NBA Draft Stock Report (12/10/10)


Jared Sullinger Ohio State

The NBA Draft Stock Report checks in on which players have made a name for themselves in the past week; either helping or hurting their future draft position.  This week’s edition is led by Ohio State freshman Jared Sullinger who is coming off a 40-point performance.  Click here for The Sports Bank’s 2011 NBA Mock Draft and check out David’s 2012 mock if you are really ambitious.

By: David Kay

Jared Sullinger, PF, Ohio State, Fr.

I don’t care if it was against IUPUI (oooooweeeee-poooooeeeee) or if it did come the day after his uncle’s funeral, anytime a freshman puts up 40 points and 13 boards in a college basketball game, it is extremely impressive.  The most astonishing part of his double-double was his 23 trips to the free throw line.  That shows Sullinger’s ability to establish position on the block and demand the basketball.  His big body can do the rest of the work but having a variety of post moves and a soft touch around the rim like Sullinger does certainly adds to his success.  The Buckeye freshman is cementing his status as one of the top prospects for the 2011 Draft.

Rick Jackson, PF, Syracuse, Sr.
If the season ended today, Jackson would securely have a spot in the second round of the draft.  He has posted seven double-doubles in nine games including a 17 point, 16 rebound performance in Cuse’s win against Michigan State.  Jackson is not a great offensive threat but there is always a need for a physical, rebounding presence off the bench in the NBA.

Thomas Robinson, PF, Kansas, Soph.

Stuck behind Cole Aldrich and the Morris twins last season, Robinson was pretty much a non-factor for the Jayhawks during his freshman campaign.  But Robinson has really impressed me this year.  He has a good combination of athleticism, length, and physicality and shown tremendous strides early this season.  Robinson will not be turning pro this summer, but if one of both of the Morris twins do declare for the draft, his role will only increase next season.  More minutes and steady growth will have him in late lottery discussions moving forward.

Festus Ezeli, C, Vanderbilt, Jr.
The 6-11, 255 pounder has really shown development in his offensive game to compliment his big body.  He put up 24 points and 10 rebounds against Belmont and followed that up with a 16-9 outing against Missouri.  His post game is still a work in progress but has really improved.  With size always a need in the NBA, it is not crazy to think that he would get first round looks.

Wesley Witherspoon Memphis

Wesley Witherspoon, SF, Memphis, Jr.

I was fully on the Witherspoon bandwagon entering the season, thinking he would be much improved as the leader of a young Tiger team and could be a possible lottery pick.  Instead, Witherspoon remains an athletic, talented wing who has still not reached potential and looks more like a borderline first round pick if he were to declare after this season.  His shot selection remains questionable and he tends to float in and out of games if his jumper is not falling.  Add in knee surgery on Friday that will likely sideline Witherspoon for at least a month and there is a really good chance that he will be returning for his senior season.

Chandler Parsons, SF, Florida, Sr.

I sort of felt like a lot of other draft sites were over-valuing Parsons coming into this season when they had him as a high second round pick.  Parsons has not shown anything to make me believe that he truly belongs in the league.  He has scored in single digits in five of the last six games and has not shot the ball well which is supposed to be his strong suit.  At this point, I would be surprised if he got drafted.

David Kay is a senior feature NBA Draft, NBA, and college basketball writer for the Sports Bank.  He also heads up the NBA and college basketball material at Walter and The Washington Times Communities.  You can follow him on Twitter at DavidKay_TSB.


  1. oh I’m ambitious alright…I’ll be reading that 2012

    I love how one of the players in here is named after a fictional holiday in the seinfeld episode

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