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45. Jalen Pickett (Siena, PG, Freshman)
One of two players in the country averaging at least five assists, two steals and two threes per game this season, Pickett has become difficult to ignore in the MAAC, particularly after his recent 46-point, 13-assist effort against Quinnipiac. He plays straight up and down in terms of posture, lacking blow-by speed and explosion. But for a 6’4″ freshman, he’s been effective enough as a passer and shooter to attract scouts to Siena. Pickett could be a trendy breakout pick over the summer when looking toward the 2020 draft.
44. Deividas Sirvydis (Lithuania, SF, 2000)
Sirvydis isn’t receiving enough minutes to build a first-round case for 2019. But after a solid performance at the FIBA U18 European Championship over the summer, he’s hit the radar this year with flashes of shooting, driving and passing for a 6’8″ wing.
43. Charles Matthews (Michigan, SF, Senior)
Matthews has plateaued offensively, but for a second-round option, his defense and slashing could carry him to an NBA supporting role. Between his mid-range game and open-shooting capability, he may offer just enough as a scorer.
42. Eric Paschall (Villanova, SF/PF, Senior)
Strong, explosive and standing 6’8″ and 255 pounds, Paschall has developed into a draft prospect by improving this season as a scorer (17.3 points) and shooter (2.1 made threes). He’s been an effective spot-up player (1.03 PPP), isolation option (.912 PPP) and roll man (1.231 PPP). The question is whether he’s credible enough in any one area for a 22-year-old senior.
41. Ayo Dosunmo (Illinois, SG, Freshman)
Dosunmu has generated attention by checking boxes for a 6’5″ combo guard. He’s up to 14.3 points, 3.2 assists, 1.5 threes and 1.3 steals per game, giving scouts glimpses of slashing, playmaking, shooting and defense. Dosunmu needs to add strength and polish, which could require another season at Illinois. But it’s also possible teams see long-term potential and show a willingness to reach early and control his development.
40. Naz Reid (LSU, PF, Freshman)
Reid’s decision-making, effort and defense can be frustrating. But for a 6’10”, 250-pound big, his scoring skill and shooting range (24-of-66 on threes) are worth targeting in the second round.
39. Nicolas Claxton (Georgia, C, Sophomore)
Claxton will need another year to sharpen his offense and max out his draft stock. But he’s emerged as a long-term prospect worth tracking for his 6’11” size and athleticism, defensive versatility (2.4 blocks, 1.1 steals) and budding inside-out scoring (14 made threes).
38. Shamorie Ponds (St. John’s, PG, Junior)
Ponds busted out of a scoring slump with 27 points on Saturday against Seton Hall. His shooting and playmaking have fallen off, but at this stage, the streaky play is to be expected. He’ll presumably settle in as a second-round option with scoring-spark potential for a team’s bench.
37. Jordan Poole (Michigan, SG, Sophomore)
Poole’s offense is streaky, and his defense is poor. At 6’5″, flashes of perimeter shot creation and shot-making hint at NBA potential. They just don’t happen frequently enough to offset concerns tied to his decision-making, limited playmaking and defensive struggles.
36. Charles Bassey (Western Kentucky, C, Freshman)
Choosing Western Kentucky may come back to haunt Bassey from a draft-stock perspective. A cloud sits over his 14.9 points and 9.9 rebounds per game, since few conference opponents have bigs with his 6’11”, 245-pound size. A whopping 45.0 percent of his offense comes from the post, and 15.3 percent is off offensive rebounds. He’s a force around the basket, but questions about his scoring skill, passing (20 assists in 28 games) and defensive switchability raise concerns over his NBA fit and upside.
35. Dylan Windler (Belmont, SF, Senior)
Windler has averaged 25.8 points per game since January 26 and now looks the part of an early second-rounder due to his 6’8″ size, shot-making and ultra efficiency (66.7 true shooting percentage). He does most of his work in the half court by spotting up (95th percentile) and cutting (97th percentile), strengths that could carry over if given the right role.
34. Jalen McDaniels (San Diego State, PF/C, Sophomore)
McDaniels has been streaky, and it’s still unclear what bankable skills he can take with him to the pros. His defensive versatility remains appealing, however, and he has made progress with his shooting touch, having hit 20 threes and 41.9 percent of his mid-range jumpers this season.
33. Cameron Johnson (North Carolina, SF, Senior)
Johnson would be generating more draft buzz if he wasn’t turning 23 years old in March. He was a standout in North Carolina’s win over Duke, scoring 26 points on just two-pointers and free throws—a promising sign for a wing who’s leaned on shooting (46.8 3PT%). Johnson isn’t a flashy athlete or creator, but as one of the nation’s elite spot-up (98th percentile) and off-screen (95th percentile) shot-makers, there are NBA roles for a player with his skill set.
32. Ignas Brazdeikis (Michigan, SF, Freshman)
Brazdeikis hasn’t fallen back into a supporting role after starting the season looking like he might emerge as a go-to scorer. But his 25 assists through 28 games remains a turnoff. The 6’7″, 215-pound small forward is still shooting 37.9 percent from three, slashing through defenses and averaging 14.4 points per game. He’s a good bet to return for a sophomore season and take on an even greater workload.