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his back to the basket, Faried remains heavily reliant on his right
hand and prefers to operate over his left shoulder, flashing a very
basic post repertoire that he'll likely struggle to translate against
better competition. Despite his predictability, Faried saw nearly 40%
of his offensive possession in the post according to Synergy Sports
Technology. He converted 52.4% of those shots this season thanks in
large part to the work he does before he receives the ball. Getting in
an extremely low stance and working to seal his man before an entry
pass is made, Faried doesn't show many counter moves, is limited with
his left hand, shows average touch, and is at his best when simply able
to take one dribble and elevate.
energy post player who excels at doing the dirty work, in particular
rebounding, defending and banging in the post ... Plays with exuberance
and aggressiveness ... An above average, fluid athlete who is willing
to sacrifice his body ... Huge hands help him to secure rebounds.
Athletic body ... An excellent run/jump athlete with explosive leaping
ability ... His long arms and explosiveness help to compensate for his
lack of ideal size ... One of the most dominant interior forces on the
college level, leads the nation in rebounds at 13.3 rpg ... A good shot
blocker with timing and instincts
both in height (6'8) and weight (225 lbs) to play the 4 position at the
NBA level ... Has to overcome the disadvantages of playing at Morehead,
Kentucky in a smaller (Ohio Valley) Conference ... Scouts are less
likely to give credence to standout stats against lesser opponents ...
Needs to further develop his post skills. His moves are too predictable
even against lesser competition ... Lacks any real face the basket
skills. Touch and consistency are not great.
at his point guard abilities, Thomas has matured substantially since we
last profiled him, showing much better instincts and outstanding court
vision. This 180 degree change in production and mentality as a
playmaker makes all the difference in evaluating his draft stock, as it
was nearly impossible to envision him making it in the NBA as a 5-9
shoot-first combo guard.
his best in transition, Thomas always keeps his head up and is capable
of making hard, precise passes on the move, frequently threading the
needle through the defense for spectacular plays.
halfcourt, Thomas is at his best operating out of the pick-and-roll,
where his extremely low center of gravity and elite change of direction
ability makes him a huge threat splitting double teams. He shows good
ability making passes out of these situations, while also excelling on
both short and deep drive-and-kicks. He does tend to show some problems
making entry passes, however, being limited in potential angles at his
at Bryan-Amaning's game, there is a stark contrast in the style of
offensive play he employed in college compared to what he'd have a
chance at doing in the NBA initially. Bryan-Amaning relies heavily on a
somewhat unrefined back-to-the-basket game at the moment, one he's not
terribly efficient with but shows some nice flashes. He is extremely
quick for a player his size and is capable of beating many players
laterally in the low and mid post, while his length and creativity
allow him to finish from multiple angles around the rim. Still,
ultimately this area of his game is still unpolished and not yet
is a very athletic and physical power forward. He is a great leaper and
loves to dunk the ball. His offensive post moves are decent with his
back to the basket but hes better when facing up.
is the biggest question mark for Mathew. He often seems desireless on
defense and thus does not make as big of an impact on this side of the
floor as compared to offense.
it stands, Freeman's lack of ideal athleticism is the biggest obstacle
hindering him from being an intriguing prospect. He brings plenty to
the table offensively. His value on that end the floor starts with his
jump shooting ability. After seeing his three point percentage dip from
the 40% he shot as a freshman to 30% as a sophomore, Freeman bounced
back in a big way as a junior to the tune of a 44.4% mark from
distance. Ranking highly in both three point percentage and true shooting
amongst players in our database, the Dematha HS was at his best last
season when he could set his feet on the perimeter and using his
mechanically sound shooting form and quick release to make opposing
defenses pay from beyond the arc.
6'4 shooting guard with a strong build and a wide frame, Freeman has an
excellent outside game with a smooth, clean release ... He excels at
spotting up, and shot an extremely high percentage from downtown at 44%
... Has a good understanding of spacing and moves well without the ball
to get open ... He can pull up off the dribble from mid-range with a
high comfort level
athleticism at a position that requires it at the NBA level ... Both
his lack of height and wingspan should make it even more difficult to
overcome his athletic limitations ... He is not an adept ball handler,
usually relying on his strength to overpower his defender and get to
the positive side, Fisher is a deadly shooter when spotting up or
pulling up in space, showing range to the NBA three-point line and very
good form when he has space. Things break down for his shot
considerably when he's pulling up from isolation situations, however,
as he tends to go off balance and not contain his momentum well. Given
Villanova's guard-heavy, isolation-based offense, this is something
Fisher gets into trouble with a decent amount, and it will be
interesting to see how he adjusts this year when he's forced to
shoulder even more of the shot creation burden.
is unshakeable ... A competitor and big game player ... A stocky guard
who does not shy away from contact ... Very powerful lower body
Athletically, he has an incredible combination of bulk, quickness, and
body control ... Has a great hesitation move Naturally someone who
looks to get to the bucket ... Can really handle the rock ... One man
press-breaker ... A bit flashy ... Very creative, even in the
half-court ... Has a very soft touch around the basket
very aggressive offensively, which means that sometimes he tries to do
too much ... Expects a lot out of his teammates, and gets visibly
frustrated with them when they make mistakes ... When his confidence in
his shot was at an all-time high, he started to shy away from his bread
and butter C taking his man off the dribble; if he runs into trouble
with penetration on higher levels, he may start relying on his outside
shot too much ...
6'6, Diebler has good size for an NBA wing player. His skinny 200-pound
frame and average wingspan, however, leave much to be desired from a
physical perspective. He is just an average athlete, as well, lacking
ideal quickness and explosiveness for his position.
While Diebler's physical profile is less than impressive, he ranks as one of the most efficient players in college basketball over the last decade, ranking #1 in True Shooting Percentage and points per possession.
Diebler's efficiency stems primarily from the role he plays and his
acceptance of his function in Ohio State's offense—for which his
skill-level is perfectly tailored. Over 40% of his offensive
possessions come in the form of spot-up jump shots, and Diebler
converts an outrageous 50% of 7.2 three-point field goal attempts per
40 minutes pace adjusted. As one would expect, his mechanics are
flawless, he elevates well, and he is nearly automatic in rhythm.
Furthermore, he is just as effective shooting with or without a hand in
his face, thanks to his solid size and quick release.
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Singler will likely play a similar role as a spot-up shooter at the next level and he has proven to be an outstanding role player for Duke throughout his career. This season, in particular, he has thrived as a capable and willing passer while turning the ball over a career low 1.9 times per 40 minutes pace adjusted. Similarly, his high energy level, effort, and focus on offense will likely help him overcome some of his athletic deficiencies in the NBA.
An experienced champion and winner at the college level, Singler has as impressive a resume’ as any prospect in this class … A 4-year starter who was an impact player at Duke as soon as he put on the uniform … At 6’9 and the 228 lb frame he has worked hard on, he has good size for the SF spot he’ll likely occupy for year to come at the NBA level … Very unselfish player who acceted and understood his role at Duke and played it beautifully … Has an effective jump shot with soft touch and the height and release to get it off easily …
Singler could struggle with his below average athleticism at the next level … Will struggle on D, and will have to do little things like take charges and hustle hard to not be a complete non-factor on that end … Is pretty stiff laterally, and can be blown by off the bounce, even by players with middling athleticism … Scouts waited 4 years for Singler to emerge into an elite shooter, but he never did and was largely just decent … Struggled particularly badly with his shot as a Sr. (32% from 3-point range) … Misses too many open shots to be considered a pure shooter, and is prone to long stretches of inefficient shooting …
One of the most improved players on the west coast this season, Nikola Vucevic has seen his stock rise considerably over his three year career at USC. Arriving on campus as a skinny, lanky freshman, Vucevic is now amongst the more imposing big men in the 2011 draft. The tallest player at the 2011 NBA combine standing 6'11.75” with shoes on, the first thing we noticed about Vucevic is just how big he is. Tipping the scales at 260, Vucevic looks like a NBA center, and his improvement as a scorer in the post and as a rebounder only add to his intriguing blend of physical stature and skill level.
Vucevic is spending a lot of time here working on his jump shot, which looked terrific in the session we watched. At one point, Vucevic knocked down 11 straight college-three pointers, showing terrific mechanics in the process. Considering he made a solid 39% of his catch and shoot jumpers last season according to Synergy Sports Technology, Vucevic is already a solid shooter, but is still looking to improve his consistency even more. He clearly understands what consistent range out to 20+ feet can do for him on the NBA level as he begins to find himself in pick and roll and pick and pop situations more frequently.
Leuer showed that he can consistently score both facing the basket and with his back to the basket at Wisconsin, but in the single session we watched, it was interesting to see pieces of his game dissected and how the minor changes he made added to what he does. Tending to hold the ball for too long and look at the floor and jab if he can't get a shot off as soon as he turns to face from the midrange, Leuer had some initial struggles scoring off the bounce against Lee, but he more than held his own after MacLean and Lee pointed out the changes he needed to make. Once he did a better job turning to face, keeping his eyes on the rim, looking for contact on the up and under, and not telegraphing his moves, he looked extremely crisp.
Leuer is coming off a solid season in which he averaged 15 points in his 3rd season at Wisconsin ... At 6'10, Leuer presents matchup problems with his combination of size, outside stroke, and the ability to put the ball on the floor ... He possesses excellent footwork in the post, using an array of post moves that make him unpredictable with his back to the basket ... He shows nice touch in the post, and looks comfortable turning and shooting in any direction ... He has range up to 21 feet out, shooting 39% from downtown at the college level ...
A finesse guy, Leuer lacks in the strength and explosiveness department, which is troublesome when considering the power he would have to go up against at the next level ... He lacks the ability to body up and keep his ground, which will be an issue on the post offensively, and guarding the post defensively ...
Richmond's ability to defend the perimeter is important because at just 6'6, he has spent most of his time playing a power forward-type role offensively for the Illini in the high post to allow Mike Davis and Mike Tisdale to using their shooting ability stepping out on the baseline. Despite showing a raw versatility and midrange game that give him intriguing upside, most of his offensive possessions come from basic hustle plays and post-ups against smaller guards off of switches. An extremely effective finisher and rebounder thanks to his leaping ability, Richmond flashes a hook shot that could be an asset to him against smaller players if he continues to develop it down the road.
Athletic forward with good defensive potential ... Impressive leaping ability and explosiveness ... Good lateral quickness ... Cuts to the basket well ... Sets himself up for easy baskets around the rim ... Great finishing ability ... Has good size for a small forward at the next level ... Long wingspan, measured at 6'10.25" ...
More of an athlete than anything else ... Lacks the size/strength to play power forward, but doesn't have the skills to play on the perimeter ... Offensive game is extremely raw ... Not comfortable creating offense for himself ... Has the potential to be a good shooter, but hasn't turned that potential into results ... No three point range on his jump-shot ... Very turnover prone ...
Tyler played 12 minutes and finished with 5 points, 4 rebounds, 3 fouls, 2 turnovers and 1 block on 2-4 shooting from the field this weekend, helping his Maccabi Haifa team secure the victory on the road over Barak Netanya. It's good to see him crack the rotation in a more significant way and find some productivity at such a young age. Hopefully he can build on this and continue to progress.
Highly touted prep big man, Tyler was considered at or ner the top of his class for a very long time …When you look at him it’s obvious why, as he looks like an NBA big man despite his age, at 6’10 260 … Moves well and shows good coordination and fluidity for a guy his size … Possesses a monster 7’5 wingspan and big hands, so he’ll be able to play larger than his height … Shows a potentially solid post game with a raw, albeit, interesting amount of moves and counters, that he definitely flashes with the ball at times … Shows good footwork for his size …
Although he’s got good size and athleticism, he’s not all that decisive in his moves and he will be easier for NBA posts to defend until he tightens his moves with the ball in his hands … Although he has the groundwork and foundation of his post game, he’s not polished with it yet … Settles for the jumper often…Relies on his size too much, and it leads to inconsistent efficiency offensively and makes him a very shaky defender … Doesn’t play very hard, and it’s not rare for him not to run back on defense and his team to give up a basket or an offensive rebound ... Needs to develop focus, consistentcy and discipline ... Struggled mightily with fouls when he was playing in Japan this past season, and wasn’t much better in Israel either ... Displays a low basketball IQ and raw decision-making skills, and he’s pretty turnover prone … Doesn’t really like to pass the ball…There are legit questions about his maturity and character …
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Running the point for a young Michigan team, Morris has really stood out with his ability to utilize his size, ball-handling ability, and craftiness to get into the paint and make plays. His ability to finish in the lane and in the midrange area is highlighted by the fact that he's shooting an excellent 56% on 2-pointers so far this season, where he's shown that he's capable of finishing in a variety ways. He's also doing a much better job drawing contact at the rim this season, as he's getting to the line at a much rate than he did as a freshman.
Confident lead guard with a good amount of mismatch potential ... Excellent size for a point guard, standing 6'5.25" tall with a 6'7.5" wingspan ... Strong finishing ability due to size and body control ... Powerful first step, which is surprising considering his lack of great foot speed ... Very aggressive ... Can drive well with either hand ... Uses hesitations, spin moves and crossovers to break down his defender in isolation situations ... Has the potential to use his size in the post against smaller point guards ... Very gifted passer in a half-court offense ... Tremendous court vision ...
Doesn't possess any outstanding athletic qualities ... Not an explosive leaper ... Lacks great speed or quickness ... Lacks a great understanding of how to control transition opportunities, often attempting to force the issue despite being outnumbered ... Underdeveloped catch-and-shoot ability hurts his potential to play well without dominating the ball... Prone to taking ill-advised shots ...
Developing into one of the most well-rounded guards in college basketball, Nolan Smith has answered some questions about his NBA future by filling in for Kyrie Irving on one of the nation's best teams, while leaving some still unanswered. Standing at 6'3”, with a solid frame and good length, whether or not teams view Smith as capable of running the point for an extended period of time may determine how high he goes on draft night.
Having played the role of a combo guard in years past, Smith has shown an improved ability to run a team this year. He has edged into the tail end of the top 25 of NCAA point guard prospects in assists per-40 minutes pace adjusted, although his other point guard metrics still look underwhelming since he can be turnover prone at times. This is a problem largely stemming from the increased offensive burden he's asked to carry in the absence of Irving, a role which will likely decrease in the NBA.
Smith was a major contributor on a Duke team coming off a National Championship ... At 6'3, he has nice size and length for a point guard, and has enough overall awareness and skill to play off the ball as well ... With the ball in his hands, Smith's high basketball IQ and excellent ball security allow him to efficiently run an offense ...
Smith's biggest obstacle at the next level will be trying to create separation between him and his defender ... He lacks explosiveness, and therefore takes longer to execute his move and get by his defender... He's not a dynamic athlete, which limits his upside considering he already struggles in the one on one game...
Outside the 3-point arc, McCamey demonstrated that he's a top notch shooter at the point guard position, connecting on an excellent 45% of his 3-pointers this season. He's comfortable shooting off the dribble or off the catch, and he has range well past the NBA 3-point line. This bodes well for him going forward, and should help to open up the floor for dribble penetration for himself and his teammates, especially if he needs to spend time playing off the ball, which is certainly a possibility at his size.
McCamey's defense also looked to drop off this season. We've noted before that he'll likely face questions about his lateral quickness, but he seemed to lack the focus and consistent energy level on the defensive end, leading to him getting caught out of position and beat off the dribble far too often.
Physically, Thomas has intriguing tools that mesh well with what he brought to the table on the college level. He's a bit undersized for a NBA power forward at just 6'8, but his 7'2 wingspan made him a menacing shot blocker at SDSU and allows him to play a bit taller than he's listed. While his 220 pound frame could still use additional muscle, Thomas is a good all-around athlete, running the floor well and looking exceptionally quick off his feet when pursuing rebounds.
The biggest question marks about Thomas revolve around his jump shot. Through Synergy data indicates that Thomas made just 6 of the 25 jumpers he attempted last season, Thomas has promising form that with continued polish and repetition could open up a number of facets of his game. He didn't attempt too many jumpers here, but if he wants to improve his NBA stock, he'd be well served to diversify the roles he can play by honing his midrange game.
A good rebounder in college, Jackson didn't especially stand out in that department here. He pulled in a solid 8.0 rebounds in 26 minutes per game, but his own numbers weren't helped any by sharing a frontcourt with Old Dominion's Frank Hassell, who led the entire tournament in rebounding by a wide margin. Looking to the NBA, Jackson's work on the boards is still his best selling point, but it's worth noting on a per-minute pace-adjusted basis, he was outrebounded by over 20 players in our database this past season.
Rick Jackson began his senior year close to 30 pounds lighter, which has paid off so far over two months into the season ... Jackson rarely operates outside of the paint, scoring most of his points when he's established deep position under the hoop or on second chance opportunities ... He has a good feel for the basket up to ten feet or so, using his length and new found mobility to grab rebounds and finish in traffic ... In the post, he uses his strength to back down his defender and finish over him ...
Jackson lacks advanced post moves, and isn't necessarily a threat one on one ... He hasn't shown he's capable of knocking down shots from the outside, and possesses little to no face-up game or any real ability to beat his defender off the dribble ... Post skills are unrefined ... Very poor free throw shooter ...
Not only has Williams put in some serious work on
his body, he's also made a considerable effort to add to his game.
Williams was one of the few players in three-on-three competition not
named Jon Diebler
confident enough to attempt jump shots under the one-shot-and-out rules
the prospects were playing under. We didn't see much in the way of a
midrange game from Williams at Maryland, but his form looks compact,
consistent, and is definitely a notable development in his arsenal.
Broad shoulders and burly body have the potential to be chiseled into a
vintage power forward ... Has dramatically improved his conditioning
since he arrived on campus, but work remains to be done ... Works hard
on the court as well as off it, hustling down court on fast breaks more
often than many others his size. ... Impossible to stop when he's
moving forward in the paint because of his size. ... Very soft touch
combined with a willingness to go with a layup instead of a risky dunk
... Developing instincts as far as passing out of double teams ...
Perhaps the most improved player in the country between his freshman
and sophomore seasons, and the room to grow is still obvious ...
Still a bit out of shape and lumbers at times because he's always
running up and down the court. Plays hard but not always smart ...
Still needs to improve at feeling a double team rather than turning
into it before realizing he needs to pass ... Lacks ideal length and
often seems to be at his worse when longer, taller players smother him
in the post. ...
Benson's ability to add weight and become an
interior force is important, as he isn't a strong candidate to be a
high usage player due to his inconsistency, lack of a go-to-move, and
average decision-making skills. However, he flashes glimpses of some
extremely interesting tools offensively, including a hook shot with his
off-hand, the ability to use the glass, and a knack for finishing
short-range looks. With almost half of his touches coming in the post,
Benson has very nice footwork and phenomenal touch, but he'll need to
add weight to help himself establish position on the block in the
Late blooming bigman "hiding out" at mid major Oakland University ...
An excellent athlete particularly considering his size ... Owns a big
wingspan (7-foot-2 roughly) ... Showed a lot of improvement between his
freshman and sophomore seasons (5.2 & 3.5 to 14.3 & 7.8) ...
Appears to still have a fair amount of room to improve ... Great in the
open floor, runs very well ... Offensive skills are a work in progress
but beginning to show nice development ... Has a solid jump hook ...
Excellent touch on mid range shots ... Effectively uses the glass ...
Completes a lot of ally oop dunks ...
Strength is his biggest hurdle. Still needs to add a lot of core
strength ... At his current weight, he'll get pushed around in the
paint at the next level ... Born in 1988, there is still hope that he
can add a fair amount of muscle ... Will need to put weight on without
affecting his mobility ... Appears 3-4 years of work in the weight room
away from finding his optimum playing weight ...
A threat to establish deep post position at any
time thanks to his terrific strength, Dunigan has extremely soft hands
which allow him to catch virtually anything thrown his way. The
overwhelming majority of his offense comes in this fashion, as he
doesn’t possess a plethora of moves he can go to if he needs to create
his own offense. Dunigan regardless gets to the free throw line at an
excellent rate, although he only converts on 58% of his attempts once
there. He seems to have nice touch around the rim (especially on his
turnaround jumper and jump-hook), to complement his quick feet, so it
may only be a matter of time until he improves substantially in these
The rest of Dunigan’s offense needs plenty of
work. Right now he’s a fairly poor passer, looking somewhat
single-minded once he catches the ball and decides to go to work. He
doesn’t run the floor all that well, often appearing to be the last one
up the court, jogging at a leisurely pace. He also shows very little
resembling a face-up game, looking fairly awkward when attempting to
shoot jumpers outside of 8 feet (which is reflected in his poor free
throw percentages) and also not possessing any real ball-handling
skills either. At 6-10, NBA teams would probably like to see Dunigan be
able to spend at least a little time at the power forward position, but
right now his skill-set is much closer to that of a traditional center.
Smith shows improved decision making abilities,
however, cutting down on his turnovers and fouls while displaying
improved passing and off-the-ball movement. Unfortunately, his motor
still runs hot and cold, which leads to periods of ineffectiveness and
invisibility on the offensive end. This, in addition to Fresno State's
miserable offensive execution, likely explains his mediocre production
and usage rate.
Has a tremendous package of size and strength for an
18 year old freshman (born January 1991) ... Has the body and
willingness to play physically inside the paint ... Has a huge frame
with wide shoulders and thick legs making it difficult to move him
around in the post. It's scary to think how strong he will be in a few
years ... Unlike many players with his dimensions, Smith has nice
agility and athleticism ... Also shows excellent quickness on post
moves ... Has excellent hands to corral rebounds and post passes ...
While he appears to be an excellent post prospect,
his post game remains very raw. Post moves need refinement. He should
develop some drop step moves and work with coaches on developing a few
go to moves ... Needs to improve from the free throw line (shooting
around 50% from the FT line 9 games info his freshman season). This
becomes particularly important considering his bruising style of game
and amount of trips to the line he figures to get in the future ...
Needs to improve on his shooting range ...
DoubleDz on 05/24/13 at 12:33 AM
Not DPOY. All American. Player of the year in his conference twice. Past four years, McCollum, Muscala, McCollum, Muscala.
mattystars on 06/17/13 at 6:39 PM
@RipCity I like the Nick Young/Randy Foye idea indeed, could be able to get Foye for 2mil per season
cmeese47 on 06/17/13 at 11:08 AM
Bobcats pick is protected is what I hear
Mistafab322 on 06/17/13 at 12:10 AM
schwabbii on 06/15/13 at 4:16 PM
Posted By DoubleDz on 06/16/2013 8:30 PM
sign Iggy for 8-9M, Batum at the two, and Wesley off the bench! Draft Steven Adams (who loves contact, grew up playing rug-bee). Sounds NICE!
sign Iggy for 8-9M, Batum at the two, and Wesley off the bench! Draft Steven Adams (who loves contact, grew up playing rug-bee). Sounds NICE!
darbpunk on 03/05/09 at 8:28 PM
Follow my twitter! @CamCripps3
jesusshuttlesworth on 06/06/13 at 2:32 PM
Love Okafor, hate his contract. Nenê is sweet too. I like the Wizards. Fan of wall. Also you guys watching Danny Green? Dude is insane.
BlazerFan0. on 06/07/13 at 2:02 PM
Im not impressed with Gortat. Everyone wants him but he seems mediorcre to me. He is the most realistic option since all it would take is the 10th pick, but I think he is old and declining.
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