French big man Victor Wembanyama and NBA G League Ignite guard Scoot Henderson are widely viewed as the top-two prospects entering the 2023 NBA draft. But, who comes next? Enter the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, known best as March Madness.
Though the Houston Rockets are currently tied for the fewest wins in the NBA this season, that only brings a 27% chance of obtaining one of the top-two draft selections due to flattened lottery odds. They are, however, nearly certain to land a top-seven selection.
With that in mind, Monday’s episode of The Lager Line — sponsored by Clutch City Lager of Karbach Brewing — examines the next draft tier after the two phenoms. Between usual hosts Ben DuBose and Paulo Alves and draft analyst Madison Moore, college prospects evaluated include Alabama’s Brandon Miller; Houston’s Jarace Walker; Baylor’s Keyonte George; and Nick Smith Jr. of Arkansas.
The show also explores the differing competition levels between Wembanyama and Henderson’s professional teams, the NCAA Tournament, and other prospects like Amen and Ausar Thompson of the Overtime Elite, as well as the NBA projectability of each setting.
Monday’s full podcast can be listened to below. Each episode of the show is also available via flagship radio station SportsTalk 790, as well as to all major podcast distributors under “The Lager Line.”