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In updated mock drafts, Nets looking overseas for help


With the NCAA Tournament over and most of the international leagues shutting down, the NBA draft picture is getting clearer. The order has to be set, the lottery yet to be drawn, but the draftniks are updating their mocks.

There’s a few interesting names in this week’s update, the first two international, one 19, the other 18.

Rodions Kurucs, who Sean Marks saw on his European scouting trip, is now Draft Express’ pick for the Nets. The 6’9” Latvian swingman is now projected in the early 20’s in most mocks, just where the Nets will have their first pick.

Isaiah Hartenstein, an 18-year-old seven footer who plays on the German national team under Nets assistant coach Chris Fleming, is listed on two mocks. The Nets don’t need much scouting on him with Fleming having such first-hand knowledge.

Jawun Evans, the 6’0” Oklahoma State point guard, is also named on two mocks ... despite Kenny Atkinson’s aversion to small guards. He is quite quick and a leader.

Luke Kennard, the 6’6” Duke shooting guard, keeps showing up on Draft Express’ mock as a Nets pick. This is two consecutive DX mocks where Kennard is linked to the Nets. Grayson Allen, it appears, will stay in Durham.

One name who showed up as a Nets pick in earlier mocks, Zach Collins, is now listed as a lottery pick after his NCAA Tournament success. Those early mocks always seemed to be off. Collins is lottery-bound.

Here are the latest mocks, with DX’s being the most recent, having been posted Monday.

Draft Express

Rodions Kurucs, Latvia, 6’9” SF

Luke Kennard, Duke, 6’6” SG

V.J. Beacham, Notre Dame, 6’8” SF


Ivan Rabb, California, 6'11", PF

Andrew Jones, Texas, 6'4", PG

Dwayne Bacon, Florida State, 6'8" SG/sF

Isaiah Hartenstein, Zalgiris Kaunas (Germany), 7'0" PF

Trevon Bluiett, Xavier, 6'5" SF/SG


Jarrett Allen, Texas, 6'11" C

Mikal Bridges, Villanova, 6'7" SG/SF

Zach Collins, Gonzaga, 7'0" C

Jawun Evans, Oklahoma State, 6'1" PG


Isaiah Hartenstein, Zalgiris Kaunas (Germany), 7'0" PF

Jawun Evans, Oklahoma State, 6'1" PG

As GNYR notes in his daily draft update, the Nets seem to be headed towards a draft where they will have Nos. 22 and 26 in the first round, No. 56 in the second and $3.4 million to buy picks.