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ESPN analyst Jay Bilas says Virginia shooting guard Joe Harris would be a good late first-round pick for Thunder

He also mentions Glenn Robinson III of Michigan and Jordan Adams of UCLA as possibilities
by Mel Bracht Published: June 24, 2014
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Jay Bilas will offer analysis of the NBA Draft on Thursday night. Photo by ESPN Images
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Jay Bilas will offer analysis of the NBA Draft on Thursday night. Photo by ESPN Images Allen Kee - Allen Kee

Overall, how do you rate the quality of the draft?

I think it’s outstanding. I think it’s one of the deepest drafts and the most talented that we’ve had in maybe even a decade. It is full of players that can not only come in and contribute but guys that can be starters and potential stars. You can go deep into the second round and get good players. That’s not always the case. We’re one year removed from what I thought was a really bad draft.

Who’s your No. 1 pick?

I still think Joel Embiid (Kansas center), the big guy, is the best prospect in this draft. I understand the reticence because of his recent injury. I would have to have a medical team tell me, “Don’t take this guy. He’s a bad medical risk” for me to say no to him. I think (Duke forward) Jabari Parker is the safest pick because he’s NBA ready on the offensive end right now. He’s not nearly as good a defender as (Kansas guard) Andrew Wiggins is. Wiggins is a superior athlete, long, excels in transition, pretty decent shooter and can get in the lane anytime he wants. He has a second jump that is unequaled in this draft. The only question with Wiggins, is he the type of guy that is going to have a killer instinct and be a superstar?

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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