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2018 NBA Draft Big Board: Top 50 Players 1 Month into CBB Season

2018 NBA Draft Big Board: Top 50 Players 1 Month into CBB Season

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2018 NBA Draft Big Board: Top 50 Players 1 Month into CBB Season

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College basketball is a month in, and we're already starting to see new names emerge into the NBA draft conversation.

Some breakout prospects were easier to see coming. There have been a few others, including a pair of freshmen, who've cracked our top 30 after starting the season off the radar.

The No. 1 overall debate is also heating up, with three contenders all producing at monster rates.

The rankings on our updated big board account for long-term NBA potential. It's possible that some names on the list may return to school after the season.

                 

Advanced stats courtesy of Synergy Sports Technology unless otherwise noted.

Nos. 50-46

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2018 NBA Draft Big Board: Top 50 Players 1 Month into CBB Season

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50. Allonzo Trier (Arizona, SG, Junior)

Trier continues to score at a high rate (22.3 points per game), but he's averaging more turnovers (3.3) than assists (3.0), and Arizona has underachieved. As good as he is at putting the ball in the bucket, NBA teams may question his fit in their offense.

         

49. Shake Milton (SMU, PG/SG, Junior)

Milton lacks blow-by jets and explosiveness around the rim, casting a cloud over his NBA potential. But he's on track to make over 80 threes again, and at 6'6" with some playmaking vision, he'll hold a spot in the second-round mix.

            

48. Alize Johnson (Missouri State, PF, Senior)

Johnson hasn't shot well early on, and he looks similar to last year, both physically and fundamentally. He's still an interesting second-round option for his versatility, which highlights ball-handling ability, three-point range and strong rebounding instincts.

           

47. Austin Wiley (Auburn, C, Sophomore)

Still out waiting to be cleared following the FBI's summer investigation, Wiley will remain on scouts' watch list. He earned a spot there by having a big U19 World Championships over the summer, when he averaged 10.3 points and 10.9 rebounds playing the energizer role for USA.

            

46. Devonte' Graham (Kansas, PG, Senior)

Graham can be a frustrating decision-maker, and he isn't a standout athlete. He's still a second-round guard for his consistent shooting (40.0 percent 3PT) and improved playmaking (7.7 assists).

Nos. 45-41

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2018 NBA Draft Big Board: Top 50 Players 1 Month into CBB Season

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45. Gary Trent Jr. (Duke, SG, Freshman)

Limited athleticism and weak playmaking ability are concerns with Trent, who's shooting 37.9 percent from the floor. Shot-making and scoring instincts could give him a chance, though. At 6'6", Trent has NBA size and a knack for putting the ball in the hole.

         

44. Chandler Hutchison (Boise State, SF, Senior)

An athletic 6'7" scorer, Hutchison also averages 4.3 assists and 8.6 rebounds, but he's still struggling to shoot threes (8-of-23). That's a potential swing skill he'll likely need. It will be worth seeing if Hutchison can be 2018's version of Kyle Kuzma—just not until the second round.

           

43. Goga Bitadze (Rep. of Georgia, C, 1999)

A strong, mobile 6'11" center, Bitadze has made himself easy to spot in the Adriatic League, averaging 11.6 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.9 blocks in just 24.3 minutes. Whether he's athletic enough to score, rebound and defend NBA 5s is the question, but with his size, skill level and production, he's worth stashing using a second-round pick.

           

42. Chimezie Metu (USC, C, Junior)

The switch just flickers too much with Metu, an obvious talent whose inconsistent impact has been a turnoff. He's still worth tracking for his offensive skill level at the 5—Metu shows impressive footwork and shot-making ability around the key. But until he emerges as a reliable No. 1 player for USC, it's tough to trust Metu as a first-round pick.

           

41. Brian Bowen (Louisville, SF, 1998)

Bowen is done at Louisville and could either transfer or test the NBA waters. It wouldn't be shocking if he chose to bypass the college system entirely. Bowen should have created enough intrigue out of high school to be drafted for his 6'8" size and perimeter scoring.

Nos. 40-36

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