Xavier Henry: (NR, previously No. 13 overall)
For the second article in a row freshman Xavier Henry is mentioned in the falling stock category. Over the past two weeks the Kansas Jayhawks has been in action four times; Kansas State, Colorado, Nebraska, and Texas. In that stretch freshman Xavier Henry scored an average of 8.2 points, and 2.2 turnovers a game.
I don’t know about you but early on in the season Kansas looked unstoppable with the freshman. We were tricked into believing that Xavier Henry was the answer to Kansas’ problems. Now they’re looking for another solution.
A Top 15 draft prospect would bounce back after a slump but this has been occurring since the loss to Tennessee. Since that loss Xavier Henry has scored 8.6 points per game; not good enough to be considered a Top 15 prospect.
Dexter Pittman: (NR, Previously No.15 overall)
Call him Dexter Pittman or just simply “size.” The 6'10" senior forward has been in quite a slump. The Longhorn are (1-3) since the last article, and Pittman has averaged 6.7 points per game along with 4.7 rebounds.
Stamina is a major concern for NBA scouts. Over the latest stretch he has only played 20 minutes per game; that a quarter and a half in the NBA. Possess the strength needed to be a NBA center but cannot run the floor, and that’s key to most franchises. Teams want a big man that can run the court in transition or get back and play defense.
But all isn’t bad. Pittman is a very strong finisher around the rim, good rebounder, quick on his feet, and shoots a solid percentage at the line for a big man. Pittman just needs to stay out of foul trouble and make every opportunity count.
Craig Brackins: (No. 15 overall, previously NR)
Iowa State forward Craig Brackins’ has shown his true skills. Brackins’ is a versatile player in the post, he most effective out of the face up. He’ll either take you off the dribble or pull up for the jump-shot.
When in rhythm, he is very hard to contain. I’m a witness in the last home game for Iowa State he was 11 of 22 from the field and 6 of 7 from the free-throw line. Over their last four game stretch Brackins’ averaged 21.7 points, and 11.5 rebounds.
But there is more. Brackins’ is more than offense; he also influences the game on the defensive end. Craig has a great wingspan, and gets it done on the defensive glass. He is also a solid shot blocker, and has his hand in the shooter face regardless of the score. He has carried the load for the Cyclones this season, showing you he has leadership abilities.
Demetrius McCamey: (NR, previously NR)
Recently Demetrius McCamey expressed his interest to play in the NBA, and now scouts are starting to take consideration.
McCamey put Illinois on his back two straight games and the Illini came out with two big wins over Top 25 opponents. McCamey is averaging 20.7 points, 8.2 assist, and 3 rebounds per game over their last four games.
What catches the eyes of scouts the most is his ability to stretch the floor. McCamey is a good three point shooter shooting 56 percent from deep. Some of which were game clinching three’s. McCamey isn’t shaken up in late game situation. He is the proven leader of the Illini. He has good court vision, good passing ability, nice foot-speed, and good shot selection.
Greg Monroe: (No.9 overall, previously No. 11)
After getting his first double-double that involves assists, the 6'11" forward has moved up my draft board. Has a wingspan of 7’2’’, which is good because he’s a good shot blocker in the paint.
He is the only player I know that is 6'11" with the skills to play guard. Monroe is a good passer, and plays the game very un-selfishly. Has the court vision of a point guard, when backing down in the low post he knows where to get the ball if he isn’t in position to score.
When Monroe has the ball, the defense has to know he is a very versatile player. He can post up, face up, drive the ball and shoot; Greg can stretch it out to the three point line at times. He’s very quick on his feet, and has very good hands. Any team that acquires Monroe will get a very good player.
Other players to watch: Devin Ebanks (West Virginia), Ed Davis (North Carolina), Elias Harris (Gonzaga), and Willie Warren (Oklahoma).