NCAA Basketball: Mens Global Jam-Canada vs USA

In July, I wrote about four early contenders to go No. 1 in the 2024 NBA Draft and two darkhorses who could emerge -- highlighted by the always-relevant caveat that the list could change a little or a lot over the next year. Now, as we sit here in late-September, it turns out the answer was that a lot will change and in a short span of time.

Matas Buzelis was No. 1 in our way-too-early rankings for 2024 headlining a loaded G League Ignite crop of talent. That no longer holds after an up and down few months in which he no doubt showcased his potential but also showed he has room to grow if he's to go No. 1 next summer.

Buzelis bumps down to No. 6 in our updated prospect rankings for 2024 aided in part by his own play but largely due to the rise of other contenders near the top of the class. 

Kentucky's Edwards is No. 1 in Big Board debut 

Our new No. 1, again with the caveat that this could absolutely change in the coming months, is Kentucky freshman forward Justin Edwards.

Edwards showcased scoring, playmaking and creation for Kentucky in a short stint with the Wildcats in Canada, helping UK bring home hardware despite being limited with injuries to their frontcourt. The former five-star has the physical stature and maturity to be an impact player on and off the ball with a rare blend of length, athleticism and ball skills that makes his projection to the NBA level a natural one.

Holland not far behind at No. 2

On Edwards' tail is another fast-rising former five-star who also had a good summer in G League Ignite first-year player Ron Holland. Holland, a former Texas signee, looked every bit the part during the team's recent exhibition games in Vegas vs. the NBL's Perth Wildcats, as he went off for 56 points in two games and capped his week off with a 33-point explosion to go with five steals and six boards. 

Edwards for now is No. 1 in our rankings, but this is a 1A, 1B situation right now with he and Holland both primed as the clear early favorites.

G League puts three in top 10

Holland's fellow G League Ignite teammates may have some say in how that race shakes out, though. Buzelis fell to No. 6 in our rankings but remains intriguing as a big-bodied wing who can put the ball on the floor. 

There's also the meteoric-rising big man in Alexandre Sarr from Perth, who was arguably the biggest star of the series against G League Ignite on both sides. Sarr spent the last few seasons with Overtime Elite as an interesting potential first-round pick and now looks primed to make the leap from definite first-round pick to possible top-10 pick and darkhorse No. 1 contender in the NBL's Next Stars program with Perth. He's been that impressive.

So how else did the rest of the early rankings shake out in our first official prospect rankings of the 2024 cycle? The first 2024 NBA Draft Big Board Top 10 is below.

2024 NBA Draft Big Board

1Justin EdwardsKentuckyFrSF6-8190
2Ron HollandG League IgniteN/ASF6-6204
3Isaiah CollierUSCFr.PG6-5210
4Stephon CastleUConnFr.PG6-6215
5Donovan ClinganUConnSoph.C7-2280
6Matas BuzelisG League IgniteN/ASF6-8209
7Alexandre SarrPerth WildcatsN/AC7-1205
8Tyrese ProctorDukeSoph.PG6-5183
9Izan AlmansaG League IgniteN/APF6-10216
10Kyle FilipowskiDukeSoph.PF7-0248