The most electrifying freshman guard in college basketball has declared for the 2018 NBA Draft on Friday morning. Alabama’s Collin Sexton quickly rose up the ranks late in his school career and his ascension didn’t stop once he reached Tuscaloosa.
Sexton helped lead the Crimson Tide to a (20-16) record and a second-round appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Although their record wasn’t great, the Sexton led the Crimson Tide to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2012.
Between the potential of playing elite defense and becoming one of the dynamic scorers in the NBA, Sexton’s stock never wavered from NBA Lottery status. As a result, he should be taken high in the upcoming draft. More importantly, Sexton is one of the hardest working players in the draft. But will it make him a Top 5 pick? Although the game has trended towards guard play, Sexton has to deal with an abundance of big men during the draft process.
In 33 games, Sexton averaged 19.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists. He also shot over 44 percent from the field. However, Sexton has to improve his long range shooting to become special in today’s NBA. The streaky shooter connected on 33.6 percent of his 3-point attempts. However, it is Sexton’s ability to get into the lane is unlike any other player entering the 2018 NBA Draft. Therefore, it was no surprise to see Sexton attempt over 7.5 free throws per game. He made 77.8 percent of his foul shots.
Sexton was never truly a volume shooter with the Crimson Tide. Yet, he does have the ability to take over. Depending on where Sexton is selected, he might get the chance to run the show immediately. At 6-foot-3, Sexton must prove he is a point guard in the NBA. His ability to run the show has to come natural. Moreover, Sexton can’t just be a solid defender. He has to become a defender that makes plays on the ball and in the passing lanes. He only averaged 0.8 steals and 0.1 blocks per game in college. For someone with that athletic ability, plays need to be made all over the court.