Syracuse, N.Y. — When the NBA Draft takes place on Wednesday night, Elijah Hughes is expected to end a rare two-year dry spell for Syracuse basketball, becoming the first Orange selection since Tyler Lydon was picked No. 24 overall in 2017.
The past two drafts marked the first two-year dry spell for Syracuse since a three-year stretch covering 1997, 1998 and 1999.
Hughes led the ACC in scoring as a redshirt junior, averaging 19 points per game, and his combination of shooting, scoring ability and solid athleticism and size makes him a good wing prospect in the NBA.
As a number of media organizations trot out their final mock drafts before the selections, Hughes seems to be primarily pegged as a second-round selection.
Television coverage of the draft is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
Here’s a look at some of the most notable mock drafts.
Babcock Hoops: The former agent offered a rare first-round projection, with Hughes going No. 24 overall to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Bleacher Report: The website’s Jonathan Wasserman projected Hughes him to be taken No. 36 overall by the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Athletic: The website’s Sam Vecenie projected Hughes will be selected at No. 39 overall by the New Orleans Pelicans.
ESPN: The network’s Jonathan Givony projected Hughes to be selected at No. 49 overall by the Philadelphia 76ers.
Sports Illustrated: The magazine’s Jeremy Woo had the worst result for Hughes, projecting him to go No. 52 overall to the Sacramento Kings.
The Athletic: The website’s John Hollinger does not project Hughes to be selected in the first round but mentions him as one of his favorite sleepers outside the first 30 picks.
SB Nation, USA Today and CBS Sports all produced one-round mock drafts and did not project Hughes to be selected.
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