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|Rank ||Player ||Position ||Team ||Height ||Weight ||Year
|1 ||Jamaal Franklin ||SG ||San Diego St. ||6'5" ||205 ||Junior
|2 ||C.J. McCollum* ||PG ||Lehigh ||6'3" ||200 ||Senior
|3 ||Victor Oladipo ||SG ||Indiana ||6'4" ||214 ||Junior
|4 ||Archie Goodwin ||PG/SG ||Kentucky ||6'5" ||198 ||Freshman
|5 ||Kentavious Caldwell-Pope ||SG ||Georgia ||6'6" ||205 ||Sophomore
|6 ||Ben McLemore ||SG ||Kansas ||6'5" ||185 ||Freshman
|7 ||Shabazz Muhammad* ||SG/SF ||UCLA ||6'6" ||225 ||Freshman
|8 ||Allen Crabbe ||SG ||California ||6'6" ||210 ||Junior
|9 ||Tim Hardaway Jr ||SG ||Michigan ||6'5" ||205 ||Junior
|10 ||Brandon Paul ||SG/PG ||Illinois ||6'4" ||200 ||Senior
|11 ||Vander Blue ||SG ||Marquette ||6'5" ||200 ||Junior
Jamaal Franklin, Junior, San Diego State
Franklin has one of the best motors in college basketball on both ends of the floor. He plays so hard because it's the only way he knows how. He’s extremely quick with tremendous athleticism, and he can often be seen throwing down monster dunks. He knows the game well and is very crafty. He finishes very well around the rim in a variety of ways.
He might be the best competitor in this draft. His shot has improved but it still needs a lot of work. Franklin has a great work ethic, so I expect him to do the necessary work to make it much better. He’s certainly not afraid of the big moment, and he thrives when most would shrink. His confidence is a big plus.
Franklin is also a great rebounder for his size and position. He's very strong and plays physical, aggressive defense. His decision-making was often questionable this year, but by the end of the season he was a big-time playmaker who was making the right play most of the time. He can be the facilitator of the offense from the shooting guard position.
There is no denying the talent is there. If he keeps working on his jumper, he could be a very good player in the NBA, possibly an All-Star. Few players have his athletic gifts combined with his competitive toughness, and I think he has Manu Ginobili-like potential.
Victor Oladipo, Junior, Indiana
Oladipo possesses incredible athleticism and quickness. He’s a menace on the defensive end of the floor and in transition, and he’s improved his offensive game drastically this season. He’s completely fearless when attacking the rim and can regularly be seen throwing down explosive dunks. He rebounded very well and wreaked havoc in the passing lanes and on the ball defensively for a very disciplined Indiana team. Oladipo also shot a sky-high percentage, mostly as a result of all the dunks and layups.
His energy is infectious, and his work ethic should make him a big contributor at the next level. I'm not sure I've ever seen someone play so hard at times, but the environment at Assembly Hall often sent that team into a frenzy. They were as well-coached and pumped up as I've ever seen, and they often dominated their opponent thoroughly.
For me, this actually hurts his value a little bit, only because there is no way he can play that crazily for an entire NBA season. College basketball is just different, and the grind of the NBA year should slightly reduce the impact of his all-out effort. I would think he even has the potential to burn out. He's not as skilled offensively as some of the other shooting guards, but he keeps improving and makes up for any skills he lacks with his strength, aggression and relentless motor.
It just won't be quite as effective in the NBA until he gets a little more skilled with the ball.
He's not a No. 1 option on offense, but he's a very solid role player who makes everyone around him better. A good comparison is Tony Allen, but Oladipo is a better shooter. He needs to work on his ball-handling to take the next step in his development. He appears to have an incredible drive to get better, so who knows how high his ceiling can be? He will be a solid starter at the least, making him the safe pick among this shooting guard class.
Archie Goodwin, Freshman, Kentucky
Archie has explosive speed and jumping ability, great size, length and athleticism, and he gets to the rim at will. Goodwin finishes extremely well off the drive in a wide variety of ways, and he’s a triple-double threat. He started the season shooting very well from the outside, but his percentage dropped dramatically in conference play. Archie is a disruptive defensive player, using his speed and length to break up the passing lanes.
He was being asked to handle the point guard position a lot in his freshman season at Kentucky, when in reality he’s probably a slashing shooting guard. Once Harrow came back he got a lot more work at shooting guard, and he seemed to struggle to find his identity a bit. Despite that, he always played extremely hard and never toned down his effort.
Goodwin is a scoring machine who’s extremely aggressive in his attack of the basket. He just can't shoot that well, yet. He's young. He makes some poor decisions. He needs to work on his passing, vision, and decision-making. He’s still out of control at times, but he’s got all the tools to be a great player at the next level eventually.
I love his competitive will and heart. Another year in college would have done him well, and I don't really like his decision to leave, but I'm sure he has his reasons. His experience playing the point should make him an even more dangerous weapon at some point, and I think he's one of the biggest wild cards in the draft. He reminds me of Dwyane Wade at times, or maybe Jamal Crawford, but he clearly isn’t ready yet.
He could be a steal, if you have a little time to wait. He could also lose confidence and never be all that good. High risk, high reward. The best move is probably to trade for him after a year or two, but by then it could be too late.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Sophomore, Georgia
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is a wild card for me. I only saw Kentavious play a couple of times, and I was often disgusted by what I saw. He made a lot of bad decisions. He took the dumbest shots. Many were fadeaways with his foot on the three-point line. He would oftentimes make a really nice move, only to cut it short in a terrible position and take a bad shot with the defender right there.
He was so close to creating a great play, but he didn't follow through. His team lost a lot.
He also showed glimpses of brilliance. He flashed an ability to get to the free-throw line and knock them down. He's a powerful finisher around the rim. He has a very nice shot when he takes quality ones, and he makes some of the ones he shouldn't take. He's strong and athletic and does good work on the boards.
His team and his numbers got better late in the year, so maybe he can learn what he needs to. He's still very young, but there's big potential here.
He really impressed me when he made nearly every shot at the combine. His numbers were huge this season. He's super athletic. He's big. He's a great scorer. He rebounds. He plays very tough active defense. He's very competitive and hates to lose. If someone teaches him to be a great team player and improve his shot selection, he could be an All-Star. But from all I've seen, he has a lot of work to do.
KCP is a gamble, but in a draft where nothing is certain, he could pay off big. He nearly made every shot. And it looked easy and under control.
Ben McLemore, Freshman, Kansas
McLemore has tremendous length and athleticism, and the ability to finish powerfully at the rim. He’s an elite three-point shooter with deep range. He’s solid off the dribble, with explosive quickness and elevation. His ball-handling has room for improvement, but the problem may be a lack of aggression. He’s tough and disruptive on defense, with his long arms making it easy to block the passing lanes and pressure the ball. He plays with consistently good effort and hustle.
He's shown a tendency to disappear offensively on the road and in big games, however. He started the season off on a tear and even hit a huge shot in crunch time, but ever since, he seemed to run away from the big moments. This is very disturbing, as it seems he often has trouble asserting himself when he's not feeding off the energy of the home crowd.
He’s getting Ray Allen comparisons, and it’s hard to disagree that he has that kind of ability. I've dropped him at times because of his unwillingness to be aggressive and assertive, but I later learned that he was under tremendous personal stress, and he's still young. It seems he's had a rough upbringing, so I'd make sure to have people there to help him with the transition to the life of an NBA player. This is a complicated case.
He has a dazzling skill set, but I'm worried that he has the mentality of a complementary player rather than a star. There's a possibility that he'll become more aggressive once he gets more experience, but it seems more likely that he'll be a solid piece to the puzzle, but not the centerpiece. He'll likely be picked too high for what he'll end up giving, but he should eventually be a starter. Crazy talent.
Shabazz Muhammad, Freshman, UCLA
Muhammad is a scoring machine who can put the ball in the hole. He's extremely deadly off the catch-and-shoot, but he runs into trouble when he attempts to put the ball on the floor. He has a wide variety of shots, floaters and putbacks, but his lack of quickness bothers me. He came into the season out of shape, but he lost the extra weight quickly and started moving much better.
I just think he's going to have trouble creating his own shots, as he wasn't really able to do it at UCLA. He possesses a tremendous will to win, and his effort and competitive drive are very positive attributes. He wants to play defense, but his lack of explosiveness just doesn't allow him to be that good. I don’t have him ranked as high as most, but his work ethic could lead to big improvements.
I just don't see him as a star. He will be drafted way too high based on the hype coming out of high school, and there's a chance he could be a massive disappointment. He'll likely end up being a nice role player who can score the ball.
Allen Crabbe, Junior, California
Allen Crabbe has the skill set to be a star in the NBA. He can score in every way imaginable, as he possesses every kind of shot in the book. He's deadly from anywhere on the court when open, and he moves extremely well without the ball (comes off screens like Reggie Miller). He can finish with either hand from as far out as the free-throw line, and his length allows him to get shots off in the presence of larger defenders.
However, his attitude and effort are big question marks for me. Crabbe could often be seen openly showing frustration with his teammates, and he has a tendency to sulk when things aren't going well. He allows his defense to suffer when this happens, and he too often chooses cherry-picking over helping out on the boards. He's worth taking a chance on if you can afford it, but he's high risk/reward. He could be the kind of player who tears a team apart or just can't play because of his defense, or he might just be an All-Star. The culture of the team he goes to will probably decide which direction his career takes.
Tim Hardaway Jr., Junior, SG Michigan
Hardaway Jr. is an explosive athlete with a great three-point shot. He can make all types of shots and finishes very well around the rim. He's extremely long and can lock down on defense, but right now I see him as a solid sub off the bench. He's just not always consistent. Sometimes he completely disappears. And when he's not on offensively, his defensive effort can suffer with it.
He was on a very good Michigan team with a lot of options, but at the end of the year he looked like the fourth-best player on the team. He showed flashes of brilliance at times, but I'm not completely convinced.
Paul is lightning-quick with a huge vertical and has the ability to score off the dribble or from outside. He can be a great defender as well, but his defense tends to follow the direction of his offense. Paul has shown the ability to completely take over a game, scoring inside and out while also flying around on defense. However, he’s also shown a tendency to settle for the deep three, and when his shot isn’t falling, the rest of his game drops off substantially. The fact that this was still happening in his senior year is concerning, but he can definitely help a team.
Vander Blue, Junior, Marquette
Vander Blue was always extremely quick with explosive athleticism, but he started to take his game to a much higher level late last season. He's always been a great defender with tremendous anticipation, but the addition of a good handle, a consistent floater and a mid-range game made him a much more well-rounded player. He really took control of his Marquette team around the midway point of the season, and he displayed a clutch mentality and desire to get better as the season went on.
He has a fiery, competitive will that led to several game-winners last season, including in the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament. Blue is an effective slasher who finishes extremely well at the rim, and I look for him to continue to improve his shot as his career progresses. He should definitely make a rotation for an NBA team eventually.