Nickeil Alexander-Walker NBA Draft: Latest Mocks & Projections

Nickeil Alexander-Walker NBA Draft: Latest Mocks & Projections

Virginia Tech Hokies guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker has impressed throughout the 2018-19 college basketball season. He’s played a huge role in the team’s success and helping the Hokie land a No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament. The sophomore guard’s play has also resulted in his 2019 NBA Draft stock increasing quite a bit as well, and he’s currently a first-round pick in the eyes of many analysts.After a freshman season in which Alexander-Walker averaged 10.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists, he’s improved across the board. The 6-foot-5 guard has posted marks of 16.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists while shooting 47.8 percent from the field. He’s also showcased his ability to step out and knock down shots beyond the arc, shooting 38.6 percent over his first 66 collegiate games.We’re going to breakdown the latest mock drafts and projections for the Virginia Tech guard as the draft draws closer.Nickeil Alexander-Walker NBA Draft Projections & MocksThere are a number of interesting current mock drafts, but one specifically gives a decent amount of love to Alexander-Walker. The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie has him off the board at No. 16 to thee Detroit Pistons, ahead of a few big names in UNC’s Nassir Little (No. 17), Kentucky’s PJ Washington (19) and fellow guard in Duke’s Tre Jones (24).Sports Illustrated’s Jeremy Woo has Walker-Alexander coming off the board at No. 20 to the Oklahoma City Thunder. He details the belief that the Virginia Tech guard would play well alongside Thunders tar Russell Westbrook.Most have come to realize that Alexander-Walker profiles best as a two who can play off of a downhill-oriented playmaking ballhandler. With that in mind, he’d be a nice fit playing off of Russell Westbrook, which would create opportunities for him to attack defenses off ball rotation and remove the pressure to anchor possessions.A first-round outlook is realistic, and make a lot of sense based on his ability to do a bit of everything. Beyond that, Alexander-Walker’s size should transition well to the NBA level.Nickeil Alexander-Walker’s NBA Draft Big Board OutlookWith Alexander-Walker flirting with the potential to become a lottery pick, ESPN’s “best available” pegs him slightly lower than the above mock drafts. While they have the Hokies standout as one of the top-25 prospects, he comes in at No. 22. ESPN has him pegged behind Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura (No. 18), Kentucky’s Tyler Herro (20) and UNC’s Cameron Johnson (21), among other interesting names.On the opposite end of the spectrum, NBADraft.net offers one of the most up-to-date big boards and has given Alexander-Walker an impressive outlook. They currently have the guard pushing for a spot in the top-10 and currently sitting at No. 12 while trending upwards.READ NEXT: Tacko Fall NBA Draft: Latest Mocks & Projections for UCF Center