2024 NBA Mock Draft
2024 Mock Draft
|June 16th |
|3||San Antonio||JUSTIN EDWARDS||6’7||Kentucky||19.2|
|4||Detroit||XAVIER BOOKER||6’11||Michigan St||18.5|
|9||Minnesota||DAJUAN WAGNER JR.||6’3||Kentucky||17.9|
|10||New Orleans||ADAY MARA||7’3||Spain||17.9|
|13||Atlanta Hawks||DONOVAN CLINGAN||7’2||UConn||19.1|
|14||San Antonio||SEAN STEWART||6’8||Duke||18.1|
|15||Oklahoma City||CALEB FOSTER||6’3||Duke||18.7|
|17||Indiana Pacers||SERGIO DE LARREA||6’5||Spain||17.3|
|18||New Orleans||ALEXANDROS SAMONTOUROV||6’11||Greece||17.9|
|21||New York||BRONNY JAMES||6’3||Undecided||18.4|
|24||Oklahoma City||THIERRY DARLAN||6’6||Senegal||19.2|
|26||Philadelphia||OMAHA BILIEW||6’8||Iowa State||18.6|
Bio’s and stats below
I thought Risacher’s ball handling and smoothness were better than anyone his size I have watched in this class. He moved his feet well on defense and had a nice first step combined with the ball handling to get him to the rim. When he got to the rim he had nice body control. He did seem to be lacking in explosive athleticism but has the size and skill that should cover up for that. Risacher averaged 10ppg and 7rpg and 3.2spg in the World Cup for France Intl in 7 games. When I first scouted him in the summer of 2022 I thought he would be the sleeper of the class with the most upward mobility originally ranking him 15th. He didn’t put up crazy numbers of 39 games in Europe, but he was very solid playing at a high level of pro ball at 17 years old. He averaged 3ppg in 16 Euroleage games and is one of the younger prospects in the class turning 18 in April. Ultimately that age and the level of skill at the size are what lands him in our top spot. He played 200 minutes in Euroleague and had an 11.4 PER and .632% true shooting. That’s as proven vs good competition as you will find in this class right now and safe of a pick. This season he should really improve on that as well.
Isaiah Collier averaged 22ppg, 7.2apg, 2.6rpg his Jr year and followed it up by averaging 20.2ppg, 6.8rpg, 5.1apg, and 2.3spg as a senior on his way to being named the Wootten National Player of the Year. Even if it’s only high school the playmaking ability seem to be there. He has good size and facilitates well The only shooting stats we have were from his freshman year, and he hit 40% of these threes and 77% from the line on solid per-game volume. Watching the video the passing vision seemed there, and he appeared more athletic and to be a better ball handler than others in the class who were ranked higher at the time of our first scout. He showed versatility in his shot with some step back 3’s. I liked his game and potentially a lot. He has good size and athletic ability and plays a more premium position.
|XAVIER BOOKER||6-11||215||Michigan St|
Booker had a somewhat disappointing senior season. He was still playing low amounts of minutes (23.6 minutes) for a top prospect. He was highly productive at least in the short stints averaging 15ppg 9rpg and 2bpg while shooting 70% on 2-point FGs. That was great, and I do believe in bigger minutes he would have continued to put up crazy numbers. The disappointing aspect was his 3-point shooting regressed from his junior year dropping from 36% on solid volume for his minutes (36-100) to 24% as a senior. More troubling was the free throw shooting which was 74% as a junior and over 70% as a sophomore as well dropped to 52%. I’m not ready to write him off as a shooter yet given he has shot much better before, but it was a step back.
I still believe he has the most upside in this class with the handle at his size, defensive potential, and rebounding. He needs to gain weight but with a 7’5 wingspan he does things I haven’t seen other players doing at his size. He’s aggressive when he’s in the game, and you don’t put up numbers like that if you aren’t per minute. He’s shot well before and I expect him to regain his shooting form. I especially expect this at the free line where he had a long history of being a 70+% shooter. He’s going to play for one of the best college coaches ever who I think will use him like Jarren Jackson Jr.. The frame is more Kevin Durant-like at this point, but even Durant got up to 240 pounds and I think Booker will eventually. He’s a contender for the top spot.
Coulibaly had a .628 true shooting in Europe over 34 games, averaging 12ppg, 4apg with 20.93 PER including 18 games with Victor Wembanyama . Overall he got to the line very well (nearly 4 times a game in 23 minutes) and shot over 71%. He shot 35% on threes as well on lower volume. He averaged 7ppg, and 4rpg in the World Cup last summer for France Intl. He could also enter the 2023 draft as well after this showing and capitalize on being younger. He seems like a San Antonio type of pick which is where we have him mocked.
Justin Edwards averaged 17.0ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.2apg, 1.6spg in 13 games in the EYBL which is a high level of AAU. He also shot 38% on good volume from three (20-53) and 52% overall from the floor. The only underwhelming stat was he didn’t get to the line but 2 times a game. Not drawing fouls is a bit of a concern. Watching his video, I thought he had a good first step, was a plus athlete, had a good explosion, and handled the ball very well for his size. He was a little thin, but he has plenty of time to grow into his body and overall his skill level seemed much higher than the other wing prospects.
He is still the 2nd best high school player in the class to me and very active as a senior in the hustle stats as a senior 2.8spg, 1.8bpg. The only negative is the facilitating didn’t improve and will need to for a prospect at this level on the wing. He is much older than most of the class (born on 12-16-03). That will work against him being one of the top pics if he doesn’t have a big freshman year. I moved him down for that reason.
Holland is a smooth highly productive player. He made 46 threes in HS at 32% in the available stats. The free throw shooting was over 70% during those seasons as well, which gives me some confidence he can improve the 3-point shooting along with his age. As a senior, he averaged 20.3ppg, 10rpg, 2.4apg, 2.0spg leading a top-ranked national team. He is one of the younger players in the class born July 7th, 2004 and the most productive. He was one of the better players for Team USA averaging 11ppg 6rpg in 20 minutes. He needs to gain weight, but he just gets it done.
Walter has a nice size and athletic ability . He averaged 22.9ppg, 4.2rpg, and 2.9apg in 7 games in the EYBL. That included an active 2.1spg and 1.0bpg in the hustle stats. Only 1.7 turnovers a game was nice as well and almost no fouls with only 2 in 7 games. What was most impressive was he got to the line 52 times in 7 games and made 48 for 92%. He also made 18 threes at 37% on good volume. He lead his team to the national title this year as well.
Matas Buzelis has size, but the wingspan only measured 6-10 reportedly and doesn’t have great length. Watching the video he ran the court well and had a nice floater game. The ball handling and passing seemed good enough skill wise he could play on the wing, but Buzelis averaged. 13.4 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 2.4 APG in the EYBL in 10 games. He was 8-28 from three for 28% and 28-39 from the line for 72%. That’s not the great volume on the threes or getting to the line vs 17-year-old. Buzelis averaged 15.7 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.6 blocks per game as a senior. The good news is going to the G-League will tell us a lot about Buzelis quickly. I think there are already better prospects in the others who have better tools and potential. He’s also older than most in the class and will also be 20 years old when he plays his first NBA game. To many question marks to have him higher in the mock draft for us.
In 13 games this summer in the World Cup and Euro championships Almansa averaged 13.9ppg, 11.3rpg, 1.3bpg on 59% from the floor in 26 minutes a game playing mostly PF. I thought he ran the court well, had some impressive spin moves handling the ball, and was reasonably athletic. The biggest concern was what he didn’t do at Overtime Elite. Only 6.4ppg, 4.9rpg in 20 minutes a game. He is very young as well born June 7 2005, and one of the youngest prospects.
|DAJUAN WAGNER JR.||6-2||160||Kentucky|
Dajuan Wagner Jr has a chance to become the first 3rd generation NBA player ever after both his grandfather and father played in the NBA. DJ Wagner is a scorer much like his father, who doesn’t produce a lot else. His EYBL stats were 20.3ppg, 5.2apg, and 3.5rpg while shooting 35% from three. He only shot 65% from the line though and didn’t get there much at 3.8 attempts a game in 32 minutes. That’s a little troubling if he’s not going to be an elite shooter I’m not sure how he scores efficiently if he doesn’t get to the line much. He measured 6-1, 152 at Team USA this summer, but he’s listed at 6-3 now so if that is accurate that should help his game overall, but he needs to facilitate better. The playmaking ability for others doesn’t seem to be there. He?s one of the younger players in the class born May 4th, 2005 which will help his stock. Wagner averaged 22.5 points and 3.3 rebounds per game 3.0 assists and 1.6 steals per contest and was the New Jersey Player of the year as a senior. Again he scores, but you’d like to see him rebounding or assisting at a lot higher level vs high schoolers skill wise. If he can’t add it, his future may be as 6th man.
Mara is a nice passer skill wise and moves his feet well for his size and great length. He averaged 12ppg, 5rpg, 1.6apg, and 2bpg in 18 minutes a game while shooting 70% in 7 world cup games. This included 16 points vs team USA helping power Spain to a Silver. He averaged 6ppg, 3.6rpg, and 0.8 blocks for Casademont Zaragoza in the ACB. It’s low minutes but a 23 PER in 18 games. He’s very young as a well-born on April 7, 2005. We have him lower in the mock draft at this point but he’s a contender for the top spot.
Sarr is 7 feet tall with a 7-3 wingspan and he is young. That’s always going to get you a look. He played well for France in the World Cup this summer and was productive 12.1ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.5bpg, 1.3spg in 18 minutes a game on 58% from the floor France Intl. That was over 12 games of qualifying and the world cup winning the bronze for France Intl. He’s also a younger player in this class. Born Apr 26, 2005.
Bradshaw jammed everything around the rim with authority. He averaged 13.3ppg, 7.3rpg, and 3.0bpg, in 28.3 minutes over 13 games in the EYBL and shot 60% from the floor. What is most intriguing was that he was 27-33 for 82% from the foul line He didn’t get to the line a lot but shooting as well as he did even is a good indication he might eventually have some three-point shooting ability. Born May 14, 2004.
Clingan is one of the most efficient and highest productive players per possession in the nation. He has a 35 PER and a block rate nearly Walker Kessler level. 7.4ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.9bpg in 13.2 PER. in only 13.2 minutes per game. He’s one of the most productive players in the country expect he has a big season next year and teams will be more receptive to a player in this mold after the impact Walker Kessler has made. If a winning team has the opportunity to move up and swap picks Clingan would be a good option and could end up higher in the mock draft before next year. Born February 23, 2004.
Sean Stewart 14.6ppg, 10.5rpg, 1.7bpg in 13 games the EYBL shooting 55% from the floor. Stewart was very productive although not much of a shooter only taking 5 threes in 13 games and shooting 55% from the free-throw line. He averaged 7ppg, 7rpg, 1.3bpg, 1.1spg in 18 minutes a game as one of the top performers on team USA this summer as well. Stewart has since gained about 20 pounds and is up to 230 and should enter Duke as one of the most ready freshmen to compete in the class. I believe as one of the most productive players in this class he will have one of the best freshman seasons.
Foster is a high-level shooter with good size. The most impressive part of his shooting was his versatility he got them off, pull-ups, step-backs etc. He made 105 threes as a senior at 38% in 35 games as a senior and averaged 21.4ppg, 6.8rpg, 3.9apg. That is a very high volume of 3’s. He also made 77% of his FT’s. The shooting was all solid and he might be the best shooter in this class I scouted. He has good ball-handling skills that allowed him to use a solid first step. He doesn’t have wow-you athleticism, but I’d say it’s above average for his size, and the sweep and sway shooting form was perfect.
Williams averaged 13ppg, 4rpg, 3apg helping his 6A team in Arizona win the state championship as a junior. He’s considered a top prospect in his class. His older brother is Jalen Williams of the Thunder which certainly plays into some of the projections long-term. Especially with the additional size.
Mgbako averaged 16.2ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.8apg, and less than one block or steal in 26 minutes in the EYBL. He only got to the line 15 times in 9 games although he did make 13 which at least was positive. 13-66 from 3 for 19% and barely 40% from the floor overall. The ball handling was pretty solid for a player his size. He decommited from Duke for next year.
|OMAHA BILIEW||6-8||210||Iowa State|
Biliew is bouncy and athletic and dunked with authority around the basket.. He was pretty adept at cutting to the basket. In the EYBL he averaged 9.2ppg, 4.6rpg in 20 minutes a game over 5 games. He’s someone to keep an eye on and hope isn’t finished growing. He did have a nice 12 points and 6 rebounds in 21 minutes at the hoop summit vs mostly a class of 22 guys. Biliew averaged 22.9 points and 10.5 rebounds per game his senior season on the way to win Iowa state player of the year.
Dillingham is small and very thin, still, he tore up the EYBL scoring. Physically he doesn’t look ready but he averaged 19.9ppg in 13 games on .52% from the floor 28-73 for .384% from 3 on good volume and 79% from the line. The bad is he didn’t do much else. (3.2apg, 2.5rpg, 0.8spg). Just like with Wagner, there is a place for a scoring 6-1 guard, I just don’t see using a high draft pick on one unless they grow or learn to facilitate better. Dillingham at least does get to the line more and make them at a better percentage and shot better from 3. He was at Overtime Elite these season.
The myth perpetuated around the internet is he’s slow and it’s gone mostly unnoticed what he did in the Combine. Edey?s combine stats were incredible for a player 7-4, 306lbs. He?s has more speed and/or agility from our research than what many notable NBA players recorded at the combine. This agility list includes Derrick Rose, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Khris Middleton, and Kawhi Leonard. Believe it or not he ran some of those drills faster, and even had a higher vertical than Durant and Kawhi as well. He?s also measured the 2nd longest in length in combine history.
What the NBA community is missing about him we have no clue combined with most importantly the All Time level of production on the college court. He’s not even much older than prospects like Brandon Miller either. Hopefully the NBA world should wise up at some point. Are you going to tell me he can’t move as quickly as 35 year old Brook Lopez that coming off back surgery who he’s already faster than as the same age. Lopez was 2nd in Defensive player of the year this year. If he can do that, Edey is passable on defense and likely can add a three pointer like Lopez did the way he shoots free throws.
|LEBRON “Bronny” JAMES JR||6-3||170||Undecided|
The stats were not good in the EYBL. 10.5ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.3apg, 1.0spg, 0.5bpg 2.1 turnovers in 23 minutes a game over 12 games. Bronny James was 35% from the floor, 65% from the line, and .298% from three on marginal 17-57 volume. Statistically, it’s never really been there, but you see flashes of athleticism and playmaking ability. He is certainly going to get a chance. LeBron James is going to make that happen if they decide to in this draft or the following, and frankly, in the late 1st round someone should probably take a flyer on the genetic potential and development alone of Bronny James. There isn’t much opportunity cost and Bronny James is a legit prospect. You could see a team try to swap picks to also land LeBron James as well.
The sweetener is LeBron James said he wanted to play with his son and would make that happen, so you may get him as well. Perhaps on a buyout or nice contract even. Lebron James signed an extension with the Lakers, but I can’t see them not accommodating through trade if he asked next year. When Bronny James makes plays like this it makes it a lot easier to consider drafting him as well.
Broome was a force in the OVC (16.8ppg, 10.9rpg, 3.9bpg 32.6 PER) and backed it up as a force for Auburn replacing Walker Kessler. It’s possible he could leave in the 2023 draft but I expect he will get some NIL money and find his draft prospects not as exciting at his age that he sticks around until 2024 and graduates. He will be 22 years old just after the draft which is pretty much the cut-off for the first round these days. He probably just squeezes in late in the 1st round after a big senior season with his level of rebounding and especially shot-blocking. We have Broome entering the 2024 NBA mock .
Samodurov averaged 11ppg 6rpg in 3 games in the European Championships this summer, and a productive 10.3ppg, 4.8rpg with some active defensive stats 1.4bpg, 1.5spg on 70% true shooting and 22 PER in 8 games in European leagues this season. Very productive numbers with solid size for one of the top prospects. He also made a few threes at .33% showing he is capable on an international line. The free throw shooting was in the mid-’60’s in both.
Richard played very well for Florida. 10.4ppg, 4.5rpg 18.4 PER.
Kwame Evans Jr was not impressive in the EYBL. 8.9ppg, 4.7rpg and he shot 3-20 from three in 12 games. 47% from the line and didn’t block many shots. In the highlights, he did make a few threes indicating he’s likely better. He didn’t do much else that stood out though. He has size, and he’s athletic but he didn’t have the same level of smoothness or skill as some of the guys ahead of him. Others have him mocked but I’m not sold.
Along with the 2024 NBA Mock Draft we have other coverage. These are the top prospects at this point for as far out as we can see them. Shaking that hand of NBA commissioner Adam Silver hand is the dream next year.
NBA teams will be scouring college basketball, G League Ignite, and International prospects for the 2024 NBA Draft projected lottery pick. The NBA Mock Draft is always a fluid endeavor with so many desperate opinions for NBA Scouts. Pass first point guard, explosive athlete with offensive talent, in the modern NBA the NBA Draft will find you eventually if you have the talent regardless.
While there is no San Antonio Spurs Victor Wembanyama type prospects, and there may never be again, this season the added interest will be on LeBron James Jr as a college basketball prospect. There are several other relatives as well including Cody Williams younger brother of of the Jalen Williams who was also taken in the first round. Cody Williams is a similar player.
Players will be going for a National Championship, Ron Holland however opted to take his talent to G League Ignite but appears to be a certain high first round pick in this year’s draft. Ron Holland does need to show some shooting range for G league Ignite in more of an off ball role. The recruiting rankings like Justin Edwards as well. As an older player. Justin Edwards should have room to shine at Kentucky and they will need him too. It should set him up will for next year’s draft.
An early look at Stephon Castle for UConn is an interesting prospect and they will need his decision making. The bigger name is UConn center Donovan Clingan is the Huskies top target Stephon Castle will need to get the ball next season. I expect Clingan to have a massive leap and impact on the defensive end and rim protection. There is still some room to work on his skill set and shooting touch. Staying out of foul trouble will be key as well next season. Duke’s Kyle Filipowski coming back next season was a surprise as well.
We have Zaccharie Risacher as the first pick while others have Matas Buzelis from G League Ignite next season. It will be important for both to show more defense. Zaccharie Risacher is the superior prospect in our opinion with his attacking closeouts. Omaha Biliew maybe the sleeper with great length, watch his draft stock in the NBA Draft. He doesn’t carry the name recognition of a Bronny James. He didn’t head to G League Ignite but he’s in a good situation at Iowa State to show his defense and play a lot and he will need to develop skill wise and develop a minimum level playmaking ability for a big. Unfortunately, a foot fracture and others injuries are always a possibility before the NBA Draft. Nothing is set in stone and some players, especially in G League Ignite where the G League Ignite is playing grown professional men as teenagers maybe be exposed before the NBA Draft. It will be most interesting which prospects end up in San Antonio in the 2024 NBA mock and impact the future of Victor Wembanyama and really the league. The 2024 NBA draft will be key in shaping that future. Pairing a Big or wing like Matas Buzelis with Scoot Henderson will also be important for the future now that guard heavy Portland is bottoming out. The one from France Intl is who we would want.