This article is part of our Draft Kit series.
The college basketball season is so close that I can practically taste it. While I have been making lists of players in my head and on paper, the best way to determine the relative value is to have a mock draft with other people. It is the wisdom of crowds and so forth. Therefore, six bold people and I got together and performed a couple of mock drafts in preparation for my Big Chief Challenge league. We went 10 rounds. Each team would start two guards, two forward, a center, and utility spot – one of the six starters had to be a freshman. I had the sixth pick of the first round and the draft snaked.
1. Markelle Fultz, Washington, FR, G
2. Moses Kingsley, Arkansas, JR, F-C
3. Josh Hawkinson, Washington State, SR, F
4. Grayson Allen, Duke, JR, G
5. Lonzo Ball, UCLA, FR, G
6. Josh Jackson, Kansas, FR, G
7. Malcolm Hill, Illinois, SR, G-F
I have Fultz and Kingsley as the top two players on my board. Fultz should be the focus of the Husky offense and Kingsley is, by far, the best returning center. These are the two hardest slots to fill in these leagues, so having a productive player at either position is a key to success. Hawkinson and Allen are two of the most consistent producers. It will be a surprise if the Washington State forward does not average a double-double for the third straight season. The Blue Devils