2. Washington Wizards draft Zaccharie Risacher
Risacher has steadily climbed draft boards this season. The 18-year-old is a 6’8 wing out of France, whose lights-out shooting has taken his draft stock to another level. Through 29 games for JL Bourg-en-Bresse, Risacher has made 47.3 percent of his 91 3-point attempts. He was inconsistent in his first three professional seasons before taking a massive shooting leap.
He profiles as a 3-and-D wing. Risacher is averaging 11.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 0.9 steals in 22.8 minutes per game this season. Finding a 6’8 wing with a 6’11 wingspan who can consistently knock down shots and guard multiple positions is difficult.
It is fair to question his star potential. Teams want a potential All-Star from a top-three pick, but this is an uncertain class. Risacher profiles as a starter and strong rotation player for more than a decade in the league. He is only 18 and years away from reaching his peak. Do the rebuilding Wizards bypass his safety for a higher-upside prospect?
Zaccharie Risacher has a high basketball IQ and athletic ability to go with his size. In a draft filled with uncertainty, teams will want a projectable body with room to grow. That makes Risacher a top-two pick and likely a key cog in a rebuild.