Updated NBA draft projections for Texas Longhorns prospects after lottery

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The NBA held the draft lottery a few days ago, and excluding the remaining four teams left in their respective conference finals, we know the 2021 NBA draft order.

Four prospects from the University of Texas hope one of those teams will call their name called during draft night. Whether that is a reality for all four remains to be seen.

Texas’ top two prospects are power forward Kai Jones and forward Greg Brown III. Jericho Sims is an interesting prospect who is flirting with returning back to school, while Matt Coleman will likely go undrafted.

Here is where the four Longhorn prospects are projected to land during or post-draft.

Kai Jones (PF, Sophomore)

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Kai Jones is the highest-rated prospect out of Texas and Bleacher Report's mock draft has him drafted 16th overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder. His athleticism and raw skills on both sides of the ball are a major attraction to NBA teams, and the majority of mock drafts have him within the top-20 range.

Greg Brown III (F, Freshman)

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There are many mixed reviews on Brown. Some mock drafts, such as Bleacher Report, project him to go undrafted. However, 247Sports' most recent mock draft expects Brown to be selected in the later half of the first round. The mock had him going No. 21 to the New York Knicks. His athleticism is what will get him in the league, but it's his shooting and all-around game that needs to improve to help him sustain an NBA career.

Jericho Sims (F, Senior)

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Sims is someone who can benefit greatly from the rule that allows prospects to test the pro waters with the opportunity of returning back to school. Sims is not mentioned in any mock drafts, but his recent performance at the combine might boost his grade a tad. Sims recorded a 44.5-inch max vertical jump and a 37-inch standing vertical, both of which are the best at the combine. The issue is that his athleticism was never in question, it's the rest of his game that has teams overlooking him.

Matt Coleman (G, Senior)

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Coleman is likely going undrafted and will look to get a camp invitation from a team. It was reported earlier in June that Coleman would have a workout with the Boston Celtics, but other than that he is not regarded as a draft prospect. His current ceiling is a late second-round pick. Coleman decided to sign with an agent, therefore his career as a Longhorn is over. He is a solid ball handler and scorer and very well can get an overseas opportunity.

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