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2017 Liberty Ballers Community Big Board No. 13: Lauri’s long gone

Only two spots left to go for this year’s community big board.

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Second Round-Arizona vs Saint Mary's Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

After an elongated stay on the community big board, Arizona’s Lauri Markkanen has found a new home.

The Finnish forward racked up 46 percent of the vote from the Liberty Ballers readers, and Duke’s Luke Kennard and Gonzaga’s Zach Collins tied for second with 17 percent of the vote.

At this point in the polling its basically a free-for-all. There’s not a large difference between any of these players, although Duke’s Luke Kennard probably has the potential to be the best scorer from the remaining group.

Here’s what Shamus Clancy wrote on Kennard, LB’s 17th ranked prospect:

The Sixers have had a dearth of shooting on their roster since…well, forever it seems. Luke Kennard can shoot the hell out of the ball. He shot 43.8 percent from three as a sophomore at Duke on 201 attempts to go along with the 85.6 percent he shot from the free throw line on 187 attempts. Combine that with the 88.9 percent he shot from the line as a freshman and I’m inclined to think his shot is for real. He wouldn’t be of much help defensively, but if the Sixers are able to have an elite defense center around Joel Embiid when Nik Stauskas is on the court, I can’t imagine that Kennard would hurt them anymore than that.

According to our big board, Zach Collins is our highest rated available prospect at 13. From Jake Fischer:

This young fella might very well be the best big man prospect in the draft. He does everything you want in a modern day center. Collins can switch out and show on ball handlers and was an elite rim protector at Gonzaga, swatting 4.1 shots per 40 minutes; he crashed the glass, draining 74.3 percent of his free throws, and flashed an encouraging outside stroke. He shot 47.6% on 21 attempts from deep. There's really no telling how reliable his jumper will be from NBA distance, but if you're convinced Collins can become an All-Star level center, bringing multifaceted skills on both ends of the floor, it's hard to argue with you.

It looks like those two will duke it out for the No. 13 spot. We’ll only be running these polls until the end of the lottery, so this is one of the last chances to battle for your favorite players.

Texas’s Jarrett Allen, Oregon’s Jordan Bell and UCLA’s Ike Anigbogu will be added to today’s poll.

LB Community Big Board

  1. Markelle Fultz - Washington
  2. Lonzo Ball - UCLA
  3. Josh Jackson - Kansas
  4. Jonathan Isaac- Florida State
  5. Dennis Smith Jr. - NC State
  6. Malik Monk - Kentucky
  7. Jayson Tatum - Duke
  8. De’Aaron Fox - Kentucky
  9. Frank Ntilikina - Strasbourg
  10. Donovan Mitchell - Louisville
  11. OG Anunoby - Indiana
  12. Lauri Markkanen - Arizona
  13. ???


Who is No. 13?

This poll is closed

  • 40%
    Zach Collins
    (163 votes)
  • 28%
    Luke Kennard
    (113 votes)
  • 8%
    Jawun Evans
    (35 votes)
  • 1%
    Ike Anigbogu
    (5 votes)
  • 1%
    Jarrett Allen
    (5 votes)
  • 1%
    Ike Anigbogu
    (7 votes)
  • 3%
    T.J. Leaf
    (13 votes)
  • 7%
    Justin Jackson
    (28 votes)
  • 4%
    Derrick White
    (16 votes)
  • 3%
    Jordan Bell
    (14 votes)
399 votes total Vote Now

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