Have you seen Elfrid Payton's numbers lately? He's averaging 19 points, six assists, 5.7 rebounds and 2.3 steals a game for Louisiana-Lafayette, after spending the summer playing with USA's FIBA World Championship team in Prague.
There are only so many point guards who are able to drive to the rim for a dunk in the half court. Payton reminds you a bit of John Wall in that he can shake and bake off the dribble, explode to the rack and throw one down as opposed to having to lay it up.
He's super quick and shifty. Given how tough he is to contain, Payton does the majority of his damage within 15 feet of the rim.
But his limited perimeter game has helped keep his draft stock in check. Payton has only hit eight three-pointers all season, and despite his uncanny ability to get to the line nine times a night, he's only shooting 63.1 percent.
Still, he's ranked No. 8 in the country in points produced, and a shaky outside stroke shouldn't keep the NBA guys from checking in.
Payton has been a two-way fireball this season, and with loads of production to show for it and plenty of room to grow, the 2014 first round isn't that long of a shot.
“I had several scouts that came in my room, in the coaches’ room, before we played at UT Arlington and at Texas State, and visited with all those guys,” coach Bob Marlin told Tim Buckley of The Advertiser. “And there’s a chance Elfrid could go in the first round. We’ll see. It fluctuates daily, and it depends who you ask.”