Despite going down to two knee injuries in 2018-19, former Missouri forward Jontay Porter still has an outside shot of hearing his name called in the 2019 NBA Draft. Prior to his injury, Porter -the younger brother of Denver Nuggets 2018 first-round pick Michael Porter, Jr.- was considered a potential first-round pick in this year’s draft. Blessed with a seven-foot wingspan, the former Tiger displays range and above average footwork on the floor. As a freshman, he shot 36-percent from three-point range and 75-percent from the free throw line. We spotlight his matchup with Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley during the 2017 Nike EBYL Peach Jam while a member of the Mokan Elite AAU squad.
Lecque -a five-star recruit in the 2019 high school class- took a circuitous route to this year’s NBA Draft. Despite being able to have played in college this past season, he played an extra year at Brewster Academy (N.H.) in 2018-19. After committing to play for NC State in 2019-20, he entered the 2019 NBA Draft. His sterling athleticism was on display at the 2019 NBA Combine, when he posted an eye-opening 43 1/2-inch maximum vertical jump. Lecque decided to stay in this year’s draft as the rare fifth-year high school senior. We got an up close look at the Manhattan native and his New York Rensaissance AAU squad during the 2018 Nike EBYL Peach Jam.
Brazdeikis -the 2019 Big Ten Freshman of the Year- proved his worth during his first season in Ann Arbor. The 2019 AP Newcomer of the Year averaged 14.8 PPG and 5.4 RPG while shooting 46.2-percent from the field. He also shot 39.2-percent from beyond the arc and 77-percent from the foul line. Brazdeikis hopes to hear his name called at some point during the 2019 NBA Draft.
Despite missing the majority of his freshman campaign due to injury, Vanderbilt’s Darius Garland has a solid chance of hearing his name called in the 2019 NBA Draft’s Top 10 picks later this month. The former Brentwood Academy (TN.) and McDonald’s All-American provides deft ballhandling skills at the point guard spot. Prior to his time at Vandy, he earned his stripes playing against the likes of players such as Phoenix Suns center DeAndre Ayton and 2019 UNC signee Cole Anthony in the AAU circuit. In his five games as a Commodore, Garland averaged 16.2 PPG, 3.8 RPG and 2.6 APG. His father, Winston, spent seven seasons in the NBA after starring at Missouri State.
DraftNasty went inside the game of former Oklahoma point guard Trae Young during the 2016 Nike Peach Jam. Along with fellow 2018 NBA Draft prospect Michael Porter, Jr., Young helped lead Mokan Elite to the championship. For his efforts, he earned Co-MVP honors with Porter, Jr. During this past season at Oklahoma, he earned consensus All-American honors after leading the nation in points per game (27.4) and assists per game (8.7). Along the way, he shot 42.3-percent from the field, 36.1-percent from three-point range and 86.1-percent from the free throw line.
Arizona’s Deandre Ayton became the Wildcats first consensus All-American in nearly two decades. The 7’1, 260-pound center averaged 20.1 points, 11.6 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots per game. Blessed with a soft shooting touch, long arms and excellent footwork, he is widely regarded as the potential No. 1 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. We went inside the 2017 McDonald’s All-American’s game during the summer of 2016 while competing for California Supreme Elite’s AAU squad at the Nike EBYL Peach Jam.
Duke PF Marvin Bagley III averaged 21 points and 11.1 rebounds per game in 2017-18 to earn consensus first-team All-American honors. DraftNasty went inside his game the last two summers during the Nike EBYL Peach Jam while he starred for the Nike Phoenix Phamily AAU squad. During the 2017 Peach Jam, Bagley III averaged 24.6 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists 2.6 blocks and 1.6 steals per game. His versatile game gives future NBA suitors plenty of options.
Wendell Carter, Jr. averaged 13.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game for the Duke Blue Devils in his freshman campaign. The 6’10, 251-pound power forward has a good chance to hear his named called in the 2018 NBA Draft lottery later this month. We go inside his game in our video spotlight.
Before Knox averaged 15.1 points and 5.4 rebounds for the Kentucky Wildcats in 2017-18, he was tearing up the Nike EBYL circuit for his E1 T1 United AAU squad. The former Wildcat star has nearly a 7-foot wingspan and 9-foot standing reach while standing 6-foot-8. He is a certain first-round pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.
Former Texas center Mohamed Bamba brings an underrated game and 7-foot-10-inch wingspan (the longest ever recorded ) to the NBA. The former Westtown School (Pa.) product stood out for the PSA Cardinals in his matchup with current Kentucky center Nick Richards during the 2016 Nike EBYL Peach Jam. The performance was only a sign of things to come. As a freshman for the Longhorns, Bamba averaged 12.5 points, 10.9 rebounds and finished second in the nation in blocked shots per game (3.7). Along the way, he shot 54.1-percent from the field. We went inside the game of the 2017-18 1st team All-Big 12 defender during our visit to check him in July 2016.