NBA mock draft 2023: SEC lands 6 players in 1st round of ESPN's latest mock
It’s officially NBA mock draft season.
With a little over 2 months remaining until the 2023 NBA Draft, ESPN updated its latest mock on Wednesday morning. The projection includes a change near the top, with Alabama’s Brandon Miller jumping up to No. 2 overall.
Miller leads a total of 6 SEC players who are projected to go in the 1st round, per ESPN’s Jonathan Givony and Jeremy Woo. Here’s a breakdown of ESPN’s projection:
- Brandon Miller, Alabama: No. 2 overall (Houston Rockets)
- Anthony Black, Arkansas: No. 8 overall (Washington Wizards)
- Nick Smith Jr., Arkansas: No. 12 overall (Oklahoma City Thunder)
- Cason Wallace, Kentucky: No. 14 overall (New Orleans Pelicans)
- Noah Clowney, Alabama: No. 16 overall (Utah Jazz)
- GG Jackson, South Carolina: No. 27 overall (Charlotte Hornets)
Both Arkansas and Alabama are projected to have multiple 1st rounders in the 2023 NBA Draft. Miller could become the first Alabama player taken in the top 2 since Antonio McDyess in 1995.
Several other former SEC players, including Ricky Council and Kobe Brown, were projected as 2nd round picks in the mock.
The 2023 NBA Draft will be held on Thursday, June 22.