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Jamal Murray and Skal Labissiere move up Chad Ford’s latest Big Board

Chad Ford released his latest Big Board of the top NBA prospects yesterday, and two Cats are on the move. Jamal Murray moved up to the third spot, while Skal Labissiere is up to number eleven. Ford said Murray is the best guard prospect in the draft, and teams are taking notice.

“Coming into the combine, the more teams I speak with, the more it seems like he now has the strongest case for the No. 3 pick in the draft after Simmons and Ingram are off the board,” Ford said of Murray. “While his lack of elite athleticism is troubling, Murray does everything else so well that scouts are willing to look the other way.”

As for Skal?

“No one benefited more from Ivan Rabb’s decision to return to Cal for his sophomore season than Labissiere,” Ford said. “He hasn’t played a game in nearly a month, yet his stock is on the rise. His production for Kentucky was awful, but the raw tools are all there to be a terrific stretch-4 who can protect the rim. Someone will take a chance on him.”

Meanwhile, Tyler Ulis dropped from number 16 to 17, but Ford maintains he could be the best pure point guard in the draft.

Check out the rest of Ford’s rankings at ESPN Insider.

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6 Comments for Jamal Murray and Skal Labissiere move up Chad Ford’s latest Big Board



  1. UKinIN
    10:13 am April 28, 2016 Permalink

    Protect the rim? I’ve never seen a player that ALMOST blocked so many shots.



  2. UK Big Board Update
    10:16 am April 28, 2016 Permalink

    Skal moved UP? The rednecks around here’s heads are gonna explode!!!!!



  3. david8577
    10:58 am April 28, 2016 Permalink

    I hope for the best for him, but I still can’t believe anyone would take him in the first round.



  4. Sentient Third Eye
    11:10 am April 28, 2016 Permalink

    I can definitely see taking Skal with a lottery pick, but only if they understand they won’t get much out of him the first year.

    That said, look how far he came in only one year of college, after two years of no real competition at all and without playing much basketball even before that. Given his circumstances, I think he’s done great and come a LONG way. If he improves at the same rate next year, by his second season he could be a contributor. He does, however, need to spend most of next season in the D League getting used to pro physicality.



  5. PuppArena
    11:39 am April 28, 2016 Permalink

    Skal better say a prayer every day that the draft is weak this year



  6. fauxbobknight
    2:00 pm April 28, 2016 Permalink

    Jamal Murray has quite the highlight reel for someone who lacks elite athleticism.