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About two weeks remain before the NBA draft and the first round is as tricky to predict as it was in the first iteration. All the underclassmen who were testing the waters have made their decisions, but not many who impacted the top half of the first round.
One of the notables was Michigan’s D.J. Wilson, who was projected as the 28th pick in the first version. He decided to keep his name in the draft and though he was working through some injuries and didn’t participate in the 5-on-5 workouts at the draft combine, should be able to remain among the first-round picks. His UM teammate, Moritz Wagner, opted to return to the Wolverines and could improve his draft stock for next season.
Many of the prospects still are in the midst of participating in individual or small-group workouts with teams. Among the big news was Lonzo Ball, who indicated that he wouldn’t do a workout with the Boston Celtics, who have the No. 1 pick.
There’s still uncertainty near the bottom of the top 10, where a couple of odd picks could add some intrigue to where other players in that group end up.
Here’s a second take on how The News’ Rod Beard projects the first round.