DraftExpress breaks down Baker, VanVleet as NBA prospects

Wichita State guard Fred VanVleet.
Wichita State guard Fred VanVleet. The Wichita Eagle

DraftExpress ranks Ron Baker No. 6 and Fred VanVleet No. 7 among its NBA prospects in non-power conferences.

On Baker: Besides being highly skilled, part of the reason for Baker's success is how smart a basketball player he is. He's extremely mature for someone who only has 53 games of Division I experience underneath his belt, as he knows his limitations, is extremely poised, plays at his own pace, has a very good temperament and has no problem staying within himself and not forcing the issue.

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On VanVleet: Though the junior ranks 1st among point guards in our top-100 in points per-play, he isn't without his flaws as a scorer. He does a nice job probing the defense with his dribble and absorbs contact well thanks to his near 200-pound frame, but his 57% shooting around the rim is only above average, as he struggles to finish among the trees when they take away his angle to the glass.

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Update: DraftExpress updated its mock on Thursday with both players making significant moves to the top of the second round.

In its September mock draft for 2015, DraftExpress ranks VanVleet No. 50 (a middle-of-the-second-round pick). Baker is not included. It includes Baker as a second-round pick in 2016. Neither is included in the mock draft done by

Take these projections as a snapshot, not a finished product. The picture could change radically in any number of ways between now and the draft.