With the all the talk surrounding the top five prospects going into next year's draft, there are several prospects this year that aren't getting enough attention. I'd like to change that.
These seven draft prospects need to be getting far more shine.
7. Talen Horton-Tucker, Iowa State
Iowa State Cyclones guard Talen-Horton Tucker is a talented scorer and playmaker who has questions remaining about his frame moving forward. Scouts wonder if his body will mature enough to make him more explosive, which will in turn give him a higher ceiling. His body, however, should not matter, as Horton-Tucker has proven to be one of the best scoring and playmaking guards in the NCAA. If Horton-Tucker shows up in March Madness, many more eyes will be looking to add this talented scorer, perhaps a year ahead of schedule.
6. Admiral Schofield, Tennessee
Tennessee Volunteers small forward Admiral Schofield is a versatile player who will be a viable asset to any team on the next level. His defensive capabilities on the next level are tantalizing, but the questions about his jump shot have really hurt his stock. These questions should end after this year, as he is shooting 40 percent from three-point range. His ability to space the floor will give him the type of ceiling that more teams should be paying attention to.
5. Tyler Herro, Kentucky
Kentucky Wildcats guard Tyler Herro is a talented shooter whose offensive talent masks size questions at the next level. Due to his slender frame, Herro will be a defensive liability in the NBA, which has made many teams wary of drafting him. His natural feel on the offensive end makes him a lethal scorer and a unique talent, and he'll need to learn the other side of the game.
4. Jordan Poole, Michigan
Michigan Wolverines guard Jordan Poole is a knockdown shooter who gets overlooked due to his lack of willingness to attack the basket. However, Poole shoots close to 40 percent from three-point range. That kind of efficiency from three to go along with a 45 percent field goal percentage makes Poole a deadly prospect who should be considered as a late-first.
3. Jontay Porter, Missouri
Missouri Tigers center Jontay Porter, brother of Denver Nuggets forward Micheal Porter Jr, is a highly-skilled big man who can stretch the floor. As of right now, he is the projected 24th pick in next years draft. Although part of this sliding stock is due to an ACL injury, the questions about his frame and potential defensive ceiling have clouded the conversation, too. These, however, should not block out the upside of Porter, along with his offensive versatility.
2. Grant Williams, Tennessee
If you weren't a believer in Tennessee's bulldog Grant Williams after his SEC Player of the Year campaign last year, then perhaps you'll be intrigued after he becomes a repeat winner this time around.
Scouts at the next level haven't fallen in love with Williams' ability to create his own shot, but his defensive intensity and consistency from the line/ability to draw contact should make him a draft day steal...unless he steals our hearts all March.
1. Tre Jones, Duke University
Duke Blue Devils point guard Tre Jones has had an outstanding season so far, but he has been highly overlooked due to the fact that he is playing on team with three top-five prospects in forward Zion Williamson, shooting guard RJ Barrett, and small forward Cam Reddish. Currently, he is the 25th pick in most mock drafts. Although offensively Jones is not at an elite level, he has been a great perimeter defender averaging two steals a game, and truly makes Duke chug. Do NOT sleep on the most important non-Zion Blue Devil.