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2016 Liberty Ballers Community Big Board No. 18: Off The Rails Again

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What's going on, you guys?

Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

I trusted you, Liberty Ballers community. Henry Ellenson and Taurean Prince, No. 15 and No. 16 respectively, were very solid selections. Then big board No. 18 came around, and it felt like Malachi Richardson all over again. Washington point guard Dejounte Murray was the winner with 24 percent of the vote. Notre Dame point guard Demetrius Jackson placed second with 17 percent, while Utah center Jakob Poeltl was in third with 15 percent.

Murray did not make the Liberty Ballers staff's top 25 (he was actually tied for 32nd). Draft Express has him as the 32nd best prospect, but getting drafted by the Sixers with the 26th overall pick. Murray is one of those "toolsy" picks; he's got the size and length to be a good point guard, but his game is by no means ready. Murray's decision making is poor, his shooting was horrendous, and his turnover rate was nearly as bad as Kris Dunn's if you factor in usage rate. There are pieces to work with there, but ranking him higher than Demetrius Jackson, a more explosive athlete who really values the ball, is pretty crazy to me.

But at least you guys think outside of the box a little bit. Chad Ford salutes you for this selection.

We can get weird and add Thon Maker, as well as Tyler Ulis, for this round of voting.

1. Ben Simmons - LSU
2. Brandon Ingram - Duke
3. Dragan Bender - Maccabi Tel Aviv
4. Kris Dunn - Providence
5. Jamal Murray - Kentucky
6. Buddy Hield - Oklahoma
7. Wade Baldwin IV - Vanderbilt
8. Timothe Luwawu - Mega Leks
9. Jaylen Brown - California
10. Denzel Valentine - Michigan St.
11. Marquese Chriss - Washington
12. Furkan Korkmaz - Anadolu Efes
13. Patrick McCaw - UNLV
14. Malachi Richardson - Syracuse
15. Henry Ellenson - Marquette
16. Taurean Prince - Baylor
17. Dejounte Murray - Washington