BROOKLYN, N.Y. – The 2019 NBA Draft begins next Thursday and there are five players who played college ball in the state of Washington who are hoping to hear their names called. Rui Hachimura, Brandon Clarke and Zach Norvell Jr. all played for Gonzaga while Matisse Thybulle and Jaylen Nowell played for the University of Washington.
Hachimura and Clarke are both expected to go in the first round. They’re generally projected to go picks 14-20. While neither may be lottery picks, they should both be first-round picks, marking the first time in school history Gonzaga has had two players go in the first round.
Things get a little bit harder to predict from there. Thybulle is the consensus best player remaining of the Washington-based players, but exactly where he’ll go is up in the air. Some scouts see him as a late-first round player and other sees him as an early second, but either way he’s expected to get drafted.
Norvell and Nowell both run the risk of being undrafted. ESPN has Norvell ranked as the No. 63 prospect on their big board, only 60 players get drafted. Nowell is even lower, at No. 81 overall. Still, some scouts believe in both players. NBADraft.net projects both players getting drafted in the second round, as does CBS Sports.
The NBA Draft begins next Thursday at 4:00 p.m. PT.