Alabama’s Collin Sexton is close to leading the Crimson Tide back to the NCAA tournament, but he might have even greater things on the horizon.
According to ESPN basketball analyst Jimmy Dykes, Sexton should be the first guard taken in June’s NBA draft.
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) February 20, 2018
Dykes was an assistant coach from 1984 to 1991, and has also spent time as NBA scout and, most recently, the head coach of Arkansas’ women’s basketball team.
Sexton entered the year with a lot of hype as potentially the nation’s top point guard, but Oklahoma’s Trae Young stole the show for the first half of the season.
However, Sexton defeated Young in a head-to-head matchup in January, and the Sooners have lost nine of their last 11 games while Sexton has remained consistent throughout the season.
The Alabama freshman is averaging 18 points and 3.5 assists per contest. Joe Lunardi’s most recent bracket projection has the Crimson Tide as a 7-seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Another contender for top guard in the draft will be foreign player Luka Doncic. He’s an 18-year-old shooting guard who currently plays in Slovenia, but he’s projected to be a top five pick in the upcoming draft.
Most mock drafts currently have Sexton as the third best guard, trailing Doncic and Young.
NBADraft.net has Sexton going No. 9 overall to the New York Knicks, with Doncic going No. 5 overall and Young going No. 7 overall.
The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie has a similar draft board, with Doncic going No. 2 overall. He’s followed by Young at No. 7 and Sexton at No. 9.