Draft Night is the biggest night in a young athlete’s career after graduation, prom or getting your learners permit. From the time you take your first dribble and fall in love with the game to the time you take you walk off a college court for the last time; one would hope that their next chapter in life is the pros.
Tonight is the start of a new chapter for some of New England’s brightest young stars on the rise. The 2016 NBA draft will determine if dreams really do come true. The prospects listed are New England residents and although a number of former prep players from the region has entered the draft our focus is geared towards New England born and raised players.
Wayne Selden (Roxbury, MA)– a former Mcdonalds and Jordan Brand All American is projected to land between late first and early second round. Selden’s game can be compared to Ben McLemore. Selden who was considered to be more of a slasher coming out of high school has shown that he can get it going from beyond the arc.
Georges Niang (Methuen, MA) – Niang is a tweener with a game similar to Boris Diaw. The young forward is like a pot of gumbo the way he gives you a bit of everything on the court. Georges works hard on both ends of the floor rebounding and has exceptional footwork on the post. Niang has a smooth face game and is projected to be a late second round pick
Jake Layman (Wrenthem, MA) – Layman can hold a comparison to Chandler Parsons with his versatility on both ends of the floor. Jake can knock down the occasional three, can guard multiple positions on the floor and plays his role on the team. Layman is never looking to outshine his counterparts and always finds a way to get his hands on every play. Projected to go anywhere from early to late second round.
Zach Auguste (Marlborough, MA) – a poor man’s Greg Monroe. But with that being said Auguste is no slouch and could be one of the biggest steals in the second round. Auguste has the physique of a natural NBA power forward.
Kaleb Tarckzewski (Claremont, NH) – can be compared to Timofey Mozgov. Tarckzewski is a big bodied bruising center with extreme toughness. Had a solid college career at Arizona and could be a good get in the second round
Kris Dunn (New London, CT) – His build and style to his game can be compared to John Wall. Although Dunn doesn’t have the explosive athlecism of Wall he is a better defender. Dunn the two-time Big East POY should be the first of all New England natives selected and rightfully so. Kris could be a top 5 point guard in the NBA one day. Considered a lottery pick by most analyst it’s a waiting game to see where Kris Dunn lands.
AJ English –Although he’s not a New England native but did play his prep years at in the region AJ had a stellar college career that has made him deserving in being mentioned as an NBA draft selection hopeful.