Welcome y’all to the third edition of the Hird It Here First Mock Draft! I last put out a mock draft on 11/24, so while we have not had much action at the top, I have had some action on my board.
Well…Anthony Edwards has officially arrived, y’all. In one of the most explosive scoring bursts of recent memory, Edwards put up an astonishing 33 points in the second half versus Michigan State to pull his Bulldogs to the brink of victory, though they eventually lost, 93-85. Edwards’ stretch at the Maui Jim Invitational is certainly indicative of his game as a whole to this point – inconsistent, yet incomprehensible.
For athleticism, we choose Strength + Agility. These two traits have been key in allowing Draymond to thrive in the Warriors system and anchor what was for years an elite defense. He was always quick enough to switch out and guard on the perimeter, but was most adept as a help defender – using his incredible agility in concert with his prescient mind to make defensive plays not thought possible.
In the absence of Zion Williamson, fellow South Carolina native and #2 overall pick in the ’19 draft Ja Morant has built an early case as the favorite to win Rookie of the Year for this class. Ja comes in a year older than most of his former freshmen counterparts, and it has shown thus far on the court.