The draft outlook marks the highest spot for Anunoby since being projected as the No. 26 junior in its Top 60 rankings for that class and the No. • NBADraft.net (April 5): Does not include Bryant among the 60 players expected to be drafted this summer. Now he's supposed to be making the transition from defensive specialist to two-way wing with NBA 3-and-D potential. They just need to figure out how his ACL is healing after his January injury. 28 overall) by the Los Angeles Lakers. It's difficult to tell. 30 Big Ten prospect out of 44 players ranked from the conference. Stu Jackson covers Indiana University basketball, football and recruiting for TheHoosier.com. Anunoby was ranked at No. Despite suffering a season-ending knee injury early in Big Ten play, Anunoby's potential and talent still warrant a top-30 selection in the eyes of each outlet. • ESPN's Chad Ford (April 4): Has Anunoby ranked 15th in his Top 100 NBA Draft prospect rankings, projected to be chosen in the first round (No. Draft Projection: Lottery Pick Positives: Insider Only Negatives: Insider Only Summary: May 23 update: You can say the same thing about Anunoby that you do about Giles. Teams love him as a prospect. April 10 update: Anunoby has declared for the 2017 NBA Draft. 39 overall) by the Philadelphia 76ers. He's reportedly decided to test the NBA Draft waters without signing with an agent, leaving the door open for a possible return to IU, but he also said back in January that he intended to graduate early. With so little upside in the second half of the first round, to see Anunoby in the No. Blackmon has until May 24 to decide whether to keep his name in consideration for the draft or return to school. 9 overall pick in January prior to his knee injury. He’s still only 19, but NBA.com notes that Bryant likely hurt his draft stock by coming back for his sophomore year: The decision to return to school to build on a good freshman season rather than coming out as a possible first-round pick does not appear to be paying off. It's the second-consecutive mock where DraftExpress has projected Anunoby to go 13th. • DraftExpress (May 4): Unranked in the Top 100 and expected to go undrafted. Nov 17 Update: Anunoby has been drawing raves from scouts all fall thanks to his chiseled frame (featuring enormous thighs). Weather info Powered by Dark Sky, OG Anunoby (knee) starting for Toronto on Monday in Game 1, FanDuel Daily Fantasy Basketball Helper: NBA Finals Game 6, FanDuel Daily Fantasy Helper: NBA Finals Game 5, DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Helper: Friday 10/9/20, NBA Player Prop Bets to Target on Friday 10/9/20, FanDuel Daily Fantasy Helper: NBA Finals Game 4. Would another year at Indiana benefit him? 9 overall pick in January prior to his knee injury. He's long and athletic, he guards multiple positions and he stretches the floor. By registering, you indicate that you agree to the Terms Of Service. But teams are eager to have their doctors check out his knee and provide a timetable for his recovery. However, he's also still not expected to get drafted in 2018 if he chose to return to school, so now might be the best time for him to turn pro. Over the last three mocks, the outlet has projected him as a top 16 pick. 14 overall prospect in Top 100, projected to be chosen in the first round (No. Only first-round picks get guaranteed contracts, so perhaps a return to school would benefit Bryant given the majority of the projections currently place him as a second-round pick. 13 to No. "You're really talking about him missing a full year of basketball at that point," one NBA executive said. Dec. 22 update: Anunoby was off to a terrific start for Indiana before a sprained ankle suffered against the Tar Heels kept him out of the past three games. His combination of elite athleticism, length, NBA body, defensive versatility and shooting ability make him a very attractive 3-and-D prospect. Smith has Bryant 84th in his latest Top 100 rankings, but, again, those rankings haven't been updated in a month. Analyst Aran Smith slots Anunoby at No. Disclosures. Even if he ends up missing his entire rookie season, I still think he could end up going in the lottery. DraftExpress' mock history of Bryant suggests the Rochester, New York, native's stock is trending toward an early second-round pick. Johnson has until May 24 to decide whether to keep his name in consideration for the draft or return to school. The current draft outlook is nine spots higher than his previous projection. Are you looking to contact Customer Support about a subscription or account related question? If he decides to declare for the draft and teams feel that the surgery was a success, he should probably land in the Nos. Free 7-day trial!) "If it's something like a meniscus tear, I don't think it will have a major impact on his draft stock. Ford ranked Anunoby two spots higher in his latest big board compared to the previous one. The other sources I spoke with concurred that an ACL or microfracture injury would be a setback. So far, pretty good. 10-15 range, where he was projected before the injury -- assuming he declares for the draft this year. • ESPN's Chad Ford (April 18) ($): Has Bryant ranked 45th in his Top 100 NBA Draft prospect rankings, 12 spots higher than his previous position. Aug 23 Update: Anunoby was a breakout star in the NCAA Tournament, and with his size, athleticism and ability to shoot 3s, he fits the type of 3-and-D player that scouts covet these days. All rights reserved. 15 Big Ten prospect out of 44 players ranked from the conference. 17-25 range, instead of the No. In 2015, Syracuse forward Chris McCullough tore his ACL in January. 35 to Orlando on the NBA.com mock and as low as No. 33 overall) by the Orlando Magic. He slid from No. April 7 Mock Draft Roundup (Anunoby, Blackmon and Bryant), Thomas Bryant Sits Down With Draft Express For Video Interview. The appeal is a big who won’t need to grow into his body much more, plays hard and has a standing reach of 9-4, assets that add up to the possibility of rebounds and blocks as a pro. Blackmon is also excluded from Smith's latest Top 100 rankings. 15 to No. He's a bit rawer in other areas, and scouts will be looking closely to see if he has developed over the summer. DraftExpress' mock history of Bryant suggests the Rochester, New York, native's stock is trending toward a mid to late second-round pick. From what DraftExpress and Ford are projecting, that injury doesn't appear to be a concern for teams at this point in time. Get a FREE 30-day trial using promo code IU30. Stop stealing our stuff and ripping off our features, please. Here's where their pro prospects stand according to various draft analysts and experts: OG Anunoby • DraftExpress (March 25): No. Daily NBA projections by the Razzball Stocktonator. Analysis: All three experts are very well connected, but I tend to trust the information from DraftExpress and Ford more so than NBADraft.net. However, like Blackmon, there's still a clear consensus among experts and analysts that he won't get drafted if he keeps his name in. However, he looks to be back to his old self, scoring 19 points, grabbing 9 rebounds and blocking 4 shots in just 19 minutes against Delaware State on Monday. • Talk about it inside The Hoops Forum or The Football Forum. 15 overall) by the Portland Trail Blazers. The executives I spoke with forecasted a similar slip in Anunoby's draft stock if the injury is an ACL tear. • DraftExpress (March 25): No. 15-25 range depending on how doctors evaluate his recovery process. OG Anunoby. the No. Bryant is now hoping to follow Cody Zeller (2013) and Noah Vonleh (2014) from Bloomington to the first round. His long arms, explosive athleticism, defensive prowess and ability to hit 3s are very attractive to teams. Since the latest roundup, former IU forward OG Anunoby and sophomore center Thomas Bryant opted to sign with an agent and keep their names in consideration from this summer's NBA Draft, forgoing their final two years of collegiate eligibility. Given the additions of two-way contracts that will allow NBA teams to carry two additional players and use them in the “G-League,” it’s hard to imagine a scenario where Bryant doesn’t receive a guaranteed deal of some sort from an NBA team for next season. • DraftExpress (May 4): No. Analysis: Bryant clearly has work to do to improve his draft stock. However, playing further away from the basket appeared to hurt his field goal percentage, which regressed from a program-record 68.3 percent as a freshman to 51.9 percent as a sophomore. However, the reliability is shaky given that we don't know the credentials of all the users. March 6 update: Anunoby had surgery on his knee a month ago, but NBA teams still know relatively little about the injury and how it will affect his draft stock. 36 overall prospect in Top 100, projected to be chosen in the second round (No. Feb. 1 update: Anunoby injured his knee in a game against Penn State on Jan. 18 and had surgery Tuesday. If he gets a lot more touches this season, he could have a Victor Oladipo-type rise. 15-22 range. You'll get the best projections in the business! There's lots of raw talent there. 29 on draft night by the Brooklyn Nets. But his talent level as a two-way player is off the charts and the Pacers could really use a player like him over the long term. Blackmon is also excluded from Smith's latest Top 100 rankings and the outlet's ranking of the Top 50 juniors. Analysis: There's no harm in Johnson going through the pre-draft process and getting feedback on his game from NBA personnel.