Three Big 12 freshmen were included in an NBA Mock Draft published by Stadium’s Jeff Goodman as the college basketball season began.
All three freshmen — Baylor’s Keyonte George, Texas’ Dillon Mitchell and Kansas’ Gradey Dick — all made their Big 12 debut this week.
George was the highest-rated recruit of Baylor’s 2022 Class and was considered a five-star player before he arrived. Goodman slotted George at No. 7 overall, which would have him selected by the Detroit Pistons. If that came to pass, George would be teammates with former Oklahoma State guard and 2021 No. 1 overall pick Cade Cunningham.
George, a 6-foot-4 guard, had 18 points, 5.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists in two games in which Baylor just dominated low-major opponents.
Mitchell, a 6-foot-8 forward, went No. 9 overall to Orlando. Interestingly, the Magic have former Texas center Mo Bamba on its roster.
Mitchell, like George, was considered a five-star recruit in 2022. Mitchell averaged seven points and eight rebounds in his first two games putting together a double-double against Houston Christian on Friday.
Dick went No. 29 to the Indiana Pacers, which would put him on the same team with former Iowa State standout Tyrese Haliburton. Dick, a 6-foot-8 forward, was a five-star recruit in the 2022 class and he had 17.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in his first two games.
The Big 12 was a big player in the 2022 NBA Draft. The conference had three players selected in the first round — Baylor’s Jeremy Sochan (No. 9, San Antonio), Kansas’ Ochai Agbaji (No. 14, Cleveland) and Kansas’ Christian Braun (No. 21 Denver). Baylor’s Kendall Brown went No. 48 to Minnesota in the second round.
Agbaji was later traded to Utah.
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