I’ve always been intrigued by the performances of highly-touted incoming freshmen. Although most of the big names are usually one-and-done players, it’s still fun to see their development during that one year on campus before heading to the NBA bag.
So as College Basketball season kicks off this week here’s our list of the Top 10 one-and-done freshmen who should be prime picks in the 2021 NBA Draft.
Everyone has a list…
- Cade Cunningham (PG – Oklahoma St)
Height: 6’7 210 LBS
NBA Comparison: Smaller Ben Simmons
The budding, do-it-all talent is a smaller version of Ben Simmons, although he’s shown the ability and willingness to shoot it from distance.
He’s got a nice package from scoring to assisting to defending and is always in complete control of the pace of the game. Cunningham has superstar potential and the mental and physical makeup to turn a dormant franchise around as the cornerstone.
2. Jalen Green – (SG – G League)
Height: 6’6 180 LBS
NBA Comparison: Kobe Lite Version
Green is a superb athlete with real NBA skill already and he decided to take his talents to the G-League for a season. The former Prolific Prep star has the ability to be the No. 1 overall pick as well. He will push Cade Cunningham for that spot as the year progresses and we get closer to the draft.
3. Brandon “BJ” Boston – (SF – Kentucky)
Height: 6’6 185 LBS
NBA Comparison: Brandon Ingram
Boston really emerged during his senior year of HS. He’s got elite handles and shooting ability. A long and wiry build for a kid whose stock is soaring every time out. He shows some resemblance to KD with his shooting and ball handling at times but more like “BI” in the long run.
4. Jalen Johnson – (SF – Duke)
Height: 6’8 215 LBS
NBA Comparison: Paul Pierce
Johnson already has an NBA ready body and elite athleticism. That in itself has helped him skyrocket up the mock draft. He’s a prototypical point/wing with excellent vision, scoring ability, and versatility.
5. Jonathan Kuminga – (G – League)
Height: 6’7 217 LBS
NBA Comparison: Shawn Marion
Kuminga is a big, strong and bouncy athlete with elite physical tools and an emerging overall game. He has the makeup of an elite defender able to guard multiple positions with ease.
6. Evan Mobley – (Center – USC)
Height: 7’0 195 LBS
NBA Comparison: Jonathan Bender
Mobley is a freakishly athletic player for a 7-footer. He tends to make the game look easy most times. His upside has levels to it, but he’ll need to add a lot of lower-body strength.
7. Ziaire Williams – (SF – Stanford)
Height: 6’7 175 LBS
NBA Comparison: Paul George-Ish
Williams is an excellent open court athlete with an intriguing upside. He continues to show development in his overall perimeter skills. George was a late bloomer as well.
— Stanford Men's Basketball (@StanfordMBB) November 27, 2020
8. Scottie Barnes – (PF – Florida State)
Height: 6’8 215 LBS
NBA Comparison: Al Harrington/Tobias Harris
Barnes is a sensational all-around talent, with great ball skills and passing ability in a big solid 6’8 frame. High IQ player on both ends.
9. Jalen Suggs – (PG – Gonzaga)
Height: 6’5 200 LBS
NBA Comparison: Eric Bledsoe
Suggs is a powerful combo guard who can get to the rack and overpower opponents in the lane. Has lead guard skills and an attacking downhill style.
Jalen Suggs, oh my. What a finish. pic.twitter.com/oCAvNu5aWI
— Jackson Frank (@jackfrank_jjf) November 27, 2020
10. Greg Brown – (PF – Texas)
Height: 6’9 205 LBS
NBA Comparison: Bigger Aaron Gordon
Brown is a “bouncy” player with a super quick first step. He possesses great above the rim ability with a very solid face-up game. Despite his size, he flexes a sound handle which allows him to take his man off the dribble and explode above the rim. Has real star potential.