Kansas' Jackson, Duke's Tatum headline forwards in NBA draft

THEIR TIME TO SHINE: With so much trade speculation about All-Stars such as Paul George and Jimmy Butler, there hasn't been as much focus as usual leading into Thursday on the players who are in the draft.

"In high school I told my trainer Keith I wanted to be the No. 1 player in the country and the No. 1 draft pick, so it was a goal I set out there, and that's what I was striving for", Fultz said. After missing the first eight games of the year with a left foot sprain, the 6-foot-9 forward turned into an elite scorer in his lone season of college, averaging 16.8 points per game. They hold the fourth overall pick, giving them a plethora of talent to choose from in a very deep draft. "There may be one or two franchise-level players", Colangelo said. Boston picked Duke's Jayson Tatum with the No. 3 pick. "I've got an opportunity to play basketball and that's all I ask for".

"I think his situation should be better than mine", Selden said of Mason. "Just want to get on the court".

Forwards Josh Jackson of Kansas and Jayson Tatum of Duke are two players frequently mentioned as possibilities at the No. 3 spot, and Celtics president Danny Ainge said Boston could get the player there they might have taken at No. 1.

Fox ended up in the same state as Ball, who he outplayed when Kentucky ousted UCLA in the NCAA Tournament.

"I feel that within the top 10, there are probably five or six sure-fire All-Stars". The 20-year-old Jackson was the Big 12 freshman of the year and an all-Big 12 first-team selection. Well, here's all the information you'll need to watch the 2017 NBA Draft, including the date, start time of the draft and how you can also stream it. Most projections have Giles as a late first-round pick. Picking 22nd and 27th overall, Brooklyn is attempting to package both picks in an attempt to move up in the first round. If that holds true, Tatum will give Duke top-three picks in four consecutive drafts following Jabari Parker (No. 2, Milwaukee, 2014), Jahlil Okafor (No. 3, Philadelphia, 2015) and Brandon Ingram (No. 2, Los Angeles Lakers, 2016).

Recent workouts and his showing at the pre-draft combine in May figure to make that the most likely outcome for Mason, who has consistently received a second-round grade in mock drafts while rising up the draft board slowly but surely during the past several weeks.

  • Julie Sanders