Class At a Glance “There Was Fox and Then There Were The Rest” This year‟s class centers around All-American Shooting Guard Roger Fox. Similar to Anthony Davis, he will be the unanimous #1 overall selection unless a team is desperate for another position. As a whole, there is a good amount of depth at the SG and SF positions this year with some future All-Stars potentially scattered throughout.CLASS STRENGTH:
NCAA Season RecapChampionship Score: Kansas 64 UNC 59AP Player of the Year: Roger Fox, MiamiFIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICANSPG Kenny Caballero | Sophomore | DukeSG Roger Fox | Freshman | MiamiSF Mason Sweetney | Sophomore | KentuckyPF Tiago Jacobsen | Freshman | Ohio StateC Dennis Lambert | Senior | Georgia TechSECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICANSPG Hugo Woodson | Junior | St. John‟sSG Mike Fordham | Junior | IndianaSF Mack Sharp | Sophomore | UNCPF Tiago Jacobsen | Sophomore | Ohio StateC Ramon Uwawah | Junior | Kansas
Top 20 Prospects1 - SG Roger Fox | Miami | Fr2 - SF Mason Sweetney | Kentucky | So3 - PG Kenny Caballero | Duke | So4 - SG Mike Fordham | Indiana | Jr5 - SG Hawkheem Freeman | Kansas | Fr6 - PF Bryce Cole | Michigan | Jr7 - PF Tiago Jacobsen | Ohio State | So8 - C Ramon Uwawah | Kansas | Jr9 - SF Dante Cage | Syracuse | Fr10 - C Dennis Lambert | Georgia Tech | Sr11 - SF Mack Sharp | North Carolina | So12 - SF Jon Ireland | Maryland | Jr13 - PG Isaac Newman | Baylor | So14 - SG Vin Sampson Jr. | Michigan State | Jr15 - SG Igor Kasparov | Russia | Intl16 - C Wallace Hart | Memphis | So17 - SF Yunglong Su | Japan | Intl18 - SG TJ Starks | Georgetown | Fr19 - PF Jesse Hester | Nebraska | Sr20 - C Rambo Hightower | UConn | Fr
AGE: 19 COLLEGE STATS: Miami POS: SG PPG: 26.1 HEIGHT: 6‟5” APG: 2.9 SPG: 0.9 WEIGHT: 195 TO: 2.1 CLASS: Freshman RPG: 3.8 BIOFox will have his work cut out for him right from day one - he is more than likelyheaded to the worst team in the league as the #1 pick. But he doesn‟t seem tomind; at Miami the youngster put tremendous pressure on his team‟s shoulders byguaranteeing a championship before the season began. Although he didn‟t quiteget the team there, Fox was able to lift the Hurricanes into March Madness for thefirst time since 2008. Similar to Anthony Davis, the young SG has been identifiedas someone talented enough to have made the leap to the NBA straight from highschool…had it not been for the recent rule change, Fox would have surely followedin his idol, Kobe Bryant‟s footsteps. For someone who grew up watching Kobeplay, Fox has crafted a similar style, able to unleash a varied arsenal of pumpfakes, up-and-unders, fadeaways, and acrobatic finishes. To say the sky is the limitfor this kid would be a severe understatement; perhaps the rings of Saturn wouldbe a more fitting expectation.
AGE: 19 COLLEGE STATS: Miami POS: SG PPG: 26.1 HEIGHT: 6‟5” APG: 2.9 SPG: 0.9 WEIGHT: 195 TO: 2.1 CLASS: Freshman RPG: 3.8STRENGTHS:Extremely creative with finding ways to get shots off…capable of scoring from anywhere on thecourt…is not shy about contact and shoots several free throws each game…possesses a strongfeel for the game on offense and defense (very polished)…plays disciplined defense and isn‟tcaught out of position oftenWEAKNESSES:Can develop tunnel vision for the hoop when he gets frustrated…won‟t consistently involveteammates in the game, often leaving players wide open…has a prima donna attitude attimes…can become careless with turnovers by forcing the issue when openings are not availableNBA COMPARISON: Kobe Bryant SHOT MED SIG SKILL DURAACCURATE FACTS: 77 Shot Creator 84
AGE: 20 COLLEGE STATS: POS: SF PPG: 20.8 Kentucky HEIGHT: 6‟7” APG: 1.9 SPG: 0.8 WEIGHT: 221 TO: 2.0 CLASS: Sophomore RPG: 4.3 BIOHeavily scouted from age 14 and on, Mason Sweetney has practically been signingautographs since junior high. In fact, Sweetney is famous in his home town ofJackson, Mississippi for receiving a week long suspension for signing his Algebra‟steacher‟s chest after his 50 point outburst his senior year of high school. “I justcouldn‟t help myself – he‟s so damn fricking talented!” was what she told the newsbefore being promptly fired. Sweetney put up solid numbers his freshman year atKentucky, but after a heated dispute with his coach, was persuaded to stay an extrayear to develop his maturity. His sophomore year showed an increase in production –21 PPG is no laughing matter – but many critics continue to cite an attitude problemas being his biggest roadblock to greatness. If Sweetney thinks the world will continueto revolve around him in the pro‟s, he‟s in for a rude awakening.
AGE: 20 COLLEGE STATS: POS: SF PPG: 20.8 Kentucky HEIGHT: 6‟7” APG: 1.9 SPG: 0.8 WEIGHT: 221 TO: 2.0 CLASS: Sophomore RPG: 4.3STRENGTHS:Has a sexy mid-range jumper he can knock down with consistency…able to get hot and score inbunches with very good range overall…will be a massive addition to a team‟s offense…with astrong body, he won‟t have any issue translating his game to the NBA physically…able to finish atthe rim when he puts his head down and decides to drive…has stayed healthy throughout collegewith no injuriesWEAKNESSES:Doesn‟t play with a strong motor…seems to take plays off and relax…for looking as athletic as he does, he isn‟t as explosive as expected… Bilas Says:can lose his cool quickly and mentally check out of games “No doubt he’s talented…NBA COMPARISON: Danny Granger but I don’t see a very high ceiling on this kid” SHOT OB DUNKACCURATE FACTS: CLOSE DEF 82 68 75
AGE: 20 COLLEGE STATS: POS: PG PPG: 15.1 APG: 8.4 Duke HEIGHT: 6‟2” SPG: 1.2 WEIGHT: 185 TO: 2.7 CLASS: Sophomore RPG: 2.6 BIOCaballero has undoubtedly soaked up as much wisdom and value from two years inCoach K‟s Duke system as humanly possible. Growing up in the heart of Inglewood, CA,Kenny was no stranger to a hard-knock life, but did all he could to utilize basketball as histicket out of a negative environment. After receiving a full ride to Duke, Kenny impressedcoaches from day one, putting in more gym time than any other player. “He‟s as hard of aworking guy as anyone I‟ve ever coached here,” Krzyzewski told reporters. “If he keepsup this level of dedication, there‟s nothing stopping him.” Caballero has also been giftedwith a rare form of athleticism, able to jump out of the gym and throw down vicious dunkswithout hesitation. His passionate playing style has unfortunately led to several injuries –the young PG was sidelined for roughly half of the season with nagging wounds.
AGE: 20 COLLEGE STATS: POS: PG PPG: 15.1 APG: 8.4 Duke HEIGHT: 6‟2” SPG: 1.2 WEIGHT: 185 TO: 2.7 CLASS: Sophomore RPG: 2.6STRENGTHS:Stupid ridiculous vertical leap (40 inches) with a beautiful repertoire of dunks…is endlesslyentertaining to watch play…gives his all every possession and is not afraid to wear his heart onhis sleeve…possesses intelligent court vision that allows him to locate cutters easily…lethalspeed makes him difficult to stay with on defense…shows great leadership capacityWEAKNESSES:Has really struggled to stay healthy…could have put up even better stats with a full healthyseason…brings absolutely nothing to the table in the rebounding department…will be pushedaround until he develops a stronger frameNBA COMPARISON: Derrick Rose PASS SIG SKILL DURAACCURATE FACTS: 82 Highlight Film 68
AGE: 21 COLLEGE STATS: POS: SG/SF PPG: 17.2 HEIGHT: 6‟6” APG: 6.8 Indiana SPG: 0.3 WEIGHT: 222 TO: 1.0 CLASS: Junior RPG: 3.9 BIOIf there was a contest for who the nicest player in this year‟s draft class wouldbe, Fordham would easily win. A photogenic dude with a million dollar smile, Mike hasbeen described as “The Tim Tebow of Basketball.” After spending every single one ofhis spring breaks in impoverished countries to help struggling families, Fordham said, “Iwant to give as much of my time and energy possible to assisting those in need.” Thegood news for his teammates is that Mike seems to be as generous on the court as heis off. Averaging 6.8 assists per game and dropping dimes all over defenses this pastseason shows how considerate the young man is in terms of getting everyone involved.Critics cite his lack of ball handling skills as the #1 reason why he hasn‟t made the jumpto the PG spot, but Fordham doesn‟t seem to care. “Put me in wherever I‟m needed..Ijust want to win.”
AGE: 21 COLLEGE STATS: POS: SG/SF PPG: 17.2 HEIGHT: 6‟6” APG: 6.8 Indiana SPG: 0.3 WEIGHT: 222 TO: 1.0 CLASS: Junior RPG: 3.9STRENGTHS:Very unselfish – gets his teammates involved with precision passes…seems to have strong courtvision and can see plays develop ahead of time…keeps his calm even during rough moments…extremely accurate from the FT line…able to consistently knock down jumpers from 15-20 feet…takes excellent care of the ball (only averaged 1.0 TO/per game at Indiana)WEAKNESSES:It‟s a shame he doesn‟t have much confidence dribbling the rock…struggles to create his ownshot…doesn‟t work hard to get the ball on offense…a bit of a defensive liability…not very fast oragile – will be outrun by quicker players and juked out at the next levelNBA COMPARISON: Hedo Turkoglu OFF AWR SIG SKILL FTACCURATE FACTS: 80 Dimer 88
AGE: 19 COLLEGE STATS: POS: SG PPG: 12.7 HEIGHT: 6‟4” APG: 2.1 Kansas SPG: 1.1 WEIGHT: 189 TO: 2.8 CLASS: Freshman RPG: 4.2 BIOFresh off a national championship, Hawkeem Freeman (yes that is indeed how youspell it) has seemingly come out of nowhere to shoot up the draft class leader board.While most experts agree he could use at least another year to fine tune hisgame, Freeman has impressed anyone who has been privilege to his Sportscenter Playof the Week dunks he‟s thrown down all year long. Coach Bill Self had this to sayabout him: “The youngster is a national treasure…brings a tear to my eye justwatching this kid fly….through the air.” Regardless of Self‟s opinion, Freeman broughtan indisputable electricity to Kansas‟ rise throughout the NCAA Bracket. Ratings for thechampionship between Kansas and UNC were the highest of the past decade. Comingfrom Pittsburgh originally, Freeman has a rambunctious attitude that always seems tograb a person‟s attention. If he can smooth out his rough edges…the NBA might bepaying him a lot of it.
AGE: 19 COLLEGE STATS: POS: SG PPG: 12.7 HEIGHT: 6‟4” APG: 2.1 Kansas SPG: 1.1 WEIGHT: 189 TO: 2.8 CLASS: Freshman RPG: 4.2STRENGTHS:Can practically leap small buildings in a single bound…makes highlight-worthy dunks on a regularbasis…has a high motor and doesn‟t seem to like down shifting…very smooth and agile with hisbody…a natural scorer within 6 feet of the basket…fantastic in transitionWEAKNESSES:Not a great creator for his teammates…can get sloppy with his ball handling, especially when heover-dribbles…picks up too many charges from being needlessly aggressive…doesn‟t playdisciplined defense and fouls too often…needs to develop a consistent jumpshotNBA COMPARISON: Vince Carter DUNK QUICK STAMACCURATE FACTS: 93 90 93
AGE: 21 COLLEGE STATS: POS: PF/C PPG: 15.3 Michigan HEIGHT: 6‟10” APG: 0.4 BPG: 1.1 WEIGHT: 238 TO: 2.2 CLASS: Junior RPG: 8.2 BIO“Snow Holding” – Bryce‟s favorite game growing up in the suburbs of Flint, Michigan.What is it? Why not have Bryce explain: “Snow holding is when you challenge yourbuddies to a game…simple rules…everyone playing shoves their hands into a pile ofsnow. Winner is whoever holds on the longest. Loser gets frostbite. Cole is nostranger to pain, apparently. “I invented it after I had my heart ripped out in 7th gradeby Jessica Murphy. Didn‟t want to feel things like my hands any more.” Bryce hasnever had an issue with pain since, whether enduring frigid winters or scrapping forlose balls in the paint at Michigan. His rowdy playing style has allowed him to buildquite the fan base…while alienating equal amounts. If Mike Fordham is Superman,Cole is Lexx Luther – a person more interested in domination than helping others. Hismost insane moment involved him punching a New Mexico State player in the eyeafter missing a costly free throw. “You don‟t tease me about missing free throwsunless you want a world of hurt, buddy,” Cole would later say.
AGE: 21 COLLEGE STATS: POS: PF/C PPG: 15.3 Michigan HEIGHT: 6‟10” APG: 0.4 BPG: 1.1 WEIGHT: 238 TO: 2.2 CLASS: Junior RPG: 8.2STRENGTHS:Has a real nose for the ball…seems to win most loose ball battles…works hard every possession anddoesn‟t quit until far after the whistle blows…rebounds well and with tenacity…shows strongmechanics working the glass…runs the floor well for a big…has active hands that come up withsteals in the paint...able to consistently put in buckets close to the hoopWEAKNESSES:Not a very gifted athlete…won‟t impress anyone with his speed or explosiveness…not unselfishenough on offense – won‟t work to set screens often enough…poor court vision when trying topass out of the post…does not have much game beyond 5 feet of the goalNBA COMPARISON: Tyler Hansbrough SHOT INS BLK DEF REBACCURATE FACTS: 82 73 83
AGE: 20 COLLEGE STATS: POS: PF PPG: 9.8 BPG: 1.9 Ohio State HEIGHT: 6‟8” SPG: 1.7 WEIGHT: 225 TO: 2.5 CLASS: Sophomore RPG: 12.6 BIOA surly rebounder with a wide frame and a knack for disrupting opposing players‟ postgame, Tiago has a lot to prove in the NBA after never making it past the Elite 8 in theNCAA‟s. The young man has several nick names…The Human VacuumCleaner…Mop Up Duty…or national favorite…The Big Gorilla (given after he helpedthe Buckeyes win the Big Ten Championship and proceeded to throw banana peelsinto the crowd.) Whatever you want to call him, one thing is for sure: Jacobsen has anuncanny ability to just go out and simply get the ball when necessary. A former highschool tight end, Tiago is no stranger to contact and thrives in the low post where hetends to out muscle his opponents. Because he‟s only been playing basketball for fiveyears, he still has a long way to go in terms of development, but shows tons ofpromise.
AGE: 20 COLLEGE STATS: POS: PF PPG: 9.8 BPG: 1.9 Ohio State HEIGHT: 6‟8” SPG: 1.7 WEIGHT: 225 TO: 2.5 CLASS: Sophomore RPG: 12.6STRENGTHS:A tremendous rebounder with huge soft hands and strong arms…has a football player‟s frame thatis completely NBA-ready…plays with ample energy and intensity…not afraid of creating contact andcan be extremely intimidating…excellent vertical leap for a big man…able to disrupt passes on asteady basis…will absolutely dominate the glass on offenseWEAKNESSES:Has a lot to learn on the offensive side of the ball, doesn‟t seem fullypresent at times…a terrible free throw shooter (54%)…fouls toooften when out of position…desperately needs to develop a go-to Bilas Says:move out of the post “While still very raw in keyNBA COMPARISON: DeJuan Blair areas, Jacobsen has the opportunity to develop into OFF OFF HUST a stud eventually.”ACCURATE FACTS: AWR REB 40 89 94
AGE: 21 COLLEGE STATS: POS: C PPG: 7.2 Kansas HEIGHT: 7‟0” BPG: 3.1 SPG: 0.5 WEIGHT: 252 TO: 1.1 CLASS: Junior RPG: 9.4 BIORamon is perhaps the most terrifying prospect to come out of the NCAA‟s in quitesome time…terrifying because he‟s 7 feet tall and runs the court like a gazelle. If therewas an analogy appropriate to describe his defensive mentality, it would be this:Uwawah defends the rim like a Grizzly Bear defends its young…brutally murdering anyone or anything that gets in its way. Unfortunately for teammates, Ramon seems toinclude them in this category from time to time; his most famous youtube videoshows him setting a brutal but misguided screen that shattered Kansas teammate RalfWaldo‟s nose. After Ralf was rushed to the ER, Ramon was simply quoted saying, “oops.”But all is forgotten, like most mistakes are, when a player brings home a nationalchampionship. His dominating performance over UNC silenced most of his critics. AfterUwawah conquered the finals, his passion carried him over to the scorer‟s table, where hepromptly stood on top of it and screamed, “WHO‟S NEXT?!”
AGE: 21 COLLEGE STATS: POS: C PPG: 7.2 Kansas HEIGHT: 7‟0” BPG: 3.1 SPG: 0.5 WEIGHT: 252 TO: 1.1 CLASS: Junior RPG: 9.4STRENGTHS:Runs the floor very well for someone his size…has a great motor…defends the paint religiously…will out-hustle most of the players at the Center position…has enough passion on defense tolift up the performance of those around him…a vocal leader in the locker room…rarely findshimself out of position for rebounds…good stamina for a 7 footerWEAKNESSES:Extremely low basketball IQ on offense…should be a non-factor in the pro‟s unless he developssome kind of post move…doesn‟t get the ball much and doesn‟t know what to do with it when hedoes…besides rebounding, is often just in the way of his teammatesNBA COMPARISON: Ben Wallace SIG SKILL HUST DEF REBACCURATE FACTS: Def Anchor 92 85
AGE: 19 COLLEGE STATS: POS: SF/SG PPG: 13.4 APG: 1.9 Syracuse HEIGHT: 6‟6” SPG: 2.6 WEIGHT: 185 TO: 2.2 CLASS: Freshman RPG: 5.9 BIOIf you‟re wondering why Cage is rocking an orange mohawk, you need to understandsomething…Cage is…weird. “I dyed my „hawk orange for Syracuse…when I getdrafted, I‟ll dye it whatever color that team is. Gives the people something to hashtagon twitter.” A man of many talents, including juggling, tennis, and close up magic, Danteis no stranger to drawing attention with his speed and dexterity. Deciding to run the 40yard dash for the hell of it, Cage clocked in at 4.5 seconds – a testament to his unusualspeed. The eccentric guy is from Portland, where his family trained him in the arts oflion taming and tight rope walking for the circus. “I didn‟t want to follow in my family‟sfoot steps like the good little choir boy…they tried to tell me circus shenanigans wasin my blood…I told them I had hoops in my soul.” While Cage is clearly committed tobasketball, one has to wonder if he‟ll be the next big thing or just a flash in the pan.
AGE: 19 COLLEGE STATS: POS: SF/SG PPG: 13.4 APG: 1.9 Syracuse HEIGHT: 6‟6” SPG: 2.6 WEIGHT: 185 TO: 2.2 CLASS: Freshman RPG: 5.9STRENGTHS:Has „WOW‟ moments that hint at tremendous upside…can dunk the ball with ease…hustlesthe floor nicely…has great hands that seem to disrupt a lot of passes, shots, and drives to thehoop…not a bad rebounder for being so scrawny…cheetah-quick acceleration and speedWEAKNESSES:Struggles to score close to the basket…incredibly weak…can onlybench press 125 pounds…has long stretches without points… Bilas Says:not able to create shots for his teammates “A very risky pick that could payNBA COMPARISON: Terrence Williams off big time if he reaches his potential… or fall flat on its face if he doesn’t.” STEAL SPEED VERTACCURATE FACTS: 84 90 87
AGE: 22 COLLEGE STATS: POS: C PPG: 16.3 BPG: 1.1 Georgia Tech HEIGHT: 6‟11” SPG: 0.2 WEIGHT: 235 TO: 1.7 CLASS: Senior RPG: 8.8 BIODennis “Big Game” Lambert will be a nice addition to a team in desperate need oflow post offense. Averaging a little over 16 PPG at Georgia Tech, Lambert was astaple of his college team‟s offense every season. His nickname, “Big Game” comesfrom his love for the great outdoors and specifically, hunting. On a typical Sundayin September, you will usually find Dennis out in the woods somewhere with his rifle.“I don‟t mess around with squirrels or rabbits…I only hunt the big ones…boars…bucks…the big game.” Similar to Karl Malone not just for his love of the wild, but forthe way he plays on offense as well, Lambert has a nice hook shot and a slew ofpost moves to rack up some steady points. As if boosting his future NBA team‟ssuccess in the paint wouldn‟t be enough, Lambert has vowed to bring something elseto the table as well: “Whatever team drafts me…these guys are gonna have to buysome hunting boots, strap on a rifle, and get ready to explore the wild. We‟ve gothuntin‟ to do. Imma put a buck‟s head in our GM‟s office.”
AGE: 22 COLLEGE STATS: POS: C PPG: 16.3 BPG: 1.1 Georgia Tech HEIGHT: 6‟11” SPG: 0.2 WEIGHT: 235 TO: 1.7 CLASS: Senior RPG: 8.8STRENGTHS:Has a seasoned post game with a nice hook shot…comfortable operating in the paint with a niceassortment of moves and accurate shots…a quality free throw shooter for a big…scores ona steady and consistent basis – won‟t disappear in gamesWEAKNESSES:Needs to hit the gym and get stronger and leaner…doesn‟t hustle after the ball much…won‟t beable to stop opponents on a consistent basis…will have to improve his low post defense…awkwardwith the ball outside the paintNBA COMPARISON: Chris Kaman SHOT CLOSE POST HOOK STRNGTHACCURATE FACTS: 80 79 61
AGE: 20 COLLEGE STATS: POS: SF PPG: 17.8 BPG: 1.6 UNC HEIGHT: 6‟7” SPG: 0.2 WEIGHT: 204 TO: 1.7 CLASS: Sophomore RPG: 6.8 BIOSharp comes from the streets of Jersey, having worked his way into a scholarshipto UNC through both talent and tenacity. “I got a work ethic like no other,” Sharp says.You put me on a treadmill and I‟m not stopping until that other dude passes out.” Aself-development guru, Mack has done all he can to maximize his time on Earth.When he‟s not sharpening his skills (no pun intended), he‟s reading books by BrianTracy, Anthony Robbins, and Eckhart Tolle. “I gotta live up to my name, ya dig?”Sharp is an alluring NBA prospect thanks to his size and ability, but critics questionhis leadership capability, especially considering his speech impediment. “I have atough time saying words with „R‟ in them…also, any time I say the word “bleacher,”I have to repeat it….bleacher. Damn there it goes.” The young man is working onrounding out his social game…let‟s hope it catches up to his court game.
AGE: 20 COLLEGE STATS: POS: SF PPG: 17.8 BPG: 1.6 UNC HEIGHT: 6‟7” SPG: 0.2 WEIGHT: 204 TO: 1.7 CLASS: Sophomore RPG: 6.8STRENGTHS:Scores buckets with a consistently smooth jumpshot…able to light it up from down town…can hitshots even with defenders crowding him…seems to have solid rebounding mechanics…hugewingspan (7 feet)…stays with matchups well on defense and able to recover quickly when beat…a well balanced player on both ends of the courtWEAKNESSES:Needs to work on his ability to diagnose and read plays defensively…not a strong shot creator –needs help getting points on the board…while not particularly unselfish, unable to effectivelyhit open teammates with his passes…not necessarily a poor defender, but doesn‟t force manyturnoversNBA COMPARISON: Dorell Wright SHOT 3PT DEF AWR SHOTACCURATE FACTS: MED 78 61 75
AGE: 21 COLLEGE STATS: POS: SF PPG: 13.8 HEIGHT: 6‟5” APG: 5.1 Maryland SPG: 0.2 WEIGHT: 235 TO: 1.9 CLASS: Junior RPG: 5.6 BIOAs if it was bizarre enough to have a draft class with one guy rocking orange hair, thisyear‟s has TWO. Ireland claims the orange hair is hereditary, thanks to his obviousIrish roots. “I don‟t want to get into it…it‟s pretty embarrassing,” Jon says. He‟d rathertalk about basketball – and rightfully so – the young athlete has the capability to bothscore and pass the ball deftly. But that‟s not all the kid can do – being matched up witha tough ACC conference has pushed him to perfect his defense as well. “I can stoppretty much anyone in the conference…but man…I‟m just glad we didn‟t have to goup against Callabero twice…dude was too quick.” (Duke‟s star point guard was injuredthe second time Maryland played them). Ireland‟s strength and defensive intelligenceallow him to hamper most opponents‟ plan of attack consistently. Scouts point outconcern for his lack of height…but if history is a good indicator of future success,Ireland shouldn‟t have many problems translating his game to the pro‟s.
AGE: 21 COLLEGE STATS: POS: SF PPG: 13.8 HEIGHT: 6‟5” APG: 5.1 Maryland SPG: 0.2 WEIGHT: 235 TO: 1.9 CLASS: Junior RPG: 5.6STRENGTHS:Makes scoring look easy around the basket…able to dish accurate and smart passes to openteammates – a much better passer than he would appear…soft hands make him a niceoption on cuts to the rim…uses his size nicely to box out and pull in boards off the glass…takes care of his body and doesn‟t appear to have any injury concernsWEAKNESSES:Doesn‟t seem to have a steady outside shot he can rely on…struggles immensely from 3 PTrange…doesn‟t have a firm grasp on the ball – will turn it over if he gets too aggressive…getsbeat off the dribble too much by faster opponentsNBA COMPARISON: Andre Iguodala PASS SHOT INS QUICKACCURATE FACTS: 76 82 70
AGE: 20 COLLEGE STATS: POS: PG PPG: 11.8 APG: 7.1 Baylor HEIGHT: 6‟7” SPG: 0.5 WEIGHT: 187 TO: 2.7 CLASS: Sophomore BPG: 1.7 BIOBeing a 6‟7” PG has boosted Newman‟s draft stock considerably; teams aresalivating over his ability to see over smaller defenders and drop dimes. His timespent at Baylor wasn‟t extremely productive, only averaging a little less than 12points per game, but his upside was on display in nearly ever game…showingflashes of brilliance at both ends of the court. Newman won‟t blow anyone awaywith his athleticism or shooting touch, but his lanky long frame and court visionhave secured his spot in the top 20 this year. When asked what team he‟d liketo play for, Newman responded, “Whoever has the best team chef…man I needto start putting on weight, homie!” If Newman can become a bit more muscularand pack on some pounds, defenses beware.
AGE: 20 COLLEGE STATS: POS: PG PPG: 11.8 APG: 7.1 Baylor HEIGHT: 6‟7” SPG: 0.5 WEIGHT: 187 TO: 2.7 CLASS: Sophomore BPG: 1.7STRENGTHS:A steady passer with good court vision…puts the ball to players in stride where they like it…lanky frame makes him tough to block…towers over smaller PGs and racks up blocks ina hurry…able to knock down the mid range jumper when neededWEAKNESSES:Still very scrawny – needs to pack on weight fast – will get pushed around by stronger players…doesn‟t do the best job keeping the ball in his possession – turns it over too much…doesn‟t havethe softest hands in the world…not very effective close to the basketNBA COMPARISON: Shaun Livingston OFF AWR DEF AWR BLOCKACCURATE FACTS: 72 64 71
AGE: 21 COLLEGE STATS: POS: SG PPG: 14.2 HEIGHT: 6‟5” APG: 2.8 Michigan State SPG: 2.2 WEIGHT: 191 TO: 1.8 CLASS: Junior RPG: 3.0 BIOIf Samson believed his power came from his tremendous hair, then Sampson Jr.must believe it comes from his tremendous beard. His logic is as follows: “JamesHarden doesn‟t miss, and I think I know why – the power of the beard baby!”Sampson Jr. started his own twitter hashtag #beardpower after scooping up fivesteals and four three- pointers in a late season win over Michigan earlier in the year.The game resulted in an explosion of popularity via social media…including a veryangry message from Michigan rival Bryce Cole: “You think your beard is powerfulnow…just wait until I find you asleep at night and shave it all off!!” Apparently Colenever found Sampson Jr, who went on to have a productive stint in the NCAAtournament, guiding his team to the elite 8 before falling short to UNC. “I keep aclose watch on my beard at all times, man. There‟s no way I‟m this talented…all thatI have comes from this facial hair.”
AGE: 21 COLLEGE STATS: POS: SG PPG: 14.2 HEIGHT: 6‟5” APG: 2.8 Michigan State SPG: 2.2 WEIGHT: 191 TO: 1.8 CLASS: Junior RPG: 3.0STRENGTHS:Has seemingly psychic abilities on the perimeter – able to intercept passes with quick hands…stayswith opponents well, doesn‟t get beat often…knocks down the open three at a surprising rate…hassteadily improved each year at MSU…protects the ball and is reluctant to turn it overWEAKNESSES:Drives to the right too much – very predictable…shot less than 35% fromwithin 10 ft of the basket…needs teammates to get him involved orhe can disappear completely on offense…too passive on offense Bilas Says:NBA COMPARISON: Arron Afflalo “I see him developing into a solid player and sticking around for a long career.” OB SIG HANDSACCURATE FACTS: DEF SKILL 81 Interceptor 87
AGE: 23 INTL STATS: POS: SG/SF PPG: 19.8 APG: 3.1 Russia HEIGHT: 6‟7” SPG: 0.5 WEIGHT: 195 TO: 2.7 CLASS: International RPG: 1.7 BIOScouts claim that Kasparov is ready for the NBA after watching him pour in nearly20 PPG in Russia. His unique playing style utilizes a lot of work in the low post,making him a tough matchup on a nightly basis for smaller guards. Igor is also aSpetznaz training expert, able to endure extreme pain in excruciating conditions.“I think of pain as pleasant reminder that I am alive. Pain is my best friend.” WhyKasparov decided to play basketball is anyone‟s guess, but the eccentric Russianhas a warrior‟s mindset that can be very difficult to stop. While most 2-guardsoperate on the wings or with quick slashes to the basket, Kasparov steadily worksfrom the low block, bodying up and unleashing a plethora of unique moves. Whenasked why he chooses to play this way, Igor responded, “I abuse weak-mindedflashy man who thinks basketball is all dunks and three pointers.” Interesting.
AGE: 23 INTL STATS: POS: SG/SF PPG: 19.8 APG: 3.1 Russia HEIGHT: 6‟7” SPG: 0.5 WEIGHT: 195 TO: 2.7 CLASS: International RPG: 1.7STRENGTHS:Has an odd playing style that incorporates a lot of post moves – very comfortable in the post andin the paint…a pretty good passer for his size…will take smaller guards to the paint and outworkthem…plays with a lot of passion – not afraid to fight for his position and battle opponentsWEAKNESSES:Not savvy enough on defense – has trouble staying with quicker matchups…fouls too ofteninstead of remaining disciplined…doesn‟t offer much when the ball comes off the glass…is already 23 years old – might not have a very high ceilingNBA COMPARISON: Steven Jackson OFF AWR SIG SKILL SHOT CLOSEACCURATE FACTS: 76 Post Prof 84
AGE: 20 COLLEGE STATS: POS: C PPG: 11.8 RPG: 10.1 Memphis HEIGHT: 6‟11” SPG: 0.5 WEIGHT: 223 TO: 1.7 CLASS: Sophomore BPG: 1.8 BIOAs Wallace has climbed up the draft boards throughout his sophomore year atMemphis, the media has become increasingly aware of Hart‟s sarcasm inpost game interviews. Opting to take a dry and often cynical approach to theseopportunities, he makes himself a unique personality. When asked why his Tigersdidn‟t get past the first round in the tournament this year, he responded, “Wait…I thought that was a practice game…you mean…it‟s all over now? Damn, I was outthere thinking it was just a scrimmage. Lemme get a do-over.” For another example ofHart‟s sarcasm, take a look at what he said after being asked why he was opting toleave for the pro‟s early: “I mean…I think it‟s a stupid idea for me to go out and try toearn millions next year and have a mansion with naked chicks just chillin‟ in myswimming pool…I should cancel my decision and go back to being unpaid for mytalents. Yeah, that‟s what I‟ll do.” Sarcasm aside, Hart will be paid millions thanks tohis rebounding and low-post defense. If he can improve in a few key areas, he couldbe making even more.
AGE: 20 COLLEGE STATS: POS: C PPG: 11.8 RPG: 10.1 Memphis HEIGHT: 6‟11” SPG: 0.5 WEIGHT: 223 TO: 1.7 CLASS: Sophomore BPG: 1.8STRENGTHS:Works the glass efficiently on defense, shows good footwork and positioning…his soft hands allowhim to catch a lot of interior passes…sends back a good amount of shots with well-timed blocks…shows a nice ability to hammer down low and shoot in traffic…will score plenty close to the hoopWEAKNESSES:Doesn‟t have any kind of passing ability whatsoever…a mediocre free throw shooter…scoreswell from the low block but needs to develop a consistent post game…not in the best shape –seems to tire easily…will need to get into better shape and get stronger…too slow and weakto be a huge impact from the get-goNBA COMPARISON: Omer Asik BLOCK DURA EMOTIONACCURATE FACTS: 75 89 93
AGE: 23 INTL STATS: POS: SF/SG PPG: 10.8 APG: 2.1 Japan HEIGHT: 6‟7” SPG: 2.5 WEIGHT: 210 TO: 2.4 CLASS: International BPG: 1.4 BIOYunglong Su brings a defensive presence to the court unseen in other prospectscoming into this year‟s draft. Playing in Japan‟s professional league, Su wastasked with defending a variety of positions, and has shown expertise in shuttingdown pretty much everyone he‟s been up against. The team that ends up draftinghim should have a nice go-to player off the bench for slowing down a capable scorer.Contrary to popular stereotype, Su explains that his defensive prowess does NOTcome from martial arts: “I‟m not Bruce Lee…I‟m not a bad driver…and I actuallyHATE karate of any style. More of a Brazilian Jujitsu guy myself.” Scouts wonderjust how well Su‟s playing style is going to translate to the pro‟s after only seeingJapanese competition – everyone‟s curious to see how he matches up against thelikes of Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James.
AGE: 23 INTL STATS: POS: SF/SG PPG: 10.8 APG: 2.1 Japan HEIGHT: 6‟7” SPG: 2.5 WEIGHT: 210 TO: 2.4 CLASS: International BPG: 1.4STRENGTHS:A master defensive ace – shut down nearly everyone he defended in Japan…plays smart anddisciplined defense and won‟t make many mistakes by fouling…forces a lot of turnovers fromactive hands…doesn‟t give up on plays when he‟s been beat…a very coachable kid who‟salways open to improvement and doesn‟t seem to have a “me-first” attitudeWEAKNESSES:Doesn‟t have an accurate outside shot…can‟t create shots for himself and doesn‟t seem to want theball on offense…pretty much a one-way player…seems entirely unconfident with the ball in hishands and hesitates instead of acting decisively… could use some more upper body strength…NBA COMPARISON: Thabo Sefolosha SIG SKILL DEF AWR SHOT MEDACCURATE FACTS: Lockdown Def 88 56
AGE: 19 COLLEGE STATS: POS: SG PPG: 19.6 HEIGHT: 6‟3” APG: 1.2 Georgetown SPG: 0.8 WEIGHT: 182 TO: 1.6 CLASS: Freshman RPG: 2.1 BIO6‟3” shooting guard TJ starks joined Georgetown after posting up insane numbers inhigh school at Roger Tiegan highschool in Miami, Florida. Starks averaged over40 points a game, dumping in several 30 point outings on a consistent basis,practically never missing from long range. His freshman year at Georgetownseemed to be no different; Starks averaged almost 20 PPG by shooting over 44%from beyond the arc – hitting dagger after dagger on his way to earning a Third TeamAll-American honor. In leading the nation with most 3-pointers made per game (4.4),TJ has proven why he‟s arguable the best young shooter in the nation. On why he‟sso accurate, Starks had this to say: “I grew up playing real life paper toss as akid…I‟d crumple up tiny balls of paper and throw them into trash cans all around myhouse…getting the family dog involved to play defense…never missed.” HopefullyStarks‟ accuracy will carry over to the NBA, where he should be a nice addition forteams needing outside scoring.
AGE: 19 COLLEGE STATS: POS: SG PPG: 19.6 HEIGHT: 6‟3” APG: 1.2 Georgetown SPG: 0.8 WEIGHT: 182 TO: 1.6 CLASS: Freshman RPG: 2.1STRENGTHS:A three point maestro with a nice quick release…absolutely deadly from long range…plays verywell coming off screens and catching and shooting in stride…a tremendous free throw shooter…shows a high amount of basketball IQ for a freshman…moves his feet quickly and has a niceagility about himWEAKNESSES:Will need to get stronger – gets pushed around too easily…makescostly mistakes on defense…incapable of pulling in rebounds…an OK defender but won‟t create any turnovers…not gifted at Bilas Says:scoring off the dribble “A project player with a high upside – won’t provide muchNBA COMPARISON: Jason Terry now – but could be the steal of the draft” OFF SHOT OBACCURATE FACTS: AWR MED DEF 72 80 64
AGE: 22 COLLEGE STATS: POS: PF/SF PPG: 14.4 RPG: 4.9 Nebraska HEIGHT: 6‟8” SPG: 1.1 WEIGHT: 215 TO: 2.8 CLASS: Senior BPG: 1.0 BIOHester stayed loyal to his Nebraska Cornhuskers all four years in college, but couldn‟tseem to bring home a championship trophy. The good news for the young man is thathe will have a tremendous opportunity in the NBA to bring home a championshiptrophy if he continues to sharpen his game. Similar to Thaddeus Young, Hester hasnice speed for his position and outruns his matchups en route to quick scores aroundthe hoop. If his professional career is anything like his college one, Jesse shouldcontinue staying a step ahead of those trying to guard him. “My training coach hadme running sprints that guards run from day one at Nebraska…that‟s why I‟m able tomove my feet so quickly. Helps a lot in games.” Hester can provide teams a uniqueoption of the bench based on where he‟s drafted – scouts expectations range from thelottery to the late first round.
AGE: 22 COLLEGE STATS: POS: PF/SF PPG: 14.4 RPG: 4.9 Nebraska HEIGHT: 6‟8” SPG: 1.1 WEIGHT: 215 TO: 2.8 CLASS: Senior BPG: 1.0STRENGTHS:Great speed for a PF…can play either the 4 or 3 spot…a good free throw shooter…a natural andinstinctive scorer around the hoop…has a nice hook shot he‟s developed…his quickness allowshim to score quickly out of the post…hustles after loose balls with commitmentWEAKNESSES:Not a prototypical power forward – struggles with rebounding and low post defense…can onlymatchup with SF‟s who aren‟t threats to score…needs to work on his passing…turns it overtoo often and forces passes without thinking…loses focus on defense and allows too manyinterior basketsNBA COMPARISON: Thaddeus Young DEF REB SPEED QUICKACCURATE FACTS: 70 75 85
AGE: 19 COLLEGE STATS: POS: C PPG: 13.8 RPG: 7.3 UConn HEIGHT: 7‟2” SPG: 0.5 WEIGHT: 221 TO: 1.6 CLASS: Freshman BPG: 2.1 BIO7 foot Rambo Hightower still has a lot of growing up to do. When asked what thetoughest part of Rambo‟s transition into the NBA thus far with the media heavilyscrutinizing him, he responded, “I mean it‟s uhh….like…durrr…gotta be moreprofessional…ummm yeah.” Hightower obviously needs a lot of polish on and off thecourt. A leaked video of him smoking weed and slapping a poor young girl in the facewith a plastic fish while yelling, “EAT THE FISH WOMAN!” really hurt his draft stockthis year. Critics zero in on his lack of maturity as being a real concern at the nextlevel and wonder if he has the focus necessary to blossom into a dominant big man.Although work must be done on his mental game, Hightower‟s physical game hasimpressed everyone thus far. The young athlete has springs in his legs and excels atdunking over tall big men to the excitement of fans everywhere. If he can harness hisunlimited potential, Rambo could become a legitimate star at the next level.
AGE: 19 COLLEGE STATS: POS: C PPG: 13.8 RPG: 7.3 UConn HEIGHT: 7‟2” SPG: 0.5 WEIGHT: 221 TO: 1.6 CLASS: Freshman BPG: 2.1STRENGTHS:Has a 39” vertical leap…throws down monster dunks on a routine basis…good stamina for a bigman…a talented low post defender whose lanky frame makes it tough to score on…stuffs plenty ofshots and grabs the ball with nice soft hands…should have lots of easy buckets at the rim in thepro‟sWEAKNESSES:A pitiful free throw shooter…blows easy layups entirely too often…should be able to pull in moreoffensive rebounds – will need to work on his fundamentals…not a polished post player yet…hasa lot of learning to do to grasp a team‟s offense…can get into slumps easily and lose motivation…fouls far too often and for stupid reasonsNBA COMPARISON: JaVale McGee DUNK VERT OFF AWRACCURATE FACTS: 84 88 50
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