Who’s Next? Early 2017 NBA Prospect Countdown- mid-late first rounders

With a less than a year until the draft it is no way to predict where this draft class will go down in history. The current group of prospects have a year to prove to General Managers that they are worthy of being selected in June’s draft.

In this three part series:

I listed and discussed the prospects I believe will fall at positions 1 through 7 ,

In the second edition of the series the prospects I considered to be positions 8-14

So for this final article lets take a look at the prospects that I have 15-25:

 

15.  Malik Monk- Shooting Guard- 6’3 185 lbs- Kentucky

Monk is an insanely athletic guard, who is especially dangerous when attacking the basket. A player who loves to posterize defenders, Monk has also shown an impressive shot making ability. His keen passing instincts, allow for him to often find teammates in prime position to score the ball. Malik Monk comes to Kentucky as a high volume scorer, who needs to improve upon his on ball defense moving forward. His size, elite level quickness, strength should make for Monk to be one of the top perimeter defenders in the SEC.

16. Jaron Blossomgame- Small Forward- 6’7 220 lbs- Clemson

Jaron Blossomgame followed up a solid showing at Nike Basketball Academy with one of the best performances of any college prospect at Adidas Nations. Standing 6’7 and weighing 220 pounds the physical stature of Blossomgame translates well to the next level of play. A high energy player, Jaron uses his athletic ability effectively when attacking both the offensive and defensive backboards. A player who can shoot with consistency from deep, Blossomgame found himself hitting on (44.6%) of his three point attempts, showing a significant improvement from his first two seasons. His ball handling is not an area of concern but needs improvement moving forward. Jaron Blossomgame is an exceptional two-way player, who can guard multiple positions while on the floor. Returning for his senior season Blossomgame will have the opportunity to play himself into a lottery selection.

17. Edmond Sumner- Point Guard – 6’5 183 lbs – Xavier

Sumner is a talented guard with range that stretches beyond 3 point arc. The lanky guard possesses good height for the lead guard position. Excellent in transition, Sumner excels at getting to the rim. He needs to improve upon decision making while also adding some muscle to help defensively, but look for Sumner to make a great leap heading into the season.

18. Grayson Allen – Shooting Guard – 6’5 205lbs – Duke

Grayson Allen is a player who can without a doubt light up the scoreboard. As a sophomore he took on a leadership role, one that he proved effective in. Allen improved across the board 21.6 points, 46 rebounds, 3.5 assist on 41.7% shooting from deep. This year Duke team is more talent deep which again presents Allen with a chance to improve as a leader. Allen has a strong body and uses it well defensively.

19. Terrance Ferguson – Shooting Guard – 6’7 187 lbs- Adelaide 36ers 

Standing 6’7 Terrance Ferguson has shown elite level athleticism and shooting ability that will translate well moving forward. Gets good elevation on his shown, as can shoot with exceptional range. Great defensively due to his willingness and activity on the defensive end. Ferguson has displayed a matured game and plays within the flow of the offense. A good team player, Ferguson has shown unselfishness and often looks to involve teammates into the game. Moving Forward, Ferguson needs to add strength, and his finishing ability through contact. Has enough handle to get the job done, but ball handling under duress is an area that can use improvement. Decided to forgo college and play professionally in Australia.

20. DJ Hogg – Small Forward – 6’8 216 lbs- Texas A&M

DJ Hogg enjoyed a stellar freshman campaign that has him in prime position to be a legitimate first round pick in next years draft. His athleticism and frame allows for him to effectively play and defend both forward positions. His 3 point shooting extends well beyond the college arc, and has shown the ability to hit them with consistency.

21. Marques Bolden- Center- 6’10 254 lbs- Duke

Marques Bolden enters Duke as one of the nations most complete big men. Bolden has elite strength and athleticism that he uses effectively to score with his back to the basket. Defensively Bolden can be a a tremendous and physically imposing presence. Bolden’s skill set surpasses that of his peer, but is far from a finished product.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osmfMgfONuw
22. Myles Bridges- Small Forward- 6’7 225lbs- Michigan State
Bridges is a tremendous athlete that comebines a high basketball  IQ with his 6’8 frame a number active and tenacious rebounder, Bridges has good body control and explosiveness. Even often work does to position himself well on both backboards for rebounds. A willing and effective passerr Bridges will certainly make an impact upon arriving at East Lansing.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-WBJWVtY6M
23. Allonzo Trier- Shooting Guard- 6’4 205lbs- Arizona
Trier is and explosive scorer with the ability to put up points in bunches. a Streaky shooter. Needs to improve as an on ball defender, but has shown the ability to be effective on defense.  Elite level quickness Trier will look to build upon a solid freshman campaign, that was hampered by a hand injury.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HtOAEkAe8M
24. Lauri Markkanen – Power Forward- 7’0 225lbs- Arizona
7 footer Lauri Markkanen is poised and ready to compete. He exceled tremendously in the FIBAu20 games.  Markkanen posted averages of 24.9 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.3 steals, and 1.3 blocks.  Markkanen showed enormous potential posting the 3rd highest PER in the FIBAu20 ever.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAJ3ltmUWFU
25. Thomas Bryant- 6’10 241lbs- Indiana
Bryant is a player that possesses good athleticism to compliment his raw talent. A player who is far from a finished product, Bryant’s game continues to grow and develop.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuFbjEgK_hE
Please follow me at @dynamicscoop on twitter and tell me all of your thoughts or leave them at the bottom of the article. The 2017 NBA Draft is one that has heralded a lot a hype and has been called the best draft class since 2003. With a less than a year until the draft it is no way to predict where this draft class will go down in history. The current group of prospects have a year to prove to General Managers that they are worthy of being selected in June’s draft.
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