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2016 NBA Mock Draft: Full 2-Round Projections Entering NCAA Tournament

Jonathan Wasserman@@NBADraftWassNBA Lead WriterMarch 17, 2016

DURHAM, NC - JANUARY 16: Brandon Ingram #14 of the Duke Blue Devils in action against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Cameron Indoor Stadium on January 16, 2016 in Durham, North Carolina. Notre Dame defeated Duke 95-91. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
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The NBA draft discussion is heating up at just the right time. With March Madness upon us, there are suddenly questions concerning who the eventual No. 1 pick will be. 

Ben Simmons' season is over after LSU got waxed off the floor in the SEC tournament. 

Meanwhile, Duke's Brandon Ingram continues to cook and should have the chance to strengthen his draft case in the NCAA tournament. 

Otherwise, our board has seen a ton of movement over the past few weeks. One Kentucky player has seen his stock soar, and it isn't Skal Labissiere or Jamal Murray.

The draft order is based off current NBA standings and accounts for all previously made trades.

1. Philadelphia 76ers: Ben Simmons (LSU, PF, Freshman)

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - FEBRUARY 23:  Ben Simmons #25 of the LSU Tigers drives to the basket during a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Bud Walton Arena on February 23, 2016 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  The Razorbacks defeated the Tigers 85-65.  (Photo by
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Despite a disastrous end to the season, I'm not ready to drop Simmons from the No. 1 spot.  

However, I'm sure there are general managers out there who have. And the possibility of the lottery winner taking Ingram seems real.

But the Sixers need a sure thing considering Joel Embiid's health and Jahlil Okafor's defense. Simmons may not be the once-in-a-decade talent he was billed as, but his size, athleticism, playmaking, rebounding and inside scoring are too convincing. 

If the Sixers land the No. 1 pick, the obvious first move is to shop it around the league. Otherwise, play it safe with Simmons' unique versatility. 

2. Los Angeles Lakers: Brandon Ingram (Duke, SF, Freshman)

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The Lakers shouldn't have much to think about at No. 2. They'll gladly take whoever falls to them, whether it be Ingram or Simmons.

Ingram would ultimately seem like an ideal fit between the Lakers' up-and-coming backcourt and Julius Randle. A 6'9" wing with extraordinary length, Ingram shoots 41.3 percent from three and can create his own shot with pull-ups and fallaways in the mid-range.

And we've seen flashes of ball-handling and passing that suggest he can be more than just a scorer and shot-maker. 

Maybe the most intriguing aspect of Ingram's sales pitch is the fact he's 14 months younger than Simmons. 

3. Phoenix Suns: Dragan Bender (Croatia, PF/C, 1997)

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With Simmons and Ingram off the board, the Phoenix Suns are in position to gamble. Bender plays just 11.6 minutes per game overseas and therefore doesn't have the production to show for the potential. But without any no-brainer alternative options, Bender's upside is worth chasing at No. 3. 

He's a 7-footer shooting 37.7 percent from downtown, and though not a big-time scorer, he's developed into a sharp ball-handler and passer. 

Bender also projects as a defensive asset given his ability to block shots and switch onto smaller players in pick-and-roll coverage. 

He has an NBA out in his international contract this summer, according to Sportando.com. That makes Bender even more attractive at No. 3.

4. Boston Celtics (via Nets): Jakob Poeltl (Utah, C, Sophomore)

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The Celtics won't pass on the opportunity to land their starting center of the future—especially now that Simmons, Ingram and Bender are off the board. 

Poeltl would seem like an ideal fit given his mobility and the below-average athletes Boston plays at center. 

He's improved his post game dramatically, which we just saw against California in the Pac-12 tournament when he went for 29 points. Poeltl has quick feet and great hands, and though not a shooter yet, he's raised his free-throw percentage significantly—to 68.9 percent, up from 44.4 percent.  

5. Minnesota Timberwolves: Jamal Murray (Kentucky, SG, Freshman)

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Forget what position Minnesota needs to fill. The Timberwolves take Murray here after valuing him as the best available prospect on their board. 

Murray went nuts in February and hasn't slowed down in March. He continues to bury defenses with lights-out shooting off screens and spot-ups, and he's now averaging 20.1 points. 

I'm still not sold on him ever playing point guard, but the Wolves can stick Murray at the 2 and shift Andrew Wiggins to the wing. 

6. New Orleans Pelicans: Jaylen Brown (California, SF, Freshman)

The Pelicans need a wing, and the best one in this year's draft could be available at No. 6. Brown's 6'7" size, above-the-rim burst, 220-pound frame and length play to the notion he's one of the safer bets in this year's field. 

And he has the production to show for it, averaging 15 points and 5.5 boards. 

Brown puts a ton of pressure on the rim (9.3 free-throw attempts per 40 minutes). And though he'll need to improve his shooting, he's capable from outside, both with the mid-range pull-up and spot-up three-ball. 

7. Sacramento Kings: Buddy Hield (Oklahoma, SG, Senior)

Since drafting DeMarcus Cousins, the Kings have whiffed on too many lottery prospects. They'll play it safe and select Buddy Hield with no young, enticing project worth reaching for.

He's already made 127 threes in just 32 games and is shooting a ridiculous 46.4 percent.

I wouldn't bank on his 25 points per game carrying over, but Hield gives Sacramento a reliable shot-maker who could step in right away. 

8. Denver Nuggets (via Knicks): Ivan Rabb (California, PF, Freshman)

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Rabb combined to shoot 15-of-18 from the floor during California's two Pac-12 tournament games. He looked like a pro while hanging 21 points and 15 rebounds on Oregon State. Low-post moves, high-post fallaways, pick-and-roll finishes, putbacks—Rabb put on a big-man clinic around the key and under the boards. 

He's flashed glimpses of offensive upside and unteachable rebounding instincts down low. Rabb still lacks polish, but he also just turned 19 years old in February. 

He might need a year learning from the NBA Development League or bench, but all signs point to future success. For a comparison, I'd think Tristan Thompson with a little more bounce and quickness. 

9. Milwaukee Bucks: Kris Dunn (Providence, PG, Junior)

Though no doubt a quality point guard prospect, Dunn looks like the same exact player as last year. He still struggles from the perimeter and turns the ball over a ton.

Growing teams may not want to hand their keys to him right away. But at No. 9, with a versatile roster and injured point guard, the Bucks are a fit. 

Dunn projects as a dangerous playmaker and disruptive defender. He'd benefit by landing on a team with established go-to weapons. The less he'll have to do, the better early on.

10. Toronto Raptors (via Nuggets): Timothe Luwawu (France, SG/SF, 1995)

We've seen Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri gamble before. Averaging 14.6 points, Luwawu is having a breakout year and has improved his jumper and off-the-dribble game. He's hitting two threes a night after shooting just 28.7 percent from deep last year in France.

We've even seen some ball-handling and passing that highlight playmaking versatility.

Though still rough around the edges, Luwawu's physical tools, production and three-and-D identity scream NBA. 

11. Orlando Magic: Denzel Valentine (Michigan State, SG, Senior)

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There isn't much left for Valentine to prove. He's consistently filled up box scores all season long, and he's shooting over 40 percent from three for the second straight year. 

His 45.4 assist percentage even ranks No. 2 in the country, per Sports-Reference.com. At 6'5", 220 pounds, Valentine's passing and shooting should ultimately help neutralize average athleticism.

He looks like a good bet to stick as a role player.

12. Phoenix Suns (via Wizards): Henry Ellenson (Marquette, PF, Freshman)

Ellenson will miss out on the NCAA tournament, but his 17 points and 9.7 rebounds per game haven't gone unnoticed. His terrific skill level for a big is well-documented. Ellenson has hit 30 threes and 42.7 percent of his two-point jumpers, per Hoop-Math.com. And he can score in the post or initiate the offense off a defensive rebound.

There are questions as to how effective he'll be defensively. Ellenson isn't a rim protector or quick perimeter defender. But his offensive versatility and inside-out repertoire seem like a good NBA fit.

13. Utah Jazz: Taurean Prince (Baylor, SF, Senior)

Prince's offensive versatility seems tailor-made for today's NBA. At 6'7", 220 pounds, he's a physical wing coaches may move to small-ball 4 given his strength, shooting stroke and ability to score around the key. 

This year, he's improved his passing and shot creativity while maintaining his image as a three-and-D forward. 

Seniors don't typically find the lottery, but Prince won't be 22 years old until August. 

14. Chicago Bulls: Tyler Ulis (Kentucky, PG, Freshman)

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I'm slotting Ulis at No. 14 with the belief he'll continue to strengthen his case during the NCAA tournament. This may sound early, but a general manager who wants Ulis will take him—even if it means having to reach. Plus, there just isn't any other can't-miss available prospect the Bulls would be crazy for passing on.

Based on conversations with scouts and the fact Ulis keeps destroying opponents (not to mention Isaiah Thomas' success), concerns over his 5'9" size have begun to fade.

He just went for 25 points and five assists against Georgia before dropping 30 on Texas A&M in the SEC tournament final. 

His basketball IQ and feel for the game are as good as it gets. Meanwhile, Ulis' skills are razor-sharp, from his ball-handling to his passing, floater and jumper. Coaches are also bound to value his leadership, competitiveness and energy. 

15. Boston Celtics (via Mavs): Deyonta Davis (Michigan, PF, Freshman)

Despite his limited role in Michigan State's offense, Davis aces the eye test and capitalizes on his minutes. 

At 6'10", 245 pounds, Davis shoots 59.7 percent and averages 11.8 rebounds and four blocks per 40 minutes. He's flashed a promising foundation to build off of and gives the impression his skills will improve. 

 

16. Denver Nuggets (via Rockets): Domantas Sabonis (Gonzaga, PF, Sophomore)

Sabonis' development has flown slightly under the radar. He's averaging 17.4 points and 11.6 rebounds, up from 9.7 and 7.1 a year ago. 

He's a hard worker and energy man under the boards, where he's likely to make a living in the NBA. But Sabonis has also improved his post game and touch around the key (76.8 percent on free throws). 

He's a constant in Gonzaga's lineup, having finished with double figures in scoring in all but four games. Drafting Sabonis may make it easier for the Nuggets to eventually move Kenneth Faried

17. Detroit Pistons: Ivica Zubac (Bosnia, C, 1997)

Zubac has emerged as a potential first-round riser. He recently signed with BC Mega Leks after playing limited minutes for Cibona. And though not eligible for the Serbian League until April, he's playing in scrimmages, which scouts have been attending. 

Zubac went for 20 points, five boards and five assists during his debut, and given his strong performances last summer during the European Championships (15.8 points, 12.9 rebounds) and World Championships (17.6 points, 7.9 rebounds), he's become one of the more intriguing international prospects out there.

18. Denver Nuggets (via Blazers): Furkan Korkmaz (Turkey, SG/SF, 1997)

The Nuggets won't add three rookies to their payroll next season. They'll draft-and-stash with at least one of their three first-round picks, and at No. 18, Korkmaz looks like the top candidate. 

At 6'7", he blends size, leaping ability and a lethal three-point stroke. When given freedom to work off ball screens, we've seen him step into pull-ups or separate into other mid-range jumpers. 

Still 18 years old, Denver should let Korkmaz season abroad with Anadolu Efes in Euroleague. Assuming Dario Saric and possibly Cedi Osman—his current teammates—jump to the NBA this summer, Korkmaz should see plenty of minutes against quality competition in 2016-17. 

19. Indiana Pacers: Malik Beasley (Florida State, SG, Freshman)

Beasley is playing in the NIT, but that doesn't mean scouts won't be watching. And they've been watching Beasley average 15.4 points and shoot 37.8 percent from three. 

He went for 21 points and nine boards in Florida State's NIT opener against Davidson. 

Beasley is explosive in the open floor and a promising spot-up shooter. Though not a dangerous one-on-one scorer, he's looked comfortable putting the ball on the floor to stop-and-pop or toss up a floater. 

The big question is whether he'll declare or come back next season and aim for the lottery. But it may ultimately be wise to capitalize on a strong individual year and weak draft. 

20. Charlotte Hornets: Grayson Allen (Duke, SG, Sophomore) 

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Allen continues to light up opposing defenses, averaging 24.9 points over Duke's last seven games. 

His combination of explosiveness and shooting seems like a good bet to work in the pros, even if it's in a complementary role. Allen makes 41.7 percent of his threes and gets to the line 6.8 times a game, mostly off drives, cuts and transition takes.  

And though not a mid-range scorer, his ability to blow by with a first step naturally translates to playmaking, as he's dishing out 3.6 assists to lead Duke. 

 

21. Atlanta Hawks: Skal Labissiere (Kentucky, PF/C, Freshman)

At No. 21, it's time to start thinking about Labissiere, whose potential should be worth the risk this late.

He's done little to justify first-round consideration, but it's still impossible to ignore the upside tied to his physical tools, bounce, post moves, touch and shot-blocking. 

The Hawks may end up losing Al Horford this summer in free agency. Labissiere is a project, but he's also a possible long-term replacement once his body and confidence improve. 

22. Memphis Grizzlies: Wade Baldwin IV (Vanderbilt, PG, Sophomore)

Baldwin's season is done following Vanderbilt's loss to Wichita State in the play-in game. He shot just 32.7 percent over the last month.

Baldwin isn't the most polished playmaker or scorer, but his physical tools (6'3", 194 pounds, 6'10" wingspan) are tremendous. And it's possible the Commodores offense didn't do him any favors given the little freedom he had to create. 

He's a good passer, strong driver, threatening shooter and a dangerous transition weapon. Baldwin should also have the chance to be a tough, disruptive defender. 

Improving his off-the-dribble game and toning down the turnovers will be atop his priority list moving forward.

23. Philadelphia 76ers (via Miami): Demetrius Jackson (Notre Dame, PG, Junior) 

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Jackson has struggled with his shot, shooting just 32.4 percent from three after making at least 40 percent of his triples during each of his first two seasons. And he isn't the craftiest half-court playmaker given his 4.8 assists in 35.6 minutes a game. 

But at 6'1", 198 pounds, Jackson is strong and explosive. And despite the shaky percentage, scouts have seen him make enough jumpers over his career, both off the dribble and the catch.

He's an excellent decision-maker (2.1 turnovers per game) who plays under control yet still has the ability to take over stretches of games.

I'm not sure he's the 76ers' long-term answer at point, but at No. 23, he's still a potential upgrade in Philadelphia's backcourt.

24. Boston Celtics: Juan Hernangomez (Spain, SF/PF, 1995)

The Celtics will draft-and-stash here with their third first-round pick. Hernangomez has emerged as one of the breakout surprises in the Spanish ACB. At 20 years old, playing in one of the top leagues overseas, he's averaging 10 points and 5.9 boards in 23.4 minutes. His 18.04 player efficiency rating ranks No. 3 in the ACB, per RealGM.com.

At 6'9", Hernangomez projects as a face-up 4 or 3 given his size, athleticism and ability to hit from behind the arc (18-of-55). He'll have the chance to play an energizer role in Boston down the road. 

 

25. Los Angeles Clippers: Brice Johnson (North Carolina, PF, Senior)

Johnson's bounce and athleticism would fit nicely in L.A. His role won't be much different from what it is at North Carolina, where he's asked to run, jump, finish and rebound. 

He brings a tremendous motor around the basket, which translates to easy buckets off lobs, offensive rebounds and transition opportunities. 

Though capable in the mid-range and post, his bread and butter is clear: Johnson projects as a frontcourt energizer who makes plays off the ball. 

 

26. Philadelphia 76ers: Ante Zizic (Croatia, PF/C, 1997)

Unlike some young international prospects, Zizic has made himself easy to identify by averaging 13.6 points and 7.7 boards on 64.3 percent shooting in 26.5 minutes. 

He's consistently active and productive, with his selling point revolving around motor and toughness around the basket. He doesn't need plays drawn up for him to make an impact. Zizic puts pressure on the offensive glass and manages to get himself easy buckets without a high skill level. 

27. Toronto Raptors: Diamond Stone (Maryland, C, Freshman)

I have Stone slipping into the late first round as a below-average rebounder and defender. He also doesn't stretch the floor and isn't a bouncy athlete. 

He's still a first-round talent based on 6'11", 255-pound size, soft hands and touch around the key. Stone is an option teams can feed on the low block, and he's flashed the potential to knock down elbow jumpers (75.8 percent from the line). 

Having turned 19 years old in February, Stone offers solid value this late, considering teams aren't finding any obvious NBA-ready prospects in the 25-30 range. But I see him more as a bench big than a starting anchor.

28. Phoenix Suns (via Cavaliers): Damian Jones (Vanderbilt, C, Junior)

You can't miss the upside tied to Jones, a 7-footer with above-the-rim bounce and post moves. He disappears too much, which is why he's not a lottery pick. Jones finished with five points in Vanderbilt's play-in-game loss to Wichita State.

He'll need to take some of the blame for his team's disappointing year. But given his physical tools, athleticism and skill set around the key, he's clearly a first-round talent. 

NBA coaching and spacing may end up being just what the doctor ordered for Jones.  

29. San Antonio Spurs: Malcolm Brogdon (Virginia, SG, Senior)

One team will overlook his athletic limitations for his versatility and basketball IQ.

He strengthened his case this season by improving his jumper, having raised his three-point percentage to 40.9 percent from 34.4 percent. 

Otherwise, he has a real feel for making plays within the flow of the offense as a scorer (cutting, driving, shooting, floating) or passer. And at 6'5" with a strong frame and quick feet, his defensive outlook seems bright. 


 

30. Golden State Warriors: Caris LeVert (Michigan, SG, Senior)

If there is a team out there in position to roll the dice on LeVert, it's the Warriors, who aren't looking for an immediate contributor in the draft, anyway. 

This is the second consecutive year he's ruled out for the season with a foot injury. But at full strength, teams have to be intrigued by LeVert's playmaking and shooting for a 6'7" shooting guard. 

With the versatility to handle the ball, pass and spot up from three (over 40 percent in each of the last three seasons), there is enough here to wait or gamble on at No. 30.

31. Boston Celtics (via Philadelphia): Isaia Cordinier (Denain, SG, 1996)

Cordinier is a productive combo guard playing in France's second division. He's created some buzz lately with his 11.4 points, 2.3 assists and 50 percent mark (31-of-62) from downtown. 

At 6'5", he's an NBA-caliber athlete who can move the ball and shoot it. He'll just need a year or two of seasoning and consistent minutes abroad.

32. Los Angeles Lakers: Stephen Zimmerman (UNLV, C, Freshman) 

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Zimmerman didn't generate too much excitement at UNLV despite arriving as a McDonald's All-American. He also missed some time with a knee injury late in the season. 

But at 7'0", he's an athletic big with shooting touch, promising footwork and averages of 13.4 rebounds and three blocks per 40 minutes. He'll have a chance to rise up boards during the predraft process, but he's nowhere near NBA-ready.

  

33. Phoenix Suns: Wayne Selden Jr. (Kansas, SG, Junior)

Selden has had a strong bounce-back season and should attract second-round interest due to his strength, athleticism and shot-making ability. At 6'5", 230 pounds, he's shooting 40.8 percent from three and 53.7 percent inside the arc. 

He isn't much of a playmaker, and he has the tendency to disappear. But Selden is physically built for the pros, and if he can convert his open jumpers, drives and cuts, he'll have a shot at sticking.

34. Los Angeles Clippers (via Nets): Gary Payton II (Oregon State, PG, Senior)

Payton may have a chance to make a first-round case for himself if Oregon State is able to get past VCU. Locking down Hield in the second round would certainly create some buzz. 

He's an active defender and an improved facilitator in the half court. Other than age (23), the only thing keeping Payton out of the first round is a shaky jumper. 

35. Boston Celtics (via Wolves): DeAndre Bembry (Saint Joseph's, SG/SF, Junior)

Bembry went for 30 points against VCU in the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament final and could finally be sneaking onto the first-round radar. It took long enough—Bembry and Simmons remain the only two players in the country to average at least 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists. 

While he's terrific at getting to the basket and scoring with floaters and layups, he's also an excellent passer with the potential to fill a point forward role. 

Bembry has a strong opportunity to boost his stock with Cincinnati and Oregon as the first two roadblocks on Saint Joseph's NCAA tournament path.

 

36. Milwaukee Bucks (via Pelicans): Dwayne Bacon (Florida State, SG, Freshman)

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Bacon cooled off after a hot start, but his 6'7" size, athleticism and scoring still stand out under the NBA lens. With a strong build and the ability to score from three, in the mid-range and down low, he reminds of New York Knicks wing Arron Afflalo. 

Bacon is a project who'll have to improve his defense and shooting range. 

37. New Orleans Pelicans (via Kings): A.J. Hammons (Purdue, C, Senior)

Hammons is having his best season at Purdue and just went for 27 points against Michigan in the Big Ten tournament. He's averaging a career high in points (14.9), rebounds (eight) and field-goal percentage (59.5 percent). 

He isn't a great athlete, and scouts have questioned his motor over the years. But his physical tools and skill set in the post highlight backup center potential. 

38. New Orleans Pelicans (via Nuggets): Jake Layman (Maryland, SF/PF, Senior)

Layman may be one of the more undervalued prospects in America given the fact he's sacrificed touches to complement Diamond Stone, Rasheed Sulaimon and Robert Carter Jr.—three significant additions to Maryland's rotation. 

Layman's production is down, but his efficiency is up. A 6'9", athletic combo forward, he's shooting career highs both inside the arc (59.2 percent) and behind it (40.6 percent).

39. Houston Rockets (via Knicks): Anthony Barber (North Carolina State, PG, Junior)

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Barber hasn't received the NBA love you'd think would come with averages of 23.5 points and 4.5 assists. Blame his 6'2" size and limited explosiveness. He'll still look attractive in the second round, where teams will value his ability to break down defenses off the dribble. 

He's even made adjustments as a shooter, having hit 43 threes (36.1 percent) and 86.5 percent of his 274 free-throw attempts. 

The Ish Smith comparison is about as good as it gets for Barber.

40. Milwaukee Bucks: Petr Cornelie (France, PF, 1995)

Cornelie's 6'10" size and 41.8 percent three-point stroke should draw late-first-round or second-round interest. He was effective this summer at the European Championships, and he's been efficient this year in LNB Pro A.

Cornelie projects as your classic stretch 4. 

41. Orlando Magic: Pascal Siakam (New Mexico State, PF, Sophomore)

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Siakam flew under the radar despite averaging 20.3 points and 11.6 rebounds. He didn't see many quality opponents, but at 6'9", 230 pounds, he sports an NBA body with showtime explosiveness around the basket. 

He's already 22 years old, and he's still a bit raw offensively, but Siakam's physical tools and production have drawn scouts to New Mexico State all season.

42. Atlanta Hawks (via Wizards): Nigel Hayes (Wisconsin, SF/PF, Junior)

Despite the uptick in production, Hayes had a down year filling in for Frank Kaminsky as Wisconsin's top option. He's shooting just 31.4 percent behind the arc and 40.9 percent inside it.

Still, Hayes may be better suited in a supporting role like the one he thrived in last year and the one he'll eventually play in the pros. He's a crafty scorer around the basket, a capable shooter and an above-average passer (three assists per game).

And at 6'8", 235 pounds with great length, Hayes' physical tools and versatility should work at either forward position.

43. Utah Jazz: Cheick Diallo (Kansas, PF/C, Freshman)

Diallo has fallen completely out of coach Bill Self's rotation, having played fewer than 10 minutes in each of Kansas' last 11 games. And it's naturally hurt his NBA draft stock. 

Averaging 2.8 points per game and 7.8 fouls per 40 minutes, Diallo hasn't made much of a case for himself. 

In the second round, he'll be targeted as a potential energizer whose game revolves around athleticism, finishing, rebounding, shot-blocking and hustling. 

44. Detroit Pistons: Melo Trimble (Maryland, PG, Sophomore)

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Trimble has struggled lately, and it's become tougher to ignore the lack of athleticism that shows up under the NBA lens. 

Still, his playmaking and pull-up shooting ability are worth looking into. Trimble will ultimately try to carve out a similar backup role to what D.J. Augustin has had over the last decade. 

 

45. Houston Rockets: Jarrod Uthoff (Iowa, SF/PF, Senior)

Uthoff's 6'9" size, bounce and perimeter scoring should lead to plenty of second-round interest. He's only 210 pounds and has a total of just 34 assists on the year. But Uthoff averages 18.9 points and shoots 39.2 percent from deep.

Only Uthoff and Shane Battier have averaged at least two threes and two blocks per game (since 1995), per Sports-Reference.com. He could be a steal if it turns out his lack of strength isn't a big deal. 

46. Dallas Mavericks: Kay Felder (Oakland, PG, Junior)

Felder led the country in assists (9.3 per game) and finished fourth in scoring (24.2). He's only 5'9" and has arguably the greenest light in college hoops. But it's difficult to ignore this type of production or the fact that being undersized is more accepted in today's NBA.

He's a strong guard who can elevate and shoot off the dribble with three-point range (68 threes made). Felder ultimately projects as a spark off a bench. 

 

47. Chicago Bulls: Jaron Blossomgame (Clemson, SF, Junior) 

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 09: Jaron Blossomgame #5 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates a basket against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the first half in the second round of the 2016 ACC Basketball Tournament at Verizon Center on March 9, 2016 in Washing
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In terms of national attention, Blossomgame was robbed this year. He's averaging 18.7 points on 51.3 percent shooting and 44.6 percent from three—numbers that highlight range and efficient scoring. 

Since February, he's gone for 30 points against Virginia Tech, 33 at North Carolina State and 31 against Virginia. 

At 6'7", 220 pounds with above-average athleticism, Blossomgame's production and NBA-physical tools have to be worth looking into. Write Blossomgame in as a potential sleeper.

48. Orlando Magic (via Blazers): Guerschon Yabusele (France, PF, 1995)

Yabusele has been consistent in LBN Pro A. He's a big man who'll look to make a living around the basket, though he's shown glimpses of mid-range shooting and short, face-up drives.

49. Indiana Pacers: Damion Lee (Louisville, SG, Senior)

Lee averaged 15.9 points as a senior with Louisville after averaging 21.4 points last year at Drexel. He's a natural scorer from all three levels with solid 6'6" size for a 2-guard. 

He'll turn 24 years old in October, but his dangerous offensive game is still worth drafting.

50. Denver Nuggets (via Hornets): Sheldon McClellan (Miami, SG, Senior)

Miami's leading scorer, McClellan should get looks for his shooting (39.2 percent from three, 84.8 percent from the line) and slashing ability from the off-guard position. At 6'5", 205 lbs, he's skinny, but he has good bounce and length, and he does a nice job of improvising with finishes around the basket.

Leading the Hurricanes on a postseason run could lead to a jump up the draft board.  

 

51. Atlanta Hawks: Joel Bolomboy (Weber State, PF, Senior)

Dec 22, 2014; Norman, OK, USA; Weber State Wildcats forward Joel Bolomboy (21) dunks the ball against Oklahoma Sooners forward Khadeem Lattin (12) during the first half at Lloyd Noble Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports
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Scouts will be locked into Bolomboy against Xavier in the NCAA tournament given how few quality opponents Weber State has faced over the years. Big Sky teams haven't had an answer for him inside, where his size, athleticism and nose for the ball are just too much. 

In the NBA, he'll have the chance to carve out a career as a rebounding specialist (12.7 per game). But he did make 19 threes. Bolomboy is an NBA big man if he continues to make strides with his jumper. 

52. Boston Celtics (via Grizzlies): Michael Gbinije (Syracuse, SG, Senior)

Gbinije's transformation is eye-opening. He's emerged as Syracuse's top scorer and playmaker, averaging 17.8 points and 4.4 assists. 

Though already 23 years old, there aren't many 6'7" ball-handlers who can create and shoot (40.9 percent from three).

 

53. Boston Celtics (via Heat): Danuel House (Texas A&M, SF, Senior)

Fresh off a 32-point eruption against Kentucky in the SEC tournament final, scouts got a chance to see the best of House. He's inconsistent, but his 6'7" size, high-flying athleticism and shooting stroke (two threes per game) pass the eye test. 

He'll have a chance to improve his stock if he can lead the Aggies to three or four wins in the East region. 

54. Utah Jazz (via Celtics): Ben Bentil (Providence, PF, Sophomore)

Bentil, along with the rest of Providence's lineup, had a rough game against Villanova in the Big East tournament. But prior to that, he'd gone for 38 points against Butler and averaged 29.4 points over his last five games. 

At 6'9", 235 pounds, he's a beast around the basket, and he's shown he can step out and knock down jumpers (1.5 threes made per game). Bentil isn't a great athlete, rebounder or rim protector, but his offensive game has created some buzz over the last month of the season.

55. Brooklyn Nets (via Clippers): Malik Newman (Mississippi State, PG/SG, Freshman)

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - JANUARY 9:  Malik Newman #14 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs drives down the court against Jimmy Whitt #24 of the Arkansas Razorbacks at Bud Walton Arena on January 9, 2016 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  The Razorbacks defeated the Bulld
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You have to wonder if Newman regrets passing on Kentucky and Kansas for Mississippi State. Known as a scoring machine out of high school, Newman struggled to find any rhythm this year, having shot just 39.1 percent. 

He's still a strong ball-handler who can attack, create off ball screens and shoot the three (37.9 percent). It didn't work out in college, but the NBA's more open floor should be better suited for Newman's game. 

56. Denver Nuggets (via Thunder): Tyrone Wallace (California, PG, Senior)

Though Brown and Rabb get most of the attention, Wallace is the engine that makes the Golden Bears run.

His jumper may be broken, which should keep him out of the first round. But at 6'6", he can be a mismatch at the point, both as a scorer and facilitator. 

 

57. Memphis Grizzlies (via Raptors): Perry Ellis (Kansas, PF, Senior)

Though one of the country's most reliable scorers, Ellis' lack of athleticism looks troubling under the NBA lens. Still, at 6'8", he's money in the mid-range and fundamentally sound in the post. 

He's worth looking at for his ability to pick-and-pop and convert within the flow of an offense.  

58. Boston Celtics (via Cavaliers): Tim Quarterman (LSU, PG/SG, Junior)

Quarterman was on and off this year, but his 6'6" size, athleticism and playmaking ability are interesting from an NBA perspective. Becoming a more reliable shooter will be the key to sticking. 

59. Sacramento Kings (via Spurs): Isaiah Cousins (Oklahoma, PG/SG, Senior) 

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 11: Isaiah Cousins #11 of the Oklahoma Sooners passes the ball around Devin Williams #41 of the West Virginia Mountaineers in the second half during the semifinals of the Big 12 Basketball Tournament at Sprint Center on March 11, 2
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Cousins didn't get the national attention he deserved with Hield hogging most of it. At 6'4", he can handle the ball and shoot, and he may offer the versatility to play on and off the ball. He's another prospect who'll have the chance to rise up boards over the next few weeks. 

60. Utah Jazz (via Warriors): Robert Carter Jr. (Maryland, PF, Senior)

Carter was arguably Maryland's most reliable player. He has an NBA body and some encouraging scoring ability within 15 feet, but average athleticism and limited shooting range may make it difficult for Carter to stick.

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