The National Guard is an interesting option for the National Basketball Association, and the Bruins have been linked to the program since before the current NBA season.
But while some scouts have been willing to make some educated guesses as to how the program could fare in the modern NBA, others have been more skeptical.
Here’s a look at five players that may be worthy of the No. 7 pick in this year’s draft.
6-foot-9, 205-pound guard Anthony Gill (Louisville, La./Spartanburg, S.C.)
“He’s going to be the best player in the draft, period,” one scout told Bleacher Report.
“He just has such a long way to go to get to that level, but he’s one of those guys that if he gets his shot he’s going be an All-Star.”
Gill’s offensive game is reminiscent of former Kentucky teammate Jahlil Okafor, who is projected as the No, 5 pick.
Gill averaged 10.7 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game as a sophomore at LSU, leading the SEC in scoring.
Gill also led the nation in steals, assists and blocked shots per game, as well as total rebounds per game and blocked field goals per game.
His strong frame (6-foot 1, 235 pounds) and high basketball IQ (he’s a double-double machine) makes Gill a good fit for the modern guard.
6, 5-foot, 170-pound forward Myles Turner (Wyoming/Missouri Valley/St. Thomas Aquinas/Mountain View/Vanderbilt) The consensus No. 2 pick in the 2014 NBA draft, Turner is an athletic guard who can score from the perimeter and defend multiple positions.
He was a key member of the 2014 NCAA Tournament championship team, averaging 20.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists per outing.
He is a perfect fit for a modern offense that likes to create for its point guards, but also has a lot of size to make up for his deficiencies.
“I think he’s really going to have a chance to be a very good player in this league,” one NBA scout told Yahoo!
“But that is really his best attribute.”
Turner’s size and length give him an edge over a lot more traditional point guards like Ben Simmons and Lonzo Ball, who will have to make plays on the perimeter to be effective.
He could be the second or third option to point guard Russell Westbrook, and he can do it all.” “
His size and strength makes him a big man with the potential to be an elite defender.
He could be the second or third option to point guard Russell Westbrook, and he can do it all.”
Jones has been considered the best offensive player in college basketball for the past few seasons, but his offensive game has been overshadowed by the other big men in the conference.
Jones is an ideal fit for an NBA team that wants to have multiple players who can defend multiple roles, but needs to have enough size to be able to guard the guards.
“They can’t all be in one big position,” one GM said.
Jones was a part of the NCAA Tournament team that defeated No. 1 Duke in the Elite Eight, but is not the best power forward in the country, and his lack of athleticism has hurt his chances of reaching the NBA.
6′-6, 230-pound power forward D’Angelo Russell (Michigan/South Dakota State/Mississippi State) Russell’s offensive skills were a major factor in Michigan State’s upset of No. 12-ranked Mississippi State in the NCAA Sweet 16.
He’s the No 6 pick, but some teams have been able to make a run at him in the past, including Kansas, who was able to take him No. 10 overall in the 2013 NBA Draft.
Russell is an excellent athlete with great instincts and passing ability, and is a fantastic fit for teams that want to use multiple bigs to create shots.
6′, 175-pound wing Jalen Harris (Kansas/Kentucky/Miss.
State) Harris is a versatile wing who can play both forward and center.
He averaged 9.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists per contest for Kansas last season, and can be an effective scorer in any scheme.
Harris’ height and athleticism make him an ideal player to play the 4 or 5 spot, where he can play power forward or center.
6” 6’6” power forward Trey Burke (Duke/Kansas/Miss./Oklahoma) Burke is an offensive star who has the size and quickness to be one of the best wing prospects in the game.
He had a strong freshman season for Duke, averaging 12.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.7 assists