Continuing our 2020-21 college basketball preview series, this will feature some of the top mid-major prospects around the country. This one will be a bit different than our previous conference previews, as we look to highlight all of the top mid-major talents.
These previews will break down NBA prospects that are at least on the draft radar now, or players that could be in the future. Along with that, if the player has a chance at going pro overseas, in the G League, or being a 2023-24 draft candidate they will also be included…
So who are the players to watch, you ask? We rank them conveniently for you below.
Note: Even if a team doesn’t have any legitimate prospect, I will include their projected “best” player.
- Pac12 Prospects to Watch
- Big East Prospects to Watch
- SEC Prospects to Watch
- Big Ten Prospects to Watch
Mid-Major Prospects by Team
1. Alex Barcello- PG, 6’2″
1. Jahmir Young- G, 6’2″
1. Hyunjung Lee- F, 6’7″
1. Chet Holmgren- F/C, 7’1″
2. Nolan Hickman- PG, 6’2″
3. Hunter Sallis- SG, 6’5″
4. Andrew Nembhard- CG, 6’5″
5. Drew Timme- F/C, 6’10”
6. Kaden Perry- C, 6’8″
1. Darius McGhee- PG, 5’9″
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
1. Kenneth Lofton- F/C, 6’7″
1. Patrick Baldwin- F, 6’9″
Marshall Thundering Herd
1. Taevion Kinsey- SG, 6’5″
Murray State Racers
1. Tevin Brown- SG, 6’5″
Oral Roberts Golden Eagles
1. Max Abmas- PG, 6’1″
St. Bonaventure Bonnies
1. Osun Osunniyi- F/C, 6’10”
2. Kyle Lofton- PG, 6’3″
St. Joseph’s Hawks
1. Jordan Hall- F, 6’8″
San Diego State Aztecs
1. Matt Bradley- Guard, 6’4″
1. Wesley Cardet Jr.- F, 6’6″
Utah State Aggies
1. Justin Bean- F, 6’7″
1. Hason Ward- F, 6’9″
1. Zion Harmon- PG, 5’11”
Top 10 (+1) Mid-Major Prospects
- Chet Holmgren- F/C, 7’1″ (Gonzaga)
- Patrick Baldwin- F, 6’9″ (Milwaukee)
- Max Abmas- PG, 6’1″ (Oral Roberts)
- Nolan Hickman- PG, 6’2″ (Gonzaga)
- Hunter Sallis- SG, 6’5″ (Gonzaga)
- Taevion Kinsey- G, 6’5″ (Marshall)
- Drew Timme- F/C, 6’10” (Gonzaga)
- Osun Osunniyi- F/C, 6’10” (St. Bonaventure)
- Jordan Hall- F, 6’8″ (St. Joseph’s)
- Hyunjung Lee- F, 6’7″ (Davidson)
- Kenneth Lofton Jr.- F/C, 6’7″ (Louisiana Tech)
Mid-Major Prospect Notes
This entire list is very much Gonzaga dominant, as one would expect. You could make a case that Gonzaga isn’t even “technically” a mid-major depending on your definition, but since their conference lacks potential NBA talent from top-to-bottom, it was decided to throw them in this category.
It’s not very often that there are likely two top-ten picks out of the mid-major section, but with Chet Holmgren and Patrick Baldwin Jr. topping the list, it’s quite likely.
Max Abmas is also going to get some palpable buzz due to his breakout tournament run. I expect him to be high on a lot of NBA teams’ watch lists. Abmas is likely going to lead the country in scoring again, even with top running mate Kevin O’banor leaving Oral Roberts.
The Gonzaga guard trio will be an interesting dynamic to follow. I believe one of the two freshman guards ends up being the odd man out this year, while Andrew Nembhard leads the way. Kenneth Lofton Jr. is another fun name that caught some buzz during Team USA’s (U19) run to a gold medal this summer.
Sleeper pick: Freshman forward Wesley Cardet Jr. is a top 100 prospect in my opinion, and should be able to show out for the Samford Bulldogs. He has advanced physical tools and should be able to play himself to a Power 5 Conference at some point or just enter the draft outright within the next couple of years.
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