NBA Draft: Final Early Draft Entrees from NC


Yesterday was April 26th. It was the last day for people to pull their names out of the NBA Draft. Therefore we now know all the underclassmen who have entered and will enter. Tobacco Road will be well represented in that list. So guys were destined to leave, others were more of a surprise. So let’s take a last look at the fellows.

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  • Jerome Hill – Gardner-Webb – Swingman

    Hill is a 6’5” swingman who averaged almost nineteen points a game last year on 48% shooting. He is not a threat from distance, shooting 15% from the three point line. Hill also averaged ten rebounds per game. He played down low much of the year, so moving back to the small forward position could take some doing. Although currently rated ‘not drafted’ on some sites, Hill probably assumed that he might never have another year this good.

    Tyus Jones – Duke – Point Guard

    Jones was the one guy of the freshman trio that Coach Mike Krzyzewski thought might come back. They were confident enough that they to scramble to bring in a point guard when he left. Jones had to go though. The guy is a top 20 talent in this draft class and he won the National Championship. The getting was too good.

    Trevor Lacey – NC State – Guard

    Lacey was a surprise because he is not highly ranked on draft boards. He also is turning down a chance to aid a good NC State team do special things next year. Yet, if it is time to move on then it is time to move on. We wish Lacey nothing but the best as he tries to prove that he is worthy of a pick.

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  • Jahlil Okafor – Duke –Center

    Okafor was known to be one and done before the season started. He didn’t hurt himself much as he is considered to be a consensus top 2 pick. Oh and he won the NCAA Championship in basketball. Now it is time to join Hakeem Olajuwon to learn some post moves. I don’t know if Okafor is going to be a client of the Dream’s, but he should definitely consider it.

    JP Tokoto – North Carolina – Swingman

    Like Lacey, Tokoto was a surprise. Tokoto likely did not see many chances to showcase his game in the deep Heels roster. He was never going to be asked to do the things that he isn’t good at in order to improve them. There’s a chance his minute load would go down if the Heels brought in more help on the wing. So Tokoto is making the jump now to prove the doubters wrong. Still feels weird though.

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    Justise Winslow – Duke – Small Forward

    Winslow won’t be playing much four in the NBA, but he should be fine. He is a consensus lottery selection, so he had to go now. Like Jones and Okafor, he really doesn’t have anything left to prove. So his Fresh Prince related name is going on to the League.

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