Five Under the Radar Draft Prospects

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Tonight, the 2018 NBA Draft will take place. Here are some under the radar prospects, who can develop into great NBA players.

Hamidou Diallo

Diallo is currently projected as an early second round pick, who is a great athletic defender, but lacks on offense. He hasn’t had a great season with Kentucky, but he has shown some great promise. It’s almost a sure thing that an NBA team will take a chance on his athletic ability. For a shooting guard, his ball handling and shooting abilities are subpar, so he’ll definitely have to improve those to be able to use his athleticism to his full potential.

Anfernee Simmons

Simmons didn’t take the ordinary road to the NBA, as he decided to do a post-graduate year at the IMG Academy to become eligible for the 2018 draft. Simmons was a top 10 high school recruit, but he wasn’t a standout player during his year with the IMG Academy. His unconventional route is probably what made him a second round prospect, but he’s a good scorer, athletic and has a great jumper. Despite that, he still has to prove himself at a higher competitive level. Simmons will have to work on his strength and physic, as well as his aggressiveness on the court.

Jalen Brunson

Brunson is now projected to be an early second round pick, which is probably mostly because of his smaller size. He was a good playmaker and scorer, and a great shooter during his time at Villanova, and has a very high basketball IQ. Furthermore, Brunson isn’t very athletic, so he’ll have to show that he can make up for that in other ways.

Rodions Kurucs

Kurucs originally put his name up for the draft last year, but decided to withdraw his name at the last moment. Unfortunately for him, his stock has gone down, as he was a first round prospect last year, but is now expected to go early in the second round. Kurucs has the abilities and skills to grow into a good player, as he’s a smart player, who knows how to create space and is quite athletic.

This year, he played most of his games with Barcelona B, and therefore didn’t have a lot of experience playing against high-level teams this season. That, together with the fact that he’s had a lot of injuries, make it difficult to see how he would do in the NBA. It seems like he could use another year (or more if necessary) to prove that he can compete with top-level teams and player in Europe, before making the step to the NBA.

Mitchell Robinson

Robinson is a great athlete and shot blocker, and has proven that during his time in high school. He ended up taking a year off from professional basketball when he couldn’t transfer to a new school a couple of weeks into the season. Despite all that, he still put his name in the draft, instead of choosing to commit to a different college this year.

Robinson has a lot of possibilities and chances to grow, but for now, no one knows exactly what he can do, or how well his skills have developed over the past year. But, he’ll definitely has to work on his offensive skills to be able to compete in the NBA.

 

Photo: Yahoo Sports

Tonight, the 2018 NBA Draft will take place. Here are some under the radar prospects, who can develop into great NBA players.

Hamidou Diallo

Diallo is currently projected as an early second round pick, who is a great athletic defender, but lacks on offense. He hasn’t had a great season with Kentucky, but he has shown some great promise. It’s almost a sure thing that an NBA team will take a chance on his athletic ability. For a shooting guard, his ball handling and shooting abilities are subpar, so he’ll definitely have to improve those to be able to use his athleticism to his full potential.

Anfernee Simmons

Simmons didn’t take the ordinary road to the NBA, as he decided to do a post-graduate year at the IMG Academy to become eligible for the 2018 draft. Simmons was a top 10 high school recruit, but he wasn’t a standout player during his year with the IMG Academy. His unconventional route is probably what made him a second round prospect, but he’s a good scorer, athletic and has a great jumper. Despite that, he still has to prove himself at a higher competitive level. Simmons will have to work on his strength and physic, as well as his aggressiveness on the court.

Jalen Brunson

Brunson is now projected to be an early second round pick, which is probably mostly because of his smaller size. He was a good playmaker and scorer, and a great shooter during his time at Villanova, and has a very high basketball IQ. Furthermore, Brunson isn’t very athletic, so he’ll have to show that he can make up for that in other ways.

Rodions Kurucs

Kurucs originally put his name up for the draft last year, but decided to withdraw his name at the last moment. Unfortunately for him, his stock has gone down, as he was a first round prospect last year, but is now expected to go early in the second round. Kurucs has the abilities and skills to grow into a good player, as he’s a smart player, who knows how to create space and is quite athletic.

This year, he played most of his games with Barcelona B, and therefore didn’t have a lot of experience playing against high-level teams this season. That, together with the fact that he’s had a lot of injuries, make it difficult to see how he would do in the NBA. It seems like he could use another year (or more if necessary) to prove that he can compete with top-level teams and player in Europe, before making the step to the NBA.

Mitchell Robinson

Robinson is a great athlete and shot blocker, and has proven that during his time in high school. He ended up taking a year off from professional basketball when he couldn’t transfer to a new school a couple of weeks into the season. Despite all that, he still put his name in the draft, instead of choosing to commit to a different college this year.

Robinson has a lot of possibilities and chances to grow, but for now, no one knows exactly what he can do, or how well his skills have developed over the past year. But, he’ll definitely has to work on his offensive skills to be able to compete in the NBA.

 

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