Scouting the 2015 NBA Draft: Order, Eligibility and Top Prospects

    By Rory Harris

    The 2015 NBA Draft will be upon on us in no time. Who do you think the NBA will take on a chance on this year?

    NBA Draft Jeff Zelevansky NBAE Anthony Bennett NBA Events QuintEventsThe 2015 NBA Draft is set to take place on June 25, in New York City either at the iconic Madison Square Garden or at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. 

    NBA hopefuls will wait with baited breaths as teams take their picks from the prospects during the two-round draft.   

    The 2015 Draft Order

    The 2015 NBA Draft will once again determine its order by lottery for non-playoff teams. Thanks to the logistics of the draft, however, any one team which did not make the playoffs still has the chance to get a top three pick.  

    After the lottery is performed for teams who can receive a top three pick, the remaining teams will receive a chance based on their winning percentages of the previous season.  

    Player Eligibility 

    The NBA is continuing to follow the rules they established in 2011, regarding players eligibility to be drafted.

    A player must be at least 19-years-old during 2015’s calendar year to be considered. In other words, players who are eligible for the 2015 NBA Draft must have been born on or before Dec. 31, 1997.

    For international prospects, the rules states they must have been removed from high school graduation for at least one year to be considered.

    Top Prospects for the 2015 NBA Draft 

    March is the last month prospects have a chance to make a real impression on teams.

    describe the imageAlthough the international class appears slightly weaker this year, it appears the freshman class as a whole is going to have an impressive showing!

    Here are just a few of the players I definitely think the NBA will be taking a chance on the 2015 NBA Draft:

    Jahlil Okafor - Duke, Center

    One of the biggest names, if not the biggest, when it comes to draft prospects this year is this Duke freshman. The center, originally from Chicago, is 6 feet and 11 inches tall, and a serious force offensively. Despite a few holes in his defensive game, Okafor is a shoo-in as an NBA low-post center.

    Karl Towns - Kentucky, Center

    Also a freshman, Kentucky’s Towns is as versatile as he is talented. The potential for the young star is insurmountable, as he has already shown improvement since joining the Wildcats. 

    Emmanuel Mudiay - International, Point Guard 

    Having originally been slated to play at SMU, Mudiay opted to play in China instead. The energetic Mudiay displays skills well beyond his little experience of 10 international games. Despite his occasionally flawed shooting, the point guard is without a doubt top-five pick material.  

    D’Angelo Russell - Ohio State, Shooting Guard

    The left-handed Ohio Buckeye plays well under pressure and has proved he can drive the court with ease.  Russell has shot up in OSU's eyes due to his impressive stats and jump-shots. No question he will be one of the first to go.

    As we enter the last month before the 2015 NBA Draft, who do you think will get picked off first?

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