This weekend, 84 of the top American prospects in high school basketball congregated in Colorado Springs, Colorado, for the annual USA Basketball junior national team minicamp, giving us an excellent opportunity to get a jump-start on analyzing what appears to be a deep and talented 2021 draft class.
For the first time, NBA teams were allowed to send one representative to scout the final two days of this event. Only 24 of the 30 teams elected to attend, with some sending their top front-office decision-maker for the coveted slot, while others gave the opportunity to younger scouts seeking experience.
Here's who we consider to be the top prospects in attendance, along with their initial rankings in our first 2021 mock draft.
Note: We used the same projected standing from our latest 2020 mock draft in this 2021 edition. Although the 2021 draft is too far away to reasonably predict the team order, this gives a sense of picks owed and owned.