The San Antonio Spurs may be worried about Bassey's age and health
The likely reason for Bassey's low mocks is that in the early part of his sophomore season, he suffered a tibial plateau fracture in his knee that ended up taking him out for the season. If it weren't for that injury, we likely would have seen Bassey go through with the draft process last year instead of now. He'll be entering this draft as a 20-year-old that will turn 21 in October.
That said, for the severity of his injury, his comeback season was truly remarkable. Bassey was, without a shred of doubt, the Hilltoppers' best player and their anchor on both sides of the floor. His intangibles should fit like a glove within the Spurs' team culture, and he would be able to return to the city he moved to after immigrating from Lagos, Nigeria.
No matter where Bassey ends up, it's going to be very difficult not to be a big supporter of his once he's in the league. While the 12th overall pick may be a big reach for Bassey, I think the San Antonio Spurs need to do everything in their power to secure him on draft night, whether that means making a gutsy reach for him in the lottery or moving up from the second round to get him late in the first, which I think would be the smarter move.
If Bassey is selected anywhere near the bottom of the first round of the draft, let alone the second round, he will be an automatic draft steal.