The college basketball season is upon us as games begin on Monday, November 7. So now is the perfect time to prepare yourself with some big 2023 NBA draft charts. While I’ve written about top prospects for schools like Duke and Arkansas, they barely paint the whole picture the class. This should help everyone search for specific players throughout the college basketball season.
Below are the NBA Draft 2023 Big Boards for Ben (me) and my Project Spurs colleague Evan Townsend. These are full two-round draws of 60 names, one for each draft pick. The projections are side by side separated by a circle so you can see where we differ. Below, we’ll highlight some of the biggest names we’re high on and why.
Evan’s 2023 NBA Draft Big Picture Analysis
Evan praised Arkansas winger Jordan Walsh. Walsh has usually been mocked as the guy just outside the lottery, but Evan has other ideas. Here’s what he has to say about the 6-foot-7, 205-pound freshman.
“[I saw] Jordan Walsh in person and witness[ed] his willingness to stay on ground with the second and third units, moving to multiple positions while keeping the Longhorns’ most opposite wings on the ground. he is a lottery pick in my opinion and has an NBA ready frame today.
|Well round 1||Evan Tower 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. George Keyonte||6.Ausar Thompson|
|7.Ausar Thompson||7. Keyont George|
|8. Dariq White Head||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 Walch|
|13. Brandon Miller||13. Dillon Mitchell|
|14. Jarace Walker||14. Kel’el Ware|
|15. Terquavion Smith||15. Jarace Walker|
|16. GG Jackson||16. Tyrese Overseer|
|17. Anthony Black||17. Terquavion Smith|
|18. Julien Phillips||18. Nikola Durisic|
|19. Kris Murray||19. GG Jackson|
|20. Da Ron Holmes||20. Arthur Kaluma|
|21. Julian Strawther||21. Brandon Miller|
|22. Nikola Durisic||22. Mike Miles|
|23. Adem Bona||23. Julien 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 may seem a little low on Matthew Cleveland as a second-rounder, but Evan also thinks he could jump depending on how he plays at Florida State this season. The 6-foot-7, 200-pound second player could be special.
“Matthew Cleveland has a shot at being THE GUY now at Florida State, but is he ready for the role? Will he shoot himself in the first round? Is he showing improvement in his outside game? Honestly, I don’t think so. He’s a second rounder at the moment. He could definitely find his way into the back of an NBA rotation one day.
Now that you’ve entered Evan’s mind, you can compare it to my big picture.
Analysis of Ben’s big 2023 NBA draft draw
Oregon’s Kel’el Ware is a bit high right now and that’s just based on his potential. He will need to show that he can be consistent and can be more than a dunk 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 often occurs between great men like these two.
|Well round 2||Evan Round 2|
|31. Baba Miller||31. Paulius Murauskas|
|32. Jordan Hawkin||32. James White|
|33. Chris Livingstone||33. Judah Mintz|
|34. Tyrese Overseer||34. Kyle Filipowski|
|35. Matthew Cleveland||35. Leonard Miller|
|36. Jalen Bridges||36. Alex Fudge|
|37. Kyle Filipowski||37. Jayden Nunn|
|38. Jaime Jacques Jr.||38. Brandin Podziemsky|
|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 Hawkin|
|48. Tyrese Hunter||48. CJ Gunn|
|49. Adam Flagler||49. Will Richard|
|50. Armand Bacot||50. Trevon Brazile|
|51. Colin Castleton||51. Jordan Akins|
|52. Jacob Toppin||52. Marc Armstrong|
|53. Mouhamed Gueye||53. Langston’s Love|
|54. Baylor Scheierman||54. Chris Livingstone|
|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 may be a little weak, but with his 16-game suspension (nearly half a season), he’ll have to show a lot of what he can do in a short amount of time. He’ll have to build chemistry with his teammates in real games and in conference games to boot. His potential is intriguing and what put him in the first round before the NCAA decided to cut his season short.
The first thing that stands out about Baba Miller – he’s huge (while also being a fluid athlete on the perimeter)
Guess he ends up being a 7 footer with shoes pic.twitter.com/DK7b9YgPZf
— Draft Dummies (@DraftDummies) September 7, 2022
Duke’s Kyle Filipowski is an intriguing prospect as he has great offensive tools and could even get through an attack. This season he will have to show that he can move his feet and play some defense if he wants to advance to the first round. From now on, he sits squarely in the second round.
Kyle Filipowski commits to Duke
Soon to be 5 ⭐️ rookie after a breakout summer, Filipowski is one of the most offensively gifted players in his class.
Flashes perimeter guard skills at 6’11, stretches the floor, plays a full backhand game.pic.twitter.com/F7ycGdux5f
— The Brotherhood (@BrotherhoodCBB) July 29, 2021
What do you think?
Are we buying too many players? Is there anyone who hasn’t made the boards that fly under the radar? Let us know in the comments below.