This 2021 draft class has a chance to be really special.
With star power at the top, depth in the top ten and a super long list of impactful freshmen, NBA scouts are lining up to stockpile 2021 first-rounders and find themselves in great position next June. We've heard ad nauseam about how poor the 2020 draft was. Well, next year's class more than makes up for it.
But the majority of high-impact players are freshmen, international picks or trying their hand in the G-League Pathways program. Only two players in my preseason top-14 have played a minute of college basketball before the pandemic.
So what do we make of these returners, who we have some film on to make them a prospect but likely need positive showings to increase their stock? We'll dive into the ten best returners on our preseason big board, with a lens for what they do well, what they need to show in 2021 and where they could end up on draft night.