The college basketball season is upon us as games get going on Monday, November 7th. That makes this the perfect time to get you ready with a couple of 2023 NBA Draft big boards. While I’ve previously written pieces on top prospects for schools like Duke and Arkansas, they hardly paint the picture of the entire class. This should help everyone look out for specific players throughout the college basketball season.
Below you’ll find the 2023 NBA Draft Big Boards for Ben (me) and my Project Spurs colleague Evan Townsend. These are complete two-round boards of 60 names, one for each pick in the draft. The projections are side-by-side separated by round so you can see where we differ. Below, we’ll highlight some of the bigger names we are high on and why.
Evan’s 2023 NBA Draft Big Board Analysis
Evan has been effusive in his praise for Arkansas wing Jordan Walsh. Walsh has generally been mocked as a guy just outside the lottery, but Evan has other ideas. Here is what he has to say about the 6-foot-7, 205-pound freshman.
“[I saw] Jordan Walsh in person and witness[ed] his will to stay on a court with the second and third units, switching onto multiple positions all while guarding the longhorns’ best-opposing wings on the floor. he’s a lottery pick in my opinion and has an NBA-ready frame today.”
JORDAN WALSH OH MY GOODNESS!
Gym is still buzzing!! pic.twitter.com/GGJgoG1GzO
— Link Hoops (@LinkHoops) December 10, 2021
|Ben Round 1||Evan Round 1|
|1. Victor Wembenyama||1. Victor Wembanyama|
|2. Scoot Henderson||2. Scoot Henderson|
|3. Amen Thompson||3. Cam Whitmore|
|4. Nick Smith||4. Amen Thompson|
|5. Cam Whitmore||5. Dariq Whitehead|
|6. Keyonte George||6. Ausar Thompson|
|7. Ausar Thompson||7. Keyonte George|
|8. Dariq Whitehead||8. Nick Smith|
|9. Dereck Lively II||9. Dereck Lively II|
|10. Cason Wallace||10. Anthony Black|
|11. Dillon Mitchell||11. Cason Wallace|
|12. Kel’el Ware||12. Jordan Walsh|
|13. Brandon Miller||13. Dillon Mitchell|
|14. Jarace Walker||14. Kel’el Ware|
|15. Terquavion Smith||15. Jarace Walker|
|16. GG Jackson||16. Tyrese Proctor|
|17. Anthony Black||17. Terquavion Smith|
|18. Julian Phillips||18. Nikola Durisic|
|19. Kris Murray||19. GG Jackson|
|20. DaRon Holmes||20. Arthur Kaluma|
|21. Julian Strawther||21. Brandon Miller|
|22. Nikola Durisic||22. Mike Miles|
|23. Adem Bona||23. Julian Strawther|
|24. Amari Bailey||24. Daron Holmes|
|25. Rayan Rupert||25. Harrison Ingram|
|26. Gradey Dick||26. Yohan Traore|
|27. Marcus Sasser||27. Rayan Rupert|
|28. Harrison Ingram||28. Sidy Cissoko|
|29. Leonard Miller||29. Marcus Sasser|
|30. Jordan Hawkins||30. JJ Starling|
Evan might seem a little low on Matthew Cleveland as a second-rounder, but Evan also thinks he could jump up quite depending on how he plays at Florida State this season. The 6-foot-7, 200-pound sophomore could be special.
“Matthew Cleveland has a chance of being THE GUY now at Florida State, but is he ready for that role? Will he shoot himself out of the first round? Sill he shows any improvements to his outside game? I honestly don’t think so. He’s a second-rounder for now. Definitely could find his way in the back of an NBA rotation one day.”
If you want to relive Matthew Cleveland’s game-winner, here’s the Gene Deckerhoff call on #FSU radio: pic.twitter.com/zLzF3QVRAP
— Tomahawk Nation (@TomahawkNation) February 27, 2022
Now that you’ve gotten inside the mind of Evan, you can compare it to my big board.
Ben’s 2023 NBA Draft Big Board Analysis
Oregon’s Kel’el Ware is a bit high right now and that is based solely on his potential. He will have to show that he can be consistent and can be more than a dunker and lob target. The debate between him and Dereck Lively II is basically a high ceiling/low floor (Ware) and low ceiling/high floor (Lively) discussion that happens often between big men like these two.
Kel'el Ware is unfair around the rim 😳 @KelelWare pic.twitter.com/ezaaA5Tr3F
— B/R Hoops (@brhoops) December 22, 2021
|Ben Round 2||Evan Round 2|
|31. Baba Miller||31. Paulius Murauskas|
|32. Jordan Hawkins||32. James White|
|33. Chris Livingston||33. Judah Mintz|
|34. Tyrese Proctor||34. Kyle Filipowski|
|35. Matthew Cleveland||35. Leonard Miller|
|36. Jalen Bridges||36. Alex Fudge|
|37. Kyle Filipowski||37. Jayden Nunn|
|38. Jaime Jacquez Jr||38. Brandin Podziemski|
|39. Colby Jones||39. Amari Bailey|
|40. Caleb Love||40. Skyy Clark|
|41. Cidy Sissoko||41. Julian Phillips|
|42. Leonard Miller||42. Kowacie Reeves|
|43. Oscar Tshiebwe||43. Adem Bona|
|44. Arthur Kaluma||44. Kris Murray|
|45. Drew Timme||45. Gradey Dick|
|46. Mike Miles||46. Roddy Gayle Jr.|
|47. Trayce Jackson-Davis||47. Jordan Hawkins|
|48. Tyrese Hunter||48. CJ Gunn|
|49. Adam Flagler||49. Will Richard|
|50. Armando Bacot||50. Trevon Brazile|
|51. Colin Castleton||51. Jordan Akins|
|52. Jacob Toppin||52. Mark Armstrong|
|53. Mouhamed Gueye||53. Langston Love|
|54. Baylor Scheierman||54. Chris Livingston|
|55. James Nnaji||55. RJ Melendez|
|56. Adama Sanogo||56. Matthew Cleveland|
|57. Yohan Traore||57. Isaiah Wong|
|58. Jalen Wilson||58. Eric Gaines|
|59. Kowacie Reeves||59. Trayce Jackson-Davis|
|60. Azuolas Tubelis||60. Fedor Zugic|
Florida State’s Baba Miller might be a bit low, but with his suspension lasting 16 games (nearly half a season) he will have to show a lot of what he can do in a little bit of time. He will have to get chemistry with his teammates in real games, and in conference play to boot. His potential is intriguing and what had him as a first-rounder before the NCAA decided cut his season short.
First thing that stands out about Baba Miller — he's huge (while also a fluid athlete on the perimeter)
Guessing he ends up being a 7 footer w/ shoes on pic.twitter.com/DK7b9YgPZf
— Draft Dummies (@DraftDummies) September 7, 2022
Duke’s Kyle Filipowski is an intriguing prospect as he has some great offensive tools and could even have an offense run through him. This season, he will have to show he can move his feet and play some defense if he wants to move up into the first round. As of now, he sits squarely in the second round.
Kyle Filipowski commits to Duke
Soon to be 5 ⭐️ recruit after a breakout summer, Filipowski is one of the most offensively gifted players in his class.
Flashes guard skills on the perimeter at 6’11, stretches the floor, plays a complete inside-out game.pic.twitter.com/F7ycGdux5f
— The Brotherhood (@BrotherhoodCBB) July 29, 2021
What Do You Think?
Are we buying in on any players too much? Is there someone that didn’t make the boards that are flying under the radar? Let us know in the comments below.