We are officially in July and that means the 2021 NBA Draft will take place in this month.
There has been plenty going on in recent weeks. The NBA Draft Combine has come and gone along with the deadline for players to pull their names out. Prospects had until Wednesday to decide if they will keep their names in the draft pool or explore other options. There were some big names that decided to return to school.
Johnny Juzang made a name for himself during UCLA’s run to the Final Four this season. He recently decided to run it back with the Bruins. Kofi Cockburn will return to Illinois and Hunter Dickinson will look to build on a strong freshman campaign at Michigan.
Then of course, there are plenty of upperclassmen returning that were not regarded highly as NBA prospects. Colin Gillespie and Jermaine Samuels of Villanova come to mind, along with Geo Baker and Ron Harper Jr. of Rutgers.
Now, all there is left to do is wait for draft night. Teams will begin looking at their own situations and see if any trades can be made. There have been plenty of big names on the block as the NBA Finals begin to take shape. This could be one of the busiest offseasons in recent memory and draft night could be the beginning of it all.
As we sit just a few weeks away, here is another edition of how the draft could turn out. There is very little shake up near the top but teams near the middle and end could have difficult decisions with the depth of this draft class.