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2016 Liberty Ballers Community Big Board No. 6: Buying Baldwin's Hype

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The Liberty Ballers community REALLY likes Wade Baldwin IV.

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Big Board No. 5 brought a near photo finish lat night, as Kentucky's Jamal Murray edged out Vanderbilt point guard Wade Baldwin IV by just 47 votes. Mega Leks swingman Timothe Luwawu was left in the dust with just 11 percent of the voting.

It's no surprise that Murray is off the board at this point, but the fact that Baldwin may be the next guy to go is a little astonishing. Averaging 14.1 points and 5.2 assists while shooting 40.6 percent from three-point range is nothing to scoff at, but Baldwin is one of those guys who is definitely benefitting from this being a weaker draft class. He really struggles to score off the dribble, and he shot just 50% from around the rim. His ability to catch-and-shoot actually makes you wonder if he's a shooting guard trying to be molded into a position he's not best suited at.

On the plus side, he's a really good defender with a long wingspan and a willing passer. Former high school teammate Karl-Anthony Towns has also likened him to Russell Westbrook. There's plenty to be intrigued about by the 20-year-old, but he's a definitive project. Having him at No. 6 on the Big Board is banking a ton on his upside, and much safer bets like Buddy Hield or Denzel Valentine will continue to fall.

1. Ben Simmons - LSU

2. Brandon Ingram - Duke

3. Dragan Bender - Maccabi Tel Aviv

4. Kris Dunn - Providence

5. Jamal Murray - Kentucky

6. ???