Excel Sports Management will be representing a star-studded group of athletes for its 2020 NBA Draft class. Potential No. 1 overall pick, James Wiseman, highlights the class. Wiseman signed with Excel back in December, giving up his remaining college eligibility shortly into the season. Wiseman opted to leave Memphis for the NBA, instead of facing a 12-game suspension imposed by the NCAA after it was determined Wiseman’s family accepted $11,500 in moving expenses from Memphis head coach Penny Hardaway in 2017. In only three games at Memphis, Wisemen averaged 19.7 points and 10.7 rebounds.
Most draft experts have Wiseman as a consensus top-5 pick and the No. 1 big in the class. Excel will also be representing UNC’s Cole Anthony. Anthony, the son of former NBA player Greg Anthony, was a bright spot on a Tar Heels team that underperformed expectations on its way to a 14-19 record. Anthony led the team in points, assists, and steals, averaging 18.5 points, 4 assists, and 1.3 steals per game. Anthony is expected to be a top-15 pick. Wiseman and Anthony were the No. 1 and No. 2 overall recruits in the 2019 high school class according to ESPN.
Vanderbilt sophomore Aaron Nesmith, who is also projected to be a top-15 pick, bolsters Excel’s class. Nesmith only played in 14 games this season due to a stress fracture in his foot. But when he played he was dominant. He averaged 23 points and 4.9 rebounds, while shooting an astounding 52.2% from the 3-point line.
Providence’s Alpha Diallo, Syracuse’s Elijah Hughes, and BYU’s Jake Toolson round out Excel’s draft class. The NBA Draft is scheduled for October 16.