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2016 Liberty Ballers Community Big Board No. 21: Almost Too Close To Call

One vote separated Malik Beasley and Jakob Poeltl. Who won?

Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

We've had a couple of close calls while running through the community big board, but it doesn't get any closer than the voting for spot No. 20. Florida State shooting guard emerged victorious over Utah center Jakob Poeltl by just one measly vote.


Beasley feels like a quality fit with one of the Sixers late first round picks if he's still on the board. He's an exciting athlete who also shot very well from beyond the arc. The 19-year-old was ranked 24th overall by the Liberty Ballers staff, and Draft Express has Philadelphia landing him with their second selection of the evening.

A guy like Poeltl would be long gone on a normal big board, but a Sixers specific one definitely makes him less intriguing. I'm a tad surprised Demetrius Jackson is still on the board. He's not a true point guard, but he's a quality ball handler with improving court vision. One of his biggest issues seems to be creating separation from defenders, so it's quite possible he could be suited as a two guard you can run off screens. He did play extremely well next to Jerian Grant in that sort of role in 2014-15. He's got my vote for next guy off the board.

We'll add a personal favorite of mine, UNC's Brice Johnson, to the next round.

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
18. Thon Maker - Canada Athlete Institute
19. Isaia Cordinier - Denain ASC Voltaire
20. Malik Beasley - Florida State

21. ???

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