The Cleveland Cavaliers seem well on their way to a lottery pick in this summer’s NBA draft, and it appears that Koby Altman is already preparing for that possibility by getting very acquainted with college basketball’s biggest starts.
According to Joe Vardon of The Athletic, Altman paused on his usual duties to go watch some of the best prospects play in the star-studded matchup between Duke University and the University of Kentucky.
“Cavs GM Koby Altman led a contingency of four Cavs front-office members to Indianapolis on Tuesday to watch Duke destroy Kentucky,” he wrote. “The Blue Devils have three blue-chip freshmen in RJ Barrett, Zion Williamson and Cam Reddish.”
All three players are considered to be high-level NBA prospects, and not one of them disappointed in their NCAA debuts.
Barrett, a 6-foot-7 forward, finished with 33 points, six assists and four rebounds. Reddish recorded 22 points, four steals, three assists, and two rebounds. Williamson, who has already received comparisons to LeBron James thanks to his freakish combination of size, strength, and speed, ended the night with 28 points, seven rebounds, and two assists. Duke ended up winning the game, 118-84.
Considering those numbers against the No. 2 ranked Kentucky, it is no mystery why Altman and the Cavs front office is taking special notice.
While it is never fun when the Cavs struggle on the court, getting the opportunity to draft one of these incredible future stars would be quite the consolation prize.