247 Sports’ 247 recruiting newsletter continues its coverage of the 2019 NBA Draft, and today, the recruiting services are breaking down how the 2019 class is shaping up.
The recruiting services have provided a complete overview of the class and its prospects, which is expected to include three first-rounders (1st, 2nd, and 3rd rounders), as well as two second-round picks.
The recruiting services offer a total of 24 recruiting services for the 2019 Draft, with 247 providing the most comprehensive overview with an overall score of 101.3.
The 2019 class will be comprised of nine players: 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, and 17.
Seven of the nine players will be selected in the first round, which includes 7-foot-5 power forward Markelle Fultz and 7-9 wing Jabari Parker, and the other four players will all be selected as a mid-round pick.
The only remaining player who will not be drafted is 6-9 center Ben Simmons, who will instead be a first-year NBA player.
Simmons will be the first player drafted by the Sixers in 2020, which could be a boon to the Sixers as he is expected, along with the other players, to contribute as much as possible to the team.
Simmons will be a major part of the Sixers offense as he will likely be the team’s third center in 2019.
While the Sixers currently have no first- or second-year players, Simmons could have an opportunity to earn his way into their plans if he is able to contribute in the upcoming year.
He could also be a valuable asset to the Philadelphia 76ers in the future, as they will likely have a need at center, but Simmons could provide a spark in that regard as well.
The top four players in this class are projected to be:10, 10, 10First-round prospect (5-10)12, 13.9Second-round draft pick (1-15)17, 21.7Third-round selection (16-24)26, 33.1Four-year college player (10-15 years)33.1Sixers first-rounder (2nd round)41, 48.4Second-year player (4-6 years)56.1The only remaining players to be selected from the 2019 draft are 6-10 wing Nerlens Noel and 6-11 guard Isaiah Hicks.
Noel and Hicks are projected as high-upside players who could help the Sixers if they are able to stay healthy for the rest of the season, as both of them have a lot of potential to be able to impact the team in the near future.
The Sixers also have a few other young players who will have an impact on their team.
The Sixers have one of the best rosters in the NBA, and they are set to compete for the top seed in the Eastern Conference with a loaded roster that includes two-time MVP Joel Embiid and the top pick in the 2018 draft.
Simmons, Noel, and Hicks will have to compete against one another for the final two spots on the roster, and Simmons may have a bigger impact than the others as he could help his team as a sophomore and possibly as a freshman.SEMMIES: 2018 NBA draft picks and prospects, 2019 recruiting, 2020 basketball recruiting article 7-8 guard Jabari Moultrie, F, Maryland7-5 guard Jabril Tatum, F/C, North Carolina 7-6 guard Jamal Murray, F / SG, Texas 7-5 forward Markell Martin, G, Clemson7-6 forward Jordon Ball, G/F, Oklahoma StateThe 6-foot, 7-1, 190-pound Ball is a very solid prospect who has shown that he can be a starter, and he has the potential to become a very productive player in the league.
He averaged 16.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game in his junior season at Clemson.
Ball had a great game against Clemson in the NCAA Tournament last season, scoring 19 points on 6-for-8 shooting and grabbing 12 rebounds.
He has the size and length to play both guard positions, and should be a great addition to the roster in the 2020 NBA Draft.7-9 guard Markel Lehigh, C, Michigan7-3 guard Marcus Paige, F-C, Kentucky7-4 guard Trey Lyles, F/, Syracuse7-8 forward Jordan Johnson, F6-6 center Ben McLemore, G6-5 center Travin Dural, G7-2 guard Ben McLellan, G8-3 forward Ben McLaughlin, G11-4 forward Zach Collins, F12-3 center Marcus Paige Jr., F13-3 point guard Beno Udrih, F14-4 point guard Darrion Simmons, G15-5 point guard Caleb Swanigan,