The 2016 NBA Draft will commence at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday night, and several ACC players are expecting to hear their names called. Which league players will be selected this year? Here are the ACC products listed in DraftExpress.com’s latest mock draft:
2. Brandon Ingram, Duke — Los Angeles Lakers
Ingram is a virtual lock for the second overall pick in this year’s draft. If he goes there, it will be the third straight year the Blue Devils have had a player selected in the top three.
12. Malik Beasley, Florida State — Atlanta Hawks
The first ever one-and-done player at Florida State, Beasley would also be the first Seminole taken since Bernard James in 2012.
17. Malachi Richardson, Syracuse — Memphis Grizzlies
If Richardson goes in the top 30, it will be the fifth consecutive draft with at least one first-rounder out of Syracuse. It would also be the third straight year the Orange put a one-and-done in the first round.
25. Brice Johnson, North Carolina — Los Angeles Clippers
North Carolina hasn’t gone back-to-back years without a first-rounder since 2002-04. Johnson has stayed in the late-first, early-second-round range of projections since the end of his senior season.
26. Demetrius Jackson, Notre Dame — Philadelphia 76ers
After succeeding Jerian Grant as Notre Dame’s top guard, Jackson will now succeed Grant as the next Fighting Irish point guard to hear his name called in the NBA Draft.
39. Chinanu Onuaku, Louisville — New Orleans Pelicans
Onuaku needs to develop offensively, but his age (19) and defensive ability make him an intriguing prospect.
45. Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia — Boston Celtics
From 1996-2011, only two players were drafted out of Virginia. If Brogdon is selected Thursday, the Cavaliers will be represented in four of the last five drafts.
54. Michael Gbinije, Syracuse — Atlanta Hawks
Gbinije could become the second Syracuse senior in as many years to be drafted, following Rakeem Christmas in 2015.
56. Cat Barber, NC State — Denver Nuggets
If Barber is selected, he would be the third NC State player taken in the Mark Gottfried era, joining Lorenzo Brown (2013) and T.J. Warren (2014).
59. Sheldon McClellan, Miami — Sacramento Kings
McClellan would be Miami’s seventh player to go in the draft since the turn of the century and the second of Jim Larranaga’s tenure.