It’s been a big week for news and updates regarding the 2025 NBA Draft. The biggest news came on Friday when Cooper Flagg announcement that he is reclassifying to join the 2024 recruiting class, making him eligible for the 2025 NBA Draft. This news has been expected for a while and now that it’s official he’s the heavy favorite to be selected no.1 overall in 2025. Flagg is now entering his senior year at Montverde and his recruitment remains open, with Duke seemingly in the lead.
Then on Saturday the top center in the incoming senior class, Flory Bidunga, announced his commitment to Kansas. Flory is an ideal fit for Bill Self and the Jayhawks, fitting the mold of the type of big man they like to mold and develop. The difference here is that Bidunga has much more upside than past Jayhawks bigs, outside of Joel Embiid. After coming to the States from the Congo Bidunga has quickly emerged as an elite prospect thanks to his unique physical gifts and all-out effort on the court. He reminds me a bit of Antonio McDyess with some Bam Adebayo mixed in.
Rutgers signee Ace Bailey has continued to shine this summer and is all the way up to no.2 overall in my latest 2025 mock, just after Cooper Flagg. Bailey is a 6-10 wing with awesome athleticism and shot-making ability. He just keeps getting better and better and the sky seems to be the limit for him. I’d be shocked if he’s not a one and done lottery pick.
Australian big man Rocco Zikarsky is also continuing to raise his stock. The 7-3 center is becoming a dominant force inside, anchoring the defense and protecting the rim on one end and dunking everyone around the rim on the other. At this point I see him as a potential mid first rounder. He’ll have to prove to be mobile enough to guard in space but the 17yo has already show plenty of upside to warrant a mid first round projection.
Jahlil Bethea has been another hot name this spring and summer. The 6-4 scoring guard from Pennsylvania is looking like one of the top bucket-getters in the class. He’s super smooth with the ball and gets it done from 3 levels. He’s got enough size and athleticism for the NBA level and is already looking like a pro-level scorer. He looks like a future first rounder to me.