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2017 NBA Mock Draft: High School phenoms dominate first round

Next summer’s draft class is already being compared to some of the best in the leagues history and will be dominated by young men who will play just one year of college basketball, including three youngster headed to Duke.

Harry Giles is currently on top of the player rankings and its hard to argue. The 6’10” 230 pound power forward has the physical presence and skill set to help lead the Blue Devils to a National Championship, but having suffered two serious knee injuries already, it could scare off teams looking for immediate help.

Boston could easily have the top pick after a trade with Brooklyn a couple years back. The Celtics already have a good young squad, but adding a big man next June could make this the team to watch over the next decade, especially if general manager Danny Ainge can add that star veteran to the mix.

Josh Jackson is another high school phenom ready to play one year at Kansas and then take his services to the NBA. At 6’8″ he has the size to play either forward positions and the athleticism to play at the two spot if needed. The youngster reminds scouts of Tracy McGrady and with a frame that can add muscle, his upside is all based on his work ethic over the next few years.

Unlike this year, next years crop of youngsters is back court heavy. Teams that need a new floor leader or a shooting guard to help with scoring will have plenty of options.

Dennis Smith, who is headed to North Carolina State is considered the top point guard and Markelle Fultz is ranked as the best shooting guard. Both of these young men already have the skill set to make a top-5 selection next June possible and with a strong showing in the 2016-17 college basketball season will only solidify what experts think of these two future stars.

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