Meanwhile, NBA draft projections vary wildly on former Husky Dejounte Murray. Some consider him a top-10 pick while others think he'll fall out of the first round.
Looking back, the should he stay or should he go questions surrounding Marquese Chriss seem a little silly if you believe the latest NBA draft rumors.
The former Washington basketball star is projected to be the No. 3 overall pick going to the Boston Celtics, according to Draft Express. When Chriss announced he was leaving UW, the website projected him 15th in the draft.
With a little more than two weeks remaining before the June 23 draft, the 6-foot-9 forward is viewed as one of the hottest prospects.
Here’s the latest evaluation on Chriss from SI.com’s Andrew Sharp:
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“Where were you when the Marquese Chriss revolution happened? Coming into this draft, Dragan Bender was the clear favorite to inspire the most stupid Game of Thrones references, but now Chriss has me thinking of The Climb. He only began playing basketball five years ago, and he entered Washington as a relative unknown. When he declared, he was pegged as a mid-first round pick. Now he’s being talked about in the five. He’s likely the best athlete in the draft, with shooting touch out to three-point range, and all kinds of room to learn the game and grow. Does it make sense? On the one hand, this could very easily play out like another Stromile Swift situation. On the other hand, I loved Chriss as a late-lottery steal, and now, next to the rest of the lottery choices and all their questionable upside … why not roll the dice on a potential All-Star?”
That’s a lofty statement about Chriss who averaged 13.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks as a freshman last season at Washington. He also set the Pac-12 record for 138 fouls and was disqualified 15 times.
Meanwhile, Chriss’ former UW teammate Dejounte Murray is all over the draft projections. There’s no consensus of opinion on the 6-4 guard who 6-foot-4 guard averaged 16.1 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.8 steals last season as a freshman.
ESPN and NBAdraft.net believe he’ll be taken 10th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks. However, SI.com has him falling out of the lottery and landing at No. 23 while Draft Express projects he’ll be the first pick in the second round (No. 33 overall).
Here’s a couple video highlights of Chriss and Murray.