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2019 NBA Draft Early Entry List

175 players from colleges and other educational institutions and 58 international players have filed as early entry candidates for the 2019 NBA Draft

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NEW YORK, April 23, 2019 – The National Basketball Association announced today that 233 players — 175 players from colleges and other educational institutions and 58 international players — have filed as early entry candidates for the 2019 NBA Draft presented by State Farm.

Players who have applied for early entry have the right to withdraw their names from consideration for the Draft by notifying the NBA of their decision in writing no later than 5 p.m. ET on Monday, June 10. Under NCAA rules, in order to retain college basketball eligibility, underclassmen who have entered the 2019 Draft must withdraw by Wednesday, May 29.

Following is the list of players from colleges and other educational institutions who have applied for early entry into the 2019 NBA Draft, which will be held Thursday, June 20 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Player  School  Height  Status
Milan Acquaah  California Baptist  6-3  Sophomore
Bryce Aiken  Harvard  6-0  Junior
Nickeil Alexander-Walker  Virginia Tech  6-5  Sophomore
Al-Wajid Aminu  North Florida  6-7  Junior
Desmond Bane  TCU  6-5  Junior
RJ Barrett  Duke  6-7  Freshman
Charles Bassey  Western Kentucky  6-11  Freshman
Tyus Battle  Syracuse  6-6  Junior
Troy Baxter Jr.  FGCU  6-8  Sophomore
Darius Bazley  Princeton HS (OH)  6-9  Post-Graduate
Kerry Blackshear Jr.  Virginia Tech  6-10  Junior
Phil Bledsoe  Glenville State (WV)  6-6  Junior
Bol Bol  Oregon  7-2  Freshman
Marques Bolden  Duke  6-11  Junior
Jordan Bone  Tennessee  6-3  Junior
Ky Bowman  Boston College  6-1  Junior
DaQuan Bracey  Louisiana Tech  5-11  Junior
Keith Braxton  St. Francis (PA)  6-4  Junior
Ignas Brazdeikis  Michigan  6-7  Freshman
Oshae Brissett  Syracuse  6-8  Sophomore
Armoni Brooks  Houston  6-3  Junior
Charlie Brown Jr.  St. Joseph’s  6-7  Sophomore
Moses Brown  UCLA  7-1  Freshman
Nico Carvacho  Colorado State  6-11  Junior
Yoeli Childs  BYU  6-8  Junior
Brandon Clarke  Gonzaga  6-8  Junior
Nicolas Claxton  Georgia  6-11  Sophomore
Amir Coffey  Minnesota  6-8  Junior
RJ Cole  Howard  6-1  Sophomore
Tyler Cook  Iowa  6-9  Junior
Anthony Cowan Jr.  Maryland  6-0  Junior
Jarrett Culver  Texas Tech  6-5  Sophomore
Jarron Cumberland  Cincinnati  6-5  Junior
Caleb Daniels  Tulane  6-4  Sophomore
Tulio Da Silva  Missouri State  6-8  Junior
Aubrey Dawkins  UCF  6-6  Junior
Javin DeLaurier  Duke  6-10  Junior
Silvio De Sousa  Kansas  6-9  Sophomore
Mamadi Diakite  Virginia  6-9  Junior
Alpha Diallo  Providence  6-7  Junior
James Dickey  UNCG  6-10  Junior
David DiLeo  Central Michigan  6-7  Junior
Davon Dillard  Shaw (NC)  6-5  Junior
Luguentz Dort  Arizona State  6-4  Freshman
Devon Dotson  Kansas  6-2  Freshman
Jason Draggs  Lee College (TX)  6-9  Freshman
Aljami Durham  Indiana  6-4  Sophomore
Carsen Edwards  Purdue  6-1  Junior
CJ Elleby  Washington State  6-6  Freshman
Steven Enoch  Louisville  6-10  Junior
Bruno Fernando  Maryland  6-10  Sophomore
Jaylen Fisher  TCU  6-2  Junior
Savion Flagg  Texas A&M  6-7  Sophomore
Daniel Gafford  Arkansas  6-11  Sophomore
Darius Garland  Vanderbilt  6-2  Freshman
Eugene German  Northern Illinois  6-0  Junior
TJ Gibbs  Notre Dame  6-3  Junior
Quentin Goodin  Xavier  6-4  Junior
Tony Goodwin II  Redemption Christian Academy (MA)  6-6  Post-Graduate
Kellan Grady  Davidson  6-5  Sophomore
Devonte Green  Indiana  6-3  Junior
Quentin Grimes  Kansas  6-5  Freshman
Jon Axel Gudmundsson  Davidson  6-4  Junior
Kyle Guy  Virginia  6-2  Junior
Rui Hachimura  Gonzaga  6-8  Junior
Jaylen Hands  UCLA  6-3  Sophomore
Jerrick Harding  Weber State  6-1  Junior
Jared Harper  Auburn  5-11  Junior
Kevon Harris  Stephen F. Austin  6-6  Junior
Jaxson Hayes  Texas  6-11  Freshman
Dewan Hernandez  Miami  6-11  Junior
Tyler Herro  Kentucky  6-5  Freshman
Amir Hinton  Shaw (NC)  6-5  Junior
Jaylen Hoard  Wake Forest  6-8  Freshman
Daulton Hommes  Point Loma Nazarene (CA)  6-8  Junior
Talen Horton-Tucker  Iowa State  6-4  Freshman
De’Andre Hunter  Virginia  6-7  Sophomore
Ty Jerome  Virginia  6-5  Junior
Jayce Johnson  Utah  7-0  Junior
Keldon Johnson  Kentucky  6-6  Freshman
Markell Johnson  North Carolina State  6-1  Junior
Tyrique Jones  Xavier  6-9  Junior
Mfiondu Kabengele  Florida State  6-10  Sophomore
Sacha Killeya-Jones  NC State  6-11  Junior
Louis King  Oregon  6-9  Freshman
V.J. King  Louisville  6-6  Junior
Nathan Knight  William & Mary  6-10  Junior
Sagaba Konate  West Virginia  6-8  Junior
Martin Krampelj  Creighton  6-9  Junior
Romeo Langford  Indiana  6-6  Freshman
Cameron Lard  Iowa State  6-9  Sophomore
A.J. Lawson  South Carolina  6-6  Freshman
Dedric Lawson  Kansas  6-9  Junior
Jalen Lecque  Brewster Academy (NH)  6-3  Post-Graduate
Jacob Ledoux  Texas-Permian Basin  6-3  Junior
Nassir Little  North Carolina  6-6  Freshman
Tevin Mack  Alabama  6-6  Junior
Malik Maitland  Bethune-Cookman  5-9  Guard
Trevor Manuel  Olivet (MI)  6-9  Junior
Jermaine Marrow  Hampton  6-0  Junior
Naji Marshall  Xavier  6-7  Sophomore
Charles Matthews  Michigan  6-6  Junior
Skylar Mays  LSU  6-4  Junior
Jalen McDaniels  San Diego State  6-10  Sophomore
Davion Mintz  Creighton  6-3  Junior
EJ Montgomery  Kentucky  6-10  Freshman
Ja Morant  Murray State  6-3  Sophomore
Andrew Nembhard  Florida  6-5  Freshman
Kouat Noi  TCU  6-7  Sophomore
Zach Norvell Jr.  Gonzaga  6-5  Sophomore
Jaylen Nowell  Washington  6-4  Sophomore
Joel Ntambwe  UNLV  6-9  Freshman
Jordan Nwora  Louisville  6-8  Sophomore
Chuma Okeke  Auburn  6-8  Sophomore
KZ Okpala  Stanford  6-9  Sophomore
Miye Oni  Yale  6-6  Junior
Devonte Patterson  Prairie View A&M  6-7  Junior
Reggie Perry  Mississippi State  6-10  Freshman
Lamar Peters  Mississippi State  6-0  Junior
Filip Petrusev  Gonzaga  6-11  Freshman
Jalen Pickett  Siena  6-4  Freshman
Shamorie Ponds  St. John’s  6-1  Junior
Jordan Poole  Michigan  6-5  Sophomore
Cletrell Pope  Bethune-Cookman  6-9  Junior
Nik Popovic  Boston College  6-11  Junior
Jontay Porter  Missouri  6-11  Sophomore
Kevin Porter Jr.  USC  6-6  Freshman
Myles Powell  Seton Hall  6-2  Junior
Payton Pritchard  Oregon  6-2  Junior
Neemias Queta  Utah State  6-11  Freshman
Brandon Randolph  Arizona  6-6  Sophomore
Cam Reddish  Duke  6-8  Freshman
Isaiah Reese  Canisius  6-5  Junior
Naz Reid  LSU  6-10  Freshman
Nick Richards  Kentucky  6-11  Sophomore
LaQuincy Rideau  South Florida  6-1  Junior
Austin Robinson  Kentucky Christian  6-2  Sophomore
Isaiah Roby  Nebraska  6-8  Junior
Ayinde Russell  Morehouse  6-3  Junior
Kevin Samuel  TCU  6-11  Freshman
Paul Scruggs  Xavier  6-3  Sophomore
Samir Sehic  Tulane  6-9  Junior
Josh Sharkey  Samford  5-10  Junior
Simisola Shittu  Vanderbilt  6-10  Freshman
Nike Sibande  Miami (OH)  6-4  Sophomore
Justin Simon  St. John’s  6-5  Junior
D’Marcus Simonds  Georgia State  6-3  Junior
Ja’Vonte Smart  LSU  6-4  Freshman
Justin Smith  Indiana  6-7  Sophomore
Derrik Smits  Valparaiso  7-1  Junior
Lamar Stevens  Penn State  6-8  Junior
Jalen Sykes  St. Clair College (Canada)  6-5  Junior
Marlon Taylor  LSU  6-6  Junior
Ethan Thompson  Oregon State  6-5  Sophomore
Killian Tillie  Gonzaga  6-10  Junior
Donnie Tillman  Utah  6-7  Sophomore
Tres Tinkle  Oregon State  6-8  Junior
Obi Toppin  Dayton  6-9  Freshman
Rayjon Tucker  Arkansas-Little Rock  6-5  Junior
Justin Turner  Bowling Green  6-4  Sophomore
Nick Ward  Michigan State  6-8  Junior
PJ Washington Jr.  Kentucky  6-8  Sophomore
Tremont Waters  LSU  5-11  Sophomore
Kaleb Wesson  Ohio State  6-9  Sophomore
Coby White  North Carolina  6-5  Freshman
Jimmy Whitt Jr.  SMU  6-3  Junior
Joe Wieskamp  Iowa  6-6  Freshman
Lindell Wigginton  Iowa State  6-2  Sophomore
Kris Wilkes  UCLA  6-8  Sophomore
Charles Williams  Howard  6-6  Junior
Emmitt Williams  LSU  6-7  Freshman
Grant Williams  Tennessee  6-7  Junior
Zion Williamson  Duke  6-7  Freshman
Holland Woods II  Portland State  6-0  Sophomore
Kenny Wooten  Oregon  6-9  Sophomore

The following is the list of international players who have applied for early entry into the 2019 NBA Draft:

Player  Team/Country of Team  Height  Status
Dikembe Andre  Paulistano (Brazil)  6-9  1999 DOB
Darko Bajo  Cedevita (Croatia)  6-10  1999 DOB
Aleksander Balcerowski  Gran Canaria (Spain)  7-1  2000 DOB
Goga Bitadze  Buducnost (Montenegro)  7-0  1999 DOB
Vrenz Bleijenbergh  Antwerp (Belgium)  6-9  2000 DOB
Adrian Bogucki  Radom (Poland)  7-1  1999 DOB
Leandro Bolmaro  Barcelona (Spain)  6-6  2000 DOB
Ognjen Carapic  Mega Bemax (Serbia)  6-4  1998 DOB
Leo Cizmic  Girona (Spain)  6-8  1998 DOB
Digue Diawara  Pau Orthez (France)  6-9  1998 DOB
Nenad Dimitrijevic  Joventut (Spain)  6-1  1998 DOB
Felipe Dos Anjos  Melilla (Spain)  7-2  1998 DOB
Yago Dos Santos  Paulistano (Brazil)  5-10  1999 DOB
Sekou Doumbouya  Limoges (France)  6-8  2000 DOB
Henri Drell  Baunach (Germany)  6-9  2000 DOB
Paul Eboua  Roseto (Italy)  6-8  2000 DOB
Osas Ehigiator  Fuenlabrada (Spain)  6-10  1999 DOB
Biram Faye  Avila (Spain)  6-9  2000 DOB
Ivan Fevrier  Levallois (France)  6-9  1999 DOB
Aleix Font  Barcelona (Spain)  6-4  1998 DOB
Philipp Herkenhoff  Vechta (Germany)  6-10  1999 DOB
Dalibor Ilic  Igokea (Bosnia)  6-8  2000 DOB
Matas Jogela  Dzukija (Lithuania)  6-6  1998 DOB
Panagiotis Kalaitzakis  Holargos (Greece)  6-6  1999 DOB
Mate Kalajzic  Split (Croatia)  6-2  1998 DOB
Lukasz Kolenda  Trefl Sopot (Poland)  6-5  1999 DOB
Marcos Louzada Silva  Franca (Brazil)  6-5  1999 DOB
Andrija Marjanovic  Mega Bemax (Serbia)  6-8  1999 DOB
Gytis Masiulis  Neptunas (Lithuania)  6-9  1998 DOB
Jonas Mattisseck  Alba Berlin (Germany)  6-5  2000 DOB
William McDowell-White  Baunach (Germany)  6-5  1998 DOB
Nikita Mikhailovskii  Avtodor (Russia)  6-6  2000 DOB
Nikola Miskovic  Mega Bemax (Serbia)  6-10  1999 DOB
Adam Mokoka  Mega Bemax (Serbia)  6-5  1998 DOB
Muhaymin Mustafa  Tofas (Turkey)  6-5  1999 DOB
Toni Nakic  Sibenik (Croatia)  6-8  1999 DOB
Abdoulaye N’Doye  Cholet (France)  6-7  1998 DOB
Tanor Ngom  Ryerson (Canada)  7-2  1998 DOB
Joshua Obiesie  Wurzburg (Germany)  6-6  2000 DOB
David Okeke  Fiat Torino (Italy)  6-8  1998 DOB
Louis Olinde  Brose Baskets (Germany)  6-9  1998 DOB
Zoran Paunovic  FMP (Serbia)  6-7  2000 DOB
Dino Radoncic  Murcia (Spain)  6-8  1999 DOB
Sander Raieste  Baskonia (Spain)  6-8  1999 DOB
Neal Sako  Levallois (France)  6-10  1998 DOB
Luka Samanic  Olimpija (Slovenia)  6-10  2000 DOB
Tadas Sedekerskis  Baskonia (Spain)  6-8  1998 DOB
Njegos Sikiras  Tormes (Spain)  6-9  1999 DOB
Borisa Simanic  Crvena Zvezda (Serbia)  6-11  1998 DOB
Deividas Sirvydis  Rytas (Lithuania)  6-7  2000 DOB
Khadim Sow  ASVEL (France)  6-11  1999 DOB
Filip Stanic  Mega Bemax (Serbia)  6-10  1998 DOB
Michael Uchendu  Coruna (Spain)  6-10  1998 DOB
Bastien Vautier  Nancy (France)  6-11  1998 DOB
Arnas Velicka  Tartu Ulikool (Estonia)  6-4  1999 DOB
Warren Woghiren  Cholet (France)  6-10  1998 DOB
Arturs Zagars  Joventut (Spain)  6-3  2000 DOB
Yovel Zoosman  Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel)  6-7  1998 DOB

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Steve Kyler is the Editor and Publisher of Basketball Insiders and has covered the NBA and basketball for the last 17 seasons.

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2019 NBA Consensus Mock Draft – Ver 4.0

Each week, four of Basketball Insiders’ experts take a look at the draft class and weigh in on what they are seeing and hearing in the march up to the 2019 NBA Draft.

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Each week, four of Basketball Insiders’ top writers will break down the latest news and notes surrounding the 2019 NBA Draft. With every new version, you’ll see an updated mock draft that reflects how each writer sees the draft landscape based on the latest news, workouts, and information from the pre-draft process as well as a notebook, outlining each writers’ thoughts, observations and reporting on the draft.

Keep in mind; we are trying to find commonalities, which is why it is called the Consensus. The writers involved do not see each other’s selections until these are posted. It is done deliberately to make sure each writer is not influencing the others.

As this process plays out, the mocks will evolve, so look for a new Consensus each Wednesday, all the way up to draft day on June 20th.

Here is this week’s Consensus Mock:

Version: 1.0 | 2.0 | 3.0

Spencer’s Notebook: With the NBA Draft Lottery set and the 2019 NBA Combine in the books from Chicago, there are some significant changes to my mock draft.

Brandon Clarke tested out at the top of his position with a 34-inch standing vertical, a 40.5-inch max vertical and a 3.15-second three-quarter court sprint. He was already a lock to go anywhere from the lottery to the early 20s before the event, so it’s clear that this performance should vault the Gonzaga forward leaped into the top 10.

Outside of the physical portion of the Combine, the rumor mill was churning. We learned of multiple promises for players going to teams, including one about Darius Garland being rumored as the Los Angeles Lakers guy once he left the combine. However, it is the Phoenix Suns that many also believe are interested in the Vanderbilt product with the sixth pick.

Another situation to monitor is the New York Knicks and the third overall pick. Everything seems to be hinging on what happens with the Anthony Davis situation in New Orleans. The Pelicans’ new vice president of basketball operations, David Griffin, would prefer the All-Star big man to stick around once they bolster the team’s core of Jrue Holiday and himself with rookie sensation Zion Williamson.

An ultimatum will be extended to Davis—if he changes his mind about wanting out, they’ll bury the hatchet. If he sticks to his original request, Griffin will begin looking for trade partners.

The Knicks would like to choose the second scenario. Their main focus is on adding marquee free agents to usher in a new era of basketball at Madison Square Garden. If the rumors are true and Kevin Durant and/or Kyrie Irving come to town, they probably won’t want to play with a rookie in the chase for a title. Offering the third pick along with a combination of their young talents—Dennis Smith Jr., Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson, Allonzo Trier—could be a package worthwhile for New Orleans in the Davis talks.

If Davis is moved elsewhere—Boston is a destination often mentioned with Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and picks or if the Pels persuade him to stick around for one more year before his free agency period hits in the summer of 2020, New York could be stuck in a predicament. RJ Barrett should be the pick at three, yet there are members of the team’s coaching staff who are enamored by another highly touted Duke prospect—Cameron Reddish.

The Cleveland Cavaliers met with Reddish last Friday, but at the same time, their front office is a big fan of Barrett’s. Should the Davis scenario not go the way the Knicks would hope, maybe the two could work out a deal to swap picks? Cleveland does have two first-round picks (five and 26) and quite a few assets to offer. New York is reportedly interested in moving Frank Ntilikina as well.

The trade idea is purely that, but it almost sets up perfect, doesn’t it?

Jesse’s Notebook: The NBA Lottery certainly shook things up last week with the New Orleans Pelicans winning the Zion Williamson sweepstakes and the Los Angeles Lakers landing the fourth overall pick. With the Lottery and Combine behind us, there is a bit more consistency in most mock draft boards.

The player I am keeping an eye on right now is Cam Reddish. Reddish didn’t have a standout freshman season at Duke, but his combination of athleticism, skill, and upside make him an intriguing prospect. I would not be surprised if a team with a top pick takes the risk that his game is well-tailored for the NBA and his lone season at Duke is not indicative of the player he will become. There is also a risk that Reddish slips a bit on draft night, but that is a less likely scenario in my opinion. For more on Reddish, take a few minutes to read this insightful article from Basketball Insider writer Shane Rhodes:.

Drew’s Notebook: The NBA Draft combine is complete, and we’ve walked away with a few key learnings:

First of all, it appears that some promises were made to a select few prospects including Darius Garland and Rui Hachimura. This sets a floor for them and their camp. While it’s not entirely clear which teams made them promises, in some instances, it’s pretty intuitive (e.g., PG-desperate Suns probably ensured Garland’s camp that they’d nab him at six).

The guy who I’m most enamored with based on the combine is Luka Samanic. Samanic is a 6-foot-10, 227-pound forward with a 6-foot-10.5 inch wingspan. He demonstrated a nice shooting stroke last week at the combine and proved he can stay in front of quicker guards for periods via the 5-on-5 scrimmage. While he’s incredibly unlikely to break into the lottery, I see Samanic climbing into the late first-round.

Bol Bol continues to be an enigma. His wingspan is impressive, and we know he can stroke. But at 7-foot-3 and 209 pounds, will he be able to impact that gain enough from a physicality standpoint and/or stay healthy? Those are huge questions for whichever team selects him – which will likely be team with a relatively high lottery selection.

I was discouraged by Naz Reid registering a 14% body fat percentage (highest of all prospects) –especially since he was someone I pegged as a sleeper in the draft. Now his position as a first-round draft pick may be in question. However, I still feel that Reid’s ability to shoot threes mixed with his 7-foot-3 wingspan spells huge potential. This should be viewed as an opportunity to snatch up a strong prospect at a lower spot considering NBA training regimens.

Tyler Herro represents another challenge for front offices. His 6-foot-3 wingspan was a bit of a surprise, and it presents a slight problem for whoever ultimately selects him – albeit one that can worked around given the right personnel. Fortunately for Herro, it was assumed by many that his floor is a three-point shooting specialist. So while his wingspan presents a physical limitation, he wasn’t assumed to be an above average athlete/attacker/defender anyway. He’ll still probably be a top-20 pick given the perpetual need for shooters.

Finally, the big news (pun intended) out of the combine was Tacko Fall. Fall is 7-foot-7, 289 pounds with an 8-foot-2 wingspan and a 10-foot-2 standing reach. Fall is definitely on the raw side of all serious prospects, but his mobility and skill set are fairly impressive considering his size. He is not a serious consideration for any team in the first round; however, it will be interesting to see who roles the dice on Fall in the mid-to-late-second round. While Fall and Mitchell Robinson are ENTIRELY indifferent players, teams may look back at passing on Robinson and think twice before passing up another unique big man.

With the draft less than a month away, teams have already begun ramping up their workout schedules. We will learn a lot more in the next few weeks. And we’ll probably be fooled by a number of smoke screens, too. Stay tuned!

Steve’s Notebook: With NBA teams now past the Combine and well into Pro Days, there has been a tremendous amount of chatter on where some players may have early draft commitments, and how teams may really feel about some of the notable names.

It’s important to clarify the role commitments have in the draft process. There are two kinds of commitments teams will offer a prospect, one is the hard fast promise. The promise is exactly what you think it would be, a team zeros in the player they want and offers to select that player with their pick removing the pressure and uncertainty of the draft process in exchange for the player shutting down workouts and access for other teams. Players and their agents take a little risk in trusting the team will keep their word, which is why teams typically shy away from promises unless its exactly the player they covet.

The other type of commitment teams make is what’s commonly referred to as the floor – the lowest level a player will likely fall. Teams tend to make these kinds of commitments to players they like, but understand that they may go higher, but in the event the player falls, they know they have a landing spot.

Why does either side care about all this? For teams it is hard to plan around uncertainty, there are so many things that can happen around the draft and knowing they can secure a player they want, means they can move on the seeing what else can be done to improve the roster or gain assets. For players, it allows them to lighten the workout load and possibility for an injury, and start focusing on their NBA careers. It’s always possible a team can grab a player earlier than expected, but for the most part teams and agents work fairly hard to make sure promises are kept.

With all of that in mind here is what’s being talked about in NBA circles:

Word is Vanderbilt’s Darius Garland received a promise in the top ten, with most believing is was the Phoenix Suns that made the promise with their sixth overall pick. League sources said it’s possible that the Lakers still consider Garland with the fourth pick, but the prevailing thought is Garland will not workout or meet with anyone below the sixth pick.

Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura is also believed to have received a draft promise in the top 12, with the Minnesota Timberwolves believed to have been the team to make the promise with their 11th overall pick. The problem with promises outside of the top five or six picks is the domino effect of players falling out of the expected range, but at this point, it seems Hachimura is headed towards being a lottery pick.

Oregon’s Bol Bol is something of a draft enigma. According to a team drafting in the mid-teens, they do not expect he’ll be on the board when they drafted, and there was a belief that he was the first name on the board for the Atlanta Hawks with their eighth overall pick. The Hawks hold two picks in the top 10, so they have the luxury of taking a gamble on Bol. While Bol doesn’t seem to have a promise, there is a belief one of the teams with two first round picks would grab him, simply because his upside is off the charts.

Washington’s Matisse Thybulle was believed to have a promise from the Oklahoma City Thunder at 21, however, a few days after the Combine wrapped, the tone on that promise changed. The current chatter has the Celtics making that promise with their 20th overall selection. One league source said that Thybulle checked all of the advanced analytic boxes that the Thunder covet in a player, so it will be interesting to see if the Thunder try and jump in front of the Celtics to nab a player they are believed to be very high on.

There are a couple of other players to watch as the workout process continues:

Boston College’s Ky Bowman has been doing very well in individual workouts, and there is talk that he may have played his way in the solid second round situation, if not a late first. Bowman has had some solid workouts and seems to be a name to watch as the process plays out.

Duke’s Cam Reddish had his pro day in Phoenix yesterday, and while he only did one on zero work, there are many in NBA circles that believe he’ll be a Paul George-type NBA player, and that he is firmly in the hunt in the top 10.

Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter skipped the annual NBA Draft combine, but there is a belief that he is high on the board for the LA Lakers with the fourth overall pick and the Cavaliers with the fifth overall pick. Hunter seems to be a player whose draft stock is improving simply be being absent.

Things on the team front will heat up the first week of June, that’s when teams are expected to start seeing lottery level players in their gyms, and that’s when will really lock in on players.

Who are these guys anyway? Steve Kyler is the Publisher of Basketball Insiders and has covered the NBA for the last 21 years. Jesse Blancarte is a Senior NBA Writer and Deputy Editor for Basketball Insiders and has covered the NBA for the last five years. Spencer Davies is also a Senior NBA Writer and Deputy Editor for Basketball Insiders and has covered the NBA for the last three years. Drew Maresca is an NBA Writer for Basketball Insiders and is finishing his first season covering the NBA.

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2019 NBA Consensus Mock Draft – Ver 3.0

Each week, four of Basketball Insiders’ experts take a look at the draft class and weigh in on what they are seeing and hearing in the march up to the 2019 NBA Draft.

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The 2019 NBA Draft lottery produced some unexpected results. Here are the results:

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2019 NBA Consensus Mock Draft – Ver 2.0

Each week, four of Basketball Insiders’ experts take a look at the draft class and weigh in on what they are seeing and hearing in the march up to the 2019 NBA Draft.

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Each week, four of Basketball Insiders’ top writers will break down the latest news and notes surrounding the 2019 NBA Draft. Each week you’ll see an updated mock draft that reflects how each writer sees the draft landscape based on the latest news, workouts, and information from the pre-draft process as well as a notebook, outlining each writers’ thoughts, observations and reporting on the draft.

Keep in mind; we are trying to find commonalities, which is why it is called the Consensus. The writers involved do not see each other’s selections until these are posted. It is done deliberately to make sure each writer is not influencing the others.

As this process plays out, the mocks will evolve, so look for a new Consensus each Wednesday, all the way up to draft day on June 20th.

Here is this week’s Consensus Mock:



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Jesse’s Notebook: The NBA Combine is set to take place next week with 66 players expected to attend. Many of these players are going to scrimmage, take measurements, go through a variety of drills, and interview with teams. The Combine should provide a good amount of intel on these prospects that either isn’t available yet or has thus far been overlooked. This is also the time when teams will start giving more clues about their thoughts on certain prospects, what their respective teams are looking for and who is catching the attention of several teams. Oftentimes prospects start setting themselves apart and climbing team draft boards based on their performance at the Combine. On the flip side, some prospects are likely to start falling down team boards as new information is discovered. However, this is also a time where some players may get too much hype based on their measurements and other data points (let’s not forget the hype surrounding Luke Babbit after the 2010 Combine).

Mock draft boards are already all over the place and are sure to start shuffling even more as we move towards the Combine. However, the overall picture should start to become a bit clearer as prospects interview with teams, receive feedback, and as front office executives start making soft commitments to players and leaking out information about the players they have an eye on.

Spencer’s Notebook: In version two of our consensus mock draft, my top nine draft picks stayed the same as they were last week, but there was some slight tweaking otherwise.

As Steve said in the inaugural mock, predicting selections outside of the top slots is difficult. A good amount of teams could be picking for their need first and foremost rather than having a simple “best player available” approach. The picture will be a little clearer next week when we learn the results of the NBA Draft Lottery on May 14.

My most notable observation—there is an abundance of talented wings, raw and polished, in this 2019 NBA Draft class. Younger players such as RJ Barrett, Jarrett Culver, Cameron Reddish and De’Andre Hunter have the tools to succeed. However, finding the right organization to put those respective skill sets to use in the correct manner will be imperative to every one of them to reach their full potential.

Playoff teams are going to be able to add the more pro-ready prospects at that position, with multiple upperclassmen forwards who may be able to help right away – regardless of what team they end up with. Rui Hachimura, Cameron Johnson, Brandon Clarke, Matisse Thybulle and Grant Williams all fit the bill in that sense. While collegiate experience hardly compares to that of the NBA, the maturation of playing the game longer puts these guys ahead of the curve if you were to ask me.

Drew’s Notebook:Not much has changed since last week. The most noise we’ve heard in the last seven days is around accepted invitations to the NBA Draft Combine, as well as workouts. But fear not NBA fans, the Draft Lottery takes place this Tuesday with the Combine beginning the very next day. Things will definitely heat up soon!

With that being said, I spent a lot of time looking at the top teams in terms of draft order and thought a lot about their needs: the Bulls, Suns and Wizards could all be interested in adding a lead guard. This is, of course, an exercise in futility because we have not yet landed on a final draft order. Never the less, this led me bump Darius Garland up a few spots. I think he is extremely NBA-ready. And while a little undersized, he has an IT factor that most prospects at his level do not possess (excluding Zion Williamson, Ja Morant and RJ Barrett). Garland could develop into Kyrie Irving-type of player, or he could end up closer to D.J. Augustin. But I really like his confidence and how he moves with the ball. And until the Draft Lottery dictates the final order on 5/14, I’ve got to arrange prospects by my feelings on overall talent.

Another guy I plan to plan to study more closely is Sekou Doumbouya. I was compelled to drop him a few spots after watching more film of him over the weekend, but his youth (18 years old) and perceived versatility indicate that he’ll grow into an effective NBA player, assuming he’s given the proper time and resources to develop. And potential is just as important (if not more) as refined skill. I’m excited to see what, if anything, we can learn about Doumbouya at the Combine.

Tuesday, May 14 can’t get here soon enough.

Steve’s Notebook: The invite list of the 2019 NBA Draft Combine is out, and 66 players accepted the NBA’s invite to take part in the NBA’s annual draft showcase event. It’s important to note that there are three types of invitations; the first is extended to those players expected to go in the top 20, which does not require participation in the on-court portion of the Combine. Those players will undergo medical testing and face to face interviews with teams. The next group will do the same medical and interviews but are also expected to participate in the on-court portion as well. The third tier are those players willing to be last minute alternates in the event players pull out.

This year the NBA is holding a G-League event for draft-eligible players, just prior to next week’s Combine, the NBA has pledged the possibility of a full Combine invite to players that stand out among those additional 40 plus players that were invited to participate.

Why is a Combine invite important? In a typical year, more than 70 percent of players invited to the Combine end up being drafted, making the Combine list a pretty solid barometer on who is legitimately in the draft discussion.

There are two notable players that declined the NBA’s invitations, the first being Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura and Washington’s Matisse Thybulle.

While it is not uncommon for players to bypass the Combine, especially if the players is all but assured to be drafted, it also usually signifies a player may have a draft commitment they are comfortable with making the dog and pony show of the Combine less desirable.

The 2019 NBA Draft Lottery is scheduled for Tuesday, May 14th, with the Combine itself getting underway on Wednesday with face to face team interviews.

Who are these guys anyway? Steve Kyler is the Publisher of Basketball Insiders and has covered the NBA for the last 21 years. Jesse Blancarte is a Senior NBA Writer and Deputy Editor for Basketball Insiders and has covered the NBA for the last five years. Spencer Davies is also a Senior NBA Writer and Deputy Editor for Basketball Insiders and has covered the NBA for the last three years. Drew Maresca is an NBA Writer for Basketball Insiders and is finishing his first season covering the NBA.

More Twitter: Make sure you are following all of our guys on Twitter to ensure you are getting the very latest from our team: @stevekylerNBA, @LangGreene, @EricPincus, @TommyBeer, @jblancartenba, @SpinDavies, @JamesB_NBA, @MattJohnNBA, @DrewMaresca, @JordanHicksNBA, and @Ben__Nadeau .

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