Best available players according to Krysten Peek

Best available players according to Krysten Peek

As the NBA draft continues, here’s an updated look at the best available players in the draft pool from Yahoo Sports draft analyst Krysten Peek:

Kennedy Chandler, G, Tennessee: Chandler had a rocky start to his one year in Knoxville but closed out the season well and demonstrated his dog-like mentality. He played at a high level in the NCAA men’s tournament. He has a second burst that’s tough to defend and a tight handle, and his passing improved as the season went on.

EJ Liddell, F, Ohio State: Liddell was one of the most improved players in college basketball this past season. He expanded his game on both ends of the floor. His 3-point shooting improved and he has a Grant Williams style of defensive play. He might be undersized at PF but he has the skills to step out on the perimeter and impact the game with passing and creating for others.

Jaden Hardy, G, G League Ignite: Hardy struggled with his shot selection during G League play, but his raw talent is undeniable. Just 19 years old, he has great instincts on offense and has the ability to take players off the dribble, instead of settling for deep, step-back 3-pointers.

Bryce McGowens, G, Nebraska: McGowens is Nebraska’s first one-and-done in school history. He made a late rise among scouting circles after solid workouts with teams. He is a long, athletic and slashing guard who has the ability to get downhill with ease and has a decent shot selection for a 19-year-old.

Caleb Houston, G / F, Michigan: Houston has a ton of NBA upside and is a lights-out shooter, even if it wasn’t put on full display during his one year at Michigan. Teams love his size and the way he can shoot over the defense with ease. He’s not as athletic as other players his size but is far from a defensive liability.

Andrew Nembhard, G, Gonzaga: The Bulldogs floor general looked comfortable creating for others during the draft combine scrimmages, dishing out 11 assists. He also led both teams in points with 26 (10-for-18 from the field) and read the defense well out of the pick-and-roll, confidently knocking down the two-dribble pull-up.

Kendall Brown, F, Baylor: He is one of the most athletic wings in the draft and has tremendous upside with the way he plays in transition and finishes around the rim. His outside shooting is the only thing giving teams pause. Brown averaged 9.7 points and 4.9 rebounds during his one year in Waco.

Jaylin Williams, F, Arkansas: Williams has great size at 6-foot-10 and 240 pounds and moves well off the block, creating space for his teammates. Williams averaged a double-double during the NCAA men’s tournament (14.3 points and 11.8 rebounds) and was named to the West Regional All-Tournament team.

Trevor Keels, G, Duke: Keels is a big guard, listed at 6-foot-4, 221 pounds, and did a little bit of everything this past season. Keels can bully opponents in the lane off a mismatch switch and will be a good pickup for any team.

Ismael Kamagate, C, Paris Basketball (France): Kamagate is a 6-foot-11 big man, and one of the most highly regarded international prospects in this draft class. He’s very raw offensively, but has shot well for teams in workouts and could have a productive career after a year or two of development.

Ryan Rollins, G, Toledo: Rollins was solid during the draft combine and participated in only one day of scrimmages. Rollins is a 6-foot-4 guard and averaged 18.9 points, six rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.

Justin Lewis, F, Marquette: Lewis was one of the most productive guards in the Big East, averaging 16.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. His best game of the season was in a win over Seton Hall where he posted 33 points, nine rebounds and six assists.

Michael Foster, F, G League Ignite: The first thing every NBA scout and front-office executive noticed when Foster walked into the gym was his improved frame. Foster lost 14 pounds, added muscle mass and looked incredible. His body fat came in at 6.2% and he moved much better on the court than during the G League season. His shot has improved, and he’s more consistent in the pick-and-pop. During his pro day, Foster hit eight corner threes in a row and showcased his athleticism with his dunks and explosive first step.

Max Christie, G, Michigan State: Christie was a five-star recruit coming out of high school and fell flat in his one year at Michigan State. Many believed Christie should have returned for a second year. He remains in the draft and any team that takes him is selecting him on potential. Christie is a 6-foot-6 guard who averaged 9.3 points in 30 minutes per game.

Christian Koloko, C, Arizona: Koloko is more than just a rim-runner with his 7-foot-1 frame. He rarely leaves the paint on ball screens, but when he does, he has more mobility than his size would indicate and can guard pretty well. He knows his role and plays to his strengths. Almost all of his shots are inside the key, not forcing anything from deep range.

JD Davison, G, Alabama: Davison is an extremely athletic guard who gets into the lane with ease and has improved his outside jump shot during the pre-draft process. The 6-foot-2 guard averaged 8.5 points and 4.3 assists off the bench in Tuscaloosa.

Jean Montero, G, Overtime Elite: Montero led all players in scoring with 368 points in the Overtime Elite League and has great vision in the open court, having two games with 10-plus assists. When Montero is in the game, the pace shifts and his teammates play at a higher level.

Josh Minott, F, Memphis: Minott has a lot of upside and will need a couple years of development. He’s an athletic forward who loves to play above the rim and averaged 6.6 points and 3.8 rebounds off the bench for the Tigers.

Hugo Besson, G, New Zealand Breakers: Besson is a 6-foot-3 playmaker out of France who played the past year in Australia’s National Basketball League. He’s a solid shooter off the dribble and is strong in the lane when posting up smaller guards.

Trevion Williams, F, Purdue: Williams has great vision in the open court, makes the right pass every time and has an improved handle. During the NBA draft combine scrimmages, he punished any guard who switched on him in a mismatch situation. His motor has improved since the end of the college season.

Dereon Seabron, G / F, NC State: Seabron is a big guard at 6-foot-8 who averaged 17.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. He’s a high energy, slasher in the lane and a great offensive rebounder for his size and position.

Alondes Williams, G, Wake Forest: Williams is a perimeter wing who is athletic and can be plugged into multiple positions thanks to his 6-foot-5 frame. Williams averaged 18.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.2 assists last season.

Collin Gillespie, G, Villanova: NBA teams love players who come from Jay Wright’s program. There’s a great track record with Josh Hart, Mikal Bridges, Donte DiVincenzo and most recently, Jeremiah Robinson-Earl. Gillespie is a true floor general who consistently shot well from deep, averaging 15.6 points and 3.2 assists per game.

Moussa Diabate, F, Michigan: Diabate was a five-star recruit coming out of high school and didn’t get many minutes to showcase his talent during his one year at Michigan. He’s an athletic big who runs the floor well and can be productive after a couple of years of development at the NBA level.

Jabari Walker, F, Colorado: At 6-foot-9, Walker is an intriguing stretch-four prospect at the NBA level. He has a solid frame that has room to add muscle mass. He appeared more comfortable with the ball in his hands this season. His game in the paint has improved, and he made the right read off of a double team more consistently this season.

Ron Harper Jr., G, Rutgers: A big guard who hit multiple game-winners during his senior year at Rutgers. He’s not afraid of the big moment and has a decent first step off the wing to get past defenders. Harper averaged 15.8 points and 5.9 rebounds per game this past season.

Yannick Nzosa, C, Unicaja Baloncesto Malaga (Spain): Nzosa is a mobile and athletic center, standing at 6-foot-10. He’s one of the youngest players in the draft pool and is a player a team can stash and develop for the next couple of years.

Dominick Barlow, F, Overtime Elite: Barlow is a long, athletic power forward with good hands who needs time adjusting to the NBA’s pace. He has great upside at 6-foot-9 and is versatile on both ends of the court.

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