On Thursday, June 21, the 2018 NBA Draft brought uncertainty at the top with Deandre Ayton and Marvin Bagley III being the only known selections prior to the entertaining event at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Now, with the draft officially in the books, where we saw 60 of the best young basketball players in the world fulfilled a life-long dream by hearing their name.
However, for the top players who didn’t get selected, it will definitely sting.
Who are some of the most talented players whose names were not called by the commissioner?
Here’s a rundown of the top five players who went undrafted yesterday in this year’s NBA draft.
1. Trevon Bluiett – Xavier University
The underrated 23-year-old should have been selected in the draft. Besides being Xavier’s second-leading all-time scorer and one of college basketball’s premier shooters, the 6-foot-6 wing with the quick trigger avered 19.5 points per game as a senior and shot 41.7 percent from behind the arc.
However, teams were concerned whether he would be able to guard anyone at the NBA level, but that doesn’t mean he won’t have a chance to prove teams wrong.
Bluiett will be playing Summer League with the New Orleans Pelicans.
2. Jock Landale – Saint Mary’s College
This highly-skilled 6-foot-11 Aussie center averaged 21.1 points and 10 rebounds as a center. Landale displays many things on the court: his display of soft hands, deft footwork and the ability to knock down a mid-range jumper. He can also pass out of a double team.
The NBA teams’ reasoning for avoiding Landale in the draft was because he lacks the athleticism to switch ball screens or defend the rim. So what’s next on his agenda? Landale is set to play Summer League with the Atlanta Hawks.
3. Bonzie Colson – University of Notre Dame
The New Bedford native made one thing clear: he proved the skeptics wrong when they thought he was too small to play center in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). This is a player, who does most of his damage in the paint, which is why he’s one of college basketball’s top interior scorers.
So how many NBA fans think Colson can continue to excel as an interior scorer, rebounder and shot blocker? We already know what the scouts think. Nonetheless, let’s just wait and see what happens.
Until then, Colson will have to prove himself as an undrafted free agent.
4. Joel Berry II – University of North Carolina
Berry is a former Final Four Most Outstanding Player who led his squad to two Final Fours and a national title over the past three seasons. When it’s all said and done, he had the resume of an NBA player, but to the NBA scouts, they weren’t buying it.
According to the talent evaluators, Berry II didn’t possess the necessary tools to the sport’s highest level. For instance, he didn’t have an explosive first step to the basket.
Nevertheless, Berry II signed with the Los Angeles Lakers as an undrafted free agent.
5. Allonzo Trier – University of Arizona
Despite not being an elite athlete, Trier is definitely a capable on-ball defender and straight-line driver. Trier has definitely shown enough flashes of court vision to offer hope that he can still have room for growth to make that dream come true. And he did. He signed a two-way contract with the New York Knicks.
Let’s see if he can prove the scouts wrong when he takes the court with a chip on his shoulder.
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