8. Chicago Bulls choose Justin Edwards
Edwards was an unquestioned top-five pick coming into the season. The 6’8 wing had impressive high school tape and looked like a three-level scorer with the body NBA teams desire. There is a ton to like, but it has been a rough start to his college career.
Edwards averaged 10.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in 28.2 minutes per game over his first five contests. He is just four of 17 from 3-point range, and the Wildcats sixth-leading scorer. The 19-year-old was expected to be a bucket from day one, but that has not been the case. In Kentucky’s showcase game against Kansas, Edwards had just one point and missed all six of his field goals.
It is still early, and the freshman continues to search for his footing. He has been a disappointment, but two or three massive games will have everyone forgetting about his slow start. Edwards must make more shots and prove to be a plus defender if he wants to go in the top five. If his struggles continue, the 6’8 wing may struggle to be selected in the first round.
The Chicago Bulls figure to be searching for the best available player, especially if they trade Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan. Justin Edwards has plenty of talent, but it would be on the Bulls to unlock it after what he has shown at Kentucky so far.