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Today’s Fastbreak 2016 NBA Draft Big Board 1.0

With only about two weeks until college basketball teams start hitting the floor for practice, it’s time to unveil my first Big Board of the 2015-16 season. My top 60 2016 NBA Draft prospects include 13 freshmen, 10 sophomores, 12 juniors, 19 seniors and six international prospects. As for the freshmen, unless they’re in my top 30 I will not include them on my list – Dwayne Bacon being the exception after a late addition of Justin Jackson.

Every month I’ll release a new Big Board, explaining risers and fallers on my new list. It should be an incredible season of college basketball, and there’s a chance somebody outside my top 60 becomes a household name – which is always exciting for draft analysts. Without further ado, here’s my top 60 prospects heading into the 2015-16 season.

1. Ben Simmons 6-10 230 SF/PF LSU Freshman
Australian phenom with intriguing versatility and skill set

2. Skal Labissiere 6-11 220 PF/C Kentucky Freshman
Haitian big man with two-way potential and great athleticism

3. Jaylen Brown 6-7 225 SG/SF California Freshman
Athletic, slashing swingman should be focal point on talented Cal squad

4. Brandon Ingram 6-9 195 SF Duke Freshman
Lengthy wing with range and athleticism

5. Jamal Murray 6-5 205 PG/SG Kentucky Freshman
Talented combo guard had breakout summer

6. Dragan Bender 7-0 215 PF Croatia
Top international prospect, fluid, skilled and versatile 7-footer

7. Kris Dunn 6-4 205 PG Providence Junior
Big, athletic and slashing pass-first point guard

8. Damian Jones 7-0 245 C Vanderbilt Junior
Prototype NBA center with skills and excellent athleticism

9. Caris LeVert 6-7 205 SG Michigan Senior
Smooth, playmaking and versatile scorer ready to come back strong off injury

10. Cheick Diallo 6-9 220 PF/C Kansas Freshman
Athletic, relentless big man waiting for clearance from NCAA

11. Jakob Poeltl 7-1 240 C Utah Sophomore
Raw, defensive-minded center who could have a big year

12. Henry Ellenson 6-10 245 PF/C Marquette Freshman
Stretch big man with NBA size and finishing ability

13. Ivan Rabb 6-10 220 PF/C California Freshman
Skinny, athletic two-way big man with stretch potential

14. Furkan Korkmaz 6-7 175 SG Turkey
Athletic, scoring international swingman in need of additional bulk

15. Malik Pope 6-10 210 SF/PF San Diego State Sophomore
Smooth forward with unlimited potential on the offensive end

16. Diamond Stone 6-10 255 C Maryland Freshman
Big-bodied frosh center with skill and some stretch ability

17. Malik Newman 6-4 185 PG/SG Mississippi State Freshman
Talented – but undersized – scoring guard with positional question marks

18. Stephen Zimmerman 7-0 240 C UNLV Freshman
Athletic, two-way center with intriguing stretch ability and NBA size

19. Melo Trimble 6-3 190 PG Maryland Sophomore
Mature, composed point guard with quickness and shooting ability

20. Buddy Hield 6-4 215 SG Oklahoma Senior
Solidly-built, rangy shooting guard looking to increase playmaking ability

21. Nigel Hayes 6-8 240 PF Wisconsin Junior
Versatile forward who’s made big strides every year in Madison

22. Domantas Sabonis 6-10 240 PF/C Gonzaga Sophomore
Tough big man with touch – although lacking length, athleticism

23. Taurean Prince 6-8 220 SF Baylor Senior
Versatile, two-way swingman with budding perimeter game

24. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk 6-6 190 SG/SF Kansas Sophomore
Young, skilled scorer both off the dribble or spotting up

25. Troy Williams 6-7 200 SF Indiana Junior
Uber-athletic and lengthy forward might be top option for Hoosiers

26. Demetrius Jackson 6-1 200 PG Notre Dame Junior
Tough, quick point guard ready to take the reins for the Fighting Irish

27. Justin Jackson 6-8 200 SG/SF North Carolina Sophomore
Slight shooting swingman looks to take the next step as a sophomore

28. Guerschon Yabusele 6-8 260 PF/C France
Physical, nimble French big man with developing game

29. Tyrone Wallace 6-6 200 PG/SG California Senior
Athletic combo guard with great size and an explosive first step

30. Isaiah Briscoe 6-3 215 PG Kentucky Freshman
Long, physical point guard complements Tyler Ulis, Murray nicely

31. Dwayne Bacon 6-7 220 SG/SF Florida State Freshman
Explosive scoring wing with NBA size the Seminoles haven’t had in years

32. Tim Quarterman 6-6 190 PG/SG LSU Junior
Versatile, tall point guard with shooting ability and a smooth handle

33. Brice Johnson 6-9 225 PF North Carolina Senior
Lengthy and athletic power forward who’s trying to take another step as a senior

34. Gary Payton II 6-2 185 PG/SG Oregon State Senior
Defensive point guard developing offensive and facilitating skills

35. Timothe Luwawu 6-6 205 SG/SF France
Quick, versatile French swingman who needs to expand his range

36. Amida Brimah 7-0 230 Junior C UConn
Shot-blocking center with improving offensive repertoire

37. Ron Baker 6-4 220 PG/SG Wichita St. Senior
Mature, strong combo guard with range and physicality on defense

38. Marcus Lee 6-9 220 PF/C Kentucky Junior
Long, athletic big man who’s been waiting for his time in Lexington

39. Daniel Hamilton 6-8 200 SG/SF UConn Sophomore
Talented swingman ready to break out and follow bloodline of NBA talent

40. Michael Gbinije 6-7 200 SG/SF Syracuse Senior
Athletic and versatile swingman ready to lead the ‘Cuse as a senior

41. A.J. Hammons 7-0 260 C Purdue Senior
Nimble big man with NBA frame looking for consistent senior year

42. Devin Robinson 6-8 180 SF/PF Florida Sophomore
Versatile, talented athlete ready to breakout in year two

43. Denzel Valentine 6-5 225 SG/SF Michigan State Senior
Long shooting guard with improved perimeter game + athletic question marks

44. Dorian Finney-Smith 6-8 SF/PF 220 Florida Senior
Versatile senior forward could take another big step for Gators

45. Jake Layman 6-9 205 SF Maryland Senior
Smooth senior swingman with efficient perimeter game

46. Zak Irvin 6-6 215 SG/SF Michigan Junior
Athletic shooter who will miss about two months after back surgery

47. Kyle Wiltjer 6-10 240 PF Gonzaga Senior
Smooth, skilled big man with perimeter ability and improved strength

48. Kaleb Tarczewski 7-0 245 C Arizona Senior
Senior big man has gradually improved each year and has NBA size

49. Isaiah Taylor 6-2 170 PG Texas Junior
Quick, athletic point guard with improving offensive game

50. Monte Morris 6-2 170 PG Iowa State Junior
Quietly one of the smartest and most efficient point guards in NCAA

51. Theo Pinson 6-6 195 SG/SF North Carolina Sophomore
Athletic swingman with NBA size looking to take another step for the Tar Heels

52. Egemen Guven 6-11 220 C Turkey
Skilled, tall Turkish big man needs to add weight before heading overseas

53. DeAndre Bembry 6-6 210 SG/SF St. Joseph’s Junior
Athletic, versatile swingman looking to take another step from the perimeter

54. Zhou Qi 7-2 210 C China
Long, nimble center has to improve consistency on offensive end and add strength

55. Xavier Rathan-Mayes 6-4 200 PG/SG Florida State Sophomore
Sophomore scorer looking to improve playmaking skills to take that next step

56. Danuel House 6-7 205 SG/SF Texas A&M Senior
Houston transfer should show more comfort in second year for Aggies

57. Damion Lee 6-6 210 SG Louisville Senior
Drexel transfer with smooth scoring ability should impact Cards right away

58. Shawn Long 6-10 250 PF Louisiana-Lafayette Senior
Productive stretch 4 played for USA during Pan Am Games this summer

59. Alex Poythress 6-8 240 SF/PF Kentucky Senior
Athletic forward hoping for strong return off ACL tear last year

60. Marcus Paige 6-1 175 PG North Carolina Senior
Slight senior point guard can shoot with range but struggles inside arc

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