LJs 2019 NBA Draft Guide

by Leader Johnson (follow L.J. on Twitter)

Top 30 Most NBA ready 2019 draft prospects

  1. Ja Morant/PG/Murray State
  2. Zion Williamson/PF/Duke
  3. Camron Reddish/SF/Duke
  4. RJ Barrett/SF/Duke
  5. Jarrett Culver/SG/Texas Tech
  6. DeAndre Hunter/SF/Virginia
  7. Grant Williams/PF/Tennessee
  8. Rui Hachimura/PF/Gonzaga
  9. Nassir Little/SF/North Carolina
  10. Bol Bol/C/Oregon
  11. Darius Garland/PG/Vanderbilt
  12. Kevin Porter Jr./SG/USC
  13. Brandon Clarke/PF/Gonzaga
  14. Phil Booth/CG/Villanova
  15. Daniel Gafford/PF/Arkansas
  16. Eric Paschall/PF/Villanova
  17. Ethan Happ/PF/Wisconsin
  18. Paul Washington Jr./PF/Kentucky
  19. Nickeil Alexander-Walker/CG/Virginia Tech
  20. Cam Johnson/SF/North Carolina
  21. Bruno Fernando/C/Maryland
  22. Jalen Lecque/PG/NC State
  23. Naz Reid/PF/LSU
  24. Jaxson Hayes/C/Texas
  25. Reggie Perry/SF/Mississippi State
  26. Carsen Edwards/PG/Purdue
  27. Coby White/PG/North Carolina
  28. Keldon Johnson/Kentucky
  29. Dedric Lawson/PF/Kansas
  30. Romeo Langford/SG/Indiana

Top 5 point guards

  1. Ja Morant/Murray State
  2. Darius Garland/Vanderbilt
  3. Nickeil Alexander-Walker/Virginia Tech
  4. Jalen Lecque/NC State
  5. Carsen Edwards/Purdue

Top 5 shooting guards

  1. Jarrett Culver/Texas Tech
  2. Coby White/North Carolina
  3. Kevin Porter Jr./USC
  4. Romeo Langford/Indiana
  5. Keldon Johnson/Kentucky

Top 5 small forwards

  1. Cam Reddish/Duke
  2. RJ Barrett/Duke
  3. Nassir Little/North Carolina
  4. DeAndre Hunter/Virginia
  5. Cam Johnson/North Carolina

Top 5 power forwards

  1. Zion Williamson/Duke
  2. Rui Hachimura/Gonzaga
  3. PJ Washington/Kentucky
  4. Sekou Doumbouya/France
  5. Brandon Clarke/Gonzaga

Top 5 Centers

  1. Bol Bol/Oregon
  2. Charles Bassey/Western Kentucky
  3. Jaxson Hayes/Texas
  4. Bruno Fernando/Maryland
  5. Daniel Gafford/Arkansas

Top 10 sleepers

  1. Bol Bol/Oregon – Bol Bol is as low as 18 in some mock drafts. He was the second most impactful and physically imposing freshman last season next to Zion Williamson. Teams are downplaying him because he got injured. He will have a lot of GMs smacking themselves in the future.
  2. Nassir Little/North Carolina – The Tar Heel's inability to get him more chances to score is why you didn’t get to see his full arsenal. NBA scouts not being able to see enough of Little will keep him from being a top three prospect. It’s a possibility he can slip to the early 20s.
  3. Jalen Lecque/NC State – explosive and aggressive with an evolving basketball IQ. He can be patient and lead a team. He can be clutch and take over the game. Reminds me of a smarter Steve Francis. Lecque is a 5-star talent that many will overlook because he has not played a college game. But remember Mitchell Robinson and Anfernee Simons.
  4. Charles Bassey/Western Kentucky – Bassey had a better season than Jaxson Hayes and showed more of a complete offensive game than Bruno Fernando.
  5. Kevin Porter jr/USC – Considered a lottery pick and now has fallen to the early 20s in some mock drafts. He is one of the most extremely gifted talents in the draft.
  6. Grant Williams/Tennessee – Grant Williams is one of the most NBA ready players in this draft. "Upside, raw talent, high ceiling" are terms mentioned too much when rating players over him. Someone will get a warrior.
  7. Keldon Johnson/Kentucky – One of the best scorers in the draft. Coming into this past college season he was also considered a top 10 talent.
  8. Rui Hachimura/Gonzaga – Hachimura has been one of the best young basketball prospects for a while now. He was named college basketball center of the year and battled some of the best prospects in the country and won.
  9. Naz Reid – Reid is a lottery talent, a big with three point range. He has athleticism and power plus he has back to the basket moves. He plays like a more athletic Montrez Harrell or Kenneth Faried.
  10. Cam Reddish/Duke – Looking at this draft Reddish has the potential to be the most dangerous all-around player in this draft. He has Point skills. He has the smoothest and most dangerous long range jumper. He can score anywhere, anyhow, anyway. Duke saw Zion and RJ have most of the possessions then when Reddish got the ball he was never in his flow, basically rushing shots and not thinking like Reddish usually does on the court. Down the line Reddish will be one of the top three special players in this draft. Many people have had him as low as 11 but Reddish should realistically go no lower than fourth overall. Scouts are now starting to see how special he is and are thinking of him as high as five.
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