At long last, college basketball is back. The 2018-19 season is set to kick off ton Tuesday night and fans will have their first glimpse of some of the biggest names entering the sport. They will be using college hoops as a stepping stone to the NBA, and some players are already being touted as early first round picks for the 2019 NBA Draft. Here are five of the best NBA Draft prospects for the 2018-19 college hoops season.
5. Romeo Langford - Indiana
Romeo Langford is projected to be a top pick in the upcoming draft. At 6-6, Langford has solid size for the shooting guard position. He is impressively athletic and can score in a variety of ways, although his jump-shot could use some improvement. If Langford can show scouts that he has developed a stronger shot, he is almost guaranteed a spot in the Top 5 of the 2019 draft. Indiana have landed a stud in Langford and he will be looking to utilize his skills in the Big Ten.
4. Charles Bassey - Western Kentucky
Charles Bassey stands in at 6-10 and will immediately step in as the best player on the Western Kentucky roster. After a standout high school career at both St. Anthony Catholic High School and Aspire Academy, the 5-star recruit is ready to take his talents to the next level. He has a great motor and is a tenacious interior player, but will need to expand his range if he wants to become a star in the NBA. He has tremendous upside and will be looking to display his talent this season.
3. Nassir Little - UNC
Nassir Little, the MVP of the McDonald's All-American game, is set to start his UNC career and if he continues at his projected level he should be a top-five pick in the 2019 draft. Little, a Florida native, is 6-6 but boasts an incredibly lengthy 7-1 wingspan. He's an effective scorer and a great defender who just needs to work on his three-point shot. He is stuffed with potential and will be looking to unleash some of that in Chapel Hill.
2. Zion Williamson - Dule
Everyone who follows basketball follows Zion Williamson, as he prepares to start off his college career for Duke. Williamson blew up on social media in high school, and rightfully so as he possesses the ability to throw down some ridiculous dunks. At 6-6-inches and a jaw-dropping 280-lbs, Williamson is a unique specimen who is likely the strongest player in his draft class. He is arguably the most exciting prospect since LeBron James and all eyes will be on him as during his freshman year at Duke.
1. R.J. Barrett - Duke
R.J. Barrett may not get as much of the spotlight as his Blue Devil teammate, Zion Williamson, but he deserves just as much love. Barrett may be the most talented player in his class and will be looking to show of his skills at Duke. The 6-6 shooting guard has outstanding body control which allows him to finish at the rim with ease. He's excellent at drawing contact and is a solid shooter as well. He may be the top pick of the 2019 NBA Draft when all is said and done.