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NBA Mock Draft Update: Kabengele, Mann making movement on draft boards

After former Florida State guard Terance Mann appeared in the previous version of nbadraft.net’s 2019 mock draft, the most recent update has two former Seminoles being selected. If that holds true, it’d be the first time that two former FSU stars were picked in the same draft since 2017 (Jonathan Isaac and Dwayne Bacon).

– Mfiondu Kabengele, No. 25 overall, Portland Trail Blazers

Mfiondu Kabengele was making sporadic appearances on mock drafts prior to officially announcing his decision to declare and sign with an agent. Since then, he’s been getting some love around the late first round. The 6-foot-10 forward has proven to be a perfect fit in modern basketball. Kabengele can back opponents down, shoot from mid-range and deep, and guard multiple positions, including on the perimeter.

The Canadian native would be a good fit for Portland with Al-Farouq Aminu headed to free agency this summer. The Trail Blazers do have Meyers Leonard and Zach Collins on the roster but neither of them have shown enough signs that they’ll be able to take the next step this offseason. With his ferociousness inside, Kabengele has the potential to complement Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, especially if they continue to draw consistent double-teams as they do now.

– Terance Mann, No. 53 overall, Utah Jazz

Mann was originally predicted to be the No. 56 overall pick before moving up in the last mock draft to No. 49, where he’d reunite with Dwayne Bacon in Charlotte. In the latest edition, he’s dropped back a few spots to No. 53 overall, where the Utah Jazz are currently slotted in to pick. Like I mentioned in the last write up, he’d be very valuable to just about any team in the second round.

The 6-foot-6 guard prides himself on defense and he has an offensive game that improved every year during his time at Florida State. A front office could see him as a guy that would impact the culture of their franchise. He brings a winning edge, leaving Tallahassee with 95 wins over four seasons or an average of 23.8 wins per year. Utah has been a perennial playoff team under head coach Quin Snyder and Mann would bring an athletic burst of energy and defense off of its bench.


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