The 2018 NBA Draft is set to happen tonight — and for once — Buckeye fans can tune in for one sure bet, and a chance at seeing a couple more former OSU players go.
The Three Buckeyes Hoping To Hear Their Name In the 2018 NBA Draft
The last time an Ohio State player was taken in the first round of the NBA Draft was 2015 when D’Angelo Russell was selected at No. 2 by the Los Angeles Lakers.
From there, it’s been a series of unfortunate events both on and off the court for the Buckeye basketball program with little desire for anyone to keep watch on the draft happenings.
But this year is different. There are three players hoping to hear their names called and we’ve got your run-down before it all happens.
Diop isn’t a sure first-round selection, but he’s about as close as one can get. The reigning Big Ten Player of the Year is seen in mock boards as a mid to late round pick. The questions don’t surround his ability and size, but whether he has the assertiveness and drive to compete among the big boys.
Inserted into the right situation, Diop could be a surprise player of the draft. With his length, he can be a great two way player that can shoot over defenders and create matchup issues. He could use some work on his ball-handling, but he’s a guy that has shown the ability to come back from adversity.
Look for him to go around pick twenty or so, but it only takes one team to fall in love with the person Diop is for him to go higher.
There’s a place in the NBA for a guy like Tate, if a team decides to take a chance on him. If so, he could be s sleeper pick.
Tate’s game is one built on hard work and tenacity, but there are some concerns about his shooting ability and whether those blue-collar rebounds and points in the paint will work at the next level.
The Pickerington, Ohio product has gotten invitations to work out for several NBA teams leading up to the draft, but my guess is his left-hand dominated game won’t play well with those in the business.
He just needs a chance, but more than likely, Tate will have to work his way up the ranks in the developmental league or overseas. It’s unlikely that you’ll hear his name called during the draft.
Whoever signs this kid is going to get everything he’s got. You can bank on that.
Williams is a great shooter, but it comes in streaks. Undersized for the NBA game, he’ll be hard-pressed to get a shot straight out of the gate.
The best bet is for an NBA team to take a shot with Williams as a role shooter, but those can be a dime a dozen in the league, and he didn’t show a consistent desire to get to the rim and score in other ways until late in his career.
Like Tate, it’s hard to question the effort, but his game is likely more designed for an overseas journey.
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