Now that the NFL Draft has come and gone, sports fans can now shift their focus to the NBA Draft. With the playoffs in full swing, and the draft lottery just two weeks away, NBA fans are ready for the next wave of young stars.
This past college season was full of excitement and now it’s time for some of these young men to make an impact at the next level. Here’s a look at the top point guards who have declared for the NBA Draft.
1.) Trae Young – Oklahoma, Freshman
Trae Young enters the NBA draft after a freshman campaign where he took the country by storm. This past season, he averaged 27.4 ppg along with 8.8 assists per game.
Young’s shooting confidence is what will make him a lottery pick. His range is unquestioned. Although he will need to work in the weight room during the offseason.
We saw him start to wear down during the last third of the season, and the 82-game NBA season is even more taxing.
2.) Collin Sexton – Alabama, Freshman
Collin Sexton is another big time point guard who had an excellent freshman season. Named SEC Freshman of the Year, Sexton averaged 19.2 ppg this past season, and displayed an unbelievable motor.
He loves to get to the rim, which allowed him to reach the foul line at an incredibly high rate this season. But, as great of a scorer as he is, Sexton needs to work on his shot selection.
As he showed this past season, he’ll shoot the ball at will no matter where he is on the court.
3.) Aaron Holiday – UCLA, Junior
Our first non-freshman on this list, Aaron Holiday was a do-it-all player on the offensive end this year for UCLA. He led the PAC-12 in scoring, averaging 20.3 ppg.
Holiday has the ability to shoot the ball from deep, shooting 42.9% from beyond the arc for the Bruins. He also flashed elite quickness which can help make the jump to the NBA.
One knock against him, though, is that he’s only 6’1”. But if he can shoot the ball like he did in college, his height won’t matter at all.
4.) Jalen Brunson – Villanova, Junior
Jalen Brunson, the National Player of the Year, led Villanova to a National Championship this past season, averaging 18.9 ppg and shooting over 50% from the field.
Although he projects has a late round pick, he is a floor general that can immediately make any NBA team better. Despite how great of basketball player Brunson is, physically he is just an average point guard at the NBA level with no standout tangible attributes.
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