This article is part of our Draft Kit series.
Around my house, it doesn't really feel like fantasy college basketball season until I hold my first mock draft. Last week, we accomplished just that when seven stalwart people joined up and made a go at the top 70 players in Tier 1 (i.e. the power conferences). We were playing under the auspices of the Big Chief league rules in which each team must start two guards, two forwards, a center, and a utility player. One of the starters has to be a freshman (designated with an *). Other than that, there were no rules, which is as it should be in a mock draft. The names of the mock participants have been withheld (although one RotoWire college basketball editor was present). I had the last pick of the first round and we snaked.
1. Ben Simmons*, LSU, F
2. Kris Dunn, Providence, G
3. Georges Niang, Iowa State, F
4. Buddy Hield, Oklahoma, G
5. Melo Trimble, Maryland, G
6. Jaylen Brown*, California, F
7. Josh Hawkinson, Washington State, F
I'd be shocked if there were a draft in which Simmons is not the first pick. Seemingly everyone is aboard the hype train for the top-rated recruit and he may well stand up to it. Simmons can score, pass, and board. If a person were a bit worried about the unknowns of freshmen production, then Dunn would be an excellent pick. He looks like he may have to do it all of the Friars, which is great