NBA Draft Stock Report

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By David Kay

BUYING

Evan Turner, G/F, Ohio State, Sr.

What’s more impressive: his opening night triple double of 14 points, 17 boards, and 10 assists or following that up with a 24-point, 17-rebound, 4-assist showing the next game? Turner is playing a Scottie Pippen-like point forward role for the Buckeyes and can play four positions on the floor. He is a top-10 lock and my new college hoops man crush this season.

 Xavier Henry, SG, Kansas, Fr.

In his Jayhawk debut, Henry scored 27 points on 5-of-8 shooting from downtown in just 24 minutes. His offensive game is smooth and he has a sweet stroke from the outside. Physically, Henry is ready for the NBA and will likely be a one-and-done especially if Kansas makes it to the Final Four, which seems very likely.

 Patrick Patterson, PF, Kentucky, Jr.

Returning to school may have been the best decision Patterson ever made. Playing in John Calipari’s dribble-drive motion offense has developed Patterson’s perimeter game which will only make him more attractive to NBA teams. Physically, Patterson remains a man among boys with his strength inside. If he can consistently knock down jump shots and show he is a better ball-handler, he will not fall out of the lottery.

SELLING

 John Henson, F, North Carolina, Fr.

The Heels have only played three games, but Henson doesn’t look near ready to take his game to the next level after this season. He has only played 34 minutes and scored 12 points. Yes, for a 6-10 player he is a ridiculous athlete, but he is so skinny and his overall offensive game needs a lot of grooming that he should spend at least two years developing his body and skill set before he jumps to the NBA.

 Kevin Coble, F, Northwestern, Sr.

The versatile Coble was hoping to help lead Northwestern to their first ever trip to the Final Four this season, but will miss the entire 2009-2010 campaign due to season-ending surgery on his left foot. He would be a long shot to get drafted anyway, but will seek a medical redshirt for next season in hopes of playing his final year with the Wildcats.

 Renardo Sidney, PF, Mississippi State, Fr.

The NCAA is still reviewing information regarding Sidney’s eligibility. Until that issue gets cleared up, Sidney will remain in street clothes for Mississippi State which never helps a player’s draft stock. The talent and size is there, but questions will remain about his effort and character until he proves otherwise on and off the court.

2010 NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Mike Davis

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By Paul M. Banks, Walterfootball.com

Mike Davis (6-9, 210, F) was one of the most improved players in the Big Ten Conference last season. He was second on the Illini in scoring and third in the Big Ten in rebounding last winter. He led the conference with nine double-doubles and 11 double-digit rebounding performances on the season.

The second-team All-Big Ten selection by coaches (Third-team pick by media) also made the Big Ten All-Tournament Team and improved his scoring average by about nine points this past year.

Davis will need to make similar strides this year if he hopes to consider leaving school after his junior year. Currently, he looks like a solid middle second-rounder in 2011.

However, the potential is certainly there for Davis’ stock to shoot up. Critics claim he lives and dies by the baseline jumper, but his shot selection and offensive decision-making are some of his best qualities, evidenced by his finishing third in the Big Ten in field-goal shooting at 53.3 percent (171-321).

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If he can continue to develop a triple-threat game, he will be able to beat more opposing defenders with his little half-hooks and turnaround jump shots. His defense isn’t bad either, and this upcoming season will give him a chance to showcase it for “Association” scouts.

The Illini were a surprisingly good team last year, but they lost their best (and one of the league’s best) defenders in Chester Frazier. Coach Bruce Weber has spoken about Davis being a go-to-guy in the future, especially on the defensive end, and someone will have to step up and guard the opposing team’s best scorer like Frazier did last season. Davis will need to be that guy.

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2010 NBA Draft Rankings: Small Forwards

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By Paul M. Banks and David Kay, Walter Football

# 1  Al-Farouq Aminu, Wake Forest

Height: 6-9. Weight: 215. Year: So.
Projected Selection: Top 10.
’08-’09: 12.9 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 1.2 bpg, 51.6 FG%, 67.2 FT%, 16.9 3-PT%

#2 Evan Turner, Ohio State

Height: 6-7. Weight: 205. Year: Jr.
Projected Selection: mid-late lottery.
’08-’09: 17.3 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 4.0 apg, 50.3 FG%, 78.8 FT%, 44.0 3-PT%

#3 Devin Ebanks, West Virginia

Height: 6-9. Weight: 205. Year: So.
Projected Selection: late lottery.
’08-’09: 10.5 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 2.7 apg, 47.0 FG%, 70.0 FT%, 12.5 3-PT%

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