More NCAA Basketball Prospects Who Are 2018 NBA Draft Sleepers

Khyri Thomas

The Creighton guard has an excellent wingspan and good athleticism. The hope this season was that he would develop more as a passer and play-maker, but he hasn’t. Though his minutes are down, his efficiency and production in those minutes are up. He is shooting better (54%-44%-82%) this year than previous years.

Khyri will primarily earn minutes as a defender at the next level. He has some scoring ability, but his wingspan and quickness allows him the ability to make defensive players. Guys like Justin Holliday have stuck around the NBA a long time — I think Khyri can carve out a niche for himself as a backup guard.

Allonzo Trier

Trier is a third-year guard playing for Arizona. This season, he has looked to score more than in the past, which is something he has a natural feel for.

He is probably 6’6” with a 6’9” wingspan (online records on this are outdated). He is solidly built with average athleticism. However, Trier has great feel for how to use his athleticism to get to the basket. He is great at drawing fouls going to the basket (.60 free throw rate) and is hitting his outside shots at a good clip (43%).

He is a defensive sieve, but he might prove to be a useful offensive player. Trier could be a Dion Waiters-lite.

Nick Weiler-Babb

Weiler-Babb is probably going to be my main sleeper pick for this entire draft. He is the brother of former NBDL and Iowa State player Chris Babb. Nick just turned 22 years old, which is a bit old for an NBA rookie, but his feel for the game could help an NBA team.

Nick has really good (not elite) athleticism and size at the point guard position. He is all of 6’6” with a good wingspan, good quickness, and great explosiveness.

Since the Cyclones moved him to point guard, they have not lost. He is averaging 12-8-8 per game with only 2.5 turnovers. He’s a good shooter, but his control of the game is the most impressive skill that he brings to his team.

If Derrick White was drafted last year, and Spencer Dinwiddie previously, I think Weiler-Babb has a place in the NBA. He could have a similar impact to Caris Lavert, or Evan Turner.

Jack Nunge

The 6’11’ Iowa Hawkeye forward will turn 19 in February. He probably will wait another year to enter the draft, but his size and skills will get scouts looking at him. He is only averaging 20 minutes a game, but in that time he is averaging 8 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, and 1 block on 55%-39%-74% shooting splits.

He is frustratingly inconsistent, but if he can put it together, he is an ideal prospect for the modern NBA. He is a long, switchable athlete who can play inside or outside. He has a good feel for moving the ball and attacking closeouts.

Nunge could have a similar role and impact as Dwight Powell or Chandler Parsons.

Andrew Jones

I’m not sure why Andrew Jones is not getting more attention as an NBA prospect. At 6’4” with a 6’7” wingspan and great athleticism, he fits an ideal mold as NBA guard.

As a freshman he shot 43%-33%-78% from the floor. As a sophomore he is shooting 53%-44%-69%, averaging more points (15) in less minutes.

He wreaks havoc defensively on one end of the court and slices through defenses on the other. Jones is the exact type of player that succeeds more in the NBA than college because of how the NBA court is more spread out with shooters.

Andrew Jones could have a similar role and impact as Alec Burks or Kris Dunn.

I previously wrote the article below detailing other 2018 NBA Draft sleepers. 

https://treytalkssports.com/2017/12/19/what-ncaa-college-basketball-prospects-are-2018-nba-draft-sleepers-on-the-rise/