Admiral Schofield one of 5 Rising Prospects

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NBA mock draft: New lottery picks for Knicks, Bulls, Celtics

Grant and Admiral back to back at picks 28 and 29 in this mock.

Admiral Schofield | Sr. | SF/PF | Tennessee
While much of the attention for Tennessee's 12-1 start has rightfully gone to Grant Williams, Schofield is also having a notable season. After starting his college career shooting 30 percent from beyond the arc as a freshman, the 6-6, 241-pound forward has turned himself into a 47 percent marksman as a senior, making big shot after big shot all season long -- many of them coming from NBA range and even off the dribble. He has sped up his release and flashed some ability to shoot off movement. He's making tough spot-ups with a hand in his face thanks to his high release and is demonstrating extreme confidence.

Schofield sees almost all of his minutes at small forward, which might not always be the case in the NBA, where his mammoth frame could serve him well as a small-ball power forward, and his weaknesses may be better hidden. He's a little undersized and not the most fluid or natural athlete, but his physicality, aggressiveness and competitiveness will serve him well. He plays the game with a real edge that is tough not to admire. That same toughness translates to the defensive end, where he plays with a terrific motor and uses his strength and length to slide on the perimeter. He has plenty of multipositional versatility.

Some scouts question how much Schofield's clunky, power-ball style and average feel will hold up and whether he might become a one-dimensional player at the NBA level given his poor rebounding, steal and block numbers and paltry free throw attempts. He has been able to keep those notions at bay to an extent with some extremely memorable performances against top-10 teams in Kansas and Gonzaga, which will likely stick with NBA folks considering how well-attended those games were. He'll have plenty more opportunities to continue to improve his stock playing for one of the best teams in college basketball.

Turning 22 in March, Schofield has some limitations and might not have the same upside as the younger and flashier wings in this class, but he looks ready to step in and contribute from day one. His work ethic, toughness and winning pedigree will surely bode well, giving him a chance to hear his name called in the first round.
 
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Admiral is the better pro prospect IMO, but Grant on the right team with the right coach should be able to carve out a solid role as well. When was the last time we had two fringe first round pick talents on the same team? It's been a while!

Don't sleep on Kyle Alexander either.. he could turn out to be the best pro prospect we have with his size and potential ceiling.
 
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I'm about to change my opinion to Bone being the best NBA prospect on the team. He's got all the physical tools needed to be successful there. Just needs to continue to improve his long range shooting and continue to be more consistent like he's been most of this season
 
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Admiral is the better pro prospect IMO, but Grant on the right team with the right coach should be able to carve out a solid role as well. When was the last time we had two fringe first round pick talents on the same team? It's been a while!

Don't sleep on Kyle Alexander either.. he could turn out to be the best pro prospect we have with his size and potential ceiling.
He will get pushed around should he make it to the NBA. Plus, his late arrival to basketball will hurt him. But, I hope I'm wrong. Phenomenal person!
 

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