NBA Draft 2011: The Top 20 Undrafted Players Still Left on the Board

Justin WeltonAnalyst IIJune 24, 2011

NBA Draft 2011: The Top 20 Undrafted Players Still Left on the Board

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    As the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft was concluding, many foreign players were being selected pick after pick. This only means one thing: There are a laundry-list of well-known players that went undrafted.

    There have been numerous players that had fantastic NBA careers that went undrafted. John Starks, Ben Wallace and Bruce Bowen are just a few names that had great careers, but were never drafted.

    These are my 20 best prospects left on the board.

No 20: Terrence Jennings

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    Height: 6'9"

    Weight: 220 lbs.

    School: Louisville

    Position: Power Forward

    2010-2011: 9.6 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.

    Jennings gets questioned with his lack of concentration consistently. Would he be able to maintain focus in the grueling 82-game schedule that is the NBA? I don't know.

    He does have an NBA body to go along with good athleticism.

No 19: Brad Wanamaker

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    Height: 6'3"

    Weight: 208 lbs.

    School: Pittsburgh

    Position: Guard

    2010-2011: 11.7 points, 5.2 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game.

    Wanamaker shared point guard duties with Travon Woodall and Ashton Gibbs at Pitt.

    He would prefer to drive to the basket any chance he gets. He showed that throughout his college career, but in his senior season he developed a reliable mid-range shot. His outside shooting is still a need for concern.


No 18: Damian Saunders

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    Height: 6'7"

    Weight: 210 lbs.

    School: Duquesne

    Position: Small Forward

    2010-2011: 12.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.

    Saunders is quick, long and athletic. He has shown that he is a great rebounder, shot blocker and can steals player.

    He averaged 2.3 steals and 2.7 blocks in his senior season. He is a solid all-around prospect that is still looking for a team.

No 17: Durrell Summers

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    Height: 6'4"

    Weight: 190 lbs.

    School: Michigan State

    Position: Shooting Guard

    2010-2011: 11.6 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.

    All we heard this past season in college basketball was how great a player Durrell Summers was. We rarely saw that great player on the floor.

    He is athletic, talented and capable of being a great scorer. We didn't see that enough though in his four years of college.

No 16: Jamie Skeen

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    Height: 6'8"

    Weight: 242 lbs.

    School: VCU

    Position: Forward

    2010-2011: 15.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.

    Skeen wasn't really being looked at as a top-100 type of talent until the NCAA Tournament. He shows a great ability to finish after contact, shoot with range and a great motor.

    His downfall is his size, injury history and quickness.

No 15: Xavier Silas

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    Height: 6'5"

    Weight: 200 lbs.

    School: Northern Illinois

    Position: Shooting Guard

    2010-2011: 22.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.

    Silas is a good scorer with deep three-point range. His 6'5" size is a plus for the shooting guard position.

    He doesn't have the greatest athletic ability. Would he be able to guard quicker NBA guards on a nightly basis?

No 14: Xavi Rabaseda

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    Height: 6'6"

    Weight: 201 lbs.

    From: Spain

    Position: Shooting Guard

    Players from Spain can shoot the rock and Rabaseda is no different. He is a good athlete that can score in a variety of ways.

    His defense is one of his biggest concerns.

No 13: Greg Smith

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    Height: 6'10"

    Weight: 253 pounds

    School: Fresno State

    Position: Center

    2010-2011: 11.7 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.

    With his ability to use his body Smith's low post game is solid. He is also an underrated athlete for his position.

    He does, however, have no jumper whatsoever.

No 12: Matthew Bryan-Amaning

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    Height: 6'10"

    Weight: 232 lbs.

    School: Washington

    Position: Power Forward

    2010-2011: 15.3 points and eight rebounds per game.

    He is a solid athlete that can put up numbers whether it is points, rebounds, steals or blocks.

    His downfall is his lack of focus and low basketball IQ.

    People will be surprised to see how quick Bryan-Amaning is at the power forward position if he ever gets a chance to play in the league.

No 11: Jacob Pullen

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    Height: 6'0"

    Weight: 200 lbs.

    School: Kansas State

    Position: Shooting Guard

    2010-2011: 20.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.

    If a player can play basketball at college at the level Pullen did you would think that some team would give him a shot as an undrafted free agent.

    He is a consistent performer that has a knack for hitting the clutch shot. His range is very deep.

    Of course, his size and lack of athleticism are his biggest downfalls.

No 10: Justin Holiday

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    Height: 6'5"

    Weight: 179 lbs.

    School: Washington

    Position: Small Forward

    2010-2011: 10.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.

    Holiday is a tough-minded and aggressive player that competes on a nightly basis. He is a solid defender and rebounder.

    There are many areas of his offensive game that needs work, especially his outside shot.

No 9: Jamine Peterson

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    Height: 6'6"

    Weight: 230 lbs.

    Location: NBDL

    Position: Small Forward

    2009-2010 college basketball stats: 19.6 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.

    Peterson is a solid all-around offensive player. He is an explosive athlete that carries an NBA body.

    He does have some off the court issues that may have shied general managers away from him.

No 8: David Lighty

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    Height: 6'7"

    Weight: 216 lbs.

    School: Ohio State

    Position: Shooting Guard

    2010-2011: 12.1 points, four rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.

    He shot an efficient 43 percent from behind the arc in his senior season with the Buckeyes. He isn't great at one thing but solid at many.



No 7: Malcolm Thomas

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    Height: 6'9

    Weight: 223 lbs.

    School: San Diego State

    Position: Power Forward

    2010-2011: 11.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.

    His downfalls are his size and lack of a jumper but he has many traits that are above-average. He is long and athletic, with a 7'1" wingspan. He is a great defender, rebounder and shot blocker.

    His athleticism could of had him drafted in the second round. Instead, he is a great option as an undrafted free agent.

No 6: Ben Hansbrough

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    Height: 6'3"

    Weight: 203 lbs.

    School: Notre Dame

    Position: Point Guard

    2010-2011: 18.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game.

    He may not carry the upside that scouts are looking for but he knows how to play the game. He can do multiple things on that court that could help a team. He is a scorer that carries a high basketball IQ.

    This season helped him and his draft stock by showing that he is capable of running a team at the point guard position.

No 5: Rick Jackson

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    Height: 6'9"

    Weight: 242 lbs.

    School: Syracuse

    Position: Power Forward

    2010-2011: 13.1 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.

    Jackson has really improved throughout the course of his four-year Syracuse career. He has developed an average post play. He is also a great rebounder.

    He isn't a skilled big man by any means. He is, however, a big body that could be used off the bench.

No 4: Giorgi Shermadini

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    Height: 7'0"

    Weight: 250 lbs.

    Location: Georgia

    Position: Center

    He is sound in many areas offensively. He can shoot from the perimeter or score around the rim with effectiveness.

    His biggest downfall comes on the opposite end though. Athletic players give him trouble and every player in the NBA has athletic ability.


No 3: Demetri McCamey

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    Height: 6'3"

    Weight: 205 lbs.

    School: Illinois

    Position: Point Guard

    Demetri McCamey has been slipping down the big board of many draft experts since his junior season at Illinois. His senior season was a drop-off in most statistical categories.

    2010-2011: 14.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 6.1 assists.

    2009-2010: 15.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 7.1 assists.

    He is a great floor leader that has deep range.

    He increased his three-point percentage from 34 to 45 percent from his junior season.


No 2: LaceDarius Dunn

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    Height: 6'4"

    Weight: 188 lbs.

    School: Baylor

    Position: Shooting Guard

    2010-2011: 19.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.

    Dunn can beat you many ways offensively. He was a big time scorer throughout his four-year career at Baylor.

    He has a consistent outside shot when he gets his feet set. Shot selection is one of the biggest questions regarding his game.

No 1: Scotty Hopson

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    Height: 6'7"

    Weight: 205 lbs.

    School: Tennessee

    Position: Shooting Guard

    2010-2011: 17 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.

    When Hopson and Tennessee came to play Pittsburgh at CONSOL Energy Center, he looked like the best player in college basketball. He scored 27 points on 10-13 shooting including going 3-3 from long distance.

    It turned out that Hopson and the Volunteers were just having one of those days in which everything was going right.

    He also disappeared in a number of games. He will need to improve in many areas at the next level, especially his defense.

    Why not give this guy a shot as an undrafted free agent? You just may find a diamond in the rough.