Fayetteville native Dennis Smith had a tough game in Tallahassee Wednesday night, where his N.C. State Wolfpack was hammered by a very athletic Florida State team. But Smith woke up to some good news Thursday morning:
Yahoo Sports released its first NBA Mock Draft predictions and has Smith going No. 4 overall. The NBA draft is June 22.
The draft prediction includes 11 college freshman “one-and-done” stars and one international player among the top 12. It has Washington freshman point guard Markelle Fultz going No. 1, UCLA freshman point guard Lonzo Ball at No. 2 and Kansas forward Josh Jackson going third, one spot ahead of Smith.
Duke forward Jayson Tatum is at No. 7.
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Further down the mock draft are two North Carolinians who, at one time, were considered one-and-done lottery picks.
Three other Carolinas’ ACC players are in the projection: Wake Forest’s John Collins, a 6-10 sophomore forward, at No. 20, North Carolina junior Justin Jackson at No. 27, and Clemson senior Jaron Blossomgame, a 6-7 forward, at No. 28.