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We’re sandwiched between two key dates on the NBA Draft calendar: the withdrawal deadline for underclassmen, and the draft lottery. So, finally, a date of real consequence in the process looms. In just a few days we’ll know which teams will be picking where in the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery and who will hold the rights to the No. 1 pick.


While there hasn’t been workout opportunities for players — and interview opportunities have been limited — the extended draft schedule has afforded teams to further examine this class both from an analytics perspective and from an eye-test perspective, with front offices taking the time off to watch film and really dig deep on players’ background on and off the court. 


To gear up for Thursday’s NBA Draft Lottery and account for the underclassmen who made their stay-or-go decisions earlier this month, we’ve updated the CBS Sports Top 100 Big Board. We’ve also reshuffled our board with movements to reflect the (ever so slightly) shifting landscape that’s fallen into place over the last few months.


(Note: the Big Board is my own personal ranking and different from a mock draft, which considers the consensus of how teams view the class and how the draft may actually unfold.)


Risers


No. 3 Tyrese Haliburton, Iowa State


Previous rank: No. 9


I’ve moved Iowa State star Tyrese Haliburton up six spots, from No. 9 to No. 3, because I know exactly what I’m going to get with him. He’s a long and tenacious defender with a high basketball IQ who shoots it efficiently, projecting as an ideal two-way guard. Plus, character and work ethic checks are all coming back pristine for teams who have him on their radar. 


“He’s a pass-first guard,” one scout told me recently. “Whatever team gets him, they’re going to love what he brings as far as IQ and skill.”


There are perhaps higher-upside prospects to consider who I have ranked lower than Haliburton — namely James Wiseman and Anthony Edwards — but he’s going to be a safe pick (the safest among top 10 prospects?) because of his selfless style of play and immediate projectability as a role player. He’ll need to land in the right situation to be successful — and ideally that’d be a pairing alongside an initiator — but I feel pretty confident he’s going to be an efficient and successful NBA player in the same way he’s been an efficient and successful college player the last two seasons.


No. 8 Patrick Williams, Florida State


Previous rank: No. 23


Checking in at No. 8 is Florida State one-and-done wing Patrick Williams, who has taken a backseat on the attention train to his teammate Devin Vassell throughout the process. 


Williams continues to rise because of his 6-foot-8 frame and 6-11 wingspan, coupled with the mix of stuff you just can’t teach — namely the defensive anticipation and the size.


The word I hear each time I talk with someone about him is almost always “raw” from a skills perspective, but it’s almost always followed by some iteration of keep an eye on him as a sleeper. I think teams are higher on him than they are leading on — I know at least two scouts who have him inside the lottery of their own rankings — and I suspect that in a draft devoid of surefire wings that he’s likely to be considered among those with the brightest long-term outlook. 


Fallers


No. 52: Jay Scrubb, John A. Logan College  


Previous rank: No. 30


If ever there were a time to bypass college, Jay Scrubb might’ve found the moment. The former Louisville signee and Junior College Player of the Year skipped his Cardinals commitment to go pro out of JUCO and looks to be one of the few available shooting guards in a thin class of them, making him at one point a top-30 prospect for me.


But I just can’t quite go there right now (or at least I can’t stay there), hence my drop for him to No. 52. Justifying such a high personal ranking essentially came down to potential need at the position in this draft, and so for that reason I’ve bumped him down because I can’t use that as reason enough to keep him that high. Perhaps the real draft plays out in his favor because of that supply and demand, but he’s just outside my top 50 right now. 


No. 36: Vernon Carey Jr., Duke


Previous rank: No. 29


Only a seven-spot drop for Duke dynamo Vernon Carey Jr., but a notable one because big men Precious Achiuwa, Isaiah Stewart, Xavier Tillman, Jalen Smith and a few others are ahead of him on my Big Board. It’s tougher than ever to be a draft-hopeful as a big man as the league continues to generally devalue the position, but it’s especially so this year because of the depth at the position.


Nonetheless, this will end up being a win for teams looking at big men depth in the second round if players the ilk of Carey Jr. end up slipping. And, I think in general this is a draft where second-round picks may present some serious value. If you can find a productive player like Carey Jr. at No. 35 in this draft you’re probably doing something right.


Top 100 Big Board






































































































RankPlayerSchool/CountryClassPos.HTWT

1

LaMelo Ball

Australia

-

PG

6-6

180

2

Killian Hayes

France

-

PG

6-5

192

3

Tyrese Haliburton

Iowa St.

Soph

PG

6-5

175

4

James Wiseman

Memphis

Fr

C

7-1

240

5

Anthony Edwards

Georgia

Fr

SG

6-5

225

6

Onyeka Okongwu

USC

Fr

C

6-9

245

7

Deni Avdija

Israel

-

SF

6-9

215

8

Patrick Williams

Florida St.

Fr

SF

6-8

225

9

Obi Toppin

Dayton

Soph

PF

6-9

220

10

Kira Lewis Jr.

Alabama

Soph

PG

6-3

165

11

Isaac Okoro

Auburn

Fr

SF

6-6

225

12

Aaron Nesmith

Vanderbilt

Soph

SF

6-6

213

13

Devin Vassell

Florida St.

Soph

SF

6-7

194

14

Josh Green

Arizona

Fr

SG

6-6

210

15

Cole Anthony

N. Carolina

Fr

PG

6-3

190

16

Theo Maledon

France

-

PG

6-4

174

17

Aleksej Pokusevski

Greece

-

C

7-0

205

18

Tyrese Maxey

Kentucky

Fr

SG

6-3

198

19

Saddiq Bey

Villanova

Soph

SF

6-8

216

20

Cassius Stanley

Duke

Fr

SG

6-6

193

21

Jahmi’Us Ramsey

Texas Tech

Fr

SG

6-4

195

22

Tyrell Terry

Stanford

Fr

PG

6-2

160

23

Xavier Tillman

Michigan St.

Jr

PF

6-8

245

24

Precious Achiuwa

Memphis

Fr

PF

6-9

225

25

Leandro Bolmaro

Argentina

-

SF

6-7

178

26

Jalen Smith

Maryland

Soph

C

6-10

225

27

Grant Riller

Charleston

Sr

PG

6-3

190

28

Isaiah Joe

Arkansas

Soph

SG

6-5

180

29

RJ Hampton

New Zealand

-

SG

6-5

185

30

Jaden McDaniels

Washington

Fr

PF

6-9

200

31

Desmond Bane

TCU

Sr

SF

6-6

215

32

Nico Mannion

Arizona

Fr

PG

6-3

190

33

Malachi Flynn

San Diego St

Jr

PG

6-1

185

34

Isaiah Stewart

Washington

Fr

C

6-9

250

35

Elijah Hughes

Syracuse

Jr

SF

6-6

215

36

Vernon Carey Jr.

Duke

Fr

C

6-10

270

37

Paul Reed

DePaul

Jr

PF

6-9

220

38

Cassius Winston

Michigan St.

Sr

PG

6-1

185

39

Jordan Nwora

Louisville

Jr

SF

6-7

225

40

Tyler Bey

Colorado

Jr

SG

6-7

216

41

Tre Jones

Duke

Soph

PG

6-3

185

42

Devon Dotson

Kansas

Soph

PG

6-2

185

43

Killian Tillie

Gonzaga

Sr

PF

6-10

220

44

Zeke Nnaji

Arizona

Fr

C

6-11

240

45

Robert Woodard

Miss. State

Soph

SG

6-7

235

46

Daniel Oturu

Minnesota

Soph

C

6-10

240

47

Lamine Diane

CSNorthridge

Soph

SF

6-7

205

48

Payton Pritchard

Oregon

Sr

PG

6-2

190

49

Ashton Hagans

Kentucky

Soph

PG

6-3

198

50

Markus Howard

Marquette

Sr

PG

5-11

180

51

Skylar Mays

LSU

Sr

SG

6-4

205

52

Jay Scrubb

John A. Logan College

-

SF

6-6

200

53

Kenyon Martin Jr.

IMG Academy

-

SF

6-6

210

54

Immanuel Quickley

Kentucky

Soph

SG

6-3

188

55

Abdoulaye N’Doye

France

-

SF

6-7

205

56

Sam Merrill

Utah State

Sr

SG

6-5

205

57

Yam Madar

Israel

-

PG

6-3

N/A

58

Reggie Perry

Miss. State

Soph

PF

6-10

250

59

Malik Fitts

Saint Mary’s

Jr

SF

6-8

230

60

Saben Lee

Vanderbilt

Jr

SG

6-2

183

61

Karim Mane

Canada

-

SG

6-4

200

62

Mason Jones

Arkansas

Jr

SG

6-5

200

63

Mamadi Diakite

Virginia

Sr

PF

6-9

224

64

Naji Marshall

Xavier

Jr

SF

6-7

220

65

Udoka Azubuike

Kansas

Sr

C

7-0

270

66

Ty-Shon Alexander

Creighton

Jr

SG

6-4

195

67

Kristian Doolittle

Oklahoma

Sr

SF

6-7

232

68

Lamar Stevens

Penn St.

Sr

SF

6-8

225

69

Jalen Harris

Nevada

Jr

SF

6-5

195

70

Paul Eboua

Cameroon

-

SF

6-7

210

71

Josh Hall

Moravian Prep

-

SG

6-9

190

72

Nick Richards

Kentucky

Jr

C

6-11

247

73

Nate Hinton

Houston

Soph

SG

6-5

210

74

Myles Powell

Seton Hall

Sr

PG

6-2

195

75

Borisa Simanic

Serbia

-

C

6-11

209

76

Yoeli Childs

BYU

Sr.

PF

6-8

225

77

Rayshaun Hammonds

Georgia

Jr

PF

6-9

235

78

Nathan Knight

William & Mary

Sr.

C

6-10

253

79

Jordan Ford

Saint Mary’s

Jr.

PG

6-1

175

80

Kaleb Wesson

Ohio St.

Jr

C

6-9

270

81

CJ Elleby

Washington St.

Soph

SF

6-6

200

82

Freddie Gillespie

Baylor

Sr.

PF

6-9

245

83

Anthony Lamb

Vermont

Sr.

SF

6-6

227

84

Omer Yurtseven

Georgetown

Jr.

C

7-0

275

85

Emmitt Williams

LSU

Soph

PF

6-6

215

86

Tres Tinkle

Oregon State

Sr

SF

6-8

225

87

Filip Petrusev

Gonzaga

Soph

C

6-11

235

88

Cameron McGriff

Oklahoma State

Jr

SF

6-7

220

89

Kamar Baldwin

Butler

Sr

PG

6-1

195

90

Justinian Jessup

Boise State

Sr

SG

6-6

200

91

Jon Teske

Michigan

Jr

C

7-1

260

92

Trevelin Queen

New Mexico State

Sr

SF

6-6

190

93

Marko Simonovic

Mega Bemax

-

PF

6-8

210

94

Nate Darling

Delaware

Jr

SG

6-5

200

95

Kahlil Whitney

Kentucky

Fr

SF

6-7

200

96

Trent Forrest

Florida State

Sr

SG

6-4

210

97

Markell Johnson

NC State

Sr

PG

6-1

175

98

Austin Wiley

Auburn

Sr

C

6-11

260

99

Alpha Diallo

Providence

Sr

SG

6-7

210

100

Tyrique Jones

Xavier

Sr

PF

6-8

235

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