March Madness has arrived which is a great time not just for college basketball fans, but those who follow the leadup to the NBA draft. This year’s tournament will feature a number of top prospects, including what feels like the entire Duke team.

Now that Zion Williamson is back on the court, the Blue Devils starting lineup is made up of likely first-round draft picks. Williamson has almost assuredly locked up the top spot, but it will be interesting to see how the NCAA tournament could impact the No. 2 pick.

For the first time in our mock draft, we have Murray State’s Ja Morant jumping R.J. Barrett for the second pick. Morant helped Murray State upset Belmont in the Ohio Valley tournament to punch their ticket to March Madness. If Murray State can notch a win or two, it could help Morant overtake Barrett.

Barrett likely will have more tournament games with Duke entering March Madness as a championship contender. Most of the talk has been about Williamson, but an interesting subplot is the race for the No. 2 pick.

Here’s a look at our latest NBA mock draft, and the order is based on the standings as of Friday, March 15th, courtesy of Tankathon.

NBA Mock Draft 2019: 1st Round PicksTEAM
PLAYER
No. 1 Knicks
PF Zion Williamson, Duke
No. 2 Suns
PG Ja Morant, Murray State
No. 3 Cavaliers
SG RJ Barrett, Duke
No. 4 Bulls
SF Cam Reddish, Duke
No. 5 Hawks
SG Jarrett Culver, Texas Tech
No. 6 Hawks (via Mavericks)
SF Romeo Langford, Indiana
No. 7 Grizzlies
PF Rui Hachimura, Gonzaga
No. 8 Wizards
PG Darius Garland, Vanderbilt
No. 9 Pelicans
F De’Andre Hunter, Virginia
No. 10 Hornets
SF Nassir Little, UNC
No. 11 Lakers
PF PJ Washington, Kentucky
No. 12 Magic
SG Keldon Johnson, Kentucky
No. 13 Timberwolves
PG Coby White, UNC
No. 14 Celtics (via Kings)
PF Brandon Clarke, Gonzaga
No. 15 Heat
C Bol Bol, Oregon
No. 16 Pistons
SF KZ Okpala, Stanford
No. 17 Nets
SG Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Virginia Tech
No. 18 Celtics (via Clippers)
PF Sekou Doumbouya, Guinea
No. 19 Jazz
SF Talen Horton-Tucker, Iowa State
No. 20 Spurs
C Jaxson Hayes, Texas
No. 21 Thunder
SG Kevin Porter, USC
No. 22 Celtics
G Tyler Herro, Kentucky
No. 23 Blazers
PG Tre Jones, Duke
No. 24 Cavs (via Rockets)
C Jontay Porter, Missouri
No. 25 Sixers
F Jalen McDaniels, San Diego State
No. 26 Pacers
C Daniel Gafford, Arkansas
No. 27 Nets (via Nuggets)
SF Cameron Johnson, UNC
No. 28 Warriors
SF Admiral Schofield, Tennessee
No. 29 Spurs (via Raptors)
G Jaylen Nowell, Washington
No. 30 Bucks
F Chuma Okeke, Arizona

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Source:: Heavy.com

      

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