NBA Draft 2011: Top Sleepers from Smaller Schools or Leagues
While the major universities get all the serious publicity and limelight of national TV, players from smaller colleges have to make a name the old fashion way: hard work.
Its not that the players from big schools don't work hard, but they have more of the advantages of exposure.
As the old saying goes, "If you can play, they will find you!"
With the 2011 NBA draft coming up, potential draftees are working their way up the draft charts through their past tournament play, team season and current workouts. As the smoke clears from all of this, a new pack of players have come to the forefront, and GMs are licking their chops in hopes of picking one of these players up.
Let's take a closer look at some players who might have their names called up to the podium sooner than they might think if they show and prove.
Jamine Peterson: Coming to an NBA City Near You
Jamine "Greedy" Peterson made a major splash during the 2009-2010 Providence College season by posting game averages of nearly 20 points and 10 rebounds.
The Brooklyn native found major success on the court, but off the court he found himself on the receiving end of the coach's wrath as he was kicked off the team for unspecified violations of team rules.
The one thing that jumps out at you is that Peterson has a great inside/outside game and can play the 2, 3 or 4 in the NBA at times. He is as NBA-ready physically as anyone in this year's draft.
He also possesses an explosive vertical leap of 37 inches, a long wingspan of 6' 10.5" and a standing reach of 8' 6".
If Peterson's ability to make shots with his 6' 6", 235 pound frame, he should find an NBA city more than happy to acquire his services.
Charles Jenkins: NBA Ready
Charles Jenkins' rise coming into the NBA draft has come over a four-year period at Hofstra.
His overall numbers have improved across the board and so has his game. His shooting and penetrating skills should show well at the next level.
He is one of the strongest guards coming into the league (having benched 185 pounds 16 times) and still rates equal or very close to the bigger-name guards in his agility and vertical (34" max).
Jenkins has a long wingspan of 6'8" and reach of 8'1"—and a motor to match when on the court.
He shot a solid 51 percent FG and 42 percent from the three-point range.
If the Queens native can show respective teams he can play the point position at times, he will find a home to grow at.
Andrew Goudelock: Shooter Ready for Hire
The legendary range of Jimmer Fredette has made the ESPN headlines all year, but College of Charleston guard Andrew Goudelock (6'3") can not only match but take it out a bit some more with his own ridiculous shooting range.
In the NBA if you can shoot and can get your shot off with some accuracy, you will find employment and wind up quite wealthy.
He was under the tutelage of Bobby Cremins, who has mentored a stable of great guards over the past years. Players like Mark Price, Kenny Anderson, Stephon Marbury, Travis Best and Jon Barry are just a few who have become quite solid NBA players under Cremins.
Goudelock has spent four years in school and put the time to good use, as his numbers rose from 13 to 23 PPG over his four years. His shooting percentage was over 45 percent FG and 42 percent from the three-point range over the same time.
What the Georgia native lacks in raw speed and defensive prowess he more than makes up for in his scoring and growing point guard skills.
He can look no further than Stephen Curry's career and do his best to emulate it next year for his new NBA team.
Norris Cole: Tenacious Defender with Scoring Ability
When you go from a 5-PPG scorer to 22-PPG scorer over four years it's called growth, and NBA teams like that.
Norris Cole honed his point guard skills over his four-year career in his home state of Ohio at Cleveland State. He went from solid to great over that same period, using great basketball IQ to go along with his solid skill set in areas such as pick-n-rolls and moving the ball in halfcourt and transition scenarios.
Cole is a pretty explosive leaper as his 38" vertical shows. Defensively, he is tenacious and pretty solid on ball defending.
The knock on Cole is that he did his damage versus inferior competition, and that might keep him out the first round.
Whoever ends up with this guy will be extremely happy with the player they receive.