What NCAA College Basketball Prospects are 2018 NBA Draft Sleepers on the Rise??

For those of you who care about players outside of the top 10, this post is for you. For anyone else, well, you won’t read this anyway.

Juwan Morgan

This Indiana junior has finally started to deliver on his athleticism in a year when Indiana desperately needed the help. Indiana plays a lot of guys, which means his numbers are a little deflated. Here are his per 40 numbers: 23 ppg, 11 rpg, 1 apg, 1 spg, 2 bpg. For reference, Bagley’s per 40 numbers are 27 ppg, 14 rpg, 1 apg, 1 spg, 1 bpg. Morgan is shooting 59% from the field and 71% from FT and Bagley is shooting 61% and 61% from FT.

I’m not arguing Morgan is a better player than Bagley, or even a comparable one. They will play different positions in the NBA — Morgan will play forward and Bagley should play center. Morgan will never be as good as Bagley.

I do think people should keep an eye on Morgan, though. His 3 point shooting is down this year, but he has a good FT stroke and his career numbers are decent. Morgan is a 6’8” high level athlete that is a really good finisher. His free throw rate (.63) is the highest of any legit NBA prospect I’ve seen since Jimmy Butler. He draws a lot of fouls, which is an important ability that can help a young player transition to the NBA.

He could be an ideal versatile forward in the modern NBA, with a little ball-handling potential.

NBA Potential Comparison: James Johnson, Larry Nance Jr.

Grayson Allen

Allen is the exact type of player that will find greater success in the NBA than college due to the floor spacing. His size and vertical athleticism are pretty good, but his side-to-side athleticism is absolutely elite (eurosteps, defensive slides, etc.).

If he falls to a team like the Spurs, I expect him to have a long and productive career as an NBA starter.

NBA Potential Comparison: Evan Fournier, CJ McCullom

Isaac Bonga

By the end of the year, I don’t think Bonga will be under-the-radar anymore. He is a 6’9” guard with great length and good athleticism. He can defend multiple positions, run the pick-and-roll, and play good all-around basketball. If he can develop his jumpshot, Bonga could be the next 2nd round Europlayer that becomes an NBA starter.

NBA Potential Comparison: Caris Lavert, Jerian Grant

Ethan Happ

The big for Wisconsin is no flash, all substance. His high assist and steal rate would indicate that he will transition well to the NBA as a good role player. He sets great screens, makes good offensive reads, and plays good positional defense.

NBA Potential Comparison: Nick Collison, Darrell Arthur

Anfernee McLemore

Just keep an eye on him. I don’t think he will be in the 2018 draft, but if he continues to develop throughout the year, he is definitely a sleeper for 2019. He is averaging 7 blocks per 40 minutes as a wing. Great athlete.

NBA Potential Comparison: ???