Three Big 12 basketball players are lottery picks in CBS’s latest first-round NBA Mock Draft, published earlier this week.
There were four Big 12 players in the mock, including two from Baylor and two from Kansas.
The NBA Scouting Combine is May 16-22. The NBA Draft lottery is set for May 17. The NBA Draft will be June 23.
Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji was the first Big 12 player off the board at No. 7 to Sacramento. Agbaji, the Big 12 Player of the Year and the most outstanding player of the NCAA Final Four, is one of two Kansas players selected for the combine.
Agbaji would be the third straight Big 12 player taken by the Kings, if that pick comes to pass. The Kings took Iowa State’s Tyrese Haliburton in 2020 and Baylor’s Davion Mitchell in 2021. The Kings traded Haliburton to Indiana earlier this year.
Agbaji had career highs in scoring (18.6 points) and rebounds (5.1) last season.
Baylor’s Jeremy Sochan went No. 10 overall to Washington in this mock. Sochan, like Agbaji, is headed to the Combine, along with Kendall Brown and Matthew Mayer.
Sochan was an All-Big 12 honorable mention and All-Big 12 Freshman selection after averaging 9.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 1.8 assists on an average of 25 minutes per game last season.
Brown slips into the lottery section of the draft at No. 14 to Cleveland. Brown averaged 9.7 points per game, shot 58.4 percent from the field, and added 4.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.0 steals per game last season.
The last Big 12 player to make the first round is Kansas guard Christian Braun, who is also headed to the Combine next week.
Braun declared early for the draft. He just wrapped up the best season of his career, averaging 14.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game, all of which were career-highs. Braun has retained his college eligibility and can return to Kansas, but he must make that decision by June 1.
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