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NBA Mock Drafts: Chris Wood falling, Rashad Vaughn rising

The former Rebel teammates are seeing their projections head in opposite directions.

Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports

Throughout the season Christian Wood was projected as a first round draft pick topping out in the mid-teens, but since the season has ended Wood has been on a steady decline in Draft Express’ mock draft.

The 6-foot-10 forward has dropped all the way to the 41st pick – Brooklyn Nets – for Draft Express. Wood averaged a double-double last season with over 15 points and 10 rebounds. He also swatted just under three shots per game, providing some defensive upside to an otherwise downtrodden UNLV defense last season.

Meanwhile, over at CBS Sports, Wood still has first round hope. Sam Vecenie, Gary Parrish and Zach Harper all have Wood going in the last few picks of round one. Vecenie and Parrish both have Wood slotted at 27 to the Lakers, while Harper has Wood going to the champion Golden State Warriors at 30.

Vecenie also has a prospect rank, which is independent of team and draft needs. Wood is ranked 25th overall and sixth among power forwards. Other Mountain West players to make the list are Rashad Vaughn (32), Larry Nance (54) and Derrick Marks (90). caught up with Wood for a Q&A about his experiences leading up to the draft. Wood mentions that some teams think he might not be available in the 20s.

As for his rising teammate, Vaughn’s first-round potential dropped significantly after he tore his meniscus late in the season. But since he has started working out for individual teams, Vaughn has seen his stock rise.

Parrish of CBS has Vaughn as high as 22 to Chicago, while Vecenie has Brooklyn snagging Vaughn at 29; Harper has Vaughn at 26 to San Antonio.

The NBA Draft will take place on Thursday, June 25 at 7:00 p.m. ET and will be televised by ESPN.