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Former Pitt G Bub Carrington Selected First Round in New Mock Draft

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Pitt guard Bub Carrington.

The 2024 NBA Draft isn’t regarded as one of the strongest in recent years, but that doesn’t mean the annual entry-level draft won’t produce legitimate difference-makers.

Bub Carrington — a 6-foot-5 freshman guard from Baltimore, Md. — declared for the 2024 NBA Draft in April, deciding to test the draft waters following a strong freshman campaign and stronger feedback from head coach Jeff Capel. And now he’s a potential first round selection in June’s draft.

Following the Draft Lottery Sunday afternoon, in which the Atlanta Hawks rose 10 spots to secure the No. 1 pick, The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie projected Carrington to the Cleveland Cavaliers with the 20th pick in the first round.

“Carrington was the talk of the scouting community after conference championship week, when he put together several monster games as Pittsburgh made a late push for an NCAA Tournament berth that came up short,” Veceine wrote. “His best games make him look like a future lottery pick. His worst games make him seem like a player who will be stuck in the G League for multiple years as he learns how to attack and make decisions.

“I’ve come around on Carrington after digging deeper into his tape once the season ended. He is a monster pull-up shooter, a sharp passer and improved defender throughout the year. … He’s also the youngest high-level college player in the class, not turning 19 years old until July.”

It was a highly successful freshman season for Carrington, as he averaged 13.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game, on 41/32/79 shooting splits, and emerged as one of the top true freshmen in college basketball.

Carrington has scored in double digits 22 times this season, including four performances of 20 plus points, and he is the only freshman in college basketball who is averaging 13.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. 15 freshmen have hit that mark since 1992-93, and 10 of those players became first-round NBA Draft picks.

Carrington said that he finalized the decision to enter the draft and leave Pitt three days before his announcement but thought about the decision as the season went on.

Capel, who heavily prioritized Carrington out of St. Frances Academy, knew very quickly that his point guard wasn’t going to last long at the college level.

“I remember after the fourth game, sitting with his parents and talking to them about how we want to handle this,” Capel said in April. “I knew from past experiences that everything was going to change and this thing would be pretty fast — or had a chance to be pretty fast. Once the season was over, I spoke to his dad again and put together a plan.

“I started reaching out to NBA teams, general managers, scouts, directors of personnel, just trying to get them accurate information and feedback. The feedback that we got was very, very positive. I thought that went into Lil Bub and his family’s decision to make this move.”

Capel felt like it was the right move for Carrington to make, despite wanting him to return for his sophomore season and push for even greater team success, and he’s just happy to see his now-former star in the position to live out his dreams.

The 2024 NBA Draft will kick off on June 26 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. It’s the first time that the draft will take place over two nights, with the first round on Wednesday and the second round on Thursday.

Carrington would be the first former Pitt Panther to be selected in the NBA Draft since Cameron Johnson (Minnesota Timberwolves, 11th overall) in the 2019 NBA Draft — and the first Panther selected directly out of Pittsburgh since Lamar Patterson (Milwaukee Bucks, 48th overall) in 2014.

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Skip White
Skip White
9 days ago

The several mock drafts I have seen have him going between 20-27th in the first round. He has a high upside. Hoping the best for him.

Jay95
Jay95
9 days ago
Reply to  Skip White

Yeah, I think he’s going to be a very legit pro player. Possibly the highest ceiling for a Pitt player that I’ve seen. However, I wish he would have stayed in school once more year to work out some of the kinks in his game. (Develop more) That said, I can see him becoming a long time NBA player.

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