1) Karl-Anthony Towns, 7-0, F
Towns was the best half court player for the last two months of the season. He shot 61.5 percent down the stretch en route to taking the Wildcats to the Final Four. Towns displayed a strong post game with a jump hook that is unstoppable. His ability to impact the defensive side as a top-tier shot blocker separates him from the pack.
2) Jahlil Okafor, 6-10, F/C
Offensively, Okafor is the most talented post option, but the lingering concerns regarding his defense and foul shooting became too much to discount. This is the type of player who could wow GMs in the pre-Draft workouts and elevate once again to the top spot.
3) D’Angelo Russell, 6-5, G
In his last 11 games, Russell failed to shoot over 50 percent from the field, reaching the 50 percent mark just twice. Scouts love his versatility to play either guard spot. He will battle Winslow and Mudiay for top perimeter player off the board.
4) Emmanuel Mudiay, 6-5, G
The best athlete in the Draft, Mudiay explodes to the hoop, elevates with ease and finishes with power. He dazzled in the McDonald’s game a year ago outshining both D’Angelo Russell and Justice Winslow. His first pro season in China was a success, averaging 18 points per contest in 12 games for Guangdong.
5) Justise Winslow, 6-6, G/F
Regarded as an elite perimeter defender, Winslow was inconsistent on the offensive end during stretches of the season. Throughout the NCAA Tournament, Winslow transformed his game with assertiveness, taking and making the biggest of plays, including an 8-14 proficiency from beyond the arc.
6) Frank Kaminsky, 7-0, F
What more can Kaminsky do to quiet the naysayers? During the NCAA Tournament, he faced Arizona’s impressive frontline, Karl Anthony-Towns and Jahlil Okafor—arguably outplaying them all.
7) Kristaps Porzingis, 7-1, F/C, Latvia
Playing for Seville of the Spanish pro league, Porzingis possesses a solid mid-range game with the ability to shoot and hit the three. He’s 19 years old, a top level athlete and very skilled—that spells lottery lock.
8) Mario Hezonja, 6-8, G/F, Croatia
Hezonja broke on the scene with a stellar European U16 campaign where he was named MVP. He is known as a shooter with considerable range, possesses good athleticism and body control. Mid-range game lacks consistency. At 20 years old, shows enough offensive skills to warrant lottery consideration.
9) Trey Lyles, 6-10, F
Lyles was a star the second half of the season. He handles the ball well, is a good passer and excels in the mid-range game. There is no reason with his form that he can’t extend his range a few feet establishing him as one of the most complete stretch 4 candidates in this Draft.
10) Sam Dekker, 6-9, G/F
Few players are as talented with the basketball as Dekker. He was draining three-pointers and blowing past defenders in the National Championship game. This was the same ability Dekker showed last July as the best collegian at the LeBron James Skills Academy. Defensively, he’s capable when motivated.