College Basketball Stars Declare for the NBA Draft

The 2021-2022 college basketball season was a crazy trip, eventually resulting in Baylor defeating Gonzaga for the March Madness title.

 

UCLA was the Cinderella team in this year’s tournament. They came in as an 11-seed and even had to play a play-in game to officially make the tournament. With all the top talent showing out in the tourney, let’s take a look at who has already declared for this July’s NBA draft. 

 

Some big names that have already declared for the NBA draft are: Davion Mitchell, Cade Cunningham, and Tre Mann.

 

Davion Mitchell (Baylor, jr.)

Davion Mitchell is a junior guard from Baylor University. Mitchell is an aggressive guard who has a nasty handle, and can get to the rim with one of the quickest first steps in the country while finishing through contact. He finished the season averaging 14 PPG, 2.7 REB, 5.5 AST and shooting 51 percent from the field.  Along with all of his effectiveness on the offensive side, he also won the 2021 Naismith Defensive player of the year. The junior guard is one of the best on ball defenders in the country. He slides his feet and gets to spots before his opponents do. Mitchell also stays disciplined in avoiding fouls by not reaching in.

 

Mitchell and the Baylor Bears won the 2021 NCAA title. (OurDailyBears)

 

Tre Mann (Florida, soph.)

Tre Mann, is a sophomore guard from Florida University. Mann is an agile playmaker, along with a great ability to be a floor general and knock down the three-ball. He finished the season averaging 16 PPG, 5.6 REB, and 3.5 AST while shooting 46 percent from the field. He can be very effective on the offensive side, but can also sit down as a solid defender for his age. Mann is really good off the dribble getting into his shot or stepping on it, as well as changing direction quickly to get to the paint or to a step-back. 

 

Tre Mann is a top talent from the Florida Gators. (GatorsWire)

 

Cade Cunningham (Oklahoma State, fresh.)

Cade Cunningham, is a freshman guard/forward from Oklahoma State University. Cunningham is a high-IQ playmaker who can knock down any shot at any time. He has a great ability to score at all three levels of the court. Standing at 6-foot-8, for his size he can get into the post and post up well. Cunningham finished the season averaging 20 PPG, 6.2 REB, and 3.5 AST while shooting 44 percent from the field. With his size and being a tall guard, it is almost impossible to stop him from getting to where he wants and pulling up from anywhere. At times he struggles to get to his spots against smaller and quicker guards. He also lacks the quickness and ball handling skills to beat his defenders off the dribble. 

 

Cade Cunningham of the Oklahoma State University Cowboys. (Forbes)

 

Here’s a list of other top talent entering this year’s draft:

  • Mac McClung – Texas Tech guard (still has eligibility to return to college) 
  • James Bouknight – UConn guard 
  • Scottie Barnes – Florida State guard 
  • Josh Christopher – Arizona State guard 
  • Sharife Cooper – Auburn guard 
  • Ayo Dosunmu – Illinois forward 
  • Moses Moody – Arkansas guard 
  • Joel Ayayi – Gonzaga guard 
  • Miles (Duece) McBride – West Virginia guard 
  • DJ Steward – Duke guard  
  • EJ Liddell (STL Kid) – Ohio State forward 
  • Scotty Pippen Jr – Vanderbilt guard 
  • Quinten Grimes – Houston guard/forward
  • Duane Washington Jr. – Ohio State guard

 

The 2021 NBA Draft will be held July 29 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.