15. Colorado Buffaloes – Jabari Walker
Colorado Basketball can sum their 2019-20 season up as ‘a decent showing’, although the upset loss to Washington State in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament was a disappointment, their 10-8 conference record was good enough to get Tad Boyle’s Buffaloes a tie for fifth place. As they look forward to 2020-21, there are some holes in their roster that were not filled.
The loss of senior starting off-guard Shane Gattling (6.5 PPG) will provide more opportunity for junior Elijah Paquet, but the loss of back-up power forward Lucas Stewart (7.7 PPG) to graduation was compounded when second-leading scorer and starter Tyler Bey (13.8) declared for the NBA Draft. Star point guard McKinley Wright IV has also declared after averaging 14.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, and five assists, unlike Bey who is projected to be a top 50 selection, McKinley is projected to return to Boulder.
With the depth depleted at the four-spot, Jabari Walker is on this list because he will get minutes. Although 6’8, Parker is currently 195 pounds, with the body and the game of an NCAA small forward. During his time at Compass Prep. he showed the ability to guard high school guards and tallied up some breakaway dunks as he would leak out after their misses. Walker’s lack of aggressiveness on the boards and in the paint will limit his impact even when the match-ups are in his favor.