Draft Notes: Towns, Okafor, Milutinov

Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com (Insider subscription required) still has Karl-Anthony Towns as the No. 1 overall pick in his latest mock draft.  If the Wolves wind up with the top choice, Goodman writes that the Wolves already have a below-the-rim big man in Nikola Pekovic, which would lead them to Towns over Jahlil Okafor.  If the lottery goes according to script (though, it rarely does), that would allow the Knicks to take Okafor at No. 2 with the Sixers plucking D’Angelo Russell at No. 3.  While we wait to see where the ping pong balls land, here’s a look at the latest draft news..

  • Multiple NBA teams have interviewed KK Partizan center Nikola Milutinov and come away with a positive impression of him, David Pick of Eurobasket.net tweets. The Serbian 7-footer is currently projected to go early in the second round by DraftExpress.
  • Former Duke guard Rasheed Sulaimon told Goodman that he has committed to Maryland and will spend his final season with the Terps. Sulaimon was dismissed from the Blue Devils’ program in January. Once considered a potential first-round pick after his freshman year, the shooting guard is now ranked only as the No. 45 player in his class by DraftExpress.
  • Derek Bodner of USA Today (video link) wonders if Okafor can present a legitimate challenge to Towns to be the No. 1 choice.

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