Three former Seminoles hope to make splash in NBA Draft

By: Asher Wildman | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
June 22, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The NBA Draft is tonight and a trio of former Seminoles are hoping to hear their name called by commissioner Adam Silver.

Dwayne Bacon: 6-7, 221 lb. Small Forward
When Bacon arrived at FSU in 2015 many expected him to be a one and done player. In fact, many mock drafts had him as a potential lottery or late first round pick in 2016 drafts. As a freshman, Bacon averaged 15.8 points per game and improved that to 17.2 points per contest in his sophomore year.

However, when watching him his sophomore year, he had too many bad games and looked like he took plays off. Now, when you look at mock drafts, he is projected anywhere from the late first to the end of the second round. Bacon has an NBA body, but what he lacks is a reliable three point shot. Last year he shot just .333% from downtown (57-171).

My guess: Bacon goes 49th to the Denver Nuggets, getting reunited with Malik Beasley

Jonathan Isaac: 6-10, 210 lbs. Forward
Entering FSU, we all knew the McDonald’s All-American was going to be a one and done college player. As a freshman, Isaac averaged 12 points and eight rebounds a game. The major concern that scouts have is his size and maturity.

Not even 20 years old, Isaac needs weight to go along with maturity to excel in an NBA locker room. All mock drafts have Isaac as a lottery pick because the amount of potential he has is off the charts. Whoever drafts him, will have to understand he is a work in progress and still needs time to finish rounding out his game.

My guess: Minnesota with the 7th pick.

Xavier Rathan-Mayes: 6-4 208 lbs. Guard
The leader of the FSU basketball team, Rathan-Mayes decided to leave school with one year left. XRM, who was the Seminoles main ball handler, enters a draft class with several point guard prospects.

Honestly, I don’t understand why he doesn’t get more attention from NBA teams. Since declaring for the draft, nearly all mock drafts have him going undrafted. Finding a point guard with XRM’s size is a rare thing to find. One area of concern is that he has never shot better than 32% from three. (28%, 28%, 32% in three years).

My guess: Tony Parker isn’t getting any younger, so how about the Spurs take a chance late in the 2nd.

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