With the NBA season coming to a close on Sunday night after the Los Angeles Lakers were crowned NBA champions, it’s time to shift gears to the 2020 NBA Draft, which will take place Wednesday, November 18th at 8 PM EST. This year’s class is seen as “weak” from many as it doesn’t have the same top heavy star power we’ve become accustomed to, but I will tell you that this class is not as bad as you may think.
It may not have the guaranteed stars we are used to, but this class is very deep, and there’s a lot of value deep in this draft class. Over the past few months, I have put in many hours studying the players in this year’s draft class, and after many revisions and reevaluations, I have finally narrowed my big board down to a top 60.
This will be broken up into 4 parts with each part covering 15 players, and in today’s article (part 1), I will be going over prospects #60-#46 on my big board. When evaluating these prospects, I factor in their potential, and how I believe they’ll pan out in the NBA. Everyone has a different way, but that’s how I roll. Alright, enough chit chat, let’s get to the big board!
#60. Jahmi’us Ramsey
Shooting Guard / Texas Tech / 19 years old
When evaluating the Texas Tech product, two things stand out right away. One is his size. Ramsey stands at 6’4”, 195 pounds with an insane 6’10” wingspan. Ramsey has the length and strength to give himself a lot of potential and the upper hand on many opponents. Then secondly, his three point shooting. Ramsey shot an elite 43% from three on over 5 attempts per game last season. He shoots with great confidence, and he’s a very versatile shooter as he can shoot on and off the basketball.
With all this being said, I see Ramsey being more of a microwave scorer at the next level. He was a very streaky shooter from three at Texas Tech, and his 64% from the charity stripe last season further backs this up. As a finisher, Ramsey has some potential thanks to his size and length, but he was a terrible finisher last season, as he only shot 50% at the rim. As a playmaker, Ramsey will show you flashes, but he’s not typically looking to pass, and he hasn’t shown me great vision or IQ in this department.
When defending, Ramsey’s size, length, and lateral quickness give him potential, but as of now, defense is a negative for sure. He is not fundamentally sound at all, as his footwork is great on offense, but terrible on defense, and his effort on the defensive end of the court has to be better. Ramsey has the tools to be a very solid pro, but with consistency issues and so many holes in his game, I see him being nothing more than a microwave scorer in the NBA.
#59. Cassius Winston
Point Guard / Michigan State / 22 Years Old
In his 4 years in college, Cassius Winston quickly became one of the more well known players amongst D-1 NCAAB athletes. Winston was a charging force on one of the best college basketball teams in recent memory, the Michigan State Spartans. Although Winston was great in college, he doesn’t project to be as good at the NBA level if you ask me. With that being said, there is still a lot of upside in Winston, part of which is in his three point shot.
In his senior year, Winston shot 43% from three on nearly 6 attempts from downtown a game. Winston is such a versatile shooter as he can hit nearly every three, such as catch and shoot, on a very efficient and consistent basis. Winston is also a fantastic playmaker. He has very solid vision, great IQ, and he is great as a playmaker and a scorer out of the pick and roll which he ran a lot with running mate and partner in crime Xavier Tillman in college.
Since he spent 4 years running Michigan State’s offense, Winston has a lot of experience and can run an NBA offense. I love these parts of Winston’s games, but the negatives really bog his stock down for me. First of all, Winston lacks size. His 6’5” wingspan isn’t atrocious, nor is it great, and his height of 6’1” certainly isn’t good. When you pair that with his lack of explosiveness, athleticism, his slow feet and his lack of lateral quickness, it really limits Winston’s ability in many areas. Winston struggles as a finisher in both transition and halfcourt because of this. Not to mention, this makes Winston a defensive liability.
He’s very smart defensively, and he’ll give you effort, but it’s not nearly enough to overcome his lack of good measurables. Not too mention, Winston struggled offensively when guarded by bigger guards, and he’ll see this more often in the NBA, and this is also why I believe his three point shooting percentages see just a bit of a dip at the next level. There’s always room to grow, but Winston is already 22 years old, and knowing about him and his playstyle, Winston is already very close to his ceiling. I really love the positives in Winston’s game, but the negatives really slid him down my big board.
#58. Jay Scrubb
Shooting Guard / John A. Logan / 20 Years Old
The first thing that pops out with Scrubb is his rare size and athleticism for a guard. Scrubb is 6’6” with a 6’9” wingspan, and he is an explosive athlete with a rumored vertical of over 40 inches. As I said before, this combination of size and athleticism is rare for a guard, and he still has room to grow in this department. Scrubb’s length and athleticism gives him great versatility on both ends of the court, and he’s a great rebounder as well.
This also makes Scrubb a beast in transition, along with his fairly quick twitch, and it gives him an upper hand when attacking the rim, where he saw very efficient numbers as a finisher, and although his defense needs work, this length and athleticism gives him a lot of potential on that end of the court.
Scrubb also has a nice handle on the basketball, and he plays with good pace and has many ball handling moves that he can perform with ease. As I said before, Scrubb is a very good finisher, although he gets himself in trouble when driving to the hoop from time to time, and he’s great in transition and out of the pick and roll as a scorer, but his three point shot is where his questions as a scorer lurk. Scrubb isn’t afraid to pull the trigger from deep, but he was a fairly streaky shooter from behind the arc, and he struggles as an off-ball shooter.
With that being said, Scrubb can create space for himself, and he’s shown flashes, just nothing consistent. At Logan College, Scrubb also had a pretty poor shot selection. A lot of this probably has to do with being the star of his team, but there was still a lack of awareness at times with Scrubb for sure.
As a playmaker, I would be lying if I said he was anything special. Scrubb didn’t dish out many assists as he wasn’t looking to create for others very often, which is concerning considering the ball was almost always in his hands. His tunnel vision also limits his playmaking potential and almost eliminates the potential ability of him consistently creating open shots for his teammates after driving to the hoop and crashing the defense.
As a decision maker in general, Scrubb is just lackluster, and it’s a big reason why he’s not in many winning positions very often. Defensively, Scrubb’s length and athleticism gives him a lot of potential, and when he’s locked in, Scrubb proved he can make plays defensively, but there are some serious concerns on this end of the court for him.
Scrubb lacks solid defensive fundamentals, and he had many instances of taking possessions off defensively. This lack of effort, awareness, and fundamentals led to many defensive lapses. There were many occasions where Scrubb put in no effort on the defensive end of the court. This can be fixed by a good culture, but considering Scrubb has had trouble academically and a consistent lack of effort, I have my doubts about him ever becoming a hustle guy.
Then of course, the competition Scrubb faced. On tape, Scrubb is a treat to watch, but he played at a JUCO college. Scrubb did get offers from D-1 schools, but due to academic failures in highschool, he couldn’t go D-1. This makes it tougher to evaluate how Scrubb will truly translate to the next level. Scrubb has the tools to be a successful NBA pro, but he still leaves a lot to be desired.
#57. Leandro Bolmaro
Guard/Forward / FC Barcelona / 20 Years Old
Here at number 57 we’ve got the point-forward esque Bolmaro from FC Barcelona. The first thing many point out about Bolmaro is his playmaking potential. He has great court vision, crafty ball handling abilities, solid IQ, pace, and pick and roll play, and his playmaking abilities are effective in both the halfcourt and in transition.
Now I say “playmaking potential” because Bolmaro often goes for the flashy pass, which catches peoples eyes, but it’s also why he’s recorded nearly as many turnovers as he has assists in his overseas career, granted that’s from a fairly small sample size. I still do believe Bolmaro is a great playmaker with a ceiling to be an elite playmaker, but I do believe he gets a bit overrated in this area.
Defensively, Bolmaro is a great perimeter defender. He may not be athletic, but Bolmaro is fundamentally sound, he’s got great lateral quickness, and his reported 6’8”-“6’9” wingspan all make him a great, versatile defender, particularly on the perimeter. With this being said, Bolmaro does tend to over gamble at times, and it costs his team.
When it comes to his shot, it’s one of Bolmaro’s glaring weaknesses. He will show you flashes from downtown, but was not a consistent or efficient three point shooter, and his subpar release and poor free throw percentage doesn’t give you a ton of hope. He also needs to get bigger and stronger.
Bolmaro is a solid finisher in terms of layup packages and touch around the hoop, but he often gets the ball stripped away from him, and he tends to shy away from contact due to his slimmer size. Bolmaro is also unathletic, and this hinders his potential and abilities in some areas.
And last, but not least, he’s a “draft and stash” prospect. This means even if he gets drafted, he will still continue to play overseas for at least one more season instead of entering the NBA or going to the G-League right away. The team that drafts him will still have rights to him, they just won’t have him in their organization right away. This may not sound like a huge negative, but there have been hundreds of draft and stash players in NBA history, and it’s very hard to find even a single one that has panned out. Bolmaro isn’t getting a ton of minutes overseas, and there are a lot of flaws in his game that I don’t have as much confidence in getting fixed overseas.
#56. Yam Madar
Point Guard / Hapoel Tel Aviv / 19 Years Old
Yam Madar is one of those guys I really, really wanted to put higher, but I didn’t for reasons I’ll explain in a minute. Standing at 6’3”, 180 pounds, Madar played overseas for Hapoel Tel Aviv in the Israeli league against guys such as Deni Avdijia. Madar is a young, electric point guard who makes an impact on both sides of the basketball.
Offensively, Madar is a very crafty finisher with a great, soft touch. Along with this, Madar is a great playmaker who creates for his teammates, and his smart decision making, great ball handling and footwork all contribute to this. Madar also has a respectable mid-range game.
On defense, Madar may not be the biggest or the strongest, but he reminds you a lot of Patrick Beverly, with a little less talking perhaps. Madar plays with a spark on defense along with offense, and he’s a hard-nosed, pesky on-ball defender that moves well laterally and isn’t afraid to get physical, especially when he has to switch against guys bigger than him, where he is surprisingly successful. Madar is also an alert off-ball defender who has a knack for getting steals off the basketball.
So, what’s not to like? Well… to get the little things out of the way, Madar tends to make some passes that are a little unnecessary, which leads to some turnovers. Madar is also fairly small, and lacks defensive versatility. His spark and physicality can only take him so far. But the two biggest issues with him as a prospect are his three point shot, and he’s a draft and stash prospect.
Madar only shot 27% from three, and his release clearly isn’t perfect, and I believe a little more strength will go a long way for him. With that being said, he’s still got a solid form, and his great touch and 81% from the free throw line are encouraging. Then, the draft and stash.
Like Bolmaro, this means even if Madar gets drafted, he will still continue to play overseas for at least one more season instead of entering the NBA or going to the G-League. Now, this may not seem like a reason to bump a prospect down this far when he looks so good, and I hate to do this, but it is. There have been hundreds of draft and stash players in NBA history, and it’s very hard to find even a single one that has panned out. Madar is a great prospect, and he can certainly break this trend, but it feels like a long shot.
#55. Devon Dotson
Guard / Kansas / 21 Years Old
Anyone who watched college basketball last season knows that Devon Dotson was a key piece on an elite Kansas Jayhawks team last season. Dotson is a smart, quick, and pesky guard with a tremendous motor. His athleticism, IQ, and speed are most showcased in transition. What I’m trying to say is, Dotson is a force in transition. He’s nowhere near an elite passer, but he can make easy reads, many of which come in transition when his team has a numbers advantage.
Offensively, Dotson’s strong suit is definitely taking the ball to the hoop. His quickness allows him to blow by defenders, and he’s got a solid touch around the hoop that made him an efficient finisher in college. When it comes to three point shooting however, Dotson’s not exactly singing the same tune.
In his freshman year, Dotson shot 36% from downtown on only 2.5 attempts per game. Even worse, last season in his sophomore year, Dotson dipped to a 31% three point shooter on just over 4 attempts per night. His three point shot is a cause for concern, but he’s got a solid release and shot 83% from the charity stripe last season, so that’s encouraging. Not to mention, defenders will always be vulnerable to his ability to drive to the hoop, so this will give him a little more space than most players to shoot the three.
Defensively, Dotson plays with a lot of passion. His athleticism helps him out, along with his IQ, and he’s very pesky and is able to make a good amount of plays on defense. With that being said, Dotson is only 6’2” with a 6’3” wingspan, so I have some serious questions as to whether or not his defense will translate. I know his peskiness, motor, and IQ on this side of the ball will translate, but this lack of defensive versatility is concerning.
Dotson’s intangibles are off the charts, and his speed, along with his rebounding, finishing, and ability in transition, are all good, but there are many questions in Dotson’s game, such as can he become a three point shooter? Can he make an impact on offense without the ball in his hands? Will his defense be able to translate?
#54. Nico Mannion
Point Guard / Arizona / 19 Years Old
Coming out of highschool, Mannion was one of the more hyped up prospects in his freshman class, but after a disappointing freshman campaign at Arizona, Mannion slid down many big boards. Despite his disappointing freshman season, his playmaking abilities were far from disappointing. Mannion has great vision, IQ, and touch on his passes, and all of these things make Mannion one of the best playmakers in this draft class, and there’s no reason to believe this won’t translate to the next level.
Outside of his playmaking, Mannion does a great job at creating his own shot. Despite his inefficiencies, Mannion’s ability to not only create his own shot, but his ability out of the pick and roll and his quick change of pace all give him potential as a scorer. From behind the arc, Mannion was inconsistent, but his smart off-ball movement and shot off the dribble offer promise, along with all the other things I’ve already stated.
Personally, my biggest knock on Mannion’s game has to be his size. Standing at 6’3”, 180 pound with just a 6’2” wingspan is really going to limit him and his upside in the NBA. He is a smart and fundamentally sound defender, but at that size, he lacks defensive versatility and will get picked on by many teams.
As a finisher, Mannion has a solid touch around the hoop, and he can change pace pretty well, but his lack of explosion, size, and strength will all give him trouble as a finisher at the next level. We all know Mannion will be a great playmaker, but the questions with him are how good of a three point shooter can he become, and how much will his size hold him back?
#53. Trevelin Queen
Shooting Guard / New Mexico State / 23 Years Old
Before you learn anything about Queen as a prospect, you should know his story. Before landing himself a spot on the New Mexico State basketball team, Queen was homeless for a while, and bounced around many JUCO schools before finally getting his shot at D-1 hoops. Queen’s story is inspiring, and he’s gone through a lot of adversity that should give him a step ahead of others coming into the league.
The first thing I want to take a look at is Queen’s athleticism. Queen isn’t a crazy athlete, but he’s still a very good one. His athleticism, paired with his 6’6” height and 6’8” wingspan gives him versatility on both ends of the court, and it’s also a huge reason as to why Queen is so successful in transition, primarily as a finisher.
Defensively, Queen gambles a lot. This puts him in bad positions a lot of times, but it also leads to him making a lot of plays defensively. This can be seen as an even further positive considering his high steal rate gets him in transition a lot, where he thrives. Offensively in the half court, Queen’s role will really just be a catch and shoot guy. Queen is an average finisher at best who struggles to draw fouls, and although he’s good at avoiding turnovers, his ability to create for others and make smart decisions consistently with the basketball in his hands when in a halfcourt offense is lackluster.
Queen’s form could still use a little work, but he has proven he is a capable catch and shoot guy from downtown. Queen did face poor college competition and he wasn’t even dominant against it, plus he’s already 23 years old, which means his ceiling is very low. At the same time, I still like Queen’s game a lot, and I believe he will be an end of the rotation type of guy for an NBA team, as his strengths and competitive attitude will help him earn a roster spot in the NBA.
#52. Mason Jones
Guard / Arkansas / 22 Years Old
Despite playing at a very high level during his 2 seasons at Arkansas, Jones didn’t start playing basketball until his senior year of highschool. Jones has come a long way since then by picking up the game very quickly, working very hard, and losing over 70 pounds to get in better shape in the process.
When it comes to main attributes, Jones’ best aspect is his scoring ability. First of all, Jones is an incredible finisher. Despite taking only one dunk all season and getting a lot of attention with limited playmaking ability to grant him space, Jones shot a wild 75% from the field at the rim. Jones is a proven finisher, and his mid range game and shot from behind the arc make him a definite three level scorer. Mason Jones also hit some big shots during his college career, and his ability to hit tough shots and create space for himself is impressive.
With that being said, Jones is a bit of a streaky shooter from three, only shooting 35% from downtown last season, but much of this could be attributed to the high usage rate and high volume of shots he had to take last season. Not to mention, Jones shot 83% from the free throw line last season on over 9 attempts per game. Jones proved he can draw fouls better than anyone in the class, and this free throw percentage is also very encouraging for his jump shot that’s got a little more room to grow.
As a scorer, Jones is great, but it’s his playmaking and defense that bog him down. Last season, Jones had nearly as many turnovers as he did assists, which is concerning, especially for a guard. Defensively, Jones was a solid off-ball defender, and he was able to jump into passing lanes and get steals, and as an on-ball defender, his poor athleticism was put on display time after time. Guards would blow by him, and Jones isn’t strong enough to take on big men. His 3.2 fouls per game as a guard also explain his lack of defensive capability. Jones is still new to the game of basketball, but as he’s already 22 with the NBA already around the corner for him, he doesn’t have a ton of time to improve in these lackluster areas that weigh him down.
#51. Kevon Harris
Shooting Guard/Small Forward / Stephen F. Austin / 23 Years Old
Harris is a wing and four year graduate out of Stephen F. Austin. He’s most likely one of those players you haven’t heard of before, but you should get familiar with his name. Harris is a very strong athlete with great upper body strength, and he excels at finishing through contact, drawing fouls, pushing the ball in transition, and he even has some finesse finishes in his bag of tricks as well.
As a shooter, Harris tends to be a little streaky, and he needs to speed his release up, but his 41% from downtown last season on 4.6 attempts per game is certainly promising. Not to mention his 77% from the charity stripe on over 6 attempts per game gives me confidence as well that Harris’ three ball that he continues to improve upon can be at very least average at the next level.
As a rebounder, Harris doesn’t wow you, but he’s a solid one. He averaged 5.7 rebounds per game last season, and 6.5 the season prior. As a playmaker however, this is a spot Harris needs to improve on. Harris averaged only 2.1 assists and 3.5 turnovers last season, a very poor ratio. 2.1 assists is very lackluster considering how much the ball was in his hands and how many drive and kick opportunities he had. With this being said, I don’t see Harris ever being a playmaker, and his ball handling needs to get a lot better before I ever call him a primary ball handler.
Defensively, Harris has some work to do. He needs to really focus on defense and improve a little bit fundamentally. With this being said, Harris clearly has the tools to be a positive defender, and he’s proven time and time again he can be a defensive playmaker by cutting into passing lanes to get steals and create transition opportunities for him and his team.
Harris did suffer an injury in ‘18-’19, and he hasn’t faced much top competition, but he led Stephen F. Austin to Southland Conference Champions as a senior, and in the biggest game of his career on national television against the Duke Blue Devils last season, Harris led the Lumberjacks to an overtime upset victory over Duke. It was Duke’s first out of conference loss in over a decade. Harris clearly has some question marks, but I truly believe he will be a solid rotational piece in a more limited role in the NBA.
#50. Reggie Perry
Power Forward/Center / Mississippi State / 20 Years Old
Reggie Perry is an old school power forward out of Mississippi State. His biggest strength is definitely his rebounding. Perry averaged 10.1 rebounds per game last season, and although he’s not super tall standing at 6’10” with a 7’0” wingspan, his rebounding ability will definitely translate to the next level.
Perry’s got a very solid vertical, he’s strong, athletic, and he attacks that basketball on the boards. He does a great job at getting in position for the basketball, and he’s a great offensive rebounder as well. Not to mention his rebounding numbers continued to improve game-by-game in college, so there may still be some room to grow here.
Along with his rebounding, he’s a great finisher. Perry gets great positioning inside, has an array of post moves, great footwork, and he’s great at finishing through contact. A lot of his offense came from the post in college, and he was very efficient here. As a playmaker, Perry has potential, unlike many big men.
At Mississippi State, Perry ran a lot of their offense, and he has experience running halfcourt sets and pushing the ball in transition. Perry did have his struggles in this role as he averaged 2.9 turnovers and only 2.3 assists per game last season, but he’s flashed potential and has experience in a playmaking role. Perry’s got solid vision, and he will just need to continue to get reps and further improve his ball handling ability to unlock his playmaking potential.
Offensively, Perry possesses many positives, but his three point shot isn’t one of them. Last season, Perry shot just 32% from three on only 2.3 attempts. With all this being said, there is potential here. Perry’s form doesn’t look terrible, which would explain his solid 78% from the free throw line last season on over 6 attempts per game.
Room for even more optimism, Perry’s three point percentage went up by 4% from his freshman to sophomore year, and his free throw percentage improved by 5%. This was also with a spike in three point and free throw attempts. I have confidence that Perry can continue to improve on this due to his high motor and work ethic.
My final knock on Perry is his defense. His poor lateral quickness, foot speed, and awareness all make him a poor defender in space, which means he may have to slide over to the center position a lot so he doesn’t get eaten alive by stretch bigs and pick and roll play. The problem with that is, Perry has a fouling problem down low, and he doesn’t possess the ability to be much of a rim protector. No matter how you slice it, Perry projects to be a poor defender in the NBA, and the key to him being successful will definitely be him unlocking his playmaking and shooting potential.
#49. Zeke Nnaji
Center/ Arizona / 19 Years Old
Zeke Nnaji is a 6’11”, 240 pound freshman out of Arizona with a 7’1” wingspan. The first thing I’d like to talk about is Nnaji’s post play. In his lone season at Arizona, Nnaji showed us how great he was around the rim. He was very efficient around the rim with his nice arsenal of post moves, strength and size, along with his soft touch and nice vertical leap. I’m not sure he can rely on this as much at the next level, but it’s a great skill he has that he should definitely utilize.
Nnaji is also a very agile big man. He adjusts well to tough passes on lobs, and he runs the floor really well, hence why he was so great in transition last season. Nnaji has a great motor that seems to never stop. He’s constantly giving 110% on the court, and his work ethic is superb. This will really be key for him at the next level. His motor really shows off on the glass, where he averaged 8.6 rebounds last season. I still think he has a little work to do in terms of boxing out, but his hustle and vertical leap will always make him an above average rebounder.
Then we get to his three point shot. Nnaji only shot 29% from downtown last season on just 17 attempts all year, but there’s still hope here. Nnaji shoots well from the midrange, and is slowly but surely improving his range. He’s got a nice release as well, and his 76% on over 6 attempts a game does a pretty good job echoing that.
Defensively, work needs to be done. Nnaji does have the tools and work ethic to turn things around on defense, but it’s going to take a lot of work, and it’s tough to see him ever being anything great defensively. Despite being agile for a big man, Nnaji really struggles in space defensively as he’s constantly being blown by. He just has little to no fundamentals here. The worst part is, he can’t defend the rim either. He’ll show you flashes, but his length limits him, and he hardly gets any blocks at the rim, sometimes not even trying at all to contest the shot.
And then we get to his most glaring weakness, his playmaking/turnovers. Nnaji hardly ever creates for others, and when he tries to, it often leads to turnovers. To put this into perspective, Nnaji had only 27 assists last season and a whopping 70 turnovers. Nnaji has no court vision, is a bad passer when he does pass, commits offensive fouls and travels with the ball from time to time, and all in all, Nnaji isn’t to be trusted with the basketball in his hands.
That is huge, especially compared with all the other weaknesses in his game. There are a lot of things that excite you about Nnaji’s game, but there are also a lot of things that disappoint me. In my opinion, his strengths and weaknesses are just about as black and white as it gets.
#48. Skylar Mays
Guard / LSU / 23 Years Old
After 4 years at LSU, Skylar Mays is finally declaring for the NBA draft. To start things off, let’s take a look at Mays’ size. Mays is 6’4”, 205 pounds with a 6’7” wingspan. This doesn’t blow you out of the water, but it’s a solid size for a guard. In his senior year, Mays saw a spike in scoring efficiency. Although his three point attempts dipped from 5 a game in his junior season to 4.1 in his senior year, Mays saw a jump from 31% to 39% from behind the arc.
With that being said, I still want to see him improve his release a little bit, and his ability to create his own shot needs to get better. Mays is also very good at driving to the hoop. Although he does lack explosion, he’s got a great touch around the hoop, and he’s not afraid to get physical, which also got him to the charity stripe nearly 5 times a game last season where he shot 85%.
As a playmaker, Mays won’t wow you, but he’s still a capable playmaker that has improved over the years in terms of decision making. His IQ, leadership, ball handling, and ability out of the pick and roll really help him out as a playmaker.
Defensively, Mays was a very good on ball defender. His strength and IQ really helped him out, but there are questions as to whether or not this can translate. His 6’7” wingspan isn’t terrible, but when you pair that with his poor lateral quickness, he’s really limited to just point guards and smaller shooting guards defensively, giving him a lack of defensive versatility and some probable struggles guarding the pick and roll. He also gambles a little too often on defense as well.
My last knock on Mays is his age. I don’t take age into account very much, and being 23 years old does give him an upperhand in terms of IQ and leadership, but it’s still viewed as a slight negative. Mays’ ceiling isn’t extremely high, but he can still surely be a capable role player at the NBA level.
#47. Abdoulaye N’Doye
Point Guard / Cholet Basket / 22 Years Old
For a point guard, N’Doye’s measurements will blow you away. He’s 6’7” with a 7’2” wingspan! With this length, N’Doye is one of the most versatile point guards I’ve seen in a long time. As if this wasn’t intriguing enough, N’Doye’s playmaking potential is eye grabbing as well. At Cholet last season, he averaged 4 assists per game and only 2 turnovers in about 30 minutes a game. N’Doye has excellent vision, especially for his size, and he does a great job at using an array of ball fakes to get his guys open.
If N’Doye can get more aggressive and become an even better scorer, that will only help his playmaking. He also passes a little too much, but still, as I said earlier, the potential here as a playmaker is off the charts. Not to mention his defensive potential. N’Doye’s 7’2” wingspan alone gives him a ton of versatility and potential on the defensive end of the court. N’Doye uses his wingspan to get into passing lanes to pickup steals, and he’s got quick feet and lateral quickness to add to his insane versatility.
Not to mention N’Doye does a nice job at pushing the ball in transition after grabbing down a defensive board. He still has some areas he needs to improve on defensively, however. His lack of strength gets abused by some bigger guys on the post, he gets caught gambling a little too often, and his effort could improve defensively.
As a finisher, I still want to see more from N’Doye, but he’s got a nice floater/runner, a solid touch, and he gets to the hoop well with length and change of pace, along with his nice hang dribble. Then, we get to three point shooting. This part of the game is a huge question mark for me, and it’s honestly the make or break of his game.
On the bright side, N’Doye shot 44% from downtown last season after shooting 38% the season before. His free throw percentage also spiked from 53% to 75% in his last two seasons. This looks great, and there’s clearly some potential there, but the volume just isn’t high enough. N’Doye only took 1.4 three pointers last season, which is actually less than he took the season before, and this is factoring in he had a bigger role and took on more minutes last season compared to the season before that. 75% from the charity stripe isn’t great, nor is it bad, but this was also on a pretty low volume, and a 20+ percent spike on low volume from a streaky shooter could be a fluke.
N’Doye isn’t a very aggressive scorer, and as I mentioned before, his three point attempts went down from ‘18-’19 to ‘19-’20 despite more minutes and a bigger role. I believe this says something about his confidence in his shot. His release isn’t terrible, but it’s got a slight hitch and it could improve. Overall, N’Doye is an intriguing prospect with high upside, but his success will be determined by whether or not he can get a reliable three ball.
#46. Elijah Hughes
Shooting Guard/Small Forward / Syracuse / 22 Years Old
At Syracuse, Elijah Hughes had a very successful career after he transferred there from East Carolina. At Syracuse, Hughes ran the offense a lot and showed a lot of one on one scoring potential. From downtown, Hughes only shot 34%, but don’t panic. This was on over 7 attempts per game as the main focal point of ‘Cuse’s offense.
In case you’re still concerned, Hughes has a really high, nice looking release, and he shot 81% from the free throw line on over 5 attempts per game to prove this. He’s definitely a streaky shooter from three, but he’s still a positive three point shooter that should continue to work on his consistency. Hughes has also proven he can shoot off the basketball. He needs to get a lot more consistent, but he’s a really good mover off the ball that does a great job at finding open holes in the defense.
Hughes is also a more than capable midrange shooter, but his finishing is a different story. Hughes is an inefficient scorer at the rim, especially when driving to the rim. This is going to limit his upside at the next level, especially as a scorer. As a playmaker, Hughes makes nice passes from time to time, with solid vision that totaled to 3.4 assists in college. With that being said, Hughes made almost as many poor decisions as a passer as he did good ones, and he’ll never be a main playmaker or ball handler.
In transition, Hughes is very good offensively and defensively. He can score offensively and get back for blocks defensively in transition. He’s got a fairly high IQ in general, and he puts the bad plays behind him very quickly. As I said before, he’s great in transition defensively, and he also has great instincts and rebounding skills defensively as well. The one problem is, he’s an unproven man-to-man defender.
At Syracuse, they play strictly zone defense, so it’s unknown how he’ll adjust to a man oriented defense. Back in ‘16-’17 at East Carolina, Hughes struggled as a man defender, but he has become a much better, quicker athlete since then. There are quite a few questions surrounding Hughes, but there’s still a good amount of upside here with him.
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