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The 2016-17 college basketball season will begin with not one, but a handful of strong first-pick candidates. This is according to 13 scouts, executives and select media members Bleacher Report polled to identify the top dog on preseason NBA draft boards.

At this time last year, the only other name being mentioned to compete with LSU’s Ben Simmons, who went first in the draft, was Kentucky’s Skal Labissiere (my, how that changed during the season). This year, four different players were nominated in my preseason poll, none of whom dominated the voting. 

But there is a slight favorite early on among NBA evaluators and draft minds. 

Voters were asked to make their No. 1 overall predictions and provide backup answers for their No. 2 prospects in the 2017 draft. The number of No. 1 overall predictions determined the rankings. 

           

The Long Shots 

Jonathan Isaac (Florida State, SF, Freshman)

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