The NBA Draft is this Tuesday, and three former Virginia Cavaliers are eligible to be drafted: Devon Hall, Isaiah Wilkins and Nigel Johnson. Four former Hoos have been drafted since 2012 including eventual NBA Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon. How do the three seniors stack up:
Measurables: 6’5”, 211 lbs, 23 years old
NBA Draft Outlook: Hall is a prototypical “3 and D” player the NBA looks for since he shot 43% from 3 and made the All-ACC Defensive Team last season. According to The Ringer, Devon has “the size, shooting ability, and basketball IQ to be worth a shot at the next level.” The Athletic says that he is “a solid all-around player with a reliable jumper who defends at a fairly high level.” Hall is the Virginia Cavalier that is most likely to get drafted, having been invited to the NBA Combine. He also shined in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (PIT) and has worked out for nine NBA teams. Looking at mock drafts from ESPN and Sports Illustrated among others, Hall is predicted to go between #48 and #59 in the second round of the draft.
Measurables: 6’7” 227 lbs, 23 years old
NBA Draft Outlook: Wilkins’s calling card and selling point to NBA teams will be his defense. Isaiah made the All-ACC Defensive Team twice and was the ACC Defensive Player of the Year last season. At 6’7” Wilkins will need to work on his outside game, having only shot 3/17 (.176) last season. Isaiah performed well in the PIT and has worked out for Atlanta and Charlotte. While he is unlikely to get drafted, being the stepson of Dominique Wilkins may help him get his foot in the door, especially with Atlanta, who asked him about his famous lineage after their workout.
Measurables: 6’1” 182 lbs, 23 years old
NBA Draft Outlook: Johnson came to Virginia from Rutgers, where he averaged 11 points per game. While his 3 point shooting slipped last season, his experience in UVA’s defensive scheme could be a valuable asset to teams. Nigel will most likely go undrafted and look to play overseas, but Charlotte did give him a workout this week so anything is possible. Here is a video of Johnson after his practice with the Hornets.
The NBA Draft will air on ESPN on Thursday June 21st at 7 PM. Good luck to the former Hoos!