Mathurin, Griffin, Davis, Sharp top wings in the NBA draft

Benedict Mathurin of Arizona, A. Griffin of Duke, and Johnny Davis of Wisconsin spent last season showing off their NBA potential in front of big college-level crowds, including the NCAA Championship.

Sheldon Sharp ended up taking a different tack for next week’s draft.

He never played a second for Kentucky before it was an abrupt exit from the NBA, yet he could be the first name to be given among that group of lottery odds.

Here’s a look at some of the best winger players in the draft:

Mathurin

The 6-6 year old blossomed into his second season to become ESPN’s No. 8 potential project.


Strengths: Mathurin was the AP All-American’s second team with over-the-edge athleticism and reliable vaulting. He averaged 17.7 points while shooting 38.3% with three throws over two seasons. He had a big moment in March, scoring 30 points and coming in the clutch to help Arizona survive an overtime win against the TCU in the second round of the NCAA Championship.

“I took advantage of March Madness to showcase my talent,” Mathurin said on Thursday. “I felt like there was a huge opportunity for me, for people to see what I could do.”

Concerns: While his height offers defensive potential, Mathurin could also use more consistency at the end of the floor, with ESPN College Basketball analyst Fran Fracilla noting earlier this year that Mathurin has room to grow by making readings and dealing with selection and rewinding.

Griffin