Duke vs. Michigan Talk about followed by Kentucky vs. Kansas in the Champions Classic may have displayed a dozen or more future first-round NBA picks in back-to-back competitive games.
In the first game, Grayson Allen scorched Spartans for 37 tips within an 88-81 win. He stole the show that was never meant to be his, encircled by a full stack of five-celebrity recruits and very likely lottery picks. However the senior was nothing short of amazing, knocking down seven three-pointers and Michigan Talk about could never hold a lead.
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The second game saw Kansas survive an unhealthy shooting night to knock off Kentucky, 65-61. Kentucky looked lost at times on the offensive end without many playmaking, and allowed too many offensive rebounds on the other end to capitalize on the off-night from the Jayhawks. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk led the way for Kansas with 17 tips on 7-of-18 shooting.
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Extra importantly, the night time may have shown the future of the professionals. Let’s check in how the future NBA talent looked (draft projections based on SB Nation’s Ricky O’Donnell’s mock draft).
Jaren Jackson Jr., F/C, Michigan Talk about, (projected No. 6 total pick)
Jackson is 6’10 and extremely long, measuring in with a 7’4 wingspan. He could work a real inside-out game and it revealed against Duke. The freshman obtained 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including three from deep. He as well possessed seven rebounds and three blocks, having difficulty going against Marvin Bagley III before Duke’s very best prospect transpired after receiving poked in the eye.
bballsociety_: Jaren Jackson STUFFS Magley ESPN College Basketball: Michigan Talk about vs. Duke https://t.co/ROaYh5DgHM pic.twitter.com/3kDlpjq1eN – FanSportsClips (@FanSportsClips) November 15, 2017
Miles Bridges, F, Michigan Talk about (projected No. 7 total)
Bridges had a slower start to the overall game before he unleashed his assortment and started a block party on Duke’s inside efforts.
Miles Bridges is now Dikembe Mutombo pic.twitter.com/s6AdDNFwHI – Isaac (@WorldofIsaac) November 15, 2017
Unleash Miles Bridges! pic.twitter.com/yE3SCxRKGz – Isaac (@WorldofIsaac) November 15, 2017
That’s nothing not used to the sophomore, who was simply probably good more than enough to be a lottery pick in the 2017 NBA draft.
He finished with 19 tips on 7-of-15 shooting, five rebounds and several assists.
Trevon Duval, G, Duke (projected No. 12 total)
Duval was brilliant due to Grayson Allen’s setup gentleman, finishing with 10 assists. He previously 17 tips, though it had taken him 20 shots, but revealed flashes of greatness in the open floor. He as well had six steals.
He’s the playmaker Duke demands.
Kevin Knox, F, Kentucky (projected No. 16 total)
Knox is an extended wing made correctly for the professionals. He swooshed 3-of-6 threes, and 8-of-13 from the field for 20 tips.
Knox is aggressive on the boards, and features elevation to slam straight down dunks.
Intense rebound ➡️ athletic dunk. Kevin Knox #Kentucky #Knox #MeLikeyDat pic.twitter.com/eo7iUkK8md – Bulls Scripted (@BullScripted) November 15, 2017
He was among the Wildcats’ few real bright spots.
Hamidou Diallo, G, Kentucky (projected No. 17 total)
Diallo is Kentucky’s best, & most explosive guard prospect. He revealed why against Kansas:
Hamidou Diallo steal and hammer slam. pic.twitter.com/xSHsAF3V04 – Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) November 15, 2017
Diallo had 14 tips, five rebounds and four assists. Kentucky will really rely on him as one of its few playmakers at any posture.
Marvin Bagley III, F/C, Duke (projected Zero. 4 overall)
Bagley played most of 10 minutes before he was poked in the eye accidentally by a teammate and had to miss the remaining game.
He had four tips and six rebounds in limited period and showed that he is fairly literally ENORMOUS at 6’11. He should be good to go for Duke’s next game, so we’ll have to wait to check out him at his very best.
Wendell Carter, C, Duke (projected No. 11 total)
Carter had an excellent game with 12 tips and 12 rebounds (five which were on offense), but never really found his way within the Blue Devil’s offense. Which is okay! It’s early.
The ball mostly worked its way between Allen and Duval, and Carter did most of his work hustling on the boards.
He as well should probably have already been ejected for throwing this elbow, though.
Wendell Carter does not have any business being in this game. Should’ve been an ejection pic.twitter.com/5Y1WP2aKJh – Andrew Doughty (@Adoughty88) November 15, 2017
Stock MEH (It’s way too early to say down)
Nick Richards, C, Kentucky (projected No. 24 total)
Richards struggled to become involved on the offensive end, scoring just two tips, but added nine rebounds. Kentucky needs playmakers, and Richards will continue steadily to suffer if no one emerges.
Large rebound and putback by Nick Richards. pic.twitter.com/tcF3XfNuPj – Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) November 15, 2017
The largest concern from Richards was that Kansas could snag 18 offensive rebounds. Not absolutely all had been his fault, but he’ll need to do a better task to retain Kentucky in games.
Gary Trent Jr., G, Duke (projected No. 30 overall)
Trent had just seven tips on 3-of-14 shooting. He was 1-of-7 from deep.
It was probably just an off night for Trent, whose poor shooting performance was saved by the hot side of Grayson Allen.