NBA Draft Names You Might Not Know

Nick Neppach
April 19, 2018 - 4:32 pm
Jontay Porter

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At this point, you have heard plenty about the top names in the 2018 NBA Draft. In this post, I want to tell you about a few lesser-known names.

Anfernee Simons: Guard

HS Senior | IMG Academy | 6'4" | 183 lbs.

 IMG Post Grad National guard Anfernee Simons
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Anfernee Simons is a unique case. He is forgoing the chance to play in college and entering the 2018 NBA Draft. Simons is a super athlete with great bounce. I think he has potential as a combo guard because of his quickness and catch and shoot ability. Simons has a great handle and possesses solid defensive potential because of his length and athleticism. NBA teams will need to be patient with him though. He is still small and will need to get stronger. He also needs to develop his shot off the dribble.

Jontay Porter: Center

Freshman | Missouri | 6'10" | 230 lbs.

Jontay Porter
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You have certainly read about Michael Porter Jr., but he is not the only prospect in the family. His little brother Jontay reclassified so he could play a season of college basketball with his brother, and now he is a one and done prospect. While Michael Porter Jr. is a super athletic wing, his brother Jontay is a skilled big. Jontay is smart on the floor, handles the ball well, and can pass. Defensively, he is not much of a rim protector. But he knows where to be, which helps him. His rebounding also needs to improve.

Jacob Evans: Forward

Junior | Cincinnati | 6'6" | 210 lbs.

Jacob Evans
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Jacob Evans is the kind of player that profiles as someone who can fit anywhere. Though he lacks big-time athleticism, he shoots threes, and defends multiple positions. Evans has a prototypical wing body and projects as a typical 3-and-D role player. Those types of players can benefit any team in today’s NBA. Evans plays defense with energy on and off the ball and rebounds well. While he is not a creator on offense or an elite athlete, his willingness to defend and catch and shoot threes should find him a spot.