The 2016 NBA Draft is barely over, but that hasn’t stopped many pundits from looking at next season’s draft.
And their eyes are on one Texas freshman.
Prized 2016 recruit Jarrett Allen is being projected as a high pick in next year’s NBA draft according to various early mock drafts.
Allen was a top-25 recruit out of St. Stephen’s, and his recruitment to Texas was well-documented and described as “unique” by Allen’s Team USA and future college coach, Shaka Smart.
The 6-foot-10-inch, long post player is being pegged as the No. 11 pick in the NBA draft next season by CBS Sports. The mock draft says of Allen: “Allen was really impressive at Nike Hoop Summit this year, as the big man can really protect the rim, finish inside, and has great hands to go with active feet.”
The mock draft blurb adds that Allen should be “perfect” in Smart’s system.
Allen should be a main fixture in Texas’ plans as the Longhorns return just one post player to the team. Allen’s shot-blocking ability has been praised, and Texas will need it after losing Prince Ibeh, the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year.
Considering how long it took Allen to decide his college choice, his NBA decision could be even more anxious for Texas’ coaching staff. At least the NBA and NCAA have strict dates on when players can declare for the draft.
Other things we learned by searching the various mock drafts:
Allen is all over the place
Some aren’t as high on Allen as others. CBS Sports has him in the lottery at No. 11, but SB Nation doesn’t include him in the first round. One site which exists only for the NBA draft, has Allen at No. 15 to the Houston Rockets, which would be great for Houston fans who wanted Allen to sign with the University of Houston. Meanwhile Fansided has Allen at No. 8!
If Allen went eighth in next year’s draft, he’d be the highest selected Longhorn since this guy went fourth overall.
Finally, DraftExpress, another site dedicated to one of professional sports’ shortest and often times confusing drafts, has Allen at No. 10.
Lots of Texans
From Allen and Marques Bolden to D’Aaron Fox and Terrance Ferguson, there are a lot of Lone Star talents projected in the draft next season, and that’s just looking at the one-and-done players.
Big 12 set for big night after, well, lame 2016
After Buddy Hield and rebounding teacher Taurean Prince were the only first-round Big 12 players drafted, many 2017 mock drafts have at least four Big 12 players sprinkled in. This includes Allen, Kansas’ incoming freshman Josh Jackson (viewed by some as the top player), along with Kansas junior Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and Iowa State’s Monte Morris. Kansas sophomore Carlton Bragg doesn’t appear on these, but did show up on one of ESPN’s Chad Ford’s 2016 mock drafts before Bragg opted to return to Lawrence.
ACLs and all, Giles tops many mocks
Henry Giles is viewed by ESPN as the top player in the 2016 recruiting class, but most other recruiting sites knocked him for what is probably a major issue: he missed the whole last year because of a second ACL tear. Giles has torn both his ACL’s already. Despite this, the 6-foot-10-inch forward is at the top of three mock drafts.
Finally, this year’s college basketball season should be, well, great
Judging by the mock drafts being all over the place, the highly-entertaining recruiting season and many players deciding to skip the 2016 draft, the 2016-17 season should have some great teams, including Duke which has as many as five projected first round picks, Kentucky with three, Arizona with three and Florida State and Kansas with two in many of these mock drafts.
News on Bevo Beat is free and unlimited. Access to the rest of Hookem.com is included with an Austin American-Statesman subscription in addition to Statesman.com and the ePaper edition. Subscribe today at statesman.com/subscribe.