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College basketball tip-off mock draft roundup

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College basketball is officially here, so we take our first look at potential future Hornets.

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Is it ever too early to start talking mock drafts? Probably. Is now too early? Maybe. But college basketball tipped off last night, so we’re going to take our first look at players that could find themselves on the Charlotte Hornets next season.

These mock drafts used various means of projecting where teams will finish up. That’s why most of these have the Hornets picking near the top of the draft. Let’s get started.

ESPN: James Wiseman, Center, Memphis

Wiseman is a super intriguing center prospect despite the league transitioning towards a more perimeter-oriented game. He has tremendous defensive potential and an enticing offensive skill set. He’ll be playing for an up and coming Memphis squad headed by former NBA mainstays Penny Hardaway and Mike Miller, so he should get more than enough opportunities to show NBA scouts what he brings to the table.

The Athletic: LaMelo Ball, Guard, Illawara Hawks (NBL)

Ball is probably the most polarizing prospect in the draft right now. He’s played well in the Australian NBL, especially as a passer, but his shooting form is broken and he’s been extremely inefficient as a scorer. Whether or not he can improve in that regard as the season goes on will have a big effect on his draft stock.

Sports Illustrated: James Wiseman, Center, Memphis

You should know who this is because we just talked about him literally 15 seconds ago.

Sporting News: Anthony Edwards, Guard, Georgia

Edwards is a powerful, explosive combo guard. He’s the top dog on a Georgia team that should be good but not great, giving him ample opportunities to show what he can and can’t do at a high level. He needs to prove that he can shoot and playmake for others.

CBS Sports: Theo Maledon, Guard, Villeurbanne (France)

CBS Sports is the most optimistic of these outlets, giving the Hornets the tenth overall pick in the 2020 draft. They have the Hornets using that pick on Maledon, a tall, long point guard with strong play making ability and athleticism. He’s playing with the big boys in Europe, so any holes in his game are sure to come to light quickly.