Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Maryland’s Stone Moves Up in Latest Mock Draft, Kentucky’s Briscoe Falls
Maryland freshman big man Diamond Stone made a big jump up while Kentucky freshman guard Isaiah Briscoe fell back in the latest DraftExpress.com Mock Draft for 2016.
The 6-foot-10 Stone — who recently went off for 39 points and 12 rebounds against Penn State — moved to No. 11 from No. 18.
The 6-3 Briscoe dropped to the second round at No. 31 from No. 24. Kansas freshman forward Cheick Diallo also fell slightly to No. 15 from No. 11.
LSU’s Ben Simmons remains at No. 1, followed by Duke’s Brandon Ingram, Maccabi Tel Aviv’s Dragan Bender, Providence’s Kris Dunn and Kentucky’s Skal Labissiere.
Picks 6-10 now feature Cal’s Jaylen Brown, Marquette’s Henry Ellenson, Utah’s Jacob Poeltl, Kentucky’s Jamal Murray and Cal’s Ivan Rabb.
Seven of those players would be one-and-dones, with Dunn and Poeltl the only upperclassmen and Bender a foreign player.
Mississippi State freshman guard Malik Newman remained at No. 33.
Among Kentucky players, sophomore guard Tyler Ulis is now at No. 47, junior forward Marcus Lee is 56 and senior forward Alex Poythress remains off the board.
Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.com also made some slight changes in the site’s 2017 Mock, including inserting 7-foot Omar Yurtseven, a native of Uzbekistan, into the No. 9 spot; putting 6-8 Purdue freshman Caleb Swanigan into the No. 22 position; and adding 6-11 Georgetown freshman Jessie Govan onto the board at No. 28. Govan is a New York native who led Wings Academy to the New York State Federation title last season.
The Top 10 in 2017 goes in this order:
1. Jayson Tatum (Duke)
2. Harry Giles (Duke)
3. Josh Jackson (TBD)
4. De’Aaron Fox (Kentucky)
5. Dennis Smith (N.C. State)
6. Markelle Fultz (Washington)
7. Isaiah Hartenstein (International)
8. Bam Adebayo (Kentucky)
9. Omer Yurtseven (International)
10. Malik Monk (Kentucky)
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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.