These are the players, who at some point this year, were involved with the draft process, or were thinking about it.
This is their actual ranking currently, from best to worst:
6-8 205 SG/SF UConn So.--Very well rounded and for someone his age, a well-developed offensive game. Uses his physical gifts to the fullest; has great vertical leap, speed long hang time and explosiveness; there is no more you can ask for a run-and-jump athlete. Uses those gifts well on the defensive end of the court; great lateral quickness, instincts and reflexes, can guard SGs and SFs equally well, and he blocks shots at an impressive clip (nearly 2 blocks at UConn). Still raw on the offensive end, expected given his age, but basic skills are there. Has a good post game, carried over from high school. Great finisher on the break and is a fine offensive rebounder. Developing a complete offensive game at this point; consistently good jumper from mid-range and 15-ft., hard to block due to his lift, has range up to three which is inconsistent just yet, and is a good free throw shooter. Has not been really assertive just yet; settled to become a very important starter rather than a star at UConn so far. Ballhandling and passing may need work. Below average ballhandler for his position, and passing skills are below average for a lotto pick. Cannot create his own shot from the perimeter just yet, and has problems utilizing his athleticism slashing to the hoop. Physique could use about 10-15 more lbs. of strength. His assertiveness, though, is his main concern so far. Amassed potential. Has even played some PF in high school. Lotto pick.
6-8 220 SG Gonzaga Jr.--Like his idol Larry Bird, an extremely old school player who is like a coach on the floor. Game comes extremely easy to him. Really excels in the HALF-COURT game, creating offense for himself and for others. Great and complete offensive repertoire, making plays from the top of the key. One of the best pure scorers in college basketball. Can shoot on the move, or play the catch-and-shoot game. Possesses a great shot when he falls away, with a defender over him. Effortless shooting stroke, and has great basketball understanding and intangibles. Good ballhandler, and even though he has the ball in his hands most of his time, he rarely commits a turnover. Fiery competitor who seems to relish on one-on-one challenges. Always competes and plays hard--hard worker with great intensity and aggressiveness. Fundamentally solid, a true competitor, and won't back down from anyone. Can be a serviceable clutch performer down the stretch. Great creativity, seeing the floor well. However, he is not too gifted athletically, and has the legs of a 40-yr. old. Lacks great speed and fluidity running the floor. Lacks foot speed and finds it hard to get around opponents. Doesn't have much elevation. Plays hard on defense, but ultimately lacks lateral quickness--really doesn't understand how to play defense. Doesn't have a good first step. He doesn't shoot extremely well from three point land (30%) with his good stroke, but it's good to know he doesn't abuse it either. Lanky and needs to add strength. Not a good rebounder, and needs a better post game. Lotto pick.
6-11 225 PF Texas So.--Very smooth and quick player on the court, based on his long and lanky frame. Has his post game down pat and is expected to improve. Good wingspan and pretty strong rebounder. Has some perimeter game but can improve. Very thin and that might affect his presence in the post. Ballhandling needs some work. Very raw especially on the defensive end. A lot of potential, though. Injury concerns after he got injured most of last season. Pulled out late in the draft as a high school senior; has vastly improved and is a firm lottery pick.
6-10 225 PF (Italy) 1985--Has the physical attributes/raw skills to be the next Euro star big man. Tall (7 feet), fluid athlete, runs the floor well, has a nice first step and is a decent leaper. A hugely versatile forward with a great feel for his offensive game. Has a very complete outside game, handles the ball well and has a great stroke from anywhere in the court-- with a quick and high release. Catches and shoots well, beats opposition off the dribble to attack the basket, or pull up for a sweet J. Has nice coordination and quickness and this alone sets him apart from other 7-footers, and really from the rest of the pack. Can be a future matchup nightmare in the mold of Dirk Nowitzki, in the near future. Showed great flashes, played well against the Americans even. Always in the flow of the offense, and even showed personality and creativity in tough shots. Active defender thanks to his quick feet, does his best against opposing bigs; has some shotblocking ability. Doesn't expose his team defensively much. Can shoot from the outside, complete fastbreaks or utilize post moves. Runs the floor well. . Mid-range and free throw shooting are very sound. Very coachable. However, needs to improve his upper body strength, which will help for rebounding and defense. Mentally he's not ready; takes a lot of jumpers. Might be a "tweener" between SF and PF, and has some weaknesses defensively. Lacks bulk and hasn't really matured in terms of his body. Might not finish well around the basket in the NBA due to his bad use of the off hand and his lack of strength. Can't guard NBA SFs. Still learning the game, needs time.
6-7 200 SG Arkansas Jr.--One of the most versatile players of all college ball; legit 6-7 PG who can set up his teammates and control the tempo of the game. Terrific and fluid, thoroughbred type of athlete with an excellent first step, good leaping ability, and good speed and quickness. Great body, tall and strong with an outstanding wingspan and quick hands that come up with steals a couple of times each game. Very active, has great reflexes and a knack for anticipating the opposition's next move; always a threat in the passing lanes. Fantastic ballhandling skills with both hands, can get into the lane whenever he pleases and has the creativity, strength and intelligence to finish even on and-1's; just a tough player. Super court vision and puts the ball where his teammates want it; just has the entire package here, with the drive-and-dish, pinpoint lob pass on the alley-oop, and is just extremely unselfish. Lets the game come to him, just super confident and mature; great feel for the game. Can score in a variety of ways, inside and out, slashing, shooting threes, and popping out for the mid-range J. Good demeanor, personality and just a natural born leader; has the kind of attitude wanted from such a talented player, even diving for loose balls. Very energetic, a hard worker always looking to improve his game and get the W in games. Really his biggest weakness is his shooting stroke; ridiculously ugly but it's not even his fault, because he broke his arm as a young boy and can't fully extend his elbow now ( ). Still shoots a good percentage though, but his hideous stroke might lower his stock for the pros. A rhythm shooter, makes most of his shots moving toward the basket; not a good spot-up shooter. Only shoots 66% from the line and that needs to improve. Plays good defense off-the-ball but has problems on one-on-one D, getting burned from the perimeter and lost off screens. Needs experience though, and has the potential to become a better defender with his IQ and physical gifts. Much quicker than he is athletic, won’t wow anyone with monster dunks, although he is definitely not a bad leaper. May need to be ball-dominant in order to be effective.
6-1 170 PG Kentucky So.--Cat-quick PG and is a phenomenal ball thief; has incredibly quick hands and feet which helps him a lot in perimeter defense, and might be the best player in college ball in forcing turnovers/collecting steals. Has tremendous quickness/anticipation skills in the passing lanes, and has a freakish 7 foot wingspan and quick hands to pick pockets at ease. Adept penetrator, can break opponents off the dribble, showing a lightning quick first step and impressive ballhandling skills (AND-1 like)--this allows him to get to the lane at will. Great finishing skills, with outstanding leaping ability and body control, so can make spectacular layups and dunks. Fantastic athlete overall, and is a pure PG with good distributing skills, even though he can score; loves to penetrate/dish to open man. Has potential to become a better PG with more experience, and he once had 27 and 31 assists in a game respectively at HS. However, really is an atrocious shooter anywhere outside the paint; lacks BOTH a three point and a mid-range game, and only shoots 58% on free throws. Opponents leave him open and dare him to shoot from the perimeter, and the results weren't often pretty. May need to become a better floor general against higher competition, working at controlling the tempo/initiating the half-court offense. Can get out of control and commit turnovers, and his assist to turnover ratio is just average; can get too flashy at times. Very thin player and can benefit with 10-20 lbs. of muscle. Has got a lot of hype early this year, and has become an AMAZING rebounder.
6-7 205 SF Memphis Sr.--A highlight reel waiting to happen, with good potential. One of the top athletes in the country; has springy legs, great speed and nice length. Has developed a better jumpshot. Capable scorer from everywhere. Blessed with an NBA prototypical wing type body. Very confident and shows good poise, and has a shot virtually impossible to block. When he's on, his stroke is a thing of beauty; he doesn't get fazed by defense, he starts utilizing his explosive first step and displays an advanced off-the-dribble game. A strong presence in the wing AND in the paint. Can pull up for jumpers, show nice touch around the basket, attack the basket, play transition game, and hit three pointers. Can be a pesky defender at times with his quick feet and wingspan. Gets steals, rebounds, and has great speed. One of the most up-and-down prospects out there. When he's off, he is tentative, one-dimensional, pretty much nonexistent and only starts to brick shots out there. Carney starts to wilt, loses confidence in himself, and just 'floats' when he's off--basically does nothing else to help his cause. That's why his shooting percentage is just only around 40%. Good shooter, but when he shoots so poorly overall that raises his concern. Not much of a B-ball IQ, because he tends to force the issue and isn't a particularly good ballhandler. Should attack the basket more and utilize more headfakes. Settles too often for the outside shot. Defense isn't really a strength, but has the tools to become a good defender with his wingspan. All-around player who can contribute in many ways.
6-9 225 SF Memphis Fr.--Possesses tremendous versatility, can play the PG to the PF positions. Pretty strong body for his age, and has some PG abilities. Has an advanced offensive game, with great one-on-one skills (can slash to the hoop off the dribble) and a consistent jumpshot up to three point land. Good vision and passing skills, as well as ballhandling skills, which seem to come second nature to him; can create for others through the dribble drive. A league of his own athletically, and is a highlight reel waiting to happen. Excellent footwork and a huge wingspan; has the tools to become a lock-down defender as he already rebounds and blocks shots well. Good competitor, didn’t back down from Adam Morrison’s challenge. Very raw fundamentally. Has a low-release to his jumpshot, could be a problem for the NBA. Needs more intensity for his D. Good quickness, but it won’t stand out in the next level. Needs a bit of strength and better conditioning. Nice potential and dropped out of last year’s draft—one of the few HS’ers who did-thank god. Has really shined with Memphis and has set himself to be a lottery pick so far.
7-0 236 PF (Brazil) 1985--Came back and popped back up as a mid-first round pick. Possesses excellent physical gifts for a big man, including a nice frame capable of putting on weight, a nice vertical leap, good quickness and good mobility. Runs the floor well, being fairly athletic for his size. Has a very effective, hard-to-stop post game, and sets good picks in pick-and-roll situations, where he can roll toward the basket and finish, or pass for better options quite effectively. Makes good decisions, rarely panics when double-teamed. Not a superb ballhandler, but can put the ball on the floor and penetrate against bigger players using his quickness. Great one-on-one player and has quite a lot of power moves. Excellent mobility, footwork, and most of all, international experience. Very solid and quite intense a defender; rarely banged in the low post, and has accurate lateral quickness to usually stop his matchups against defensive changes. Plays good team defense and shows good positioning; decent shotblocker. Defense is certainly ahead of his offense currently. High basketball IQ, knows what the game is about. Hard worker and has the right attitude. Really plays like a SF and can be a dangerous weapon in the near future if he continues to develop his game. A reliable mid-range shot seems to be missing from his game; he can make it but tends to use it as a last resource, and his lack of confidence in that shot (even when open) forces him to make some bad decisions. Shouldn't really be a serious problem though, with his good mechanics and his past shooting ability--his team started to make him play in the paint more. Rather skinny, and despite his intensity, this makes him suffer in rebounding (even though he has progressed). Might need to avoid foul trouble and patience on defense. Skills might need some improvement. Great prospect nonetheless--opted out of the draft last year; may waver in this year's draft.
6-9 245 PF Duke Sr.--Nicknamed "The Landlord." Simply a rebounding and shotblocking machine; tremendous defender, quick off the floor, has great timing and to prove it all, holds Duke's season record for blocks per game. Even when not blocking he intimidates players and alters shots in the painted area. Long arms, possesses leaping ability, relentless on the boards, and has good quickness, a nose for the ball, and the aggressiveness to fight for rebounds. Physical player with a strong, muscular frame and likes to bang for position down low; runs the floor well in transition game. Simply a hard worker, creates tons of opportunities with his offensive rebounding with putbacks and whatnot. Soft touch, along with strength and athleticism help him score in the paint; also has a decent shot up to 15 ft. Has good hands and passes well out of double teams. Great work ethic and attitude towards the game overall. Size is an issue; a center trapped in a PF's body, really; because of that, shotblocking might be neutralized moving to the PF position. Has struggled against some elite college big men such as Sean May. Lateral quickness needs improvement to defend quicker post playing NBA'ers. Has cut down the fouls, but still might get into some foul trouble. Raw and limited offensive game, mostly off put-backs, dunks and free throws. Lacks moves in the low post, pretty mechanical there and doesn't have much skill facing the basket either. Turnover prone whenever he dribbles the ball; thus, doesn't always find good situations on the court. Lacks versatility and range overall.
6-4 190 SG Duke Sr.--Definition of a pure shooter; possesses an outstanding shooting stroke and can light it up from anywhere on the court. Tremendous range, and can shoot NBA threes with ease. Perfect shooting mechanics, releasing at the top of his jump and possessing a flawless follow-through. Can hit threes even from 30-ft; heats up in a hurry and can bury multiple J's in a row. Automatic from the free throw line, has shot well over 90% over his college career; might be the best in basketball here, regardless of league. Moves well off the ball, always trying to get open running off of screens. Needs little time to get off his shot behind the screen, with a quick release; can even create his own shot, improving on that. Pump-fakes allow him to hit mid-range J's, and is quicker than most defenders give him credit for, so has taken advantage by driving to the basket more; has an accurate floater from there. Scoring average increased each season. However, he is still a ONE-DIMENSIONAL catch and shoot player. In the NBA, he will be undersized/unathletic to create his own shot. Pathetic leaping ability and lacks a quick first step; very slow and undersized for NBA SG. No ability to play PG, even showing limited ballhandling skills; every time he takes 2 or more dribbles it results in a turnover. Can still be a streaky shooter from behind the arc, unlike Steve Kerr; can go 7-9 from three on day and 1-9 the next. Shot selection is a concern also and this is what prevents his percentages from being stellar. Can get caught up in his shooting and start chucking up ridiculous threes from beyond the arc, and can get shut down by physical defenses playing him tight. Doesn't play/shoot well in high-pressure moments or games; never seems to come through when game is on the line. Really does not contribute in any other aspect of the game other than scoring; terrible rebounder, defensive liability for the NBA, lacks quickness to guard NBA's athletes, and will really be outmatched in strength/quickness by EVERY single SG in the NBA. His shooting has pulled him into near lottery, if not lottery, territory.
6-5 180 SG Mich. St. Sr.--A truly dominant open floor athlete with slashing ability, as well as being a dependable perimeter threat. Has improved his shooting percentages from previous seasons. Terrific athletic ability and can play above the rim; possesses good body control as well as solid defense. Fairly good offensive rebounder. Scores in bunches extremely well, especially when he shoots off the dribble; has the tools to be a great all-around scorer. Can erupt and get hot on threes fairly easily. Has star talent, but it has been a slow going for him at college; had sophomore injuries, and his team had a deep rotation so that restricted his effectiveness to a degree. Shot selection is a concern; has never met a shot he didn't like. Lacks consistency; horrible passing ability. Needs to add some muscle to his frame, and ballhandling skills may need some work. Has improved this year—stock rose.
6-9 235 PF Oklahoma Sr.--Energetic, versatile and skilled PF who could be the biggest reason for Oklahoma's success this year; has made rapid improvement considering this is only his SECOND year of playing Division I ball, and his transition has been utterly remarkable. Extremely athletic and thrives in an up-tempo offense; runs the floor well and possesses an outstanding vertical leap. Gets off the floor quickly, bounces back to get rebounds/blocks; very good hustler. Has the footspeed, arm length and body control to get rebounds that appear out of reach. Excellent transition player, can handle/pass well for short periods of time and get off the floor for thunderous alley-oops. Skilled and physical post player, strong enough to establish position in the paint. Very reliable post player and has the skills, smarts, quickness and strength to finish with a soft touch, almost automatic near the basket. Can take the ball strong to the hoop and finish with contact, and can also nail the turnaround J. Has a good court demeanor, unselfish and energetic, firing up crowds; real fun to watch with his shotblocking and highlight reels. Does even the little things, even coming up with loose balls, to get his team the "W"--just a sparkplug. Outstanding work ethic, very coachable and has a great attitude, and has the frame to add more bulk if needed. What stands out the most is his outstanding court vision and passing ability; great feel for the game, can pass from the interior or the perimeter, finding cutters or making bounce passes. Game somewhat comes easy for him. Measurements will be key though; if he's under 6-9, might be in some trouble. Very complete player, just needs a few things to work on such as free throw shooting, which is only 60%, which he tends to rush. Playing with emotion might get him into foul trouble at times. A bit limited offensively, as he lacks great shooting skills; poor range and shot mechanics, and post skills might not work against NBA competition as he uses his athleticism so much. Relies too much on his right shoulder in the post, might need better footwork/post moves to complement his physical gifts. Face-up game looks good but is inconsistent and needs work on it for the NBA. Needs to work on boxing out in rebounding.
6-2 190 PG Texas So.--Has shown incredible fire this year as starter for Texas, even as a freshman. Great scoring skills who gets his shots within the flow of the game. Has great court vision/reaction to find his open teammates. Good quickness and athleticism to combine with his competitiveness and drive. Great killer crossover dribble, and hits his three pointers very often. Excels in the open court and pushes the ball up quickly. Size is certainly intriguing. Lacks experience, and half-court game setup could be a bit better. Still a work in development in terms of his PG skills, although the sky is the limit for him. Another year he could perhaps be a lottery pick. Had a bad end to the season, and also a horrible start to this season—and Texas is not doing so well—so his stock has dropped quite a bit.
6-7 195 SG-SF KK Zagreb International 1985--Good all-around player. Gifted Euro with long arms, good size and quick feet, along with a good vertical leap. Pretty good running the floor and has the height for the SG and perhaps the NBA SF positions. Very good shooter who can shoot static or off the dribble; good mechanics and very quick release, and needs very little time/space to get it off. That is his best attribute for the NBA currently. Was forced to play PG this year at times and showed good court vision and passing skills. Very good ball control and rarely ever causes turnovers; doesn't force too many bad shots either despite being the leader of the team. Possesses great leaping skills and can dunk whether putting the ball on the floor or on the fastbreak. Great offensive rebounder and overall rebounding for his size; can even weakside shotblock at times. Gives it his all each game. Very good anticipation of passing lanes and overall a decent perimeter defender. His footwork and aggressiveness in this aspect can be good on occasion. Great knowledge of the game and high B-ball IQ, good work ethic as evidenced by his dramatic improvement over the last two years. Pretty consistent and fairly mature player and can be clutch at times. However, he is very weak physically, and usually guards bigger men. Lacks a good first step so will struggle to create his own shot at the next level. Needs to prove that he can get to the basket and finish to be a legit NBA SG. Has a wingspan smaller than his height and this would not help getting his shot off. Left hand ballhandling needs some work, and using off-the-ball movements and catch-and-shoot there could also use some improvement. Contributions decreased this year playing against bigger/stronger defenders. Has problems getting around screens and will struggle against the more athletic SGs in the NBA.
6-6 175 PG (Spain) 1985--Impressive talent with just a superb wizard's game on the offensive end. Very fluid and in control and makes the game look easy. NEVER gets out of control. Makes excellent decisions with his skill and intelligence. Plays both guard positions effectively with his good court vision. Great speed and first step, utilizes screens well and plays within the system. Likes to run and reacts well to passing lanes for steals. Needs to get stronger. Doesnâ€™t have excellent athleticism. Too young? Has declared for the draft
, although he might not play with the team he goes to next season. Doesn't have good upside, or downside. Has had some injury problems with his team this season.
6-6 190 SG Italy 1986--Can play both guard positions, as playmaker or SG. Good shooter and penetrator to the hoop; has been the top Italian guard prospect for the last 10 years. Prefers the PG with his leadership qualities, but can score naturally, hitting threes, mid-range J's or layups. Can beat his defender off the dribble or on the break with his combination of fakes and hesitations; deadly one-on-one skills. Main offensive weapon is the off-the-dribble jumper. Excellent ballhandling and passing skills, and just a very solid team player. Good athleticism and can perform a variety of dunks; and has quick feet/legs to defend faster opponents. Above average basketball IQ, understands the game well. Always plays at a high intensity level. Bright outlook and can grow even taller. Smart player on both ends of the floor, has the athleticism and size to succeed in defense. Needs to increase body strength and weight at this point though, in order to take physical contact/defend bigger guards. Needs to learn many PG aspects of the game because he is accustomed to taking all the shots/playing with poor teammates. Low experience level.
6-10 237 PF UConn Jr.--A very long and extremely athletic shotblocker who runs the floor well, what's most intriguing is that he barely picks up any fouls (this year: 3.6 blocks as compared with 1.4 fouls a game). Extremely physical and gives 100% each and every game. Blue collar guy who does the dirty work for his team; fights hard and hustles well, being quick and nimble for his size. Excellent demeanor and a pretty intelligent player, both on and off the court. Knows when to make the right passes, defends the pick and roll well and gets into a great defensive position when the opposition catches the ball in the post. Has vastly improved his #'s from last season, and shown the aggressiveness that former teammate Emeka Okafor had last season. Most of his rebounds come from the offensive end, although he is still a good rebounder with his long arms and accurate timing. Has great potential and physical ability to become a great rebounder/defender at the next level, especially with his big strong hands. Possesses good vision and passing ability, runs the floor well and is a good transition player. Knows his limitations offensively and plays to his strengths; also possesses good durability (has only missed 1 game his entire college career). Shoots the ball at a high percentage, although he is not too sure of what to with the ball in the low post. Has a sweet baby hook shot, but other than that, not much offensive arsenal. Plays strictly in the paint and most of his points come through short put-backs, dunks and whatnot. Needs better post moves and a mid-range jumper. Is back to struggling from the line. Gets down on himself when things aren’t going well, needs to more composed. Upside limited due to offensive shortcomings, so certainly not a superstar prospect. Doesn't have ideal size for a center. A bit of a rigid player, as he’s not too fluid. Stock has dropped, has not seemed to improve from last season.
6-6 205 PG/SG Temple Sr.--A legit 6-6 PG, with great size and unselfishness; controls the tempo and plays with poise and patience; keeps it simple and effective. Never forces things or makes unforced errors; just smart and fundamentally sound, showing a great understanding of the game, always knowing when to shoot or when to get his teammates involved. Good playmaker and runs the half-court sets well to perfection; good leadership skills and demeanor on the floor; clutch reputation and his strict coach even trusts him with his eyes closed. Excellent ballhandler, dribbles low with great confidence and has a nice crossover to get his defender off balance in order to slash or pull up for the J. Good elevation, quick release, and nice form on his J, and can hit the mid-range shot. Decent athleticism; changes gears well and has a decent vertical. Utilizes his size well to find the open man, and his wingspan, anticipation and ballhawking can disrupt passing lanes to garner many steals (averaged 2.8 this season). Solid rebounder and averages about 5 per game. Even developed a post-up game with his size advantage, and has strength/excellent footwork to score over the top of his man. Experienced, started every game for his team ever since freshman year, and has excellent conditioning (rarely looks like he breaks a sweat) and often playing a full 40 minutes a game. Doesn't have too many holes in his game, just a solid, underrated all-around player. Not a big scorer, sort of limited by the Temple system. Just lacks star quality and isn't flashy, that's why he hasn't been heard of much as a top PG. Most likely just a solid role player in the NBA. A good athlete, but no freak; not a huge leaper, lacks explosiveness and a quick first step. Outside shooting needs work, only hits threes at a 32% clip attempting about 5 per game. Not a good shooter at all generally, only hits shots at a 41% clip this season, although Temple generally uses the shot clock and forces him to take contested shots with the shotclock running low. Can hit the three even off the dribble but just lacks consistency. Doesn’t use his size better offensively, and not really a physical player. Only decent upside; solid in many areas, but fails to stand out in any one area. Needs to move better without the ball, can be too ball-dependent sometimes. Defense is hard to evaluate, might use his hands too much but seems to be a good defender. Needs to improve his free throw shooting, which is at 64% currently.
6-11 230 PF Nevada Jr.--Highly skilled offensive player, with a sweet shot; possesses special shooting touch for a big man that easily extends out to NBA three point range. Inside-outside forward, with a wide variety of post moves, hooks and jumpers; to boot, he has a high release point which makes his shot hard to block. Excellent free throw shooter. Slippery, as he can set up shots for himself, make use of pump fakes to draw fouls. Great feel for the game, has great fundamentals and generally makes good decisions. Spreads the floor and makes for mismatches and he can pull big men outside on defense. Good body control on defense; can block shots without bodying up his man. Tremendous wingspan makes him a good rebounder and shotblocker. A competitor and is tougher than he looks, as he is willing to battle against stronger post players. Overall a smooth talent and has been tearing up to WAC all season long. Lacks athleticism; not a great leaper and lacks fluidity running the floor—in this aspect he looks NOTHING like an NBA prospect, but looks can be deceiving. Thin and not yet strong enough to handle NBA bigs; body strength has improved, but it’s still not all that great. Needs weight, 15-20 lbs. of muscle and seasoning--and unfortunately doesn't really have the body to do that. Lacks upper body strength and can be pushed around defensively. Prefers to fade away in the post rather than go on top of his defenders; struggles to create shots against quicker bigmen, and lacks a good first step. Not a good passer. Made a lot of noise in last year's draft about wanting to play in the NBA.
6-11 255 PF/C Michigan St. Sr.--Very adept big man with solid games in both the post and the perimeter. Has a solid low post game with nice moves, including a hook shot and fadeaway jumper; also has nice footwork and strong legs. Can shoot well out to 18-feet and is generally a solid mid-range shooter. Fundamentally sound and has a great shooting touch; skilled offensive player. Can find the open man especially when in the high post. There are times when he can rebound well, and has quick hands to nab steals. Has adequate size and has bulked up considerably. Stepped up in the Final Four this year. Not too much health problems, and good student. Very soft and doesnâ€™t like to play defense in the paint; has been an underachiever most of his career. Very inconsistent and there are games when he lacks focus/intensity; shows in defensive end and can get foul prone. Weak mentally, lacks toughness and shies away from any sort of contact. Is a finesse player and that hurts him in the NBA; puts up layups when he should dunk, and just not explosive. Only a mediocre shotblocker/rebounder despite his size. A bit turnover prone, lacks ballhandling skills even in the post area. Has potential to be a good NBA center though, but he has a lot of obstacles to face first. Has a lot of pimples.
6-10 230 PF Stanford Sr.--Has really blossomed last year into one of the best post players in the nation, after being a longtime sleeper in draft circles. One of the Pac-10's best rebounders and has a sweet J out to the college three point line. Deadly 20-foot jumper. Has a genuinely mobile frame as well as a beautiful shooting stroke for a big man which makes him quite intriguing. Has a bit of slashing ability. Has some rebounding ability. Lacks strength, but has the frame to add bulk. Prefers to spin away from contact; can take some off-balance shots at times. Not much passing ability. Doesn't have sky-high potential. Troy Murphy, or Michael Doleac?
6-8 225 SF La Salle Sr.--Prototypical body and size for a NBA SF. A legit 6-8, possesses tremendous wingspan and excellent frame. Long and lanky but has good strength already. Very athletic, possesses excellent quickness and a good first step, as well as the ability to get off the floor well and a nice vertical leap. Offensively talented. Scores from anywhere on the floor, and has college three point range (though not very consistent). Shooting mechanics are fluid, elevating and quickly releasing the ball in one fluid motion. Mid-range shot is one of his strongest assets on offense, and is a good free throw shooter at around 80%. Moves well without the ball and is a very active player. Most of his points, as PF, come around the basket. Has quickness/leaping ability to finish moves around the paint, and does so with a variety of hook shots and "slithery' spin moves. Finishes strong and aggressively to the rim and is hard to put a body on. Can get into a triple-threat position out on the perimeter, putting the ball on the floor, making the necessary pass, or even spotting up for a three. Not a selfish player by any means, very humble and is a smart player on/off the court, with a strong work ethic and good court demeanor. Good passer with nice court vision. Effort is never a problem with him. The reason he hasn't gotten much hype is that the cards haven't exactly fallen his way. For his age, he is a bit of a raw player, however, and needs some polish on certain parts of his game. Perimeter game needs to be better for the SF, even though that is excusable since he plays a lot of PF in La Salle. Gets by with his raw talent and athleticism, but he doesn't seem ready to adapt to a role player-role in the NBA; might be a project. Ballhandling might be a problem; has a hard time putting the ball on the floor and is very turnover prone. Needs to work hard expanding his range and improving his outside shot. Footwork is poor on defense and can get burned on the perimeter; bites on pump fakes, gets caught in bad positions in rotations; his court awareness and fundamental skills just aren't there for this aspect of his game. Has potential in this are, though, due to his length and athletic ability. Solid rebounding #'s are more due to his physical attributes than positioning.
6-2 178 SG/PG Miami Jr.--Nicknamed "Superman." Best attribute is his leaping ability and explosiveness; one of the most athletic guards in the NCAA, having a vertical of about 42-45 inches. Soars above big men, scores and rebounds over bigger players very well. Incredible open court player; like Allen Iverson, blows by everyone and forces opponents to foul him when he takes it to the basket. Good crossover and also a good rebounder to boot. Explosive on both ends of the court; relentless open court player, can get steals and ignite fastbreaks. Explosive combo guard, can use pick and rolls to get to the basket using the open lane, utilizing good body control in the process. Good long range shooter from three point land, and can also pull up for the mid-range J in the halfcourt set; can get hot on his shot and that makes him all the more dangerous. Can create his own shot and break down double-teaming defenses, showing good form on his shot and utilizing pump fakes well. Has a good work ethic and phenomenal athletic talent; he was a converted volleyball player and in three years he became a leader of his conference. Doesn't get rattled easily and is tough mentally, showing the aggressive scorer's mentality. However, he cannot lead his team and create shots for them constantly. Lacks PG skills, which might be necessary for his size; really a severely undersized SG now. Lacks experience, only played organized ball for 4-5 years. Sometimes rushes plays and runs ahead of his teammates playing an out of control game; needs to slow down and create more plays at half court. Can be a streaky shooter at times, and may get infatuated with his shot. Still learning to speak English which might be a problem, coming from Puerto Rico. It is really PG skills that are most important for him however.
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6-9 198 SF Corinthians Brazil 1984--Possesses long arms with good attacking and three point shooting game; natural born offensive player. His first step is extremely explosive and has amazing athleticism. Can pass, dribble, post up, rebound and even ballhandle well. Very good agility and excels in the fastbreak. However, needs to improve virtually all aspects of his game. Doesn’t have a fully developed body yet. Needs to gain weight and not be abused; pretty bad defender and needs to rebound better. Needs to improve intensity and effort defensively. Needs better knowledge and feel for the game, as he sometimes looks lost and has bouts of inconsistency. Shot selection is hideous. Raw but has a lot of potential. Dropped out late in the draft two years ago.
6-10 225 PF (Cro)1985--Probably the next Vladimir Radmanovic given time, with his amazing three point stroke. Could function decently in the post, and based on his supreme athleticism, gets quite a lot of rebounds. Great stroke from anywhere and good size. Horrid defender though. Has a bad reputation with teammates however, and does not have an attitude that would make him like Stojakovic. Raw. Without his attitude problems he would be a first rounder. Dropped out late in the draft last year; changed his name from "Omerhodzic" to Markota.
6-10 240 PF Duke Fr.--The ultimate high post forward. Sweet shooting left-handed big man, has NBA three point range as well as a solid mid-range game. Also can put the ball on the floor and pass amazingly well (especially in outlet passes), which is rare for his size. As versatile as they come, and is a true inside-outside threat. Great footwork in the low blocks, gains position real well. Can play dirty in the paint, where he can back down his man and take the ball to the rim. Also a dunking machine; will throw it down when he receives the opportunity; was at the McDonald's All-American dunk contest. Finishes well with both hands, and good rebounder on both ends of the floor. Runs the floor well and always seems to be at the right place at the right time for putbacks and whatnot. Aggressive rebounder. Gives full effort each game, very tough and his basketball IQ all make him a ready contributor. Below average quickness though, may not match up to some PFs that well; thus, he is only suitable to play in the post offensively at the next level, and really nowhere else. Lacks strength to bang with bulkier PFs. Footspeed and athleticism won't stand out at the next level, and his guard instincts/feel for the game would be lost at the next level because he cannot take anyone off the dribble. Not known as a defensive presence even though he is capable of shotblocking at times. Plays too unselfishly at times, needs to learn how to take over the game; needs a killer instinct. May need another year of experience.
6-3 180 PG Spain 1986--An absolutely spectacular player to watch, with great handles from both hands and great agility/flexibility; great technical level. A pure PG; gets a lot of assists and controls the team around him. Deadly fastbreak player; has great fearlessness and penetration ability and is quite a scorer. Makes the 1-on-1 game appear effortless; changes gears in the blink of an eye and has great creativity in his penetrations; breaks down defenders with a lethal crossover and feeds teammates for easy buckets. Finds ways to get the shot up/draw fouls around the basket. Extremely good passer; has good execution of his passes and perfects both of them well from the static position and in transition, and even in traffic; sees the passing lanes before they open up. Possesses good shooting mechanics and quickness, a reliable mid-range shooter with the potential to be a good shooter overall; hits open shots especially in the clutch. Fast and is a pretty tall PG with above average leaping ability. Quickness makes him a capable ballhawk, solid anticipation and off-the-ball defense; also avoid screens well and has good lateral defensive movement. His physical tools, such as his agility, combined with his technical skills, such as his unbelievable ballhandling ability, make him a deadly player--simply a world of talent. Main concern is defense; doesn't put full effort/intensity into it at all. Shooting percentages don't seem too high in the perimeter despite his good form. Likes to dribble the ball first before shooting, never really spots up to shoot. Has perfected hitting shots off the dribble, but he is really complicating things more than necessary; a fixable weakness. Not a physical marvel, with only average explosiveness; not strong either and can be pushed around by bigger guards. Can also be prone to entertain, making difficult passes or chucking a three when a smarter play would be easier; goes for the flashy play rather than the simple one. Also needs a great rival to motivate him; schools his opponents so easily in youth competitions and gets whatever he wants.Nicknamed "The Spanish Magician."
6-4 175 PG USC So.--Possesses the raw tools of prototypical NBA PG; has great size and speed for the PG position and is really athletic and bouncy, liking to play above the rim. A smart player with a good understanding of the game, and has nice offensive skills with the ability to drive or pull-up for the J. Excellent three point shooter, has range on his shot. Good defender, with quick hands and nice anticipation skills. Has good balance and agility, and is a clutch player who steps it up in close games. However, he's always been more of a scorer than a distributor from high school to now. Still becoming a true PG and learning the nuances of the position: setting tempo, getting everyone involved, etc. Needs to better at protecting the ball. A bit inconsistent with his jumpshot. Can try to do too much, although he stays under control most of the time. Is in a situation tailor-made to showcase his skills for the NBA, because he has only one upperclassman teammate. A lot to learn, but a lot of upside; should be his year.
6-5 180 SG Serbia 1986--Solid player who could soon emerge as one of the best guards coming from Europe. Very skilled, smart, athletic, and a good competitor; virtually the entire package. Has good legs that make him quick and explosive, showing a good vertical leap. Has a great jumpshot he uses most of the time for scoring; excellent shooter, has strong legs, high arch, beautiful mechanics, and a quick release all helping his shot. Consistent from static position on balance, but can also create his own shot off the dribble. Has NBA three point range. Great slasher to his hoop, which is as good as his shooting. Great handles, good first step, and great fearlessness. Can also pull up for jumpers as he attacks or feed an open teammate as well. Fine passer with remarkable court vision. Plays well in pick-and-roll situations and in transition. Has versatility to play PG with the handles, quickness, court vision and passing skills. Good lateral movement so he can defend both guard positions. Has great skills and basketball IQ, and really feels/knows the game. Really has a bright future and is a very special player--he does them all with such fine elegance, his game is so enjoyable. Not too many weaknesses, but his size is probably the biggest concerns; he only has avearage size. He might have trouble finishing against the NBA bigs, but he has potential/skills to overcome this. Strength is an issue, and it might affect his defense and fighting through screens--but this can be solved through time. Also struggles to stay in front of his opponent and often risks his defensive position to get steals--somewhat of a defensive liability. Very skinny. His PG skills--he is not a true organizer--doesn't really control the court/tempo of the game. It shouldn't be his main duty anyway, because he's such a good SG. Has trouble with off the dribble jumpers sometimes, especially those requiring great strength and range. Has a tendency to abuse his shot at times, making poor decisions which result in low shooting percentages (36%). Once made 12 consecutive three pointers on one end of the floor.