Early Season Prospect Rankings – 2024 Big Board 1.0

This is the time of year to be spectacularly wrong. Many of us will be with family for the Holidays and, despite our best intentions, we will make asses out of ourselves by reigniting old dramas, having a few too many eggnog’s, or expecting our elderly parents to finally be interested in talking about Bitcoin.

It’s also the time of year where a NBA draft big board starts to make sense, as the draft class comes into clearer focus. And yet it’s early enough in the process that many of the rankings will be way off. So far it’s international prospects that are dominating the top of the rankings, with Sarr, Topic and Risacher all in the top 5.

The biggest difference between this big board and my 2024 mock draft is that the big board ranks all draft eligible prospects, whereas the mock draft attempts to predict which players will be in this upcoming draft. Players like Johnny Furphy and Kyshawn George (among others) seem likely to return to school next year and so are not listed on my 2024 mock, however I see them as being among the top 60 draft eligible prospects.

Another difference is that the mock draft will adhere a little closer to consensus, whereas my big board is just pure prospect ranking. And this is where the risk and the opportunity lie; the chance to be early on prospects – at the risk of being spectacularly wrong.

One of the biggest outliers on this big board is Yves Missi in the top 10. I actually considered having him even higher but will have to see a little more from him before moving him ahead of more ball-dominant players like Collier. I’m also a lot higher on some of the older prospects like PJ Hall and Dalton Knecht while being lower than most on Duke prospects Kyle Filipowski and Tyrese Proctor.

A lot will change over the next 6 months leading up to the draft but for now this is how I see the top 60 draft eligible prospects:

2024 NBA Draft Big Board 1.0

  1. Alexandre Sarr (PF/C) – Perth (France)
  2. Ron Holland – SF – Ignite
  3. Ja’Kobe Walter – SG – Baylor
  4. Zaccharie Risacher – SF – France
  5. Nikola Topic – PG – Serbia
  6. Matas Buzelis – SF – Ignite
  7. Stephon Castle PG/SG – UConn
  8. Cody Williams – SF – Colorado
  9. Isaiah Collier PG – USC
  10. Yves Missi – C – Baylor
  11. Ryan Dunn – SF – Virginia
  12. Dalton Knecht – SG – Tennessee
  13. PJ Hall – PF – Clemson
  14. Adem Bona – C – UCLA
  15. Tidjane Salaun – PF – France
  16. Justin Edwards – SF – Kentucky
  17. Donovan Clingan – C – UConn
  18. Aaron Bradshaw – C – Kentucky
  19. Trey Alexander – SG – Creighton
  20. Reed Sheppard – SG – Kentucky
  21. Tyrese Proctor – PG – Duke
  22. Rob Dillingham – PG – Kentucky
  23. Bobi Klintman – PF – NBL (Sweden)
  24. Kevin McCullar Jr. – SG – Kansas
  25. Tyler Smith – PF – Ignite
  26. Johnny Furphy – SG – Kansas
  27. Garway Dual – PG – Providence
  28. Carlton Carrington – PG – Pittsburgh
  29. Melvin Ajinca – SF – France
  30. Kyle Filipowski  – C – Duke
  31. Trevon Brazile – PF – Arkansas
  32. Pacome Dadiet – SF – France
  33. Izan Almansa – PF – Ignite
  34. Riley Kugel – SG – Florida
  35. Kel’el Ware – C – Indiana
  36. Wooga Poplar – SG – Miami
  37. Tristan Da Silva – PF – Colorado
  38. Thierry Darlan – SG – Ignite
  39. Trentyn Flowers – SF – Adelaide, NBL
  40. Alex Toohey – SF – Australia
  41. Tyler Kolek – PG – Marquette
  42. Bruce Thornton – PG – Ohio State
  43. Oso Ighodaro – PF – Marquette
  44. Dillon Jones – SG/SF – Weber State
  45. A.J. Johnson – PG – Illawara, NBL
  46. D.J. Wagner – SG – Kentucky
  47. Kyshawn George – PG/SF – Miami
  48. Matthew Cleveland – SF – Miami
  49. Taran Armstrong – PG – Cains, NBL
  50. Ajay Mitchell – SG – UC Santa Barbara (Belgium)
  51. Bronny James – SG – USC
  52. Baba Miller – SF – Florida State (Spain)
  53. Hunter Dickenson – C – Kansas
  54. Aday Mara – C – UCLA (Spain)
  55. Kobe Johnson – SG/SF – USC
  56. Jared McCain – PG/SG – Duke
  57. Terrence Shannon Jr. – SF – Illinois
  58. Zach Edey – C – Purdue
  59. Zacharie Perrin – PF – France
  60. Jalen Bridges – SF – Baylor

2024 NBA Mock Draft