NBA Draft Combine: Five guys the Dallas Mavericks should keep an eye on
By Kohl Rast
One of the quietest guys on the scene for the upcoming draft, Miye Oni has been a stellar wing for the Yale Bulldogs for the past three years. Yale is by no means considered a powerhouse team in the NCAA basketball world, but Oni has put up impressive numbers for three consecutive years while playing with the team.
At 6’6″, Oni is the ideal height for a solid two-guard. He is an explosive player that knows how to get to the rim, shoots the three-pointer at a strong rate, can pass and rebound the ball at an above average level and is a strong and willing defender to push his team to the next level whenever possible.
Obviously there are two main concerns with Oni at this point which has pushed his draft position down in a lot of mock drafts. He is 21 years old right now and will be 22 by the time the season comes around. Many teams do not like taking on older players believing that a younger prospect gives them more to work with. I won’t get into that wrong way of thinking too much right now.
The other issue is that Oni played in the Ivy League, a very weak conference that rarely does well once they make the big tournament. Although the non-elite conference can weed out some players, it is a bad narrative for elite players. The NBA playoffs right now are proving this with Steph Curry from Davidson, Damian Lillard from Weber State and C.J. McCollum at Lehigh.
Oni is projected to get picked in the second round in most mock drafts I have seen. Many of these have him sliding even past the Dallas Mavericks in the second round, but he may be a guy that the team keeps an eye on during the upcoming combine.
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