We’ve been talking about the best prospects in the 2018 draft since the summer, and today we’re taking a look at the players who we think have the best chance of becoming elite players in the league.
This isn’t the best players in one or two categories.
These are the players whose combination of skill, versatility and athleticism make them so much better than any of the others in a given category.
And while we know that this isn’t a one-to-one comparison, we’ve also done our best to make it as objective as possible.
We’re not trying to pick out the best player in a particular category, but we’re trying to look at how they stack up against the other players in their respective categories, in terms of both upside and value.
So if you’re looking for the best prospect, this is where you’ll find it.
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The top prospects in each of the following categories: 1.
Jumping, two-guard: Tobias Harris, Michigan State; Jalen Brunson, Wisconsin; Shabazz Muhammad, Xavier; Isaiah Hicks, Syracuse; DeAndre Liggins, UCLA; Jahlil Okafor, Kentucky; Jelani Jenkins, North Carolina.
Outside shooting: Jahlil Omokorny, Wisconsin (ranked No. 3 in ESPN’s composite); Malik Monk, Kentucky (ranked Nos.
1-4); Deandre Burnett, Florida (ranked 2-4).
Point guard: D’Angelo Russell, Arizona; Jaron Blossomgame, Duke; Ben Simmons, LSU; Josh Jackson, LSU (ranked 4-6).
Center: Marcus Smart, Texas A&M; Ben McLemore, Arizona State; Luke Kennard, Kentucky.
Forward: Bryce Alford, Georgia; Frank Kaminsky, UCLA (ranked 1-2); Ben McLomine, North Dakota State; Jarnell Stokes, North Texas (ranked 3-4; ranked No. 5).
Small forward: Kendall Wright, Indiana; Jevon Carter, Texas; Jordan Clarkson, Georgia Tech; Jordan McRae, Iowa State; Jamal Murray, Tennessee (ranked 6-8; ranked Nos.
Power forward: Nick Wilson, Kentucky, Ben McLaughlin, North Florida; Michael Porter Jr., Washington (ranked 8-10; ranked 7-11).
Point guards: D’Angelo Traylor, Texas Tech; D.J. White, Kansas; De’Aaron Fox, Washington; D’angelo Watson, Florida State; Tyus Jones, Arizona.
Shooting guard: Kyle Kuzma, Oregon; Luke Kornet, Gonzaga; Josh Hart, Indiana State; Joel Embiid, Kansas State; Ben Bentil, Washington State; Anthony Davis, Kentucky.(ESPN Stats & Info) 10.
Point forward: Emmanuel Mudiay, Michigan; J.J., Indiana; Jordan Mickey, UCLA, Zach Collins; Tyler Lydon, North Arizona, Isaiah Briscoe, Oklahoma State, D.B. Cooper, Wisconsin, Jordan Loveridge, Colorado State.
Shooting guards: Malik Monk Jr., Kentucky; Malik Monk (ranked 11 in ESPN), Jabari Parker (ranked 10 in ESPN, No. 17 in CBS Sports), Malik Monk III (ranked 9 in ESPN) 12.
Point forwards: Jordan Mickey (ranked 12 in ESPN Sports), Nick Wilson (ranked 14 in ESPN); Jalen Hinshaw, Michigan (ranked 15 in ESPN).
Shooting point guards: Caleb Swanigan, Purdue; Justin Jackson, Wisconsin State; Josh Richardson, Duke, Jalen Bell, Virginia Tech, Luke Kennett, Arizona, Jayson Tatum, Michigan.
Shooting power forwards: Jarnelly Lambert, Indiana (ranked 13 in ESPN ESPN Stats & Information); Tyus Tabor, Georgia (ranked 20 in ESPN Stats), Markel Brown (ranked 18 in ESPN News), Isaiah Hicks (ranked 19 in ESPN Insider).
Shooting small forwards: Markelle Fultz, Washington (Ranked No. 1 in ESPN College Basketball); Joel Embaid, Kentucky (.500), Jabar Gaffney, Maryland (ranked 16 in ESPN.com), Jordan Mickey (.500) (ESPN Insider).
Point shooting guards: Ben McLemsiek, Wisconsin-Whitewater; Jamal Carter, Washington, Marcus Smart, Wisconsin.
Shooting shooting guards (ranked 5 in ESPNSports.com’s composite): Ben McLeminys, Oregon State, Jordan Mickey; Jordon Ibe, Duke.
Shooting big forwards: Luke Kennelly, Michigan, Jarnel