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2015 NBA Draft: The latest projections have the Pelicans selecting Aaron White

Chad Ford's NBA Mock Draft 8.0 has the Pelicans utilizing their second round pick on a position of need.

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In ESPN's final mock draft prior to the 2015 NBA draft, Chad Ford has pegged Aaron White heading to the Pelicans with the 56th pick of the second round. White is a 4-year player out of Iowa who averaged 16.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals during his senior season.

He was the only Division I player to average more than 16 points and seven rebounds a game while shooting better than 50 percent from the floor and 80 percent from the free-throw line.

White ranks second in Iowa history in career points (1,859), third in rebounds (901) and owns school marks for games played (140), free throws (618) and attempts (800). He sank more free throws than any Big Ten player in the last 53 years.

The numbers are impressive as was an ability to show some range from the perimeter (35.6 three-point field goal percentage), but his skill level is considered below average for an NBA small forward. If Dell Demps believes he could bring more to the table than Luke Babbitt, then perhaps he has a decent chance to become the Pelicans selection.

However, I'm sticking to my guns that New Orleans will select a more physical player with a higher ceiling a la Brandon Dawson. That is, of course, if the Pelicans do not move up in the draft and keep their second round pick they acquired from the Memphis Grizzlies last season in the Quincy Pondexter trade.

Last week, Ford had Alan Williams, a power forward out of UC Santa Barbara, coming to New Orleans. It was a bit of an underwhelming selection considering Williams would make for an undersized center in the NBA. Considering the Pelicans drafted Patric Young last year, who fit the same mold, and will likely bring back Omer Asik and Jeff Withey, Williams wouldn't have added much to the 2015-16 roster.