Nobody knows when the NBA Draft is going to take place — like everything with the NBA calendar, it is up in the air — but for college players whose season has ended now is the time to declare and throw their hats in the ring.
Two possible draftees did that Saturday.
Arizona center Zeke Nnaji was one.
Sources: Arizona freshman Zeke Nnaji will declare for the 2020 NBA Draft.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) March 28, 2020
The 6’11” Nnaji averaged 16.1 points per game on 57 percent shooting, plus grabbed 8.6 rebounds a game his freshman season at Arizona. In a good sign, he shot 76% from the free throw line, meaning he should be able to space the floor and hit midrangers (and maybe someday threes). He brings a lot of energy to the court, but is considered raw still on both ends of the floor and not an elite defender.
Nnaji is a bubble first-round pick.
The other player coming out is DePaul forward Paul Reed.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 28, 2020
A projected first-rounder is a generous description by Charania, Reed is seen more as a second-round pick (and without a Draft Combine or workouts with teams it will be difficult to move up). He’s a 6’9″ power forward who averaged 15.1 points and 10.7 rebounds a game this season. Reed shot the three well as a sophomore (40 percent) but regressed this past season. He’s athletic but needs to get stronger, and he needs to be able to fit into a role at the NBA level to last.
That said, he will likely get a chance somewhere to prove he belongs.