Believe it or not, we’re just three days away from the 2019 NBA Draft. Let’s take a look at where Duke’s four draft-eligible players are projected to be taken.
Heading into the night, Duke has three freshmen who are believed to be considered top 10 picks – Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett and Cam Reddish. They also have upperclassman Marques Bolden, who is a fringe pick.
Let’s go ahead and project the fates of all four on draft night.
Zion Williamson: While there’s always the chance the New Orleans Pelicans pull a fast one on us and take former Murray State star Ja Morant because they value guards more than forwards, Williamson is likely going No. 1 overall. It would be an absolute shock if he didn’t wind up in New Orleans on Thursday night.
R.J. Barrett: Barrett is considered to be the third-best player in the draft, so it makes sense that he’ll wind up going No. 3 overall. At the moment, the New York Knicks have that pick. It’s a safe bet that Barrett is tasked with resurrecting the Knicks.
Cam Reddish: Reddish’s stock dropped a bit after a less-than-stellar freshman season at Duke, but he’s still considered one of the top players in this year’s draft. Reddish likely either goes to the Phoenix Suns at No. 6 or the Washington Wizards at No. 9. We think he heads to Washington to team up with John Wall and Bradley Beal.
Marques Bolden: Bolden, in all likelihood, won’t be a player that a team is willing to spend a draft pick on – especially not with the influx of foreign talent the past few years. He probably goes undrafted. If he wants to make it in the NBA, he’ll likely have to play in the summer league and get picked up by a franchise for the G-League.
This year’s NBA Draft will take place on Thursday night.