2 B1G players projected as 1st-round picks in CBS Sports' latest NBA Mock Draft
For most of the season, the B1G was regarded as the best conference in college basketball. With a plethora of talented and experienced players and great coaching, it was undeniably a great league during the 2020-21 season, despite the postseason troubles.
But only two players from the B1G are currently projected as first-round selections in the 2021 NBA Draft. CBS Sports recently released the third version of its NBA Mock Draft and has just two players getting picked in the first round: Michigan’s Franz Wagner and Illinois’ Ayo Dosunmu.
Here’s where the two are currently projected, per CBS Sports:
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- No. 15: Franz Wagner, Michigan (Charlotte Hornets)
- No. 17: Ayo Dosunmu, Illinois (Boston Celtics)
Wagner is a 6-foot-9 wing who spent two seasons at Michigan and served as a do-it-all guy for Juwan Howard’s team. In his two years with the Wolverines, Wagner averaged 12.0 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game while shooting 46.5% from the floor and 32.5% from the 3-point arc. He had the opportunity to declare for the draft a year ago but decided to return to Ann Arbor.
Dosunmu was in the running for the National Player of the Year and was a first-team All-American selection after a big year at Illinois. He averaged 20.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists per contest and proved to come through big in clutch moments throughout the season. Dosunmu led the Fighting Illini to a B1G Tournament title and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
There’s still a lot of time for draft boards to change, but for right now, Wagner and Dosunmu are the only B1G players on CBS Sports’ radar as potential first-round selections.