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Ivey, Daniels Headline List of Point Guards in the NBA Draft

Jaden Ivey emerged in his second college season as an All-American with explosive athleticism and scoring ability.

He is the headliner among floor leaders entering the NBA draft, while Australian teen Dyson Daniels is also a lottery prospect after his work in the G League Ignite development program for elite prospects.

Here’s a look at some of the top point defenders in the June 23 draft:


The 6-foot-4, 195-pound Purdue guard is a top-5 prospect with his ability as both scorer and playmaker,

Strengths: With athleticism to play either guard spot, 20-year-old Ivey went from a complimentary piece as a freshman (11.1 points per game) to second-team Associated Press All-American, averaging 17.3 points and 4.9 rebounds . 4 prospect of the draft by ESPN, Ivey has proven his ability to score with a dribble or finish on the rim.Whether gliding gracefully through traffic or thrashing down with lightning.

Notably, his superior shooting helped step up his game beyond highlight-reel moments. Ivey shot 46% from the field last season (up from 39.9% as a freshman) and 35.8% (25.8%) from the back of the arc. This included eight games with at least two med 3s as a freshman for 21 such games last year.

Concerns: Ivey has the tools to grow into a quality keeper, but there needs to be more consistency. Offensively, he had a tendency to play out of control with his offensive lead at times, putting him at risk of overturns (2.6 per game, close to his 3.1-assist average) and forced shots.


The 19-year-old cracked the college ranks to play for Ignite, bringing size and versatility to the pro ranks.,

Strengths: 6-7, 195-pound Daniels has shape to play and defend in multiple positionsEspecially as a point guard who added another inch and about 20 pounds of strength to his frame over the past year.

Ranked 6th by ESPN, Daniels has nearly 6-11 wingspans and posted the fastest time (2.81 seconds) of any player tested at the NBA Scouting Combine in shuttle runs, which demonstrates agility and ability to change direction. Measures. He averaged 11.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.9 assists for Ignite.

“For me, playing the point guard position and being 6-7 is really beneficial for me,” Daniels said in an interview with the Associated Press in late March. “I am able to play in the low post, pick and roll with the ball in my hands and things like that. Focusing on size and weight was a big focus for me this year.”

Concerns: Daniels’ outside shot is still developing. He made 13 out of 51 (25.5%) 3-pointers in 14 games with Ignite.

Tyty Washington Jr.

Kentucky’s newest singles player is a first round prospect with his ability to play.

Strengths: The 6-4, 196-pound freshman showed quickness and versatility at both guard spots. This included time for injured Sehveer Wheeler and setting a single-game school record with 17 assists in January’s win against Georgia.,

Ranked 17th by ESPN, Washington was second on the team in scoring (12.5 points), while averaging 45% and averaging 3.9 assists. He made more than two turnovers in only six games out of 31.

Concerns: The outside shot should improve after making only 36 3-pointers and shooting 35% from behind the arc. Sustainability also became an issue as he missed three games due to injury and twice failed to score double points in the final four games, including 2 for 10 in a surprise upset defeat to No. 15 seeded St. Peters in the first round. Running was involved. NCAA Tournament.

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– Kennedy Chandler: The 6-0, 172-pound Tennessee freshman with the pace and defensive prowess to rank in the nation’s best steels (2.2) is a first-round prospect. ESPN’s No. 19 draft prospect also shot 38% from 3-point range, including 17 of 30 (56.7%) in seven matches in March, and the best maximum vertical of any player measured in the NBA Scouting Combine. The jump was (41.5 inches). ,

– Dylan Terry: Taking a leading role late in the season, 6-7 sophistication brought shape and defense to the Arizona backcourt as a potential first-round prospect. Due to an ankle injury to teammate Kerr Chrisa.

— Andrew Nembard: The 6-5 senior was a starter for Gonzaga’s 2021 NCAA title game, then improved to 3-point shooting (38.3%) last season, averaging 11.8 points and 5.8 assists. Nembard could be a late first round pick.

– Jean Monteiro: 6-2, 172-pound Monteiro Scrapped the college ranks to play for the Overtime Elite Development ProgramAnd a second round is likely.


Associated Press Sportswriters Gary B. Graves in Louisville, Kentucky; and Michael Marot in Indianapolis; contributed to this report.


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