NBA 2024 Lottery Prospects Will Take Numerous Paths To The League

NBA 2024 Lottery Prospects Will Take Numerous Paths To The League
NBA 2024 Lottery Prospects Will Take Numerous Paths To The League

Two of the most promising players eligible for the NBA draft lottery in 2024 are products of the G League Ignite player development program. Matas Buzelis and Ron Holland, both forwards, are currently at the top of an early list of prospective top picks for the following year.

Thursday night, when San Antonio selected Victor Wembanyama with the first pick in the overall draft, college players had been chosen first for the previous 16 years. This run was broken. In addition, there is a significant likelihood that a college athlete will be selected only after the following year.

A preliminary ranking of the most promising lottery candidates for the year 2024 is as follows:

  1. G LEAGUE IGNITE – MATAS BUZELIS

Before committing to Ignite a month ago, the five-star recruit and McDonald’s All-American received interest from several colleges, including Kentucky and Arizona. The 6-foot-9 Buzelis, who spent the last two seasons playing for colleges in New Hampshire and Kansas, possesses an overall offensive style that enables him to shoot the 3-pointer with confidence, score on stepbacks, or attack off the dribble with his length. He played in New Hampshire and Kansas. As he puts on more muscle on his tiny frame of 190 pounds, the possibility of him creating plays could become even more exciting.

  1. G LEAGUE IGNITE – RON HOLLAND

According to the aggregate rankings compiled by 247sports, Holland is the second-best recruit in the country. The forward, who stands 6 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 195 pounds, first signed with Texas as an instate star before making his signing with Ignite official on Tuesday. He is an agile athlete who runs the floor, goes downhill, and offers high-end defensive potential with his length. For an example of his athleticism, you can watch his run-down transition block after he committed his turnover in the McDonald’s All-American Game.

  1. USC – ISAIAH COLLIER

According to the composite rankings of 247sports, Collier is heading to Southern California as the top recruit in the country. He is a solid shooter with exceptional burst in the open court and at the rim, and he is a point guard who stands at 6-3 and weighs 190 pounds. His passing is outstanding, and he has good vision. He was named co-Most Valuable Player of the McDonald’s All-American Game after scoring 25 points.

  1. FRANCE – ZACCHARIE RISACHER

In April, he turned 18 and is a growing wing player with versatility, length, and ball-handling ability. He stands 6 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 200 pounds. After playing for a team controlled by Tony Parker in France’s top professional league (ASVEL), which Parker also owns, he led France to a third-place finish in the FIBA Under-17 World Cup in 2022. Additionally, he participated in this year’s Nike Hoop Summit, which featured elite prospects from the United States and worldwide.

  1. KENTUCKY – JUSTIN EDWARDS

The 6-8 190-pound swingman who signed with Kentucky is now ranked as the nation’s No. 3 overall recruit by 247sports’ composite rankings. Because of his stature and versatility, the left-handed player has the potential to be an excellent rebounder and defender. When Edwards signed with the team, head coach John Calipari stated that he understood “that he can positively impact winning without scoring.”

  1. COLORADO – CODY WILLIAMS

Williams, who stands 6 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds, became the first five-star prospect to sign with Colorado in over twenty years. The younger brother of Jalen Williams, who Oklahoma City selected in the 2022 NBA draft lottery, offers size and length to the wing position.

  1. KENTUCKY – AARON BRADSHAW

The McDonald’s All-American has signed with Kentucky and is 7 feet tall with a weight of 210 pounds. He has the potential to become a strong and mobile rim defender, but he is also comfortable taking his jump shot from beyond the arc. Strength training will help him improve his rebounding and painting skills as well.

  1. BAYLOR – JA’KOBE WALTER

Walter, who stands 6 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds, was a top-10 national prospect who chose to enroll with Baylor. He has scored more than 2,000 points in his high school career, even though his senior year is still to come. He is a three-level scorer.

  1. DUKE – TYRESE PROCTOR

The Duke sophomore possesses the abilities of a combo guard and the height (6-5, 175) necessary to flourish as a shotmaker, playmaker, and defender on the basketball court. After reclassifying to enter college a year early, the Australian student got off to a sluggish start academically, but they finished strong.

  1. KENTUCKY – D.J. WAGNER

The 6-3 combo guard with 175 pounds of weight who is now committed to Kentucky has solid NBA ancestry. The scoring prowess of the son of Dajuan Wagner and the grandson of Milt Wagner was on full display at the McDonald’s All-American Game, where he led his team to a comeback victory and shared co-MVP honors with Collier. Wagner scored all 19 of his points in the second half of the game.

  1. INDIANA – MACKENZIE MGBAKO

The forward, who will be playing for Indiana and formerly signed with Duke, is 6 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 210 pounds. He is a capable 3-point shooter and can attack off the dribble. Coach Mike Woodson sees him evolving into an inside-out option in the future.

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  1. CONNECTICUT – DONOVAN CLINGAN

The 7-foot-2, 265-pound sophomore has proven himself to be an effective shot blocker and floor runner. He was an essential contributor to Connecticut’s NCAA championship victory the previous year, and now, with Adama Sanogo no longer on the team, he has the opportunity to demonstrate even more.

  1. IOWA STATE – OMAHA BILIEW

Biliew, who stands 6 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 210 pounds, is only the Cyclones’ second McDonald’s All-American and the program’s highest-ranked signee in the modern era. Coach T.J. Otzelberger views him as a potential “elite” defensive back for the team.

  1. G LEAGUE IGNITE – THIERRY DARLAN

The 6-7 point guard who signed with Ignite is now refining his game and is a graduate of the NBA Academy Africa training center. Additionally, in 2022, he was chosen to participate in the “BAL Elevate” program, which allows top academy prospects to be recruited by Basketball Africa League teams.

OTHERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON

XAVIER BOOKER: is a big player with a 3-point range and a 7-foot-5 wingspan who is 6 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 220 pounds. He signed with Michigan State as a five-star recruit.

STEPHON CASTLE: is a top-10 national recruit and Connecticut’s highest-ranked addition in more than a decade. He is a point guard who stands 6 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 205 pounds.

KYLE FILIPOWSKI: The 7-foot sophomore from Duke is a productive go-to scorer and rebounder. However, to make the leap, he needs further to develop his 3-point shot (28.2%) and demonstrate that he can defend in space.

BRONNY JAMES: is a 6-3 guard and a McDonald’s All-American. He is the son of longtime NBA great LeBron James and is one of the headlining recruits for USC’s No. 3 ranked recruiting class. Isaiah Collier is the other starring recruit.

A.J. JOHNSON: The 6-foot-6 guard and top-25 prospect originally committed to Texas but ultimately decided to play in Australia’s National Basketball League for its “Next Stars” developmental program instead. This is the same program that produced the former NBA Rookie of the Year LaMelo Ball of the Charlotte Hornets.

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