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CBS Sports Mock Draft has Bub Carrington Going High In NBA Draft



Pitt's Carlton Carrington shoots over a UNC defender in the ACC Tournament semifinals on Friday, March 15, 2024 at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. (Mitchell Northam / Pittsburgh Sports Now)

The NBA Draft is coming soon, and Pitt has two players looking to make their mark on this year’s draft process: Carlton “Bub” Carrington and Blake Hinson.

While Hinson has been around the No. 100 overall mark in recent prospect rankings, Carrington has cemented himself as a first-round talent. The young guard spent one season at Pitt and proceeded to shine at the NBA Combine leading up to this month’s draft. Now, seemingly every day he is featured in another mock draft.

On Tuesday, CBS Sports’ Adam Finkelstein released his mock draft, and had Carrington going nearly as high as we have seen in any of these predictions.

Finkelstein has Carrington going No. 15 overall to the Miami Heat. 

“There’s a lot of mixed intel on Carrington right now,” he said in the article which can be found here. “In one sense, he’s a prospect NBA teams are talking about as a riser behind the scenes. Conversely, he wasn’t in the first round of green room invitations. For the Heat, he gives them a high-upside big guard who improved by leaps and bounds last season at Pittsburgh.”

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.

The Baltimore native scored in double digits 22 times this season, including four performances of 20-plus points. 15 freshmen have hit that mark since 1992-93, and 10 of those players became first-round NBA Draft picks.

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 Cam 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.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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