This years Nba Draft class in my eyes is pretty weak, but here is my top ten prospects going into March Madness. Some players will be better pro players then college due to skill set and how the NBA game is played compared to college. The Brandon Pemberton eye test never lies.
I been watching these guys play on a weekly basis during the college season so here goes:
1. Kyrie Irving 6-2 180 PG Duke Fr.
Duke would be the favorite to repeat this year as NCAA Champs if he never had gotten hurt. Reminds me of Chris Paul with his leadership, playmaking ability, and making others better. Toe injury might hinder his chance to be number one overall pick.
2. Jared Sullinger 6-8 280 PF Ohio State Fr.
A man-child in college this year. Uses his big lower body to get great post position against taller,longer defenders. A hell of a rebounder, especially on the offensive glass. Has range on his jumpshot out to the college three point line as well, even though he doesn’t shot many. May not be a star in NBA, but he will average 16 and 10 for his career. If Kevin Love can get it done I don’t see why Jared can’t.
3. Enes Kanter 6-11 261 C/PF Kentucky Fr.
One of the the few true Centers in the draft. Was ruled ineligble by NCAA for recieving too much money while playing pro ball in his homeland of Turkey. Has legit center sizeand actually plays with his back to the basket and embraces the contact. His a face up game with a mid-range jumper as well. Kentucky might have been a final four team if he were able to play this season. Has a history of knee injuries and some wonder if they will pass fully when he takes NBA physicals.
4. Perry Jones III 6-11 235 SF Baylor Fr.
His combo of skills on the wing and his size is McGrady and Durant like. Too bad he’s playing for Baylor where they are playing him at center and he has to defer to Lacdarius Dunn offensively. If Scott Drew would put the ball in his hands and let him go Baylor would have been a tournamnet team. His position in the NBA will be SF and PF as well. His ability to put the ball on the deck, hit the mid-range jumper and create for others has some scouts thinking he could go #1. If he puts in the effort he could be an All-NBA defender as well. The ceiling is high for this kid.
5. Harrison Barnes 6-8 215 SF North Carolina Fr.
The expectations these fraud high school scouts and college hoops writers put on this kid was unfair. Making a first team preseason all mareican before he had even played a game. And the first half of the season you could see that he was pressing and his game wasn’t there. Wellit didn’t help that Larry Drew was the starting point guard either. But over the last 15-20 games Barnes has showed the game that had him as the number one prospect coming into the season. he has it all in his game, post up, mid range jumper, he puts it on the floor and finishes in traffic, and is three point range is there as well. He is a pretty good defender as well. He is a final four run away from getting back in contention as a top 3 pick.
6. Derrick Williams 6-8 241 SF/PF Arizona So.
Explosive athlete who finshes well in the paint and in transition. Sort of a tweener, but reminds me of a right handed Josh Smith though. Rebounds the ball well in and out of space and has a nice post game, but it coulduse some work. He needs to develop his face up game and mid range jumper for the next level. The potentialis there, it’s going to be up to him to put in the work.
7. Terrence Jones 6-8 244 SF/PF Kentucky Fr.
Very skilled player for his size due to the fact that he was a 6’3 point guard in the 9th grade and grew 5 inches since then. Explosive finsher and leaper, with a soild face up game. Needs to work on his off hand goes left majority of time. Has a nice jump shot though his form could use some work. Solid defender with shot blocking ability. A bit of a tweener but his long arms should make up for lack of height when he plays some PF.
8. Alec Burks 6-6 191 SG/PG Colorado So.
Was under the radar as a freshmen, but open all the scouts eyes with his play. He has shot up draft boards and caught my eyes as well. His combo of size, length, and skill has lottery pick written all over him. He the rare ability to score in various ways as a young player, from attacking the basket to the mid range pull up game. While he is rail thin, he shows no fear in going to the hoop and taking on contact. He will put on weight as his young body matures. Remember he is a true sophomore.
9. Kawhi Leonard 6-7 225 SF San Diego St. So.
Everytime I watch this kid play, I see Gerald Wallace. Like Wallace a helluva athlete, high energy, great defender, but very raw offensively. But see what kind of player Wallace turned into, a player every team that plays winning basketball would want on there team. And Leonard has the potential to be this kind of NBA player. If he develops some mid range game and something with his back to the basket, he would be deadly. He has the potential to be one of the best defenders in the NBA before its all said and done.
10. Jordan Hamilton 6-7 226 SG/SF Texas So.
Highly touted coming out of high school as a freshman and really didnt live up to them.. But this season he has been a flat out stud and he has the best mid-range game in college. He has solid size for a 2 or 3 and a scorer’s mentality. He can post, has a array of floaters, and hits from long range as well. Last season he wanted nothing to do with defnese, but this seaso he has actually become a pretty good defender. His ability to finsh in traffic is underrated as well.
Next 5 worth mentioning: Tristan Thompson 6’9 PF Texas, Marcus Morris 6’8 SF/PF Kansas, Kemba Walker 6’0 PG/SG UConn, Kenneth Faried 6’8 PF Morehead St., Trey Thompkins 6’10 PF Georgia