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2015 Peachtree Hoops Draft Rankings (Post-Madness Edition)

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Kentucky did not run the table to an undefeated season, but the man in the middle still moved up in the draft rankings. Karl Towns flashed enough potential dominance in the postseason to move to the top of the board.

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The college season officially ended with Duke winning the championship on Monday night. While the tournament run helped the stock of freshmen Justise Winslow (already 3 on my board but moving up on others) and Tyus Jones (now firmly in top 20), Jahlil Okafor's solid--yet unspectacular--tournament dropped him behind fellow Kentucky freshman Karl-Anthony Towns. Okafor remains a polished offensive product with enormous size, but Towns is a true two-way talent with a solid inside-out game. His 82% shooting from the free throw line trumps the struggles of Okafor (51%) which make him a liability both late in games and in the high post.

These rankings debut the tiered system for the 2015 NBA Draft. Teams should may choose players based upon positional need and team fit, but players from one tier should be gone before moving to the next level. This draft is relatively thin and all players after the top 20 are very similarly ranked. The second round of the draft should see wild swings in projections over the next couple of months. With a shallow pool of college players, new information on international prospects could see several move up in the 21-60 range.

Rank (Previous Rank), Preferred Position posted in ALL CAPS

Tier 1

1(2) Karl-Anthony Towns, Freshman, PF/c, Kentucky (7'0, 248)

2(1) Jahlil Okafor, Freshman, C,  Duke (6'11, 272)

3(3) Justise Winslow, Freshman, SF, Duke (6'6, 221)

Tier 2

4(4) D'Angelo Russell, Freshman, SG/PG, Ohio State (6'4, 175)

5(6) Emmanuel Mudiay, 19, PG, China (6'5, 200)

6(5) Stanley Johnson, Freshman, SF, Arizona (6'8, 243)

7(9) Kelly Oubre, Freshman, SF/sg, Kansas (6'6, 204)

8(11) Jerian Grant, Senior, PG/SG, Notre Dame (6'5, 204)

9(10) Willie Cauley-Stein, C, Kentucky (7'0, 244) [PROFILE]

10(7) Kristaps Porzingis, 19, PF, Latvia (7'0, 220)[PROFILE]

11(8) Myles Turner, Freshman, C/pf, Texas (6'11, 242) [PROFILE]

12(15) Frank Kaminsky, Senior, PF/c, Wisconsin (7'0, 242) [PROFILE]

Tier 3

13(13) Devin Booker, Freshman, SG, Kentucky (6'6, 186)

14(14) Mario Hezonja, 20, SF/SG, Croatia (6'8, 200)

15(11) Caris LeVert, Junior, SG, Michigan (6'7, 200) [PROFILE]

16(19) George Lucas, 19, PG/sf, Brazil (6'6, 202)

Tier 4

17(22) Sam Dekker, Junior, SF, Wisconsin (6'9, 229) [PROFILE]

18(21) Tyus Jones, Freshman, PG, Duke (6'1, 191)

19(20) Delon Wright, Senior, PG, Utah (6'5, 179)

20(17) Bobby Portis, Sophomore, PF, Arkansas (6'10, 235)

The Rest

21(21) Justin Anderson, Junior, SG/SF, Virginia (6'6, 222)

22(23) Josh Richardson, Senior, SG, Tennessee (6'6, 200) [PROFILE]

23(30) Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Sophomore, SF, Arizona (6'6, 212)

24(NR) Kris Dunn, Sophomore, PG, Providence (6'3, 205)

25(33) Jakob Poeltl, Freshman, C, Utah (7'0, 235)

26(24) Buddy Hield, Junior, SG, Oklahoma (6'4, 214)

27(26) Montrezl Harrell, Junior, C/pf, Louisville (6'8, 230)

28(NR) Trey Lyles, Freshman, PF, Kentucky (6'10, 250)

29(16) Kevon Looney, Freshman, PF, UCLA (6'9, 220)

30(27) Jarell Martin, Sophomore, PF, LSU (6'8, 242)

31(28) Jordan Mickey, Sophomore, PF, LSU (6'8, 234)

32(NR) Cameron Payne, Sophomore, PG, Murray State (6'2, 180)

33(34) Tyrone Wallace, Junior, SG/pg, California (6'5, 200)

34(35) R.J. Hunter, Junior, SG/pg, Georgia State (6'5, 180)

35(NR) Brandon Ashley, Junior, PF, Arizona (6'8, 223)

36(NR) Chris McCullogh, Freshman, PF, Syracuse (6'8, 195)

37(31) Cliff Alexander, Freshman, C/pf, Kansas (6'9, 254)

38(29) Dez Wells, Senior, SG, Maryland (6'4, 221)

39(25) Anthony Brown, Senior, SF/sg, Stanford (6'7, 207)

40(32) Mouhammadou Jaiteh, 20, C, France (6'11, 249)

41(NR) Aleksandar Vezenkov, 19, SF, Bulgaria (6'8, 200)

42(44) Cedi Osman, 20, SF, Macedonia (6'8, 190)

43(39) Guillermo Hernangomez, 20, C, Spain (6'11, 255)

44(NR) Terry Rozier, Sophomore, pg/sg, Louisville (6'2, 189)

45(NR) Rashad Vaughn, Freshman, SG, UNLY (6'5, 200)

46(41) Christian Wood, Sophomore, PF/sf, UNLV (6'11, 220)

47(NR) Aaron Harrison, Sophomore, SG, Kentucky (6'5, 210)

48(38) Shawn Long, Junior, PF/c, Louisiana-Lafayette (6'10, 256)

49(42) Kennedy Meeks, Sophomore, PF/c, North Carolina (6'9, 279)

50(37) Alan Williams, Senior, C/pf, UC-Santa Barbara (6'8, 264)

51(43) Rakeem Christmas, Senior, PF/c, Syracuse (6'9, 226)

52(45) Derrick Marks, Senior, SG, Boise State (6'3, 210)

53(NR) Joseph Young, Senior, PG, Oregon (6'2, 178)

54(NR) Marcus Paige, Senior, PG, North Carolina (6'2, 156)

55(NR) LeBryan Nash, Senior, sf/pf, Oklahoma State (6'7, 235)

56(NR) Quinn Cook, Senior, pg/sg, Duke (6'2, 185)

57(NR) Andrew Harrison, Sophomore, pg/sg, Kentucky (6'5, 207)

58(NR) Robert Upshaw, Sophomore, C, Washington [Removed from team] (7'0, 264)

59(NR) Moussa Diagne, 21, C, Senegal (6'10, 218)

60(NR) Tyler Harvey, Junior, SG, Eastern Washington (6'4, 185)

Prospects Returning to College in 2015-16: Nigel Hayes (Wisconsin), Damian Jones (Vanderbilt), Justin Jackson (UNC), Melo Trimble (Maryland), Brice Johnson (UNC), Domantas Sabonis (Gonzaga)