5 ACC basketball players improve their draft stock

NBA Draft ACC Basketball Duke Blue Devils center Mark Williams Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

ACC basketball has seen its fair share of parity in 2021-22, with Miami basketball the current conference leader in the standings. That doesn’t mean players aren’t doing their part to increase their stock in the 2022 NBA Draft as we take a look at five rising prospects in this year’s class.

7-foot sophomore Mark Williams, center, Duke

7 foot sophomore Mark Williams stepped up a ton, especially in conference play for the Blue Devils. In the month of January, he recorded 12.6 ppg, 9.2 rpg and 3.6 bpg while shooting 69.8% from the field and 76.5% from the free throw line. He’s a big prospect who’s starting to make his way on both sides of the floor and should certainly have pro scouts salivating with his development as a mobile big man.

He proved he could hold multiple positions on the pitch and made his opponents pay when they tried to score on him in the paint. He’s had quite a presence on the court with freshman sensation Paolo Banchero on Duke’s basketball roster. He’s a prospect that could end up in NBA lottery projections with his ability to defend and score.

Williams is a player in the Duke basketball rotation who has raised his profile this season, averaging 9.9 ppg, 6.8 rpg and 3.3 bpg through 19 contests until the Blue Devils are approaching the back half of their conference schedule.

It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him leave early for the 2022 NBA Draft after the type of visits he’s had. The league needs a new breed of big man and a prospect of his stature who can also handle the ball and develop a perimeter jumper makes him a long-term commodity.

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