With only 60 players being selected for the NBA draft, capable players will always go undrafted. We will see more and more of them not only make an NBA roster but have an impact on that team. Here is my list of those players (no particular order).
1.) Gary Clark, PF; Cincinnati Bearcats- There’s always a spot for a player with a high motor who rebounds and defends. He plays bigger than his 6’7” height suggests. He’s also got a strong frame.
2.) Keenan Evans, PG; Texas Tech Raiders (Detroit Pistons)- He plays both ends of the floor with equal passion. He has a knack for making big plays and his leadership qualities are underrated.
3.) Brandon McCoy, C; UNLV Rebels (Milwaukee Bucks)- You can’t teach 7’1” and 250 pounds. He’s very athletic and runs the floor well. He has the foundation of a solid post game, rebounds and protects the rim. His upside is scary.
4.) Alonzo Trier, SG; Arizona Wildcats (New York Knicks)– He definitely has NBA talent. Offensively, he can put the ball in the basket. His effort and motor has been a sticking point. If any staff can get him to be consistent, he would be a steal.
5.) Kenrich Williams, SF; TCU Horn Frogs (Denver Nuggets)– He will need to get stronger but has good height (6’7”). Williams has a serviceable perimeter game, he’s a high level rebounder and versatile defender. Relentless effort is always there.
6.) Jaylen Adams, PG; St. Bonaventure Bonnies (Atlanta Hawks)- Not sure what happened here. He was on many teams draft boards. He can score and dish the rock. He can also defend and rebounds well for his position. He has a very high basketball IQ as well.
7.) Jonathan Williams, PF; Gonzaga Bulldogs – Somehow, he will make a roster. He goes about his business in workmanlike fashion and just makes plays. He finds a way to impact the game, whether defending or hustle plays.
8.) Thomas Wilder, PG; Western Michigan Broncos- He is a bonafide scorer and is more than capable of finding others. He’s been undervalued his entire career. Don’t see that stopping him now.
9.) Yante Maten, F; Georgia Bulldogs (Miami Heat)- He’s a player that goes about his business quietly. He’s been labeled the dreaded “tweener” but he has enough size, strength and lateral movement to guard both forward positions.
10.) Theo Pinson, G/F; North Carolina Tar Heels (Brooklyn Nets)- Every team needs a glue guy (think Mario Elie). Pinson plays within himself and constantly makes the right play. He’s coachable and a winner. Oh yeah, he can play too.