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Who’s rising, falling ahead of the NBA draft? We updated our top 100 rankings



With less than three weeks until the start of the 2024 NBA draft, players are going through private and group workouts while teams are doing their due diligence to narrow down their draft boards.

Throughout the pre-draft process leading up to the two-day draft (June 26-27) in Brooklyn, New York, most teams and executives have considerable work in front of them, and the news of this week hasn’t exactly solidified many draft boards, either.

On Wednesday, ESPN reported that projected top-10 pick Nikola Topic has a partially torn ACL. Topic will soon be evaluated by NBA team doctors, who will decide on the next course of action regarding surgery and a plan moving forward.

And on Thursday, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that the Los Angeles Lakers are targeting UConn men’s basketball coach Dan Hurley as the franchise’s next coach — a move that could impact the Lakers’ draft decisions in the first and second rounds. (Bronny James, perhaps?)

Draft experts Jonathan Givony and Jeremy Woo have taken into account the recent news, as well as their intel from teams and players who are evaluating those all-important workouts, to inform ESPN’s Top 100 Big Board.

Rankings and writeups last updated: Friday, June 7.

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6-foot-10 | Age: 19.1 | Previously ranked: 1

Risacher’s 75-game season ended May 30, giving him a few days off before the start of the NBA Global Camp on June 4. There he was measured and conducted interviews, a medical examination, athletic testing and drills. Risacher will depart for Atlanta next week — his home base for the remainder of the pre-draft process, a city he is familiar with after training there in previous summers. Before leaving for the United States, he has some loose ends to tie up in France, sources say, including passing his driver’s license test, a farewell news conference at his club, JL Bourg, and a suit-fitting in Paris with Armani for draft night on June 26.

We’ll see how wide of a net Risacher elects to cast in NBA team workouts with fairly limited time at his disposal and coming off a long season. Most teams don’t expect him to be available in the draft past No. 4, when the San Antonio Spurs pick, so the Atlanta Hawks (No. 1 pick) and Washington (No. 2 pick) are looking like increasingly strong options. — Givony



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2. Alex Sarr | PF/C | Perth (Australia)

7-1 | Age: 19.0 | Previously ranked: 2

Sarr will be one of the first names off the board on June 26, but the situation at the top of the draft has yet to fully play out. He is firmly in the mix as an option for Atlanta at No. 1, but the Hawks are being thorough in gathering information as they move toward their decision. If Atlanta passes on Sarr, Washington is strongly shaping up as a landing spot, with rival teams believing the Wizards at No. 2 to be his floor.

As a mobile 7-footer with skill potential and elite physical tools, Sarr has obvious long-term appeal as he gains experience and matures, and he should be able to make an impact defensively right away. He made big strides this season in Perth, and if he can protect the rim and space the floor at a high level at both the 4 and 5 spots, he’ll be the type of player teams find challenging to acquire in any draft, no matter the depth of the class. Those potential high-end outcomes are worth a swing at the top of the draft. — Woo

7-3 | Age: 20.2 | Previously ranked: 3

Clingan is a top-three prospect who might experience a minor drop on draft night because teams that are in the Nos. 3-6 range already have starting centers in place. He’s in conversation at No. 1 after working out in Atlanta (which is exploring trade-down scenarios). He is also spending time in Washington, which has the No. 2 pick. Clingan isn’t expected to drop past the Portland Trail Blazers at No. 7, whom he just visited for a private workout as well. He is being discussed among teams as a possible target for the likes of Chicago, Memphis, Oklahoma City or Utah, who all might explore trading up for a player in his mold.

Clingan’s appeal is evident at 7-foot-3 with a 7-7 wingspan and 9-7 standing reach, and he’s viewed by many as the draft’s most impactful defensive prospect with the timing he shows as a rim-protector and the improvement he has made guarding the pick-and-roll. His youth, productivity, touch and instincts on both ends of the court give him a high floor and make him a sleeper candidate to hear his name called at No. 1. — Givony

6-3 | Age: 19.9 | Previously ranked: 4

Sheppard’s range appears somewhat narrow at this stage, and his draft positioning likely begins at No. 3, with the Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, Detroit Pistons and Charlotte Hornets all viable landing spots early on. His impressive freshman season and elite shooting numbers have helped him to break the mold for a guard his size and put him at or near the top of many analytics models, helping to frame the conversation around his upside.

The fact he can play on and off the ball — and makes the most of his limitations defensively — also helps envision a valuable floor. If Sheppard falls out of the top five, which might hinge to an extent on potential teams trading picks — he’d be a strong fit with the Hornets at No. 6 as a complement to their young core. — Woo



Reed Sheppard hits the trey vs. Texas A&M Aggies

Reed Sheppard hits the trey vs. Texas A&M Aggies

5. Matas Buzelis | SF/PF | G League Ignite

6-10 | Age: 19.6 | Previously ranked: 5

Buzelis will work out for almost every team in the top five, sources say, as many around the NBA are intrigued by the idea of an explosive 6-10 wing who has playmaking ability, defensive versatility and flashes of shot-making prowess. The fact he doesn’t need the ball in his hands to be successful but has significant upside to grow into at 19 years old with a developing frame, could be attractive for teams.

Sources say Buzelis’ hometown team, the Chicago Bulls, watched him work out privately in Los Angeles early in the pre-draft process. Chicago has shown a willingness to explore moving up in the draft for the right price. The Bulls’ Lithuanian president, Arturas Karnisovas, has extensive knowledge of Buzelis, who is also Lithuanian. — Givony

6-7 | Age: 19.5 | Previously ranked: 6

It has been difficult for NBA teams to schedule Castle on the workout circuit, so it remains to be seen exactly where that will land him on draft night. Teams on his trail will be closely monitoring whether he decides to open up his availability in the coming weeks. He has been most strongly connected to San Antonio, but if the Spurs go a different direction with their two first-round picks, there will be suitors elsewhere in the top 10, with a potentially strong fit in the Utah Jazz.

There’s quite a bit of interest in Castle’s versatility, perimeter defense and playmaking potential long-term. There are also some questions about the state of his jump shot, and to a lesser extent, whether he can play point guard in a full-time capacity. His role in UConn’s title run has certainly helped bolster his draft stock to this point. — Woo

6-2 | Age: 19.4 | Previously ranked: 7

Dillingham is nearing a mid-month return from the ankle injury that has disrupted his pre-draft process, sources say, likely leaving him time for only a handful of workouts before June 26. While somewhat polarizing among teams because of his size, Dillingham is one of the rare prospects in this class who could potentially anchor a team’s offense with his dynamic shot creation and shot-making prowess, giving him rare star power in a class sorely lacking in that department.

He’s in the conversation for every team drafting in the top 10 that is in the market for a point guard, but he might need some trade scenarios to come to fruition to aid his cause on draft night. — Givony



Rob Dillingham drains a contested 3 for Kentucky

Rob Dillingham pulls up from deep and splashes the 3-pointer for Kentucky.

6-6 | Age: 23.1 | Previously ranked: 8

Knecht has positioned himself pretty firmly as a mid-lottery pick, drawing strong interest from Charlotte, Portland, San Antonio, Memphis and Utah in the Nos. 6-10 range. The reliability of his skill set as a legitimate scorer with positional size coming off an efficient season bodes well in the long run, dispelling most of the concerns about his advanced age for a lottery pick. He has the size, instincts and shooting ability that should translate effectively in an offense-driven NBA.

He can feasibly step into minutes and help a team improve next season and comes with some perception of untapped upside as a late-blooming prospect. — Woo

6-10 | Age: 18.8 | Previously ranked: 10

Salaun spent several days in the United States following the conclusion of his team’s season in the French playoffs, but he was compelled to return to Europe to attend the NBA draft combine in Treviso, Italy, where he interviewed and conducted medical examinations, athletic testing and drills. Salaun’s measurements — 6-10 in shoes, 217 pounds with a near 7-2 wingspan and 9-2 standing reach, indicate he has the potential to play some small-ball 5 down the road as his frame fills out, with comparable dimensions to NBA players such as Daniel Gafford or Kevon Looney at the same age.

But Salaun shows real shot-making prowess pulling up off the dribble or running off movement, which is intriguing to scouts considering his size and the fact he turns 19 on Aug. 10. He’s also a competitive defender who gets in passing lanes energetically and shows versatility by covering ground and contesting shots all over the floor. He is expected to be targeted by many of the teams picking in the Nos. 4-14 range, with workouts ultimately determining where he lands. — Givony

10. Nikola Topic | PG | Red Star (Adriatic League)

6-7 | Age: 18.8 | Previously ranked: 9

NBA teams’ fears were realized when it was revealed at the draft combine medicals this week that Topic has a partially torn ACL that will require surgery. The extent of Topic’s recovery process will be determined by specialists in the U.S., but it will not be surprising if he will require a redshirt season — similar to how Chet Holmgren, Joel Embiid, Michael Porter Jr. or Blake Griffin started their NBA careers.

The fact Topic is only 18 — younger than six of the 24 McDonald’s All Americans entering college this season — and was at one point in consideration as a potential No. 1 pick prospect early in the season, means he is unlikely to fall very far down the board on draft night. San Antonio (No. 8), Utah (No. 10), Oklahoma City (No. 12) and Portland (No. 14) are viewed by teams as potential landing spots depending on team doctors’ full assessments of his medicals, which have yet to be distributed. Only teams picking in the top 15 will have access to those, per new CBA rules. — Givony

11. Ron Holland | SF | G League Ignite

6-8 | Age: 18.9 | Previously ranked: 11

Holland’s range appears to be a little wider than initially thought. He has fans among teams drafting in the top 10 but is casting a fairly wide net in workouts, including teams such as the Miami Heat at No. 15 and the Los Angeles Lakers at No. 17, in part because of his strong positional fit in those attractive markets. Holland’s game might not be best-suited for a workout setting with his streaky jumper, especially with many lottery candidates opting for one-on-zeros, which means he’ll have to find other ways to impress NBA teams with his toughness and aggressiveness.

He’s among the youngest players in this class, while boasting outstanding measurements with real scoring productivity in the G League, but teams say they are having a somewhat difficult time pegging his floor. — Givony

6-8 | Age: 19.5 | Previously ranked: 12

At this stage, Williams’ range would appear to be among the widest of our projected lottery prospects. He has interest from teams in the top 10, including Detroit, Charlotte, Portland, San Antonio and Utah, but there are also teams picking outside the lottery that remain curious whether he might fall to them. Where he decides to work out in the next couple of weeks, and how those workouts go for him, will play a big determinant in the outcome of his draft selection.

Williams’ combination of positional size, defensive upside and relatively untapped offensive game makes him an intriguing developmental investment for teams. His best flashes during the season have helped keep him front of mind for teams as a lottery option. — Woo

6-3 | Age: 22.2 | Previously ranked: 13

Carter has built up buzz throughout the pre-draft process and has worked himself comfortably into the Nos. 8-15 pick range. He worked out for the Los Angeles Lakers at No. 17 this week and has multiple workouts in the lottery still scheduled. While he has not accepted any type of promise from a team, he is trending in a positive direction, with front offices intrigued by his motor, scoring ability and defensive toughness. The San Antonio Spurs (No. 8), who have a need at guard, and the Memphis Grizzlies (No. 9), where his father, Anthony Carter, serves as an assistant coach, are viewed as the high end of his range.

Another interesting landing spot would be the Miami Heat at No. 15, where his father played from 1999 to 2003 and coached from 2018 to ’23, creating a level of familiarity. Carter will also be of interest to playoff-caliber teams that are considering moving up in the draft. — Woo

6-5 | Age: 19.7 | Previously ranked: 14

Walter has interest from teams drafting in the lottery and shouldn’t fall too far out of it if he slips, bringing a 3-and-D skill set that’s widely in demand. He is viewed as a safe option because of his shooting ability, length and intangibles that should help him become a valuable contributor at the 2-spot.

He doesn’t have a flashy set of skills or elite size for a wing and plays primarily off the ball, which puts a bit of a damper on starry upside projections. Still, teams feel comfortable with what he brings to the court, and strong workouts could solidify his standing in the top 14 picks. — Woo



Baylor’s Ja’Kobe Walter swishes the open triple

Ja’Kobe Walter sets his feet and causally sinks the deep 3-pointer vs. Cincinnati.

6-3 | Age: 20.2 | Previously ranked: 15

Teams say McCain is taking a different strategy than most players who are in his draft range, which is believed to be around Nos. 9 to 20. He is refusing one-on-zero workouts in favor of competitive 3-on-3 group settings. Even though he is viewed as one of the best shooters in this draft, the opportunity to showcase his toughness and mentality could be beneficial, even working out mostly against projected second-round picks.

With most of the teams in his range also looking for shooting finesse, including Memphis, Oklahoma City, Sacramento, Miami, Los Angeles, Orlando and Toronto, McCain likely won’t have a very long wait to hear his name called on draft night. — Givony



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7-5 | Age: 22.0 | Previously ranked: 16

Teams say Edey’s range appears to be in the Nos. 9-19 range based on the workouts he has conducted and scheduled. He was with the Toronto Raptors this past week, will visit the Los Angeles Lakers, and is in the conversation at Memphis (9), Utah (10), Chicago (11), Oklahoma City (12), Portland (14) and Miami (15).

Several teams say Edey’s productivity ranks him as a top-three prospect in this class according to their draft models — ESPN’s Kevin Pelton had him ranked No. 2 in his stats-only draft projections. He proved nearly unstoppable in the paint at the college level, drawing fouls, crashing the offensive glass and dismantling defenses with his screening and the incredible gravity he offers diving to the rim in pick-and-roll, helping Purdue shoot 40% from the 3-point line. — Givony



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6-9 | Age: 23.0 | Previously ranked: 17

Da Silva’s versatility makes him a fit on most rosters, with many teams in the mid-first round willing to take a more experienced prospect they can pencil in for minutes next season. He has interest from lottery teams, including the Memphis Grizzlies (No. 9) and Sacramento Kings (No. 13), and has scheduled workouts with teams drafting down into the teens, with the expectation being he’ll come off the board somewhere in that part of the draft.

While limited playing off the bounce and creating shots for himself, Da Silva plays a useful role as a willing ball mover and floor spacer with size and defensive versatility at either forward spot. — Woo

6-9 | Age: 19.4 | Previously ranked: 28

Furphy faced a difficult decision whether to return to Kansas but elected to remain in the draft, feeling comfortable with his projected draft range. He should be off the draft board within the top 20 and has interest from the late lottery teams, including Memphis, Chicago, Oklahoma City and Sacramento. He offers a valid upside swing as an athletic wing who can shoot it comfortably from distance.

His youth and considerable room for development both physically and skillwise should make him an attractive option for teams willing to be patient with his development. — Woo

6-8 | Age: 20.4 | Previously ranked: 24

George will be getting looks from many of the teams looking for wing shooting from the late lottery through the early 20s, including Oklahoma City, Sacramento, Portland, Orlando and Toronto. The fact that he stands over 6-foot-8 but has guard skills, fluidity changing speeds and strong instincts on both ends of the floor helps his appeal with multipositional versatility.

George is a late bloomer who grew 9 inches over the past four years and wasn’t expected to emerge as a one-and-done prospect upon enrolling at Miami. NBA teams are hoping to get a closer look at him in the pre-draft process to get a better feel for what his long-term trajectory might look like. — Givony

6-5 | Age: 18.8 | Previously ranked: 22

Carrington’s youth, rapid improvement, and late physical development (he shot up by nearly a foot during his high school years) makes him an intriguing upside play, with interest in the late lottery. How teams value him relative to some of the other young guards will be a determinant here, with several picks in the teens belonging to organizations that might want a more NBA-ready prospect, which may ultimately widen his range down to around No. 20 or so.

His impressive year at Pitt, after entering the season relatively off the radar, gives him a compelling long-term case. — Woo

7-0 | Age: 20.5 | Previously ranked: 20

Filipowski is shaping up to have a pretty wide range, with interest from teams in the late lottery but also feasible scenarios where he could fall into the 20s. His skill level at 7 feet sets him apart from the other bigs in this draft, but his skills are also somewhat fit-specific to teams willing to utilize him creatively.

He began working out for teams this week and has a lot left to play out in that respect, with his draft range still fluid. — Woo



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6-4 | Age: 19.6 | Previously ranked: 21

Collier has one of the widest draft ranges of any prospect in this draft, starting in the late lottery and extending through the 20s and perhaps beyond. He has been a hard player for teams to peg for his floor, as he’s not the easiest player to slot positionally as a young, ball-dominant guard with streaky perimeter shooting.

Few prospects share the size, strength, shot-creation prowess, scoring instincts, and star power Collier boasts, but he’ll have to find the right team willing to live through the growing pains that come with empowering him with significant ballhandling responsibility after his uneven freshman campaign. — Givony



Isaiah Collier shows off vision with nice pass vs. Arizona Wildcats

Isaiah Collier shows off vision with nice pass vs. Arizona Wildcats

7-0 | Age: 20.0 | Previously ranked: 23

Missi is hoping to entice lottery teams in workouts with his elite physical tools, standing 7 feet with a 9-1½ standing reach and impressive mobility and explosiveness. Every team in the range from No. 9 to 20 wants to gauge his skill level and readiness for helping a team in the short term.

He is competing for draft position with the likes of Edey, Kel’el Ware and, to an extent, Kyle Filipowski, with workouts likely going a long way in determining what order teams land on Missi. The fact he didn’t start playing organized basketball until he was 16 gives him significant long-term upside to tap into. — Givony

7-0 | Age: 20.0 | Previously ranked: 25

In a draft somewhat light on bigs, Ware has helped himself in the pre-draft process after closing his sophomore season in positive fashion. His interviews with teams have been largely positive in reframing some of the narratives around his career thus far, and he looks ticketed for the first round due to his shot-blocking, touch around the rim, floor-spacing potential and uptick in productivity at Indiana.

While motor questions have followed him for the past few years, there’s upside as a legitimate starter if Ware’s game fully clicks, which has pretty much every first-round team in need of help at center at least considering his candidacy. — Woo



Kel’el Ware gets Hoosiers amped with slam dunk

Kel’el Ware has a slam dunk in the second half vs. Maryland.

6-7 | Age: 23.6 | Previously ranked: 26

Scheierman has drawn strong reviews throughout the pre-draft process, most notably at the NBA draft combine and then continuing in workouts, where he has excelled. The 23-year-old has good size for the wing, sharp basketball instincts and a plug-and-play NBA skill already with his dynamic shooting ability.

He’s an easy fit for most of the teams drafting in the 20s and isn’t expected to drop past Boston with the No. 30 pick. — Givony

Nos. 26-100

26. Tyler Kolek, PG, Marquette
27. Bobi Klintman, SF/PF, Cairns
28. Jaylon Tyson, SG/SF, California
29. Pacome Dadiet, SG/SF, Ratiopharm Ulm
30. Tyler Smith, SF/PF, G League Ignite
31. Justin Edwards, SG/SF, Kentucky
32. Cameron Christie, SG, Minnesota
33. Terrence Shannon, SG/SF, Illinois
34. Ryan Dunn, SF/PF, Virginia
35. AJ Johnson, SG, Illawarra
36. Juan Nunez, PG, Ratiopharm Ulm
37. Adem Bona, C, UCLA
38. Kevin McCullar, SF, Kansas
39. DaRon Holmes II, PF/C, Dayton
40. Nikola Djurisic, SG/SF, Mega MIS
41. Jonathan Mogbo, PF/C, San Francisco
42. Ulrich Chomche, PF/C, NBA Academy Africa
43. Harrison Ingram, SF/PF, North Carolina
44. Ajay Mitchell, PG, UC Santa Barbara
45. Pelle Larsson, SG, Arizona
46. Jaylen Wells, SG/SF, Washington St
47. Melvin Ajinca, SG/SF, Saint Quentin
48. Dillon Jones, SF/PF, Weber St
49. Izan Almansa, PF/C, G League Ignite
50. Keshad Johnson, PF, Arizona
51. Jamal Shead, PG, Houston
52. Cam Spencer, SG, Connecticut
53. KJ Simpson, PG, Colorado
54. Bronny James, PG/SG, USC
55. Jalen Bridges, SF, Baylor
56. Trentyn Flowers, SG/SF, Adelaide
57. Oso Ighodaro, PF/C, Marquette
58. Isaac Jones, PF/C, Washington St
59. Enrique Freeman, PF/C, Akron
60. Antonio Reeves, SG/SF, Kentucky
61. Quinten Post, C, Boston College
62. PJ Hall, PF/C, Clemson
63. Trey Alexander, PG/SG, Creighton
64. Ariel Hukporti, C, Ludwigsburg
65. Bogoljub Markovic, PF/C, Mega MIS
66. Mantas Rubstavicius, SF, NZ Breakers
67. Armel Traore, PF, Blois
68. Tristen Newton, PG/SG, Connecticut
69. Zacharie Perrin, PF/C, Antibes
70. Isaiah Crawford, SF/PF, Louisiana Tech
71. Jesse Edwards, C, West Virginia
72. Nae’Qwan Tomlin, PF/C, Memphis
73. Reece Beekman, PG, Virginia
74. Riley Minix, SF/PF, Morehead St
75. N’Faly Dante, C, Oregon
76. Malique Lewis, SF/PF, Mexico City
77. Andrija Jelavic, PF/C, Mega MIS
78. Judah Mintz, PG/SG, Syracuse
79. Noah Penda, SF/PF, Vichy-Clermont
80. Yannick Kraag, SG/SF, Joventut
81. Ilias Kamardine, PG/SG, Vichy-Clermont
82. Dylan Disu, PF, Texas
83. Tre Mitchell, PF/C, Kentucky
84. Boogie Ellis, PG/SG, USC
85. Thierry Darlan, SG/SF, Bangui SC
86. Emanuel Miller, SF/PF, TCU
87. Anton Watson, PF, Gonzaga
88. Quinn Ellis, PG, Trento
89. David Jones, SF, Memphis
90. Zyon Pullin, PG, Florida
91. Marcus Domask, PG/SG, Illinois
92. Jaylin Williams, PF, Auburn
93. Isaiah Stevens, PG, Colorado St
94. Eli John Ndiaye, PF/C, Real Madrid
95. Jamison Battle, SF/PF, Ohio St
96. Jaedon LeDee, PF/C, San Diego St
97. Spencer Jones, SF/PF, Stanford
98. Babacar Sane, SF/PF, G League Ignite
99. Mouhamed Faye, C, Reggio Emilia
100. Blake Hinson, PF, Pittsburgh

Jonathan Givony is an NBA draft expert and the founder and co-owner of, a private scouting and analytics service used by NBA, NCAA and international teams.

Jeremy Woo is an NBA analyst specializing in prospect evaluation and the draft. He was previously a staff writer and draft insider at Sports Illustrated.

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