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NCAA Basketball: 10 most important 2024 NBA Draft decisions to watch

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6. Harrison Ingram - North Carolina Tar Heels

2023-24 season stats: 12.2 ppg and 8.8 rpg

Despite being the 4th option on offense, Ingram still managed to carve himself out a nice role, including shooting a career-high 39% from three-point range. His elite rebounding and defensive versatility are qualities that NBA teams will love and he showed a good passing ability back at Stanford.

With Armando Bacot and Cormac Ryan gone and potentially ACC Player of the Year guard RJ Davis too, Ingram could become a focal point of the offense with the Tar Heels as well to improve his stock for another year. And the Tar Heels would prefer not to lose all of the production from this past season and have to rebuild so his coming back would be ideal for them.

5. Hunter Sallis - Wake Forest Demon Deacons

2023-24 season stats: 18.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, and 2.5 apg

After two years of limited production at Gonzaga, the former five-star prospect broke out at Wake Forest this past season, leading them in scoring. Sallis shot 49% from the field and 41% from deep, along with 13 games of 20+ points, one of them being a career-high 33 points against NC State.

Having already lost starting guard Kevin Miller to the portal, the Demon Deacons can’t afford to lose Sallis as well. In a weak draft, this could be his best chance to go in the first round. At the same time, he could have an even bigger role and score even more for the team. If he’s back, Wake Forest should be a top-5 team in the ACC. If not, they’ll struggle to be a postseason threat.