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The Top Pro Prospects from the Ohio Valley Conference

The OVC might not be the flashiest of NCAA Division I conferences when it comes to its reputation in pro basketball circles. However, since the early 2000s, it has produced quite a solid crop of professional talent. Aside from NBA standouts and journeymen like Ja Morant, Robert Covington, Cameron Payne, Kenneth Faried, Terry Taylor and Dylan Windler, names like Isaiah Canaan, Corey Walden, Jared Newson, Gerald Robinson Jr., Nick Mayo, Kevin Murphy, Patrick Miller, Demonte Harper, Tyler Stone, Chris Horton or Tajhere McCall come to mind. 

The 2022/2023 edition of OVC Men's Basketball also features a number of players that could end up having solid careers in the pro ranks. We have taken a look at the most interesting prospects, only listing super seniors or seniors likely to turn pro. Click on the names and you can view the full profile (only available to subscribers).

SCOUTORY All-OVC 1st Team

PG Mark Freeman (Morehead State)

Lightning quick PG can score and distribute

SG Chris Harris (SE Missouri State)

Bully ball guard is an elite slasher

SF/SG Parker Stewart (UT Martin)

Iso scorer can generate buckets from nothing

SF/PF Jaylen Sebree (Tennessee Tech)

Smooth combo forward shot 50/40 from the floor

C Jacob Polakovich (Southern Indiana)

One of the top rebounders in the country

SCOUTORY All-OVC 2nd Team

PG JR Clay (Tennessee State)

Scoring PG who provides consistent offensive production

SG Israel Barnes (SE Missouri State)

Great perimeter defender who looks the part

SG/SF KJ Simon (UT Martin)

Tremendous athlete could become defensive stopper

SF Jelani Simmons (Southern Indiana)

Highflying wing who is a major transition threat

C Alex Gross (Morehead State)

Traditional big is a good passer and “IQ shotblocker”

SCOUTORY All-OVC Honorable Mention

PG Kevin Caldwell (Lindenwood)

Quick scoring PG who looks better than stats suggest

SG Brandon Maughmer (Morehead State)

Athletic 2/1 who can score and defend

SF/PF Zion Griffin (Tennessee State)

Strong and athletic combo forward with 3-and-D profile

PF Trevor Lakes (Southern Indiana)

Mobile Stretch PF who can spot up and come off screens

C Adong Makuoi (Tennessee State)

Potential Cotonou big who operates inside only

While we do not see any of these players compete in one of the top European leagues immediately, many of them are excellent candidates for what we rate as the Mid-Mid or Low-Mid Level (see Manual). 

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