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(Jerry Lai)

NEW YORK - There may have been drama at the NBA Draft regarding who would go at No. 3, but there was none at the very top.

As expected, LSU freshman sensation Ben Simmons was selected first overall by the Philadelphia 76ers, while Duke freshman wing Brandon Ingram went No. 2 to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Simmons going No. 1 makes it seven years in a row that a one-and-done college star was selected first overall (John Wall, 2010; Kyrie Irving, 2011; Anthony Davis, 2012; Anthony Bennett, 2013; Andrew Wiggins, 2014; Karl-Anthony Towns, 2015). Simmons joins Irving and Andrew Bogut as the only Australian players ever selected first overall.

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Malachi Richardson and Cheick Diallo are among the players to move up on the latest Draft Express Mock Draft released Monday.

The 6-foot-6 Richardson, who left Syracuse after his freshman season, is up to No. 16 to the Boston Celtics, while the 6-9 Diallo, who departed Kansas after one season, is now at No. 19 to the Denver Nuggets. Richardson was projected at No. 31 and Diallo at 23 before Monday.


Jan 5, 2016; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers forward Ben Simmons (25) shoots over Kentucky Wildcats forward Alex Poythress (22) during the first half of a game at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports (Derick E. Hingle)
Jan 5, 2016; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers forward Ben Simmons (25) shoots over Kentucky Wildcats forward Alex Poythress (22) during the first half of a game at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports (Derick E. Hingle)

Ben Simmons, Brandon Ingram and Marquese Chriss are projected to go 1-2-3 in the latest Draft Express Mock Draft released Wednesday.

The site has the Philadelphia 76ers taking the 6-foot-10 Simmons out of LSU at No. 1, the L.A. Lakers selecting the 6-9 Ingram out of Duke at No. 2 and the Boston Celtics choosing the 6-10 Chriss from Washington with one of their many picks at No. 3.

For much of the latter half of the college season the site had Ingram at No. 1 and Simmons at No. 2, while Chriss made huge leap in recent weeks.

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Duke freshman Brandon Ingram will enter the 2016 NBA draft, he announced in a goodbye letter posted on The Players' Tribune

Ingram played at Duke for only one season, averaging 17.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game while being named the Atlantic Coast Conference's freshman of the year. Ingram was also named second-team All-ACC.

"My time is almost over here in Durham. Today as I declare for the NBA draft, I'm both excited and said about this moment," Ingram wrote. "On one hand, one year at Duke isn't a very long time. I know that. But I've done a lot of growing, and growing up, in that time. I know by leaving I'll miss out on a lot of friendships and opportunities. I'll really miss all the students who showed me so much love." 

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Brandon Ingram was recently installed as the projected No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft -- ahead of Ben Simmons -- by DraftExpress.com.

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Duke's Brandon Ingram has supplanted LSU's Ben Simmons as the projected No. 1 pick on the Draft Express Mock Draft for 2016 released Monday.

Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.com wrote a piece for The Vertical detailing his explanation for the move, citing issues from his "lack of competitiveness" to questions about his defense, shooting and character.

"Ingram is 14 months younger than Simmons, has a longer wingspan by four inches and a standing reach six and a half inches higher. Ingram is a better shooter - which is perhaps the most important skill in today's NBA - and has shown a much better trajectory throughout the college season," Givony wrote. "The intel on Ingram as a teammate and competitor has been much stronger than Simmons'. Yes, Ingram has a much more frail frame now, but it's easy to envision him filling out as he ages and matures.

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Everyone and their mother will tell you that LSU freshman Ben Simmons will be the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft in five months.

DraftExpress.com, NBADraft.net and ESPN.com all list the 6-foot-10 Simmons as the projected No. 1 pick, and all three sites also have 6-9 Duke freshman small forward Brandon Ingram at No. 2.

Yet Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress believes Ingram could potentially eclipse Simmons for the No. 1 pick.

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Duke's Brandon Ingram is the projected No. 3 pick in the NBA Draft according to DraftExpress.com Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)
Duke's Brandon Ingram is the projected No. 3 pick in the NBA Draft according to DraftExpress.com Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

NEW YORK - The willingness of longtime Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski to adapt to college basketball's one-and-done culture is well-documented.  

He won a national championship in April with Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Junes and Justise Winslow leading the way before all three became first-round NBA draft picks in June. Next year's freshman class will include Harry Giles and Jayson Tatum, the projected top two picks in the 2017 NBA Draft according to DraftExpress.  

In between those two recruiting classes, there is the latest projected Coach K one-and-done, Brandon Ingram, the headliner of Krzyzewski's current freshman class that includes three other five-star prospects, Derryck Thornton, Luke Kennard and Chase Jeter.  

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