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"Caleb lessened and number six rank Ohio state squaring off against Cold Anthony and number seven North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Both hold on. ESPN and the APP. Hey by the way speaking of coal anthony he could easily be the top pick in next season's NBA draft. WELL NOT MEMPHIS. James Wiseman has anything to say about it when he returns from his twelve game suspension. Not to mention Georgia's Anthony Edwards or could the draft. He's shaken up by one of those taking a pass on college. Life like Australian. NBL PROS THE MOBILE RJ Hampton. They didn't make names for themselves down under wall racking up thousands of frequent flyer miles for NBA scouts and the process so let's talk NBA draft with the man himself ESPN NBA draft analyst. One of the best in the business. Jonathan Davonte Okay Jonathan. If you drafted right now now the draft happened right now. Who in your mind would be the number one pick in the NBA draft? I would personally take Lamelo Ball. That's really my favorite at the moment. But I do think that this is one of those years where there's going to be a lot of conversation. It's going to be wide open until June. It's not a year like Lebron James or or four Anthony Davis or even Zion Williamson last year. NBA team sound. Pretty split at the moment about who is their favorite and with the flat and lottery is is going to be a while until we know. Oh who's going to have that pick so lamelo could actually go number one. Where do you have looks like give? Rj Hampton going into the top five. Hey what does this say about star players. There's and maybe they might benefit more from playing overseas or is it sort of just something special about these two guys well many the top players who are in today's NBA. For example. Luca Danni editor Combo Rudy. Gobert I mean these are guys that grew up playing overseas. So there's definitely college basketball did not have a monopoly on developing talent. And so I think we're seeing with you. Know what. Rj Hampton elemental bar doing this year. That there are alternate path to you know to making the NBA and these guys have been very successful. And I think other kids are going to look at this next year. You know I think if you said Lamelo ball would go number one one in the NBA draft me about nine. Ten months ago a lot of people would have laughed. And now here you are saying that now and it's serious business. What has changed about his game his experience in in Australia? That has brought him to the top of the pile. Well he's grown. He's six foot seven. It's body is filled out. He's really become a complete basketball player. Are you know people in the past associated him with you know his reality TV show on facebook with the highlights on instagram on Youtube. You know cherrypicking taking wild shot from forty feet out. But he's proven this year that he's a real basketball player. He's doing incredible things in in a top level league. Averaging seventeen point seven rebounds seven assists. He's won a couple of games here over the past few weeks. He's the guy that we need to take seriously. He's not it's just an instagram sensation. Wow an incredible rise for him and it's also been a great year look call. Anthony has done really well this year. So if some of the other guys Edwards wiseman instill in the running. What do the college guys need to do to get back to that number one status in your mind James Wiseman needs to get back on the court you know having that twelve game suspension obviously wasn't ideal for him you know we'll see him in mid-january he's going to have a pretty big body of work by the time the season is up call? Anthony has been up and down in my opinion. He's really struggled to finish around the basket. He's his CISTERNA ratio. Isn't grady struggled to run a team team but it's early in the season you know these guys have played six or seven games I think the way the draft lurks in June is going to be a lot different than how it looks in December. Remember a couple of seconds left do you think with Lamelo and RJ succeeding this year. We'll see more young guys going overseas next year. especially on that star level. Yeah I think a lot out of the top players in high school right now. Guys that are uncommitted and even a couple of that are committed to top programs are looking at what Lamelo Hampton or doing and wondering if that's the right path for them I'm not necessarily sure that it is the right path for every player. It takes a lot of maturity to leave home to live in a foreign country to to to be a pro. Oh on a day by day basis. I've talked extensively with the coaching staff. That both teams. They've had a lot of ups and downs with both of them. And so I think any player that looks as this is is GonNa have to really do their research and make sure that it's the right fit for them because college still is a very good route for for for the most players. I think that's what a lot of scouts want to see that growth that development. It looks like those two guys are doing it and doing it very very well. Jonathan thank you so much. Appreciate it and folks. That's it outside the lines today. We will see you tomorrow. NFL live talking about Jason Garrett. No surprise much inaccurate. How do you what do you think they'll talk about it coming up next?."