June 22, 2024

2024 NBA Draft Combine: Reed Sheppard, Zach Edey among biggest stock-risers

CHICAGO — After the mix measurements and testing on Monday and two days of scrimmages on Tuesday and Wednesday, the aggressive portion of the 2024 NBA Draft Combine has wrapped up at Wintrust Arena in Chicago. 

That doesn’t imply the mix is over fairly but. Various companies will maintain their professional days over the following two days and participant interviews with NBA teams will proceed to happen by the remainder of the week. 

For essentially the most half although, we now have a good suggestion of who helped themselves essentially the most between the assorted on-court actions.  Here are the gamers whose inventory moved up from the mix. 

Reed Sheppard, Kentucky

He was arguably essentially the most nice shock in all of faculty basketball this yr, and definitely within the nationwide freshman class. This weekend, Sheppard stunned us but once more when he recorded the best vertical leap in the complete NBA Combine. Given the capturing splits and defensive metrics he confirmed for Kentucky this yr, and the plain intangibles, this most up-to-date knowledge level is simply the newest in a abruptly lengthy line of proof that Sheppard is continuous to development up boards.

Devin Carter, Providence

Carter is called probably the most aggressive gamers on this draft and a high-upside defensive prospect. This week he utilized the athletic testing so as to add extra credence to these descriptives. 

Carter recorded a 42-inch max vertical (tying Sheppard for greatest within the area), a 35-inch standing vertical, after which reportedly tied the mix file for the three-quarter dash at 2.87 seconds. The solely unfavorable was that he measured in at 6-foot-2.25 with out footwear, however his huge +6.5-inch wingspan greater than helps compensate. In quick, the overwhelming majority of the information solely helps a prospect who’s hoping to maintain pushing in direction of the lottery.

Zach Edey, Purdue

Much of the dialog within the NCAA Tournament was about Edey vs. Donovan Clingan. The narrative was that Clingan was extra cellular and thus a greater defender. Even if I nonetheless personally subscribe to that concept, the numbers didn’t essentially again it up right here in Chicago. In truth, Edey ranked forward of him in lane agility time, three-quarter dash, max vertical leap, and standing vertical leap whereas measuring a fully huge 7-foot-3.75 with out footwear with a 7-foot-10.75 wingspan and a 9-foot-7 standing attain. 

Last however not least, Edey confirmed some actual contact right here this week which left scouts questioning if he had extra long-term capturing potential than we noticed at Purdue. Before the week started, I had Edey going No. 25 overall in my mock draft

KJ Simpson, Colorado

When the video games started and a lot of the projected first-rounders opted out, Simpson was the primary participant to actually separate himself from the sector. He went for 16 factors on Day 1, exhibiting the identical aggressive assault we noticed this yr at Colorado, and adopted that up with 11 factors, seven rebounds, and 4 assists on Wednesday. Simpson can also be drawing rave opinions within the interview course of. Overall, his measurement is a priority and scouts are additionally intrigued to see if the huge capturing positive aspects he confirmed this yr are sustainable, however his tempo, aggression, and talent to say himself had been all speaking factors.

Jamal Shead is knocking on the door of the primary spherical after a fantastic week in Chicago. 

Jamal Shead, Houston

Shead is seen as in an analogous participant archetype to Simpson. He’s undersized, and the capturing is much more of a query mark, however Shead is a warrior who set the tone together with his method, protection, and management. All of that got here by within the NBA Draft Combine setting. Shead went for 14 factors and 4 assists within the first sport and 13 factors and 6 assists within the second, albeit on solely 3-for-11 capturing from the ground. 

Right now, Shead is seen as a possible second-round choose, but when he can persuade groups in non-public exercises that he’s going to have the ability to make spot-up pictures, he may knock on the doorstep of the primary spherical.

Baylor Scheierman, Creighton

Scheierman was not going to win the day on Monday when it was about athletic testing and measurements. But when the precise basketball play began on Tuesday, that was his time. Scheierman went for 17 factors and confirmed each the spot-up capturing and decision-making that might make him ideally suited to be a complementary court-spacer and good power in opposition to a scrambling protection. Scheierman may thrive if he’s requested to not be the first domino. 

The biggest questions are on the defensive finish, and he appeared decided to handle these. Scheierman was energetic, went to the glass, and constantly was across the ball. 

Jonathan Mogbo, San Francisco

Mogbo was probably the most bodily dominant huge males in mid-major basketball this yr, however questions on his potential to translate his fashion to the NBA degree solely intensified when he measured in at 6-foot-6.25 to begin the week. But issues have solely gotten higher from there. He has an enormous +6.5 wingspan and an much more obtrusive 9-foot-0.5 standing attain. While he was a monster within the paint through the faculty season, he confirmed some intriguing ability on this setting, taking the ball off the glass to begin the break and even placing it on the ground successfully within the half-court at instances.

Adem Bona, UCLA

Bona could also be undersized for a middle (6-foot-8.25 with out footwear), however he confirmed misleading practical measurement due to his huge 7-foot-3.75 wingspan and 9-foot-0 standing attain. On high of that, he was measured as probably the most full and spectacular athletes in the complete area. When the five-on-five started, whereas many gamers gravitated towards the fashion the performed in faculty, Bona confirmed an consciousness of what his translatable function can be within the NBA. He sprinted the ground, rebounded out of his space with two arms, contested performs on the rim defensively, and put a ton of stress on the rim as a finisher.