ESPN.com picks...Glen Rice, Jr. (6'6", 211 lbs, 22 years old). Small Forward, Georgia Tech (via the NBA D-League).
KnicksNow: Rice is a unique prospect in that he enters the draft out of the D-League, not college. After being dismissed from Georgia Tech, he opted to forego the year he'd have to sit out in order to transfer and instead joined up with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBDL. He's the son of the 3-time NBA All-Star that shares his name, and after some bumps along the way, he's put together a strong case to be drafted in the first round.
In his Mock Draft 3.0, Chad Ford called him "a terrific athlete" with good length for the small forward position. It took him a while to show it this past season, but with promotions of his teammates came opportunities and Rice made the most of them. Ford says that Rice "wowed NBA scouts and GMs with his stellar play in the D-League," which culminated with an impressive D-League championship series. Rice was the best player on the floor, leading his team to a sweep while averaging 29 points, 11.5 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and 3 blocks per game.
Rice has been open about his maturation process since college and scouts are optimistic that he's grown up. He really came on during his stint with Rio Grande Valley, showing he could score (14.5 points per game on 48.7% from the floor) and shoot from range (37.9% from three). Reports from the Chicago combine were mixed (video below), but he has the measurables, bloodlines and plenty of professional tape that few others in his class can match.
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