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Tyler Rucker, NoCeilings NBA Draft Reporter

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May 13, 2024 8:04 pm

Tyler Rucker, NoCeilings NBA Draft Reporter

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May 13, 2024 8:04 pm

Tyler Rucker joined JR to discuss the draft stock of Bronny James and who the Hawks should draft with the No. 1 overall pick. 

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Most definitely. I guess the biggest shock that everybody got yesterday is obviously the Hawks are going to be selecting number one overall after only having a 3 percent chance to land the top pick. No one has any idea who number one is. Who are some of the prospects that we actually have to pay attention to? Yeah, I think that, you know, this year is getting kind of a bad rep for not having someone, like you said, with Victor Umenyama, where it's it's a little easy for NBA teams, but pretty wide open this year. I think the big name to pay attention to is Alex are spent the last couple of years with the OTE before heading overseas to play in the NBL this year. And seven one really mobile defender that is has special upside defensively and really can get after it. But going to be a bit of an upside swing offensively when the game comes around. But if you're talking about just a special defensive talent, he has the tools to be the number one pick in this class. And, you know, Yukon coming off the national championship, I think guys like Donovan Klingen, seven two to eighty big man with with a lot of offensive upside.

And then the fun castle has really been buzzing. He had a great day at the combine today. So there's a couple of names.

It's it's really wide open, but that's what's going to make this so interesting. Tyler Rucker is here with us from No Ceilings NBA draft reporter. You talk about the combine that took place today. Are there any other players who you think, you know, garnered attention besides Bronnie James?

We'll get into him. Yeah, I think there's a lot of guys that, you know, we're buzzing today. As I mentioned, Stefan Castle was one of them. I think Dalton connects had a good day as well, measured pretty well. You know, and the Kentucky guys with Rob Dillingham and Reed Shepherd, NBA scouts and evaluators have been really intrigued to kind of see what they would measure at.

Dillingham was around six one and without shoes, but. Little skinny, I think you wait around like 170, but Reed Shepherd also was kind of in that ballpark, but out of 42 inch vertical today, like tied for one of the best. So it was it was an intriguing day. You saw some Zach Edie, Donovan Klingen showcasing their three point shooting, which I'm sure caught some eyes, but a lot of names buzzing today. A lot of a lot of names that are going to be getting for these teams with private workouts and trying to make some noise in this in this class that has so much uncertainty.

But Tyler, you mentioned Zach Edie, certainly a controversial name. When you think about what he's capable of offensively, how he can move athletically, did he show anything that might have boosted him today besides a couple of threes? You know, he's been the most polarizing prospect this year because coming into the year, a lot of people thought he might have been this early second round, maybe late first round for a playoff team, kind of.

An asset in your rotation, but Edie's conditioning this year was fantastic. He's been one of the most dominant big men in college basketball the last couple of years and measured around seven four without shoes today. So he's a he's a large guy. He's a big guy.

So he's a he's a large human being. I think teams are going to be intrigued, but it's all going to come down to fit. And the draft always does.

And if a team is going to have a plan for Edie and he can be a good rotation piece, it's going to make sense as they swing on him. Now, Tyler, you said Zach Edie was measured at seven four without shoes. Hey, it's been catching everyone's attention today. I mean, he is a gigantic. I think he was around two ninety nine today on the scale.

So as a big man, the definition of one. So it's going to be interesting to see kind of what that buzz can bring with teams and they're going to want to bring him in for workouts. And you never know, he could be creeping up boards. Well, let's talk about this, Tyler. You mentioned Zach Edie and his height. I guess a little disappointing to learn today that Bronny James is six one without shoes and not the listed six foot four.

What did you hear? What's the place with Bronny out in Chicago? Yeah, it's tough with some of those measurements, especially coming from college or teams websites, they can get a little favorable. And we've seen that with some Kentucky guys that were listed around six, three, six, four that measured a little smaller today, too. But with Bronny, everyone's going to be focused on him because of the obvious elephant in the room with his dad being the Bron James. But he's got a lot of talent. He's got a lot of upside. But he just needs time. You know, he's coming off a serious medical issue that happened in the beginning of the year. And I think this is just a guy that needs to find the right fit and get a team to believe in them and have some confidence. And he has the tools to play at the NBA.

He's a special defensive talent. Just the rest of the game needs some seasoning. And, you know, a lot of these guys are unfinished products. Bronny's right there with them.

So it's going to be interesting. I mean, he added he had a good day on the vert. He finished this, I think, a forty two inch vert or forty one and a half.

So, you know, got good genes, good genes. So I think it's going to be interesting to see Bronny and if he could try to create some momentum throughout this pre draft process. Tyler Rucker is here with us. NBA draft reporter for No Ceilings, NBA. What do you think is most likely for Bronny James this upcoming season? Is he starting in the G League? I find it to be a stretch for him to be on a roster. Yeah, you know, you never want I think a lot of people look down on saying someone needs to go to the G League, but it's become a fantastic developmental resource for these organizations. And for guys like Bronny, it just gives them the ability to get playing reps, get experience. And, you know, we've seen guys in the playoffs, you know, Denver, Peyton Watson spent a lot of time as rookie year in the G League. And now he's getting minutes for a defending champion team like it's not what it used to feel like when it comes to playing in the G League. Now it's such a good source for guys to get minutes. So I think that would be huge for Bronny.

Just getting cleared this week to being able to be out and kind of showcase some stuff for scouts. I think some time in the G League would do wonders for his development because he has the upside to play in the NBA. Like that's how special of a defensive talent he could be. So Tyler, we know the team that is going to have the number one selection happens to be the Hawks. What would you do if you were the Atlanta Hawks and you were trying to build this team forward? Do they keep the pick? Do they move a guard? What do you think happens with them?

That's the million dollar question. You know, 48 hours ago, we all thought this team was going to hit the hard rebuild and there's been buzz about Trae Young or De'Jaunte Murray being on the move. And now you find yourself, well, hey, we got the number one pick. Yes, it might be a down year, but there's talent in every draft class.

You just got to find it. So there's some really talented digs at the top with Donovan Klingen and Alex Saar. I think if teams are swinging for upside, you're going to probably lean towards Saar.

But, you know, Donovan Klingen, if he can get a clear light with health, he's got the tools to be a really special piece. So I think I'd be leaning Saar right now just because of how much upside he has with his game. But it's going to be really interesting to kind of monitor this moving forward. And who do you think is the most ready-made to contribute? Who do you think is going to have the biggest impact next season?

That's the million dollar question right there. You know, I think Dalton Knecht is going to be a guy that's going to probably impress some people early on. Just relentless worker, probably one of the best stories in college basketball in terms of transferring to Tennessee this year.

6'6 can shoot the cover off the ball and he's tough. So I think Dalton Knecht is the name that might not have the biggest upside, but you might be talking about a higher floor, early contributing type of piece. Well, thank you so much. Hey, Tyler, where can people follow you and your work with No Ceilings?

We're at NoCeilingsMDA.com and No CeilingsMDA on all social media. We cover draft prospects year round from the top guys that are going to go in the top 10 picks to guys that are undrafted and might be trying to get to a spot. So thank you guys so much for having me on.

No problem, Tyler. Is it too late for me to get involved in the process? I'm too late on my paperwork, right?

No, hey, I'm looking for that too. So I get it. I don't think it's ever too late. Okay. I'm going to work on how fast I can go on my vert and we'll go from there. Hey, Tyler, thank you again and all the best. Thank you guys.

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