NBA Draft prospects: Mejia’s Top 10 SGs
1. Bradley Beal, Florida: Given his youth, upside and shooting mechanics, he’s going to be a quality performer for years to come at a position that’s becoming increasingly harder to fill with a can’t-miss type. Beal fits the bill.
2. Austin Rivers, Duke: He’ll have to find the right fit to take full advantage of his vast talents. He’s got to handle the ball enough in an offense to maintain a rhythm, but ultimately see him as an effective combo type who will be finding ways to win for years.
3. Jeremy Lamb, UConn: Smooth shooter always looked like he could be doing more, but there’s no denying his skill set. He’s got a more complete player, but we’ll see if the pro level suits him better.
4. Orlando Johnson, UCSB: He’s been a do-it-all-type for the Gauchos in an underrated Big West Conference where everyone has thrown kitchen sinks at him since he arrived as a well-regarded transfer. A 6-11 wingspan and a motor that passes the eye test makes him a legitimate sleeper.
5. Dion Waiters, Syracuse: Finds a way to be effective more often than not, relying on a motor that shows up in him playing a brand of tenacious defense that’s usually seen in May and June.
6. John Jenkins, Vanderbilt: Best shooter in this draft will be out there in situations when you absolutely, positively need a 3-pointer for the rest of his career — shadowed unless someone blows an assignment.
7. Evan Fournier, France: Talented 19-year-old wing is the only European prospect worth spending a first round pick on. Looks the part and is already the focal point of his club team, a good sign.
8. Doron Lamb, Kentucky: A terrific NCAA Tournament boosted his chances of sneaking into the first round, contributing to his credibility as a strong role player going forward. Got him one of those cool NO1Greater caps, too.
9. Will Barton, Memphis: Does things that make you say wow and go hmmm. Lanky, but terrific athlete who must improve as a shooter and decision-maker but has the raw potential you gamble on ahead of safer options come Round 2.
10. Kim English, Missouri: A strong shooter with good size (6-6), he helped ruin a lot of brackets with his worst game of senior season in that epic upset by Norfolk State. Seems to be bouncing back nicely and looks like a second-round lock.
Others: Jared Cunningham, Oregon State; Marcus Denmon, Missouri; Darius Johnson-Odom, Marquette; Kevin Murphy, Tennessee Tech; William Buford, Ohio State.