The NBA Draft is still a little over a month away, but with the NBA lottery set, it felt like a good time to play the partial mock draft game.
High school sports are our specialty, so we're going to assess the projected lottery with emphasis on each athlete's high school accomplishments. We did the same before the NFL Draft last month for the entire first round and will repeat that process in the days leading up to the NBA Draft on June 23.
Here are picks 1-14 (as projected by Sports Illustrated), including a quick snapshot of each player's high school basketball career (if they had one):
1. Magic: Jabari Smith Jr., F, Sandy Creek High School (Georgia)
Auburn | Height: 6' 10" | Weight: 220 | Age: 19 | Freshman
The McDonald's All-American led Sandy Creek to a state runner-up finish in 2020-21 after averaging 23.4 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.2 steals and 2.5 blocks per game during his senior season. He went to Auburn ranked No. 6 nationally by 247 Sports, ESPN and Rivals.
2. Thunder: Chet Holmgren, F/C, Minnehaha Academy (Minnesota)
Gonzaga | Height: 7' 0" | Weight: 190 | Age: 20 | Freshman
The Gatorade National Player of the Year and McDonald's All-American was the top-ranked recruit in the Class of 2021 by ESPN and 247 Sports. Holmgren finished his prep career with 1,567 points, 964 rebounds and 456 blocked shots while helping Minnehaha Academy rack up a 128-15 record.