Jeremy Sochan would play for the Oklahoma City Thunder, if The Athletic’s latest mock draft released on Tuesday is any indication of where the Baylor forward may end up.
Sochan was one of four Big 12 players that made it into the two-round mock draft. The NBA Draft is set for 7 p.m. central on Thursday.
The Thunder have the No. 12 selection overall, which is part of the ‘Lottery’ portion of the draft, made up of teams that did not make the playoffs or the play-in tournament. The Thunder received the pick from the Los Angeles Clippers in a previous trade.
Sochan was the second player the Thunder selected in the mock, with the first being Gonzaga big man Chet Holmgren.
Sochan played just one season at Baylor. He 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.
Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji also went in the first round of this mock draft, going to the Charlotte Hornets at No. 15.
Agbaji led the Jayhawks to a national championship, was a consensus all-American, earned All-Big 12 Player of the Year and Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four last season, his fourth with the Jayhawks. Agbaji had career highs in scoring (18.6 points) and rebounds (5.1) last season.
Kansas guard Christian Braun, who declared early for the NBA Draft and decided to stay in the draft, slipped into the second round at No. 32 to the Orlando Magic.
Braun averaged 14.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game last season, all of which were career-highs.
The fourth Big 12 player in the mock was Baylor forward Kendall Brown, who, like Sochan, left Baylor after one season. At one time, Brown was touted as a first-round pick. But in this mock Brown fell into the second round, going No. 36 to the Portland Trail Blazers. Portland drafted Texas forward Greg Brown last year.
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