San Antonio Spurs NBA Draft Big Board: Players 16 and 15
16. Vrenz Bleijenbergh - Point Forward, Antwerp Giants
I'm a bit surprised that I'm not seeing Vrenz Bleijenbergh's name a little higher on draft boards, as I think he would be a quality late first-round pickup. He projects as both a good shooter and playmaker as a 6'10" point-forward and recently won the rising star award in the EuroMillions League playing for the Antwerp Giants.
My biggest concern for him at the moment is his defense, given that he's still quite underweight for his position. While he could realistically defend the 1-3 adequately coming into the league, he will definitely have issues with defending power forwards unless he's able to fill out his frame. I was hoping to see him appear at the NBA Draft Combine, but we didn't get an opportunity to see him there.
Being that the Spurs have recently started hosting pre-draft workouts and interviews, I'm hoping to see Bleijenbergh's name join the growing list of players that have met with the Spurs unless any remaining COVID-19-related travel restrictions prevent that from happening.
15. Kessler Edwards - Wing, Pepperdine
Kessler Edwards is another guy who seems to be going a bit under the radar despite some fantastic performances at Pepperdine. He's a confident catch-and-shooter who shot nearly 38% from three on 4.4 attempts per game, many of those attempts being from NBA range. I think he could become a three-level scorer as he's developed a nice mid-range game and was one of the best finishers at his position in the NCAA. He's also quite the physical and disruptive defender with the ability to guard the 1-4.
That said, for this to happen, his shooting will have to translate to the NBA, and his unorthodox shooting motion is not the best sign of that happening immediately. He had a bit of an underwhelming shooting performance at the NBA Draft Combine despite showing some very promising defense.
He is currently mocked most often in the late first round going into the second round, likely mostly due to his age. I would not mind the Spurs attempting to move up in the draft to get him, especially if they decide to use their lottery pick on a big whose shooting still needs to develop. I think ultimately Edwards could turn out to be one of the best 3-and-D wings in his class.