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NBA Draft Preview: Kemba Walker and The Top Players That May Go Pro in 2011

Chris FaigCorrespondent IOctober 21, 2016

NBA Draft Preview: Kemba Walker and The Top Players That May Go Pro in 2011

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    With the midpoint of the 2010-11' NBA season quickly approaching, it is time to familiarize yourself with some of college basketball's most premiere athletes.  

    There are a handful of organizations that are already performing poorly, looking ahead to the the 2011 NBA draft and the future of their franchise.  Division I College Basketball contains some very impressive young talent that would be able to contribute to an NBA team in major ways immediately.

    Some of the most talked about players this season have been Harrison Barnes, Kemba Walker, Kyrie Irving, and Terrence Jones.  

     

    Take a look at the top college prospects that may enter the 2011 NBA Draft at the end of the season.

     

PG Kyrie Irving, Duke Blue Devils

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    Class/Age

    Freshman/18

    Height

    6'2''

    Weight

    180 pounds

    Wingspan

    6'4''

    Reach

    8'1''

    2010-11' Stats(As of 12/23/10)

    8 games played: 28.9 MPG, 17.4 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 5.1 APG, and 1.5 SPG

     

    Positives:

    -Has a nice jump shot with good range

    -Penetrates defenses with ease

    -exhibits great quickness

    Weaknesses:

    -Hasn't been consistent on defense

     

    Projected as a Top 10 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, if he was to declare.

SF Terrence Jones, Kentucky Wildcats

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    Class/Age

    Freshman/18

    Height

    6'8''

    Weight

    226 pounds

    Wingspan

    7'3''

    Reach

    8'10''

    2010-11' Stats(As of 12/23/10)

    10 games played: 31.1 MPG, 18.9 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 1.7 APG, 1.5 SPG, and 2.2 BPG

     

    Positives:

    -Capable of scoring from anywhere on the court

    -Great at finding the open man

    -Excellent ball-handler

    Weaknesses:

    -Forces up too many three's at times

    -Needs to improve his post game

     

    Projected as a late lottery pick to mid-first round.

SG Alec Burks, Colorado Buffaloes

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    Class/Age

    Sophomore/19

    Height

    6'6''

    Weight

    185 pounds


    2010-11' Stats(As of 12/23/10)

    10 Games: 29.7 MPG, 19.8 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 2.4 APG, and 1.1 SPG

    2009-10' Stats

    30 games: 30.2 MPG, 17.1 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 1.8 APG, and 1.2 SPG

     

    Positives:

    -Versatile athlete who can hurt opponents in multiple ways

    -Has some serious "ups"

    -Great at finishing plays

    Weaknesses:

    -Needs to get bigger and stronger

    -Lacks range in his three point shot

     

    *Projected as a mid to late first round pick in the 2011 Draft

SF Harrison Barnes, UNC Tar Heels

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    Class

    Freshman

    Height

    6'8''

    Weight

    210 pounds

    Wingspan

    6'11''

    Reach

    8'7''

    2010-11' Stats(As of 12/23/10)

    12 games: 28.3 MPG, 12.3 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 1.8 APG, and 0.8 SPG

     

    Positives:

    -Unbelievable quickness for his size

    -Excellent basketball IQ, with supreme knowledge of the fundamentals of the game

    -Has a superb mid-range game

    Weaknesses:

    -Needs to add some strength

    -Streaky shooter from three point range, needs to become more consistent 

     

    *Projected as a Top 10 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, if he decides to declare early

PG Josh Selby, Kansas Jayhawks

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    Class

    Freshman

    Height

    6'3''

    Weight

    188 pounds


    2010-11' Stats(As of 12/23/10)

    One game: 27.0 minutes, 21 points, 5 rebounds, one assist, and a three point percentage of 62.5.

     

    Positives:

    -Already has a NBA-type body

    -Aggressive, plays with a lot of heart

    -solid defender

    Weaknesses:

    -Doesn't play like a pure point guard

    -Jump shot could be more consistent

     

    *Selby has been projected as a top 10 prospect by many analysts and scout's.

SF Chris Singleton, Florida State Seminoles

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    Class/Age

    Junior/21

    Height

    6'9''

    Weight

    220 pounds

    2010-11' Stats(As of 12/23/10)

    11 games: 29.3 MPG, 14.3 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 1.9 APG, 2.7 SPG, and 2.4 BPG

     

    Positives:

    -Knows how to finish in transition

    -Has 3-point range, but tends to be streaky

    -Solid mid-range shot

    -Hustles up and down the floor

    Weaknesses:

    -Doesn't score much in the paint

    -Streaky shooter

     

    *Projected to go mid to late first round in the 2011 NBA Draft

PF Jared Sullinger, Ohio State Buckeyes

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    Class/Age

    Freshman/18

    Height

    6'9''

    Weight

    261 pounds

    Wingspan

    7'2''

    Reach

    8'10''

    2010-11' Stats(As of 12/23/10)

    11 games: 28.5 MPG, 17.6 PPG, 10.2 RPG, 1.2 APG, 1.3 SPG, and 0.5 BPG

     

    Positives:

    -Outstanding rebounder

    -Physical player that has a high basketball IQ

    Weaknesses:

    -Not an explosive, high-flying player

    -Conditioning appears to be somewhat of an issue

     

    Projected as a Top 10 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft

SF Jordan Hamilton, Texas Longhorns

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    Class/Age

    Sophomore/20

    Birthplace

    Compton, California

    Height

    6'7''

    Weight

    215 pounds

    2010-11' Stats(As of 12/23/10)

    11 games: 29.6 MPG, 19.4 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 2.5 APG, 0.7 SPG, and 0.5 BPG

     

    Positives:

    -Solid Rebounder

    -Great shooter with some range from deep

    -A hustler who isn't afraid to grind it out down low

    Weaknesses:

    -Has been known to lack lateral quickness

    -At times his shot selection is questionable

     

    *Projected as a late-lottery to mid first round pick

SF Kyle Singler, Duke Blue Devils

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    Class/Age

    Senior/22

    Height

    6'9''

    Weight

    235 pounds

    Birthplace

    Medford, Oregon

    2010-11' Stats(As of 12/23/10)

    11 games: 32.0 MPG, 17.0 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 1.5 APG, and 1.5 SPG

     

    Positives:

    -Unselfish, looks to get teammates involved

    -Has a nice midrange jumper

    -Extremely versatile

    Weaknesses:

    - Needs to get a bit stronger

    -Not a fantastic athlete

     

    *Projected to be selected in the mid to late first round of the 2011 NBA Draft

PG Kemba Walker, UCONN Huskies

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    Class/Age

    Junior/20

    Height

    6'1''

    Weight

    172 pounds

    Birthplace

    New York, New York

    2010-11' Stats(As of 12/23/10)

    9 games: 34.0 MPG, 27.2 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 4.0 APG, and 2.3 SPG

     

    Positives:

    -Extremely quick and a freak of an athlete

    -Explosive, often tends to reach the basket at will

    -Finds the open teammate off of penetration

    -Solid defender

    Weaknesses:

    -Lacks size

    -Tends to be inconsistent from the perimeter

     

    *Currently projected as a mid to late first round pick if he decides to enter the NBA Draft in 2011

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