Jon Scheyer weighed in Friday with his take on the draft prospects for Duke’s five players.
He has a number of interesting things to say but his comments on Marvin Bagley’s defense were the most interesting to us: “He had guarded center his entire life. That’s what he had done. Defending on the perimeter is just something he hadn’t done. So being able to switch ball screens, defend ball screens, that was all new to him. I thought he picked it up really well. With the way we played the zone, we played it differently. He had to be out on the perimeter a lot. That’s where he was. He wasn’t inside. So moving his feet, staying in front of guys. I thought he got better with it. His understanding of playing defense really improved throughout the year as well. I think that way all new to him. But he picked it up relatively quickly.”
That makes sense to us. Bagley is far too talented to not be able to defend.
Here are some updated mock drafts to check out.
First, here’s one from Joe Giglio (first round only), who sees Bagley to the Kings at #2, Wendell Carter going to the Clippers at #12 and Gary Trent to Golden State at #28.
Yahoo’s Raphielle Johnson sees Bagley to the Hawks at #3, Carter to Cleveland at #8, Trent to Dallas at #33, Grayson Allen to the Kings at #37 and Trevon Duval to the Thunder at #53.
NBADraft.net sees Bagley at #2 to Sacto, Carter at #9 to the Knicks, Trent to Golden State at #28, Trevon Duval to the Kings at #37 and Grayson Allen to Brooklyn at #40.
And USAToday has Bagley at #3 to the Hawks and Carter to da Bulls at #7.