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NBA teams are lining up from near and far just for the chance to be in position to possibly draft Victor Wembanyama, the 7-foot-4 French phenom who right now looks like the clear No. 1 prospect in the 2023 NBA Draft class. Houston looks purposely dreadful and in line to finish with the worst record in the NBA (again). Detroit looks determined to a fault to giving players who may or may not be adding value big minutes. And Orlando is rolling out all kinds of oddball lineups with little success, even as No. 1 pick Paolo Banchero sets the world on fire as a rookie.

The commitment to tanking productively struggling is very real and it is spectacular.

But Wembanyama is far from the only prize at the top of next year’s class. It’s a very deep prospect pool with a nice blend of one-and-done flavor and international zest to go with one of the strongest non-college, non-international talent pools to date, with both Overtime Elite and the G League Ignite contributing as many as two lottery talents.

So who should we be watching as the college basketball season starts to really ramp up? Who is rising and falling after the first week (and change) of the season? And which teams are positioning to be in the mix for No. 1 next summer? 

Our latest mock draft below reflects the most up-to-date information we have with the draft order set by SportsLine’s projected NBA standings.

Mock Draft
Mock Draft



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