2020 NBA Mock draft - in wiseman we trust

1.  james wiseman | 7'1" 240 | center | freshman | Memphis

The fact that the Warriors are coming off 5 straight NBA finals and are in position to get the #1 pick is just unfair. Anthony Edwards could be someone the Warriors take a deep look at, but in my opinion Wiseman has been over analyzed the last few months. I personally still consider him the top overall prospects in this draft. Yes I understand post play is diminishing and there are doubts about building around a center in today's NBA, but Golden State does not need for Wiseman to be a franchise star. The Warriors have a strong mix of veterans and provide the perfect environment for Wiseman to maximize his potential.

2.  anthony edwards | 6'5" 225 | combo guard | freshman | Georgia

The Cavaliers don't need another guard. But are the Cavs in position to pass up the best player available in my opinion? No. Cleveland drafted Darius Garland and Kevin Porter, Jr. in last year draft and selected Collin Sexton 8th overall in 2018. Edwards would join a crowded backcourt but has the potential to be the main piece to Cleveland's rebuilding puzzle.

3.  Deni Avdija | 6'9" 215 | small forward | international | Maccabi tel aviv 

Deni Avdija is one of my favorite prospects in the 2020 draft due to his offensive versatility and potential as playmaking wing. Minnesota already has it's cornerstones in Karl Anthony Towns and D'Angelo Russell and now just need to surround them with connective pieces that compliment them on both ends of the court. Avdija is a good team defender and would serve as an excellent secondary playmaker that makes life easier for Minny's two young All Stars. If Minnesota has questions about Avdija's outside shooting and efficiency at the free throw line they could look at other options like Auburn defensive stopper Isaac Okoro. 

4.  Isaac okoro | 6'5" 225 | small forward | freshman | auburn

Atlanta is in a similar position as the Cleveland Cavaliers. No matter who they select, it will be a player that plays the same position as a recent draft pick or center they just traded for at the deadline. In my opinion Atlanta needs a tough switchy defensive minded wing to do the dirty work for  team that gave up nearly 120 points per game. Okoro has the size, athleticism, motor and attitude to become a high level NBA defender which is exactly what his hometown Hawks need. 

5.  Killian hayes | 6'5" 195 | point guard | international | ratiopharm ulm

Detroit has major needs at point guard and center after buying out Reggie Jackson and trading Andre Drummond to the Cavs for a couple Snickers bars and a large soda. Lonzo Ball and his high school teammate Onyeka Okongwu will likely be heavily considered to land here, but Killian Hayes would be my choice. Hayes is a 6'5" left handed pick & roll maestro that plays with flare and has a high upside as a shot maker. If Golden State, Minnesota and Atlanta did not already have All Star point guards, Hayes does not fall to #5

6.  LaMELO BALL | 6'7" 190 | point guard | international | ILLawara hawks

The Knicks may have struck out badly in 2019 but have to feel like luck is on their side to find LaMelo Ball sitting here at #6. Melo would immediately bring a buzz and star power to the Knicks before playing a single minute at the Garden. New Yorkers love point guard play and Melo's flash, flare and creativity are perfected suited for Madison Avenue. Melo paired with R.J Barrett would give the Knicks their backcourt of the future and give Knicks fans hope the franchise is headed in the right direction.

7. Tyrese haliburton | 6'7" 175 | point guard | sophomore | Iowa state

Last years lottery pick Coby White was putting  24.7 ppg and shooting over 40% from 3 after the All Star break when the 2019-20 season was postponed due to COVID-19. So why would Chicago even entertain another point guard? In my opinion Haliburton would be the ideal complimentary 3rd guard to pair with White and the Bulls other high scoring guard Zach LaVine. Both LaVine and White are about getting buckets which is likely stunting the growth of Wendell Carter and Lauri Markkanen, so I believe finding a pass first guard to keep the ball moving is a no brainer. Haliburton also has the size and length to defend multiple positions when the Bulls decide to go small..

8. Onyeka okongwu | 6'9" 245 | Center | freshman | USC

Charlotte was ranked 25th in the NBA in rebounds and 26th in blocks per game and upgrading at the center spot should be their top priority going into this summer. Okongwu was not a projected lottery pick coming into this season, but it only took a few games to see his name belonged among the top NBA prospects in the country. He's a bit undersized at 6'9, but he's blessed with quick pop athleticism, soft hands, good post moves and passing instincts. I think he's one of the safest picks in this draft.

9. Tyrese maxey | 6'2" 190 | combo guard | freshman | Kentucky

 Wizards will need to address their depth at guard and groom a replacement for John Wall who has only played 73 games total in the last 3 seasons. While I believe Maxey is more of a combo than a point at this stage in his career, I think he'll need to improve as playmaker in order to be a full time starter on a good team. At the minimum I see him as an instant offense 6th man that can play both guard spots.

10. OBi ToPPIN | 6'9" 220 | power forward | Sophomore | Dayton

 Ironically Obi Toppin reminds me of a poor man's Amare Stoudemire, who Phoenix drafted 9th overall in 2003. Toppin is a walking highlight reel and arguably the most exciting player in this class. He's coming off an outstanding season in which he averaged over 20 points 7 rebounds while shooting over 63% from the floor. Offensively Toppin is an efficient scorer in the post, as the roll man and on off the ball motion plays, but the real concern is his defense.

DAYS UNTIL 2020 NBA DRAFT 

2020 freshman prospects

james Wiseman -  7'1" 240 |C|Memphis

Anthony Edwards -  6'3" 225 |SG|Georgia 

ISAIAH STEWART - 6'9" 245 |PF/C|Washington

Cole Anthony - 6'3" 190 |PG|North Carolina

NICO MANNION - 6'3" 175 |PG|Arizona

JADEN MCDANIELS - 6'9" 200 |PF|Washington

PRECIOUS ACHIUWA - 6'9" 225 |SF/PF|Memphis

TYRESE MAXEY - 6'2" 190 |PG|Kentucky

KHALIL WHITNEY - 6'8" 200|SF|Kentucky

N'FALY DANTE - 6'11" 240 |C|Oregon

SCOTTIE LEWIS - 6'5" 180 | G/SF|Florida

BRYAN ANTOINE - 6'5"|SG| Florida

SAMUEL WILLIAMSON - 6'6" 185|SG/SF|Louisville

VERNON CAREY - 6'10" 275|C|Duke

MATTHEW HURT - 6'8" 215|PF| Duke

WENDELL MOORE - 6'6" 210|SG| Duke

JEREMIAH ROBINSON-EARL - 6'9" 235|PF| Villanova 

JOSH GREEN - 6'6" 205|SG| Arizona

PATRICK WILLIAMS -  6'8" 215|F| Florida State

JOSIAH JAMES - 6'6" 195|G|Tennessee

Zeke nnaji - 6'11" 240|C|Arizona

LANDERS NOLLEY II - 6'7" 230|F|Virginia Tech

Jahmi'us ramsey - 6'4" 195|G|Texas Tech

Oscar tshiebwe  - 6'9" 260|C|West Virginia

Onyeka okongwu  - 6'9" 245|C|USC

Zeke NNAJI  - 6'11" 240|C|Arizona

ISAAC OKORO  - 6'6" 225|SF|Auburn

top returning prospects

Ochai agbaji -  6'5" 210| SG|SO| Kansas

CHARLES BASSEY - 6'10" 240|C|SO| Western Kentucky

jalen smith -  6'10" 215| PF |SO| Maryland

DEVON DOTSON - 6'1" 180|PG|SO|Kansas 

A.J LAWSON - 6'6" 185|SG|SO|South Carolina

TYRESE HALIBURTON - 6'5" 165|PG|SO|Iowa State

AYO DOSUNMU - 6'4" 185|PG|SO|Illinois

TRE JONES - 6'2" 185|PG|SO|Duke

AARON WIGGINS - 6'6' 180|SG|SO|Louisville

JAY SCRUBB - 6'6" 220|SG/SF|SO| John A. Logan College

C.J ELLEBY - 6'6" 185|SF|SO|Washington State

NEEMIAS QUETA - 7'0" 225|C|SO|Utah State

ASHTON HAGANS - 6'3" 190|PG|SO|Kentucky

AARON NESMITH - 6'6" 215|SF|SO|Vanderbilt

KIRA LEWIS - 6'3" 170|G|SO|Alabama

ISAIAH JOE - 6'5" 170|SG|SO|Arkansas

REGGIE PERRY - 6'10| 245|C|SO|Mississippi State

A.J REEVES - 6'6" 210|SG|SO| Providence

OBI TOPPIN - 6'9" 220|PF|SO|Dayton

XAVIER JOHNSON - 6'3" 190|PG|SO|Pittsburgh

TYLER BEY - 6'7" 215"|F| JR|Colorado

TY-SHON ALEXANDER - 6'4" 200|PG/SG|JR|Creighton

JORDAN NWORA - 6'7" 220| SF| JR|Louisville

PAUL REED - 6'9" 210|PF| JR| DePaul

RAYSHAUN HAMMONDS - 6'8" 235|PF | JR|Georgia

MALACHI FLYNN - 6'2" 175|PG| JR|San Diego State

CHRIS SMITH - 6'8" 205|F| JR|UCLA

OMER YURTSEVEN - 7'0"|C| JR| Georgetown

SETH TOWNS - 6'7" 215| SF| JR|Harvard

NICK RICHARDS - 6'11" 245|C| JR| Kentucky

DERRICK ALSTON - 6'8" 185|SF|JR|Boise State

SABEN LEE - 6'2" 185|G|Vanderbilt

STEVEN ENOCH - 6'10" 250|C| SR| Louisville

MAMADI DIAKITE - 6'9" 230|PF|SR|Virginia

JOSH LANGFORD - 6'5" 210|SG|SR|Michigan State

LAMAR STEVENS - 6'7" 230| F|SR|Penn State

CHRIS CLARKE - 6'6" 215|SF| Texas Tech

MARKUS HOWARD - 5'11" 175|PG|SR| Marquette

CASSISUS WINSTON - 6'1" 185|PG|SR|Michigan State

JORDAN BOWDEN - 6'5" 185|SG|SR|Tennessee

ROB EDWARDS - 6'4" 200|SG|SR| Arizona State

UDOKA AZUBUIKE - 6'11" 280|C|SR|Kansas

AUSTIN WILEY - 6'11" 260|C|SR|Auburn

KILLIAN TILLIE - 6'10" 220|PF|SR|Gonzaga

JAVIN DELAURIER - 6'9" 235|C|SR|Duke

KERRY BLACKSHEAR - 6'10" 260|C|SR|Florida

ALPHA DIALLO - 6'6" 210|SG/SF|SR|Providence

MARKELL JOHNSON - 6'1" 175|PG|SR|North Carolina State

JARRON CUMBERLAND - 6'5" 205|SG|SR|Cincinnati 

MYLES POWELL - 6'2" 195|PG|SR| Seton Hall

top international prospects

Deni advija -   6'9" 215|SF|Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel)

R.J Hampton -  6'5" 190| PG/SG |NZ Breakers (Australia)

LAMELO BALL - 6'7" 190|PG|Illawarra Hawks (Australia)

THEO MALEDON - 6'5" 175|PG|ASVEL (France)

KILLIAN HAYES - 6'5" 195|G|Ulm (Germany)

AMAR SYLLA - 6'9" 195|SF|Real Madrid (Spain)

ARTURS ZAGAS - 6'3" 170|PG|Joventut Badalona (Spain)

PAUL EBOUA - 6'7" 210|SF|Stella Azzurra (Italy)

BIRAM FAYE - 6'9" 225|SF/PF|Gran Canaria (Spain)

MALCOLM CAZALON - 6'6" 185|Leuven Bears (Belgium)

HENRI DRELL - 6'9"190 |F| Bamberg (Germany)

DALIBOR ILLIC - 6'9" 207|F|Mega Bemax (Serbia)

BORISA SIMANIC - 7'0" 210|PF/C|Crvena Zvezda (Serbia)

NIKITA MIKHAILOVSKII - 6'8" 195|SF|Avtodor Saratov (Russia)

GYTIS MASIULIS - 6'9" 220|PF|  Neptūnas Klaipėda (Lithuania)

Carlos aloCÉn - 6'5" 205|PG| Zaragoza (Spain)

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11. R.j hampton | 6'5" 190 | combo guard | international | New zealand breakers

 This is a tough one. Unless the Spurs trade down or reach for a prospect like Alexsej Pokusevski they're likely going to have to select a wing that will join a crowded backcourt that may or may not include DeMar DeRozan. I think San Antonio needs to embrace a full rebuild and see what they can get for LaMarcus Aldridge this summer. I'm not saying RJ Hampton is the next Tony Parker, but Hampton's speed and ability to breakdown defenses with dribble penetration seem like an ideal fit for Gregg Popovich's offensive philosophy.

12. Jaden McDaniels | 6'9" 200 | small forward | freshman | washington

 Sacramento was one of the hottest teams in the NBA, winning 7 of their last 10, the last few weeks before the season was postponed. They were quietly in position to challenge for the 8th seed and for the first time in years their future looks bright as their core is more than likely going to be locked up long term. I believe this gives the Kings the luxury to swing for the fences in the draft and select a talent like Jaden McDaniels. Talent wise alone McDaniels would be a top 5 pick as he's 6'9 with guard skills and a smooth shooting stroke. However he had somewhat of a disappointed freshman season and did not dominate like expected due to a variety of reasons. Sacramento can be patient with him and focus on his long term development which is going to be directly related to him getting stronger.

13. Cole Anthony | 6'3" 190 | point guard | freshman | North Carolina

 Jrue Holiday has a player option after next season and it would make sense for the Pelicans to be proactive just in case he opts to test free agency. Cole Anthony would provide the Pels with an instant offense scorer that can share the backcourt with either Holiday or Lonzo Ball and play with both when if they choose to run a 3 guard lineup. Long term I think Anthony and Ball would play well off each and make one of the best rebounding and backcourts in the NBA. Anthony's shot selection and decision making (88 assists and 77 turnovers) scares me a little and will need to improve before I'd give him the keys to the offense.

14. Precious achiuwa | 6'9" 225 | power forward| freshman | Memphis

Portland went from the western conference finals to the lottery if the season were to end today. When Zach Collins and Rodney Hood both suffered major injuries within the first 25 games of the season, it was a devastating blow to the Blazers starting 5 and severely strained their depth. While Portland's core of Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum and Jusef Nurkic is set, the Blazers could use an athletic versatile defender than can defend multiple positions and fill the void left when the Blazers moved on from Al-Farouq Aminu and Moe Harkless. I personally am a believer in Achuiwa's upside and believe Portland's track record of developing players will help him reach is maximum potential as an active, switchy defender that can attack closeouts and make plays in transition.

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FRESMAN ADJUSTMENT SERIES

I wanted to create a video series covering  the top freshman prospects for the 2020 NBA draft and track their progress through their likely one and only season playing college basketball.

I named this series after Kanye West's "Freshman Adjustment" mixtape series from the early 2000's. This was back when a Polo bear wearing Kanye was hungry and determined to earn respect as a rapper and wanted to get out of the box of being labeled  a producer.

I personally feel like Kanye in 2001 with my YouTube channel and website, so I decided to create this series to honor the pre Kardashian Ye from Chicago.

"The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" was one of my favorite tracks from the "Freshman Adjustment" series and will serve as the soundtrack for the video breakdowns.

 

*Note* For some prospects it will be hard to find video to support all 3 themes

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2020 NBA draft junkies prospect Scouting videos

NBA draft junkies vlog : My journey to new zealand

R.J Hampton vs LaMelo Ball

I flew all the way to Auckland, New Zealand to live scout two projected 2020 NBA draft lottery picks in R.J Hampton and LaMelo Ball.

 

In this vlog, I document my lengthy 20+ hours of travel time and my difficulties getting a media credential. Being denied a media credential motivated me even more to make the best draft content in the world.

 

I thought both prospects played okay and showed the strengths that have them highly touted, but also their weakness and areas of improvement. 

 

In this video I have nearly every possession both players touched the ball..

 

LaMelo Ball

 

I was disappointed with LaMelo's pre game activity, he did not seem like he was focused or knew the magnitude of this audition in front of NBA scouts and execs. He got off to a very slow start and spent a significant time on the bench early in the game.. He picked it up in the 3rd quarter and showed his handle, creativity, passing instincts and even threw down an impressive tip dunk off an Aaron Brooks miss. Melo finished 3-13 with with 10 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and 5 turnovers..

 

R.J Hampton

 

Hampton got off to a strong start and with a block on Melo, a nice touch pass assist in transition and a driving layup that I missed on camera..... R.J is on a much more talented team so his role is a lot different than LaMelo's. I thought RJ did a good job of defending and letting the game come to him. Melo got the best of him in the 3rd, but RJ had a strong finish (although the game had already been decided) and displayed the speed in transition and the lightning first step that made him a big time scorer on the prep level.

 

Hampton finished with 8 points on 4-9 FG with 7 rebounds and 3 assists while his team cruised to an easy victory..

 

All video shot and edited by Rafael Barlowe

2020 international prospects Scouting videos

Court vision breakdown on 2020 NBA draft prospect Théo Maledon from France. Maledon is a highly decorated point guard out of France that projects to be able to play both guards spots in the NBA with his size, ball handling, court vision and potential as a shooter. In his short career he's been able to combine team (French Cup and Pro A championships) and individual success (Best Young Player in France, All-Star appearance and French Cup Finals MVP) before turning 18 years old. Maledon is a high level passer that plays with great pace and has an advanced feel for the pick & roll game. His court vision and passing instincts are his best asset at this stage in his career, as he's shown the ability to find open shooters, hit cutters and make reads rarely seen from prospect so young. Maledon is a prospect I'll be paying a lot of attention to during the 2019-20 season, as his ASVEL team will be playing in the EuroLeague.

Nikita Mikhailovskii was one of my favorite prospects I scouted live this summer. I'm not sure if he enters the 2020 draft, but I could see him getting selected as high as in the middle of the first round if he has a good season in the competitive VTB league. Mikhailovskii's offensive versatility is what makes him an intriguing NBA prospect. He's what I call "skinny tough."Despite being slim, he plays with a toughness, aggression and confidence that should make him dangerous once his body catches up to his mind. One of his best attributes is he's a strong rebounder from the wing position and is a threat to turn missed shots into fast breaks. Listed at 6'7 or 6'8", Mikhailovskii is a creative slasher with some advanced ball handling moves and a high risk high reward passer that plays with a touch of flare. If he can improve his consistency as a shooter, he should hear his name called in the first round next June.