With the 2020 NBA Finals happening this week and next, I thought it would be appropriate to discuss some of this year’s top NFL prospects and their respective basketball talents.
In a follow-up article to last years’ 2020 edition, I took a look at the five players in the 2021 NFL Draft class who would compose the most successful basketball starting five.
Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State — Point Guard (6-foot-4, 226 pounds)
A strong facilitator on the football field, Lance is a potential franchise thrower who brings that same smart and accurate passing ability to the basketball court. Named a team captain for his high school team, Lance was also an All-Conference basketball performer in Minnesota during his high school career.
Sage Surratt, WR, Wake Forest — Shooting Guard (6-foot-3, 215 pounds)
A straight-up baller who won North Carolina’s player of the year in both basketball and football, Surratt was so good in high school that he received a plethora of collegiate offers to play shooting guard.
Despite finishing his career as the state’s second all-time leading scorer with 2,951 points, Surratt opted to focus on football for Wake Forest, however, which is no doubt a smart decision in hindsight. Still, for a player that had seven 40-point games and three 50-point games as a teenager, a potential basketball career could have also been quite successful for the Demon Deacons pass-catcher if that was the route he chose to take.
Hamsah Nasirildeen, S, Florida State — Small Forward (6-foot-4, 220 pounds)
A team captain who averaged 14 points and nine boards as a junior and 15 points and eight rebounds as a senior, Nasirildeen is a terrific athlete who played dual-sports back in high school.
Using his versatility and quality range on the basketball court before solely focusing on football with the Seminoles, Nasirildeen was able to dunk the ball by seventh grade and gives this starting five a much-needed boost in overall explosiveness.
Charles Snowden, LB, Virginia — Power Forward (6-foot-7, 235 pounds)
A former collegiate basketball recruit who spent his first few high school years solely focusing on harnessing his on-court abilities, Snowden is still a relatively raw football player that has had much less experience on the turf than on the court.
Playing wide receiver initially before converting to defense, he's also a freak athlete with extraordinary length that would be used to get plenty of boards and blocks in this scenario.
Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State — Center (6-foot-5, 260 pounds)
Averaging 21 points and seven rebounds for Pentucket’s varsity basketball team as a 16-year-old, Freiermuth was a terrific rebounder and scorer for his first few high school years—which should have come as no surprise given his father, John, was New Hampshire’s “Mr. Basketball” back in 1988.
Although Freiermuth didn’t continue playing hoops once he transferred to his second high school (Brooks Hill), he’d be a much-needed stocky presence for this small team and give them a strong level of strength and physicality on the interior. After all, he’s demonstrated enough times at Penn State that he knows how to box-out defenders and use his terrific catch radius to his advantage on a consistent basis.
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