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2017 NBA Mock Draft: Week 1 first round projections

With the start of the season almost upon us, now is the time to begin looking at college basketball and the players that will shape the game for years to come. Here’s a compilation of mock drafts from several hoops experts and analysis on the young players likely to begin their professional careers next summer.

Markelle Fultz is set to begin his freshman season at Washington and the 6’4″ point guard is starting the year as the top ranked prospect for 2017. The Huskies are a program on the rise in the national polls and Fultz is looking to guide the program to the NCAA Tournament and give the fans in Seattle something to cheer about this season.

The youngster is being compared to Jordan Clarkson and Russell Westbrook and teams like Phoenix and Minnesota are among those who will need an upgrade at the point and could select the young man next June.

NBA teams are always looking for the next great center, but depth at the college level this year is thin. Thomas Bryant of Indiana and Marques Bolden of Duke are two young men to watch as both have a big upside, but need experience against better skilled players.

Bryant is more polished and will likely be picked inside the top-10 with Houston and Milwaukee the likely landing spot for the 19-year-old. Bolden has the length scouts and general managers love and his growth with the Blue Devils this year will be key to his draft status. Look for Washington and Charlotte to have interest if available, but the 18-year-old could return for his sophomore year if he doesn’t improve as expected.

Guards will be a premium with the likes of Dennis Smith of NC State, Lonzo Ball of UCLA, and De’Aaron Fox of Kentucky all expected to have a terrific first year of college basketball. All three of these young men are ranked in the top-10 of the latest player rankings and could become the future stars of basketball with some hard work.

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