With the draft coming in a few months there’s going to be plenty of articles featuring the latest mock drafts and draft boards. Draft boards can be interesting because, at least for now, they include players that will likely return to campus next fall and base the rankings on skill instead of need and how they project teams to pick.
Sports Illustrated just released their last draft board and 11 players from the Big Ten made the cut, though only three ended up in the top 30. Of those three prospects a lot of mock drafts have Romeo Langford and Bruno Fernando as potential first round picks, with Carsen Edwards still grading as a second round selection in most mock drafts.
Big Ten Players Featured in SI NBA Draft Big Board 6.0
- #96 Tyler Cook - Iowa (Junior)
- #80 Kaleb Wesson - Ohio State (Sophomore)
- #77 Amir Coffey - Minnesota (Junior)
- #61 Ethan Happ - Wisconsin
- #60 Charles Matthews - Michigan (Junior)
- #55 Jordan Poole - Michigan (Sophomore)
- #45 Ignas Brazdeikis - Michigan (Freshman)
- #36 Isaiah Roby - Nebraska (Junior)
- #25 Carsen Edwards - Purdue (Junior)
- #20 Romeo Langford - Indiana (Freshman)
- #17 Bruno Fernando - Maryland (Sophomore)
With the college basketball season over there’s going to be an increase in draft talk when it comes to both college basketball and the NBA, especially as more teams finish out their seasons over the next two months. Just the other day we posted another draft board from CBS Sports that was relatively similar to the draft board posted by Sports Illustrated besides a few differences. The biggest change here likely being the inclusion of Amir Coffey and Kaleb Wesson while omitting Juwan Morgan and James Palmer.
These draft boards are mainly for discussion and to create conversation since a lot of players in the list are highly unlikely to get drafted in either round of the 2019 NBA Draft. That’s before even taking into consideration that a number of these players are underclassmen that might also end up returning to school next fall. The list does make a strong case that the Big Ten might not be blowing up the first round of the NBA Draft this year, though.
It’s also interesting to see a complete lack of Michigan State in the list, especially considering the success the Spartans have had in East Lansing.
You can see the complete list here.