NBA draft: Mocks project two ‘Noles in top 20 picks

Florida State has the potential to see two NBA first-round draft picks in June.

Maybe that sounds impressive. It’s a reflection of recruiting talent and developing those players. And it’s significant because it could happen at a “new blood” program like FSU.

But it’s also notable because FSU hasn’t had two first-rounders in the same draft since 1993 when Doug Edwards (15th overall) and Sam Cassell (24th overall). A full list of FSU’s all-time NBA draft picks can be found here.

When and where could Devin Vassell and Patrick Williams be selected? A few NBA draft analysts think Vassell could go in the lottery, which is the first 13 picks, and that Williams will go later in the first round.

Here are some projections:

WatchStadium.com analyst Jeff Goodman, who is well-connected to college and pro basketball, views Vassell as the No. 8 overall pick to Charlotte. (At this point, the NBA has not done the lottery that locks in which teams pick in slots 1-13.)

Goodman is high on Williams, who is “a guy that has barely scratched the surface, but has an NBA body and work ethic, and he’s developing his offensive game.” He has Williams headed to Minnesota at No. 16.

Yahoo Sports’ Rob Dauster sees Vassell going at No. 12 and Williams at No. 17 on his 40-man draft board.

Sam Vecenie of theAthletic.com has Vassell slotted at No. 10 and Williams at No. 21 on his “big board.” While he lists the top 100 available prospects, it’s curious that he does not list Trent Forrest.

CBSSports.com projects Vassell at No. 13 to Portland. The site also has Williams headed to Denver at No. 21.

“Raw and still-developing, Patrick Williams is a gamble who will require patience to come along as a contributor the next few years,” writes Kyle Boone of CBSSports.com. “But he’s 6-8 with go-go gadget arms and defensive instincts that truly disrupts the game, with his feel and anticipatory sensors among the best in this wing class. If he puts it all together he can be a dynamic two-way role player for a long time in the league.”

One site appears to be an outlier with its draft board. NBADraft.net projects Williams is headed to Miami at No. 24 and Vassell sliding to No. 34 (in the second round) to Philadelphia.

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