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Duke, Kentucky, Uncommitted players highlight 2021 Mock NBA Draft
By ADAM ZAGORIA
The latest 2021 Mock NBA Draft from ESPN.com is highlighted (no surprise) Duke, Kentucky and uncommitted players.
Of the 60 players on the mock, four either attend or will attend Duke, two are headed to Kentucky and seven are uncommitted.
Kentucky and Duke — with six commits each — have the No. 1 and 2 recruiting classes in 2020, per 247Sports.com.
Oklahoma-state bound point guard Cade Cunningham of No. 1-ranked Montverde (FL) Academy is the projected No. 1 pick, followed by uncommitted Prolific Prep (CA) guard Jalen Green at No. 2, USC-bound big man Evan Mobley at No. 3, uncommitted Patrick School (N.J.) forward Jonathan Kuminga at No. 4 (to the Knicks) and uncommitted Sierra Canyon (CA) small forward Ziaire Williams at No. 5.
The 6-foot-4 Green is considering Auburn, Fresno State, Memphis, Oregon and USC and said last weekend he is waiting until sometime in March.
The 6-8 Kuminga is being heavily courted by both Duke and Kentucky, with Auburn, Nebraska and others also involved for a player who is working to have the option to reclass to 2020.
The 6-7 Williams is focusing on Arizona, North Carolina, Oregon, USC and UCLA and said he’s waiting to “rock” with one school.
Here’s the breakdown for Duke, Kentucky and uncommitted guys:
No. 6 – Jalen Johnson (2020 commit)
No. 21 – DJ Steward (2020 commit)
No. 30 – Matthew Hurt (freshman)
No. 31 – Wendell Moore (freshman)
No. 8 – B.J. Boston (2020 commit)
No. 9 – Terrence Clarke (2020 commit)
No. 2 – Jalen Green (Prolific Prep/CA)
No. 4 – Jonathan Kuminga (Patrick School/NJ)
No. 5 – Ziaire Wiliams (Sierra Canyon/CA)
No. 12 – Greg Brown (Vandegrift/TX)
No. 27 – Josh Christopher (Mayfair/CA)
No. 40 – Karim Mane (Vanier College/Canada)
No. 49 – Makur Maker (Hillcrest Prep/AZ)
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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.
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