Likely top-10 pick Jakob Poeltl entering, staying in, NBA draft

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Jakob Poeltl opted for another season at Utah rather than the chance at going in the 2015 NBA draft lottery.

Now, he looks like a probable top-10 pick.

Utah release:

Utah sophomore forward Jakob Poeltl will enter the 2016 NBA Draft, Poeltl and Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak announced in a press conference on Wednesday. Poeltl plans to sign with an agent, concluding his career at Utah.

After showing his defensive and rebounding chops last year, the mobile 7-footer expanded his offensive game this season. Poeltl became a much more impactful inside scorer, and he even added a passing element to his game. His defense might have taken a small step back, but the overall package looks more intriguing.

Poeltl also got stronger, reducing – but not erasing – a major concern about his game.

This draft thins considerably after Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram. Poeltl belongs in the deep discussion of potential No. 3 picks.