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ESPN's Chad Ford just released his top 30 NBA prospects for the 2015 draft. Before I post that list here is first top 10 from last year:

1 Andrew Wiggins
2 Julius Randle
3 Dante Exum
4 Jabari Parker
5 Marcus Smart
6 Aaron Gordon
7 Andrew Harrison
8 Joel Embiid
9 Dario Saric
10 Chris Walker

So 8 of his top 10 went in the first 12 picks and Harrison and Walker stayed in school so not a bad job forecasting. Here is this years first top 30:

The 2015 NBA draft will have a hard time living up to the 2014 edition, which boasted one of the best talent pools in memory. But that doesn't mean next year's draft will be a disappointment. There's still plenty of talent to go around. Our first 2015 Big Board showcases two very strong No. 1 candidates at the top and highlights a number of interesting big men who fans and front offices alike will soon be excited about. Altogether, the group should include somewhere between three and five future All-Stars. Still, it's not the type of class that will cause teams -- other than the Philadelphia 76ers -- to jostle for picks or gut their rosters and tank. The day after the draft, we debuted our first Top 100 of 2015. That list represented the consensus of NBA scouts and GMs regarding each prospect's relative NBA value. Our Big Board, on the other hand, dives deeper, taking a more detailed look at the draft's top 30 players -- essentially, those who are most likely to be selected in the first round. By tracking player movement and stock fluctuation and by taking into account the latest intel from scouts, we do our best to draw a complete picture of who will take the stage at the draft next June. The biggest takeaway from this year's version? If you need a big man, this is your year. If you need a guard -- well, better luck next time. Now, without further ado: our first Big Board of 2015.

1 Jahlil Okafor
COLLEGE: Duke
HT: 6-11 WT: 275
POS: C
As we learned with Joel Embiid, size eventually outweighs just about everything else come draft time. At 6-foot-11 with a 7-foot-5 wingspan and 9-foot-3 standing reach, Okafor is absolutely massive. And he has enormous hands and quick feet for a player his size to boot. As a true low-post player with a fairly sophisticated low-post game for his age, Okafor will no doubt intrigue whatever team ends up picking first. But despite his size, Okafor lacks elite athleticism and typically plays below the rim. If he were a better athlete, and if he were in better shape, he'd be a lock for the No. 1 pick. As it stands, he'll likely be the focal point of Duke's offense this season, which should give him plenty of chances to outshine any concerns about his game. If the team drafting No. 1 is in need a center, Okafor is a lock for the job.

2 Emmanuel Mudiay
COLLEGE: SMU
HT: 6-5 WT: 196
POS: PG
The news that Mudiay would skip his freshman season at SMU and instead play overseas this season sent shock waves through the college basketball crowd. But among NBA circles this won't move the needle much, if at all. Yes, Mudiay's departure hurts SMU. Yes, Mudiay will miss the chance to be coached by Larry Brown. But after watching Dante Exum pass on heading to college last year and still end up as top-5 pick in a loaded draft, does anyone seriously think Mudiay playing overseas is going to scare off GMs? Mudiay was the best player at the Nike Hoop Summit in April. Among the 30-plus GMs and scouts I surveyed, he was one of only two players (Okafor was the other) to be mentioned as a potential No. 1 pick. If he was smart, he'd shut it down completely, hire an agent and trainer like Exum did and spend the year training for the draft. He'd be impossible to pick apart then. If he goes overseas, he'll likely struggle like most young point guards do there. Scouts already expect him to struggle, so doing so won't hurt his stock. NBA folks are obviously bummed they don't get to see him play college ball for a year, but the effect on his draft stock should be minimal. He'll stay at No. 2 and I'd be shocked if he slides much from that spot.

3 Karl Towns Jr.
COLLEGE: Kentucky
HT: 7-0 WT: 245
POS: C
Scouts love Towns, who has terrific skills for a player of his size. Towns can shoot from anywhere on the floor and plays with a pretty high basketball IQ. Still, questions abound about his toughness. And his situation at Kentucky -- potentially buried behind Willie Cauley-Stein and Dakari Johnson -- makes his position near the top of the board tenuous. It remains unclear whether Towns will get the playing time needed to justify such a high selection.

4 Kristaps Porzingis
COLLEGE: Latvia
HT: 6-11 WT: 220
POS: PF
Porzingis was the darling of the 2014 draft for a few weeks before stunning the NBA and pulling out just before deadline. That decision could be good or bad for Porzingis, whose projection as a late lottery pick to mid-first-rounder was based on limited scouting. If he gets more playing time and continues to improve, he has the potential -- and the size and athletic ability -- to be a very high pick. However, if he struggles in Europe or if scouts begin to pick him apart, he could fall -- and fall far. Of all the players in the top 10, Porzingis and Myles Turner have the most volatile draft stock.

5 Myles Turner
COLLEGE: Texas
HT: 7-0 WT: 240
POS: C
Based purely on his physical abilities and talent, Turner should probably be rated No. 2 on our Big Board. He has elite size, length and athleticism for the center position. He can run the floor like a guard and get up off the floor. He has the touch on his jump shot to play in the high post. He's just not as far along in his development as Okafor and Towns are. Scouts wonder just how much impact Turner will have at Texas as a freshman. But a big season for Turner isn't out of the question. Andre Drummond was surrounded by similar concerns during his freshman year with the UConn Huskies. A year later, he went ninth. We're going to be patient with Turner on the Big Board in the early going. It could be a while before he starts playing up to this spot. But he has considerable top-five potential, and deserves the benefit of the doubt.

6 Cliff Alexander
COLLEGE: Kansas
HT: 6-8 WT: 251
POS: PF
Alexander is a monster. He's 18 and has the body of a 30-year-old NBA power forward. He has long arms, is an explosive leaper and just attacks the rim on both ends of the floor. Every time he gets near the rim, he's looking to dunk. The questions around Alexander center on his lack of elite size for his position (he measures just 6-foot-8 in sneakers) and a low basketball IQ. Alexander plays based purely on instinct. He struggles to make reads on the defensive end and to remember plays. Thomas Robinson is probably a perfect comp for him. He should have a big freshman season for Kansas, but NBA scouts will likely remain a bit wary.

7 Justise Winslow
COLLEGE: Duke
HT: 6-6 WT: 222
POS: SF
Winslow is blessed with an NBA body, strength and athleticism. He plays with great energy on both ends of the floor. He's the Michael Kidd-Gilchrist of this draft and should be a big-time player for Duke this year. His jump shot and handle are his biggest weaknesses right now, though it appears he's improved his jump shot already this summer. If he starts shooting it well, he could move up another three or four spots on our board.

8 Stanley Johnson
COLLEGE: Arizona
HT: 6-7 WT: 237
POS: SF
Johnson will battle Winslow as the first small forward off the board. But there are a lot of mixed feelings from scouts here. Some have Johnson third on their draft board behind Okafor and Mudiay. They think he's the most NBA-ready player in the draft. They say he plays with terrific energy, he already has an NBA body, he rebounds and defends and can score from anywhere. Others fear he might be the second coming of Shabazz Muhammad, the former UCLA Bruins guard who struggled for the Minnesota Timberwolves this season. In high school, Johnson was able to bully his way all over the court. I don't see him doing that in college. He's not an elite athlete and he will need to develop a better jump shot to excel on the offensive end. He will also likely be playing behind Rondae Hollis-Jefferson this season, unless Arizona moves him or Jefferson out of position to play at the 2.

9 Mario Hezonja
COLLEGE: Croatia
HT: 6-7 WT: 200
POS: SF
Hezonja has the talent to be a lottery pick. He's a long, athletic wing who can shoot and score from anywhere on the floor. He's a good athlete and has a terrific basketball IQ. His lack of playing time in Spain and questions about his selfishness kept him from being a lottery pick last season. But teams expect him to see more run this season in the ACB. If he produces, he's an elite prospect who could move up four or five spots come draft time.

10 Kelly Oubre
COLLEGE: Kansas
HT: 6-7 WT: 204
POS: SF
Oubre is a gunslinger, with all the good and bad the description implies. He's a terrific athlete who can finish above the rim, and he's a good -- albeit streaky -- 3-point shooter. But he doesn't have a midrange game or much of a handle. He's the kind of guy who's either launching a 3 or dunking at the rim. And his personality can be polarizing. He reminds me a bit of a young J.R. Smith.

11 Chris Walker
COLLEGE: Florida
HT: 6-9 WT: 195
POS: SF
Walker is an upside guy. He had to sit much of the last season with academic issues. When he did return to the floor, he played a bit role on a veteran Gators team. This season, though, he's expected to see a significant increase in minutes. Blessed with elite athletic abilities and length, the question for him will be whether he can make the transition from the 4 to the 3. If he can get his jump shot falling with regularity, he'll be a very attractive pick as a Paul George-esque wing.

12 Willie Cauley-Stein
COLLEGE: Kentucky
HT: 7-0 WT: 220
POS: C
Cauley-Stein is a junior and people are still raving about his upside. Scouts still believe Cauley-Stein could be special. He's a late bloomer who has been learning the game at Kentucky. As he's gotten stronger and more confident, he's turned into a terrific shot-blocker and defender. If Cauley-Stein can show some major improvement offensively this season, he'll have a good shot of cracking the lottery.

13 Montrezl Harrell
COLLEGE: Louisville
HT: 6-8 WT: 235
POS: PF
Harrell had a terrific sophomore season before shocking NBA scouts with his decision to return to Louisville. Given the dearth of size in last year's draft, he likely would've been a late-lottery/mid-first-round pick. He has many things that scouts love to see in a big man's toughness, a terrific motor, and great athleticism. But he's going to have to develop offensively if he wants to stay in contention for a lottery pick.

14 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
COLLEGE: Arizona
HT: 6-7 WT: 205
POS: SF
A number of scouts felt Hollis-Jefferson would've been a lock for the first round had he decided to leave Arizona last season. He's another aggressive and athletic small forward who is a jump shot away from dominance. Hollis-Jefferson will face some stiff competition with Stanley Johnson at his position this season. But if he continues to improve, I still think he could hear his name called before Johnson. He's a better athlete. That's a big deal at the next level.

15 Bobby Portis
COLLEGE: Arkansas
HT: 6-11 WT: 231
POS: PF
Portis had a very good freshman season at Arkansas, though it largely went unnoticed by NBA scouts. He has good size and length for his position and he's versatile: He can score both inside and outside. He will need to get better on the boards and continue to show scouts he's willing to work in the paint -- about 60 percent of his shots last season were jumpers. He shot a terrific 78 percent at the rim last year, but just 36 percent on his jumpers.

16 Wayne Selden
COLLEGE: Kansas
HT: 6-5 WT: 230
POS: SG
Selden drew a lot of fanfare last summer after dominating various NCAA summer camps, but got lost in the shuffle behind Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid at Kansas. An ailing left knee that required arthroscopic surgery over the summer also slowed him down and took away much of his bounce. Now, with Wiggins and Embiid gone, he should be the focal point of the offense. If he's as good his sophomore season as scouts thought he was last summer, Selden could still end up being a lottery pick and Kansas could be very dangerous next season.

17 Tyus Jones
COLLEGE: Duke
HT: 6-1 WT: 170
POS: PG
This draft isn't nearly as stocked at point guard as 2014's was. At 17, Jones is the second-ranked point guard on our board. He's a true point guard -- a pass-first, high basketball IQ guy who shows great balance between passing and scoring. But he's not an elite athlete, which drops his ranking some. Still, if Tyler Ennis can go 18th in last year's draft, Jones easily could find himself picked in the middle of the first round.

18 Sam Dekker
COLLEGE: Wisconsin
HT: 6-8 WT: 215
POS: SF
Dekker was a favorite of the analytics crowd after a very effective freshman season, but he came back down to earth a bit as a sophomore. He has size and athleticism for his position, but his jump shot accuracy faded significantly as a sophomore and damaged his draft stock. There are a lot of teams still interested, but he'll need to bounce back as a junior.

19 Ron Baker
COLLEGE: Wichita State
HT: 6-3 WT: 213
POS: PG
After a terrific run in the tournament as a freshman, Baker started getting first-round looks as a sophomore, when scouts began to see him as a point guard at the next level. He's a very good shooter with deep range. But scouts are going to want to see him with the ball in his hands more, and he's going to have to improve his defense considerably.

20 R.J. Hunter
COLLEGE: Georgia St
HT: 6-5 WT: 185
POS: SG
Hunter is a silky-smooth shooting guard who really knows how to put the ball in the basket. He's an excellent shooter with deep range and is especially lethal when he gets his feet set. He's not an elite athlete and needs to add strength. However, his play at LeBron James' camp this summer convinced a lot of scouts that he could be a mid- to late-first-round pick this year.

21 Jordan Mickey
COLLEGE: LSU
HT: 6-8 WT: 235
POS: PF
Before Mickey stole their affection, scouts started the season very excited about Jarrell Martin, another LSU freshman. Mickey's long, he's an explosive finisher around the basket (he shot 77 percent at the rim), and he's a terrific shot-blocker. He also showed off an effective midrange game, shooting 39 percent on 2-pointers. If he gets stronger and adds range to his jump shot, he'll move up the board.

22 Jabari Bird
COLLEGE: California
HT: 6-6 WT: 190
POS: SG
Bird was getting first-round looks last year as a freshman before a midseason injury knocked him out of the lineup and off his game once he returned. However, his terrific play in the NIT reminded scouts just how good Bird can be at his best. This is a weak draft for shooting guards, and Bird's got prototypical size and athleticism for the position. But he needs to shoot better next year and develop a better game all around. His lack of rebounds and steals are a concern for scouts.

23 Marc Garcia
COLLEGE: Spain
HT: 6-6 WT: 180
POS: SG
After Porzingis and Hezonja, Garcia is considered the next best European prospect. He doesn't turn 19 until March, but he's already shown great promise as an elite scorer who can shoot it from deep and get to the rim. He has a high basketball IQ and is a good passer. His lack of elite athleticism keeps him a little lower on our board.

24 Justin Jackson
COLLEGE: North Carolina
HT: 6-7 WT: 200
POS: SF
North Carolina might have recruits who are rated higher than Jackson, but none who interested NBA scouts as much. Teams are always looking for shooters, and Jackson can shoot it both from deep and midrange. He's a bit older than the rest of his class, and he lacks elite athleticism or strength and can be passive at times, but that sophisticated shooting game is enough to overcome most concerns. Jackson should get minutes right away for the Tar Heels.

25 Ilimane Diop
COLLEGE: Senegal
HT: 7-0 WT: 230
POS: C
Diop is an upside pick. He's blessed with great length and athleticism and showed promise in early tournament play. But he averaged just 3.3 PPG and 2.6 RPG playing about 10 minutes a game for Laboral Kutxa Vitoria in the Euroleague last year. If he develops this year, he's got the physical tools to be a very interesting NBA prospect.

26 Jarell Martin
COLLEGE: LSU
HT: 6-9 WT: 241
POS: PF
Martin was one of the top high school prospects in the country last year. Then, early injuries slowed him down and he was eventually overshadowed by Johnny O'Bryant and fellow freshman Jordan Mickey. He's strong but relies too much on his jump shot. He also lacks great length for his position. But the talent is clearly there. If he gets more time in the post, he could rise.

27 Caris LeVert
COLLEGE: Michigan
HT: 6-6 WT: 185
POS: SF
LeVert was one of the most improved players in the country last year. After getting almost no attention from scouts as a freshman, he's now firmly on the board as a potential first-round pick. He's a great athlete, has range on his jump shot, plays terrific defense and even showed some nice court vision. If he builds on his terrific sophomore season, he'll hear his named called by Adam Silver on draft night.

28 Andrew Harrison
COLLEGE: Kentucky
HT: 6-5 WT: 207
POS: PG
Harrison was considered a potential lottery pick last summer. Teams love point guards with his size and NBA body. But Harrison struggled as a freshman shooting and playing the point. He turned the ball over a lot and also couldn't really get by people. He improved as the season went on, however, and helped UK back to the NCAA title game. If he shows major improvement as a sophomore, he'll start moving back up the board. I doubt he ever is considered a lottery talent again, but given the dearth of point guards in the draft, a mid-first-round selection isn't out of the question.

29 Brice Johnson
COLLEGE: North Carolina
HT: 6-9 WT: 187
POS: PF
Johnson doubled his minutes and his production at North Carolina last year. He's an athletic finisher around the basket, and a good rebounder and shot-blocker. Now that James Michael McAdoo is gone, his minutes totals should tick up even further. His lack of strength will likely hold him back from cracking the lottery, but there's talent here.

30 Kasey Hill
COLLEGE: Florida
HT: 6-1 WT: 175
POS: PG
Hill played behind Scottie Wilbekin most of the season. When the two played together, Hill was often forced out of position. This season, Hill is the man at the point for the Gators. The top-ranked point guard prospect in that stellar high school class of 2013, Hill has the talent to fill the role. His lack of a great jump shot (he shot a horrific 5-for-35 from 3 last season) probably limits his upside, but he could still end up as the second-best point guard in this class

On the cusp: Alex Poythress, SF, Jr., Kentucky Wildcats; Branden Dawson, SF, Sr., Michigan State Spartans; Delon Wright, PG, Sr., Utah; Dakari Johnson, C, So., Kentucky Wildcats; Aaron Harrison, SG, Kentucky Wildcats; Frank Kaminsky, C, Sr., Wisconsin Badgers

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Saw this on ESPN the other day about the 2015 draft. Kevon Looney is projected to go in the first 10 picks next year and possibly in the top 5. Who saw that coming last year. Here are the comments on him before the Atlantis tournament, where he played outstanding again:

[i]Nov 26 Update: We've had Looney in our top 10 since the summer. His play in the first four UCLA games suggests he'll be staying there all year. The freshman is averaging 14.8 points, 12 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.3 steals per game. Those rebounding numbers are especially attractive for Looney. But it's just the beginning. He can also handle the ball and stretch the floor. He's not being asked to do that on a regular basis for UCLA, but scouts know he's one of the most versatile players in the draft. He needs to add more toughness to his game, however. If he can keep up the momentum, I think he could be a top-five pick.

Sam Dekkar and Frank Kaminsky both project to lower first round picks, but Kevon Looney is going to go in the lottery which is amazing. Last year he was playing at Milwaukee Hamilton and next May he will be picked in the first 10 picks in the NBA draft. Never saw that coming last year at this time.
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ESPN published their new NBA top 30 draft prospects on Tuesday. The top 30 is a reflection of the consensus of NBA scouts and GMs about a player's relative value in the draft. Here it is with some of the comments on certain players:



1 Jahlil Okafor Duke
Okafor has definitely lived up to the hype early in the season. He's shooting 74 percent from the field at the rim and an impressive 41 percent on his 2-point jumpers. His footwork, soft hands and poise in the paint have all been extraordinary. There hasn't been a freshman big man this polished offensively in a while. One small area of concern is on the defensive side of things. Okafor's 14.5 rebounding rate is solid, but not elite. For someone so big and strong, he should be grabbing more boards. However, he remains the consensus No. 1 pick in the draft. Mudiay and Towns (and possibly Porzingis) will give him a serious run, but for now he's on top of the Big Board of every NBA exec I spoke with.

2 Emmanuel Mudiay China
There were serious questions among NBA scouts about how Mudiay would fare in China. So far the results have been very positive. Mudiay's numbers have been strong in his first nine games, and just as importantly, his team (Guangdong) has been winning when he's on the floor. The only real weakness right now is a pedestrian 32 percent from beyond the arc. An ankle injury has kept him out of action the past couple of weeks, but it's nothing serious -- his camp, understandably, is bringing him back slowly. There's very little question at this point that Mudiay is the best guard prospect in the draft. I don't think there's a close second. Where he goes in the draft will likely depend on who gets the top overall pick.

3 Karl-Anthony Towns Kentucky
4 Kristaps Porzingis Latvia
5 Kevon Looney UCLA
Looney is off to a great start at UCLA. He has especially stood out as an offensive rebounder. He has a 15.6 offensive rebounding rate. He uses his long arms and terrific motor to constantly crash the boards. He's taking 65 percent of his shots at the rim and is converting 58 percent of them. What Looney needs to improve is his perimeter game. Billed as a versatile player coming out of high school, he has yet to find his range on his jumper. He's shooting just 28.6 on his 2-point jumpers and 22 percent on his 3s. Even if that jump shot never comes, his size and length still project him as a potential elite 4 in the NBA.

6 Justise Winslow Duke
Winslow has generated a lot of love from scouts the past few weeks with his combination of toughness and leadership on the court. He appears to be the soul of the Blue Devils, and the comparisons to a young Michael Kidd-Gilchrist appear apt. But not everything is rosy for Winslow right now. Everyone is focusing on his 39 percent shooting from beyond the arc. That's a much better number than scouts were expecting. But his 2-point jump shooting has been awful. Twenty-one percent of his shots have been 2-point jumpers, and he's shooting just 15 percent on them. There is major room improvement there.

7 Myles Turner Texas
8 Mario Hezonja Croatia
9 Stanley Johnson Arizona
10 D'Angelo Russell Ohio State
11 Chris McCullough Syracuse
12 Cliff Alexander Kansas
13 Kelly Oubre Kansas
14 R.J. Hunter Georgia St
15 Montrezl Harrell Louisville
16 Willie Cauley-Stein Kentucky
17 Caris LeVert Michigan
LeVert continues to improve at a remarkable rate. In roughly the same number of minutes per game as last season, he's averaging 4.5 more points per game, two extra assists and rebounds per game, and an extra steal per game while shooting 50 percent from beyond the arc (up 10 percent from last season). Even his free throw percentage has improved from 77 percent to 86 percent. LeVert might be the best passing wing in the country right now. To top it off, he's just 20 -- a full year younger than most other juniors in the country.

18 Frank Kaminsky Wisconsin
Scouts have tried just about every argument possible to write off Kaminsky -- but he's making their job really hard. With the exception of one poor performance against Georgetown in the Bahamas, where 300-pounder Josh Smith just manhandled Kaminsky, he's been on fire -- especially as a shooter. Kaminsky is shooting 41 percent form 3-point range while averaging nearly 9 rebounds per game and an impressive 2.3 BPG. His 36.6 PER is fourth-highest among the players on our Big Board. He should be the first senior off the board and is a likely top-20 pick as a potential stretch 4 at the next level.

19 Jakob Poeltl Utah
20 Terry Rozier Louisville
21 Sam Dekker Wisconsin
Dekker's stats are never going to wow you. But his toughness and versatility make him an intriguing prospect. One aspect of his game that continues to draw question marks, however, is Dekker's shooting. He appeared to be a lights-out shooter as a freshman, but he's down to 29 percent on 3s and just 33 percent on 2s. That number has to increase if Dekker is going to ever find his way into the lottery.

22 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson Arizona
23 Bobby Portis Arkansas
24 Egemen Guven Turkey
25 Chris Walker Florida
26 Dakari Johnson Kentucky
27 Justin Jackson North Carolina
28 Delon Wright Utah
29 Tyus Jones Duke
Jones is sporting an incredible 6-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio in his first seven games at Duke. He is, by far, the best pass-first point guard prospect in the draft. His issue is shooting the ball from deep. While he's shooting a respectable 46 percent on 2-point jumpers, his 3-point percentage has fallen to 32 percent. Since 54 percent of all his shots are 3s, that number needs to go up significantly.

30 Trey Lyles Kentucky

Next five in:
Ron Baker, Wichita State
Devin Booker, Kentucky
Zak Irvin, Michigan
Jarell Martin, LSU
Marc Garcia, Spain
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ESPN"s latest draft rankings(12-17) with the following disclaimer:

Why do you do Mock Drafts and Big Boards in December? It's too early!

Chad Ford
Look. Rankings are a part of sports. They are subjective. They are fluid. I can't speak for anyone else, but I do tons of research that includes: talking to dozens of NBA scouts and GMs, watching dozens of games and film a week, analyzing advanced metrics -- to come up with rankings. Overall they are very solid in July and become very accurate by April -- the time when players are deciding whether to declare for the draft. (27 of the 30 players listed in our 1st round mock in April were drafted in the 1st round. And 9 of the 10 listed in the Top 10 were drafted int he Top 10). Luckily, they don't have to rely just on my mock or others that are out there. The NBA has a Underclassmen Early Entry committee that advises each player on where they are likely to be drafted. The NBA does this by polling (privately and internally) every team in the league. That information tends to be the biggest factor for underclassmen and also tends to be very close to what we are reporting. Things happen. Injuries, players work out poorly, background checks hurt their stock etc. But overall, the process is accurate. With that said, it's primarily meant for fun. So enjoy it. And if you are an underclassmen reading it -- do your homework. Get second and third opinions from the NBA.

So here it is -- our fourth Big Board of 2015.

1 Jahlil Okafor Duke
2 Emmanuel Mudiay: China
3 Karl-Anthony Towns: Kentucky
4 Kristaps Porzingis: Latvia
5 Kevon Looney: UCLA
6 Justise Winslow: Duke
7 Myles Turner: Texas
8 Willie Cauley-Stein: Kentucky
9 Stanley Johnson: Arizona
10 Mario Hezonja: Croatia
11 D'Angelo Russell: Ohio State
12 R.J. Hunter: Georgia St
13 Jakob Poeltl: Utah
14 Kelly Oubre: Kansas
15 Chris McCullough: Syracuse
16 Montrezl Harrell: Louisville
17 Delon Wright: Utah
18 Cliff Alexander: Kansas
19 Caris LeVert: Michigan
20 Frank Kaminsky: Wisconsin
21 Trey Lyles: Kentucky
22 Terry Rozier: Louisville
23 Sam Dekker: Wisconsin
24 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson: Arizona
25 Tyus Jones: Duke
26 Chris Walker: Florida
27 Jerian Grant: Notre Dame
28 Bobby Portis: Arkansas
29 Dakari Johnson: Kentucky
30 Justin Anderson: Virginia

Next five in: Egemen Guven, F, Turkey; Justin Jackson, G/F, Fr., North Carolina; Tyrone Wallace, G, Jr., Cal; Amida Brimah, C, So., UConn; Ron Baker, G, Jr., Wichita State
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