2021 NBA Mock Draft Update



Update 12/5/19

The biggest mover up the list is Terrence Shannon Jr. of Texas Tech, rising from early second round
to the lottery. He’s displayed a much more advanced game than we gave him credit for including showing primary initiator skills and a very respectable outside shot. He’s an exceptional athlete, has board shoulders and can handle a lot of contact on his way to the rim. He’s a possible one and done but could stay in school for a second year and make a run at being a lottery selection in 2021.

Greg Brown got bumped up a few spots in the mock thanks to his continued development of his all around offensive game. He’s always been a freak athlete who can play at the top of the backboard and jump quicker and higher than anyone else. But now he’s added a lot to his face up game including a much-improved 3pt shot, making him more of a modern day 4 who can also play on the wing. The 2021 draft class is loaded and the competition for those top 5 spots will be fierce but if Greg Brown keeps doing what he’s doing he’ll be right there in the mix.

Devin Askew joins the 2021 draft class after officially reclassifying. He could be a one and done for a Kentucky squad that will be stacked next season thanks to a great recruiting class (Boston, Jackson, Askew) and the likely return of a few current freshman including Whitney and Juzang. Askew isn’t the type of prospect that has fans jumping out of their seats but he’s a consummate floor general who controls the pace of the game, can penetrate and use his strength to score in the paint and is just a playmaker. In some ways he reminds of Cade Cunningham but without the elite positional size.

Landers Nolley II has burst onto the national scene early in the season as one of the elite shooting/scoring freshman in the country. He’s got an NBA build with broad shoulders and good strength and he excels at today’s most valuable skill, hitting the 3pt shot. He's another player who could be a one and done or a two year college player.


Update 11/08/19

Big news this week with projected no.1 overall pick Cade Cunningham committing to Oklahoma
State (where his brother is an assistant coach). And the Cowboys could just be getting started, with 5-star Bryce Thompson on deck to make his college decision, with Oklahoma State among his final schools.

Jalen Green is currently mocked no.2 overall but he's looking stronger, more polished on offense and even more athletic (if that's possible) than he looked over the summer. He's very much in contention for that top spot. Auburn and Memphis seem to be in the lead in his recruiting.

Spanish power forward Usman Garuba is showing well for Real Madrid. He's a rebounding force and efficient on the offensive end. We've moved him up from the 2022 mock to 2021, projecting him as a top 10 pick. He reminds of mix between Tristan Thompson and Al Horford.

Isaiah Mobley got off to a nice start in his USC career. He's a potential one and done player but we have him mocked in 2021, thinking he'll stay for a second season so he can play with his brother Evan next year. Isaiah is just so smooth for a big man and seems like a great fit for today's NBA, with his 3pt shooting ability and switchability on D.

Jahmi'us Ramsey is off to a nice start for Texas Tech and is looking like a potential first rounder, sooner or later.

Good news out of Villanova as Bryon Antoine is cleared to practice again after a lingering shoulder issue. He's probably not a one and done but could be a 2021 first rounder.

Duke scored another recruiting win with the commitment of 7-0 center Mark Williams. He's currently projected in the early second round of our 2021 mock but could move up with a big senior year of high school.

Update 10/11/19

Tre Mann moves up to the mid first round. There's a chance he'll enter the 2020 draft with a strong freshman season at Florida but for now we're predicting that he'll return for a second season. He's got a game that is tailor-made for today's NBA, with a lightening quick release on his jumper and great 3pt accuracy. He also knows how to keep the ball moving and doesn't get caught up playing hero-ball.

News out of Villanova is that Bryan Antoine is still out with a shoulder injury and isn't set to return any time soon. There's a chance Antoine red-shirts this year, in which case he'll almost certainly forgo the 2020 draft and return to Nova next season. He's an interesting prospect, a dynamic athlete and tenacious defender, but he's got a ways to go before he's NBA ready and missing this season won't help. Hopefully he gets back on the court soon.


Update 10/3/19

The top prospects for the 2021 draft have been making their official college visits and announcing
their commitments. UNC scored a big win with the addition of smooth center Walker Kessler. The 6-11 big man is currently mocked as a late first round pick and possible one-and-done player for the tar heels.

Auburn is getting a lot of buzz as a possible landing spot for stud shooting guard Jalen Green. The Tigers recently landing 5-star point guard Sharife Cooper, a guy who other players want to play with. And Auburn is also going hard after Jaemyn Brakefield and human pogo stick Greg Brown. As for Jalen Green, he seems like a candidate to play overseas, perhaps following R.J. and Melo to the NBL.

Elite shooting guard Jaden Springer is down to Memphis, Michigan and Tennessee.

Not much movement in the mock this time of year but we've moved Michigan State wing Aaron Henry up to the mid first round of 2021. He could declare for the 2020 draft, with a strong second season for the Spartans, or push for the lottery in 2021. Henry isn't a guy who will get a lot of press but he's got the frame, athleticism and defensive tenacity to be an impact player in the League.


Update 8/24/19

We've moved Terrence Clarke up to the 2021 mock, projected that he'll reclassify to the 2020
recruiting class. Clarke is an elite prospect with no.1 overall type of talent. He'll join a loaded draft class, making it even stronger at the top. Clarke starts out at no.5 in the 2021 mock.

Addison Patterson recently classed-up to join the 2019 recruiting class and signed with the Oregon Ducks. He's probably not a one and done player but should be on the radar for 2021. He joins a loaded Oregon recruiting class so it'll be interesting to see how the minutes shake out and which of these players emerge as the best of the bunch.

Update 7/27/19

Not much movement this time of year. Jalen Green regains a spot in the top 2 after his Peach Jam performance. And Jalen Johnson moves up to no.3.

Big, bad, Ibou Dianko Badji moves into the lottery. He's one of the most intriguing prospects in this class, possessing insane measurables and guard-like agility in a monster frame. He's got a long ways to go but his ceiling is in the stratosphere. We'll be tracking his progress closely.

Jalen Suggs moves up a few spots into the mid first round, while Kai Jones moves down a few spots.

Update 7/03/19

Another superstar prospect and future lottery pick is headed to Duke: Jalen Johnson of Glendale, Wisconsin is a 6-8 forward who handles the ball and runs the break like a point guard, showing next level court vision and an advanced feel for the game. Johnson is a plus athlete, even by NBA standards and is a sure-fire one & done lottery pick, who could be in the conversation for no.1 overall. Coach K does it again. And again and again and again.


Update 6/15/19
Major movement for Makur Maker after a strong spring. Maker is a big-bodied guard/center with an intriguing skill set. He fits the mold of modern big who can stretch the floor, pass the ball and he shows impressive open court ball handling ability and the ability to rip and run. Maker is up to no.4 overall in our 2021 mock and is in the conversation for no.1 overall.

Lok Wur is a new comer to the mock, landing at no.30 overall. Wur is far from a finished product but based on athleticism and upside alone he gets consideration as a potential first round pick.  Not saying he's the next Giannis but he shows the same type of flashes as Giannis showed as an 18 year old in Greece. Wur is a blur in the open court, gliding past defenders with long strides, and exploding to the rim with ease. Keep an eye on him over the next year or two.

Update 5/28/19
Probably the hottest name right now is Cade Cunningham. The big point guard has elevated his stock to the point of being in the conversation for no.1 in his class. At this point we have him listed no.4 overall in our 2021 mock behind Jalen Green, Evan Mobley and Jalen Johnson.

Adam Miller is another riser (and another big point guard). AceWolf is a crafty ball handler who finds angles well when driving the ball and is a creative finisher in the lane. He's got the size to shoot over defenders and can really get buckets. He's moved up our list to no.22 in the 2021 mock.

Jaden Springer is currently ranked no.16 in the mock but after a great end to the HS season and a good showing this spring, he's looking like a potential lottery pick.

And of course we're all waiting for/anticipating the end of the one-and-done rule, which could mean the top prospects from the 2021 recruiting class could be in this draft as well. Better get to know the name Terrance Clarke!