NBA Draft Stock Watch 2010

DeAnte MitchellCorrespondent IJanuary 28, 2010

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN - JANUARY 12:  Evan Turner #21 of the Ohio State Buckeyes is all smiles after the Buckeyes victory in the Big Ten game against the Purdue Boilermakers at Mackey Arena on January 12, 2010 in West Lafayette, Indiana. Ohio state won 70-66.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Rising Stock

Evan Turner: (No. 3 Overall, Previously No. 6 Overall)

This is a name that many will get familiar with in the months leading up to the draft. Evan Turner is very strong with the ball, quick, and aggressive. He is dangerous because he can get to the rim at will, pull up and shoot, pass it out, or finish at the rim. Evan Turner is listed at 6'7", with long arms that he uses well on defense, and has amazing jumping ability that allows him to play above the rim.

With his athleticism and smarts, Turner has the pedigree to compete at the next level. In the last three games, Evan Turner has averaged 18 points, 12 rebounds, and seven assists.

Look to get familiar with Evan Turner; he has raised his draft stock tremendously. After being pinned as being in the top 10 in the last article, Evan has entered the top five and may be picked in the top three.


DeMarcus Cousins: (No. 7 Overall, Previously No. 13 Overall)

Great size for a NBA prospect: Listed at 6'11" and 260 pounds, Cousins has a lot of potential to excel in the NBA.

Kentucky guards know that since he is so big, he is a mismatch for any player down low because he is so strong with the ball. He plays under control; if he misses his shot, he will try and follow it up with an offensive rebound or a put-back. He also can step outside the paint and knock down the jump shot, although it’s not consistent.

Great prospect here, you get an athletic power forward that will make a great presence in any post.


Larry Sanders: (No. 10 Overall, Previously NR)

Larry Sanders has eclipsed some NBA attention with his incredible defense. Larry is very lengthy, listed at 6'10" but has the wingspan of 7'7". Larry is the ultimate protector of the paint, averaging just less than three blocks per game.

Larry has great athleticism and is quick on his feet for a big man. He can run the floor with the offense and get easy buckets, as well as run in transition to block a shot or grab a rebound.

Larry definitely can make it in the NBA as one of the dominant players in the league. He has the potential, although he needs to improve his work on the offensive side and stay out of foul trouble.


Falling Stock

Xavier Henry: (No. 13 Overall, Previously No. 7 Overall)

Xavier Henry was once touted as one of the best freshmen in the country. Now he is playing like a recruiting bust. Over the last three games, he has averaged 8.3 points, and 2.3 turnovers.

Xavier is shooting very poorly, after the loss to Tennessee he is 14-of-50 from the field: 28 percent. Shooting woes like this is not normal for a Top NBA prospect. Xavier is too left-hand dominant; when he goes up he never uses his right hand, nor does he use his right hand to dribble much.

Xavier can still be a top NBA prospect. He just needs to establish his right hand, get quicker on his feet, stop being so predictable, and use his big frame to his advantage.


Avery Bradley: (No. 14 Overall, Previously No. 10)

Remember coming into the recruiting process, Avery Bradley was the No. 1 overall recruit? Boy were they wrong. After Texas lost two straight games, Avery Bradley’s weaknesses were exposed.

Bradley is very undersized for a NBA shooting guard, and he lacks the intangibles to play point guard in the league. He is very explosive out of the offense, but gets too ball-hungry at times. He's not a consistent shooter and lives on shots outside of the paint rather than penetration. He lacks the leadership credibility, so if he wants to play in the NBA, he needs to improve his play fast.