Kentucky Wildcat point guard John Wall and big man DeMarcus Cousins have been freakishly solid as freshmen players this season. But are they good enough to be No. 1 and No. 2 come draft day?
Both are projected to be very high lottery picks, and with the talent shown on the court this season, there is no reason to think that they can't go back to back. Both players have the so-called "uncoachable skills" or intangibles necessary to be a great NBA players.
Another thing that the NBA scouts look for is youth. Both of these players are under the age of 20 and have plenty of room to develop as players. Many expect both John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins to come in and have no problem contributing right away.
Many scouts are projecting John Wall to be the first pick in this year's draft. Not so fast! DeMarcus Cousins is 6'11", and with an NBA build already, he could be very appealing for many NBA teams, especially the New Jersey Nets.
Cousins has great court vision for a big man and can dribble very well for his size. He also has a repertoire of post moves and is much quicker than any college big man I have seen this season., not to mention he plays very good defense and has great shot blocking ability.
The argument can be made between both of these stud freshmen. John Wall already has the court savvy, passing ability, and awareness of Steve Nash. It will all depend on the team that has the first and second pick and their needs.
Meanwhile, if both UK players are taken in the first two picks, it would be the first time ever that this has happened for any college. This obviously would be a tremendous feat and would give a lot of credit to the UK program and coaching staff. Not to mention it would be a huge recruiting tool for the next couple of years.
Calipari has been developing these players to fit his dribble drive system and both Wall and Cousins complement each other greatly. Pick and rolls and alley-oops have been cornerstones of the two-man offense.
Both players will be monsters at the next level, and any team that drafts them will have a career superstar in the making. Why would you pass on taking either of them? I don't foresee either player being a potential bust, and both work hard at their game.
I have watched Cousins grow from midnight madness, where fans wondered about his work ethic, to a top five pick, and he has gotten better in every game he has played.
If the first two teams to pick in the draft pass up the opportunity to develop these two players, we could be looking at another 1984 draft class where Jordan fell to No. 3.