Brian Rauf | @brauf33 | 06/30/20
TCU guard Desmond Bane has been one of the biggest risers in the 2020 NBA Draft process so far, and that rise could see him taken in the back half of the first round.
Bane, who averaged 16.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game as a senior for the Horned Frogs last season, has drawn attention from teams thanks to his ability to shoot at a high clip both off the dribble and in catch-and-shoot situations.
In meeting with teams, Bane told ESPN’s Jonathan Givony he’s getting feedback that he will be picked in the first round after the lottery.
“I have had a chance to interview with 21 teams. This has been a great process getting to know organizations and allowing them to get a closer look at the person I am. I have grasped my draft range through conversations with teams and my agent. We have been hearing the second half of the first round from the majority of the teams.
Bane’s size (6-6, 215 lbs) and consistent shooting stroke (43.3 percent from three in his collegiate career) has him emerging as a legitimate prospect in the “3-and-D” role many covet in today’s NBA. His age, experience, and relatively high floor are also assets teams are valuing more than normal in this year’s draft.
He is also reportedly wowing teams in those interviews with his maturity, personality, and his acceptance of the role he will play in the NBA, referring to Joe Harris as a model for how can make an impact.
Brian Rauf is a college basketball writer for HeatCheckCBB.com. His content has been featured by Sports Illustrated, Bleacher Report, and FanSided, among other publications. Rauf is also a current USBWA member and Rockin’ 25 voter.