2019 NBA Draft Big Board: Top 50 College Prospects to Watch

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2019 NBA Draft Big Board: Top 50 College Prospects to Watch
Ja Morant

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20. Charles Bassey, Western Kentucky C, Freshman

A powerful center, Bassey mostly possesses tools and athleticism, but they could be enough to finish, rebound and block shots in the NBA. At this stage, he’s too raw offensively to crack our projected lottery.

             

19. Darius Garland, Vanderbilt PG, Freshman

Garland earned extra preseason looks by scoring 16 points on four three-point makes during April’s Nike Hoop Summit. He’s appealing for his shot-making off the catch and dribble, but his breakdown ability and playmaking aren’t as convincing. 

          

18. Isaiah Roby, Nebraska SF/PF, Junior

Roby appears on the verge of a breakout if he can get past some foot problems. The explosive combo forward shot 61.9 percent inside the arc and 17 of 42 behind it while averaging 10.4 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per 40 minutes as a sophomore. He’ll help himself by flashing more off-the-dribble creativity and doubling last year’s three-point make total. 

            

17. Ja Morant, Murray State PG, Sophomore

Of all the point guard prospects, Morant is the most explosive, a characteristic that points to upside. In his sophomore year, scouts will look for growth in terms of his skill level as a scorer and lead decision-maker. He made just 13 combined pull-ups and runners. He’ll create highlights as a driver, finisher and playmaker. To fly up boards, he’ll need to develop a more threatening perimeter game (1.0 threes per 40 minutes).

          

16. Jarrett Culver, Texas Tech SG, Sophomore

An athletic 6’5″ 2-guard, Culver was an efficient spot-up scorer, knocking down 45.2 percent of his non-dribble jumpers and converting 10 of 19 catch-and-drive opportunities. With Keenan Evans and Zhaire Smith gone, Culver should move into a featured role. We’ll find out soon if he improved on the ball after ranking in the 12th percentile out of isolation and 32nd percentile as a pick-and-roll ball-handler. Regardless, his tools, athleticism, shooting and defense should keep him relevant in the draft discussion.

            

15. Coby White, North Carolina PG/SG, Freshman

White will plug right in for Joel Berry II as North Carolina’s lead scoring guard. He’ll experience ups and downs while running the offense and making decisions. But NBA scouts should enjoy his 6’5″ size, uptempo pace and ability to put pressure on defenses as a driver and shooter. 

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