Keldon Johnson and PJ Washington are staples in most 2019 mock drafts, but another Wildcat’s name popped up as a potential first-rounder today. In his new mock draft, The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie has Ashton going 27th to the Brooklyn Nets. Vecenie cites Ashton’s speed and defense as reasons he could go in the first round, but said one reason he might not is his offense.
“He’s a poor shooter, hitting just 17 percent from 3. He’s a reluctant driver in half-court settings and doesn’t get a ton of shots at the basket. He makes a ton of plays for others, averaging 5.5 assists per game in SEC play. But he turns it over at a rate that’s a bit too high. To contrast him with Williams, my guess is that I’ll have Hagans a bit lower on my board than where he gets drafted. For the Nets, though, he’s the kind of terrific culture fit and leader they value, and they could use a pest defensively off the bench to pair with Spencer Dinwiddie or D’Angelo Russell.”
Vecenie has Keldon Johnson going eighth to the Atlanta Hawks and PJ Washington going 23rd to the Oklahoma City Thunder, comparing the latter to another former Cat.
Imagine him as a second-chance opportunity at the failed Patrick Patterson signing, even down to the school each of them play or played at. Washington is an interesting 6-foot-8 power forward with a 7-foot-3 wingspan who plays a tough style of basketball. But where the Patterson comparison is even more apt is with Washington’s developed ability to shoot it from the perimeter. He’s knocking down 37 percent from distance on two attempts per game, showcasing much more refined mechanics and footwork.
No Tyler Herro listed in the first or second rounds, which is good news for those of you hoping he’ll stick around for another year. To see the entire list, click the link below.