The Stock Report (NCAA Tournament Edition)

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The dollar may be dropping, but David K.’s NBA Draft Stock Report is increasing in value 

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An update of whose NBA Draft stock is rising and falling

Now, more so than ever, NBA scouts have their eyes glued on college basketball and the NCAA Tournament.  A good performance in the Big Dance can do wonders for a future NBA prospect’s draft stock, while bombing on the big stage can have the opposite effect.  Here is a look at who helped raise their stock after the first weekend of the tourney:

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BUY:

Stephen Curry, Sophomore, G, Davidson

College recruiters from the ACC and SEC overlooked Curry coming out of high school.  While he may look like he is twelve years old and have a skinnier frame that Calista Flockhart, the kid can flat out shoot the rock.  Curry was undoubtedly the MVP of the first two rounds, dropping 40 points on Gonzaga in the opening round while scoring 30, 25 of which in the second half, in a come-from-behind defeat of Georgetown.  I would be shocked if Curry tested the NBA waters, but if he can add some muscle and improve his ball-handling skills, it will be hard for NBA scouts to overlook him in the near future.
 

Mario Chalmers, Junior, PG, Kansas

Chalmers followed up a 30 point, 6 assist performance against Texas in the Big 12 championship with two solid tourney games.  He scored 17 and 16 points respectively in the Jayhawks’ first two rounds.  With point guards like Derrick Rose, O.J. Mayo, D.J. Augustin, Darren Collison, and Ty Lawson all likely top-20 picks; Chalmers could be the next best option for an NBA team looking for a floor general in the late first round.  He has likely secured a spot in the first round with his recent play and could see his stock rise even further as Kansas continues to stay alive.

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Kevin Love, Freshman, PF, UCLA

Love just knows how to play the game.  Period.  He may not be the athletic power forward that NBA teams crave these days, but Love has proven that he is more than ready to contribute in the NBA.  In UCLA’s opening round win, the freshman scored 20 points and grabbed nine boards in just 21 minutes.  Against Texas A&M, Love dropped 19, collected 11 rebounds, and blocked seven shots.  He is a sure-fire lottery pick if he decides to go pro, and could end up in the top ten if an NBA club is looking for a smart, well-rounded post player.
 

Joe Alexander, Junior, F, West Virginia

The versatile Alexander has led the Mountaineers to the Sweet 16.  At 6-8, Alexander has shown the versatility to put the ball on the floor and create his own shot, as well as hit outside jumpers, post-up smaller defenders, knock down free throws, and crash the boards.  He has scored 20-plus points in six of his last eight games.  If he decides to forgo his senior season which is becoming more and more possible, he would likely be a top-20 pick. 
 

Courtney Lee, Senior, SG, Western Kentucky

Playing at a mid-major school, Lee doesn’t get the national exposure that he deserves.  He scored 29 points on 4 of 5 shooting from downtown in the Hilltoppers’ second round victory over San Diego after having 15 points and nine boards in round one.  It is evident that he can shoot the ball, but he also attacks the rim and rebounds well for a two-guard.  Another impressive performance in the Sweet 16 should cement his status as a first-round pick.

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Jamont Gordon, Junior, Guard, Mississippi St.

Gordon might be the most underrated combo guard in the nation.  Questions come up about his decision-making abilities as he averages more than four turnovers a game.  What makes Gordon special is his capability to make an impact even when he is not scoring.  In the Bulldogs’ first round win, Gordon shot just 2 of 14 from the field, but dished out nine assists and grabbed 11 rebounds.  He followed that up with a 21 point, 11 rebound, 5 assist outing in Mississippi State’s second round loss to Memphis.  His versatility should be attractive to NBA teams which could get him into the first round if he gives up his final year of eligibility.
 

Charles Rhodes, Senior, PF, Mississippi State

Rhodes threw his name into the draft last season just to test the waters and get a feel for what scouts were thinking.  His 34 points and 14 boards against Oregon, and 14 & 10 versus Memphis proves that he can be a force inside.  He has the knock of being an under-sized power forward which is always a deterring factor on draft day.  But in recent years, guys like Craig Smith, Paul Millsap, Leon Powe, Glenn Davis, and Carl Landry have found success being role players as second-round picks.  Rhodes could continue that trend and be a second-round steal for a team looking for a physical presence off the bench.

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Although Drew Neitzel was not mentioned at all in this article, I had to include this picture of #11 being interviewed by Erin Andrews. And who’s going to argue against posting a picture that shows Erin Andrews from behind?  

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  1. paulmbanks says

    sorry about the stock chart getting blocked by the menu. I do what I can

    “Tiger Style”

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