2011 NBA Draft Results: Justin Holiday and Top 5 Undrafted Pac-12 Players
With only 60 picks in the entire NBA draft, making the NBA is extremely difficult. Although the 2011 NBA draft class was said to be a weak one, it was still very deep with players who could make NBA rosters.
The Pac-12 had a lot of talent last season, but not all of it got drafted on Thursday. Here is a list of the five best undrafted free agents from the Pac-12.
5. Jeremy Green, G, Stanford
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After leaving school early to enter the 2011 NBA Draft, Jeremy Green probably wishes he could re-think his options. As a junior last season, Green put up solid numbers but did not improve much after a stellar sophomore season.
Green probably thought that this year’s weak draft class would land him in the second round. Unfortunately, he was not selected, but Green is a dangerous shooter that will likely make someone’s roster.
Last season, Green made over 40 percent of his three-point attempts and most coaches love guys that can light it up from distance.
4. DeAngelo Casto, F, Washington State
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Former Washington State forward DeAngelo Casto also left school early to take a chance at the NBA. Between his sophomore and junior seasons, Casto improved his shooting consistency greatly, which he thought would help his draft stock.
But at 6’8” Casto might be a little bit small to play power forward in the NBA. However, he is a good rebounder and finisher around the hoop for his size. Casto could make a team that is in need of a low post presence off the bench.
3. Justin Holiday, G, Washington
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After graduating from Washington, Justin Holiday hoped to join his younger brother Jrue in the NBA, but it won’t be through the draft. Justin is a very sound basketball player who knows how to make his teammates better.
The nock on him is his inability to do any one thing great. Although Holiday is a skilled defender, he is not a lock down guy at the guard position. With that said, Justin has the work ethic and enough game to become a role player in the NBA.
2. Michael Dunigan, F, Oregon
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Although he left Oregon quite some time ago, Michael Dunigan is worth mentioning on this list. The big man changed his game while overseas and now he is a much more skilled forward.
Dunigan had hoped to be selected in the second round of the draft, but now he gets to choose his destination. There is no denying that Dunigan is still raw, but he has size and talent that will get him on an NBA roster.
1. Matthew Bryan-Amaning, F, Washington
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Of all of the guys on this list, Matthew Bryan-Amaning is the best athlete. He is freakishly long and seems to be able to block any shot in his area. The British import developed a ton during his time at Washington, especially between his junior and senior years.
His shooting percentages increased every year as did his points and rebounds per game. What makes Bryan-Amaning special is that he has the highest ceiling of anyone on the list. Whoever picks him up could have a lockdown defender for many years to come.