2015 NBA Draft: Jonathan Wasserman's Top 50 Prospect Big Board

Jonathan Wasserman@@NBADraftWassNBA Lead WriterMarch 28, 2015

2015 NBA Draft: Jonathan Wasserman's Top 50 Prospect Big Board

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    The big board consists of our top 50 prospects who can be eligible for the 2015 NBA draft. These are personal rankings and not necessarily where we project each prospect to be selected.

    A number of these prospects in the No. 20 through No. 50 range may even return to school next season.

    With games still left to play and a whole predraft process ahead of us, our rankings are not set in stone. And that includes our top four.  

50. James Blackmon Jr., Indiana, 6'4", SG, Freshman

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    Only four freshmen in the country finished with a higher scoring average than James Blackmon Jr., who put up 15.7 points per game.

    He's a microwave perimeter scorer who can generate offense on demand. Blackmon picks up buckets by separating into jumpers off the dribble and spotting up around the arc, where he knocked down 2.3 threes per game at a 38.7 percent clip.

    He'd be a lot higher on my board if he were a little taller and more explosive. Blackmon doesn't have the quickest first step and struggles to finish around the rim.

    He'll need to improve his shot selection moving forward, which will be something to work on as a sophomore, assuming he returns to school. 

49. Joseph Young, Oregon, 6'2", SG, Senior

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    Joseph Young has just been too productive to overlook as a second-round pick, even though his 6'2" size and shoot-first mentality aren't exactly NBA-friendly. 

    He averaged 20.7 points per game and made 91 three-pointers. And he finished incredibly strong. Young's scoring totals his final five games were 30 points against Wisconsin, 27 against Oklahoma State, 19 against Arizona, 25 against Utah and 30 against Colorado.

    Though undersized, Young is an excellent athlete who can explode above the rim or separate into jumpers on the perimeter. And when he's on, he has the ability to knock down contested shots and put up points in bunches.

    Whether he can play point guard in the pros is irrelevant. You draft Young for his ability to put the ball in the hole and hope he'll work out in a spark-plug role.

48. Buddy HIeld, Oklahoma, 6'4", SG, Junior

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    Buddy Hield has struggled in the postseason, but he's made 90 threes and has averaged 17.3 points per game as a junior.

    He's a perimeter scorer and a smooth athlete who is held back by questionable shot selection. But there is no doubt Hield can knock them down. He has deep range and the ability to shoot off the dribble. 

    On the downside, he takes 14.3 shots and 7.3 threes to just 3.7 free-throw attempts per night. 

    Hield isn't a sharp one-on-one scorer, but as a secondary option in an NBA lineup, his ability to stretch the floor and convert jump-shot opportunities may actually hold some value.

47. Yogi Ferrell, Indiana, 6'0", PG, Junior

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    Yogi Ferrell tightened up his game as a junior, and it has improved his odds of getting drafted.

    Though just 6'0", there isn't a spot on the floor Ferrell can't get to. Super quick with a mean handle, he has the ability to separate and create his shot whenever he wants.

    And he did a better job of picking and choosing his spots in 2014-15. Ferrell dished out 1.0 more assist per 40 minutes, took fewer shots and averaged fewer turnovers per game.

    But the most promising aspect of Ferrell's game is arguably his proven shooting touch and range. He's made a combined 170 threes over the past two seasons. And he shot at least 40 percent from downtown in each. 

    I'm not sure he's the next Isaiah Thomas, but as a spark plug off the bench, I'd take a second-round gamble on his playmaking and shot-making ability.

46. Justin Jackson, North Carolina, 6'8", SF, Freshman

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    Justin Jackson was fairly quiet as a freshman—until February 21. He finished the year having scored in double figures in nine of North Carolina's last 10 games. 

    And he looked great during the postseason. Jackson went for 22 points against Virginia on March 13 and averaged 15 points through three NCAA tournament games. 

    Jackson can ultimately make shots in a number of different ways. He's flashed a promising shooting stroke and the ability to knock down jumpers off movement. He can also put the ball on the floor and toss up a floater.

    However, at 190 pounds, he lacks strength and therefore struggles in traffic and at the rim.

    Jackson needs another year of reps to improve his confidence, shooting accuracy and body. But at 6'8" with a small forward's perimeter skill set and mobility, he's definitely worth a look.

45. Dakari Johnson, Kentucky, 7'0", C, Sophomoe

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    Dakari Johnson hasn't had the opportunity to play many minutes through two years at Kentucky—especially for a kid with first-round hopes. 

    But from an evaluation standpoint, Johnson's skill set is pretty cut-and-dried. He can score on the low block with his back to the rim using the over-the-shoulder hook. However, he doesn't have many counters, and if the defense takes away his first look, he often forces up an awkward shot. 

    Johnson also hasn't shown much shooting touch or range. 

    He did drop 20 pounds over the summer (down to 255 pounds), and it's led to buckets in transition he wouldn't have picked up last year. 

    But at this point, Johnson just isn't skilled or fluid enough to justify first-round looks. He's best off being viewed as a potential backup center whose physical presence can hopefully translate into rim protection, rebounds and dunks.

44. Tyrone Wallace, California, 6'5", PG/SG, Junior

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    Tyrone Wallace had a productive year and flashed loads of potential. But a couple of glaring weaknesses have naturally clouded his outlook and appeal.

    He averaged 17.1 points and four assists, and at 6'5", Wallace has mismatch size for a ball-handler and plenty of athleticism. 

    But his 48.4 percent true shooting percentage, per Sports-Reference.com, says it all. Through three years, Wallace hasn't really given scouts any indication his jumper is ready to come around. 

    Between his athleticism, physical tools and playmaking ability, Wallace has first-round-caliber upside. He just has a lot of adjustments and improvements to make before it can ever come to fruition. 

43. Jordan Mickey, LSU, 6'8", PF, Sophomore

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    Jordan Mickey was a force in the SEC as its leading rebounder and shot-blocker. At just 6'8", he grabbed 9.9 boards and swatted 3.6 shots per game, showcasing some incredible instincts and athleticism around the rim. 

    Mickey has excellent timing when it comes to making a defensive play on a finisher or loose ball.

    However, he's undersized for an NBA power forward, and he lacks the perimeter ball skills of a wing. Mickey has looked capable in the mid-range but not reliable or overly threatening. 

    He'll need to show he can knock down jumpers in workouts, but it's tough to just write off the ridiculous numbers he put up.

    For what it's worth, he went for 16 points, seven boards and four blocks in LSU's two-point loss to Kentucky on February 10. 

42. George Lucas, Brazil, 6'5", PG, 1996

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    George Lucas, or George Lucas Alves De Paula, found the radar during the 2014 FIBA Americas Under-18 Championship, where he averaged 13.4 points and 4.2 assists. 

    In April, he'll head to the Nike Hoop Summit to play in front of dozens of NBA scouts.

    Lucas has that blend of 6'5" size and playmaking ability that always seems to generate buzz.

    Given the low-level competition he faced in Brazil, he'll be a name to keep an eye on after the Summit, when we'll have a better idea of how he stacks up against other NBA prospects.  

41. Norman Powell, UCLA, 6'4", SG, Senior

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    Norman Powell stepped up as UCLA's top gun in 2014-15, and for the most part, he did a solid job. Powell averaged 16.4 points on a respectable 45.6 percent shooting. 

    He's one of the better athletes in the country, which helps makes up for the inch or two he lacks in height. Powell is explosive in the open floor and tough to slow down on the way to the rim.

    But his defense will ultimately hold the most NBA value. Powell has the ability to lock down both backcourt positions, which is a skill he's embraced over the past couple of seasons. 

    He'd be a lot higher on the board had he made more than 31.9 percent of his threes. Without that jumper, Powell's chances of sticking in the pros fall dramatically. 

    Powell seems like an ideal second-round pick as a potential defensive specialist and ball-stopper.

40. Tyus Jones, Duke, 6'1", PG, Freshman

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    Tyus Jones has played a big role in Duke's offense this year as its primary decision-maker. That's where his strengths lie—picking his spots as a game manager and setting the table for teammates. 

    He's averaging 5.7 assists to just two turnovers. Jones is a natural point guard with a tight handle and terrific facilitating instincts off the dribble. 

    Though comfortable operating behind ball screens, where he can hit the roll-and-pop man or pull up in the mid-range, Jones is at his best in the open floor. He picks up 46.8 percent of his assists within the first 10 seconds of Duke's possessions.

    Jones creates open looks by pushing the ball and finding teammates before the defense can set. 

    He ultimately lacks size, strength and above-the-rim explosiveness. In terms of NBA upside, he doesn't offer much. But with a high skill level and basketball IQ, as well as a promising shooting stroke (38.1 percent from three), Jones should be able to compete for a backup job in the NBA.

39. Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin, 6'7", SF/PF, Sophomore

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    Nigel Hayes quietly emerged as Wisconsin's No. 3 scoring weapon and a fairly intriguing NBA prospect. 

    At 6'7", he's a bit of a tweener without the traditional size of a power forward or the perimeter skill set of a wing. 

    However, Hayes added a jumper this season, having made 33 threes after failing to make any as a freshman. And it's opened up the dribble-drive game for him. He has shown the quickness, handle and body control to face up and attack the rim in line drives. 

    At 250 pounds, he's also given the Badgers a live body under the boards and a strong finisher around the basket. 

    Hayes has been efficient, shooting 55.2 percent on twos and 37.5 percent from downtown (60.1 percent true shooting percentage) and averaging just 1.3 turnovers in 32.9 minutes. 

    He'd have a better shot at the first round in 2016, but Hayes would seem like the ideal second-round gamble this June if he chose to bolt with teammates Sam Dekker and Frank Kaminsky. 

38. Rashad Vaughn, UNLV, 6'6", Freshman

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    Rashad Vaughn's high school reputation held firm throughout the year. He's a natural scorer capable of going off on any given night. 

    Vaughn averaged 17.8 points in 2014-15—the third most among freshmen behind Duke's Jahlil Okafor and Ohio State's D'Angelo Russell. 

    He does most of his work on the perimeter (2.3 threes made per game), and though his shooting was inconsistent, he demonstrated high-level shot-creating and shot-making ability with his jumper. 

    Vaughn lacks explosiveness off the dribble, and it resulted in poor shot selection and plenty of settling. He took 14.3 shots and 6.1 threes per game to just 4.3 free-throw attempts in 32.2 minutes. 

    Unfortunately, he tore his meniscus in February and missed the rest of the season, though according to Scout.com's Evan Daniels, his knee is now 100 percent. 

    He has some flaws, but at 18 years old, Vaughn's 6'6" size and potent offensive attack are worth looking into. 

37. Jake Layman, Maryland, 6'8", SF/PF, Junior

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    Jake Layman always looked the part of a stretch-forward NBA prospect, only he played it a little bit better as a junior.

    At 6'8", he has the height of a 4 with the face-up mobility and shooting stroke of a wing. He knocked down 45 threes (after making 61 last year) at a promising 37.8 percent clip.

    And quite frankly, his role at Maryland isn't likely to be all that different than the one he'll play in the pros. 

    Layman was more of a third option behind Melo Trimble and Dez Wells. Though he's drawn comparisons to Chandler Parsons, Layman isn't the same caliber one-on-one scorer. He does most of his damage off the ball, either spotting up, slashing through the lane or cutting to the hole. 

    This year, Layman was much more efficient inside the arc, having raised his two-point percentage to 53 percent from 44.1 percent.

    A lack of strength, playmaking ability and shot creativity weighs down his upside, but Layman's simplistic yet effective skill set may be tailor-made for the stretch 3 or 4 role.

36. Justin Anderson, Virginia, 6'6", SF, Junior

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    Having averaged between seven and eight points per game in each of his first two years at Virginia, Justin Anderson entered the season outside the NBA draft conversation. 

    We knew about his strength, athleticism and motor—Anderson just never brought much else to the table in terms of offense or skills.  

    And then he showed up as a junior and hit 45.2 percent of his threes after making just 29.4 percent as a sophomore and 30.3 percent as a freshman. 

    Now, he's a potential three-and-D prospect in the first-round discussion. 

    However, Anderson went through a period from January to February where he shot just 7-of-25 from downtown. And then he broke a finger and missed eight games. After returning, he only made one triple over Virginia's final four contests.

    If you're buying into Anderson, you'd have to put a lot of stock into a small sample size of three-point attempts during a two-month stretch, because he didn't do anything before or after it to justify NBA interest. 

    Without a reliable long-range jumper, we're probably not talking about a prospect. 

    I'm not ready to buy in—at least not with a guaranteed contract. But I also wouldn't wait too long to snag Anderson early in Round 2. It was an impressive two-month shooting showcase.

35. Cliff Alexander, Kansas, 6'8", PF, Freshman

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    Cliff Alexander had entered the year as a reasonable candidate to emerge in the top-five overall discussion, but nobody's stock took a bigger hit this season. 

    He averaged just 3.7 points over his final nine games before eligibility issues forced him to miss the entire month of March. 

    Through February, Alexander showed little ability to create his own shot or make one outside the paint. And at 6'8", he's slightly undersized for an NBA power forward who only operates around the basket.

    Having said that, he's a sensational athlete with a live motor. Alexander averaged 12 rebounds and three blocks per 40 minutes, numbers that highlight his above-the-rim presence and activity level on the interior.

    But his poor skill level and questionable height are both fairly concerning red flags. With him being almost a year older than most freshmen (he'll be 20 in November), I'm not sure there is nearly as much upside in Alexander's tank as we initially thought. 

    Best-case scenario, we're likely looking at a frontcourt energizer under the boards. Depending on who's still on the board, that may or may not be worth a first-round commitment. 

34. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Arizona, 6'7", SF, Junior

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    Not much has changed regarding Rondae Hollis-Jefferson's NBA outlook. A limited offensive game still weighs down his upside. Hollis-Jefferson averages 11.1 points, mostly off cuts, rebounds or transition opportunities. 

    He doesn't have much of a handle and subsequently struggles to create his own shot.

    Hollis-Jefferson has also made just eight three-pointers in two years, a scary thought when you take into account he's a projected small forward. 

    However, there is no denying the tools and versatility he brings to the defensive table. At 6'7", he's long, quick and athletic. Hollis-Jefferson has flashed perimeter lockdown potential, like he did against Ohio State in the NCAA tournament, when he helped hold D'Angelo Russell to 3-of-19 shooting. He can blanket guards and match up with forwards. 

    Without the ability to score or shoot, however, it's hard to picture Hollis-Jefferson ever landing more than a 10-to-15-minute role. But as a defensive specialist, he'll be worth a late first-round look depending on who else is available.

33. Malik Pope, San Diego State, 6'8", SF, Freshman

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    Malik Pope was a top-100 recruit for San Diego State, and though the numbers he put up didn't show it, he's become an intriguing NBA prospect. 

    The obvious draw to Pope stems from his high-flying athleticism and 6'8" size for a small forward. He's also shown the ability to play out on the perimeter, where he can handle the ball and shoot efficiently (20-of-49 from deep this season).

    Right now, he's unsurprisingly at his best in the open floor. However, he's flashed promise with regard to his half-court offense in terms of pulling up and finishing various cuts and runners.

    Pope averaged just 5.1 points per game, so unless a team is willing to gamble on a project whose resume is pretty much blank, he'd be better off returning as a sophomore. But there is obvious NBA potential attached to his springs and skill set. And we've seen plenty of teams willing to reach and ultimately wait for development and results.

32. Damian Jones, Vanderbilt, 6'10", PF, Sophomore

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    It doesn't take long to recognize Damian Jones' upside. At 6'10", 240 pounds, he's a monster athlete with an explosive blend of quickness and above-the-rim burst. 

    Though still raw, he managed to average 14.4 points on 56.1 percent shooting as the focal point of opposing defenses. 

    He's just an animal around the basket, where he can bully his way for buckets or separate and finish at awkward angles. 

    Jones even blocked two shots per game, though his 13.7 percent rebounding percentage is somewhat uninspiring, per Sports-Reference.com.

    He'll need another year to continue polishing up his post skills and shooting touch. And hopefully he takes it—because Jones has flashed enough raw talent to justify a top-20 look in 2016.

31. Jarell Martin, LSU, 6'10", PF, Sophomore

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    Jarell Martin built on a promising freshman season at LSU by averaging 16.9 points and 9.2 rebounds as a sophomore. He made significant changes to his shot selection that helped improve his effectiveness and efficiency as a scorer. 

    He took 29 fewer three-pointers this season, and though he played roughly nine more minutes per game, he attempted a whopping 113 more free throws.

    Listed at 6'10", 236 pounds, Martin did a much better job of using his athleticism and strength to his advantage. His ability to face up and attack or separate into mid-range pull-ups and step-backs has made him a tough cover for slower power forwards. 

    However, Martin made just 29.5 percent of his catch-and-shoot jumpers, and with only 13.1 percent of his shot attempts coming on post-ups, per DraftExpress' Kyle Nelson, there are questions concerning his NBA position. 

    He also measured just 6'7 ½" at the LeBron James Nike Skills Academy this past summer—a big difference from LSU's measurement. 

    The former McDonald's All-American has plenty of offensive talent, but there is some uncertainty regarding how his game translates to the pros. Martin will be a first-round gamble and second-round value pick this June, as he's already announced he'll be declaring

30. Terry Rozier, Louisville, 6'1", PG/SG, Sophomore

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    Terry Rozier can score—he's averaging 17.2 points per game as Louisville's top offensive gun. The question is, can he create for others? Because you're not going to find many teams willing to gamble a first-round pick on a 6'1", shoot-first gunner. 

    He's currently sporting a scary 3-2 assist-to-turnover ratio. 

    To his credit, Rozier played mostly the 2 alongside ball-handler Chris Jones before Louisville dismissed Jones from the team in February. Since then, we've seen flashes of playmaking instincts from Rozier, who dished out nine assists against Florida State (February 28), five against Notre Dame (March 4) and seven against Northern Iowa in the NCAA tournament.

    For what it's worth, Rozier looks the part of an NBA point guard from a physical perspective. He's quick and explosive off the dribble. And he defends and rebounds (5.2 per game) well for the position.

    At this point, he's more of a capable shooter than a knockdown one. Rozier has made 47 threes, though he shoots just 30.9 percent from downtown.

    Either way, his outlook will ultimately be tied to how much he grows as a passer and table-setter.

29. Robert Upshaw, 7'0", C, 1991

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    There aren't many bigger wild cards than Robert Upshaw, who was leading the country in shot blocking before being dismissed from his second college program. In three years, he got the boot from both Fresno State and Washington.

    However, just to put in perspective what Upshaw meant to the Huskies' 2014-15 lineup, they were 14-4 with him and 2-11 without him.

    While there are obvious concerns regarding his character, there aren't many over his basketball tools and strengths. They're valuable in the NBA.  At 7'0", 255 pounds, he's built like a pro center, and he's flashed the mobility and instincts wired for rim protection. 

    He swatted a ridiculous 13.3 percent of opponent two-point field goals while he was on the floor this season, per Sports-Reference.com. That comes out to a whopping 7.2 blocks per 40 minutes. 

    Though not particularly skilled offensively, he still averaged a decent 17.6 points per 40 minutes and shot 59.3 percent from the floor. Upshaw is capable of knocking down jump hooks from the low block and finishing above the cylinder. 

    You're not going to see him knock down many jumpers. Upshaw shot a disastrous 43.4 percent from the stripe. But for a team that needs a little size, defense and rebounding (13.1 boards per 40) up front, Upshaw clearly offers something worth looking into. 

    His biggest challenge will be selling general managers on his off-the-court behavior. 

28. Domantas Sabonis, Gonzaga, 6'10", PF, Freshman

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    You won't find many big men as active as Domantas Sabonis, who has consistently made plays around the hoop whenever he's been on the floor. 

    Per 40 minutes, he averages 17.8 points and 13.1 rebounds. 

    Though not a particularly skilled post scorer, Sabonis finishes everything that comes his way, whether it's off an entry pass to the low block or a dump down from a driving guard. 

    His athleticism, motor and instincts ultimately translate to routine easy buckets. Rarely ever taking a shot he can't make, Sabonis is shooting a whopping 67.5 percent.

    He has his limitations on both sides of the ball (only 11 blocks, 17 steals all seasons), but Sabonis' energy and activity in the paint could hold value to a frontcourt that needs a jolt. 

27. Delon Wright, Utah, 6'5", PG, Senior

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    With the bar set high following a terrific first year at Utah, Delon Wright lived up to the expectations in 2014-15. He's been the driving force behind the Utes' top-20 ranking in offensive and defensive efficiency, via Kenpom.com

    Wright's numbers were practically the same from a year ago—14.7 points, 5.2 assists, 2.1 steals per game. He shot above 50 percent from the floor once again, thanks to some impressive body control and finishing instincts around the key and at the rim.

    But he also took better care of the ball as a senior, having averaged 0.6 fewer turnovers per game. And with jump shooting the big knock on his game, he managed to hit 26 threes (made 12 last year) at a respectable 36.1 percent clip. 

    Wright even nailed 83.4 percent of his free throws, a promising sign regarding his touch. 

    He'll be 23 years old next season, so there isn't much upside left to chase. But as a defensive-minded reserve, he should have the chance to become a serviceable backup ball-handler.

26. Montrezl Harrell, Louisville, 6'8", PF, Junior

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    Though Montrezl Harrell had another productive season (15.4 points, 9.2 rebounds per game), he didn't make the strides that scouts were likely hoping he'd make. 

    Per 40 minutes, his scoring and rebounding numbers are actually down, as is his field-goal percentage. 

    In an attempt to showcase some versatility, Harrell took more jumpers this year. Only 48.6 percent of his shots came at the rim in 2014-15. Last year, that number was 66.9 percent.

    After taking just three threes as a sophomore, Harrell took 37 as a junior, but he only made nine of them. He also shot a dreadful mark from the line again (60.4 percent), and at this point, it's clear he just doesn't have much touch. 

    Harrell won't get the green light to shoot from outside as an NBA pro. His game is predicated on athleticism and activity around the rim, where he's a powerful finisher and a live body under the boards. 

    The only problem is he's 6'8" and lacks post skills. 

    Harrell projects as an energizer and physical frontcourt presence, but don't expect his scoring numbers to translate from one level to the next. He's taken a big fall down our board since the start of the season.

25. Cameron Payne, Murray State, 6'2", PG, Sophomore

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    Cameron Payne's season ended after a tough beat in the NIT quarterfinal, but not before he was able to dent the first-round radar. 

    He put up one of the most impressive lines of any player in the country—20.2 points, six assists, 1.9 steals and 2.4 three-pointers made per game. 

    Payne flashed some awfully slick playmaking instincts as a passer (ranked No. 6 in the country in assist percentage, per Sports-Reference.com), as well as the scoring ability and confidence to take over stretches of games. He's lethal on the perimeter, both spotting up and off the dribble. And he's dangerous on the move, where he can put the ball in the hole using an array of crafty runners and floaters.

    Unafraid to take the big shot—something we saw throughout the Ohio Valley Conference tournament—Payne's leadership and competitive edge also play to his likability. 

    For Payne, the only real question heading into the predraft process will be the competition he faced. But there is just no taking away from the production he put up—or the skills and intangibles he showcased throughout the year. 

24. Christian Wood, UNLV, 6'11", PF, Sophomore

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    One of 2015's top breakout prospects, Christian Wood has become a key name in the 2015 draft conversation. He averaged 15.7 points and 10 boards as a sophomore, after only playing 13 minutes per game in 2013-14. 

    Wood immediately stands out under the NBA lens due to his 6'11" size, bouncy athleticism and perimeter ball skills.

    At 220 pounds, he isn't your traditional power forward post player—though his rebounding numbers and 2.7 blocks per game highlight his above-the-rim presence down low. Still, Wood prefers to face up and attack or shoot over the top of his man from outside. He's at his best when taking slower-footed bigs off the dribble and finishing on the move.

    Wood's jumper remains a work in progress, considering he only connected on 28.4 percent of his threes. But he did make 25 of them, as well as a promising 73.6 percent of his free throws. 

    He exploded a number of times offensively this season, going for 24 points against Arizona back in December. He then hit the 27-point mark four times after. 

    Wood offers a little bust potential, without much strength for the interior and an unproven shooting stroke for the perimeter. But between his unique versatility and activity level around the hoop, there is plenty of potential reward attached to the risk of drafting him.

23. R.J. Hunter, Georgia State, 6'6", SG, Junior

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    Though most got to know R.J. Hunter after he dropped 12 points in the final three minutes to knock off Baylor in the NCAA tournament, scouts have been flocking to Georgia State games for a while. He averaged 17 points for the third consecutive season.

    Hunter's game is predicated on perimeter scoring. He's constantly looking to free himself up for jumpers off screens, handoffs, curls and pindowns. Only 16.8 percent of his field-goal attempts actually come at the rim.

    Hunter has a speedy, effortless release. And he has as much range as any shooter in the country. Through three seasons, he's hit 253 threes, many of which have come from a couple of feet behind the arc. 

    This year, his percentage fell dramatically (down to 30.5 percent), a likely result of being the focal point of opposing defenses. Not having many table-setters or passers in the lineup didn't help, either. But even with the three-ball failing to consistently drop, he still managed to average 19.7 points, hit 80 triples, double his assist rate and make 202 free throws, the seventh-most of anyone in America. 

    At 6'6", 190 pounds, the Klay Thompson comparisons are a bit much. A more baseline projection would have Hunter excelling as a third or fourth option and dangerous complementary shot-making weapon.

22. Bobby Portis, Arkansas, 6'11", PF, Sophomore

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    I'm not sure there was anything more that Bobby Portis could have done this year to enhance his own credibility as a prospect. He averaged 17.5 points on 53.6 percent and grabbed 2.1 more rebounds per game (8.9, up from 6.8).

    Portis even hit 14-of-30 from downtown, highlighting his shooting touch for a big man, arguably his most attractive NBA quality. 

    He continually flashed pick-and-pop or stretch-4 potential working from the elbows out to the arc, where he has a smooth, natural delivery on his jumper. (He made 91 two-point jumpers.) 

    And there is a good chance that stroke will be his moneymaker in the pros. Portis isn't particularly explosive or overwhelming around the rim. Though skilled on the low block, he struggles with contact. And because of it, I wouldn't bank on Portis emerging as a go-to or dominant post scorer.

    However, as a backup power forward in the pros, Portis' ability to consistently knock down shots around the arc and key is what NBA teams should value most. 

    Portis recently told ArkansasOnline.com's Bob Holt he was actually leaning toward returning to school. Whatever he decides, his stock won't move much one way or the other. He'll be a mid-to-late first-round pick in whichever draft he chooses to enter.

21. Caris LeVert, Michigan, 6'7", SF, Junior

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    Since he underwent two surgeries to the same foot within a span of less than a year, there are obvious red flags tied to Caris LeVert. 

    But there is also a lot to like about his game if he can remain healthy enough to play it. 

    At 6'7", LeVert has ideal size and athleticism for a 2-guard, along with the versatility to create or slide off the ball.

    Michigan was able to use LeVert, arguably the Wolverines' best playmaker, as a pick-and-roll ball-handler. His average of 3.7 assists was tops on the team before he went down.

    We've also seen LeVert catch fire around the arc, where he can separate into jumpers or catch-and-shoot with range. He's made at least 40 percent of his threes in two consecutive seasons. 

    If there is a hole in LeVert's offense, it's his in-between game, where he struggles making pull-ups and floaters. He's shot below 32 percent on two-point jumpers in back-to-back years. 

    However, when you focus on the things he actually does well, LeVert should bring enough to the table to justify consideration from mid-to-late first-round teams. 

    The only question for LeVert is when to declare. He'll have a tough decision to make. I wouldn't be surprised if he stays another season to prove his durability. 

20. Sam Dekker, Wisconsin, 6'9", SF, Junior

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    For Sam Dekker, it's been another solid year on the floor and a quiet one in the stat sheets (13.5 points per game).

    Though he doesn't excel in any particular area of the game, Dekker's versatility goes a long way in Wisconsin's lineup. 

    From an NBA perspective, his 6'9" size and athleticism immediately stand out for a projected small forward. 

    Dekker isn't the greatest shot-creator, but he handles the ball exceptionally well. He's excellent at attacking driving lanes and exploding to the basket, something we saw in Arizona's win over North Carolina in the NCAA tournament's Sweet 16. 

    Dekker also did a better job this year of picking up buckets off cuts and slashes. He raised his two-point percentage from 55 percent as a sophomore to an outstanding 63.8 percent as a junior.

    Unfortunately, he's about right where he was last year from downtown, making an uninspiring 31.6 percent of his threes. 

    He has a number of promising role-player qualities, from his unselfishness and basketball IQ to his ability to finish without needing the dribble. But to become a 20-minute-per-game wing in the pros, Dekker will need to start knocking down jumpers with more consistency.

19. Demetrius Jackson, Notre Dame, 6'1", PG, Sophomore

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    Playing alongside Jerian Grant, Demetrius Jackson hasn't had many opportunities to steal the spotlight. But he's had a few eye-opening performances throughout the year, particularly against noteworthy competition.

    Jackson scored 22 points in a win over Michigan State (December 3), 15 in a win over North Carolina (January 5), 21 in a win over Louisville (March 4) and 15 in a win over Duke (March 13). Most recently, he hung 20 points on Wichita State to help the Irish advance into the NCAA tournament's Elite Eight. 

    Though just 6'1", Jackson is a dazzling athlete who elevates high above the rim—a huge plus for a ball-handler who is looking to make the NBA jump. He's had a number of highlight dunks this year over big men he made look silly. 

    Jackson is also money from outside, where he's shooting 43.2 percent from deepthe second consecutive year he's shot better than 40 percent.

    Unfortunately, it's tough to get a read on how strong his facilitating instincts are, given how often Grant is used as the team's playmaker. 

    But Jackson is a quick guard who can open up shots for teammates just by breaking down the defense off the dribble. 

    Hopefully, he stays another year so we get a chance to watch him operate as the primary decision-maker. Either way, we're talking about a first-round talent who's been slightly overshadowed by a star backcourt partner. 

    I'd ultimately use a top-30 pick on Jackson whether he left this year or the next. 

18. Devin Booker, Kentucky, 6'6", SG, Freshman

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    With NBA teams always on the lookout for shot-makers, Devin Booker emerged midyear into the first-round conversation. 

    He's been Kentucky's most reliable outside sniper and perimeter scorer. Shooting 40.6 percent from downtown on 1.6 three-point makes per game, Booker has textbook mechanics and a natural stroke. Every jumper looks the same, whether he's spotting up or pulling up off a dribble or two. 

    At 6'6", Booker isn't an explosive athlete, but he's fluid enough to finish plays as a cutter and runner in transition. 

    He struggles to create his own shot and get to the rim, where he's made just 12 field goals all year in the half court. And that limits his upside. Booker doesn't project as a guard you'd isolate or run your offense through.

    I ultimately like Booker in the J.J. Redick role—one that allows him to stretch the floor and opportunistically score off the talent that surrounds him. Booker would work best in a lineup as a No. 3, 4 or 5 option.

17. Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin, 7'0", PF/C, Senior

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    Just like he did as a junior, Frank Kaminsky took his game to another level his senior year. He's emerged as one of college basketball's toughest covers, thanks to his 7'0" size, outstanding footwork and impressive shot-making skills.

    He averages 18.4 points on 55.3 percent shooting, so there just aren't many college bigs who are capable of defending Kaminsky's versatility. He's a threat to separate over the shoulder with his back to the rim or face up and score on the move. 

    And given that 41.3 percent three-point stroke, Kaminsky can stretch the floor as a shooter, both as a pick-and-pop and spot-up target. He's even made noticeable strides as a passer, doubling his assist total in 2014-15.

    The big question is how much Kaminsky's lack of strength and athleticism will hold him back in the NBA. He's more of a finesse player than a physical one. He isn't a particularly overwhelming presence under the boards, either. His 6.2 percent offensive rebounding percentage is awfully low for a big man, per Sports-Reference.com.

    As a pro, I'm ultimately selling Kaminsky as the same dominant post presence he's been for Wisconsin. But between his size, jumper and polished skills, I'll buy him as a high-end reserve or low-end starter.

16. Kevon Looney, UCLA, 6'9", PF, Freshman

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    Kevon Looney's physical tools and inside-out game fuel some enticing mismatch versatility. 

    At 6'9" with a 7'3" wingspan, he has the measurements of a power forward with some perimeter ball skills of a wing. 

    Looney's jumper looks sharp for a freshman big man, having connected on 22 of 51 threes. He's also shown the ability to face up in the mid-range and shoot off the catch or pull up off the dribble. 

    The other glowing aspect of Looney's game is his rebounding instincts. With a great nose for the ball, he averages 9.2 boards, and he's converted a whopping 52 putbacks on the offensive glass. 

    But there are questions as to how Looney's body will fit in the NBA. He lacks the quickness and explosiveness of a small forward, and at 220 pounds, he needs to get stronger for the interior. Looney doesn't have much of a post game, either. 

    Still overly raw, Looney is a project whose appeal is based on long-term potential. I wouldn't expect him to make much of an impact over the next few years, assuming he leaves after the season. 

15. Kelly Oubre, Kansas, 6'7", SF, Freshman

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    It took Kelly Oubre about a month to crack coach Bill Self's rotation. And when he did, he flashed some of the upside that generated so much buzz out of high school.

    At 6'7", Oubre is a stud athlete who can handle the ball and soar above the rim. And though his 35.8 percent three-point mark isn't anything to write home about, he has smooth, shooting mechanics that suggest he'll improve in time. 

    As a scorer, he works the pull-up, runner and floater game off the dribble; however, most of Oubre's opportunities come off the ball, whether he's spotting up, cutting or getting out in transition. 

    On the down side, he often settles for too many low-percentage shots, a result of being more comfortable on the perimeter than finishing in traffic around the basket. He also struggles to create good looks for himself, and at this point, he doesn't quite project as a go-to option to lean on for one-on-one offense.  

    But the bigger concerns with Oubre have been his inconsistency and flickering motor. He finished with three points in Kansas' Big 12 tournament loss to Iowa State, and he shot 3-of-9 in the loss to Wichita State that sent the Jayhawks home early from the Big Dance.

    Even after breaking into Kansas' rotation in late December, he put up five games where he scored three points or fewer over the final 10 weeks.

    And though Oubre's defensive tools look sharp, his energy and awareness have not. We've seen him get burned on the perimeter, beaten to loose balls and show poor effort stopping the break.

    There is clearly a lot to like about Oubre, but also a lot to question. He reminds me a lot of Boston Celtics rookie James Young, a 2014 mid-first rounder. And that's ultimately where I'd feel comfortable gambling on Oubre's talent and debatable approach. 

14. Jakob Poeltl, Utah, 7'0", C, Freshman

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    Having played in Austria last year, Jakob Poeltl wasn't exactly in the 2015 NBA draft conversation. But he quickly generated buzz due to his 7'0" size, athleticism and monster interior presence. 

    Per Sports-Reference.com, Poeltl sports an 18.2 percent rebounding percentage and an 8.6 percent block percentage—two impressive numbers for a kid who's barely touched the surface of his potential. 

    Everything he's done this year has been off natural ability. 

    Though not a skilled offensive player, he's averaging 15.7 points per 40 minutes and shooting a ridiculous 68.1 percent from the floor. Poeltl does most of his damage right around the rim, where he catches dump-offs, pick-and-roll passes and offensive rebounds and converts them into easy buckets. 

    Poeltl isn't an option you can feed in the post, and his 44.4 percent free-throw mark highlights just how poor his touch is. 

    But his ability to control the glass, protect the rim and score around it holds major NBA value. The Omer Asik comparison is about as good as it gets.

13. Myles Turner, Texas, 6'11", PF/C, Freshman

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    Myles Turner flashed some unique versatility throughout the year. You just don't see many big men who can protect the rim and stretch the floor (17 made threes). Usually, they do one or the other. 

    At 6'11", Turner blocked 2.6 shots in only 22.2 minutes per game, thanks to strong defensive instincts and a 7'4" wingspan. That should keep him in the lottery discussion. 

    The big question with Turner is how to value his offensive game. He isn't particularly strong around the basket or with the ball off the dribble. And his mobility is shaky. He doesn't run the floor for easy buckets (just six made baskets at the rim in transition all year) or blow by defenders facing up. 

    Only 23.8 percent of Turner's total shots come at the rim, a low number for a 6'11" big. He prefers playing out on the perimeter, where he can catch, turn and shoot right over the top of the defense. But when he's connecting, Turner looks all-world. 

    Nevertheless, he took 62 threes and only made 17 of them. And Turner often ended up settling for too many low-percentage shots. 

    As DraftExpress' Derek Bodner points out, Turner posts up on roughly 40 percent of his half-court field-goal attempts, per Synergy Sports Technology. However, a "very significant portion of those, especially over his right shoulder, are turnaround jump shots out of the post," Bodner wrote

    He'll have some adjustments to make (shot selection) and obstacles to overcome (lack of explosiveness, strength, mobility). But with the ability to make shots from all over the floor, we could be talking about one of the more unique two-way bigs if he ever figures it out. 

12. Jerian Grant, Notre Dame, 6'5", PG/SG, Senior

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    Jerian Grant was actually averaging 19 points and 6.2 assists as a junior before missing the final 20 games for academic matters. But the small sample size made it difficult to buy into the numbers. 

    Fast-forward a year, and there was clearly nothing fluky about those numbers. In 2014-15, he's averaging 6.7 assists while turning the ball over just 2.2 times in 37 minutes per game. 

    Grant's vision and passing have stood out the most. At 6'5", he sees the floor well, both as a ball-mover on the perimeter and playmaker on the move. He's at his best operating behind ball screens, where he facilitates the pick-and-roll like a pro and gets to the basket off the hesitation dribble. 

    As a scorer, he hasn't shot it well from deep (32.2 percent from three), but he's developed a dangerous step-back jumper and an important runner-and-floater game. His 57.9 percent two-point percentage is impressive. 

    The only red flag with Grant is that he'll be 23 years old by the start of next season. But it's just too hard to ignore the positives, specifically his physical tools for a ball-handler, true point guard instincts and winning track record as Notre Dame's floor general. 

11. Kris Dunn, Providence, 6'3", PG, Sophomore

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    Having come off consecutive season-ending shoulder surgeries, Kris Dunn had fallen off the radar. But he turned a lot of heads in 2014-15. 

    Dunn was one of the most productive point guards in the country. And at 6'3", 205 pounds with explosive quickness and athleticism, he looks the part of an NBA ball-handler.

    He averaged 15.6 points per game while leading the country in assist percentage, per Sports-Reference.com, a tribute to his playmaking ability as a scorer and passer. 

    Dunn is dangerous with ball screens and an even bigger threat in the open floor. He's created a ton of highlights this season off coast-to-coast takes. 

    The big knock on Dunn is decision-making. He tends to get reckless with passes, overdribbling and shot selection. Only one other player in the country averages more turnovers per game. His jumper could also use some work, though it's looked better over the course of the season. 

    As a perimeter scorer, Dunn has flashed the ability to separate into step-backs, pull-ups and floaters. And he's hit his fair share of them. But not enough for comfort. 

    He'll be a stud in the NBA if he can patch up the two holes in his game. 

10. Trey Lyles, Kentucky, 6'10", PF, Freshman

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    With a smooth shooting stroke in the mid-range and sharp footwork in the post, Trey Lyles has a skill set built for the NBA power forward position. 

    He's hitting 40.5 percent of his two-point jumpers, a number that seems likely to carry over based off his comfort level and mechanics. And though not a particularly dynamic scorer, he's shown he can face up and put the ball on the floor or separate with his back to the rim.

    Lyles ultimately plays with terrific body control, and he moves well for a 6'10" big man. 

    His toughest challenge ahead will be defending stronger 4s in the paint and quicker forwards on the perimeter, where he's displayed some suspect lateral foot speed. 

    But between his high basketball IQ and polished inside-out offense, I'm not sure there is a safer bet in the field outside the top nine on the board.

9. Kristaps Porzingis, Latvia, 7'0", PF, 1995

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    Kristaps Porzingis actually entered the season with some serious expectations. There was lottery buzz surrounding his name around May last year before he chose to withdraw from the draft. 

    And for the most part, Porzingis has looked the part of a lottery prospect this season. In 41 games between Spanish ACB and Eurocup play, he has averaged 17.9 points and 7.5 rebounds per 36 minutes. He's also shot well from outside, having converted 36 threes at a 37.5 percent clip. 

    At 7'0", Porzingis has the ability to stretch the floor as a shooter, though he's more than just a spot-up threat. He can also separate into jumpers in the mid-range, whether it's off a step-back or fallaway in the post.  And he's developed the ball skills to put it on the floor and attack closeouts off the dribble. 

    Porzingis isn't exactly an anchor on defense, but he blocks 1.8 shots per 36 minutes, and he's shown the foot speed for pick-and-roll coverage. 

    The big red flag is his skinny 220-pound frame for a power forward. Porzingis gets out of position easily around the basket. It might even make him somewhat of a risk to draft in the top 10. 

    But the upside tied to his offensive versatility is just too enticing. 

8. Mario Hezonja, Croatia, 6'8", SG/SF, 1995

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    Mario Hezonja's minutes have fluctuated throughout the year, but he did enough with his playing time to justify the hype. 

    We saw his upside flashed in spurts throughout the season, like when he shot 8-of-8 from downtown in a game back in February. Or when he put up 22 points against Real Madrid, an elite team loaded with former draft picks and European stars. 

    Hezonja has world-class athleticism and mismatch 6'8" size for a 2-guard or wing. With deep shooting range, he's knocking down 39.8 percent of his threes. And though he spends most of the time spotting up, he can separate into jumpers off pull-up and step-back jumpers.

    He's even seen a number of possessions as a pick-and-roll ball-handler, where he's showcased his ball-handling and passing ability. 

    Unfortunately, he showcases zero consistency. Hezonja played just 12 minutes per game over his last nine. He hasn't recorded a field goal over the last three. 

    But from his physical tools and burst to his perimeter-scoring ability, Hezonja seems tailor-made for the NBA wing. Expect him to get realistic looks from No. 5 on down the board. 

7. Stanley Johnson, Arizona, 6'7", SF, Freshman

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    Stanley Johnson already looks the part of an NBA wing with his 6'7", 245-pound frame and next-level athleticism. 

    But he offers more than just strong physical tools for the small forward position. As a freshman, Johnson has been the leading scorer for an NCAA tournament No. 2 seed. 

    Averaging 14 points and 6.6 rebounds per game, he's flashed a promising offensive attack consisting of perimeter scoring and a sound in-between game. He's hit 43 threes at a solid 37.4 percent clip. And he's shot an impressive 44 percent on two-point jumpers consisting of pull-ups, floaters and runners. 

    Johnson also has encouraging defensive potential when you take into account his size, strength, length, quickness and intensity. 

    He shot just 52.7 percent at the rim, which is the only area where he really struggled. Johnson must improve his one-on-one game as well, but he has the time and skill set to make it happen.

6. Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky, 7'0", C, Junior

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    Though still limited as a scorer, Willie Cauley-Stein has developed into one of the draft's most unique defensive weapons. He's contributed everything from rim protection and full-court pressure to switches onto guards in pick-and-roll coverage. 

    Cauley-Stein's defensive versatility alone could be worth a look in the top 10. However, his spectacular athleticism also holds value on offense, where he turns lobs, dump downs, offensive rebounds and transition opportunities into easy buckets.

    Despite lacking ball skills or go-to moves, he's been a difference-maker for Kentucky and a big part of its success. Cauley-Stein has the ability to impact games without needing touches. And that's ultimately his selling point to NBA coaches and general managers.

5. Justise Winslow, Duke, 6'6", SF, Freshman

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    Every coach in the NBA would want a player like Justise Winslow. It's just a matter of knowing how high to reach for him. 

    Winslow shares a lot of the same qualities that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist flashed as a freshman at Kentucky. Thanks to some exciting athleticism and a nonstop motor, Winslow has the ability to impact games without needing touches or dribbles. He converts energy and burst into defense and easy buckets. 

    Though raw offensively, he's capable of putting the ball on the floor and attacking open lanes. And he's hit a three-pointer in 30 of 35 games played this year. 

    At this stage, Winslow isn't a particularly threatening one-on-one scorer. You won't ever see him take his man and shake him with a pull-up or step-back. He's made just 16 two-point jumpers all season.

    But those are skills he'll eventually be able to add over the next few seasons. Winslow just turned 19 years old on March 26. 

    He excels in areas of the game you just can't teach. Winslow will be one heck of a two-way player if he can polish up some of his offensive game.

4. Emmanuel Mudiay, China, 6'5", PG, 1996

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    Emmanuel Mudiay did what he needed to do over in China. He only played 12 games due to an early ankle injury, but no questions or flags arose during his time there. 

    Mudiay averaged 18 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.9 assists on 47.6 percent shooting for Guangdong Southern. Take what you want from the numbers—there isn't much defense played in the CBA, where 10 players average at least 30 points. 

    But Mudiay looked like the same stud prospect he looked like as a McDonald's All-American.

    At 6'5" with blazing quickness and above-the-rim athleticism, he aces the NBA eye test for a point guard. In high school and overseas, Mudiay was a problem for opponents off the bounce, where he can change direction and finish acrobatically around the rim.

    He's also flashed promising passing instincts in pick-and-roll and drive-and-kick situations. And there aren't any questions concerning his agenda. Mudiay appears to have no issue prioritizing playmaking over scoring. 

    The holes in his game—shooting and decision-making—haven't gone anywhere. He made 13 of 38 threes, shot 57.4 percent from the line and averaged 3.2 turnovers per game in China. 

    But for the most part, Mudiay's weaknesses are correctable, especially for a kid who just turned 19 years old this March.

3. D'Angelo Russell, Ohio State, 6'5", PG/SG, Freshman

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    The hasn't been a more exciting prospect to watch this year than D'Angelo Russell, whose blend of confidence, firepower and versatility has translated into top-three NBA draft buzz.

    And at 6'5" with razor-sharp skills and a terrific feel for the game, there aren't many questions concerning his transition to the pros. He averaged 19.3 points to lead all freshmen while dishing out five assists and grabbing six rebounds per game.

    Russell isn't a high-flyer, but he's no stiff athletically. He's shifty off the dribble and can change speed and direction on the dime. With the ball in his hands, his vision and passing instincts are off the charts.

    Russell sees the play before it happens. He finds teammates in the open floor and threads the needle in the half court. 

    And you can't leave him an inch of room, given his 41.1 percent three-point stroke (2.7 threes made per game) and 44 percent shooting clip off the dribble, per DraftExpress' Jonathan Givony.

    If there is a knock on Russell's offensive game, it's that he settles for too many jumpers. He also tries to do too much, although that's likely due to the lack of talent that surrounded him at Ohio State. 

    There are going to be questions during the predraft process regarding whether he's a point guard or a shooting guard. But quite frankly, it shouldn't matter. Russell has the physical tools, basketball IQ and skills to generate offense from either position. 

    He should at least get consideration as an option from whoever wins the lottery.

2. Jahlil Okafor, Duke, 6'11", C, Freshman

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    It's just amazing how easy he makes it look. 

    At 6'11, 270 pounds with hands that can grip the ball like an orange, Jahlil Okafor seemingly does whatever he wants in the post.

    Nobody has had an answer. Single coverage, double-teams, ball denial—opponents have been helpless from Day 1 to the NCAA tournament's Sweet 16, when Okafor poured 26 points on a San Diego State team that ranked No. 4 in the country in defensive efficiency, per Kenpom.com.

    He averages 18.1 points on just 11.3 shots—and that's with shooting 51.6 percent from the line. 

    His back-to-the-basket game is as sharp as anyone's we've seen in years. From spins and hop steps to up-and-unders and drop steps, Okafor has an array of go-to moves, as well as counters he can improvise with on the fly. 

    He also passes well out of trouble and has even shown the ball-handling ability to escape it and attack off the dribble. 

    Defense remains Okafor's obvious Achilles' heel. He reacts poorly in pick-and-roll coverage and doesn't always show interest in challenging shots. But between his size, mobility and 7'5" wingspan, he certainly has the tools to improve—at least in rim protection.

    Regardless, the value tied to his offensive game is just too high. It won't be long before he's dropping 20 points per game as a featured scorer in an NBA offense.

1. Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky, 6'11", PF/C, Freshman

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    Over the final two months, Karl-Anthony Towns has emerged as a legitimate No. 1 overall contender. And his case got stronger following that 25-point takeover performance against Notre Dame on Saturday night.

    He's been much more effective lately on the block, where he's being physical with his body and soft with his touch. The jump hook that wasn't falling so often early in the year has suddenly become unstoppable.  

    And though he doesn't take many jumpers, Towns continues to fuel the idea that he can become a stretch-shooting big man. He's knocking down a ridiculous 81.7 percent of his free throws. 

    But arguably the most eye-opening aspect of Towns' game has been his consistent rim protection and shot blocking. Per Sports-Reference.com, he blocks 12 percent of his shots when on the floor, a staggering number for anyone. More than anything, it's a reflection of his athleticism and instincts. He's not quite there yet as a defender. 

    Towns averaged 5.7 fouls per 40 minutes, and at times, it cost him valuable minutes.

    He still has a lot to improve and polish up, from his footwork to his shooting accuracy and overall discipline. But if Towns figures it all out, we'll eventually be talking about the best two-way player from the 2015 class. 

    Statistics courtesy of Hoop-Math.com unless otherwise noted.

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