MJ: 1. Wiggins 2. Parker 3. Vonleh
With the NBA draft set for Thursday, we asked college basketball writer Marcus Jackson to take a shot at predicting the first round. Tell him where he's wrong during today's chat by clicking here
Andrew Wiggins, Kansas F, 6-8
Touted as a top pick before he picked a college, the Canadian didn’t disappoint.
Jabari Parker, Duke F, 6-8
Two-time News-Gazette POY is the player in draft most ready to make an impact immediately.
Noah Vonleh, Indiana F, 6-10
Skilled Hoosier can score inside and out, and if Nerlens Noel gets healthy, 76ers’ defensive front will be imposing.
Dante Exum, Australia G, 6-6
The point guard has been on the NBA radar for a while, and the Magic desperately needs a lead guard.
Aaron Gordon, Arizona F, 6-9
Jazz has been looking for youth and a star for a few years, and the power forward could answer both needs.
Joel Embiid, Kansas C, 7-0
Thought to be the No. 1 pick last week, stress fracture in his foot to go along with a bad back raises red flags.
Julius Randle, Kentucky F, 6-9
The Lakers need a little bit of everything, and the big man from Kentucky is a safe pick here.
Marcus Smart, Okla. St. G, 6-4
Could have been the top pick last year, but he’s a big, NBA-ready point guard.
Doug McDermott, Creighton F, 6-8
Michael Jordan’s franchise has been looking for shooters, and the National POY can fill it up.
Gary Harris, Michigan St. G, 6-4
Strong guard who can shoot it and finish at the rim. Would be a nice fit alongside Michael Carter-Williams.
Jusuf Nurkic, Bosnia C, 6-11
The 280-pounder has been rumored to be a favorite of the Nuggets throughout the draft process.
Nik Stauskas, Michigan G, 6-6
Big Ten POY is an elite shooter, and the Magic, 21st in the NBA from long range last season, can use that.
Rodney Hood, Duke F, 6-8
With Ricky Rubio running the point, a versatile wing like Hood would be a good fit.
James Young, Kentucky G/F, 6-8
The one-and-done is long and athletic and has shown flashes of being an above-average outside shooter.
Shabazz Napier, Connecticut G, 6-1
Invite to the draft shows his stock has improved in recent weeks, and the point guard of the NCAA champs can be a good one.
Adreian Payne, Michigan State F, 6-10
A rare ability to shoot from the three-point line, score in the post and defend down low makes Payne an intriguing prospect.
Dario Saric, Croatia F, 6-10
A Top 10 talent before it was announced he’d remain in Europe for two years, he’s too good for Celtics to pass up at 17.
Kyle Anderson, UCLA F, 6-9
A point forward, Anderson is a versatile talent who could bring it all together if James Young or another wing is added at 14.
Elfrid Payton, Louisiana-Lafayette G, 6-4
Kirk Hinrich might be gone, and the Bulls are going to need a backup point guard. Plus, Payton’s stock has been soaring.
Tyler Ennis, Syracuse G, 6-3
One-year wonder at Syracuse is a solid point guard, and Raptors fans would love keeping the suburban Torontonian home.
T.J. Warren, North Carolina State F, 6-8
The Thunder needed another scorer in the playoffs, and the ACC POY is one of the top scorers in the draft.
P.J. Hairston, North Carolina G, 6-5
Assuming he’s reformed from off-the-court issues in college, Hairston’s toughness at both ends of the floor fits the Grizzlies.
Zach LaVine, UCLA G, 6-6
LaVine is a big point guard who can slide over and play the 2, and that would work well along with Trey Burke.
Mitch McGary, Michigan F, 6-10
McGary, who missed much of the college season with a back injury, didn’t do many NBA workouts, but the buzz is he’ll end up here.
Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee F, 6-9
A volume rebounder who could add depth at the power forward spot while teaming with Dwight Howard to dominate the glass.
Jordan Clarkson, Missouri G, 6-5
The Missouri point guard could be the answer to the Heat’s issue at that position if core stays intact
Jerami Grant, Syracuse F, 6-8
Stock has fallen because of so-so workouts, but he’s an elite athlete who could flourish in right situation.
K.J. McDaniels, Clemson F, 6-6
Lob City gets another high flyer who can rebound and block shots exceptionally well for his size. Ask the Illini about him.
Cleanthony Early, Wichita State F, 6-7
A do-it-all forward who was a key piece to the Shockers’ unbeaten team can fit any situation and doesn’t come with an ego.
Patric Young, Florida C, 6-10
Young was the consummate team player on some excellent Gators teams — and that’s the kind of guy who fits in well with the NBA champs.