2017 NBA Draft Big Board: Mid-February edition

FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 30: Washington Huskies guard Markelle Fultz (20) brings the ball up the court during the NCAA Basketball game between the Washington Huskies and TCU Horned Frogs on November 30, 2016, at Ed & Rae Schollmaier Arena in Fort Worth, TX (Photo by Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire)
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We’re just two weeks from the start of March, which puts top NBA Draft prospects under the microscope as the postseason is coming quickly. Since our mid-December Big Board, there’s been a lot of movement among prospects whether that be from improved play, injuries, or other reasons.

However, we do have a more concrete idea of where top prospects stand at this point of the season. Of course, there’s plenty of time until the 2017 NBA Draft, and once the draft combine hits and teams start working out prospects, a lot can still change.

That being said, who are my top 60 prospects for the 2017 draft as we head towards postseason play?

Note: Freshmen outside the top 30 (like Zach Collins, Ike Anigbogu, Rawle Alkins, Omer Yurtseven, etc.) are left off this as I deem them prospects for the 2018 draft.

1. Markelle Fultz 6-5 185 PG/SG Washington Freshman
— Combo guard with shifty scoring and passing skills, and superb instincts.

2. Josh Jackson 6-8 203 SF Kansas Freshman
— Tall, athletic slasher, unpolished shooter and versatile defender.

3. Lonzo Ball 6-5 195 PG UCLA Freshman
— Best combination of size, vision and passing precision among point guards in this draft.

4. Dennis Smith 6-2 175 PG N.C. State Freshman
— Best athlete among point guards; outstanding ball skills and playmaking potential.

5. Jonathan Isaac 6-11 205 F Florida State Freshman
— High-upside forward with flashes of perimeter skills; needs to get stronger.

6. Jayson Tatum 6-8 204 SG/SF Duke Freshman
— Polished footwork and overall offensive repertoire, great two-way upside.

7. Lauri Markkanen 7-0 225 PF/C Arizona Freshman
— Finnish big man with impressive inside-out skills and instincts for a 7-foot teenager.

8. De’Aaron Fox 6-4 171 PG/SG Kentucky Freshman
— Aggressive southpaw combo guard who makes plays on both ends of the court.

9. Frank Ntilikina 6-5 170 PG Belgium International
— Wiry, athletic guard who’s a creative slasher but streaky shooter.

10. Robert Williams 6-9 240 PF/C Texas A&M Freshman
— Long (7-4 wingspan), athletic big man with good mid-range touch.

11. Miles Bridges 6-8 230 SF Michigan State Freshman
— Can jump out of the gym and attack the rim off the dribble.

12. Justin Patton 7-0 230 PF/C Creighton Freshman
— Tall, long big man with soft shooting stroke and two-way upside. Lacks strength.

13. Malik Monk 6-4 185 PG/SG Kentucky Freshman
— Explosive combo guard with great shooting stroke and defensive intensity.

14. T.J. Leaf 6-10 220 PF UCLA Freshman
— Skilled freshman big man with stretch potential and passing ability but defensive concerns.

15. Edrice Adebayo 6-9 225 PF Kentucky Freshman
— Bruising, above-the-rim finisher with All-NBA defensive potential; lacks offensive polish.

16. Terrance Ferguson 6-7 185 SG/SF Arizona Freshman
— Top-shelf perimeter shooter with fluid open-floor verticality.

17. Harry Giles 6-11 225 PF Duke Freshman
— Above-the-rim beast with great body control, athleticism and size. Extremely skilled with injury concerns.

18. Isaiah Hartenstein 6-11 225 PF Germany International
— Lefty forward has soft shooting stroke and great end-to-end athleticism

19. OG Anunoby 6-8 215 SF/PF Indiana Sophomore
— Talented (now injured) two-way prospect with awesome length, athleticism and upside.

20. Jarrett Allen 6-11 227 PF/C Texas Freshman
— Great touch and awareness near the rim, can step out and hit jumpers; still thin.

21. John Collins 6-10 235 PF/C Wake Forest Sophomore
— Young, athletic big man with huge two-way upside

22. Ivan Rabb 6-10 215 PF California Sophomore
— Mid-tier athlete who outworks opponents on glass and has promising mid-range skills.

23. Tyler Lydon 6-9 205 F Syracuse Sophomore
— Fluid stretch 4 with elite shooting talent and sharp defensive instincts.

24. Donovan Mitchell 6-3 200 PG/SG Louisville Junior
— Rising combo guard with elite explosiveness and improved versatility.

25. Rodions Kurucs 6-8 200 SF Latvia 18 years old
— Skills/physique aren’t NBA-ready, but there’s stretch-forward potential.

26. Johnathan Motley 6-10 230 PF Baylor Junior
— Skilled, smooth big man with great touch and offensive awareness.

27. Shake Milton 6-5 195 PG/SG SMU Sophomore
— Shoot-and-slash combo guard who must increase productivity.

28. Luke Kennard 6-5 190 SG Duke Sophomore
— Lefty shooter with great stroke and improved versatility; must improve defensively.

29. Chimezie Metu 6-11 215 PF USC Sophomore
— Tremendous size and above-the-rim bounce; limited skills right now.

30. Juwan Evans 6-0 190 PG Oklahoma State
— Quick, athletic lead guard with great shooting ability and defensive ability.

31. Josh Hart 6-5 205 SG Villanova Senior
— Low ceiling for a swingman, but he’s a tough and resourceful player.

32. Jonathan Jeanne 7-2 195 C France International
— Towering, agile center whose skills are raw on both ends.

33. Justin Jackson 6-8 195 SF North Carolina Junior
— Terrific off-ball role player who can shoot, cut, pass; still extremely slender but improved his jumper

34. Thomas Bryant 6-10 241 C Indiana Sophomore
— Strong post player with tremendous length and some jump-shooting potential.

35. Mikal Bridges 6-7 200 SG/SF Villanova Sophomore
— Athletic 3-and-D wing with versatility and huge upside.

36. Alec Peters 6-9 225 SF/PF Valparaiso
— Combo forward with great scoring ability and footwork.

37. Dwayne Bacon 6-5 202 SG/SF Florida State Sophomore
— Confident, aggressive scorer who must boost shooting efficiency.

38. Caleb Swanigan 6-9 250 PF Purdue Sophomore
— Slow, skilled big man with improved versatility offensively
39. Wesley Iwundu 6-7 205 SG/SF Kansas State Senior
— Talented wing with incredible defensive ability and improved offensive repertoire.

40. Devonte Graham 6-2 175 PG Kansas Junior
— Sharp passer and accurate shooter, crafty competitor.

41. Grayson Allen 6-5 185 SG Duke Junior
— Efficient shooter who also has slashing burst and playmaking potential.

42. Kostja Mushidi 6-5 205 SG Germany International
— Do-it-all wing who can drive, defend and pass at a high level.

43. Alpha Kaba 6-10 225 PF/C France
— Unreal length (7’5.25”) and all-around athleticism; mechanical skills.

44. Monte Morris 6-3 175 PG Iowa State Senior
— Polished floor general, solid shooter, average athlete.

45. Aleksandar Vezenkov 6-9 225 SF/PF Cyprus
— Effortless lefty shooter, savvy player; lacks burst to drive or defend at high level.

46. Semi Ojeleye 6-7 235 SF/PF SMU Junior
— Duke transfer having breakout year. Good athlete with a smooth stroke.

47. Anzejs Pasecniks 7-2 230 C Latvia International
— Huge, stretch center who really needs to add weight

48. Cam Oliver 6-8 225 PF Nevada Sophomore
— Powerful, long stretch four with shot blocking and shooting skill.

49. Nigel Hayes 6-7 245 SF/PF Wisconsin Senior
— Great passer for a combo forward, but 3-point efficiency was disappointing last year.

50. Isaiah Briscoe 6-3 215 PG/SG Kentucky Sophomore
— Talented combo guard with great length and defensive potential

51. Jonah Bolden 6-10 215 PF Australia International
— Former Bruin is a skilled four man with shooting touch and ball skills

52. Joel Berry 6-0 185 PG North Carolina Junior
— Quick, athletic lead guard who can shoot and distribute.

53. Allonzo Trier 6-5 200 SG Arizona Sophomore
— Explosive scorer with improved playmaking skill and off the court concerns

54. Jaron Blossomgame 6-7 220 SF/PF Clemson Senior
— Athletic combo forward who’s struggled with his jumper as a senior

55. Peter Jok 6-6 205 SG Iowa Senior
— Savvy senior shooting guard saving best year for last.

56. L.J. Peak 6-5 215 SG/SF Georgetown Junior
— Versatile wing who can do a lot of things with a solid shooting stroke.

57. Charles Cooke 6-5 200 SG Dayton Senior
— Sharpshooting senior swingman with improved versatility and consistency.

58. V.J. Beachem 6-8 200 SG/SF Notre Dame Senior
— Lethal spot-up shooter; enough athleticism for role-player potential.

59. Moses Kingsley 6-9 240 PF/C Arkansas Senior
— Long big man with excellent shot-blocking ability and skill in paint.

60. Chris Boucher 6-10 210 PF Oregon Senior
— Intriguing length and offensive skillset, though raw despite turning 24 in January.

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