2. Noah Kirkwood, SG, Harvard
The Ivy League isn’t exactly a basketball powerhouse, but the fact that Kirkwood has worked out with teams like the Jazz and Trail Blazers shows that the NBA has a deal of interest in the Ottawa native. A 6-7 guard with three years as a starter under his belt, Kirkwood is an attractive prospect for guard-needy teams.
Kirkwood averaged 17.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game on 47% shooting, showing the kind of dominance one would expect from an NBA prospect in this conference. Kirkwood has skills that will be transferrable to the NBA with a robust 6-7, 215-pound frame and a solid jumper.
Noah Kirkwood is a gamble worth taking for the Toronto Raptors.
On top of the fact that Kirkwood has a shorter wingspan than his height, he is not an explosive athlete that will make jaws drop. Going from the Ivy League to defending Luka Doncic is going to be a significant culture shock for Kirkwood, which could hurt the Ottawa’s native chances of making it in the pros.
Kirkwood is a long-term developmental bet, but Ujiri is no stranger to taking on projects like that. If Banton can be selected despite a very raw offensive game, than Kirkwood could get some consideration if Toronto trades down and looks for more 905 fodder.