This article is part of our Draft Kit series.
When I wrote up the Tier 1 Mock Draft earlier this week, I was fairly confident. I knew a fair amount about all of the players and thought that the six people did a nice job in assigning value. When we dig down to Tier 2, I am somewhat less confident. We change the Tier 2 leagues each season and this year the seven conferences are the A10, American Athletic, MAC, MAAC, Mountain West, Sun Belt and WCC. If centers and freshmen are gold in Tier 1, they are diamond-encrusted platinum in this league. In this draft, I had the third pick and the draft snaked. The categories again are points, rebounds plus blocks, and assists plus steals. Rosters had to contain one center and one freshman.
1. Jock Landale, St. Marys, C, SR
2. Brandon McCoy, UNLV, C, FR
3. Tacko Fall, UCF, C, JR
4. Landry Shamet, Wichita State, G, SO
5. Jordan Caroline, Nevada, G-F, JR
6. Jaylen Adams, St. Bonaventure, G, SR
Getting a productive center early allows teams to worry about other, more easily fillable, slots later in the draft. Landale was one of the most productive centers in the nation last year. There is little reason why he should not be able to repeat his 16.9 points and 8.5 rebounds. McCoy is the top freshman in Tier 2 and he fills that center role as well. It's win-win. The McDonald's All-American will have to produce with a team that had a great