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Kris Wilkes Goes to Portland in Early Mock Draft

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Bleacher Report has the UCLA sophomore going to the Trail Blazers with the 26th overall pick in their first mock draft of the college hoops season.

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While Portland Trail Blazers fans are likely hankering for the likes of Zion Williamson or RJ Barrett in next year’s NBA Draft, the reality is that they will probably have a much lower pick than where the top dogs are expected to land. As of right now, they are in line for a late selection, but a lot can change over the next several months.

With the new college basketball season underway, Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman has released an updated mock draft, sending UCLA small forward Kris Wilkes to Portland with the 26th overall pick (where they sit based on current standings).

Of Wilkes, Wasserman writes:

Wilkes wasn’t overly convincing last year, but he’ll remain relevant for his tools, shooting (1.7 threes per game) and slashing potential. No more Aaron Holiday or Thomas Welsh should mean a significant bump in usage for the sophomore wing. Wilkes will try to look sharper creating his own shot, particularly given his lack of playmaking ability.

The 6-8 native of Indianapolis was a consensus top-25 recruit coming out of high school and averaged 13.7 points and 4.9 rebounds as a freshman last season, earning Pac 12 All-Freshman honors. Wilkes had 27 points in the Bruins’ season-opening win on Tuesday over Purdue-Fort Wayne.

Are there any players you’re keeping your eye on this year that you think would be a good (and realistic) fit? Speculate away!