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NBA Mock Draft: Selections 11–9

11. Chicago Bulls: Kevin McCullar, Wing, Kansas

Compared to other franchises, the Chicago Bulls are stuck in no-man's land. Their current talent isn't enough for them to compete in the East or for the first overall pick. This leads to Chicago being slated for another late lottery selection, where they will bring in Kansas Wing Kevin McCullar. 

McCullar has improved every season of his college career, initially starting at Texas Tech. Defense was his calling card to eventually transition to a perimeter scoring threat. Unlocking the three-ball allowed McCullar to be not only one of the best NCAA players in the country but a legit NBA prospect. 

While older, McCullar has extreme upside as a 3&D wing, ready to help any team he is drafted to. He's been a quality secondary playmaker, a role that he will most likely take on the NBA level. On top of his skills, McCullar makes smart decisions. Teams are always looking for older collegiate guys who are ready to compete right away. 

10. Atlanta Hawks: Stephon Castle, Guard, UConn

The UConn Huskies will have all eyes on them this March Madness as they attempt to be the first team to go back-to-back since the Florida Gators in '07. This means freshman Stephon Castle will play in the spotlight as a key contributor to a potential UConn run. 

Castle is an ultra-athletic jumbo guard who has been more of a role player throughout his collegiate career. He started the season more mellow; however, as the season progressed, he became more aggressive and began having a positive effect on the game. 

Castle makes smart passes to open cutters while being able to control his speed. His quick speed and upper-body strength allow Castle to be an effective perimeter defender. It seems inevitable that the Atlanta Hawks will retool this summer with their young talent, meaning Castle can have a role on this team for a long time. 

9. Utah Jazz:  Jakobe Walter, Wing, Baylor

The Utah Jazz are in an intriguing position compared to other organizations, with their roster composed of young talent and seasoned veterans. After trading Ochai Agbaji, the wing position has been left thin, making Jakobe Walter the easy pick as the best wing talent available. 

At the minimum, Walter can succeed as a movement shooter, coming across screens and sniping off the catch and shoot. Not only has Walter been a C&S threat, but off the dribble as well due to a tight handle. Walter can make tough shots both in the mid-range and behind the arc. 

He's a bit undersized on the wing at 6'5 but has become more comfortable as a defender as the season's gone on. Walter would join Keyonte George, Walker Kessler, and Taylor Hendricks as the building blocks of Utah's rebuild or retool.