Mock drafts are clearly an inexact science, but there is a lot of truth behind what’s put out there. Former Maryland star Jalen Smith certainly hopes that’s the case when it comes to where he’ll fall in the upcoming NBA Draft.
According to the latest NBA mock draft released by Bleacher Report, Smith projects to be a lottery pick – going to the New Orleans Pelicans at No. 13 overall.
“The Pelicans should be interested in Smith's ability to space the floor and protect the rim next to Zion Williamson,” Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman wrote. “He's drawing rave reviews for his character, work ethic and improvement, both physically and fundamentally.”
Eight Maryland Terrapins have been drafted in the lottery all-time, the last coming when the Phoenix Suns selected Alex Len 5th overall in 2013. “Stix” put in the work during his final season in College Park, averaging 15.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game for the Terps.
A lottery pick is far from the consensus when it comes to Smith, with other mocks having him go anywhere between the back half of the first round and the early in the second round. Everyone may have to wait a bit longer to see what happens, with reports suggesting the NBA draft could be delayed until November.