Syracuse Basketball: Judah Mintz has a good game at G League camp, not in mock drafts

Former Syracuse basketball guard Judah Mintz had a good game at the NBA G League Elite Camp but is not in draft projections.
Former Syracuse basketball guard Judah Mintz had a good game at the NBA G League Elite Camp but is not in draft projections. / Rich Barnes/GettyImages
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Over the weekend, former Syracuse basketball sophomore point guard Judah Mintz was one of 45 prospects who competed at the 2024 NBA G League Elite Camp in Chicago.

This camp provided NBA Draft prospects with an opportunity to participate in scrimmages, and strength and agility drills, in front of NBA and NBA G League scouts, coaches and front-office executives, according to this announcement.

In one of the scrimmages this past weekend, the 6-foot-4, 185-pound Mintz, who hails from Fort Washington, Md., was deemed a top performer by ESPN NBA Draft analyst Jonathan Givony.

Per a box score that Givony posted to his X page, in that scrimmage, Mintz logged just under 26 minutes. Mintz went 5-of-9 from the field, 2-of-4 from beyond the arc, and 1-of-2 from the free-throw line, finishing with 13 points, eight assists, two steals, three turnovers and one block.

Mintz's team prevailed, 103-98, and he was plus-four when he was on the court. In his second scrimmage, in 14 minutes of play, Mintz only took one shot from the field. He had one point, one rebound, three assists, one steal, two turnovers and one block as his team lost, 90-78.

Syracuse basketball sophomore point guard Judah Mintz put forth one strong game at the recent NBA G League Elite Camp.

About a month ago, word broke that Mintz was headed to the 2024 NBA Draft rather than return to the Hill for his junior year. In the 2023-24 campaign, when the Orange went 20-12 overall, Mintz was named to the All-ACC second team after averaging 18.8 points, 4.4 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 2.1 steals per contest.

Following his freshman season with the 'Cuse, Mintz tested the 2023 NBA Draft process and played in last spring's NBA Draft Combine. He elected to return for his sophomore stanza in Central New York.

According to a social media post, five guys who suited up at the 2024 NBA G League Elite Camp, including former Syracuse basketball center Jesse Edwards (he played at West Virginia this past term), were invited to this week's 2024 NBA Draft Combine in Chicago. Mintz wasn't on this list.

You never know how this stuff will play out, but when I did a search on Monday of numerous mock projections for the two-round 2024 NBA Draft, I didn't come across Mintz's name. In full disclosure, though, I could have missed some mock drafts, some of them that I saw only included the first round, and it's still certainly possible Mintz could get selected.

On nbadraftroom.com, when listing prospects for this summer's NBA Draft, Mintz checked in at No. 89 overall.

By the way, the 2024 NBA Draft will take place on Wednesday, June 26, and Thursday, June 27. The first round is at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., while the second round will be held at ESPN’s Seaport District Studios in New York City.

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