NBA Draft: Part Two
In Part Two of the six-part installment, I will analyze the players themselves, but not the teams that draft the players. In the January edition, I scouted the first round players as ranked by ESPN.com.
Now in February, I am scouting second-round sleepers, followed by Mock Draft No. 1 in March. In April and May, I will re-scout the first and second rounds, followed by Mock Draft No. 2 in June right before the draft.
20-Point Scorers in Little Conferences
Stephen Curry (Davidson)- Might as well start with the nation's leading scorers. Everybody knows him, so I won't explain that he will go in first round, and I am scouting the second round.
Jermaine Taylor (Central Florida)- The UCF guard has 25.3 PPG with a little over five rebounds per game. He has a small chance at a NBA team drafting him in the second round.
Stefon Jackson (University of Texas-El Paso)- This C-USA all-time leading scorer has 23 PPG and is the UTEP's go-to-guy. Some team, any team, should take a chance in the second round on the lengthy guard.
Chavis Holmes/Travis Holmes (Virginia Military)- These twin senior guards each score around 20 PPG with a little over three steals a game. I would consider them a late option in the second round especially with their stern discipline at their military school.
Josh Akognon (Cal-State Fullerton)- 23 PPG always should get you considered as a second round draft pick, but he has faced little competition.
Eric Maynor (Virginia Commonwealth)- I would draft him for his 23 PPG, 6 APG, and 1.8 SPG.
Lester Hudson (Tennessee-Martin)- This guy has amazing stats across the board. He has 27 PPG, 7 RPG, 4 APG, and two steals per game. Well-rounded player earns at least a late second round pick.
John Bryant (Santa Clara)- By the time you read this he could have raised his 19 points per game to 20 and move up, but he certainly deserves recognition for his 13 rebounds per game and two blocks per game. The 6'10" center should and probably will get picked in second round.
Good Stats, D-League at Best
Daryl Proctor (UMBC)- 20 points and eight rebounds per game are impressive; the American East is not.
Tony Gaffney (UMass)- The A-10 is not Big East, but it is still hard to block four times game as well as 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Ahmad Nivens (St Joseph's)- Nineteen points and 11 rebounds are difficult to accomplish. Double-double are automatic draft position right? Wrong.
Marc Egerson (Delaware)- Even though the CAA is no picnic, he won't get drafted with fifteen points and ten rebounds per game, because aside from VCU it might actually be a picnic.
Mike Rose (Eastern Kentucky)- The Hilltoppers gained national attention last year, but 21-6-2.5 steals won't get him drafted.
Troy Jackson (Alcorn State)- Twenty points and two steals are very good but two questions. Where is Alcorn State and what conference are they in? In Mississippi and SWAC. Who knew that now?
Michael Deloach (Norfolk State)- 21 points, five rebounds, and two steals per game is alright....for a MEAC player looking to play in NBA.
Non-"Big" School Conference POY Predictions
PPG= points per game, RPG= rebounds per game, SPG= steals per game, APG= assists per game, BPG= blocks per game
American East- Daryl Proctor (UMBC) 20 PPG-8 RPG
Atlantic-10- Tony Gaffney (UMass)- 12 PPG-10 RPG-4 BPG
Atlantic Sun- Garfield Blair (Stetston)- 17 PPG-8 RPG
Big West- Josh Akognon (Cal State Fullerton)- 23 PPG
Big Sky- Anthony Johnson (Montana)-17 PPG
Big South- Chavis Holmes & Travis Holmes as co-MVPs (VMI)-21 PPG-3 SPG, 19 PPG-3 SPG
CAA- Charles Jenkins (Hofstra)-18 PPG-5 RPG
C-USA- Stefon Jackson (UTEP)- 23 PPG- 5 RPG
Horizon- Matt Howard (Butler)- 14 PPG-7 RPG
Ivy- Alex Barnett (Dartmouth)- 20 PPG- 6 RPG
MAAC- Jamal Barney [Loyola (Md.]-19 PPG- 5.6 RPG
MAC-Anthony Newell (Ball State)- 15 PPG- 9 RPG
MEAC-Michael DeLoach (Norfolk State)-21 PPG-5 RPG-2 SPG
MVC-Booker Woodfox (Creighton)-16 PPG- 50% 3 Point Shooting
OVC-Drake Reed (Austin Peay)-22 PPG- 8 RPG
NEC- Ken Horton (Central Conn. State)- 17 PPG-6 RPG-1.7 BPG
Patriot- Garrison Carr (American University)-17 PPG-1 SPG
Southern- Stephen Curry (Davidson)- 28 PPG-6 APG
Southland- Anthony Vereen (Texas-Arlington)- 17 PPG-6 RPG
SWAC- Troy Jackson (Alcorn State)-20 PPG-2 SPG
Sun Belt- Desmond Yates (Middle Tennessee State)-18 PPG- 5 RPG
WAC- Gary Wilkinson (Utah State)-17 PPG- 7 RPG
*ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Pac-10, SEC, WCC, and MWC will be predicted in a later article of me predicting the outcome of the tournament.
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