Where two former ‘Noles are slated in the latest NBA mock draft

With the 2020 NBA Draft set for November 18, we are a week away from hearing two more Seminoles have their name called to join the professional ranks. Leonard Hamilton and company have produced five draft picks since 2016, including three first round picks. There will be two surefire additions to the list, with a third possibility in second round hopeful Trent Forrest. 

In a mock draft posted earlier this week, Devin Vassell and Patrick Williams are each projected in the lottery. It would be the first time in program history that in the same year, two FSU players are selected in the top 14 picks.

Williams is pegged to the Washington Wizards, who hold the ninth pick. With John Wall and Bradley Beal in the backcourt, the Wizards are looking for a solution at forward. The former one and done could fill that void. While teams are banking on potential, he has intriguing tools that can help teams right away. 

At 6’8, 225lbs, the forward uses his combination of speed and size to be a pest on the defensive end. He blocks shots, creates turnovers, and guards multiple positions. While his offensive game is still in its early stages, he attacks the rim with aggression at times. It also does not hurt that he can jump with the best of them. If he adds to his arsenal as a ball-handler and a three point shooter (32%), he will be an important piece to a franchise for the foreseeable future. 

The former ACC Sixth Man of the Year finished his freshman campaign with averages of 9.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.0 assists per game. He also brought in one block and one steal per game.  

Meanwhile, Vassell is projected to the San Antonio Spurs with the 11th pick. This seems like a perfect match, with a mature player going into one of the most professional organizations in all of sports.

He measures in at 6-foot-7, 195-pounds, with a projection to play a hybrid wing in the pros. He has been labeled as a 3-and-D prospect by scouts. He has what every franchise is looking for in the modern era: a wing who can shoot and defend. He shot nearly 42% from beyond the arc in each of his two seasons in Tallahassee. His basketball IQ and natural length give him an advantage to create havoc in passing lanes. The former ‘Nole used the draft process to hone in on his shooting, while still continuing to improve his ball-handling and playmaking. 

Vassell averaged 12.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game in his sophomore season. He chipped in 1.4 steals and one block per game. 

The full mock draft can be found here https://www.sportingnews.com/au/nba/news/2020-nba-mock-draft-which-players-moved-up-and-down-in-the-top-10-edwards-wiseman-avdija-ball/1wy4hwjf7vn1x13ssd807x08vg

Make sure you tune in to ESPN at 7 p.m next Wednesday, to see where Vassell and Williams land.

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