The calendar has turned to June, meaning the next destination for a few Tennessee Volunteers will become clear a little later this month. The Vols are likely set to see at least two players drafted this year, with both Grant Williams and Admiral Schofield popping up in mock drafts everywhere.
Jordan Bone has the next best chance and has started to appear in the second round of mocks after an outstanding NBA Combine performance. While he only put together one season of NBA-caliber play in Knoxville, his athletic ability and improved shooting has to have NBA squads intrigued with his upside.
With just 15 days before draft night, here where the mock drafts stand on the Tennessee prospects.
CBS: 23rd, Jazz
ESPN: 36th, Hornets
Draft Site: 59th, Raptors
NBA Draft Net: 58th, Warriors
DraftTek: 32nd, Suns
CBS: 25th, Trailblazers
ESPN: 32nd, Suns
Draft Site: 18th, Pacers
DraftTek: 18th, Pacers
NBA Draft Net: 34th, 76ers
ESPN: 57th, Pelicans
NBA Draft Net: 44th, 76ers
Clearly, Schofield’s projection is the toughest to nail down at this point. The big-bodied guard prospect can rebound and shot 41 percent from long-range last year, but teams likely have questions about his athletic ability as a shooting guard at the NBA level.
Williams remains slated in the 18-35 range, while Bone has started to appear in some second round projections, though several outlets still don’t believe he will be drafted. For me, it’s tough to imagine that Bone’s athletic profile alone goes undrafted.
The NBA Draft will take place on Thursday, June 20th and can be seen on ESPN.