NBA Draft Stock Report: McDonald’s All-American Game Edition

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Am I really doing a NBA Draft Stock Report on kids that have not even graduated from high school and will not be eligible for the draft for another year? Yup.

The McDonald’s All-American Game is like the Super Bowl for high school basketball players with NBA scouts flooding the United Center to get a look at some of the potential top prospects for the 2012 NBA Draft.  Even though it is a lot like the NBA All-Star Game– nothing more than a glorified pick-up game where defense is usually non-existent, it’s still a great venue to see how some of the top recruits stack up against equally talented players.

Besides, when I went to the 2008 game in Milwaukee, I fell love with Tyreke Evans’ game and started praising his pro potential.  And well, that turned out okay didn’t it?  Here are some players who really stood out and should be top prospects in the 2012 draft.

By: David Kay
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2011 Marquette Basketball Recruiting Update

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Recruiting is the lifeline of college basketball.  These days, the battle for a kid’s commitment is exponentially more competitive and begins earlier and earlier (Tom Crean and Indiana just received a verbal from a kid in the class of 2014 who has not even played in a high school game yet.) And sometimes, that commitment doesn’t carry a whole lot of weight.  With the open recruiting period beginning today, college coaches around the country are putting their foot on the gas in hoping to land the top available talent.

Entering his third season as head coach at Marquette, Buzz Williams has done an incredible job in landing recruits who are filled with talent. (Check out the latest installment of Marquette: Revealed for Buzz’s difference between talent and a talented player.  Good stuff.)  He has also brought in players who did not last long at MU and ended up taking their talents elsewhere or never even enrolling at the university.

Whatever the case may be, the 2011 class is starting to hone in on their college decisions and the Golden Eagles are in the mix for several top recruits including a consensus top five player in Quincy Miller.

By: David Kay
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