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Former Kansas Jayhawks star mocks Zaccharie Risacher

Despite 7-foot-1 Alex Sarr being the initial favorite to go first overall to the Hawks, Zaccharie Risacher was who most NBA Draft experts thought would land in Atlanta, in part due to Sarr’s reluctance to even sign the Hawks to meet before draft night. .

Landry Fields said after the draft that Sarr and his camp’s views on the organization did not prevent the Hawks from selecting him. They went with the best player available, who they thought was Zaccharie Risacher. We’ll never really know if that’s true; Fields is going to tell that story anyway, but it doesn’t really matter. The Hawks front office will be judged on how Risacher performs compared to Sarr. Everything else before they step on the ground is just noise.

Whether they like it or not, Risacher and Sarr – two French players – will be linked throughout their careers. Mainly by Hawks fans, just like Luka Doncic and Trae Young have been since the infamous draft night trade six years ago. The hope is that the Hawks don’t get the short end of the stick this time, but if you ask former Kansas Jayhawks star point guard Frank Mason III, Zaccharie Risacher had nothing to do with the No. 1 overall pick.

Before I say anything else, this is incredibly lame coming from Frank Mason. He is a 30 year old man who, on the night of his life, shoots a 19 year old boy, with whom he was probably on the ground for 5-10 minutes when Zaccharie Risacher was 17-18 years old. Are you jealous, Frank?

That said, expectations for Risacher should be tempered. He is the #1 overall pick, but it cannot be overstated how terrible this draft class is. I mean, did you watch the draft last night? Unless you’re a basketball expert, you probably hadn’t heard of most of the names that walked across the stage and shook Adam Silver’s hand.

Finding a competent starter, even if you choose first, is not a guarantee. If Zaccharie Risacher can eventually become a starter on the wing who can give the Hawks good defense and shoot at around a 40% clip from deep, that should be considered a win.

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