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Keyonte George Leads Five Big 12 Players in ESPN Mock Draft

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Five Big 12 men’s players, led by Baylor’s Keyonte George, were included in ESPN’s most recent 2023 NBA Mock Draft, released on Thursday.

Three were freshmen —George, Texas’ Dillon Mitchell and Kansas’ Gradey Dick. The other two were Kansas players Jalen Wilson and Kevin McCullar Jr., the latter of which spent his college career at Texas Tech before transferring to Kansas.

George was the highest drafted player of the five, going No. 10 overall, which would make him a lottery pick. George was the highest-rated recruit of Baylor’s 2022 Class and was considered a five-star player before he arrived.

 

He’s lived up to the billing so far, averaging 14.4 points going into Baylor’s game with Gonzaga on Friday.

Mitchell, a 6-foot-8 forward, went No. 15 overall to the Los Angeles Clippers, which put him just outside the lottery. Despite playing on a team stacked with veterans that is No. 2 in the country, Mitchell has made an impact, averaging 7.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. The Longhorns were to play Top 10 Creighton on Thursday.

Mitchell, like George, was considered a five-star recruit in 2022.

Dick went No. 18 overall to the Utah Jazz.  The 6-foot-8 forward was a five-star recruit in the 2022 class and he is averaging 15.4 points and 4.1 rebounds as the Jayhawks prepare to face Seton Hall on Thursday.

McCullar and Wilson both went in the second round.

McCullar went No. 54 overall to Atlanta. Considered one of the most versatile players in the Big 12, McCullar is averaging 9.7 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.

Wilson went No. 55 to Milwaukee. Wilson was part of Kansas’ run to the national championship last season and he’s off to one of the best starts in the country. He’s averaging 22.8 points, 8.9 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.  

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