By: David Kay
Every week The Sports Bank’s resident NBA Draft and college basketball nerd, David Kay takes a look at whose draft stock is on the rise and whose is falling. You can check out full player prospects here and David’s 2010 NBA Mock Draft here.
Maurice Creek, SG, Indiana, Fr.
Creek broke an Indiana freshman record by dropping 31 points on Kentucky this past weekend while hitting 5-8 from deep. He is shooting 43% from three on the season and certainly is not playing like a freshman. Even when he is not scoring, he can contribute in different ways. Creek scored a season-low 8 points in the Hoosiers big win against Pitt but contributed with a career-high 8 boards and 4 assists. If his game continues to develop, he is a potential lottery pick in 2011 or 2012.
Eric Bledsoe, PG, Kentucky, Fr.
John Wall deservedly gets all the hype at Kentucky and Bledsoe has not gotten the credit he deserves for his play. Bledsoe can hit it from deep as demonstrated by his four of five three point attempts as he scored 23 against Indiana. He has a nice mid-range game and can also attack the basket. Once Wall leaves the Wildcats after this season, the sky is the limit for Bledsoe. If he can cut back on his turnovers, he could be a lottery pick after his sophomore season.
Jon Leuer, PF, Wisconsin, Jr.
Leuer arrived in Madison as a skinny kid known for his outside shooting. Since then, he has gotten in the weight room, added some muscle, and become a threat all over the floor. He scored 26 points in a loss at UW-Green Bay and followed that up with a 24-point performance against Marquette. He can knock down open jumpers and has also added a variety of moves in the post. Leuer is a tough match-up as he can take slower defenders off the dribble and has developed a nice turnaround jumper on the block that he uses effectively against smaller opponents. Marquette head coach Buzz Williams called Leuer “a pro” after their game this past weekend and he seems to be gaining attention as a possible second round pick in 2011.
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