Potential Detroit Pistons Draft Picks: Mountain West Conference

Neemias Queta #23 of the Utah State Aggies (Photo by Sam Wasson/Getty Images)
Neemias Queta #23 of the Utah State Aggies (Photo by Sam Wasson/Getty Images) /
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This week I have been doing draft previews for mid-major conferences, and if their all-conference teams can make an impact in the NBA Draft at all, and how seriously the Detroit Pistons should take them.

Earlier this week we looked at the Horizon League and the Missouri Valley Conference and concluded that there is little to no NBA talent in those conferences, and with a few exceptions, the Pistons should look elsewhere come draft night.

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However, those two conferences don’t really have a history when it comes to developing NBA Talent. The Mountain West Conference was home to NBA stars like Kahwi Leonard, Christian Wood, and Larry Nance Jr.

Even their busts are big-name players who received national attention. Remember Jimmer Fredette and Anthony Bennett? Both products of the Mountain West. Of course, BYU has since left the conference, but they can still claim Jimmer if they want. Kings fans, I’m sorry but you did that to yourselves.

This year’s All-MWC team is represented by Boise State, Colorado State, Nevada, San Diego State, and Utah State. The last two are in the tournament, so keep an eye on their star players. Both teams have Cinderella potential, so a deep run is not out of the question.

SDSU actually has a pretty easy run for a six seed, so they have the potential to go very far. Utah State is going up against Texas Tech in round one, but if they somehow pull that one out then they also have a good shot.

Here are some players from those teams that might watch the Detroit Pistons’ eye on draft day.