Latest NBA Mock Draft Has Tennessee With Multiple First Round Picks

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    Both Keon Johnson and Jaden Springer, former guards on the 2020 Tennessee basketball team, are projected to be first-round draft picks in the upcoming NBA Draft according to a recent mock draft. Although, one is projected to be much more likely than the other.

    The Mock Draft 3.0 done by Jason McIntyre of FOX Sports was released on Monday, just weeks away from the NBA Draft.

    Once widely-regarded as a borderline top 10 selection, it does seem as though Johnson might be sliding for some. McIntyre currently has Johnson projected to be taken at No. 16 to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

    Projections for Springer have been harder to lockdown, as the former Vol has bounced between rounds in mock drafts since he declared. However, Springer is currently projected to be selected as the last pick in the first round at No. 30 overall to the Utah Jazz.

    In the Mock Draft 2.0, which was released on April 13, McIntyre still had Johnson projected to go No. 16, but to the projected Grizzlies instead. As for Springer though, he actually had a higher projection in the second edition.

    Springer was originally projected to go at No. 28 to the Philadelphia 76ers in the mock draft released in April. 

    McIntyre did mention Springer’s age in his latest projection though. The former Tennessee guard will still be 18 years old at the time of the NBA Draft.

    The NBA Draft will take place on July 29 from the Barclays Center.

    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.