Obi Toppin, PF, Dayton Flyers
The 6-9 power forward took home the Associated Press’ men’s college basketball player of the year after a dominating sophomore campaign that saw him lead the Dayton Flyers to No. 3 in the final Top-25 ranking.
In 31 games, Obi Toppin averaged 20 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game. The Brooklyn native is probably the most NBA ready prospect in this draft class and a prolific dunker. He’s even drawn comparison’s to a former New York Knicks captain, Amar’e Stoudemire.
Anthony Edwards, SG, Georgia Bulldogs
The SEC freshman certainly caught the eyes of many early on with his windmill dunks in transition. But Anthony Edwards‘ efficiency fell off as the season progressed. He’s considered the top pick depending on who you talk to but I’m not his biggest fan. If he fell to the Knicks he probably would be a call Leon Rose would have to make. Another year in college would do him well, as is the case for many draft prospects.
The 6-5 shooting guard from Atlanta is a poor shooter from beyond the arc, as evidenced by his 29.4 percent from three-point range. However, his explosiveness in driving to the hoop is one of the best for guards in this class. In 32 games, Edwards averaged 19.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 2.8 assists.
Tyrese Haliburton, PG, Iowa State Cyclones
He may not be the most well-known name amongst point guard prospects in this draft and fans will probably boo if Tyrese Haliburton from Iowa State is the Knicks top selection. However, I think he’s their best option. ESPN analyst and former Virginia Tech head coach told Marc Berman of The New York Post that Haliburton should be the Knicks pick.
"“He’s a pure point guard who will end up being able to shoot the ball, does have a runner. He’s got really, really good vision,” said Seth Greenberg. He sees plays develop, has tremendous size, will be an excellent defender. He could potentially be Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.”"
The sophomore from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, averaged 15.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 6.5 assists in 22 games for the Cyclones.