NBA Mock Draft 9.0: Chicago Bulls jump into top 3; Reed Sheppard soars into top 3

In our latest NBA Mock Draft, the Chicago Bulls jump into the top 3 and the hype surrounding Reed Sheppard strengthens.

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5. Washington Wizards - Stephon Castle, G, UCONN

The Washington Wizards are one of the rebuilding teams with the bleakest outlook in the NBA. However, they could begin to change that with a strong offseason. That could all start with making the right selection with their projected top 5 pick in the 2024 NBA Draft. Looking for a prospect with long-term star potential, Stephon Castle could be a worthy option for the Wizards in June.

When it comes to size, skill set, and collegiate success, it's easy to see why Castle could play his way toward being a top 3 pick. If he continues to build on his resume during UCONN's NCAA Tournament run and then translates that into some strong pre-draft workouts, Castle could emerge as the No. 1 pick in this year's draft class.

Especially for a team that is looking for direction like the Wizards, Castle could be an intriguing option at this point in the draft. For a class that may not have much "superstar potential," Castle could be one of those prospects that ends up being a better pro than he's been a college player. And that's saying something considering he's been a pretty good college player.