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NBA Draft 2024: Top 3 options for Brooklyn Nets to consider targeting

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G Tyler Kolek, Marquette

One need of the Brooklyn Nets this offseason is a true point guard who can facilitate the likes of Mikal Bridges, Cam Johnson, and Cam Thomas going on offense. Tyler Kolek fits the bill as one of college basketball's best floor generals.

The one-time Big East Player of the Year was a leader once again for Shaka Smart's Marquette Golden Eagles in 2023-24, averaging 15.3 points and 7.7 assists per game. He was a consensus Second Team All-American and led the sport in assists.

While his passing abilities are his most essential attribute, he's also a decent pick-and-pop shooter. He knocked down 38.8 percent of his threes and hit at least 35 percent of his three-point attempts in three of his four collegiate seasons. He's also a crafty defender.

Something that can't be measured is Kolek's leadership abilities, which have shined through in these recent Marquette campaigns. He won't step into the Barclays Center and be an instant leader for the Nets, but he'll quickly earn the trust of the coaching staff and respect of teammates.

Kolek's biggest warts are things out of his control: height and age. During the combine, he came in at 6-foot-1 (without shoes) and less than 197 pounds, making him a bit svelte for an NBA point guard. He's also already 23 years old, having hit the age in March.

For the Nets to draft Kolek, they'll have to probably trade in towards the end of the first round or early in the second.