The 19-year-old was stable in limited action, averaging 17.0 points and 7.4 rebounds per game in 12 appearances before sustaining a late-season injury. However, it turned out good enough to earn the NBL Talented Rookie of the Year honors.
Georgia Bulldogs shooting guard Anthony Edwards is second to Ball at +150 to become the first pick on Wednesday night, followed by Memphis Tigers big man James Wiseman at +550 on online betting sites. . Widely regarded as last season’s No.1 rookie, Edwards did not disappoint in his only season of college basketball in Georgia. The 19-year-old finished the shortened 2019/20 campaign in the top 20 in three-pointers and tallied 19.1 points per game to win the SEC Freshman of the Year honors.
Forced to miss a considerable amount of time due to injury and suspension, Wiseman played just three games in his first year with the Tigers. As he served a 12-game suspension, the 19-year-old cut his season short by leaving Memphis to focus on preparing for the NBA Draft. Despite limited playing action over the past year, Wiseman’s draft stock has remained high, his impressive mix of size and athleticism setting him against Portland Trail Blazers center Hassan Whiteside.
Lower in the NBA Draft odds, USC forward Onyeka Okongwu became the best of the rest, climbing to a +5,000 bet to go first overall, while Obi Toppin is joined by Deni Avdija and Killian Hayes at +6600.
Okongwu made an immediate impact in his rookie campaign at USC last season. The Los Angeles native led the Trojans with 16.2 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game to win spots on Team Pac-12 All-Freshman and First Team All-Pac-12.
Toppin chose to turn pro after two seasons with the Dayton Flyers. The 22-year-old power forward has filled his trophy cabinet after enjoying a breakthrough last season, earning America’s first team honors and winning the National College Player of the Year award after racking up 20.0 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.