Without one-and-done rule, here's who could have made the jump to the NBA from the 2015 class

Without one-and-done rule, here's who could have made the jump to the NBA from the 2015 class

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Without one-and-done rule, here's who could have made the jump to the NBA from the 2015 class

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LSU's Ben Simmons has what it takes to make the jump from HS to the NBA. / Jon Lopez

LSU’s Ben Simmons has what it takes to make the jump from HS to the NBA. / Jon Lopez

Ever since the NBA age limit, requiring players to be 19 and a year removed from high school, was implemented in 2005, hoopers on all levels have expressed discontentment with the waiting game.

Now, NBA commissioner Adam Silver is on a quest to rename the “one-and-done” rule to “two-and-done.”

But what if high school players were allowed to make the jump again?

We zeroed in on six players from the 2015 class who we think would’ve made the jump if the rule wasn’t in place and predicted if and when their names would be called at Barclays Center Thursday night for the NBA Draft.

Ben Simmons, Montverde (Montverde, Fla.), F

College: LSU

Projected 2015 draft range: Lottery

Why you take him: Simmons, the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Player of the Year, would be the most intriguing of the high school bunch, at 6-foot-10, he presents the biggest matchup problem and has an NBA game, running point-forward for Montverde this past season when he won his third-straight DICK’s Nationals title. Simmons’ jump shot isn’t deadly, but his all-around game, relentless motor and ability to guard all five positions already has NBA general managers drooling.

Malik Newman, Callaway (Jackson, Miss.), PG-SG

College: Mississippi State

Projected 2015 draft range: First round

Why you take him: Newman, an ALL-USA first-team choice, is an absolute assassin on the court, hunting and finding his shot early and often and there’s little that the defense can do to stop him. At 6-foot-3, Newman has good size for a point guard, the position he’ll likely transition over to more exclusively in college. Newman thrived at the point for the USA U17 team, taking home MVP honors and a gold medal last summer.

Jaylen Brown, Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.), SF

College: California

Projected 2015 draft range: Lottery

Why you take him: Brown, a first-team ALL-USA selection, was a consensus top two player in the 2015 class but played with the chip of an unranked player just trying to be noticed. At 6-foot-7, Brown has the size to guard NBA wings and is arguably the most athletic of the high schoolers. He has NBA range, blow-by ability and a non-stop motor.

Isaiah Briscoe, Roselle Catholic (Roselle, N.J.), PG

College: Kentucky

Projected 2015 draft range: First round

Why you take him: No player in high school basketball is more confident than Briscoe and no player has better ball handling ability. Briscoe drives the lane like a thoroughbred running back and has the innate ability to use precise angles on the floor to get wherever he wants. He’s also trained and played with NBA players for years. Briscoe was named to the ALL-USA first team.

Skal Labissiere, Lausanne Collegiate (Memphis, Tenn.), C

College: Kentucky

Projected 2015 draft range: Lottery

Why you take him: Labissiere has excellent instincts as a shot blocker, can finish with either hand on his jump-hook and has the ability to knock down jump shots. Bottom line is that Labissiere is a bouncy 7-footer with a 7-1 wingspan; say no more.

Brandon Ingram, Kinston (Kinston, N.C.), SF

College: Duke

Projected 2015 draft range: Lottery

Why you take him: Ingram has drawn comparisons to Kevin Durant because of his height (6-foot-9) and marksman-like accuracy from NBA range. Ingram, who has a 7-3 wingspan, was the most impressive of all the McDonald’s All Americans in April during practices where NBA scouts line the north side of the gym looking on. Ingram has the ball-handling ability to get by most defenders on the wing and the athleticism to posterize anyone at the rim.

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