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No. 45. Keita Bates-Diop (Ohio State, F, Junior)
Bates-Diop is 21 years old, but his breakout isn’t too late. He’s become a late-bloomer and draft sleeper worth paying attention to, particularly after he exploded for 32 points against Michigan State. Bates-Diop can continue to see his stock rise if he keeps up the hot shooting (38.8 percent 3PT).
No. 44. Jevon Carter (West Virginia, PG, Senior)
Carter earned points for making life difficult on Oklahoma’s Trae Young. He’ll get himself drafted with his defensive toughness and leadership at the point, but a lack of athleticism and scoring ability keep his ceiling at backup guard.
No. 43. Oshae Brissett (Syracuse, F, Freshman)
Brissett is nearly averaging a double-double (15.2 points, 9.8 rebounds), but he’s only shooting 33.5 percent and needs another year to improve his scoring and shooting. At 6’8″, he’s shown he can hit the three, face up and attack and make plays around the rim.
No. 42. Killian Tillie (Gonzaga, PF, Sophomore)
Tillie is worth tracking for his shooting range, post footwork and the ability to guard close to and away from the basket. He’s skilled and versatile at the 4, but he lacks the athleticism that’s synonymous with NBA potential.
No. 41. Nickeil Alexander-Walker (Virginia Tech, SG, Freshman)
Alexander-Walker has NBA potential, being 6’5″ with a sweet shooting stroke and three-level scoring ability. But he’s been too hot and cold early on, and a lack of athleticism has been evident.