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2016 Big Board 2.0: Post-Nonconference Edition

24 NOV 2015: LSU Tigers forward Ben Simmons (25) during the first half of the FanDuel Legends Classic game between the LSU Tigers and the North Carolina State Wolfpack played at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
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We’re almost to the start of the new year, which means nonconference play is coming to a close. New prospects have emerged while others have fallen down the draft boards. It’s important to note that the nonconference slate should be taken with a few grains of salt, as conference play gives a stronger impression in terms of the talent these prospects face.

Conference play should be a lot of fun, and I can’t wait to see what prospects continue to show the growth we’ve seen thus far and apply it to a higher level of competition. Reminder on this Big Board: There will be no freshmen outside the top 30, as I believe those players need more time in school. You can see Big Board 1.0 here. 

  1. Ben Simmons 6-10 230 SF/PF LSU Freshman

Australian phenom with intriguing versatility and skill set

  1. Brandon Ingram 6-9 195 SF Duke Freshman

Lengthy wing with range and athleticism finally realizing potential 

  1. Jaylen Brown 6-7 225 SG/SF California Freshman

Athletic, slashing swingman has had struggles but shows flashes

  1. Jamal Murray 6-5 205 PG/SG Kentucky Freshman

Talented combo guard has been streaky so far for Kentucky 

  1. Jakob Poeltl 7-1 240 C Utah Sophomore

Raw, defensive-minded center has broken out his sophomore year 

  1. Dragan Bender 7-0 215 PF Croatia

Top international prospect, fluid, skilled and versatile 7-footer

  1. Ivan Rabb 6-10 220 PF/C California Freshman

Skinny, athletic two-way big man has been surprise impact freshman thus far

  1. Kris Dunn 6-4 205 PG Providence Junior

Big, athletic and slashing pass-first point guard and National Player of the Year Candidate

  1. Skal Labissiere 6-11 220 PF/C Kentucky Freshman

Haitian frosh big man has had ups-and-downs, but skilled and athletic

  1. Caris LeVert 6-7 205 SG Michigan Senior

Smooth, playmaking and versatile scorer has come back strong from injury

  1. Cheick Diallo 6-9 220 PF/C Kansas Freshman

Athletic, relentless big man has made a big impact once cleared by NCAA

  1. Buddy Hield 6-4 215 SG Oklahoma Senior

Solidly-built, rangy shooting guard has broken out as a senior

  1. Henry Ellenson 6-10 245 PF/C Marquette Freshman

Stretch big man with NBA size and finishing ability has been impressive early

  1. Furkan Korkmaz 6-7 175 SG Turkey

Athletic, scoring international swingman in need of additional bulk

  1. Damian Jones 7-0 245 C Vanderbilt Junior

Prototype NBA center with skills and excellent athleticism who’s been disappointing early

  1. Stephen Zimmerman 7-0 240 C UNLV Freshman

Athletic, two-way center with intriguing stretch ability and NBA size

  1. Allonzo Trier 6-4 205 SG Arizona Freshman

Fast and athletic guard with improving perimeter game

  1. Domantas Sabonis 6-10 240 PF/C Gonzaga Sophomore

Tough, relentless big man with touch – although lacking length, athleticism

  1. Denzel Valentine 6-5 225 SG/SF Michigan State Senior

Long shooting guard with improved perimeter game + athletic question marks

  1. Melo Trimble 6-3 190 PG Maryland Sophomore

Mature, composed point guard with quickness and shooting ability

  1. Taurean Prince 6-8 220 SF Baylor Senior

Versatile, two-way swingman with budding perimeter game

  1. Grayson Allen 6-5 205 SG Duke Sophomore

Athletic shooting guard who’s struggled against length

  1. Demetrius Jackson 6-1 200 PG Notre Dame Junior

Tough, quick point guard has been impressive running point for the Fighting Irish

  1. Justin Jackson 6-8 200 SG/SF North Carolina Sophomore

Slight shooting swingman who’s taking a step as a sophomore

  1. Diamond Stone 6-10 255 C Maryland Freshman

Big-bodied frosh center has struggled with consistency thus far

  1. Guerschon Yabusele 6-8 260 PF/C France

Physical, nimble French big man with developing game

  1. Wade Baldwin 6-3 200 PG/SG Vanderbilt Sophomore

Versatile sharpshooting guard with freakish wingspan (6-foot-10)

  1. Tyrone Wallace 6-6 200 PG/SG California Senior

Athletic combo guard with great size and an explosive first step

  1. Isaiah Briscoe 6-3 215 PG Kentucky Freshman

Long, physical point guard complements Tyler Ulis, Murray nicely

  1. Dwayne Bacon 6-7 220 SG/SF Florida State Freshman

Explosive scoring wing with NBA size the Seminoles haven’t had in years

  1. Isaac Haas 7-2 300 C Purdue Sophomore

Sophomore 7-footer breaking out in his second season as a Boilermaker

  1. Tim Quarterman 6-6 190 PG/SG LSU Junior

Versatile, tall point guard with shooting ability and a smooth handle

  1. Sheldon McClellan 6-5 205 SG Miami Senior

Senior having his best overall season for improved Hurricanes squad (51.4% from distance)

  1. Brice Johnson 6-9 225 PF North Carolina Senior

Lengthy and athletic power forward who’s having his best season in his final one

  1. Gary Payton II 6-2 185 PG/SG Oregon State Senior

Defensive point guard developing offensive and facilitating skills

  1. Daniel Hamilton 6-8 200 SG/SF UConn Sophomore

Talented swingman who’s a triple-double threat and has NBA bloodlines

  1. Damion Lee 6-6 210 SG Louisville Senior

Drexel transfer with smooth scoring ability has been impressive for Cards early on

  1. Timothe Luwawu 6-6 205 SG/SF France

Quick, versatile French swingman who needs to expand his range

  1. Amida Brimah 7-0 230 Junior C UConn

Shot-blocking center with improving offensive repertoire

  1. Zhou Qi 7-2 210 C China

Long, nimble center has to improve consistency on offensive end and add strength

  1. Ron Baker 6-4 220 PG/SG Wichita St. Senior

Mature, strong combo guard with range and physicality on defense

  1. Marcus Lee 6-9 220 PF/C Kentucky Junior

Long, athletic big man finally showing his talent in Lexington

  1. Michael Gbinije 6-7 200 SG/SF Syracuse Senior

Athletic and versatile swingman could be a 3-and-D guy at the next level

  1. Troy Williams 6-7 200 SF Indiana Junior

Uber-athletic and lengthy forward has looked good taking the reins in Bloomington

  1. Nigel Hayes 6-8 240 PF Wisconsin Junior

Versatile forward struggling to adjust as the No. 1 option

  1. A.J. Hammons 7-0 260 C Purdue Senior

Nimble, shot-blocking big man with NBA frame

  1. Devin Robinson 6-8 180 SF/PF Florida Sophomore

Versatile, talented athlete ready to break out in Year 2

  1. Zak Irvin 6-6 215 SG/SF Michigan Junior

Athletic shooter who’s looking like himself after a back injury

  1. Jarrod Uthoff 6-9 220 SF/PF Iowa

Combo forward with smooth game and efficient three-point shot

  1. Kyle Wiltjer 6-10 240 PF Gonzaga Senior

Smooth, skilled big man with perimeter ability and improved strength

  1. Kaleb Tarczewski 7-0 245 C Arizona Senior

Senior big man has gradually improved each year and has NBA size

  1. Tyler Ulis 5-9 165 PG Kentucky Sophomore

Smart, tough sophomore point guard who lacks size but not skill

  1. Monte Morris 6-2 170 PG Iowa State Junior

Quietly one of the smartest and most efficient point guards in NCAA

  1. Egemen Guven 6-11 220 C Turkey

Skilled Turkish big man needs to add weight before heading overseas

  1. Isaiah Cousins 6-4 200 PG/SG Oklahoma Senior

Versatile guard showing improved playmaking skills as a senior

  1. Joel Bolomboy 6-9 230 PF Weber St. Senior

Senior mid-major big man having breakout senior year

  1. Xavier Rathan-Mayes 6-4 200 PG/SG Florida State Sophomore

Sophomore scorer showing improved playmaking with his lethal shooting

  1. Danuel House 6-7 205 SG/SF Texas A&M Senior

Houston transfer has been disappointing early in second season for A&M

  1. Alex Poythress 6-8 240 SF/PF Kentucky Senior

Athletic forward improving every day following knee injury

  1. Dorian Finney-Smith 6-8 220 SF/PF Florida Senior

Versatile forward with length and athleticism

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