UNLV’s Five-Star Freshman Center Could Be A Lottery Pick Next June
Two Mountain West players are included in NBA Draft Net’s 2018 mock draft
McCoy could be the fifth Rebel drafted in the past five years
UNLV center Brandon McCoy is pegged as a potential top 15 in NBA Draft Net’s 2018 mock draft.
McCoy, who will be a freshman for the Rebels this season, is a consensus five-star recruit that ranked #14 in 24/7 Sports’ class of 2017 rankings. He selected UNLV over Oregon, San Diego State, Arizona, Michigan State, Kansas, and other schools.
The seven-footer is slotted 14th in NBA Draft Net’s mock draft, going to the Phoenix Suns. He would be the first UNLV lottery pick since Anthony Bennett was taken first overall in the 2013 NBA Draft.
Nevada wing Kendall Stephens, a Purdue transfer, is also seen on the mock draft.
Stephens is a 6-6, 197-pound sharp-shooter that has converted 175 three-pointers in three seasons. He sat out the 2016-17 season due to eligibility rules, and will play for the Wolf Pack this fall. The mock has Stephens being taken 47th overall by the Indiana Pacers.
NBA Draft Net’s 2019 mock draft also calls for two Mountain West players. San Diego State point guard Jeremy Hemsley (#39) and Nevada forward Caleb Martin (#48) are expected to be selected in the second round. Former SDSU forward Zylan Cheatham, who transferred to Arizona State this spring, is 47th on the list.