Thursday evening is a huge night for Taurean Prince and Baylor basketball. That is the night of the 2016 NBA draft, where Baylor forward Taurean Prince is expected to hear his name called by commissioner Adam Silver during the first round of the draft. Prince is a 6-foot-8 prototypical new-age small forward. Able defend and hit the outside shot, he is known as a 3-and-D wing player. These are very valuable in the modern NBA, as teams value spacing and perimeter defense more than ever.
Prince came to Baylor as a 6-foot-8 post player, with upside. He played primarily as a power forward his first two season in Waco, before transitioning to more of a wing, and 6th man role his junior year. After signing with LIU as a high schooler, the Bears lucked into the San Antonio native after a coaching change released him from his LOI. Baylor came calling late in the spring signing period and got the diamond in the rough.
For more on Prince's journey from a unranked prospect to NBA first rounder, check out this great article from CSN Philly. BearsIllustrated also spoke with Taurean after his junior year about the tremendous improvement he had made and what he wanted to accomplish in 2016.
Prince is seen as a solid first round choice, selected somewhere in the 20s. Atlanta, Denver and Boston are common choices according to most mocks. Here are a few:
CBS Sports (Gary Parrish) - 21st to Atlanta
Fox Sports (Aaron Torres) - 23rd to Boston
The Vertical (Jonathan Givony) - 21st to Atlanta
NBA.com (Scott Howard-Cooper) - 25th to LA Clippers
NBA Draft.net - 30th to Golden State
DraftExpress - 20th to Indiana
Bleacher Report (Jared Johnson) - 19th to Denver