Follman: Revisiting the Top 10 Pac-12 Prospects for the 2020 NBA Draft

Conference players most likely to be taken high in the delayed Draft

Posted on September 15, 2020

Jack Follman
  By Jack Follman, SportsPac12

The world is upside down. For a long time we didn’t even know when the NBA Draft was going to happen. It had been postponed until October, but is now “locked” at November 18, according to the League, so let’s revisit the top Pac-12 players are who likely to be taken in this year’s (delayed) Draft.

1. Onyeka Okongwu, Power Forward, USC

USC’s Onyeka Okongwu flies for a dunk against Temple last season. | usctrojans.com

Okongwu has emerged as the top Pac-12 prospect in the Draft and seems like the only lottery lock right now. His defensive skills are what’s keeping him at the top of Draft boards as one of the best shot blockers available. He has the mobility to thrive in the fast-paced modern NBA game when compared to more bigger, traditional big men.



2. Josh Green, Shooting Guard, Arizona

Arizona’s Josh Green shows off his athleticism on defense. | arizonawildcats.com

A borderline lottery pick, Green also will go quickly because of his defensive skills. At 6-foot-6 and athletic, he’s the kind of player who will find value on a team as a lockdown perimeter guy who hopefully can develop more of an offensive game in a few years.

3. Tyrell Terry, Point Guard, Stanford

Stanford’s talented Tyrell Terry is loaded with potential. | gostanford.com

Terry is a flat-out offensive terror and sharpshooter who reminds a bit of Steph Curry. He’s still pretty raw, but still seems like a First-Round lock because he’s one of the best shooters in this year’s class. And he can handle the ball enough to play point guard at the next level.

4. Jaden McDaniels, Small Forward, Washington

Jaden McDaniels lacks polish, but has almost unlimited potential. | gohuskies.com

Probably has the highest ceiling of any Pac-12 player—and of just about any player—in the Draft. He’s 6-10, less than 200 pounds, and ultra raw, having just not put his game together much at all. He could be a steal if he puts it together even just a little bit more as a very, very tough player to defend.



5. Tyler Bey, Small Forward, Colorado

Bey’s defensive skills should make him attractive to several teams. | cubuffs.com

Long athletes who can defend with complete games and a little experience under their belt like Bey are gold at the end of the First Round. He reminds a lot of other Buff alum Andre Roberson, and could easily have a career like Roberson.

6. Nico Mannion, Point Guard, Arizona

With the right team, Mannion should only get better. | arizonawildcats.com

Good size and a developed offensive game keep Mannion as a guy who should go in the First Round. He seems like he has a pretty low floor while still having plenty of room to grow, especially if he goes to a good team that needs a point guard to come off the bench.

7. Zeke Nnaji, Power Forward, Arizona

Players with Nnaji’s size and versatility are always in demand. | arizonawildcats.com

Nnaji showed a lot as a freshman and has great size, probably enough to get him into the bottom of the First Round. He’s the kind of player who could easily be a role player with a 10-plus-year career.



8. Isaiah Stewart, Power Forward, Washington

Stewart’s hustle and toughness will serve him well in the NBA. | gohuskies.com

At a 6-10 and 250 pounds, Stewart is a throwback—the kind of guy who was probably a lottery pick lock as a strong power forward until just a few years ago. These days, he could fall into the Second Round due to the changes in the game. But his hustle and ability to rebound and score should propel him to a career in the League no matter where he goes.

9. CJ Elleby, Small Forward, Washington State

WSU’s Elleby may be one of the most underrated players in the Draft. | wsucougars.com

A pure scorer with a complete game, he’s been kind of underrated playing out in Pullman. He’s the kind of player you could see maybe winning a Sixth Man of the Year Award. He should be a second round steal.

10. Payton Pritchard, Point Guard, Oregon

Often underestimated, look fo rPritchard to outperform expectations. | goducks.com

Is there a better player in the Draft? I don’t know. Pritchard’s game might not translate to the NBA but someone will assuredly give him a chance, and don’t bet against him making it happen.






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