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No Illini in Chad Ford’s first mock draft

Judging by Chad Ford’s first mock draft, the three Illinois prospects drawing interest from NBA general managers still have some work to do.

Ford, an ESPN NBA and draft insider, does not include Mike Davis, Demetri McCamey or Jereme Richmond in the first round of his May 8 mock draft. Though that isn’t breaking news, it proves that the orange and blue trio must further impress the NBA’s decision-makers.

Richmond, whom Ford labels a “first-round bubble pick” and ranks as the 41st best prospect, likely has the greatest chance of moving up draft boards. The one-and-done Illini has the blend of size, speed and athleticism NBA teams crave.  But there are plenty of the same mold in this draft, including UCLA’s Tyler Honeycutt and Tennessee’s Scotty Hopson. One mediocre season at Illinois and the lack of an NBA-caliber offensive repertoire may keep teams from drafting the McDonald’s All-American in the first round.

McCamey, whom Ford ranks 48th overall,  looked like a possible late first-round selection early in the season but fell down draft boards following an inconsistent finish. Unfortunately for McCamey, while this draft is very weak overall, it is deep in point guards. Ford predicts six point guards to go in the first round, including three – Kyrie Irving, Brandon Knight and Kemba Walker – in the top six. The addition of Michigan sophomore Darius Morris to the draft field – Ford predicts Morris to go 23rd overall – doesn’t help McCamey.

Davis, whom Ford ranks 91st overall in this draft class, impressed last month at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament against a star-starved field, but scouts question where Davis fits in at the next level as he lacks the strength of an NBA post player and lacks the perimeter shooting of an NBA wing player.

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