2009 NBA Draft Prospects

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By David K.

Yes, I know the 2008 NBA Draft just took place last week.  But being the huge nerd that I am, I couldn’t help but look forward to next year’s draft class.  Frankly, outside of a few very highly regarded talents (Rubio, Jennings, Griffin, DeRozan, Mullens), it seems like 2009 will be an anti-climactic group.  Then again, I have about 350 days to be convinced otherwise.  Anyway, here is a look at the top ten prospects at each position. 

PG
Ricky Rubio   Spain   6-4 1988
Brandon Jennings  Arizona  6-1 Fr.
Jrue Holliday   UCLA   6-4 Fr.
Stephen Curry   Davidson  6-0 Jr.
Ty Lawson   North Carolina 5-11 Jr.
Darren Collison  UCLA   6-0 Sr.
Rodrigue Beaubois  France   6-4 1988
Scottie Reynolds  Villanova  6-2 Jr.
Eric Maynor   VCU   6-3 Sr.
Johnny Flynn   Syracuse  6-0 So.
 

Others to Watch:

A.J. Price, UConn (6-2 Sr.); Greivis Vasquez, Maryland (6-5 Jr.); Sherron Collins, Kansas (5-11 Jr.); Tyrese Rice, Boston College (6-1 Sr.); Lester Hudson, UT-Martin (6-3 Sr.); Curtis Jerrells, Baylor (6-1 Sr.); Jeremy Pargo,  Gonzaga (6-2 Sr.); Alexy Shved, Russia (6-5 1988); Ronald Steele, Alabama (6-3 Sr.); Dominic James, Marquette (5-11 Sr.); Jack McClinton, Miami FL (6-1 Sr.); Patrick Beverly, Arkansas (6-1 Jr.); Jai Lucas, Florida (5-11 So.); Tajuan Porter, Oregon (5-6 Jr.); Manny Harris, Michigan (6-5 So.); A.J. Abrams, Texas (6-0, Sr.)
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Chase Budinger made the list…..

SG
Demar DeRozen  USC   6-6 Fr.
James Harden   Arizona St.  6-5 So.
Tyreke Evans   Memphis  6-5 Fr.
Chase Budinger  Arizona  6-7 Jr.
James Anderson  Oklahoma St.  6-6 So.
Wayne Ellington  North Carolina 6-4 Jr.
Gerald Henderson  Duke   6-4 Jr.
Paul Harris   Syracuse  6-5 Jr.
Alonzo Gee   Alabama  6-6 Sr.
Josh Shipp   UCLA   6-5 Sr.

Other Players to Watch:Jerel McNeal, Marquette (6-3 Sr.); Robert Vaden, UAB (6-5 Sr.); Marcus Ginyard, UNC (6-5 Sr.); Austin Freeman Georgetown (6-5 So.); K.C. Rivers, Clemson (6-5 Sr.); Stefon Jackson, UTEP (6-5 Sr.); Antonio Anderson, Memphis (6-6 Sr.), Patrick Christopher, California (6-5 Jr.); Lee Cummard, BYU (6-7 Sr.); Lorenzo Wade, San Diego St. (6-6 Sr.); Dionte Christmas, Temple (6-5 Sr.)

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…Trent Meacham did not
 

SF
Al-Farouq Aminu  Wake Forest  6-9 Fr.
Austin Daye   Gonzaga  6-10 So.
Tyler Smith   Tennessee  6-7 Jr.
Earl Clark   Louisville  6-8 Jr.
Damion James   Texas   6-8 Jr.
Victor Claver   Spain   6-10 1988
Sam Young   Pitt   6-6 Sr.
Derrick Brown  Xavier   6-8 Jr.
Nick Calathes   Florida   6-6 So.
Omri Cassipi   Israel   6-8 1988

Other Players to Watch: Raymar Morgan, Michigan State (6-7 Jr.); DaJuan Summers, Georgetown (6-8 Jr.); Joe Ingles, Australia (6-8 1987); Kyle Singler, Duke (6-8 So.); Terrence Williams, Louisville (6-6 Sr.); Stanley Robinson, UConn (6-9 Jr.); Danny Green, UNC (6-5 Sr.); Josh Carter, Texas A&M (6-7 Sr.); Quincy Pondexter, Washington (6-7 Jr.); Anthony Mason Jr., St. John’s (6-7 Sr.); DeMarre Carroll, Missouri (6-7 Sr.); James Johnson, Wake Forest (6-8 So.); J.P. Prince, Tennessee (6-7 Sr.); Robert Dozier, Memphis (6-9 Sr.)

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“Don’t hans me bro!”
 

PF
Blake Griffin   Oklahoma  6-10 So.
Greg Monroe   Georgetown  6-10 Fr.
Tyler Hansbrough  North Carolina 6-9 Sr.
Patrick Patterson  Kentucky  6-9 So.
Samardo Samuels  Louisville  6-9 Fr.
Jordan Hill   Arizona  6-10 So.
Donatas Motiejunas  Lithuania  7-1 1990
Jeff Pendergraph  Arizona St.  6-10 Sr.
Derrick Brown  Xavier   6-9 Jr.
Hank Norel   Netherlands  6-11 1987

Other Players to Watch:

Artem Zabelin, Russia (7-1 1988); Luke Harangody, Notre Dame (6-8 Jr.); Taj Gibson, USC (6-9 Jr.); Chris Johnson, LSU (6-11 Sr.); Tim Ohlbrecht, Germany (6-11 1988); Jeff Adrien, UConn (6-7 Sr.); DeJuan Blair, Pitt (6-7 So.); Josh Heytvelt, Gonzaga (6-11 Sr.); Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi St. (6-9 Jr.); Leo Lyons, Missouri (6-9 Sr.); Jon Brockman, Washington (6-7 Sr.)
 

C
B.J. Mullens   Ohio State  7-0 Fr.
Hasheem Thabeet  UConn   7-3 Jr.
Andrew Ogilvy  Vanderbilt  6-11 So.
Cole Aldrich   Kansas   6-11 So.
Jerome Jordan   Tulsa   7-0 Jr.
Connor Atchley  Texas    6-10 Sr.
Slava Kravtsov  Ukraine  7-0 1987
Miroslav Raduljica  Serbia   7-0 1988
Russell Hicks   Fla. International 7-0 Sr.
Kenny George   UNC-Ashville  7-7 Sr.

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  1. paulmbanks says

    I’m glad Raymar’s not in the top 10. even though he’s showed flashes he’s clearly not ready.

  2. David K. says

    nor is Trent Meachem

  3. Peter Christian says

    David K., I want you to pick out at least one player at each position that will under perform in the NBA.

  4. Watch out for Sam Young!!!!! He will be the next MJ!!!

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