Big 12 Basketball: Top 10 prospects for 2020 NBA Draft

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Who are the top prospects from Big 12 Basketball in the 2020 NBA Draft and when are they projected to be drafted?

After looking at the eligible NBA Draft prospects in a few of the other conferences, we now take a look at some of the eligible players in this year’s draft from Big 12 Basketball.

There are quite a few conferences that lack NBA-quality depth in the draft this year due to it being a bit of a weak year in terms of pro-potential, and the Big 12 is one of them. With that being said, there are a few players that could turn some heads.

10. Cameron McGriff, F, Oklahoma State

DOB:

  • September 30, 1997 (23)

SIZE:

  • 6’7″, 220 lbs

PROS:

  • Already has an NBA-wing body
  • Solid rebounder
  • Active hands

CONS:

  • Not a good shooter at all
  • Didn’t show any improvement from his junior to senior season
  • Not a consistent threat on either end of the court

DRAFT GRADE:

  • Undrafted

While he does have a solid frame, Cameron McGriff isn’t the strongest or quickest player on the court. However, he does make up for these flaws by working hard and doing the little things right, such as boxing out and setting screens.

With that being said, McGriff is not much of a scorer so I can’t really see his game translating to the next level. I’m sure somebody will offer him a Summer League tryout or he will be signed overseas, but I don’t see McGriff being drafted.

9. Lindy Waters III, G/F, Oklahoma State

DOB:

  • July 28, 1997 (23)

SIZE:

  • 6’6″, 215 lbs

PROS:

  • Good shooter, especially from three
  • Catch and shoot potential

CONS:

  • Weak defensive player
  • Not a great athlete
  • Lacks scoring versatility
  • Regressed his senior season

DRAFT GRADE:

  • Late 2nd Round – Undrafted

The reason Lindy Waters III ranks higher than Cameron McGriff on this list is due to the fact that every NBA team is always looking for shooters. As a career 39% three-point shooter with a natural stroke, Waters III is exactly that.

While he may not be the most consistent shooter and lacks scoring versatility as well as athleticism, Waters III could be a wild card selection late in round two. However, it is more likely than not he ends up signing somewhere as an undrafted free agent.

8. Xavier Sneed, F, Kansas State

DOB:

  • December 21, 1997 (23)

SIZE:

  • 6’5″, 220 lbs

PROS:

  • Good all-around scorer
  • Very strong for his size
  • Solid on-ball defender

CONS:

  • Inconsistent shooter
  • Too aggressive on defense
  • Too passive on offense
  • Not a great athlete

DRAFT GRADE:

  • Late 2nd Round – Undrafted

There’s a lot to like about Xavier Sneed’s game, as he is a strong, willing defender who also has some offensive upside. The shooting is a bit inconsistent, but he has had stretches where he gets hot and it doesn’t matter who is guarding him.

If Sneed can work on his shooting consistency and being a smarter player on both ends I can see him being a role player in the NBA. I expect Sneed to go undrafted, but there are definitely some positives when it comes to Sneed.

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