TOP 5 NBA DRAFT PROSPECTS
The college basketball season isn’t even up and running yet but already people are getting excited with chatter over those players who are most likely to feature amongst the NBA betting odds next year.
We’re sure you’re familiar with the saying ‘if you can’t beat them, join them' and that’s exactly what we intend to do over the next 10 minutes as we preview some of the hottest prospects.
NUMBER 5 – DEVON DOTSON
The Kansas Jayhawks sophomore is perhaps our wildcard watch here but the lad has a shed load of ability. After leaving Providence Day School in North Carolina with a record points haul and a conference title to boot, his inaugural college year wasn’t too bad either. Dotson played in all 36 games under Bill Self contributing over 12 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. Beyond the stats though, Dotson is agile and has a low centre of gravity that makes him a handful for opposing teams.
NUMBER 4 – MYLES POWELL
Powell was awarded the Big East Most Improved Player award in 2018 and his performances have continued on that upward trajectory ever since. He’ll be a senior in the Seton Hall Pirates side and will undoubtedly be their focal point; it’s almost a guarantee that Powell will deliver big points with his ‘shoot from anywhere’ approach – as evidenced with last years 23 points per game average – and the 2019 Haggerty winner has a big future in the game.
NUMBER 3 – COLE ANTHONY
Anthony's father, Greg, was the 12th pick back in 1991 and we have a feeling Cole might go even earlier when his time finally comes. Despite his tender age, Anthony has already excelled for the US at Canada 2018 in the under 18 championship with 18 points in the gold medal game and his displays at High School have been dominant too. His last year saw him average 17.8 points and double digit assists and rebounds, which all helped him earn three separate MVP awards. He’s our pick to be the standout freshman and, despite an abundance of links, North Carolina have bagged him in what looks an outstanding move.
NUMBER 2 – MARKUS HOWARD
Over the last three years Howard has made near on 100 appearances for the Marquette Golden Eagles with the all-round belief his game is improving each year, which is something his stats back up. His rebounds per game have gone from 2.2 to 4, his assist average is up 1.6 and his points per game score of 25 – helped by a 53-point personal best versus Creighton – is nearly double what it was during the 2016/17 campaign. Howard has hardly gone under the radar though and in 2019 he was named Big East Player of the Year.
NUMBER 1 – CASSIUS WINSTON
If you were basing this run down based on pure numbers then Winston might not sit in the number one position but anyone who has followed the Michigan State Spartans over the last year or two will know he’s the one to watch this coming season. In his earlier years, Winston was a creative player but, as well as establishing himself as the Spartan's playmaker, he’s added significant points to his game too meaning his ability to score and assist at ease make him incredibly difficult to defend against. Last season he ended with an 18.8 average points per game and laid on a further 7.5 baskets for his teammates. Given he’s going into his senior year, we expect even more.
There you have it, five prospects who will be plying their trade in the college game over the coming weeks and months. We suspect they’ll be heading to an NBA draft soon but what do you think? Let us know below.