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RidiculousUpside.com 2019 NBA Draft Big Board 2.0: Zion Williamson Rises

An updated look at the prospects looking to make a splash in the 2019 NBA Draft.

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The prospects that will populate the 2019 NBA Draft are primed to take the stage as the college season rapidly approaches. Before the schedule gets underway, we provide an updated look at our prospect rankings.

This list is based off overall value, and isn’t to be interpreted as a mock draft (you can find our 2019 NBA Mock Draft here). This list will fluctuate throughout the season. Players will rise and fall based on their performances across all competitions leading into next year’s draft.

With all that in mind, let’s get to the rankings.

2019 NBA Draft Big Board 2.0

Rank Name Position Current Team (Nationality)
Rank Name Position Current Team (Nationality)
No. 1 R.J. Barrett SF Duke
No. 2 Zion WIlliamson PF Duke
No. 3 Nassir Little SF North Carolina
No. 4 Cam Reddish SG Duke
No. 5 Romeo Langford SG Indiana
No. 6 Sekou Doumbouya F France
No. 7 Jaylen Hoard F Wake Forest
No. 8 Quentin Grimes SG Kansas
No. 9 Daniel Gafford C Arkansas
No. 10 De’Andre Hunter F Virginia
No. 11 Darius Garland PG Vanderbilt
No. 12 Bol Bol C Oregon
No. 13 Keldon Johnson SF Kentucky
No. 14 Rui Hachimura F Gonzaga
No. 15 Luka Samanic PF Croatia
No. 16 Louis King F Oregon
No. 17 Charles Bassey PF/C Western Kentucky
No. 18 P.J. Washington PF/C Kentucky
No. 19 Ja Morant PG Murray State
No. 20 Bruno Fernando C Maryland
No. 21 Darius Bazley F N/A
No. 22 Jalen Smith PF Maryland
No. 23 Nazreon Reid C LSU
No. 24 Herbert Jones G/F Alabama
No. 25 Jarrett Culver SG Texas Tech
No. 26 Jalen McDaniels F/C San Diego State
No. 27 Kris Wilkes SF UCLA
No. 28 Kevin Porter Jr. G/F USC
No. 29 Lindell Wigginton PG Iowa State
No. 30 Shamorie Ponds PG St. John's
No. 31 Eric Paschall PF Villanova
No. 32 Nickeil Alexander-Walker SG Virginia Tech
No. 33 Aric Holman PF Mississippi State
No. 34 Ty Jerome SG Virginia
No. 35 Tyus Battle SG Syracuse
No. 36 Oshae Brissett PF Syracuse
No. 37 Killian Tillie PF Gonzaga
No. 38 Matisse Thybulle G/F Washington
No. 39 Carsen Edwards PG Purdue
No. 40 Tyler Herro SG Kentucky

Jontay Porter’s injury concerns

Jontay Porter tore both is ACL and MCL during a closed scrimmage against Southern Illinois on October 21. This is a massive blow to Missouri and Porter. After nearly entering the 2018 NBA Draft, Porter was on his way to becoming one of the premier big men in the 2019 class.

Hopefully Porter makes a full and speedy recovery. Until then, Porter will slide out of our rankings.

Bol Bol rises

Bol Bol rose five spots to No. 12 in our updated rankings. Despite what sounds like a rough rebounding performance in a closed scrimmage against Kansas State last week, Bol has continued to show off a soft shooting touch for a player his size. The numbers in the paint will come, but Bol’s potential to stretch the floor from the pivot spot will bolster his stock.

The legend of Zion

Zion Williamson continued to make waves with an incredible block against Virginia Union.

Highlights aside, Williamson is proving he has the tools necessary to push R.J. Barrett for the top spot on the list.


—Steve / @SteveDHoops / BEdgeSteve@gmail.com