The NBA Draft has become a huge event. It’s the type of made for TV drama that people set their schedule around so they can watch. The drama is intense, as people see their dreams come true. Meanwhile, professional teams decide the future of their franchise. The draft influences how they build their team.
What if Michigan’s class of 2020 was picked in the same way that the NBA Draft occurs? Who would go number 1? Who would be a lottery pick? Well, 5 basketball minds got together and did a 1 round draft of the talented players in Michigan’s class of 2020.
#1: Isaiah Jackson (PF, Waterford Mott)
Jackson is a building block. He’s one of the top rim protectors and most athletic post players in the country.
#2: Jalen Terry (PG, Flint Beecher)
Terry is a downhill player that can jump out of the gym. This is a lot like taking Ja Morant at #2.
#3: Carlos Johnson (SF, Benton Harbor)
Johnson can do it all, especially attack the glass and finish in the paint. He’s a top pick talent at 3.
#4: Lorne Bowman (PG, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s)
The fact that Bowman is the 4 pick shoes the depth at the top in this class. He’s a lead guard to build around.
#5: Maliq Carr (SF, Oak Park)
Carr is one of the top pure athletes in the country. He can bulldog his way to the bucket from the wing.
#6: Tyson Acuff (PG, Cass Tech)
Acuff is an athletic point guard with good size. He can play over top of most opponents.
#7: Jamoni Jones (PG, East Kentwood)
Jones is an electric guard that creates scoring opportunities.
#8: Jarvis Walker (PG, Muskegon)
Walker is an all around talent. Good luck finding a weakness to attack.
#9: Matt Nicholson (C, Clarkston)
Nicholson is the second post player off the board. He has really developed over the last year and has a very high ceiling.
#10: Jon Brantley (PG, Brother Rice)
Brantley is an explosive scoring lead guard. He’s a team first player and a natural winner.
#11: William Dunn (F, Quincy)
Dunn is one of a kind in this draft class. He’s a pick and pop forward with nice size.
#12: Kevin-David Rice (CG, Grand Blanc)
Rice is just quietly going about his business being one of the top prospects in the state. He’s a solid shooter and a good athlete.
#13: Ryan Rollins (G, Macomb Dakota)
Rollins can score in bunches. He has the ability to create on his own or score in the flow of the game.
#14: Ernie Sanders (G, Flint Beecher)
Sanders is a game changing guard with the last lottery pick.
THE REST OF THE 1ST ROUND
#15: Jayshawn Moore (SG, Ferndale)
#16: Daijon Humphrey (G, Southfield Christian)
#17: Ryan Corner (PF, Allendale)
#18: Griffin Yaklich (PG, Saline)
#19: Reece Hazelton (G/F, Glen Lake)
#20: JT Morgan (PF, UD Jesuit)
#21: Kyle Legreair (PG, Cass Tech)
#22: Sir’Real Smith (G, Saginaw)
#23: Trell Fordham (SG, Grand Blanc)
#24: Steve Pearson (SG, Detroit Henry Ford)
#25: Martell Turner (PG, Roseville)
#26: Jimmy Schoeller (SG, Forest Hills Central)
#27: Mason Wojtusik (G, Mt. Pleasant)
#28: Noah Bayliss (PG, Okemos)
#29: Jeff Carrier (SF, Mason County Central)
#30: Kabir Bergin (F, Ann Arbor Skyline)