Where Duke, UNC and NC State players are expected to land in the 2019 NBA draft

Pelicans win Zion sweepstakes, will choose first in NBA Draft

The New Orleans Pelicans won the rights to the first pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. It is widely believed the team will select Duke superstar Zion Williamson.
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The New Orleans Pelicans won the rights to the first pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. It is widely believed the team will select Duke superstar Zion Williamson.

The NBA draft is Thursday and a number of former North Carolina, N.C. State and Duke players are expected to be drafted -- many in the first round.

Here is a list of those players and where they are expected to land in the draft (projections are according to

Zion Williamson (Duke)

Zion Williamson weighs in on whether he would still play for Duke if the one-and-done rule didn't exist, and he talks about the difference between playing in college and the NBA.

6-7, 285-pounds, forward

Projection: No. 1 to the New Orleans Pelicans

In his only season at Duke, Zion Williamson averaged 22.6 points per game and 8.9 rebounds per game, while shooting 68 percent from the floor. He won the 2019 Naismith College Player of the Year, which is given to the top player in the country. He also won ACC Player of the Year.

The New Orleans Pelicans won the rights to the first pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. It is widely believed the team will select Duke superstar Zion Williamson.

R.J. Barrett (Duke)

Watch a time-lapse as Duke's Zion Williamson celebrates as teammate RJ Barrett slams in two during the Blue Devils' victory over North Dakota State in the first round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship in Columbia, SC Friday, March 22, 2019.

6-7, 202 pounds, forward

Projection: No. 3 to the New York Knicks

R.J. Barrett averaged 22.6 points per game, 7.6 rebounds and 4.3 assists in one season at Duke. He was tied for team leader in points per game and was first team All-ACC.

Coby White (UNC)

North Carolina freshman guard Coby White is one of the most talked about players in the NCAA tournament and a key part of the Tar Heels’ success. What motivates White is his father, whose memory walks with him everyday.

6-5, 185 pounds, guard

Projection: No. 7 to the Chicago Bulls

Coby White was UNC’s second-leading scorer as a freshman this past season. He averaged 16.1 points per game and 4.1 assists. He earned second-team All-ACC honors and had three 30-point games last season.

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Cam Reddish (Duke)

Freshman forward hits a three point shot to beat the FSU Seminoles with less than a second left in the game

6-8, 218 pounds, forward

Projection: No. 9 to the Washington Wizards

Cam Reddish averaged 13.5 points per game and 3.7 rebounds in one year with the Blue Devils.

Nassir Little (UNC)

Former UNC forward Nassir Little worked out for the NBA Charlotte Hornets on Friday during a pre-draft workout. Little was a top high school recruit who failed to find a consistent role for the Tar Heels.

6-6, 220 pounds, forward

Projection: No. 12 to the Charlotte Hornets

Nassir Little, who was UNC’s sixth man in his one year there, averaged 9.8 points per game, 4.6 rebounds and shot 48 percent from the floor.

Cam Johnson (UNC)

News & Observer journalist Jonathan Alexander takes on Cam Johnson for a game of H.O.R.S.E.

6-9, 210 pounds, guard

Projection: No. 18 to the Indiana Pacers

Cam Johnson was UNC’s MVP last season. He led the team with 16.8 points per game, averaged 5.8 rebounds and shot 46 percent from the floor. He was also named first team All-ACC. Johnson played two seasons at Pitt before transferring to UNC in 2017.

Jalen Lecque (N.C. State signee)

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6-4, 190 pounds, point guard

Projection: No. 55 to N.Y. Knicks

Jalen Lecque signed with N.C. State, but never saw the court. He instead entered the NBA draft in May. A four-star prospect coming out of high school, he spent his last basketball season at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H. During his junior season at Christ School in Arden, he averaged 20.1 points per game, 9.3 rebounds and 9.1 assists per game.

Marques Bolden (Duke)

Duke's Marques Bolden explains how the Blue Devils are able to pull out close games.

6-11, 249 pounds, center

Projection: Undrafted

Marques Bolden averaged 5.3 points per game, 4.5 rebounds and shot 58 percent from the floor as a junior.

Luke Maye (UNC)

North Carolina’s Luke Maye worked out for the Charlotte Hornets Saturday.

6-8, 240 pounds, power forward

Projection: Undrafted

Luke Maye averaged 14.9 points per game and 10.4 rebounds as a senior. In 2018, he was first team All-ACC and third team All-America.

Spartanburg Day senior Zion Williamson picks the Duke Blue Devils giving Coach K the top three high school recruits in 2018.

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