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Even though the NBA playoffs are in full swing, there’s always room for some discussion regarding the draft.
Sports Illustrated’s Jeremy Woo put out his latest mock draft and, though the lottery has yet to be held, he used the projected odds to set the order.
With that in mind, Woo has the Cleveland Cavaliers utilizing the eighth overall pick — obtained from the Brooklyn Nets on Aug. 22 as part of the trade for All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving — on another point guard.
Freshman Trae Young out of the University of Oklahoma.
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Young averaged 27.4 points and 88 assists per game this season for the Sooners. The 19-year-old shot 36 percent from beyond the 3-point line.
Woo writes of the selection:
Cleveland could help fill the hole Kyrie Irving left in its backcourt with the addition of Young, who would supply 3-point shooting and playmaking and give them another ballhandler to work with regardless of whether LeBron stays or goes.
He’s slippery off the dribble and showed flashes of special talent early in the season, able to score from deep, initiate offense and find teammates off the drive. In a situation where you’re not asking too much of him too soon, his upside should be a reasonable gamble.
With the pick Cleveland sent to the Los Angeles Lakers as part of the deal that brought Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. to the Cavaliers — projected to the be 25th overall selection — Woo has the Lakers selecting freshman center Bruno Fernando out of the University of Maryland.
The 6-10, 245-pound 19-year-old averaged 10.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game for the Terrapins this season.
All prospects have until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday to declare for the draft, with or without having signed with an agent. The draft lottery will be held May 15 in Chicago and college players have until May 30 to withdraw from the draft.
The 2018 draft will be held June 21 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.