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GD's Big Board - 2020 Edition 

Post#1 » by GimmeDat » Sat Jun 22, 2019 8:26 am

*Work in Progress, going to add more names later. Most of the top freshman have a little breakdown there, will do the other catergories another time

This isn't a big board yet, more of a very rough watch-list that is vaguely grouped within similar tiers, though I would consider the lottery group a rough early board of sorts. Got 57 names on here so far but adding more as I go.

This group is a combination of what I have seen/read so far on guys, the opinions of others that are more informed on the class up to this point, and a consideration of where the main outlets have guys as well.

Doesn't really mean much but for people that don't have much of a handle on the names in this class beyond the top guys, figured this might be helpful, and even for myself, having all the guys I'm keeping tabs on in one place is handy.

If you've got any names worth having a look at or anything to add/change to the reports, drop a comment. I'm learning about these guys still.

Also going to try and figure out a better way to format this because this is super long.


Likely 1st Round Freshman (27)

Anthony Edwards (SG)
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--------- Probably my #1 going in to the season, definitely has the tools to be the best player, massive upside but needs to prove his decision making/conduciveness to winning


James Wiseman (PF/C)
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---------- He's been the #1 HS guy for a while, I know many aren't that high on him, but I always lean towards upside with these early evaluations and he seems like a big time prospect. Will be interested to see if he lives up to the hype.


RJ Hampton (PG/SG)
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-------------- *NZ Breakers, NBL (starting at PG at a very good club full of NZ National Team players. Will be tough to evaluate because we don't have much precedent of a guy of his caliber playing in Australia)


Deni Adjiva (PF/SF)
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------------- Maccabi Tel Aviv (I've watched some footage on him and to me, the best comparison I would make is Galinari with close to elite passing, though maybe slightly less elite shot-making. Healthy Gallo was a beast, lot of upside here and my pick for best international in a deep int. class)


Cole Anthony (PG)
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------------ Cole has a lot to prove, his production will probably get harshly weighed up against Coby White who had such a successful year at UNC, but Anthony is a stud who just has the edge as best PG prospect early in this class, if you don't count RJ)


Killian Hayes (PG/SG)
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------------ *Cholet, LNB Pro A (slowed down by injuries but greater upside than Maledon imo. Unfairly dropped by some too soon I think but he does have to prove himself over these next 12 months. Shooting, physical translation, etc.)


Theo Maledon (PG/SG)
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----------- *Lyon-Villeurbanne, LNB Pro A (The more productive of the 2 French guards so far compared to Hayes, I really like how well rounded he is, I think the only thing that will hold him back is a lack of real dynamism for star upside)


Isaiah Stewart (PF/C)
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--------- From what I've seen he's a physical specimen, super long, really strong, and a good athlete who is a really strong defender. Looks coordinated but apparently needs to develop his offensive game a lot.


Isaac Okoro -----------(SF)
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Not that high on the mainstream rankings yet but the best NBA draft heads really rate this kid. Appears to be a good combination of an good NBA wing athlete with good feel and projectable, if a work in progress, shooting.


Nico Mannion --------(PG)
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Initial glance suggests Mannion will be limited physically at the NBA level, but by all accounts he's a got combination of really high level PG play and quality shooting both spotting up and off the dribble. Little skeptical about the upside until I see more but he seems like a guy that is a good bet to be an NBA player, no doubt.


Josh Green ---------(SG)
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I've seen quite a bit of Green due to the Aussie connection, he seems to have dropped a bit lately in the eyes of draft twitter, and I think it's a bit unfair, though I admit his range seems pretty wide open. He's a great open court athlete, a good finisher though has to develop his weak hand, decision making may or may not be a work in progress (haven't seen enough extended footage), but certainly has vision, and his shooting appears to be coming along.


Precious Achuiwa (PF/SF)
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------- Pretty raw but he seems like a real plus athlete with a great body who plays damn hard. Seems like a lot of upside here, but could have a very wide range of outcomes at this stage.


Scottie Lewis ------------(SG/SF)
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I know there's a lot of people that like Lewis here, and the more I hear the more interested I am. Clearly a freak athlete and a tenacious defender, interested to see how good his skill-set is.


Amar Sylla -------------(PF/C)
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*Real Madrid (The supposed sleeper of this international crop, a lot of draft twitter think this guy is a real lottery possibility as well. My understanding is he's long and has shown a lot defensively, but will need to continue to refine his offensive abilities)


Khalil Whitney ----------(SF)
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A lot of people really like Whitney, he looks like a guy that might be a lottery pick as well. A great athlete who made great strides in his overall game over the last year, but is still improving his creation/offensive upside and refining his shot.


LaMelo Ball --------------(PG/SG)
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*Illawarra Hawks, NBL (plan is he starts at PG with Aaron Brooks playing an undersized SG role but he will have to beat out a few decent locals in the backcourt for minutes so nothing guaranteed). Size is up to 6'7 now, will be interesting if he can take advantage of that in a physical league, and whether he can play disciplined, high IQ ball in a proper setting.


Tyrese Maxey -----------(PG)
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Maybe it's just the hair, but he reminds me of Coby White, albeit a bit smaller. An electric score-1st guy who is considered one of the better shooting PG's in the class. A bit undersized so he's got to have a really strong season to crack the lottery imo but some people I've seen discuss believe he can do that.


Jaden McDaniels --------(SF/PF)
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This guy has quickly gone from being discussed as a top 5-10 guy to out of the lottery on a lot of boards, I'm interested in seeing how he goes because it definitely sounds like he has upside. Watching highlights you can see what he brings but appears he lacks the edge so many of the guys in this class have. Hope he doesn't let down.


Oscar Tschiebwe -----(C)
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Another guy without a heap of hype but draft heads love him. Super developed physically (though concerns that he's just a bit older and bloomed early physically vs his comp as he turns 20 in November) and plays his heart out. Like a few of these guys, needs to keep developing his skill-set, if he can work out a mid-range jumper could be a legit lottery guy. 6'9, 7'5 wingspan.


Wendell Moore ------(SG/SF)
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Another guy higher on draft twitter than the main outlets. He's actually 7th on Mike Gribanov's early B.B., so here's really loved in some circles. Very young for this class, 6'5 with a 7'0 wingspan so ideal measurements w/ big hands and frame. Can handle and pass, if the jumper continues to develop very high ceiling here it seems.


Matthew Hurt --------(PF)
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His early range seems pretty all over the place as well for me. I watch the highlights and I'm not sure how he's going to translate, interested to see. Referencing Gribanov's BB again (I happen to be reading through it at the time of writing this) and he has him 8th, so again, plenty of upside here. Shooter/scorer and supposed to be a good passer. Looks like the big question is whether he'll be a liability on D. Appears he won't be quick enough to guard wings and will get bullied by 5's, so 4's his spot.


Vernon Carey Jr ------(C)
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One of those guys that's been high up on the HS rankings but the hype has quelled a bit of late, in part due to skill-set, in part due to injuries. A really chunky 5 man who uses his size and is quite a skilled scorer I believe. Not really long, looks to be a bit of a defensive liability I think, and not a lot of range just yet I believe. He's coming in with a lot of pedigree and to a big school might be one of those big names that ends up disappointing. My early feeling is a young Greg Monroe, but I haven't seen much.


Bryan Antoine ---------(SG)
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Had shoulder surgery in May and is expected to miss 4-6 months. Supposed to be a real terror in transition and is a pesky defender. I've also seen some comments suggesting he has some real handle/PG traits to him. I've seen mixed comments on his shooting, it looks like he needs to really develop his body, and he may end up being a raw guy that doesn't go one and done, but could be.


Anton Watson ------(PF)
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I know he's liked by a few, and just missed out on the US roster u19 roster. From what I've read he has a pretty well rounded offensive game with inside/outside scoring and can pass/handle a touch. Good though not great athlete, struggles to rim protect a bit, but is a high IQ/feel player on both ends. Doesn't get much talk on the main boards yet but a bit of a sleeper.


Jeremiah Robinson-Earl -------(PF/SF)
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4 man size but plays more of a big wings game. Comfortable shooting and making plays with the ball in his hands. Seems like a potential mid 1st guy.


Romeo Weems

Isaiah Mobley

Best Returning Prospects (22)

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Tre Jones

Tyrese Haliburton

Killian Tillie

Ochai Agbaji

Jalen Smith

Xavier Tillman

Josh LeBlanc

Ayo Dosunmu

Jalen Pickett

Neemius Queta

Charles Bassey

Jordan Nwora

Xavier Johnson

Isaiah Joe

Obi Toppin

Trevelin Queen

Devin Vassell

Ashton Hagans

Devon Dotson

Joe Wieskamp

Quinten Grimes

EJ Montgomery


Other Notable Freshman - Possible late 1st/2nd's (6)

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Onyeka Okongwu

Johnny Juzang

Samuell Williamson

Trendon Watford

Aiden Igiehon

Cassius Stanley


Other Draftable Internationals (2)

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Re: GD's Big Board - 2020 Edition 

Post#2 » by GimmeDat » Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:29 am

My early top 20 based on what I've looked at. Tre Jones, Haliburton, Hurt, Watson, Carey Jr., Robinson-Earl really close as well I think.

1. Anthony Edwards
2. Deni Avdija
3. Cole Anthony
4. RJ Hampton
5. James Wiseman
6. Killian Hayes
7. Scottie Lewis
8. Theo Maledon
9. Precious Achiuwa
10. Josh Green
11. Isaiah Stewart
12. Isaac Okoro
13. Amar Sylla
14. Nico Mannion
15. Khalil Whitney
16. LaMelo Ball
17. Oscar Tshiebwe
18. Wendell Moore
19. Tyrese Maxey
20. Jaden McDaniels
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Re: GD's Big Board - 2020 Edition 

Post#3 » by clyde21 » Wed Jun 26, 2019 2:59 pm

not a fan of the sophomore class eh?? Lol
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Re: GD's Big Board - 2020 Edition 

Post#4 » by GimmeDat » Thu Jun 27, 2019 7:17 am

clyde21 wrote:not a fan of the sophomore class eh?? Lol


I think it's a combination of me being conservative projecting jumps from returning guys and freshman honeymoon period.

I actually had a few returning guys in the top 20 but I kept switching it around before I posted it. I feel like most of the top returning players are more 20-40 range guys for me right now. Tre is like 10-25 for me, depends how the shooting comes around.

Also think Haliburton could crack lottery if he makes a jump.

Would have Tillie top 20 if he was healthy but alas. We'll see how he goes though.

Joe, Wieskamp, Agbaji, Bey I know you're high on, for me right now I have them like 20-35-ish, but they could certainly make a jump.

Then there's just a whole bunch more that I think a more likely to fall in the 20-45 range. Tillman, LeBlanc, Smith, Montgomery, Dosonmu, Bassey, Pickett, Queta, Nwora, X.Johnson. All definitely guys and some who will be 1st's imo. Never been too high on Hagans/Dotson but interested to see if they can have better years. Seen Travelin Queen been flagged as a guy who could break out, interested to keep an eye on him, and if he doesn't break out at least he has an amazing name.
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Re: GD's Big Board - 2020 Edition 

Post#5 » by GimmeDat » Sat Aug 10, 2019 12:05 am

An updated pre-season list.. again very preliminary.

1. Anthony Edwards
2. Cole Anthony
3. Deni Avdija
4. RJ Hampton
5. LaMelo Ball
6. James Wiseman
7. Killian Hayes
8. Scottie Lewis
9. Tyrese Maxey
10. Theo Maledon
11. Tyrese Haliburton*
12. Josh Green
13. Isaiah Stewart
14. Isaac Okoro
15. Tre Jones*
15. Amar Sylla
16. Precious Achiuwa
17. Nico Mannion
18. Jalen Smith*
18. Khalil Whitney
19. Oscar Tshiebwe
20. Wendell Moore
21. Jaden McDaniels
22. Tre Mann
23. Trevellin Queen*
24. Vernon Carey Jr.
25. Arturs Kurucs*
26. Matthew Hurt
27. Romeo Weems
28. Jeremiah Robinson-Earl
29. Ochai Agbaji*
30. Jalen Pickett*

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