Can Butler’s Matt Howard Make it in the NBA?

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Matt Howard of the Butler Bulldogs is to committing a good hard foul what Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino is to being unfunny and possessing no wit.

Howard benefited greatly from sophomore Center Andrew Smith breaking the starting lineup. This allowed Howard to move from the five to the four, giving him more experience playing the only position he has a legitimate chance of playing at the next level. Howard, lost weight in the offseason and improved his jump shot.  He’s a great college basketball player, but his skills do not necessarily translate to the next level.

Still, he could get serious looks due to his intangibles and actually make a roster due to his winning ways and the energy he brings. And he’s smart too, Matt Howard was the Academic All-American of the year.

By Paul M. Banks and David Kay

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NBA Draft Stock Report: Sweet 16/Elite 8 Edition

Derrick Williams nbaEven though it is just one game or a few games, the NCAA Tournament can do wonders to either help or hurt a college basketball player’s NBA Draft Stock; especially on the big stage of the Sweet 16 or Elite 8.  Here are some players who have seen their stock rise and fall this past weekend. Click here for The Sports Bank’s 2011 NBA Mock Draft.  You can also check out the list of underclassmen who have already declared for the draft or announced their intention of returning to school.

By: David Kay
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2010 NBA Draft Stock Report

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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.

BUY:
Trevon Hughes, PG, Wisconsin, Sr.

Living in Wisconsin and following Hughes since he first arrived at Wisconsin, I have seen flashes where I think he can be a legit back-up NBA point guard and plenty of times where he has added to the gray hairs on Bo Ryan’s head.  So far this season, Hughes has been phenomenal for the Badgers.  He received praise from Coach K in Wisconsin’s win against Duke when Hughes scored 26 points and hit some big shots late in the shot clock.  He then dropped 27 in a loss at UWGB and has shown the ability to hit outside shots, attack the basket, and gets after it on D’.  If he keeps performing at his current level of play, he has a real chance of being a second round pick.

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