Checking In On Duke Basketball Draft Prospects

Author: Justin Girshon

Zion Williamson

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Getting to know Zion:

Zion Williamson is the consensus number one overall pick in this years NBA Draft. Williamson was the second ranked recruit in the class of 2018 and a McDonald’s All American. Williamson is a 6 foot 7 inch forward who weighs 285 pounds who attended Spartanburg Day School for his High School education. Although Williamson is 285 pounds, he is faster than most guards and is an insane athlete. Williamson averaged 22.6 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 2.1 apg, 2.1 spg, and 1.8 bpg. As shown from his stats, Williamson can do it all.

Draft news and prediction:

Although Zion didn’t seem too thrilled about the Pelicans winning the NBA Draft Lottery, Zion quickly shot down rumors that he wouldn’t play for them. Zion hasn’t had any pre-draft workout news but has been offered to practice with USA Basketball over the summer. I predict Zion Williamson to be the number one overall pick in this years draft.

RJ Barrett

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Getting to know RJ:

RJ Barrett was the top overall recruit of the 2018 class (yes, ranked ahead of Zion) and a McDonald’s All American. Barrett is a 6 foot 7 inch guard/forward who weighs roughly 200 pounds. Barrett attended Montverde Academy (Ben Simmons also went there) for his High School education. Barrett averaged 22.6 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 4.3 apg, while being the one constant starter throughout the season (Zion Williamson, Cam Reddish, Tre Jones, and Marques Bolden all got hurt). Barrett has a killer mindset and was given the nickname Maple Mamba because of it (Maple because he’s from Canada). Barrett has been learning about basketball throughout his whole life from his godfather Steve Nash (NBA Hall Of Fame Point Guard).

Draft news and prediction:

RJ Barrett has been hoping to be drafted by the Knicks. A couple of weeks ago, RJ denied working out for the Grizzlies (who hold the number two pick) in hopes of being drafted by the Knicks with the third pick. RJ recently worked out with the Knicks and later emphasized how much he wanted to be drafted by the organization. After his workout with the Knicks, RJ stated, “This is the place I want to be, I hope they draft me.” I think RJ’s wish will come true and the Knicks will draft him with the third overall pick.

Cam Reddish

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Getting to know Cam:

Cam Reddish was the number three overall recruit in the 2018 class (behind his teammates RJ and Zion) and a McDonald’s All American. Reddish is 6 foot 8 inch guard/forward who weighs about 210 pounds. Reddish was inconstant for the Blue Devils averaging 13.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.9 apg, shooting 35.6% from the field. Although Reddish’s numbers are subpar, he is still considered a top NBA draft prospect (see next paragraph for why he’s still a top prospect). Reddish attended the Westtown School for his High School education. In his Senior Year of High School, Reddish was named Mr. Pennsylvania Basketball for being the best player in the state.

Draft news and prediction:

Cam Reddish is the most difficult prospect in this class. Despite a disappointing Freshman season, Reddish is still a top prospect in this class. Basketball evaluators love Reddish’s measurements and think they will greatly benefit him for his NBA career. Reddish’s 7 foot 1 inch wingspan will help in on defense and his quick foot work will help create shots and get to the rim. Reddish had offseason core surgery, but is expected to be 100% by the start of the NBA season. Reddish is projected to be a top 10 pick in this draft. I think Reddish will fall somewhere in the 5-8 range and end up with Cavs (fifth pick) or Bulls (eight pick).

Marques Bolden

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Getting to know Marques:

Marques Bolden was a five star recruit in the class of 2016 and a McDonald’s All American. Bolden is a 6 foot 11 inch center who weighs 250 pounds. Although he was a five star recruit, Bolden never lived up to the hype. Over his three year Duke career, Bolden averaged 3.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.1 bpg, while shooting 57.3% from the field. Bolden attended DeSoto for his High School education. In his senior, Bolden won Texas Mr. Basketball for being the best basketball player in the state.

Draft news and prediction:

Although Bolden was expected to stay at Duke or transfer, he decided to keep his name in the NBA Draft. Bolden has been very popular throughout the pre-draft process having workouts with the Knicks, Wizards, Lakers Celtics, Spurs, Thunder, and Kings. Although Bolden is getting lots of looks, I don’t think he will be in an NBA rotation next year. I predict Bolden to not be drafted or being drafted in the 50-60 range. Regardless of what happens to him in the draft, I believe Bolden will be plying in the Summer League and spend most of the season in the G-League.

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