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.
NBA Draft Stock Up on Brown, Stone, Trimble, Hield
Jaylen Brown, Diamond Stone, Melo Trimble and Buddy Hield all saw their draft stock rise in the latest DraftExpress.com Mock Draft for 2016.
The 6-foot-7 Brown, a freshman small forward at Cal, is now at No. 5, trailing LSU’s Ben Simmons, Duke’s Brandon Ingram, Maccabi Tel Aviv’s Dragan Bender and Providence’s Kris Dunn.
Kentucky’s Skal Labissiere is now at No. 6, followed by Marquette’s Henry Ellenson, Utah’s Jacob Poeltl, Kentucky’s Jamal Murray and Maryland’s Stone, a 6-10 freshman who was previously No. 11.
Cal freshman big man Ivan Rabb is now at No. 11.
Eight of those top 11 players would be one-and-dones, with Dunn and Poeltl the only upperclassmen and Bender a foreign player.
Trimble, a 6-3 sophomore point guard from Maryland, is up to No. 16 from 23, while the 6-4 Hield, a favorite to win National Player of the Year honors, is up to No. 17 from 22.
Kansas freshman forward Cheick Diallo, now out of the rotation for coach Bill Self, fell to No. 21 from 11.
Among Kentucky players, in addition to Labissiere and Murray, freshman guard Isaiah Briscoe is at 31, sophomore guard Tyler Ulis is 47, junior forward Marcus Lee is 56 and senior forward Alex Poythress remains off the board.
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 Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, 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.