With the the NBA Draft Combine officially out of the way, underclassmen now have a little over a week to decide whether they’re remaining in the pool of players or not.
We already know that Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle will remain. There’s a question around Oshae Brissett, though combine results do show him as a bit of a rising name. Brissett’s already said he’ll wait ‘til the last minute (as Battle did last year) to decide. Though it could probably just take one “guarantee” to convince him it’s time to go.
Keeping all of that in mind, we’re now entering peak mock draft season, and some of those mocks include either Brissett or Battle. Which ones? More on that below.
“Charlotte’s roster is loaded with players who can alternate between two positions and have been proven college players. Battle earned All-ACC honors twice at Syracuse and can play the two and three positions.”
Given Charlotte’s roster construction, it seems like there are too many players like Battle already, though the potential departure of Kemba Walker could open up some space and maybe set a rebuild in motion. The last Syracuse player to get picked by Charlotte was Malachi Richardson, and he was subsequently sent out to Sacramento via trade. That move could’ve benefited Malachi then, even if it wound up being problematic in the end. The same can’t be said for Battle now that the Kings seem littered with young talent.
Basketball Insiders: N/A (first round only)
Bleacher Report: N/A (first round only)
CBS Sports: N/A (first round only)
No analysis here, but a positive sign for both players, potentially. Battle could find himself a soft landing spot in Houston with Iman Shumpert almost definitely leaving and the Rockets having a fairly short bench at the 2 and 3. Learning from James Harden would be an interesting experience for Battle — and one that could bring out both his best and worst tendencies at the pro level.
As for Brissett, getting picked by New Orleans could wind up being even more of a blessing. The Pelicans are a team in transition and with the potential arrival of Zion Williamson and departure of Anthony Davis, it could bring in a lot of young assets quickly to spark a quick and athletic rebuild. Playing at the 3 (a wide open position given the roster’s current depth chart) gives Brissett the chance to seize an opportunity quickly.
NBA Draft Room: N/A
NBC Sports: N/A (first round only)
No analysis to surround the pick here, but should Battle wind up in Detroit, he’d be the second Orange guard selected in the second round by the Pistons in the last four years (Michael Gbinije went there in 2016). Given the current make-up of the team, Battle could be a better fit too, depending on how the roster shakes out this summer. Right now, both the 2 and 3 spots seem up for grabs against younger talent. A strong Summer League could put Battle in contention (though it’s worth noting he hasn’t looked all that strong in NBA scouting-type scrimmages these past couple years.
NJ.com: N/A (first round only)
The Ringer: N/A (first round only)
Sports Illustrated: N/A
Sporting News: N/A (first round only)
Yahoo: N/A (first round only)
This has the potential to shift as we get closer to the draft — and the final date for deciding on the draft, May 29. So we’ll run updates every so often and see if anything changes for Battle and/or Brissett.