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Key Prospects to Watch
Fuquan Edwin, Seton Hall, 6'6", SG/SF
An NBA-caliber athlete with traditional size, strength and quickness for the wing, Fuquan Edwin hit radars following his breakout junior year at Seton Hall. However, he didn't do enough as a senior, with his scoring average falling from 16.5 points to 14.5 points, and his three-point percentage plummeting to 33 percent from 41 percent. Still, Edwin didn't have much talent to play off this past season, and his two-way potential remains intact. He averaged 2.7 steals a game this year—the third year in a row he's finished with at least 2.4 per game. Offensively, he's an effective slasher, and he's dangerous in the open floor. It really comes down to consistent outside shooting for Edwin, who'll need a threatening jumper to make a roster. If he can prove to scouts he's got promise and room for growth as a shooter, there's no doubt he'll get some good, hard second-round looks.
Aaric Murray, Texas Southern, 6'10", C
A former LaSalle and West Virginia transfer, Aaric Murray had his best year at Texas Southern where he averaged 21.6 points, 7.5 boards and 2.5 blocks a game. He takes up a ton of space in the middle with tremendous size and length, and he can finish in the paint in a variety of different ways. Murray has also shown the touch and confidence to step outside and knock down jumpers. He hit 31 three-pointers this season, and he's shot at least 70 percent in three college seasons. It's too bad Murray will be 25 years old in July. Unless anyone views him as a guy who can contribute next year, don't expect to hear Murray's name called this June.
Taylor Braun, North Dakota State, 6'7", SF
The Summit League Player of the Year, Taylor Braun guided the Bison to the NCAA tournament, where they beat Oklahoma in the round of 64. Braun is a skilled scorer who can generate offense one-on-one. Whether he's jab-stepping into a jumper or attacking the rim off the dribble, Braun has the ability to take over stretches of game. He's even shot over 40 percent from downtown in three straight years. Braun isn't an explosive athlete, and he shot just 2-of-14 in North Dakota State's loss to San Diego State in the NCAA tournament, but a strong showing in Portsmouth could get him some second-round looks.
Rest of Roster
Nick Kellogg, Ohio, 6'3", G
Chaz Williams, Massachusetts, 5'9", PG
Jordair Jett, Saint Louis, 6'1", G
Tyler Stone, SE Missouri State, 6'8", PF
Shawn Jones, Middle Tennessee, 6'8", PF