2019 NBA Draft Big Board

There are already hundreds of Mock Drafts on the Internet, and those get blown up by draft night based on trades and specific team needs. So, I’m flipping the script and giving a ranking of my Top 50 draft prospects. Why? Because this way I’m not stuck trying to figure out what front offices are thinking, and instead, I can stand behind my rankings down the road.

These are rankings based on players I’d want on my team for the next decade and how I feel they will develop.

1. Zion Williamson – Duke | I question if he will have the best career, but, from a marketing standpoint, he’s a lock for the top overall pick… great kid who loves the game… watched him this summer workout before games and he left the floor dripping with sweat after working on his shot and defensive footwork…

2. Ja Morant – Murray State | Soaring up draft boards after opening March Madness with a triple double… gym rat that has a key to the Murray State gymnasium…

3. RJ Barrett – Duke | Most years would be the top overall draft pick… was pegged as the top overall pick heading into this season but struggled with Duke’s lack of 3-point shooting because it shrunk the floor for him… small adjustment issues becoming second option when Zion Williamson was on the court…

4. Coby White – North Carolina | This is a kid who has put in the work and has allowed himself to be coached up… much better feel for the game than when he arrived at UNC… benefited from playing on USA U18 team last summer…

5. Cameron Reddish – Duke

6. Jarrett Culver – Texas Tech

7. Kevin Porter – USC

8. Darius Garland – Vanderbilt

9. Rui Hachimura – Gonzaga

10. Romeo Langford – Indiana

11. DeAndre Hunter – Virginia

12. Bruno Fernando – Maryland

13. Brandon Clarke – Gonzaga

14. Bol Bol – Oregon

15. Jaxson Hayes – Texas

16. Nickeil Alexander-Walker – Virginia Tech

17. Keldon Johnson – Kentucky

18. Nassir Little – North Carolina

19. Sekou Doumbouya – Limoges CSP

20. Tre Jones – Duke

21. Jontay Porter – Missouri

22. Luguentz Dort – Arizona State

23. KZ Okpala – Stanford

24. PJ Washington – Kentucky

25. Goga Bitadze – Budućnost VOLI

Published by Ryan McNeill

I've appeared on ESPN Radio, MTV Canada, SiriusXM, The Fan 590 and other radio programs and TV shows. I've been blessed to have covered the NBA with media credentials since the 2007-08 season and NCAA Football since the 2015 season.