Hoop Group Alumni Prepare for NBA Draft

Karl Anthony-Towns, a projected first overall pick in the NBA Draft, playing at the Boardwalk Showcase

Karl Anthony-Towns, a projected first overall pick in the NBA Draft, playing at the Boardwalk Showcase

In just two and a half weeks time, 60 athletes will hear their names called at the 2015 NBA Draft. Taking place at the illustrious Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, this year’s NBA draft appears to have several players at the top who could turn into franchise cornerstones. Also in this year’s draft, as per usual, are multiple Hoop Group alumni hoping to achieve their NBA dreams.

“With the first pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves select, Karl Anthony-Towns…” is a phrase we could be hearing on draft night. Towns’s stock rose drastically in the month of March and many consider the Jersey native to be selected first overall by the Timberwolves on draft night. Another top five, and probably top three pick is D’Angelo Russell, point guard from Ohio State. Russell, who played his high school ball for Kevin Boyle at Montverde Academy, was one of the biggest surprises this college basketball season. He averaged 19 points per game, grabbed five rebounds and dished out five assists a game for the Buckeyes, while shooting 41% from distance.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson at the Hoop Group Philly Top 100

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson at the Hoop Group Philly Top 100

While these two alumni will hear their names called early in the evening, some will have to play the ever nerve-wracking waiting game. Justin Anderson and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson are two of them. Anderson, who was having a good year for Virginia before a hand injury caused him to miss an extended period of time, is currently projected to be a late first to early second round player according to NBADraft.net. Anderson was a leader on the floor for UVA, providing much more than just stats. He made big shots, and was a work horse for the Cavaliers night in and night out.

Hollis-Jefferson’s projected draft spot is similar. The Chester, PA native had a successful sophomore campaign for a highly ranked Arizona club. While no one is questioning the 6’7 wing’s athleticism or NBA-ready body, there are a few concerns about his shooting. If placed in the right situation, Hollis-Jefferson can absolutely help out an NBA team, but his shot will still need work.

Then there is the interesting story that is Satnam Singh Bhamara, a 7’1 post grad from IMG Academy in Florida. Singh, who was just at Hoop Group Elite Camp last summer, declared for the NBA draft hoping to become the first Indian born player in the NBA. Singh showed off great hands and footwork last summer at camp, and has already worked out for the Sacramento Kings and Boston Celtics thus far. It will be interesting to see how his journey unfolds.

The list of Hoop Group alumni in this year’s draft is not limited to these five names. Included in the list are Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison and Dakari Johnson, who are a part of that Kentucky platoon that entered the draft. Quinn Cook is coming off a national championship with Duke and will enter after completing his senior year. Terry Rozier (Louisville), Darrun Hilliard (Villanova) and Briante Weber (VCU) are all other guards who will try to make their dreams come true.

Stay tuned for more draft coverage, and a complete list of alumni in the draft, as we lead up to the NBA Draft on June 25th.

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