Draft Notes: Edwards, Ball, Sleepers, Gach, Oturu, Scrubb

Rich Paul‘s Klutch Sports Group published a tweet on Sunday night welcoming former Georgia guard Anthony Edwards – a candidate to be the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft – to the agency.

The news came about three months after a report indicated that Edwards had signed with Octagon Sports for his representation. However, Edwards’ move to Klutch is understandable — his agent at Octagon, Omar Wilkes, was recently hired as the new head of basketball at Klutch under Paul, the company’s CEO. Edwards is the second notable Wilkes client to follow him to his new firm — Trae Young is doing so as well.

Here’s more on the 2020 NBA draft:

  • LaMelo Ball has moved to the top of a number of experts’ draft boards, but Ethan Strauss isn’t sold on the young guard as a No. 1 pick, explaining his thinking in a piece for The Athletic.
  • ESPN draft experts Jonathan Givony, Mike Schmitz, and Kevin Pelton (Insider link) identify nine potential sleepers in the 2020 draft class, including Kansas center Udoka Azubuike, Michigan State big man Xavier Tillman, and LSU guard Skylar Mays.
  • In a separate Insider-only story, ESPN’s Givony and Schmitz spoke to a handful of prospects about how they’re handling this year’s unusual pre-draft process. “It benefits the players who have a proven résumé,” said TCU’s Desmond Bane, who appeared in 141 college games over four seasons. “There may not be workouts or a combine so teams have to go off of film and interviews.”
  • Utah guard Both Gach will officially withdraw his name from the 2020 draft soon, while Minnesota big man Daniel Oturu plans to start interviewing with NBA teams this week, writes Marcus Fuller of The Star Tribune.
  • Jay Scrubb, who has opted to go pro this year instead of playing at Louisville, has had Zoom interviews with 22 NBA teams so far, including the Knicks and Nets, agent Corey Marcum tells Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com.
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9 thoughts on “Draft Notes: Edwards, Ball, Sleepers, Gach, Oturu, Scrubb

  1. Sillivan

    Too 5 picks players comparison to Heat only
    Edwards to Wade
    Ball to Payton rookie
    Wiseman to Bosh
    Okongwu to Bam
    Avdija to Glen Rice

    • Dwyane Wade was an in control, calculated, big-time scorer from medium-range. Anthony Edwards let’s it fly without a conscience from anywhere.

      Okongwu to Bam…, probably a good comparison. Both 6-9, can block a ton of shots, athletic, run the floor, doesn’t need the ball. Hopefully the new guy will come in and be as good as Bam.

      Glen Rice is a pure shooter with an incredible stroke who could launch it from anywhere with great accuracy. Generational shooter. Avdija is not an outside shooter at all. He’s a playmaking taller player with great Court vision and distribution skills. Very unselfish.

  2. Sillivan

    I think there will be 2 new rebuilding teams,they are hopeless if not rebuild
    Spurs
    Wizards

    Beal could be traded for young players and picks

    • Spurs haven’t been in rebuild mode in over 20 years. That’s amazing. If not for Kawhi jumping ship they could have continued it on another 5 or 8 years. What a machine and well-run organization. Well, except for the way they handled the Kawhi situation LOL

    • I’m not sure the Wizards are able to rebuild with the wall contract. They’re a little bit stuck. I guess you do the trade you suggest here and wait for his contract to end? By then those draft picks will be mature enough 2 be good?

  3. Sillivan

    Only 3 Draft Sleepers
    The mock drafts 2nd round pick could clinch into lotto pick (top 14)
    3 and D players with athleticism and the basketball intellect to match
    Robert Woodard, SF
    Saddiq Bey, SF,
    Leandro Bolmaro SF/SG

  4. KnickerbockerAl

    Azubuike is definitely an NBA center. He’s a great pick in 2nd rd. Probably go at end of first. Keep an eye on Jay Scrubb. He’s a high flyer still raw. If he has the right attitude, like Pippen did. He could be another Pip, well close. Both came out of division 2 schools. I would not be mad if Knicks took him with 2nd rd pick.

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