The USC basketball community is buzzing with anticipation as they prepare to welcome highly-touted prospect Isaiah Collier to their roster. However, not everyone is convinced that Collier is destined for a top spot in the NBA Draft. In a recent way-too-early mock draft for the 2024 season, one writer projected Collier as the 14th overall pick, barely scraping into the lottery.
With Bronny James’ uncertain status due to his recent cardiac arrest, Collier is expected to take on a crucial role in the Trojan backcourt this season. The Georgia product has an impressive track record, averaging over 20 points, nearly seven assists, five rebounds, and two steals per game. ESPN recognized his talent, ranking him as the no. 3 overall recruit in the 2023 class.
USC secured Collier’s commitment in November last year and is eager to witness his impact on the team this season. However, doubts about his potential as a lottery pick have emerged, not only from this recent mock draft but also from other skeptics within the NBA draft circles.
Standing tall at 6 foot 4, Collier now faces the challenge of showcasing his skills and proving his worth to both draft analysts and NBA front offices. USC’s first game against Brown University in mid-November will be an opportunity for him to silence the doubters and demonstrate his true potential.
The road to the NBA Draft is a tough one, and Collier understands that he must rise above the skepticism to shine as a standout prospect. USC and its fans are hopeful that Collier’s talent and determination will propel him to exceed expectations and establish himself as a top draft pick for the 2024 season.