With the 2013 NBA draft upon us, there should be roughly 100 prospects in play for only 60 positions.
These rankings are based on everything we've seen from day one of the season until each player's final workouts.
There's no doubt this has been one of the more unusual evaluation processes. Between injuries, a lack of standout talent and an influx of international mysteries, we should be in for one of the more unpredictable rookie classes in recent memory.
Players will be removed from this list accordingly as they are taken off the draft board, keeping you up to date with all of the picks taking place Thursday night in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
C.J. Leslie has been a prospect to watch since his first game at N.C. State in 2010. But over the last three years, he's never managed to maximize his draft stock. He came back twice with something to prove, but I'm not sure his point was ever made.
We're still asking the same questions now as we were back then. Most of them concern his lack of a position at the next level.
Leslie is a pure power forward with the body of a wing. He is one of the top athletes in the class, and at 6'9'' with a 7'2'' wingspan, the appeal here is obvious. However, at 209 pounds, he might have trouble with the contact and punishment given by NBA frontcourts on both sides of the ball.
He'll be considered one of the higher-risk, higher-reward options on draft day. Leslie does offer value, though, as a second-round pick.
After multiple off-the-court issues and suffering a torn ACL as a junior, Trevor Mbakwe's draft stock is not where it once was. He is a serious talent, and at one point in his career, he was projected as a potential lottery pick.
He has the strength and toughness coaches love to see from their power forward, and although he's undersized, his enormous 7'4'' wingspan and baseball-mitt hands help make up for it.
Earlier in the year, Mbakwe manhandled Cody Zeller in a huge upset over Indiana. He's one of top rebounders in the class, and he has a post game worthy of feeding if he's given room to operate.
Mbakwe might be able to regain some of his upside if his knees ever get back some of their explosiveness.
James Southerland is on NBA radars for one reason and one reason only.
With scouts in attendance at Madison Square Garden for this year's Big East tournament, Southerland shot a combined 19-of-33 from downtown. Some of those threes came from roughly 28 feet from the hoop.
Earlier this season, he dropped nine triples for 35 points in a nonconference showdown at Arkansas.
He finished the year shooting nearly 40 percent from downtown, but at 6'8'' with long arms and above-the-rim athleticism, that number looks a whole lot more attractive.
The value of reliable long-range shooters has begun to increase. Southerland has the tools to become a team's secret weapon off the bench.
Robert Covington has been attracting NBA scouts to Tennessee State for a couple of years now, as they remain intrigued with his jumper, athleticism and consistent production.
Covington averaged 17 points per game in back-to-back years, and he shot over 44 percent from three as a sophomore and junior. He has a lights-out stroke from deep with a quick, balanced release, and he can finish above the rim when the opportunity presents itself.
His upside is limited, as he lacks much of an off-the-dribble game, but teams in need of shot-making should look his way in Round 2.
Jackie Carmichael took that next step as a senior, improving as a scorer and interior defender for Illinois State. He averaged 17.4 points, 9.3 boards and 2.1 blocks in 30 minutes a game, using his physically imposing frame to bully frontcourts inside.
At 6'9'', 241 pounds, Carmichael has the strength, size and athleticism likely to translate from one level to the next. He also finishes strong around the rim and cleans the glass. And though his perimeter game is limited, his interior presence is routinely felt.
Though not a guy likely to score in the pros the way he did in college, Carmichael would be a pleasant addition to a team looking to beef up its front line.
Although Shane Larkin drew a lot of credit for Miami’s incredible season, Kenny Kadji was a major—and underrated—reason for the success of the Hurricanes.
The 6’10” power forward’s offensive versatility constantly confused defenses, as he could just as easily go to work in the post or spread the floor with his perimeter shooting. He projects as a stretch 4 after knocking down 1.3 three-pointers per game as a senior.
Holding him back are two flaws in the resume: his defense and age. Kadji is already 25 years old, so he’s been facing far younger competition and no longer has as much time to develop at the next level.
After finishing his college career with a loss to Houston in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational, Myck Kabongo made the strange decision to enter the NBA draft while his stock was lower than ever before.
Many once viewed the Canadian floor general as a lottery candidate, but a lackluster freshman season and a 23-game suspension depressed perception of him rather dramatically.
For all his skills distributing the ball, Kabongo never developed into a potent scorer. He averaged 14.6 points per game as a sophomore, but those came on 41.8 percent shooting.
Unselfish to a fault, the 6'3" point guard must become more willing to use his quickness with the ball to get into the lane and boost his own scoring stats. If he can do that, he’ll have a chance to become a major second-round steal.
If NBA teams drafted solely for names, Vander Blue would be a lottery pick. But alas, Shakespeare seemed to be right on the money with his inquiry about the internal contents of a name.
The Marquette shooting guard has been impressive during workouts, particularly as he’s showing that his jumper wasn’t just fluky during the 2012-13 season. Blue averaged 1.2 made three-pointers per game as a junior, and he did so while improving his accuracy to 30.3 percent.
That jump in performance, especially when coupled with his great athleticism, speaks kindly about his long-term upside.
Blue should enter the league as a transition threat with potential on both ends of the court, and he presents a nice value deep in the draft.
It’s all about long-term upside for Dewayne Dedmon.
As a sophomore, the 6’11" big man was better at fouling than anything else. He only averaged 6.7 points and 7.0 rebounds for the Trojans, and his 50 percent shooting lagged behind what you might expect from a center.
That said, Dedmon’s physical tools are quite impressive. His frame indicates that he can still bulk up more, and he possesses an inordinate amount of speed to go along with his 7’4" wingspan.
Dedmon is very much a project player, but he’s a project that could have a big reward if given the time to develop.
Michael Snaer had an impressive four-year career at Florida State, and he capped it off by averaging career highs in points (14.8), rebounds (4.5) and assists (2.5) per game.
The 6’5" shooting guard never really managed to live up to the lofty expectations with which he came out of high school, but he remained a remarkable defender. Both in terms of individual and team defense, Snaer is ready to make immediate contributions in the NBA with his athleticism, instincts and lanky arms.
Improving his game from inside the three-point arc is necessary, but Snaer should get looks from teams solely because he can come off the bench as a stopper from day one.
Perimeter defense is often undervalued in both the draft and free agency, so anything could happen with this Seminole.
Illinois counted on Brandon Paul to do just about everything during his senior season. He was the team’s go-to scorer, and he often had to create the looks for himself.
That’s why you shouldn’t immediately be turned off by Paul’s 40.1 percent shooting as a senior, which happened to be the highest percentage of his career. Whether he was working in isolation or curling around a screen, Paul generally had to create his own shots on every possession.
He’s explosive and can find open space, and his physical tools translate to the defensive end of the court as well.
Paul translates as a tertiary spark plug off the bench, a guy who can come in during garbage time and rack up some quick points.
Augusto Cesar Lima has waited to enter the NBA draft, but he hasn’t improved his stock much over the years. If anything, it’s taken a few steps back, as he continues to stagnate as a scoring threat.
The Brazilian big man is an energy guy who thrives at grabbing boards and playing defense. He was one of the more impressive per-minute rebounders in the Euroleague during the 2012-13 season, averaging 2.5 boards per contest in just over 10 minutes of action.
He also has the defensive versatility to guard all types of power forwards. He’s not afraid of banging around on the blocks, and he has the tools to step out and guard the quicker 4s.
Unless he improves his rebounding even more, though, Lima’s offensive limitations will hold him back in the NBA.
Khalif Wyatt may have averaged 20.5 points per game as a senior, but he hurt his stock by doing so.
The dynamic shooting guard’s gaudy scoring figures were accompanied by a massive drop in efficiency, as his routinely poor shot selection depressed his field-goal percentage from 47.9 as a junior to 41.7 as a senior. He proved that he can only handle so much of the scoring load.
Unless he improves his defense and shooting stroke from the perimeter—Wyatt makes a lot of threes, but he also takes a bunch of them—the 6'4" shooting guard appears poised to become a bench microwave in the NBA.
He could eventually develop into a quality sixth man, but that appears to be well down the road.
Richard Howell’s weight fluctuated throughout his career at N.C. State, but he was in the best shape of his life as a senior, and it showed.
The power forward’s primary asset is his rebounding skill. He has a great nose for the boards, and he seems to thrive attacking the glass. He paced the Wolfpack with 10.9 rebounds per game, and he was particularly dominant grabbing the defensive boards.
That said, he still has a lot of work remaining on his offensive game.
Howell showed signs of a developing jumper, but he was still an opportunistic scorer rather than one who went out and knew he was going to put up points each and every night. It will only get tougher at the next level, when his physical dominance is no longer as readily apparent.
Howell’s skill set on the glass and defense make him an interesting commodity, and a team could certainly take a flier on him late in the proceedings.
Vitalis Chikoko is already 22 years old, but he’s still overflowing with defensive potential.
The big man from Zimbabwe has a 7’4” wingspan, and he’s only been playing professional basketball for two years. There’s a lot of shaping left to do here, especially as Chikoko has relied more on his bountiful athleticism than anything else at this stage of his career.
Chikoko projects out as a plus defender, but his offensive game is still far too raw for the Association. His jumper, one that he somehow doesn’t hesitate to use, is quite weak, and he scored almost exclusively when he received the ball deep in the paint, either from a teammate’s pass or through his work on the offensive glass.
The undersized big man is nowhere near ready for the NBA, but he’s such a basketball novice and has so much athleticism and raw potential that he could still draw looks from teams willing to take a high-risk, high-reward pick late in the second round.
Even with a completely broken jumper, B.J. Young still managed to light up the scoreboard for Arkansas during his sophomore season. He hit only 22.7 percent of his three-pointers, but he averaged 15.2 points per game thanks to his incredible quickness with the ball in his hands.
The Razorback product is an unstoppable force in transition, and he’s remarkably speedy in half-court sets, which gives him the ability to create his own shots frequently.
However, Young won’t find any success against the bigger, faster and stronger defenders in the NBA unless he starts hitting shots from the outside. Doing so will require breaking down the form on his jumper and starting from scratch.
Young, once considered a first-round prospect, has high upside as a scorer, but capitalizing on that will require a lot of work on his perimeter game.
A 6’6”, 215-pound small forward from France, Jordan Aboudou is quite different than many other international prospects. He doesn’t possess much in the way of long-term upside, but he’s already prepared to come into the Association and hold down the fort off the bench.
An efficient player without much in the way of an outside shot—18.2 percent from three-point range over his last 10 games with Chalon—Aboudou should become a well-rounded backup. He’s athletic, strong and physically gifted, and he should be proud of his slashing ability to the basket.
Aboudou will never be a star in the NBA, but he could certainly develop into a nice glue guy off the pine.
Still known more for his unfortunate dismissal from the BYU squad during Jimmer Fredette’s final season than his actual work on the court, Brandon Davies boosted his stock as a senior by improving across the board.
His PER jumped from 23.3 to 27.5 thanks to averaging more points, rebounds and assists per game while turning the ball over less frequently and shooting a higher percentage in all three categories.
Davies is a skilled player once he gets close to the basket, but his perimeter game is not very frightening. Well, maybe frightening to his own team.
He’ll need to improve his defensive focus to avoid being a liability on that end of the court, but Davies has the size and physical tools to work his way into an NBA rotation.
D.J. Stephens was a highlight-creating machine for Memphis, even if he didn’t spend much time on the court under Josh Pastner.
The conversation starts and finishes with athleticism, because Stephens wasn’t exactly the most productive stat-stuffer for the Tigers. He just jumped very high, grabbing rebounds, throwing down monstrous dunks and rejecting shots at the rim with his impressive 7'0" wingspan.
According to DraftExpress.com, Stephens has the highest no-step and max-vertical leap in the history of its databases, measuring out at 40 and 46 inches, respectively.
Stephens plays like his goal is to convince everyone that humans can actually fly, but he’ll need to become more of an actual basketball player to have any shot at sticking on an NBA roster.
After transferring from Wyoming and sitting out a year, Amath M’Baye didn’t do much to turn NBA heads while at Oklahoma.
Presumably driven by his advancing age, M’Baye decided to forgo his senior season with the Sooners after averaging 10.1 points and 5.2 rebounds per game on 46.1 percent shooting from the field. His skill set was clearly improving, and he dominated in transition, but M’Baye wasn’t the dominant player he could have been.
He’s not particularly strong, and he stands only 6’9” with a 6’10” wingspan, so size is going to be a problem once he enters the professional ranks. The Frenchman simply isn’t skilled enough yet to make up for that either, so the rank here is a testament to the 23-year-old’s ongoing ability to live up to his potential.
Travis Releford has always been overshadowed by bigger prospects from Kansas—Thomas Robinson and Ben McLemore, for example—but it’s hard to hide the improvements he made during his senior season.
What jumps out first, even before Releford’s remarkable self-awareness and unselfishness, are the strides the 23-year-old small forward made as a scorer. While averaging a career-high 11.9 points per game for the Jayhawks, Releford shot 57.4 percent from the field, 41.5 percent from downtown and 78.9 percent from the charity stripe.
Now compare those to his respective percentages of 49.8, 32.5 and 65.4 as a junior.
Releford won’t become a star in the NBA, or even a starter, but he’s one of the rare players who understands his role and never deviates from it. He knows where his strengths lie, and that was never more apparent than during his final season in Lawrence.
Throughout his career at Minnesota, Rodney Williams showed off his physical tools, but he never managed to turn them into too much production. He finished up his time in college by averaging 10.1 points and 5.0 rebounds per game.
The Golden Gopher is one of the best jumpers in this draft class, and his first step is nearly unmatched. His max vert of 42.5 inches is nearly peerless, but Williams still falls firmly into the “athlete” category, not the “basketball player” one.
For a player who didn’t spend much time with the ball in his hands, Williams’ 1.6 turnovers per game are problematic, as he’s not a good handler or passer. His three-point shot is virtually nonexistent as well, making it tough for him to develop into the “3 and D” guy he was supposed to become.
NBA teams will recognize that the “D” is still there, but not the “3.”
Adonis Thomas came into Memphis as a highly touted recruit set to join the one-and-done ranks. Two years later, he’s failed to live up to the hype and now appears unlikely to be one of the 60 names called out on June 27.
The 20-year-old looks like a prototypical NBA small forward, standing 6’6” with a 7’1” wingspan, and his frame is chiseled. He still looks like a future standout when you watch him play defense, at least until his focus wavers and he gets caught out of position.
It’s offense that has caused the most problems for Thomas. He shot only 40.5 percent from the field as a sophomore and often had trouble getting close to the basket without losing the rock.
He still has a high ceiling, but the intrigue that once surrounded him has nearly disappeared.
An incredible athlete, Jamelle Hagins routinely showed off a lot of skills that NBA teams like during his senior season. Problem is, he did so for Delaware in the Colonial Athletic Association.
It’s easier to dominate the interior on both ends of the court against lower-caliber competition, and that’s the primary thing driving down Hagins’ stock.
He was an incredible shot-blocker (2.4 per game), rebounder (10.7) and interior scorer (11.6 points on 54.6 percent shooting without a lick of a perimeter game), but he didn’t face top-notch prospects on a nightly basis.
Hagins is athletic and long enough that he should get looks from NBA scouts and find a home in summer league, where he’ll look to prove that his skills can translate to a tougher stage.
The preseason SEC Player of the Year, Phil Pressey struggled under the inordinately high expectations levied upon his shoulders.
Tasked with stepping up his scoring, Pressey took a step backward, shooting only 37.6 percent from the field, as he became even more shot-happy out on the perimeter. For all his skills running pick-and-roll sets, the Missouri floor general’s speed and aggressiveness often worked against him.
Now, without a stellar outside shot, Pressey’s stock has declined to match his 5'11" frame.
Diminutive point guards have to be incredible facilitators, terrific athletes or knockdown shooters to thrive in the NBA, and the first option gives the former Tiger his best chance for success. He’ll just need to cut back on the turnovers.
Pressey has the talent and mentality to become an offensively oriented backup point guard at the sport’s highest level.
When you watch Matthew Dellavedova attempt to play defense—which often ends up with him trailing his man en route to the basket—or look at his physical profile, it’s easy to see why he could very well go undrafted.
But then you watch him run the show on offense...
Whether for Saint Mary’s or the Australian national team, Dellavedova has consistently been an offensive spark plug and constant cerebral presence. As a senior for the Gaels, the 6'4" point guard averaged 15.8 points and 6.4 assists per game, leaving him fourth in the improving West Coast Conference in terms of points produced.
Dellavedova’s 6'4" wingspan and tendency to serve as a sieve on defense will keep him from earning any major role in an NBA offense, but he’s quite the competent floor general in the truest sense of the positional moniker.
That should at least get him an eventual spot on a roster.
Zeke Marshall is starting to fill out his frame, weighing in at 235 pounds, which makes him look all the more imposing out on the court.
The Akron standout is already 7'0" with a 7'5" wingspan, and he puts those tools to good use against the overmatched competition of the WAC. He led the conference in blocks per game with 3.7, and the only players in the country beating him in the category were Chris Obekpa and Jeff Withey.
Marshall’s rebounding skills still lag behind most center prospects, and while his arsenal of post moves is expanding, it still isn’t particularly impressive. He’ll need to improve in both areas in order to put his talent for rejection to use in the NBA.
The seven-footer is worth rostering for his rim-protecting talents alone, but it’s unlikely he improves too much more after spending four years of college slowly moving along his growth curve.
Durand Scott entered his senior season at Miami needing to either become a long-range sniper, a ridiculously good defender or more of a true point guard in order to have any shot at becoming one of the 60 selections in the 2013 NBA draft.
He improved in the first two areas, dropping his defensive rating to 96.8 and hitting 1.1 triples per game on 35.3 percent shooting. But simultaneous strides in the negative direction accompanied those steps forward. Scott had his worst season as a facilitator, and he was even more unable to score around the basket than ever before.
It’s the last part that offers the Miami combo guard some hope for the future.
Scott is quite good at getting to the basket, as his first step is quick and he has good control over the ball. But he doesn’t know what to do when he gets there. If he develops more of a knack for finishing or learns to keep his head up and seek out the open men while the defense is collapsing around him, he’ll take a large leap as an offensive player.
At 6'3", he will need to settle in as a point guard, so his improvement can’t be done yet.
Jack Cooley is a hard worker, and that was readily apparent during his final season with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
For proof, look no further than the big man’s free-throw shooting. Cooley hit only 33.3 percent of his shots from the charity stripe as a freshman, but by the end of his senior season, he was hitting a respectable 70.3 percent.
Cooley’s willingness to work manifests itself during live action as well.
He’s a tenacious rebounder, often scoring on offensive rebounds and then the ensuing putbacks. His total rebounding percentage of 20.8 placed him third in the NCAA during the 2012-13 season, and he’ll be able to thrive as a great per-minute rebounder at the professional level.
Cooley won’t ever be a standout player in the NBA, but there’s a market for tough big men who thrive on the glass. Expect him to get some serious summer league looks and stick in the rotation.
Ryan Broekhoff needs to put on some pounds, improve his defensive play and figure out how to score off the dribble if he’s going to make the transition from the Horizon League to the NBA a successful one.
The beanpole-thin small forward is a fantastic shooter, but he doesn’t bring much else to the table, even after four years at Valparaiso.
A smart player who looks for the right shots, Broekhoff shot 41.7 percent from downtown while taking six attempts per game in his senior season.
It’s defense where he needs to focus right now, though.
Broekhoff played mostly power forward for the Crusaders, and he’ll be transitioning to small forward at the next level. He can no longer just match up with his length, because now he’ll have to stay with the quicker, more athletic 3s.
His shooting and smarts should give him an opportunity to stick in the league, but he’ll need to land in the right spot first.
Last names can only get you so far.
Seth Curry has the benefit of a magical NBA family name, but he’s not the prospect that his older brother was coming out of Davidson. Although he’s also a great shooter, Seth doesn’t have the ball-handling and passing skills Steph possesses, and he lacks the physical profile to settle in at the 2 with ease.
An absolute sniper who improved his ability to create his own shot throughout his collegiate career—both at Liberty and Duke—Curry finished up his time in Durham averaging 2.7 triples per game on 43.8 percent shooting.
Seth may not bring much else to the table, but there’s still a market for elite long-range marksmen. Professional basketball is in the cards for the latest prospect from the Curry family, but it remains to be seen whether or not it’s in the NBA that he’ll do his damage.
Elias Harris burst onto the scene during his freshman season in Spokane, but he’s been unable to progress from there.
The German forward’s rebounding and defense have improved, and he shows an increasingly solid ability to go to work in the post, but he remains a terrible ball-handler whose outside game is just nothing special. Harris shot only 17 percent from behind the three-point arc as a senior, proving that his 41.4 percent outburst during the 2011-12 season was more of a fluke than a trend.
The fact that he’s recorded more turnovers than assists every year is problematic as well, and he’ll need to do nonstop dribbling drills if he hopes to have a future in the Association.
Harris’ stock has lost a lot of its luster, but his ability to play within himself means that he could stick as a third-string power forward until a more intriguing option comes around.
Already 23 years old, Will Clyburn enjoyed a successful first season at Iowa State, didn’t show much improvement from his freshman campaign at Utah and then declared for the 2013 NBA draft.
The 6'7" small forward with a 7'0" wingspan is one of those guys who qualifies as a jack of all trades and a master of none. His biggest weakness is handling the ball, which showed itself when he averaged 2.6 turnovers per game for his collegiate career.
However, Clyburn can do just about everything else well on the basketball court.
Some nights he’ll hit from the outside, while others he’ll get to the basket and showcase his athleticism and strength. Others still, he’ll crash the boards and do all the little things for his team.
The former Cyclone doesn’t have much long-term upside, especially given his advanced age, but he’s safe either as a pick late in the second round or as a summer league addition.
Oleksandr Lypovyy was on the rise after being named the MVP of the 2012 Adidas Eurocamp, but he’s fallen off the radar since then. That was never more apparent than at the follow-up Eurocamp, where Lypovyy received virtually no attention and came out of Treviso without making much of an impression.
A great defender with a smooth jumper, especially on pull-up looks, the Ukrainian still hasn’t managed to figure out what position he plays. He’s big enough to play either small forward or power forward, but he often functions as an oversized point guard.
This can be seen as a positive, but his inability to develop any elite strengths at any position has been rather problematic.
It would have been relatively unthinkable to consider Lypovyy coming out of the second round, but that’s the reality after an all-around unimpressive year.
Ramon Galloway was struggling to earn much playing time at South Carolina, but that hasn’t been an issue during either of his two years exploring all that La Salle had to offer. As a senior, he topped out at 17.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game, proving that he had a lot to offer on the offensive end.
The 22-year-old functioned as a combo guard while in college, and that’s not going to fly in the NBA. He’s only 6’1”, 174 pounds, so it’s either point guard or nothing.
And that’s where the problems start for Galloway.
He never developed much court vision, preferring instead to seek out his own shots, and his passing skills don’t let him hit targets right in the hands when he does happen to notice them.
Galloway is a great scorer, but he needs to develop more marketable point guard skills before he’ll find a long-term home in the Association.
Not all players named C.J. are guaranteed to get drafted, as C.J. Aiken falls in a class well below C.J. McCollum and C.J. Leslie.
A great leaper, Aiken has been able to translate his size and athleticism into fantastic defensive play. His 2.6 blocks per game as a junior lagged behind his first two go-arounds for Saint Joseph’s, but that number was still impressive. In fact, he led the A-10 in blocks per game and total blocks for the third year in a row.
Aiken’s athleticism should translate to the other side of the court, but he likes mimicking Josh Smith there. Instead of constantly attacking the basket, Aiken fancies himself a jump-shooter, even when his shots aren’t falling.
If he wants to find a team in the NBA willing to keep him on the roster, he’ll need to prove that he’s becoming a smarter offensive player.
Christian Watford’s senior season didn’t involve any moments as epic as ending Kentucky’s chances of going undefeated, nor did it see him take any noticeable strides as a second-round prospect.
Instead, he confirmed what we already knew: The Indiana product is a fantastic “3 and D” forward who doesn’t have the finesse game to settle in as a small forward in a traditional lineup. Instead, he'll have to come off the bench as a situational floor-spacer at the 4 in small lineups.
During his senior year, Watford hit 1.7 three-pointers per game, shooting 48 percent from behind the arc. He’s an elite spot-up shooter, but that’s easily his most marketable skill.
Don’t be surprised when he fails to stick on an NBA roster until he’s improved his game in the D-League or across the pond.
Daniel Theis didn’t get to play much for Ulm during the 2012-13 season, but he looked good whenever he was able to work his way onto the court.
The 6'9" big man will settle in as a power forward if he makes it to the sport’s premier league, but he was energetic enough to line up consistently at the 5 while in Germany.
His biggest asset is his athleticism, as he elevates both quickly and high into the air on his first jump before doing the same on the second. It allows him to make up for his height, and it should serve him well wherever he plays.
The word often used about Theis is “fearless.” It’s an accurate descriptor, and that shouldn’t change as he matures.
Theis has a lot of long-term potential, but the vast majority of it is currently unrealized, and it will be a while before that changes.
Kansas Jayhawks fans will miss Elijah Johnson now that he’s departed Lawrence. But at the same time, they also won’t miss him at all.
It was very much a love-hate relationship with the mercurial point guard throughout his time under Bill Self. For all the positives he brought to the table—namely his ability to function as a transition threat and pick-and-roll ball-handler—he managed to have a certain knack for the inopportune turnover.
Johnson needs to improve his facilitating skills rather significantly to find a home at the next level, especially after averaging 4.6 assists and 3.1 turnovers per game during his senior season.
He keeps tantalizing everyone with his potential, but it’s tough to imagine hearing his name called until he develops more consistency.
If you’re looking for an international prospect who can line up at small forward and force defenses to respect his three-point shot, then Joan Sastre is your man.
The Spaniard knocked down 1.6 three-pointers per game during the Eurocup for Cajasol, and he did so on 43.2 percent shooting from beyond the arc. His stats were fairly similar, but not quite as impressive, during the ACB portion of the schedule.
That’s the positive with Sastre. But the negative is rather sizable. Or, not very sizable, depending on how you look at it.
Sastre stands 6'7", but he checks in at only 183 pounds. He’s far too skinny to endure the rigors of an NBA season, especially since he doesn’t have much strength or elite athleticism of which to speak.
Already 21 years old, Sastre needs to bulk up rather quickly to keep his NBA dream alive.