We are just a few months away from the start of the 2017-2018 NBA season and very soon, all sorts of players are going to break out and cement themselves as future stars. Instead of looking at the future starts currently in the NBA, I’m going to dissect the best college prospects that have the best chance at being a star in the NBA.
Michael Porter Jr. Forward, Missouri, (Freshmen):
Michael Porter is widely considered the number 1 prospect in the nation. Porter originally followed his father who was an assistant coach to the Huskies. After the entire staff was fired the following season, Porter and his father both went to Missouri.
At 6 foot 10, Porter is a dream forward. He is the perfect blend of being a low down banger, an explosive far range shooter who can easily create his own shot when it is needed, and an effective passer. Porter’s versatility is a huge part of his game, and should heavily assist Missouri. Porter has all the tools to be a top scorer in college basketball this upcoming season.
Porter is making a strong case to be the first overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.
DeAndre Ayton, Center, Arizona, (Freshmen):
DeAndre Ayton is what you imagine with a “big guy.” At 7-feet-tall, Ayton is a defensive mastermind with the ability to grab rebounds anytime, along with a strong mid and short-range jump shot. Overall Ayton is a strong raw talent who has potential to strive.
The problem with Ayton isn’t skill related, it’s his attitude and inconsistency. Several scouts have stated that Ayton seems to not put in 100% of his efforts. Even though Ayton has the ability to be great, he doesn’t show it. In order for Ayton to be successful, he has to mature and be more consistent with his efforts, if he does, he has the chance to be a top big man in the league.
Luka Donic, Guard, Real Madrid:
Luka Donic is highly considered the best international prospect of the past few years. At 6’7, Donic has above average protypical size for a shooting guard. Donic is a natural passer to go along with his above average size and physique, he has top-notch ball handling skills and is an elite shooter to top it all off.
Luka Donic has a lot of basketball knowledge and experience for his age (18 years old.) At only 16 years old, he played in one of the top European basketball leagues. Donic has a strong chance to be the first overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.
Trevon Duval, Guard, Duke, (Freshmen):
Trevon Duval, nicknamed “Tricky Trey” is without a doubt the most explosive and entertaining prospect. At 6,3 Duval is average size for a guard, but stands out from others by being a freak athlete who is an excellent ball handler and passer, and has a killer 3 point shot.
Trevon Duval isn’t perfect by any means. Duval still has to work on his release, and fix his jump shot, and along with Ayton, he has some attitude and consistency problems to fix. If Duval can mature and fix his jump shot, him and Grayson Allen should run basketball and help Duval solidify himself as a top draft pick.