatile skill set.

2023 College Stats

MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
36.6 17.6 5.9 4.6 45.8
27 D.J. Wagner
Kentucky, Fr
 
PG

It's been an up and down season for Wagner after signing with UK as one of its prized five-star recruits. He's struggled to consistently make shots from deep but has been impressive at times creating off the bounce. Perhaps another year might do him well, but could still see him slotting into the late first if he goes.

2023 College Stats

MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
26.6 10.2 1.7 3.4 40.2
28 Ryan Dunn
Virginia, Soph
 
SF

One of the best defensive prospects in the sport. Dunn is averaging 2.3 blocks and 1.3 steals per game for a Virginia team that rates in the top 10 of efficiency metrics at KenPom. He has excellent timing and anticipation on defense and is one of the few on that side of the ball I'd consider a true playmaker.

2023 College Stats

MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
27.1 8.4 6.9 0.8 56.5
29 Zach Edey
Purdue, Sr
 
C

Edey is on the fast track to win consecutive National Player of the Year honors at Purdue and his frame makes him one of the most impactful presences on the floor every single night. He may not be as dominant in the NBA as he's been in college and I think there are real, valid reasons to be skeptical of a four-year college big with his profile, but his consistent growth as a player and the promise he has shown as a shooter with touch put him in rare air as a possible outlier.

2023 College Stats

MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
30.9 23.7 11.8 1.8 62.7
30 Dillon Jones
Weber St., Jr
 
SG

Jones flashed last summer at the NBA Combine and was a projected first-rounder in my prospect ranks prior to returning to college. He has built upon a strong offseason with a monstrous junior season for Weber where he has improved every aspect of his game. Big guard who can pass, shoot and defend and seems to always be around the ball.

2023 College Stats

MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
36.7 20.4 9.5 5.1 48.9
# Team Player Pos
1 Alex Sarr C

Sarr spent part of this season sidelined with a hip injury but is back now and looking like a real candidate to go first in this draft. He's a 7-1, high-energy, versatile frontcourt prospect from France who can switch onto smaller players and also rim-protect. Think Jaren Jackson Jr. but without the established 3-point shot. Is Sarr a can't-miss prospect? No. But he would be a nice fit in Detroit next to Jalen Duren and could become the piece that ultimately returns the Pistons to respectability.

2 Reed Sheppard
Kentucky, Fr
 
SG

Nobody, and I mean nobody, had Sheppard projected this high — or even as a lottery pick — in the preseason. And, obviously, this is really high. But in a draft that's been labeled weak, relatively speaking, for at least a year now, why not make a bet on a 6-3 guard who can dribble, pass, shoot and guard his position. As The Athletic's Kyle Tucker recently pointed out, as of Feb. 7, Sheppard was the only player in college basketball who had recorded 90-plus assists, made 50-plus 3-pointers, created 50-plus steals and committed less than 40 turnovers on the season. He's just a basketball player, plain and simple, and a super-impressive one even if he has mostly been coming off of Kentucky's bench this season.

2023 College Stats

MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
28.3 11.7 4.3 4.1 52.2
3 Zaccharie Risacher SF

Risacher could be the first or second player from France selected in this draft depending on how franchises at the top ultimately settle on their evaluations of him and Sarr. Either way, Risacher shouldn't last long given that he's a good-enough athlete to play either forward spot. Also worth noting: he's shooting nearly 50% from 3-point range this season.

4 Rob Dillingham
Kentucky, Fr
 
PG

An NBA-record seven former Kentucky players were named NBA All-Stars this season, three of whom are guards -- Devin Booker, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Tyrese Maxey -- who didn't even manage to earn First Team All-SEC honors while at UK. Could Dillingham be the next? He's a little on the small side, and the defense needs to improve in terms of the discipline he shows on that end of the court. But Dillingham is the type of dynamic shot-creator and scorer who could become the latest in a line of prospects who ended up being better NBA players than they were Kentucky Wildcats.

2023 College Stats

MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
23.3 15 2.9 3.8 48.8
5 Cody Williams
Colorado, Fr
 
SG

Williams is the brother of Oklahoma City standout Jalen Williams. He's taller and a lot more heralded at the same age as his sibling, which is among the reasons the Colorado freshman will likely be the second player from his family to be selected in the lottery in a three-year span. He needs to add weight and continue to develop as a 3-point threat, but there are reasons to believe he'll do both things. That's why Williams is widely viewed as one of the safer options inside the top 10.

2023 College Stats

MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
30.6 13.7 3.3 1.8 59.0
6 Ja'Kobe Walter
Baylor, Fr
 
SG

In college basketball this season, Walter is my favorite guard prospect who doesn't call Kentucky home. He's a 6-5 teenager with a 6-11 wingspan who has already shown signs that he could be a big-time scorer at the next level. Walter also seems capable and committed to guarding his position, which suggests he should be a real asset on both ends of the court.

2023 College Stats

MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
31.2 14.8 4.4 1.5 38.8
7 Dalton Knecht
Tennessee, Sr
 
SG

The Grizzlies being projected to land in the lottery is a byproduct of Ja Morant's 25-game suspension, his season-ending shoulder surgery and what seems like a million other injuries up and down the roster. Regardless, if healthy, Memphis should be capable of contending in the West next season -- which could lead to the Grizz moving this pick for a veteran better-equipped to help immediately. Time will tell. But if the Grizzlies keep the pick, Knecht, who will be 23 years old on the night of the draft, looks like the type of rookie who could help as a shooter and playmaker off the bench.

2023 College Stats

MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
29.4 20.1 5 2 47.7
8 Nikola Topic PG

Topic remains sidelined in Europe with a knee injury, but that shouldn't prevent him from going in the top 10 of this draft. The 6-6 wing is a high-level shot-creator and accomplished scorer who has been a professional since the age of 16. In Atlanta, Topic could lighten the scoring load on Trae Young, who is currently seventh in the NBA in field goal attempts per game despite shooting below 44% from the field.

9 Isaiah Collier
USC, Fr
 
PG

Collier remains an interesting prospect, but his likely only season at USC has not gone well. The 6-5 point guard only guided the Trojans to an 8-8 start before being sidelined with a hand injury. In those 16 games, the five-star freshman turned it over 3.6 times in 28.5 minutes per contest while missing nearly seven out of every 10 3-pointers he attempted. Both numbers are concerning and suggest that Collier needs to show improvement when he returns presumably later this month to lessen some concerns that have shown themselves.

2023 College Stats

MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
29.7 16 2.8 4.3 47.7
10 Stephon Castle
UConn, Fr
 
PG

Castle is among the reasons UConn is in position to repeat as college basketball's national champion despite losing three of the top six scorers from last season's team. In the simplest terms, he's a five-star high school prospect with great positional size who has been playing a big role nicely for one of the nation's best teams. That's an encouraging combination even if concerns about his not-quite-there-yet jumper are legitimate.

2023 College Stats

MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
26.8 10.9 4.3 3 46.6
11 Kyle Filipowski
Duke, Soph
 
C

Among the main things Filipowski needed to do this season to improve his stock is make a higher percentage of 3-point shots to show that he can truly be a stretch-big at the next level. So far, so good. The 7-foot center has made 35.6% of the 3.5 3-pointers he attempted per game. That's 7.4 percentage points better than what Filipowski shot from beyond the arc as a freshman, which is obviously an encouraging development for Duke's second-year star.

2023 College Stats

MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
30.6 16.9 8.2 2.8 50.0
12 Tidjane Salaun SF

How about a third French player in the lottery? Salaun is a wing with size who is an emerging shooter and plus-defender with a good motor. At this point, he's more of a spot-up shooter than an off-the-bounce shooter. But Salaun is still only 18 years old, point being there's plenty of time to expand his game on both ends.

13 Zach Edey
Purdue, Sr
 
C

Edey will be one of the most polarizing prospects in the draft. On one hand, he's an unstoppable force at the collegiate level, which makes him intriguing. On the other hand, he's a non-shooter who might struggle to guard in space at the next level. Either way, I'm convinced there's a place for Edey in the NBA, and with Pelicans center Jonas Valanciunas in the final year of his contract, it makes sense that Edey's place in the NBA could start in New Orleans.

2023 College Stats

MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
30.9 23.7 11.8 1.8 62.7
14 Kevin McCullar Jr.
Kansas, Sr
 
SG

McCullar's decision to spend a fifth season playing college basketball is paying off — both in NIL money and as it pertains to his draft stock. The 6-7 wing is averaging a career-high 19.5 points while shooting a career-high 36.1% from 3-point range. In a draft short on top-tier talents, using a lottery pick on an older prospect who should be plug-and-play at the next level isn't the world's worst idea.

2023 College Stats

MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
35.3 19 6.4 4.4 46.3
15 Matas Buzelis PF

Buzelis is the type of long prospect who can move all over the floor in ways that front offices really value these days. That he's shooting below 30% from 3-point range for a terrible G League Ignite team is a bit of a concern, especially considering there have long been questions about whether Buzelis will ever truly be a knockdown shooter. But his positional versatility and ability to pass at his size should make the Chicago native close to a lock to go somewhere in the top 20.

16 Ron Holland PF

Holland skipped college to play for the G League Ignite, where he's leading the team in scoring but almost never leading it to victories. He's also shooting below 25% from 3-point range and averaging roughly as many turnovers as assists. As you can see, I'm lower on Holland than most based on what I've seen in the G League. But I'll be happy to revisit the evaluation if and when Holland shows improvement in any of the areas mentioned.

17 Johnny Furphy
Kansas, Fr
 
SG

Furphy changed Kansas' season when Bill Self inserted him into the starting lineup after a loss at UCF, and the 6-9 guard has already done enough to establish himself as a serious one-and-done candidate. He comes from a family of athletes in Australia and is shooting above 50% from the field and above 40% from 3-point range. If those numbers stay steady, Furphy cracking the lottery should not be ruled out.

2023 College Stats

MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
22.4 9.2 4.5 0.8 52.7
18 Ryan Dunn
Virginia, Soph
 
SF

Some consider Dunn a high-floor/low-ceiling prospect who has the potential to be an elite defender who guards multiple positions but will maybe never amount to much on offense. I don't completely disagree with the sentiment. But using the 18th pick in a weak draft on a high-IQ, high-energy player who projects as the best versatile defender in this draft doesn't seem like the type of thing a franchise would regret.

2023 College Stats

MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
27.1 8.4 6.9 0.8 56.5
19 Oso Ighodaro
Marquette, Sr
 
SF

Ighodaro doesn't project as the type of big who will stretch the floor because he doesn't even take 3-pointers at Marquette. But the 6-11 athlete is a versatile defender and lob threat who could be a real weapon in Atlanta in lineups with Trae Young.

2023 College Stats

MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
32 14.2 7.3 2.8 61.7
20 Donovan Clingan
UConn, Soph
 
C

Clingan is among the center prospects who have the size and talent as a real rim-protector to help a contender as a rookie the same way the Mavericks' Dereck Lively is helping a contender as a rookie. That acknowledged, the 7-2 center hasn't had the type of jump in production some predicted once Adama Sanogo left UConn and allowed Clingan to slide into the starting lineup. A foot injury that sidelined him for five games this season is another area of concern.

2023 College Stats

MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
21 12.3 6.5 1.3 64.6
21 Tyler Smith PF

Smith making nearly 40% of the roughly four 3-pointers he's attempting per game for the G-League Ignite this season is a huge positive for the Overtime Elite alum. To stick in the NBA, the defense will have to improve dramatically. But Smith's shooting alone could prove valuable for a New Orleans franchise that ranks in the bottom half of the NBA in 3-pointers made per contest.

22 Yves Missi
Baylor, Fr
 
C

Missi is an incredible physical specimen who is excellent at the rim on offense and in possession of enough athleticism, size and strength to really excel defensively. The 7-footer from Cameroon would be fortunate to land in Philadelphia, where he could learn from and back up reigning MVP Joel Embiid.

2023 College Stats

MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
22.9 11 5.6 0.4 64.0
23 D.J. Wagner
Kentucky, Fr
 
PG

I've been a believer in Wagner as an NBA prospect for years after watching him on the grassroots circuit as the son of a former lottery pick. Skeptics will point out that he doesn't pop athletically or make shots from the perimeter reliably — and they're right. But I still think, one way or another, Wagner will prove to be a longtime NBA player.

2023 College Stats

MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
26.6 10.2 1.7 3.4 40.2
24 Ulrich Chomche C

Chomche has visited multiple colleges over the past year — among them Texas and Arizona —and reportedly remains open to playing college basketball next season. As always, we'll see. But the Cameroon native does have first-round potential considering he's 6-11 with a 7-4 wingspan and regarded as one of the best athletes who could be available in this draft.

25 Bobi Klintman
Sweden, Fr
 
PF

Klintman is a two-way wing from Sweden who should be able to alternate between both forward spots. He initially declared for the 2023 NBA Draft after one year at Wake Forest but ultimately withdrew and pursued a professional opportunity in Australia. With another year of development under his belt, and not many great options in the 20s, Klintman will have a better chance to get a guaranteed contract in this draft than he did last year.

26 Justin Edwards
Sweden, Fr
 
SF

Edwards was the highest-ranked prospect in Kentucky's top-ranked recruiting class but has been largely disappointing all season. He's sixth on the team in minutes played, sixth on the team in scoring and shooting below 30% from 3-point range. Off of his high school reputation alone, somebody will take a flier on the 6-8 wing because somebody always takes a flyer on a one-and-done player who was ranked in the top five of his high school class. But the truth is that Edwards has done very little at UK to suggest he should be selected anywhere close to where most had him projected before this season began.

27 Jared McCain
Duke, Fr
 
PG

Tyrese Proctor was regarded as Duke's best backcourt prospect heading into this season — and he still might be. Eye of the beholder and all that. But it's McCain who is having the better season by averaging 12.8 points and 4.5 rebounds while making 40.0% of the 5.2 3-pointers he's taking per game. With Mike Conley both 36 years old and headed for free agency, Minnesota adding a guard who can really shoot like him would be understandable

2023 College Stats

MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
30.4 13.6 4.9 1.8 46.1
28 Hunter Sallis SG

Sallis spent two years at Gonzaga but never got going and only averaged 4.4 points in those seasons. He's been unlocked at Wake Forest, though. The 6-5 guard is averaging 17.9 points and making nearly 40% of the 5.6 3-pointers he's attempting per game. He's the latest example that highlights how sometimes a change of scenery is all a player needs, which is why folks are often misguided when they label student-athletes who transfer as people who are just "running from adversity." Sometimes, in reality, they're just running toward success.

2023 College Stats

MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
35.1 18.7 4 2.5 51.4
29 DaRon Holmes II
Dayton, Jr
 
PF

Holmes is the rare top-55 high school prospect who enrolled at an Atlantic 10 school, and he's the main reason Dayton has emerged as a Final Four threat. The 6-10 forward has gone from a good A-10 player as a freshman to an All-American candidate as a junior. He's a sensible option at this point in the draft in part because of the way he's gone from a non-shooter upon enrolling at Dayton to a real stretch-the-floor threat as a third-year player who is making above 38% of the 3-pointers he's attempting.

2023 College Stats

MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
31.8 20.2 7.9 2.5 55.3
30 Tyler Kolek
Marquette, Sr
 
PG

Kolek has some obvious issues as an NBA prospect, most notably a lack of athleticism relative to what's desired from lead guards. Still, at 6-3, Kolek is adequately sized for his position, terrific in pick-and-rolls, an A-plus passer and a reliable 3-point shooter. If you focus on what he can do instead of his perceived deficiencies, what you'll see is a reigning Big East Player of the Year who is skilled enough to stick in the NBA for many years.

2023 College Stats

MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
32.9 15.1 4.8 7.7 48.2
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