Full Two-Round NBA Mock Draft Pre-March Madness

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CORVALLIS, OREGON – JANUARY 25: Onyeka Okongwu #21 of the USC Trojans reacts after a dunk during the first half against the Oregon State Beavers at Gill Coliseum on January 25, 2020 in Corvallis, Oregon. (Photo by Soobum Im/Getty Images) /

9. 142. Washington Wizards. Onyeka Okongwu. PF/C, USC. player. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis

Okongwu is another with a wide range of potential suitors, and could easily be taken much higher than nine. Washington has been in need of a big man for as long as I can remember, and the USC forward could finally bridge that gap for the Wiz.

Bradley Beal has been continuing to play like a star, and John Wall is set to finally return next season. Setting those two up with Okongwu as they enter the back-nine of their career is a huge swing for Washington, and one that could be a home run.

The 6’9 freshman plays more like a center, but might not play up to his potential there with his small-ish frame. He’s attempted just three three-point shots this season, and doesn’t look in a hurry to add that to his game.

If the rest of his game transfers, he may not need a perimeter shot to be successful however. He’s probably the best interior defender in the Lottery, using both smarts and athleticism to deter opposing scorers. His season plus/minus of +13.5 is 3rd best in the nation. He averages just under nine rebounds in 30.4 minutes per game, which is 3rd best in the Pac-12.

Okongwu projects to be a classic athletic big man, an archetype that’s been hit-or-miss in recent years.