The San Antonio Spurs have begun their season in earnest with some robust video games to begin the schedule. Whereas this might not be a whole indicator of what to anticipate from this season so far as the draft goes, there are nonetheless loads of potential draft sleeper prospects to look at.
Beneath are three such gamers you need to be conserving tabs on as they is perhaps accessible within the early elements of the second spherical, however may very well be a first-round expertise. And spoiler, they’re all forwards or massive males so you possibly can relaxation assured I’m not making an attempt to exchange any of the guards who’ve been enjoying properly to begin this season for the San Antonio Spurs.
The 6-foot-11, 210-pound massive man out of California is an under-the-radar prospect as he re-classified and went to Washington State a yr early. He performed for Prolific Prep and didn’t get a complete lot of shine, however that doesn’t imply he doesn’t have abilities.
Gueye is a fluid, easy, and lengthy athlete. He has the makings to be a stretch heart with good mechanics on his shot and a launch that few defenders might contest. He can deal with the ball slightly bit however has to enhance on that and his consistency. Nonetheless, he ought to have loads of alternatives to do this at Wazzu as he has the potential to be a one-and-done.
The 6-foot-8, 215-pound ahead out of St. John’s actually turned it on in his sophomore season. He had the possibility to go professional however was probably a late second-rounder. With one other yr of Large East ball beneath his belt and being the go-to man once more for the Pink Storm, Champagnie might make the case as a respectable first-round choose.
He averaged almost 20 factors a recreation to go along with 7.4 rebounds, a block, and 1.4 steals per recreation. He shot 38% on his threes for the season whereas taking pictures 43.3% general. That general taking pictures proportion is perhaps a bit low, however he was the main target of the offense for SJU typically all through the season.
He must enhance his passing, on-ball protection, and scoring in site visitors if he desires to make some actual noise although. He’s good from past the arc and within the mid-range, however getting slightly stronger ought to assist him when he will get into site visitors.
The 7-foot, 242-pound Duke sophomore was underwhelming in his freshman season, however there was a number of staff turmoil that didn’t assist him both. He’s now not enjoying behind Jalen Johnson, is aware of his function, and can be capable to play it properly. He ended the season scoring in double digits in 5 of six video games, together with 4 straight.
He’s purely a defender and rubbish man proper now in how he will get his buckets. A number of clean-up obligation and cleans the glass properly. He’ll completely have to increase his vary if he desires to grow to be greater than a Jakob Poeltl-lite. He is usually a bit heavy-footed at instances too, however he has the body to get stronger and may work on his velocity this season.