College Basketball Stars Who Must Improve Their Stock Before 2013 Draft
With no more college basketball left to play, NBA prospects will have the combine and workouts to prove their worth to scouts and executives.
Some still have a lot of work to do.
There are a few guys who have declared (or plan on declaring) who are entering the draft with their stock too low for comfort. These players need to make an impression over the next two months to improve their chances at earning guaranteed contracts.
James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina
The 6'9" James Michael McAdoo is a raw talent with incredible tools to work with, yet he has no idea when and how to use them.
Right now, he looks like an athlete as opposed to a basketball player, and it's weighing on his draft stock. NBA scouts are confused and unsure of what he brings to the table fundamentally.
If he chooses to declare, McAdoo will need to have some strong individual workouts against the top available prospects. He's improved creating his own offense but not converting it into points.
Showing he can finish and execute will be atop his priority list during the pre-draft process. McAdoo only shot 44.5 percent from the floor—an unacceptable number for someone with his physical gifts.
Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA
Entering the year as a No. 1 overall candidate, Shabazz Muhammad's draft stock has slipped dramatically over the course of the season.
He hasn't demonstrated any go-to moves or the ability to create his own shot on the perimeter.
Muhammad did most of his offensive damage as a catch-and-shooter or finisher in the open floor. But with the ball in his hands, he's been a little too one-dimensional.
Muhammad's lack of dribble creativity limited him as a playmaker as well. He averaged less than one assist per game—something that hasn't sat well with NBA scouts.
He also averaged less than one steal a game and doesn't project as a defensive asset.
Muhammad is loosing steam as a premier prospect in the class and will have to wow during workouts for a chance to regain his elite status.
Steven Adams, Pittsburgh
Steven Adams surprised a lot of people when he decided to declare for the 2013 NBA draft. The New Zealand native will be selling himself based strictly on potential, which can be a slippery slope for prospects who haven't shown anything at the college level.
Adams was an afterthought in Pittsburgh's offense this year. Without the ability to create his own shot, he was limited to just catching and finishing at the rim. We haven't seen any hint of a post game, and with a 44.3 percent stroke from the foul line, his jumper is somewhat concerning.
He'll have to show scouts he's more than just a seven-foot athlete during workouts. Proving he can be a reliable option in the pick-and-pop game and low-post threat will be on Adams' to-do list as the combine approaches.
Adams has the upside of a lottery pick, but his physical tools alone won't sway a team to reach that early.
B.J. Young, Arkansas
After averaging 15.3 points as a freshman, B.J. Young repeated his scoring success as a sophomore, only at a much less efficient rate.
He saw his three-point percentage dip from 41.3 percent to 22.7 percent—a troubling number for a player who will need a jumper to rely on.
At just 6'3'', 180 pounds, Young isn't much of a point guard and will be forced to play against bigger and stronger 2s.
He's fallen into the tweener category, which might not only limit him at the next level, but prevent him from sticking there. He has the talent of a top-15 pick, but without a true position, the first round might be off limits.
Young will have to prove to scouts in workouts that his poor three-point percentage isn't a true reflection of his accuracy. He'll have a tough time convincing scouts he can facilitate a half-court offense, but he will have the opportunity to show he's a better shot-maker than his percentage suggests.
Adonis Thomas, Memphis
Adonis Thomas has been on NBA radars for two years now, but only because of his top-shelf physical tools.
Despite his phenomenal athleticism and strong physical build, Thomas only shot 40.5 percent from the floor—a number that won't sit well with scouts and GMs. His offensive game is unrefined, and he hasn't shown the ability to create easy scoring opportunities for himself.
To make matters worse, he only knocked down 29.2 percent of his three-point attempts, limiting him as a threat without the ball in his hands.
Thomas has declared for the draft—a head-scratching move considering his subpar sophomore year. He'll need to show scouts more than just his athleticism when he comes in for workouts prior to the draft.
Tony Mitchell, North Texas
Tony Mitchell had a monster freshman year that landed him all over NBA radars. But that quickly changed.
Mitchell regressed in nearly every facet of the game as a sophomore, seeing his scoring, shooting and rebounding numbers all take significant hits. He's a tremendous athlete, but he is slightly undersized (6'8", 235) for the power forward position and lacks the skill set to play the 3 as a perimeter scorer.
Mitchell only shot 30 percent from downtown. This will be something he can show scouts was just a fluke if he can knock them down with consistency during workouts.
Entering the pre-draft process, Mitchell will have to change the minds of scouts who feel he's a tweener at the next level. Showing he can create his own shots and convert them with comfort will be atop his priority list moving forward.
Myck Kabongo, Texas
Myck Kabongo surprised a lot of people when he decided to enter the draft.
He struggled as a freshman, and due to a suspension, he only played 11 games this past year as a sophomore. It wasn't enough time to show scouts he's evolved as a player, and he'll be entering the draft without having maximized his stock.
It's difficult for point guards to show much as facilitators during workouts. Kabongo will have to shoot well off the dribble and from NBA three-point range to really give himself a shot at this year's first round.