1. Jordan Walsh, SF, Arkansas
Walsh seems like the most Raptors-esque prospect among the gaggle of five-star recruits that are likely going to populate most of the top 20 selections in the draft. Standing at 6-7 with a 7-3 wingspan, Ujiri’s interest is already going to be piqued by his physical skillset.
Walsh is widely regarded as an excellent shooter that can knock it down from deep regularly. His elevation going towards the rim is sublime for a high school player. In tandem with projected top-five selection Nick Smith and Anthony Black, Walsh figures to be one of the critical cogs of Eric Musselman’s attack for the Razorbacks.
Jordan Walsh could be a great scorer for the Toronto Raptors.
Walsh is reminiscent of Barnes when he came out of Florida State, though Barnes might be a bit more viable as an interior player and Walsh’s game is more perimeter centric. Some of the common threads between both of them are their length, versatility, and scoring potential.
Walsh will be an interesting evaluation this season, as the presence of Smith and Black might prevent him from getting up the same number of shots that other stars had. If Toronto sees his flaws start to ebb away, he could be their pick despite some iffy production.