By: Kelly McGowan
The NBA Draft is quickly approaching and the Chicago Bulls have spent a lot of time thinking about their college, and even high school, prospects. On Thursday, June 21, each professional team will draft two college players. Since March Madness, professional basketball teams across the nation have been thinking thoroughly about who they want to draft onto their team for the upcoming season. March Madness is an NCAA Division I basketball tournament involving 68 (including “The First Four” teams) of the top college teams in the nation which gain a large amount of publicity. The tournament lasts about three weeks and gets more intense as teams advance onward toward the championship game. This is the most important tournament of the season for college basketball players as it could make or break their chances of going pro.
There are two rounds in the NBA Draft where 60 lucky college players will get selected to join a new pro team. Below is a short list of potential prospects for the Bulls. The Bulls have the 7th overall pick in the draft.
- Trae Young: Freshman at Oklahoma
Young averages 27.4 points and 10 assists per game even while being in the toughest conference for basketball – the Big 12. Young is a great team player as he is always looking to pass the ball to his teammates out on the court. His best strength is his accuracy from shooting off the dribble. Young led the NCAA Division I in both scoring and assists as a freshman so he is most likely going to be a prospect to all teams. It is just a matter of who will select him first.
- Luka Doncic: 19-year-old from Real Madrid
One of Doncic’s strengths is being able to handle more than one position as he is described as a “position-less guard”. Doncic is a 6’8” 19-year-old from Spain. This past season, Doncic was honored with many awards in the EuroLeague. Doncic has been looked at by many NBA teams, including the Cleveland Cavaliers who have the 8th overall pick, right behind the Bulls.
- Marvin Bagley III: Freshman at Duke
Bagley stands at 6’11” and averages 21.6 points and 11.5 rebounds per game as a forward-center. Bagley reclassified himself so that he was able to start playing college ball a year early and make himself eligible for the 2018 NBA Draft. He graduated high school early and started at Duke the following week, scoring 25 points in his first game for the Blue Devils. With how determined Bagley is for his basketball career, he will be successful anywhere he gets drafted.
NBA Draft is on June 21, stay tuned!