It has long been our position that it is NEVER too early to talk about the NBA Draft.
So in that spirit, we are compiling a list of what 2018 prospects the Nets have looked at, both this year and last. With the help of @GNYR, our trusty social media scout, we put up a list of top prospects who the Nets have looked at.
Based on the ESPN top 100, here are the top prospects we believe the Nets have seen...
15. Dzanan Musas, 6’9” small forward, Cedevita (Bosnia)
20. Chandler Hutchinson, 6’5” shooting guard, Boise State
24. Hamidou Diallo, 6’5” shooting guard, Kentucky
31. Justin Jackson, 6’7” shooting guard, Maryland (Canada)
33. Rodions Kurucs, 6’9” small forward, F.C. Barcelona (Latvia)
46. Goga Bitazde, 6’11” center, Mega Bemax (Georgia)
48. Rawle Alkins, 6’5” shooting guard, Arizona
56. Arnoldas Kulboka, 6’10” small forward, Orlandina (Lithuania)
57. Isaac Bonga, 6’8” shooting guard, Frankfurt (German)
64. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, 6’8” shooting guard, Kansas (Ukraine)
69. Tryggvi Hilanson, 7’1” center, Valencia (Iceland)
70. Tryggvi N’Doye, 6’9” point guard, Cholet (France)
76. Moritz Wagner, 6’11” center, Michigan (Germany)
82. Kostja Mushidi, 6’5” shooting guard, Mega Bemax (Germany)
89. Maximo Fjellerup, 6’8” small forward, Bahia Blanca (Argentina)
91. Elie Okobo, 6’2” point guard, Pau-Orthez (France)
92. Viny Okouo, 7’2” center, Unicaja (Congo)
95. Omer Yurtseven, 7’0” center - power forward, North Carolina State (Turkey)
Now, this list comes with a number of caveats. First of all, it is by no means complete. GNYR searched social media as well as reports of who the Nets would have seen last year at the NBA Pre-Draft Combine or the Adidas EuroCamp Treviso pre-draft combine. A number of players participated in the combines, then dropped out of the draft.
He also surmised that the Nets have seen Fjellerup while keeping up with his Bahia Blanca teammate, Nets stash, Juan Pablo Vaulet.
If there is one player who the Nets have great interest in, it’s Chandler Hutchison, the 6’7” guard out of Boise State.
Local reporters in Boise have spotted Nets scouts at Boise games, focusing on Hutchison. Here’s a sample that GNYR found...
There is a scout at the BSU scrimmage from the Brooklyn Nets checking out Chandler Hutchison.— Rachel Roberts (@ByRachelRoberts) October 22, 2017
Big scout night here before UO/BSU: Blazers, Thunder, Timberwolves, Pacers, Nuggets, Wizards, Nets, Warriors and 76ers here tonight. Also, no Troy Brown.— Tyson Alger (@tysonalger) December 2, 2017
... and January.
I see a Brooklyn Nets scout here who was also at Boise State's scrimmage before the start of the season. Nets must like Hutchison.— Rachel Roberts (@ByRachelRoberts) January 21, 2018
Two days ago, Bleacher Report called Hutchison a “Draft Sleeper,” comparing him to Kyle Kuzma. Although he’s listed as a top 20 prospect on ESPN’s top 100 list, the mock drafts all having him going in the 40s. Why? He’ll turn 23 in April.
Nets scouts will continue roaming the U.S. and overseas looking for prospects. The team currently has the 28th and 37th picks. If Indiana falters and fails to make the playoffs, their second rounder, around 45, will be turned over to Brooklyn.
And hey, the NBA Draft is still five months away.