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Big Ten Players Preparing for 2019 NBA Draft

As the draft draws near, several Big Ten prospects continue to seek improved draft stock.

NCAA Basketball: Rutgers at Indiana Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

With only weeks until the 2019 NBA Draft, the Big Ten’s top prospects continue to meet with teams with the hopes of improving their draft stock come June 20th.

Leading the way for the Big Ten in numerous mock drafts is Indiana guard, Romeo Langford.

After a breakout season with the Hoosiers, Langford declared for the draft just last week, but is already considered a potential lottery pick for the NBA Draft.

As a young, but energetic young player, Langford is projected to go anywhere between the eight pick and the eighteenth pick. Mock drafts heavily favor either the thirteenth pick to Miami or the fifteenth pick to Detroit.

The next highest Big Ten prospect to be seen is also one of the most inconsistently placed, Bruno Fernando.

Fernando is found on draft boards as high as the ninth pick to as low as the second round.

After averaging 13.6 per game in his sophomore season with the Maryland Terrapins, Fernando’s versatility and work ethic could be a huge attraction to a developing team in the NBA.

Fernando has recently worked out with the Charlotte Hornets, but is also on the radar of the Atlanta Hawks

To round out the first round pick potentials from the Big Ten, Purdue’s Carsen Edwards continues to work out with teams pre-draft.

Averaging 24.3 points per game during his junior season, Edwards was a huge part of the Boilermakers post-season run and has proven his potential in multiple big play situations.

Mock draft boards put Edwards being picked anywhere late in the first round or early on in the second.

Recently successful teams such as the Houston rockets and the Golden State Warriors have the potential to use Edwards’ style of play to grow the versatility of their bench fo next season. Edwards has also worked out with the Indiana Pacers and the Philadelphia 76er’s.

Honorable mentions from the Big Ten that could still be drafted in the second round or signed as free agents include; Isaiah Roby of Nebraska, Ignas Brazdeikis of Michigan, Tyler Cook of Iowa, and Jordan Poole of Michigan.

Amir Coffee of Minnesota and Ethan Happ of Wisconsin have also been big time players that could be signed as free agents or taken late in round two.