As many as four Tennessee Volunteers could hear their names called in next month’s 2019 NBA Draft. Admiral Schofield and Kyle Alexander have each seen their eligibility expire and are in full out draft mode. Grant Williams and Jordan Bone have declared, but remain eligible to return to Tennessee if they choose.
Until then, mock drafts around the web are trying to predict each of the upcoming 60 selections. Williams is a mainstay in these first round projections for the most part. Schofield is being projected to come off of the board somewhere in the early second round.
Here’s a look at the latest projections.
- NBADraft.net: Williams 34th (76ers), Schofield 36th (Hornets)
- Bleacher Report: Williams 29th (Spurs)
- Draft Site: Williams 28th (Warriors), Schofield 48th (Pacers)
- CBS Sports: Williams 13th (Heat), Schofield 25th (Trailblazers)
- CBS Sports 2: Schofield 23rd (Jazz), Williams 26th (Cavaliers)
- Heavy.com: Williams 31st (Nets), Schofield 32nd (Suns)
- ESPN: Williams 23rd (Jazz), Schofield 33rd (76ers)
Through this tour of the mock drafts, Tennessee point guard Jordan Bone was not included in any mocks. It will be interesting to see if that echoes how the NBA feels about his game as well.
Bone broke out this season, blossoming into one of best point guards in the college game. Tennessee’s offense transformed to operate largely through Bone, who averaged 13.5 points and nearly six assists per contest last season.
Tennessee center Kyle Alexander also did not appear in any of these mock drafts, though he did work out for the Atlanta Hawks this week.
With Grant projected as high as 13th and as low as 34th, it would tough to argue his decision if he did stay in the draft. Bone’s projection is more difficult, however. With the upside he showed throughout last year, adding another full season of development to his game might put him in a better position for the 2020 draft. But again, it all depends on the information he gets back from teams during this process.