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3 Players Rising up 2020 Draft Boards

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This college basketball season has been wild, having the most No. 1-ranked teams through January than ever before. With a wild college basketball season comes a wild NBA Draft. Below are the three greatest draft risers who have taken advantage of the crazy season so far.

Onyeka Okongwu

This USC freshman was thought to be a multi-year prospect, but it’s looking more and more like Onyeka Okongwu will spend only a year in L.A. Okongwu is averaging 16.9 PPG, 8.7 RPG, and 3.0 BLK on 61.7% from the field after coming in as the 20th best recruit per ESPN. He is very raw offensively, but offers an incredibly high ceiling due to his athleticism and physical tools. He is a high-energy center who will feast on easy layups and be a defensive anchor in paint. As of now, Okongwu is projected to be taken in the top 10 of the draft after starting off the year barely in the second round of many mocks.

 

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Obi Toppin

After starting as a late first round prospect, Obi Toppin has shot up draft boards. The Dayton big man is averaging 19.5 PPG and 7.7 RPG on 62.3% shooting from the field. Toppin has elite athleticism and excels as a leaper. He can get to the rim at will. This year he has also flashed much improved post moves and a three point shot, shooting 34% from three. Some will question his age, as he is a 21-year-old sophomore. Others will look at his shooting numbers and doubt Toppin. His physical tools and all around production, however, will be too much for lottery teams to pass up. Look for Toppin to be taken somewhere in the late lottery, like the 10-12 range.

 

Isaac Okoro

Isaac Okoro started the year in the middle of the second round and came in to Auburn as the No. 40 overall recruit. Instead, Okoro has pushed himself in to the conversation for a top 10 pick. Okoro is averaging 12.6 PPG and 4.3 RPG on 53.2% shooting. These offensive numbers won’t blow you away because it’s on the defensive end where Okoro gets his work done. Okoro can guard every position on the floor. He has shown quick feet to stay with guards and has a strong 225-pound frame to lock up inside. On the offensive end, Okoro is a strong driver and passer. His jumper needs some work, but he has shown flashes that lead scouts to believe he can improve. Okoro looks to be taken in the top 10 of this upcoming draft.

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