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2016 Peachtree Hoops NBA Draft Rankings

Versatile LSU freshman Ben Simmons remains at the top of the updated NBA draft rankings with the college season just over a month away. What other freshmen should you be preparing to watch as the college season approaches?

Villanova sleeper prospect Josh Hart drives against Providence's Kris Dunn, the top returning prospect.
Villanova sleeper prospect Josh Hart drives against Providence's Kris Dunn, the top returning prospect.
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The 2015-16 college basketball season is just over a month away. The first tip is on November 13, but the real excitement will begin with ESPN's 31-hour marathon of college hoops (click here for SBNation's preview of the top games) which begins on Monday, November 16. Over half of the college prospects listed below will be in play during the marathon. It will be the first opportunity to see most of the top 10 make their college debuts.

As shared in last week's preview of the 2016 class, this is a volatile group with the rankings expected to vary greatly over the course of the season. A notable tidbit from this week is that the NCAA has not yet cleared Kentucky freshman Skal Labissiere to be eligible for this season. Labissiere fits the Anthony Davis/Nerlens Noel/Karl Towns lineageof athletic, multi-talented giants expected to contend to be the first player selected on draft night. As reported by SBNation affilitate A Sea of Blue, he is currently practicing with the team and expected to be cleared at some point. Hopefully, Skal will be cleared in time to join another loaded freshman class in the ESPN marathon. The Wildcats will face defending national champ Duke and fellow top-5 prospect Brandon Ingram.

My 2016 draft rankings were revealed after the 2015 NBA Draft, Kansas freshman Cheick Diallo has been the biggest riser in the offseason with Brazilian point guard George dePaula has lost some momentum in recent months. Write this list down in chalk, but here are the updated rankings as the college season approaches:


  1. Ben Simmons, Freshman, PF/sf, LSU (6'10, 239)
  2. Skal Labissiere, Freshman, PF/C, Kentucky (7'0, 216)
  3. Dragan Bender, 18, PF/sf, Bosnia (7'1, 216)
  4. Jaylen Brown, Freshman, SF, California (6'6, 222)
  5. Brandon Ingram, Freshman, SF, Duke (6'9, 196)
  6. Cheick Diallo, Freshman, PF/C, (6'9, 220)
  7. Kris Dunn, Junior, PG, Providence (6'4, 205)
  8. Jamal Murray, Freshman, PG, Kentucky (6'5, 201)
  9. Malik Newman, Freshman, SG/pg, Mississippi State (6'4, 179)
  10. Caris LeVert, Senior, SG, Michigan (6'7, 200)
  11. Nigel Hayes, Junior, PF, Wisconsin (6'7, 235)
  12. Jakob Poetl, Sophomore, C, Utah (7'0, 235)
  13. Buddy Hield, Senior, SG/sf, Oklahoma (6'4, 214)
  14. Malik Pope, Sophomore, SF/pf, San Diego State (6'10, 205)
  15. Furkan Korkmaz, 19, SG/sf, Turkey (6'6, 170)
  16. Aleksandar Vezenkov, 20, PF, Bulgaria (6'9, 225)
  17. Henry Ellenson, Freshman, C, Marquette (6'10, 231)
  18. Diamond Stone, Freshman, C, Maryland (6'10, 250)
  19. Allonzo Trier, Freshman, SG, Arizona (6'5, 199)
  20. Domantas Sabonis, Sophomore, PF/sf, Gonzaga (6'10, 231)
  21. Tyrone Wallace, Senior, PG/sg, California (6'5, 200)
  22. Troy Williams, Junior, SF, Indiana (6'6, 195)
  23. Taurean Prince, Senior, SF, Baylor (6'7, 215)
  24. Melo Trimble, Sophomore, PG, Maryland (6'3, 190)
  25. Demetrius Jackson, Junior, PG, Notre Dame (6'1, 194)
  26. Damian Jones, Junior, PF/C, Vanderbilt (6'10, 248)
  27. George De Paula, 20, PG/sf, Brazil (6'6, 194)
  28. Alex Poythress, Senior, SF, Kentucky (6'8, 239)
  29. Shawn Long, Senior, PF, Louisiana-Lafayette (6'10, 256)
  30. Josh Hart, Junior, SG, Villanova (6'5, 202)
Others to Watch:

James Blackmon, Sophomore, SG, Indiana (6'3, 184)
Nedim Buza, 21, SF, Bosnia and Herzegovina (6'8, 199)
Zhou Qi, 19, C, China (7'2, 210)
Marcus Lee, Junior, PF, Kentucky (6'10, 199)
Justin Jackson, Sophomore, SG/SF, North Carolina (6'8, 201)
Kennedy Meeks, Senior, PF/C, North Carolina (6'9, 275)
Brice Johnson, Senior, PF, North Carolina (6'9, 185)
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, Sophomore, SG, Kansas (6'8, 191)
Jake Layman, Senior, SF, Maryland (6'9, 205)
James Webb III, Junior, SF/PF, Boise State (6'9, 209)
Mike Tobey, Senior, C, Virginia (6'11, 227)