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Three Big 12 Players Mentioned in Top 10 NBA Draft Prospects List

The Big 12 Conference is known for having some of the country’s top athletes, and this season is no different.

Three athletes from the Big 12 were recently mentioned on On3’s Jamie Shaw’s list, ranking the Top 10 NBA Draft prospects in college basketball.

 

The top-ranked prospect from the Big 12 Conference, Baylor guard Ja’Kobe Walter, checked in at No. 4 on Shaw’s list.

“It has been an up-and-down season for Ja’Kobe Walter,” Shaw said. “He has scored over 20 points in eight games this season while knocking down four or more threes in eight games. The 6-foot-6 wing came in with a shooter’s reputation, and he has shown that he is comfortable taking shots off the catch or from movement. Since the 2024 calendar year started, Walter is shooting 28.3 percent from three. Down from a November and December that saw him shoot 43.3 percent from deep. Walter is an instinctive off-ball defender but has shown lapses in guarding the ball this season. His lack of creation might limit the upside, however, there is somewhat of a high floor with the shot-making versatility he has shown capable of.”

Kansas freshman Johnny Furphy was the next conference member listed, with the Australia native checking in as the sixth-ranked NBA Draft prospect. Shaw raved about Furphy’s upside, saying, “Johnny Furphy has started 12 games this season and has provided a spark to the Kansas lineup with his long-range shooting. The 6-foot-9 wing from Australia is averaging 13.3 points and is shooting 42.3 percent from three in his starts. Furphy is a fluid athlete with some sneaky burst in transition. He can get lost on the defensive end, but he gives good effort and has excellent positional size and projectable athleticism. The shot-making has stayed consistent and the positional size is very intriguing.”

The third and final member mentioned by Shaw was Baylor freshman phenom Yves Missi, who has quickly become one of the nation’s best bigs. “While some might suggest that the NBA has gone away from bigs who are not offensively skilled, Yves Missi has proven to be one of the top rim-running bigs in college basketball,” Shaw said. “Through seven games in February, the 7-foot-0, 235-pound center is averaging 12.0 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks per contest while shooting 63.0 percent from the field. He is a disruptor around the rim with his twitchy athleticism and vertical burst. He also carries a reported 7-foot-5 wing span. While his vertical spacing big archetype does not have much versatility, his play style translates and relatively quickly. He will need to add weight to his core and base, but his ability to move, run, and jump with fluidity and explosion is interesting, especially when packaged inside a frame with a reported 9-foot-1 standing reach.”

While the Big 12 Conference features a wide array of talented NBA Draft prospects, the three listed above generate the most hype, at least in the eyes of Jamie Shaw.

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