D.J. Newbill Enters DraftExpress Top 100 at No. 97
Every year, DraftExpress releases a Top 100 NBA prospects list which ranks the players who have the highest chances of being drafted. Penn State star D.J. Newbill was featured at No. 97, ahead of Duke’s Quinn Cook and right below Maryland’s Dez Wells, making his NBA future look just a little bit brighter.
Newbill has the highest scoring average of any player in the Top 100 with 20.7 ppg. Newbill’s chances of getting drafted have gone up slightly in the past couple of weeks, as he is playing in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. After scoring 17 points with four assists and three rebounds in Cherry Bekaert’s opening round win on Wednesday, Newbill started receiving some attention from scouts and NBA writers as a potential sleeper.
Keep eye on Penn St guard @djnewbill come NBA draft time. Looking good at Portsmouth Invite, scouts intrigued. May be 2nd-round sleeper.
— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) April 9, 2015
It’s still unlikely Newbill hear his name called on draft night, but after evaluating his draft stock, there is always a chance the last five teams could take a chance on him. After being one of the best players in the Big Ten this season, this guy needs a chance and breaking the DraftExpress Top 100 is a confidence booster at the very least.
Newbill is going to be a very interesting player to watch heading into the 2015 draft. He could very well help his draft stock with a solid performance in the P.I.T. Cracking the DraftExpress Top 100 is no small feat as the writers dedicate all of their time evaluating these prospects, so they know what they’re talking about. Plus, being ranked with someone like Dez Wells — who is projected as a late-second round pick per some mock drafts — helps Newbill’s likeliness of getting drafted, or finding a team this summer.