After seeing the NCAA come to its peak, many athletes have already made a good impression on NBA scouts. Not saying that these players are going to come out to the draft this year but these players are the top prospects. Here are the ones who have risen and created a name for themselves and then there are the ones that fell from grace and are trying to achieve motive again.
1. John Wall G Kentucky
2. Wesley Johnson G/F Syracuse
3. Donatas Motiejunas F Lithuania
4. Derrick Favors F Georgia Tech
5. Al-Farouq Aminu F Wake Forest
6. Evan Turner G Ohio State
7. Xavier Henry G Kansas
8. Patrick Patterson F Kentucky
9. Ed Davis F North Carolina
10. Avery Bradley G Texas
11. Greg Monroe F Georgetown
12. Devin Ebanks F West Virginia
13. DeMarcus Cousins F Kentucky
14. Stanley Robinson F UConn
15. Cole Aldrich C Kansas
Evan has accumulated 18.5 points, 9.4 rebounds, 5.3 assist, and 1.5 steals a game. Evan missed six games this season due to a transverse process fracture on the second and third lumbar vertebra of his spine. But with Evan in the lineup the Buckeyes’ only loss two games and he put a stance on his draft stock when he brought Ohio State back against defensive minded Purdue. Evan is a great dribbler with amazing ball handling ability. He can penetrate in the lane and set his teammates up, as well as get to the rim with his big body and finish. In addition, if Evan can stay away from injuries and improve his jump shot from deep he can become a top 5 draft pick.
Many may not know of Alec but he is a key player for Colorado. Alec is only a freshman and his play has landed him some NBA Scout attention. Most scouts can look at Alec and tell he has what it takes to excel at the next level. Alec has a nice soft touch around the rim and has impressive ball-handling skills. Alec cannot be guarded freely due to the fact he has a consistent jumper from all around. You play him too tight he can take you with his penetration, and if you sag off he’ll knock down the shot. Alec needs to get stronger with the ball, and improve his three-point shot which is one of the easiest things you can do during your jump from the NCAA to NBA.
So much talk about freshman John Wall many may have forgotten about freshman Eric Bledsoe. Eric Bledsoe has produced big games under the shadow of John Wall. Eric numbers may not be what you would expect but his energy is what makes him strong. His biggest game came against Florida where he scored a game high 25 points. Eric has some aspects that he needs to improve. He needs to take care of the ball more and utilize his frame more on the defensive side of the ball. He has long arms and blazing speed that can be used to an advantage on the next level.
Cole Aldrich was nabbed as a Pre-Season All-American and he had a strong beginning to the season. However that was to the lesser opponents. Cole Aldrich in the last few weeks has been held in check by bigger named teams. Cole hasn’t shot the ball well and hasn’t been able to get into a groove on offense as of late. He needs to improve his jump shooting, his offensive output and consistency. However his rebounding and blocking averages has kept him as a top recruit in the NBA Draft.
Derrick Favors’ name was right up there with Kentucky’s guard John Wall but his offensive slump has put a negative effect on his draft stock. Favors’ needs to be more productive on offense but he has no go to moves in the post. When rattled he can turn the ball over more often than not, and is playing on a team that doesn’t particularly share the basketball. However he is still a proficient shooter, Favors’ just needs to become more of a threat down low, cut down on turnovers and continue to guard the paint. Derrick can still be up there with John Wall he just needs to improve his all-around game fast enough to even still be considered one of the top recruits.
Week of 10/10/09 – 10/16/09
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