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As Villanova’s Kris Jenkins hit a 3-point shot at the buzzer to beat North Carolina fell through the basket, it signaled not only the end of quite possibly the greatest college game of all time.
It also signaled the end of another year of the wild NCAA tournament we have come to call “March Madness.”
Over the past few weeks, 68 teams have taken the court in order to battle it out for the right to move on to the next round.
Due to the sheer number of teams to participate in the tournament, hundreds of players were given the ability to demonstrate their abilities and potential for the millions of fans, scouts, coaches and GMs watching them play.
Additionally, (now former) college players are coming out in the masses and declaring for the NBA draft. Their goals are all the same: to be one of the 60 names called on Draft Night and earn the right to move on to the next stage of their basketball careers.
With all that being said, here is my updated, post-tournament mock draft. The draft order is based on current standings and include all of the trades that have currently been made.
Picks are based on current skill sets to go along with in-game production and long-term potential.
(Pick, Team, Player)
- Sixers— Brandon Ingram, SF, Duke
- Lakers— Ben Simmons, F, LSU
- Suns— Dragan Bender, PF, Croatia
- Celtics (via Nets)— Jamal Murray, SG, Kentucky
- Timberwolves— Buddy Hield, SG, Oklahoma
- Pelicans— Kris Dunn, PG, Providence
- Nuggets— Henry Ellenson, PF, Marquette
- Kings— Ivan Rabb, PF/C, California
- Raptors— Domantas Sabonis, PF, Gonzaga
- Bucks— Jaylen Brown, SF, California
- Magic— Taurean Prince, SF, Baylor
- Suns (via Wizards)— Jakob Poeltl, C, Utah
- Rockets— Marquese Chriss, PF, Washington
- Bulls— Skal Labissiere, C, Kentucky
- Jazz— Denzel Valentine, SG, Michigan State
- Celtics (via Mavericks)— Deyonta Davis, PF, Michigan State
- Nuggets (via Trail Blazers)— Timothe Luwawu, SG/SF, France
- Grizzlies— Demetrius Jackson, PG, Notre Dame
- Pistons— Brice Johnson, PF, North Carolina
- Pacers— Dejounte Murray, PG, Washington
- Hornets— Diamond Stone, C, Maryland
- Sixers (via Heat)— Malik Beasley, SG, Florida State
- Hawks— Check Diallo, PF/C, Kansas
- Celtics— Melo Trimble, PG, Maryland
- Clippers— Furkan Korkmaz, SG, Turkey
- Raptors— Wayne Selden, SG, Kansas
- Sixers (via Thunder)— Tyler Ulis, PG, Kentucky
- Suns (via Cavaliers)— Thon Maker, PF/C, Athlete Institute
- Spurs— Stephen Zimmerman, C, UNLV
- Warriors— Deandre Bembry, SF, St. Joe’s