The 2019 NBA Draft is still months away, but that hasn't stopped analysts from taking a farther look ahead at the 2020 NBA Draft. Many of those players are still in high school, yet could still be only a year away from being star players for NBA teams.
On Monday, ESPN unveiled its top five prospects in a 2020 NBA Draft mock up. The draft order reflected the order from this past year's NBA season.
The New York Knicks, who finished with an NBA-worst 17-65 record this year, are projected to pick center James Wiseman. The five-star center is the No. 1 overall prospect in the country and is committed to Memphis.
The Cleveland Cavaliers, with the No. 2 overall pick, are projected to take Georgia shooting guard Anthony Edwards.
Cole Anthony, who has yet to commit to a school, is projected to go No. 3 overall to the Phoenix Suns.
Round out the top five are a pair of foreign players: Point guard Theo Maledon of ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne, and guard/forward Deni Avdija of Maccabi Tel-Aviv.
ESPN has Maledon going to the Chicago Bulls and Avdija going to the Atlanta Hawks.
Without having seen so much as a college practice from the top one-and-done prospects in the country, it's going to be hard to gauge their NBA readiness. But there have been more than enough success stories to suggest that maybe the mock draft isn't too far off.