This article is part of our Draft Kit series.
It was a short mock draft season this year at the FCLZone. Due to a compressed schedule, we did not get into any conference-specific mock drafts and had to console ourselves with a Tier 1 draft and a Tier 2 draft performed a couple of weeks ago. Tier 2 is a rotating group of conferences chosen by the fellow who wins the "Masters Challenge." Going into this year, the Tier 2 conferences are the A10, American, Colonial, Conference USA, Missouri Valley, Mountain West, and WCC. As it turned out, one of those seven conferences got left out (we do these mock drafts for software checks as well). See if you can figure out which one it was. (Answer to be revealed at the bottom of the article.) We had five people at the draft and the rules were the same. Each roster had to consist of two guards, two forwards, a center, and a utility spot. One of the starters had to be a freshman. I had the second pick and the draft snaked.
1. AJ West, Nevada, F-C, SR
2. Kyle Collinsworth, BYU, G, SR
3. DeAndre Bembry, St. Josephs, F, JR
4. Shevon Thompson, George Mason, C, SR
5. Fred VanVleet, Wichita State, G, SR
The two hardest spots to fill in the Masters Challenge are the center and freshmen spots. If a team can get a solid player at either spot, they are ahead of the game. It appears that there are three or