Morgantown, West Virginia – Miles “Deuce” McBride continues to climb in latest mock drafts and projections for the 2021 NBA Draft with some analysts projecting him as high as a lottery pick.

McBride recently decided to keep his name in the NBA Draft and will almost certainly be taken in either the 1st round or early 2nd round.

Jevon Carter was taken 32nd overall in the 2nd round of the 2018 NBA Draft.  Like McBride, there was a lot of uncertainty where Carter would be selected when he graduated from West Virginia.

According to The Athletic, NBA scouts and executives see a lot of similarities between McBride and Carter.

One eastern conference executive said the following of McBride: “I love him (McBride). He’s like a Jevon Carter with offense. Good wing span, has toughness. He’s like (Jalen) Suggs — he was a quarterback in high school. He’s tough, gets in you, gets deflections. Shooting is good. He’s got a good mid-range. Strong lower body and he can get his legs under him when he takes the pull. If you watch him play, he’s unselfish. Making passes from the right wing to the weakside corner. I’m not saying he’s Steve Nash, but he does have some instincts.”

One of the knocks on McBride at the next level is that he’s not a true point guard, but the eastern conference executive interviewed by the The Athletic disagrees: “You watch him play, and he plays on both sides of the ball. Some people say he isn’t a point guard. He ain’t a points guard, that’s for sure. He’s got unselfish properties in him.”

In addition, McBride playing at West Virginia under Bob Huggins has prepared him mentally and physically for the grueling NBA schedule: “When you go (to West Virginia, Bob Huggins is) only going to bring in tough guys. That definitely helps.”

The 2021 NBA Draft takes place on July 29th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York and will be televised on ESPN.