NBA 2K13: NBA 2K13 Fictional Draft Class 5 For More info and Videos regarding this draft class, clink the link below! http://www.operationsports.com/forums/nba-2k-rosters/596221-xbox360-cwsapp757-dreece-nba-2k13-realistic-fictional-draft-classes.html TABLE OF CONTENTS: TABLE OF CONTENTS ALL AMERICAN TEAMS ………………………………….…………… 3 LAST YEAR”S RESULTS ………………………………….………… .. 4 SAPP’S TOP 80 BIG BOARD ……………………………........... 5 UNDERSTANDING PLAYER PROFILES ……………………….. 6 VIDEO/HIGHLIGHT ARCHIVE……………………………..7 POSITION GRADES …............................................. 8 Point Guards ……………………………………………………………….. 9 Shooting Guards ……….………………………………………………. 30 Small Forwards ……………..…………………………………………… 48 Power Forwards ………………………………………………….…….. 63 Centers ……….…………………………………………….……….………… 80 GM CORNER ……………..………………………………………………… 94 Dreece’s Big Men ……………………………….……………………….. 95 Dreece’s Floor Stretchers ……………………………….………... 99 Dreece’s Not Sleepers Anymore …………….……………… 103 Dreece’s Need Defense?.....................................107 PLAYER INTERVIEWS ……….……………………………………… 112 Chris Bishop/Dre Redd ………………………………………….… 113 Donnie Hines …..…………………………………….………………….. 114 Stephen Braithwaite ………………………….……………………… 116 WHO’S GOING BACK TO SCHOOL ........................ 118 Alan Miller ………..……………………………………………………….. 119 Terrence Young ……………………………….………………………… 120 Jermaine Harrison …………………………………………………..… 121 Ryan Stafford… ……………………………………………………….… 122 Tony Bender …………………………………………………………....… 123 WHO’S NEXT ……………………………………………………………… 124 Jacob Francis ……………........................................... 125 Devin Johnson ….…..………………………………………………….. 126 Travis Buchanan …………………………….…………………………. 127 Tobias Rush ……..…………….………………………………………….. 128 Shawn Wright ……..……….……………………………………………. 129 All Americans and All Freshman Teams: All Americans and All Freshman Teams First Team All Americans G – Jermaine Harrison – Oklahoma - Sophomore G – Chris Bishop – Cincinnati – Sophomore F – Stephen Braithwaite – Georgetown – Freshman F – Alan Miller – Notre Dame - Junior C – Dre Redd – UNLV - Junior Second Team All Americans G – Terrance Young – Wake Forest - Sophomore G – Andre Stafford – Missouri – Junior F – James Giles – Virginia Tech - Junior C – Keith Taylor – Northwestern - Junior F – Jeremiah Turner – Oral Roberts - Junior Third Team All Americans G – Courtney Taylor – Kentucky – Freshman G – Antoine Thomas – Oklahoma State - Freshman F – Ryan Stafford – Duke – Freshman F – James Scott – Louisville - Sophomore C – David Hawkins – Indiana State - Senior NCAA All Freshman Team G – Bryce Baker - Villanova G – Courtney Taylor – Kentucky G – Antoine Thomas – Oklahoma State F – Ryan Stafford – Duke F – Stephen Braithwaite – Georgetown Last Year’s Results: Last Year’s Results National Championship Game – UNLV 87 – Cincinnati 74 Player of the Year – C – Dre Redd - UNLV - Junior Freshman of the Year – PF – Stephen Braithwaite – Georgetown Defensive Player of the Year – SF – Ryan Stafford – Duke - Freshman Sapp’s Top 80 Big Board: Sapp’s Top 80 Big Board Dre Redd C – UNLV – Jr. Chris Bishop SG – Cincinnati – So. Stephen Braithwaite – Georgetown – Fr. *Alan Miller PF – Notre Dame – Jr. *Terrence Young PG – Wake Forest – So. *Jermaine Harrison SG – Oklahoma – So. *Ryan Stafford SF – Duke – Fr. *Tony Bender C – Georgetown – Fr. John Fernandez SG – Duke – So. *Jeremiah Turner C – Oral Roberts – Jr. Courtney Taylor PG – Kentucky – Fr. Ernest Knight PF – UCLA – So. Anthony Graham C – Indiana – Fr. *Antoine Thomas SG – Oklahoma St. – Fr. *James Scott SF – Louisville – So. Jimmie Young PF – Florida – So. Brent Carter C – Arizona State – So. Justin Wood SF – Utah – Sr. *Jamaal Saunders PF – Wisconsin – Fr. James Giles PF – Virginia Tech – Jr. Corey Williams SF – Auburn – Jr. David Hawkins PF – Indiana State – Sr. Myron Murray PG – Georgetown – Sr. Dan Hollins C – Gonzaga – Sr. DJ Adams SG – Indiana – So. *Monte Westbrook SG – Cincinnati – Fr. Wayne Richardson PG – Florida – So. Shawn Daniels SG – Utah – So. Donta James PF – Arizona State – Jr. Ricky Lewis SF – Marquette – Jr. Clarence Goodman PF – Connecticut – Fr. Cecil Alexander PF – Texas – Fr. Jamaal Benjamin SF – Clemson – Sr. *Brandon Tinsley PG – Ohio State – Fr. Valmilton Paulista SG – Brazil Byron Coles SG – Pittsburgh – Jr. *Julio Carpenter PG – Texas – Fr. Terrell George PG – Georgia Tech – Fr. Monte Andrews SG – UCLA – Fr. *Aaron Williams PG – Louisville – Jr. Gregory Lewis PG – Kansas State – Jr. * Lamond Kane PG – TCU – So. Jevon Baker PG – Fresno State – Jr. Lee Sanders PF – Missouri – Sr. * Jamar Porter SG – Rutgers – Jr. Bryce Baker PG – Villanova – Fr. Myron Goodrich PG – Utah State – Sr. Sherron Mason SF – Florida State – Sr. Evan Williams SG – Kentucky – Sr. Donte Webber PG – Iowa – Sr. Reinaldo Carlos PG – Brazil *Joshua Kent PF – Arizona – So. Ekpe Okocha PG – Nigeria Andre Stafford PG – Missouri AC Kirkland SG – UNC Charlotte * Roy Robinson PF – Oakland – Jr. Marcus Booth C – West Virginia * Raymond Moore C – LSU – Jr. Donnie Hines SF – Maryland – Fr. Jevon Phillips C – Arizona – So * Monic Lujan PF – New Mexico – Jr. Greg Wright SG – Boston College – Sr. Dwight Galloway SG – Virginia – Fr. * Stevie McKinney C – Michigan State – Fr. Danny McCarthy PG – Oregon State – So. Carlos Morales PG – Puerto Rico * Rufus Hamilton C – Pittsburgh – So. * Reggie Boone SG – Wichita State – So. Maurice Copeland SG – Michigan – So. Derek Stallworth PG – Wisconsin – So. * Damien Banks C – Ohio State – Fr. Austin Irving SF – Oklahoma – So. Brian Samuels SF – Wake Forest – So. Johnnie McCoy PF – Oakland – Sr. * Preston Jennings SF – LSU – Fr. Larry Mullin PF – Princeton – Sr. * Glen Conner SG – Coastal Carolina – So. Josh Lynch C – Georgia Tech – Jr. * Kregg Gibson SF – Rice – So. * Tyson Elliott SG – Houston – So. UNDERSTANDING PLAYER PROFILES: UNDERSTANDING PLAYER PROFILES I have had a few people ask me about how they should interpret the player profile pages. Because there is a new part to the player profile pages I figured I would give a brief explanation. The bar graphs are simply grades that have been developed by the individuals analyzing the player. They are not etched in stone just as they are not in real life. They are simply a representation of what WE believe those players should be rated in that particular area. Whether or not you chose to believe that is totally up to you. Now the new “What We Know” section of the very bottom of each player’s page is different. That is in fact factual information. However, you didn’t think we were going to just give you a concrete number did you? Of course not. What you have is a range. The players rating is definitely within that range but it is up to you to decide if he is on the higher end or lower end of that range. Have fun and happy scouting! Video/Highlight Archive: Video/Highlight Archive All American Weekend http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdwtdfBKr68&feature=share&list=PLB73jHjZEps3_9Fzs9OhYuuc_IHWAwoIg National Championship (UNLV vs. Cincinnati) http://youtu.be/Y28CwF3P1tc Draft Class 5 Individual hi lights http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB73jHjZEps2qY_B3iOil0L2otrdQZXO- Draft Class 5 scrimmages http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4gg2s6yqAU&feature=share&list=PLB73jHjZEps1rTuIT10EOIaxr_tCrQLjV Draft Clas 5 release trailer http://youtu.be/_miFHNwKrZg Position Grades: Position Grades PG – D SG – C+ C – D SF – C- PF – C+ Point Guard: Point Guard The top three prospects in this draft have the potential to be legendary BUT, none of them are at this position. The PG position has a pretty weak batch. Courtney Taylor appears to be at the top of that group. Many believe that he can be a long time starter and potentially an all star but not much more. Myron Murray has also proved that he can play with NBA talent as he played with two top prospects last year. Richardson, George and lag far behind. 1 – Courtney Taylor – Kentucky 6‘5” – 191 lbs. – Freshman Draft Grade: B+ 2 – Myron Murray – Georgetown 5‘9” – 152 lbs. - Senior Draft Grade: B- 3 – Wayne Richardson – Florida 6‘5” – 203 lbs. – Freshman Draft Grade: B- 4 – Terrell George – Georgia Tech 6’3” – 217 lbs. – Freshman Draft Grade: C 5) – Gregory Lewis – Kansas State 6‘4” – 208 lbs. – Senior Draft Grade: C- Andre Stafford Missouri: Andre Stafford Missouri NBA position : PG/SG Class : Junior Ht : 6’4” Wt : 206 Key Stats : 16.0 ppg – 3.2 rpg – 3.0 apg Sapp Score : C- Projected Draft Range: Early To Mid Second Round Strengths: Excellent jump shot and barely misses if he gets even a bit of space. Weaknesses: Not very quick and may have difficulty dealing with faster guards. Not a very good defender. Overall: The Missouri point guard has shown the ability to light up defenses. Stafford is not necessarily the best point guard but he is a great scorer. He has shown improvement in his jump shot and may be one of the best pure shooters in the draft. His lack of pure point guard ability is the reason that he is not a first round draft pick but he can definitely flourish in a system that has another player that is the primary ball handler. What We Know – Medium Shot (80 – 85), Quickness (75 – 80) Andrei Banciu Romania : Andrei Banciu Romania NBA position : PG/SG Class : Unavailable Ht : 6’4” Wt : 213 Key Stats : 13.0 ppg – 3.8 apg Sapp Score : D- Projected Draft Range: Late Second Round - Undrafted Strengths: Can score from behind the arc. Decent from mid range as well. Weaknesses: Terrible defender. Defensive awareness is severely lacking. Does not like to drive in to the paint Overall: The young Romanian was the best player on a weak team overseas last year. He turned the ball over a lot and was often times scorched on defense. If he has shown difficulty defending players that are half as offensively talented as the players in the NBA, one has to wonder how he will pan out in the NBA. He unfortunately lacks the physical tools to be an elite player but will hit a lot of jumpers if given the opportunity. We will see if a teams spends a pick on him. What We Know – Defensive Awareness (42 – 49) Bryce Baker Villanova: Bryce Baker Villanova NBA position : PG/SG Class : Freshman Ht : 6’1” Wt : 184 Key Stats : 17.1 ppg – 2.8 apg Sapp Score : C- Projected Draft Range: Late First Round – Early Second Round Strengths: Can score all over the court. Quick first step and is a danger to put the ball in the basket whenever he touches the ball. Weaknesses: Gets a little too trigger happy…. Carmelo Anthony/JR Smith type trigger happy. Did not have to play defense much at Villanova and was terrible whenever he tried. Overall: From a quick glance, one might be confused as to why Bryce Baker is not a top prospect. The young point guard scored in bunches at Villanova. He will attempt to score if he is given even an inch of space. Baker is rather inefficient and doesn't do well protecting the ball. If a team drafts him, they better have defenders on the team willing to make up for Baker's issues on the other side of the ball. What We Know – Quickness (90 – 95), Layup (84 – 89) Carlos Morales Puerto Rico: Carlos Morales Puerto Rico NBA position : PG Class : Unavailable Ht : 6’2” Wt : 186 Key Stats : 8.7 ppg – 2.3 apg Sapp Score : D Predicted Draft Range: Mid to Late Second Round Strengths: Great ball handler and a pretty good on ball defender. Weaknesses: Can not score on a consistent basis. Can not hit a jumper from behind the arc. Not a lot of experience against top competition. Overall: Carlos Morales is not a player that is going to fill up the stat sheet. He doesn't possess great or even good scoring ability. He makes up for that however with his above average ball handling ability. Morales is also a good defender and has consistently shut down opposing guards in the league he has played in for several years. Morales has the potential to be a starting PG but it remains to be seen whether or not he will reach that potential. What We Know – 3 Pt Shot (64 – 70) Courtney Taylor Kentucky: Courtney Taylor Kentucky NBA position : PG/SG Class : Freshman Ht : 6’5” Wt : 191 Key Stats : 12.8 ppg – 5.7 rpg – 4.6 apg - 2.0 spg Sapp Score : B+ Predicted Draft Range: Top Five to Lottery Strengths: Good mid range jumper but also very acrobatic scoring around the rim. Not a great passer but very good. Very quick for his size. Good defender as well. Weaknesses: Does not have a reliable long range jumper. Is not superior in any area of the game. Overall: Courtney Taylor was a top five recruited high school prospect and did not disappoint as a Wildcat. Taylor has shown the ability to do a little bit of everything on the court. However, Taylor is not amazing in any area of the game. To be honest, the only reason that he is a top five pick this year is because the draft is pretty weak outside of the top three. Taylor could progress in to a future all star but could become comfortable with mediocrity. We will have to see how hard he works. What We Know – Ball Security (73 – 78), Steal (67 – 72), Shoot Off Dribble (72 – 77), Hands (74 – 79) Craig Carney Middle Tennessee St.: Craig Carney Middle Tennessee St. NBA position : PG Class : Senior Ht : 6’3” Wt : 177 Key Stats : 13.5 ppg – 4.7 apg Sapp Score : F Predicted Draft Range: Undrafted Strengths: Has shown the ability to shoot off the dribble with consistency. Weaknesses: Not very fast or quick. Turns the ball over a lot and is only a decent jump shooter. Overall: Craig Carney had a good career at Middle Tennessee State but to be honest, he probably does not belong in the league. It feels bad to say because he is such a good kid that plays the game the right way and seems to be a good leader. Carney had several games where he struggled to score against weaker competition and sometimes deferred to less talented players. If he has a chance to get drafted this would be the draft but I doubt that he will hear his name called. What We Know – Ball Security (59 – 62) Danny McCarthy Oregon State: Danny McCarthy Oregon State NBA position : PG Class : Sophomore Ht : 6’4” Wt : 203 Key Stats : 12.2 ppg – 3.7 apg Sapp Score : D Projected Draft Range: Mid to Late Second Round Strengths: What an athlete. Can and will jump over a crowd to jam it down. Can score in a variety of ways near the rim and is not scared of the contact. Weaknesses: Struggles on the defensive side. Also struggles to score if he is not driving towards the basket. Overall: McCarthy is a great athlete that is absolutely comfortable in the paint with the big men. McCarthy however doesn‘t have a reliable jumper and struggles on the defensive side of the ball as well. McCarthy is a momentum type player that can get it going at times. If he is not able to drive to the basket though, he can disappear. McCarthy will still more than likely be drafted and get a chance to show his stuff. What We Know – Medium Shot (67 – 72), Layup (87 – 92), Offensive Awareness (64 – 69) Derek Stallworth Wisconsin: Derek Stallworth Wisconsin NBA position : PG Class : Sophomore Ht : 6’3” Wt : 192 Key Stats : 12.3 ppg – 3.5 apg Sapp Score : D Projected Draft Range: Mid to Late Second Round Strengths: Highlight film waiting to happen. Goes up with aggressiveness and has a scary vertical leap. Weaknesses: On ball defense is lacking and very inconsistent from mid range. Overall: Do you watch Sportscenter on a consistent basis? If so, than you have probably seen Stallworth at one time or another. Stallworth is a scary athlete that will put butts in the seat. Stallworth does struggle a lot as a point guard as he turns the ball over a lot and panics sometimes when he is double teamed. His athleticism alone will probably get him drafted but I really don't believe that he has the skill to be a big time point guard in this league. What We Know – Ball Handling (76 – 81), On Ball Defense (62 – 87) Donte Webber Iowa: Donte Webber Iowa NBA position : PG Class : Junior Ht : 6’3” Wt : 184 Key Stats : 9.8 ppg – 8.6 apg Sapp Score : C- Projected Draft Range: Late First Round – Early Second Round Strengths: Really plays the game smart and is always looking for the open man. Makes the safe pass but has the ability to make the difficult pass. Very quick. Weaknesses: Sometimes plays a little too safe and leaves points on the floor. Not a very good shooter or scorer in general. Overall: If you like to watch true point guards, than Webber is your guy. Webber has consistently played that game the right way during his three years as a Hawkeye. Webber takes pride in making his teammates better. Webber had games of 11, 13 and 14 assists in Big Ten play alone. Anyone who watches college basketball knows how big of an accomplishment that is. Webber's lack of scoring ability is what keeps him from being a top prospect. If he can improve in that area…. Watch out. What We Know – Passing (80 – 84), Ball Handling (78 – 82), Steals (57 – 61) Ekpe Okocha Nigeria: Ekpe Okocha Nigeria NBA position : PG Class : Unavailable Ht : 6’2” Wt : 204 Key Stats : 9.3 ppg – 3.7 apg – 1.8 spg Sapp Score : C- Projected Draft Range: Early To Mid Second Round Strengths: Quick hands lead to a lot of steals. Plays the passing lanes very well. One of the quicker guards available in the draft. Weaknesses: Not very good vision and often times makes bad passes. Will really need to work on passing ability to be a starter in the league. Overall: Okocha's claim to fame has been his defensive ability. Okocha is very quick and will jump in lanes and rack up steals as he has done consistently during workouts and scrimmage games. Okocha is a sketchy ball handler though and will need to improve in that area to be a starter. What We Know – Steal (80 – 87), Ball Security (60 – 67) Gregory Lewis Kansas State: Gregory Lewis Kansas State NBA position : PG/SG Class : Junior Ht : 6’4” Wt : 208 Key Stats : 13.7 ppg – 3.7 rpg – 2.9 apg – 1.9 spg Sapp Score : C- Projected Draft Range: Late First Round – Early Second Round Strengths: Very good ball handler and adequate on both sides of the ball. Weaknesses: Outside of ball handling does not excel anywhere. Many feel that he has reached his ceiling. Overall: Gregory Lewis surprised many as he was not even expected to be a big time player when he came to Kansas State. Lewis officially "arrived" after having a big game against Russell Blackman and the Jayhawks two years ago. Lewis has been a great player doing a bit of everything for the Wildcats since. Unfortunately, he does a lot of things well but nothing great. Expect to see him go late in the first or early in the second. What We Know – Ball Handling (79 – 83), 3 Pt Shot (73 – 77) Jevon Baker Fresno State: Jevon Baker Fresno State NBA position : PG Class : Junior Ht : 5’11” Wt : 183 Key Stats : 14.8 ppg – 5.4 apg Sapp Score : C- Predicted Draft Range: Late First Round – Early Second Round Strengths: Very good ball handler that is extremely quick and is acrobatic around the hoop Weaknesses: On ball defense is an issue and will get bullied by bigger guards. Overall: Jevon Baker is small, doesn't speak much and would be mistaken for a ball boy before a ball player. It doesn't take long for him to make his presence known however. Baker is never afraid to drive in to the lane and has the quickness to drive past defenders. His lack of size scares some teams though. Still, he may go as early as late first round. What We Know – On Ball Defense (62 – 66), Layup (87 – 91) Malik Greene Washington State: Malik Greene Washington State NBA position : PG/SG Class : Senior Ht : 6’5” Wt : 195 Key Stats : 16.8 ppg – 3.1 apg Sapp Score : F Projected Draft Range: Late Second Round - Undrafted Strengths: Probably the best long range shooter in the draft. Good size. Weaknesses: Not very athletic and a below average defender that has difficulty creating his own shot. Overall: Malik Greene put up some big games while at Washington State. Greene has a pretty stroke and when he starts feeling it, it's a pretty sight to see (43 point game against Butler in the first round of the NCAA tournament). Malik Greene's visible struggles on the defensive side dropped him tremendously. Most notably, Oregon State point guard lit him up for 37 points going 13 – 15 from the field… and that’s just one example. Greene MAY get drafted but don’t be surprised if he does not hear his name called. What We Know – 3Pt Shot (81 – 84) Myron Goodrich Utah State: Myron Goodrich Utah State NBA position : PG/SG Class : Senior Ht : 6’3” Wt : 211 Key Stats : 13.8 ppg – 3.6 apg – 2.1 spg Sapp Score : C- Projected Draft Range: Late First Round – Early Second Round Strengths: Defense…. *Clap clap*….. Defense Weaknesses: Does not protect the ball and is not a very good ball handler. Overall: Myron Goodrich is not a prototypical point guard so if that is what you are looking for, keep scrolling. He struggles handling the ball and fails to make the smart pass often. Goodrich is however, a marvelous defender and actually enjoys playing defense. There are not a lot of point guards in this draft can defend very well and because of that, he will hear his name called eventually. What We Know – Defensive Awareness (70 – 73), Speed (84 – 87) Myron Murray Georgetown : Myron Murray Georgetown NBA position : PG Class : Senior Ht : 5’9” Wt : 152 Key Stats : 11.9 ppg – 3.9 apg – 2.8 spg Sapp Score : B- Predicted Draft Range: Lottery – Mid 1 st Round Strengths: Quickest player in the draft that also happens to be an excellent defender. Weaknesses: Lack of size. Struggles to score around the basket and isn't a great distributor. Overall: I'm not exactly sure where this guy came from. Murray has been on the Georgetown team for years but never really made noise due to the unlimited amount of talent the school has brought in these past few years. Murray hit the scene this year and really played a big part in the development of projected top three pick Stephen Braithwaite. The lightning fast guard is a surprisingly great defender that will step in and contribute right away. What We Know – Medium Shot (78 – 81), Ball Handling (77 – 80), Steal (80 – 83) Quinn Nixon Notre Dame: Quinn Nixon Notre Dame NBA position : PG Class : Senior Ht : 6’3” Wt : 207 Key Stats : 11.5 ppg – 4.1 apg Sapp Score : F Projected Draft Range: Late Second Round - Undrafted Strengths: Above average jump shot and ball handling ability Weaknesses : Lack of speed and quickness along with below average defensive ability. Overall: Quinn Nixon began the season on fire scoring 28, 25 and 29 points in his first three games. Nixon's stock was rising and then he started struggling. Although his stock dropped, it had already been established that Nixon has the ability to score. Nixon became more of a distributor throughout the year but had his share of struggles as he had several games with an inexcusable amount of turnovers. If the season ended in December, Nixon might have been an early second round pick. At the moment, I feel like he may not get drafted at all. What We Know – Ball Handling (76 – 79) Reinaldo Carlos Brazil : Reinaldo Carlos Brazil NBA position : PG Class : Unavailable Ht : 6’1” Wt : 186 Key Stats : 9.6 ppg – 2.7 apg Sapp Score : C- Predicted Draft Range: Mid to Late Second Round Strengths: Extremely quick with the ability to get to the rim and score. Weaknesses: Is not a pure point guard and doesn't have the size to defend the 2. Can't shoot the ball. Overall: You have to look quick if you want to analyze Carlos' game because the guy moves a million miles per hour. Carlos has no problem getting to the rim but he really seems to struggle to make the right pass on a consistent basis. Carlos had many games with 5 plus turnovers and will have to work very hard to be a starter in the league. What We Know – Layup ( 84 – 91) Shannon Cummings Connecticut : Shannon Cummings Connecticut NBA position : PG Class : Junior Ht : 6’3” Wt : 217 Key Stats : 8.8 ppg – 7.9 apg Sapp Score : F Predicted Draft Range: Late Second Round - Undrafted Strengths: One of the few guards in the draft with the ability to make the difficult pass. Weaknesses: Not a great scorer or even a good scorer. Borderline pathetic on the defensive end. Overall: I will be the first to say that I don't think that Cummings should have come out. Cummings is a true point guard that protects the ball and makes the smart passes. However, Cummings in many other areas of the game. As it stands he may not hear his name called at all in the draft. Should have went back to school to hone those skills my friend. What We Know – Offensive Awareness (60 – 65), Pass (82 – 87) Terrell George Georgia Tech : Terrell George Georgia Tech NBA position : PG Class : Freshman Ht : 6’3” Wt : 217 Key Stats : 11.1 ppg – 3.1 apg Sapp Score : C Predicted Draft Range: Late First Round – Early Second Round Strengths: Very good on ball defender with a reliable jump shot. Can overpower many other players at the position. Weaknesses: Lacks elite quickness and not the best passer. Overall: Terrell George exceeded expectations at he did not expect to see so many minutes at the starting point guard position. George was able to take control of the Yellow Jacket offense and was able to lock down many players in the tough ACC. His defensive ability alone put him in draft discussions. His lack of quickness caused him to rely on his jumper a little too much in college. George should go late in the first or early in the second. What We Know – Pass (70 – 76), Speed (84 – 90), On Ball Defense (75 – 81) Wayne Richardson Florida : Wayne Richardson Florida NBA position : PG/SG Class : Sophomore Ht : 6’6” Wt : 201 Key Stats : 10.7 ppg – 5.4 rpg Sapp Score : B- Predicted Draft Range: Lottery – Mid First Round Strengths: Great size and strength. Very athletic and the best rebounder by far at the position. Weaknesses: Not a true point guard and does not always look to pass or make his teammates better. No shot from deep. Overall: Wayne Richardson led the Florida Gators to a final four this year and created a lot of buzz for himself. What scares many scouts is the fact that Richardson can sometimes be so confident that he will he will attempt to take over a game himself. He is not the guy but if he plays to his strength he can be a great addition to any team. What We Know – Offensive Rebound (61 – 66), Shoot In Traffic (70 – 75), Pass (64 – 69) Shooting Guard: Shooting Guard What can be said about Chris Bishop that hasn't been said a million times these past couple of years. Yes, he had a bad championship game after a tragedy but he is a can't miss franchise player and seems to be a lock to be an All Star for many many years to come. Troubled guard John Fernandez has seemed to get his act together off the guard and that has translated on the court. The scoring machine is projected to on the top five but would probably be a mid to low lottery pick in other drafts. Also available are DJ Adams, Shawn Daniels and Brazlian Valmilton Paulista. 1 – Chris Bishop – Cincinnati 6‘6” – 221 lbs. – Sophomore Draft Grade: A+ 2 – John Fernandez – Duke 6‘6” – 183 lbs. - Sophomore Draft Grade: B+ 3 – DJ Adams – Indiana 6‘6” – 205 lbs. – Sophomore Draft Grade: B- 4 – Shawn Daniels – Utah 6’5” – 210 lbs. – Sophomore Draft Grade: B- 5) – Byron Coles – Pittsburgh 6‘6” – 215 lbs. – Junior Draft Grade: C A.C. Kirkland UNC- Charlotte : A.C. Kirkland UNC- Charlotte NBA position : SG Class : Senior Ht : 6’5” Wt : 196 Key Stats : 15.3 ppg – 2.0 apg Sapp Score : D+ Predicted Draft Range: Early To Mid Second Round Strengths: Well above-average shooter with a stable mind. Weaknesses: Butter fingers is the polite thing to say about his ball handling “skills”. Overall: The 49er’s may have gotten a turnover machine in A.C. Kirkland but they also got a player with a decent jump shot and NBA ready mind. Kirkland has proven he can learn and improve with any coaching staff at each level so he only looks to improve in the NBA. What We Know – 3Pt Shot (80 – 83), Ball Handling (57 – 60) Bryant Tate Illinois : Bryant Tate Illinois NBA position : SG/SF Class : Senior Ht : 6’6” Wt : 211 Key Stats : 10.2 ppg – 3.1 rpg Sapp Score : F Predicted Draft Range: Undrafted Strengths: Jump shooting and oddly enough, strength. Weaknesses: Lacks the ability to make teammates better; low overall athleticism. Overall: Tate can shoot the ball and can bump around more skilled players due to his strength. While these skills may not scream “Starter!” he does have great potential as a bench player who can provide valuable minutes both defensively and offensively as the NBA stars rest. What We Know – Ball Handling (69 – 72) Byron Coles Pittsburgh : Byron Coles Pittsburgh NBA position : SG/SF Class : Junior Ht : 6’6” Wt : 215 Key Stats : 14.4 ppg – 4.0 rpg – 2.3 spg – 1.0 bpg Sapp Score : C Predicted Draft Range: Mid to Late First Round Strengths: Defensive stud with a soft finishing touch at the rim. Weaknesses: Low game intelligence and lack of the ability to run an offense without a true guard. Overall: Pitt got a handful with Coles to say the least. While he was a dynamic scorer at the rim who could eliminate offense scares on the other team his terrible attitude made him a coaches nightmare. He may be able to fit into a strong-arm Run’N’Gun system but this scout thinks he will fall apart in any team-effort based team. What We Know – Steal (76 – 80), Hustle (80 – 84), Medium Shot (72 – 76) Chris Bishop Cincinnati : Chris Bishop Cincinnati NBA position : SG/SF Class : Sophomore Ht : 6’6” Wt : 221 Key Stats : 23.1 ppg – 7.3 rpg – 3.0 apg – 2.9 spg – 1.1 bpg Sapp Score : A+ Predicted Draft Range: Top Five Strengths: Everything. Weaknesses: Nothing. Overall: With a hunger for winning it all that has only been seen in a handful of competitors before him, Chris Bishop looks to be the clear cut number one choice… unless you ask Dre Redd. After falling short in the National Championship game Bishop’s stock may have went up even more due to his calm poise in the face of adversity. With athleticism and ability off the charts many believe we are seeing the coming of MJ 2.0 in Chris Bishop. What We Know – Dunk (85 – 90), Ball Handling (80 – 85), Quickness (90 – 95), On Ball Defense (85 – 90), 3Pt Shot (77 – 82) Daryl Woolridge Central Michigan : Daryl Woolridge Central Michigan NBA position : SG/SF Class : Senior Ht : 6’5” Wt : 218 Key Stats : 12.4 ppg – 6.9 rpg Sapp Score : F Projected Draft Range: Late Second Round - Undrafted Strengths: Average at everything. Weaknesses: Average at everything. Overall: Woolridge screams “boring pick” because of the low risk and low reward nature about him. It is clear he will be able to roleplay in the NBA but it is also clear he will never be something big in the league. If a team needs a consistent player to come off the bench when a started needs rest then Woolridge is the clear cut choice. What We Know – Hustle (87 – 90) Dave Wesley Arkansas : Dave Wesley Arkansas NBA position : SG Class : Senior Ht : 6’4” Wt : 213 Key Stats : 12.5 ppg – 2.6 apg Sapp Score : F Predicted Draft Range: Undrafted Strengths: Very quick and athletic. Weaknesses: Undersized and not overtly skilled. Overall: At 6’4 Dave Wesley has drawn many comparisons to Westbrook out of OKC but only for his athleticism. While he uses his body correctly his lack of skill and size almost certainly means any skilled or athletic freak like Paul George will annihilate him in the NBA. What We Know – Ball Security (54 – 57) DJ Adams Indiana : DJ Adams Indiana NBA position : SG/SF Class : Sophomore Ht : 6’6” Wt : 205 Key Stats : 8.0 ppg – 4.5 rpg – 3.1 spg – 2.0 bpg Sapp Score : B- Projected Draft Range: Lottery – Mid 1 st Round Strengths: One of the best defenders in the draft by far. Ready to lock down players at the NBA level. Weaknesses: Non-existent in regards to scoring the basketball. Overall: Indiana’s defensive mind this past year can be attributed mainly to the hard work of DJ Adams. His ability to knock down shots, strip the ball and force bad possessions worked wonders for his squad. While he can’t score with the best of them he can be a huge asset if paired up with another guard who can score. What We Know – Defensive Awareness (70 – 75), Quickness (85 – 90), On Ball Defense (85 – 90) Dwight Galloway Virginia : Dwight Galloway Virginia NBA position : SG Class : Freshman Ht : 6’3” Wt : 205 Key Stats : 14.7 ppg – 2.7 spg Sapp Score : D+ Projected Draft Range: Mid to Late Second Round Strengths: Great mindset and agility when reacting on defense. Weaknesses: Much to short considering he also isn’t a prolific scorer. Overall: Galloway’s great mindset going into the NBA almost ensures he will improve greatly on any franchise however his lack of height is what sets him into the second round. While being a small 2-guard works for a scorer like Lou Williams it doesn’t work for someone like Galloway who will be shut down offensively but taller NBA competition. What We Know – Steal (78 – 84), Inside Shot (80 – 86) Evan Williams Kentucky: Evan Williams Kentucky NBA position : SG/PG Class : Senior Ht : 6’6” Wt : 209 Key Stats : 10.4 ppg – 3.2 rpg – 2.1 apg Sapp Score : C- Projected Draft Range: Early To Mid Second Round Strengths: The ability to play 1-3 as well as be a team leader. Weaknesses: Not the fastest or most agile player to step on the hardwood. Overall: Another year goes by and another good Kentucky player enters the NBA. Evan Williams will follow other Kentucky players to the NBA and despite being a projected second round pick shows great promise in leading a team. He doesn’t shy from sharing the ball and frequently was seen rallying members on the bench. He is a perfect player to fit into a playoff contending team that needs a little push to get over the hump. What We Know – Medium Shot (72 – 75), Pass (74 – 77) Greg Wright Boston College: Greg Wright Boston College NBA position : SG/SF Class : Senior Ht : 6’5” Wt : 217 Key Stats : 15.9 ppg – 2.9 rpg Sapp Score : D+ Projected Draft Range: Mid to Late Second Round Strengths: Money when taking stand-still jumpers. Weaknesses: Sub-par defense and weak. Overall: At 6’5 217 many would expect Greg Wright to be much stronger but he simply is not. He regularly gets bullied by the average player and loses his man on defense frequently. While he can shoot the jumper this is still a player a wise GM should avoid. What We Know – Medium Shot (78 – 81) John Fernandez Duke : John Fernandez Duke NBA position : SG Class : Sophomore Ht : 6’6” Wt : 183 Key Stats : 15.9 ppg – 5.9 rpg – 1.3 spg Sapp Score : B+ Projected Draft Range: Top Five to Lottery Strengths: A quick, athletic and lanky body that can score in traffic with ease. Weaknesses: Not an amazing player when needed to run an offense. Overall: Yet another Top-5 projected Duke player is John Fernandez. At 6’6 183 his extremely skinny body allows him to weave through defenses with ease and his amazing athleticism has given him numerous highlight plays. While he fumbles the ball sometimes his positives far outweigh his negatives. What We Know – Medium Shot (80 – 85), Off Hand Dribbling (68 -73), Quickness (85 – 90), Shoot Off Dribble (69 - 74), Dunk (77 – 82) Maurice Copeland Michigan : Maurice Copeland Michigan NBA position : SG Class : Sophomore Ht : 6’5” Wt : 206 Key Stats : 13.7 ppg – 3.2 rpg Sapp Score : D Projected Draft Range: Mid to Late Second Round Strengths: Decent defensive mind with an average jump shot that looks like it can improve quickly. Weaknesses: Slow ball release and poor fundamental skills. Overall: Mo Copeland is an awkward player. While he can shut players down and nail the open shot his low release has caused him to get blocked many times. He can also be penciled in to dribble the ball off his feet at least once a game which is something no NBA talent should be doing. What We Know – Steal (48 -53), Speed (75 – 80) Monte Andrews UCLA: Monte Andrews UCLA NBA position : SG Class : Freshman Ht : 6’5” Wt : 197 Key Stats : 14.3 ppg – 2.2 rpg Sapp Score : C Projected Draft Range: Mid to Late First Round Strengths: Above average in both athleticism and natural skill. Weaknesses: Literally doesn’t play defense. Overall: An athletic shooter who has as much skill as Monte Andrews should be going in the top 10 but that isn’t the case here. Andrews is one of the worst defensive players to play for always exciting UCLA in years. His style of defense is raising his arms slightly while players take open jumpers much like the easily winded hefty kid everyone played basketball with when they were younger. What We Know – Ball Handling (73 – 79), Speed (85 – 91), On Ball Defense (50 – 56) OJ Meyer Tennessee: OJ Meyer Tennessee NBA position : SG/SF Class : Senior Ht : 6’7” Wt : 213 Key Stats : 10.9 ppg – 5.8 rpg – 2.9 apg Sapp Score : F Projected Draft Range: Undrafted Strengths: He has an alright mindset. Weaknesses: His overall game. Overall: A decent coachable mindset but that is it. Being polite wont get you in the NBA if you don’t have skills… which OJ Meyer does not. Don’t draft him. What We Know – Quickness (70 – 73) Shawn Daniels Utah: Shawn Daniels Utah NBA position : SG Class : Sophomore Ht : 6’5” Wt : 210 Key Stats : 14.7 ppg – 4.9 rpg Sapp Score : B- Projected Draft Range: Lottery – Mid 1 st Round Strengths: Quick and fundamentally sound. Weaknesses: Low court awareness. Bland defense. Overall: Shawn Daniels provided the speed needed to run the fast game Utah seemed so fond of this season. Look for his quickness and overall decent game to make him a lottery pick for a team that needs an athletic scorer. What We Know – Close Shot (79 – 84), Ball Handling (70 – 75), Steal (70 – 75) Tayfur Kerimoglu Turkey: Tayfur Kerimoglu Turkey NBA position : SG/SF Class : Unavailable Ht : 6’8” Wt : 211 Key Stats : 8.9 ppg – 3.9 rpg Sapp Score : F Projected Draft Range: Late Second Round - Undrafted Strengths: Considerable length for the shooting guard position. Weaknesses: Not naturally skilled. Overall: Tayfur Kerimoglu is what scouts like to call a “raw” player. His height and length is what got him this far and IF he makes an NBA squad only time will tell if he can learn the fundamentals of the game. As of now he could make a decent late second round project for a team who isn’t in dire need of a star. Also noted is his relation to brother Nihat Kerimoglu who entered the draft a couple of years ago. What We Know – Unavailable Valmilton Paulista Brazil: Valmilton Paulista Brazil NBA position : SG/SF Class : Unavailable Ht : 6’5” Wt : 221 Key Stats : 7.9 ppg – 2.9 rpg – 3.0 apg Sapp Score : C Projected Draft Range: Mid to Late First Round Strengths: Average skill set with the will to learn. Weaknesses: Doesn’t have a reliable shot to go to on offense. Overall: Brazil’s Paulista is another project player. He has expressed the desire to learn and polish his skills but many doubt he has the core skills needed to even begin the “polishing” process. A team with depth at the SG will be a good fit for Valmilton so he can sit behind and learn from established players. What We Know – Ball Handling (74 – 81), Passing (70 – 77), On Ball Defense (60 – 67) Small Forward: Small Forward There arent many small forwards available in this draft and the ones that are available don't seem to be much to write home about. Justin Wood, Corey Williams, Ricky Lewis, Jammal Benjamin and Sherron Mason are all seasoned players that may not be all stars but have the ability to step in and play right away. All five of these players have been in college for at least three years and have played top competition on a consistent basis. Unfortunately, if you are looking for a franchise changing player you probably won't find him here. 1 – Justin Wood – Utah 6‘7” – 225 lbs. – Senior Draft Grade: B 2 – Corey Williams – Auburn 6‘7” – 232 lbs. - Junior Draft Grade: B 3 – Ricky Lewis – Marquette 6‘7” – 221 lbs. – Junior Draft Grade: C+ 4 – Jamaal Benjamin – Clemson 6’7” – 216 lbs. – Senior Draft Grade: C 5) – Sherron Mason – Florida State 6‘8” – 225 lbs. – Sophomore Draft Grade: C- Austin Irving Oklahoma : Austin Irving Oklahoma NBA position : SF/PF Class : Sophomore Ht : 6’7” Wt : 230 Key Stats : 13.4 ppg – 7.9 rpg Sapp Score : D Projected Draft Range: Mid to Late Second Round Strengths: Good rebounding and a burning desire to improve. Weaknesses: Subpar defense and not crazy athletic. Overall: His lack of great defense and athleticism are what sets Irving back to the second round but his will to win and learn the game is what makes him a sleeper pick. Many teams will pass over Austin Irving because he wont immediately be successful but given time he will be a good player. What We Know – Close Shot (78 – 83), Offensive Rebounding (65 – 70) Brian Samuels Wake Forest : Brian Samuels Wake Forest NBA position : SF Class : Sophomore Ht : 6’8” Wt : 218 Key Stats : 7.2 ppg – 4.9 rpg – 3.0 bpg Sapp Score : D Projected Draft Range: Mid to Late Second Round Strengths: Great defense and a lengthy body. Weaknesses: No natural scoring ability. Overall: At 6’8 218 Brian Samuels shows a lot of potential to slim down further and play the 2-guard or bulk up and be an even bigger defensive presence. A taller version of Andre Iguodala’s defense is what Brian Samuels will bring to a lucky team and that is something hard to pass up on. What We Know – Block (84 – 89), Offensive Awareness (40 – 45) Corey Williams Auburn: Corey Williams Auburn NBA position : SF/PF Class : Junior Ht : 6’7” Wt : 232 Key Stats : 13.4 ppg – 8.0 rpg Sapp Score : B Projected Draft Range: Lottery – Mid 1 st Round Strengths: Works well in his body and knows his limits. Smart player. Weaknesses: Poor shooter and clutch player. Overall: Corey Williams was an exceptional player for Auburn that knew his limitations to perfection. You will never see him try to do too much and while some see that as a lack of potential for improvement others see it as a smart and consistent player to sign. What We Know – Strength (71 – 75), Post Fadeaway (72 – 76), Hustle (80 – 84) Donnie Hines Maryland: Donnie Hines Maryland NBA position : SF/SG Class : Freshman Ht : 6’7” Wt : 217 Key Stats : 12.8 ppg – 4.0 rpg Sapp Score : D+ Projected Draft Range: Early To Mid Second Round Strengths: Ridiculous athleticism that hasn’t been seen in years. Weaknesses: Raw skill set. Overall: Donnie Hines is the definition of Raw talent. This kid is crazy athletic… like young Air Canada or Russell Westbrook athletic…yeah. While he may not have a defined skill set a player with the amount of speed, power, and great body control that Donnie Hines can only get better. What We Know – Dunk (85 – 91), Speed (70 – 76) Gary Byars Texas A&M: Gary Byars Texas A&M NBA position : SF Class : Sophomore Ht : 6’7” Wt : 224 Key Stats : 16.1 ppg – 3.0 rpg Sapp Score : F Projected Draft Range: Undrafted Strengths: Jump shooting, especially from the corners. Weaknesses: Defense and ball control. Overall: Gary Byars is what is known as a “Black Hole” player; when he gets the ball it is gone. This could mean from either a shot or turning it over but don’t expect him to give it to anyone else. His jump shot is great but that is about it. Average athleticism and even worse defense are the other big concerns with Byars. What We Know – Defensive Awareness (40 – 45) Giacomo Paciani Italy : Giacomo Paciani Italy NBA position : SF Class : Unavailable Ht : 6’9” Wt : 209 Key Stats : 11.0 ppg – 4.1 rpg – 1.9 bpg Sapp Score : F Projected Draft Range: Undrafted Strengths: Great shooting and size. Weaknesses: Speaks terrible English and isn’t the smartest baller. Overall: Italy got a prize in Paciani that flourished in Italian leagues but his main problem in converting is his knowledge of about five English words. This will trouble him greatly when trying to communicate with his teammates. If he can get better with communications, which he will, he could be a decent steal in the late rounds. Do I see a sleeper? What We Know – Not available Gregory Rush Memphis: Gregory Rush Memphis NBA position : SF Class : Junior Ht : 6’8” Wt : 220 Key Stats : 12.5 ppg – 5.1 rpg Sapp Score : D- Projected Draft Range: Late Second Round - Undrafted Strengths: Decent at most NBA-needed skills. Weaknesses: No shining niche in his skill set. Overall: Memphis’ Rush is a decent player at almost everything but doesn’t dominate anywhere. He will be able to score outside sometimes , inside sometimes , rebounds sometimes …etc. If you like mediocrity than you like Gregory Rush. What We Know – Medium Shot (70 – 74) Henry Bradford England: Henry Bradford England NBA position : SF/PF Class : Unavailable Ht : 6’10” Wt : 211 Key Stats : 8.3 ppg – 9.4 rpg – 3.3 bpg Sapp Score : F Projected Draft Range: Undrafted Strengths: Great height and maneuverability in the paint. Weaknesses: His odd weight and height could actually be a problem if he doesn’t develop well in his body. Overall: At 6’10 many question why Henry Bradford hasn’t moved to the Power Forward spot but the answer is because he weighs under 215. When he has tried to bulk up to switch position it made him look slow and unskilled in games. His height is a blessing and a curse that may keep him out of the NBA if he doesn’t develop correctly. What We Know – Medium Shot (50 – 57) Jamaal Benjamin Clemson: Jamaal Benjamin Clemson NBA position : SF Class : Senior Ht : 6’7” Wt : 216 Key Stats : 14.0 ppg – 6.0 rpg Sapp Score : C Projected Draft Range: Mid to Late First Round Strengths: Fairly quick and highly athletic. Weaknesses: No defined scoring ability. Defense fluctuates. Overall: Another raw athletic player is coming to the NBA in Jamaal Benjamin. His lack of a definitive scoring option hinders him from being a definite lottery pick but his body control keeps him in the first round. His defense has been good most games but he will for some reason always have one game every now and again where he slumps hard on defense. What We Know – Dunk (85 – 88), Close Shot (79 – 82), Passing (45 – 48) Justin Wood Utah: Justin Wood Utah NBA position : SF Class : Senior Ht : 6’7” Wt : 225 Key Stats : 13.8 ppg – 6.8 rpg – 3.9 apg Sapp Score : B Projected Draft Range: Lottery – Mid 1 st Round Strengths: Average to above average at every facet of the game. Weaknesses: Could use a little work in perimeter defense. Overall: Justin Wood is a good player to say the least. He is decent at everything and very good at some things. He has drawn comparison to famed Kentucky player Michael Kidd-Gilchrist which is a positive to most people. If paired with a defensive minded coach he will be a surefire All-Rookie team member. What We Know – 3Pt Shot (74 - 77), Pass (70 – 73), Block (64 – 67). Defensive Rebounding (74 – 77) Norman Jacobs England : Norman Jacobs England NBA position : SF/SG Class : Unavailable Ht : 6’6” Wt : 223 Key Stats : 9.9 ppg – 3.7 apg Sapp Score : F Projected Draft Range: Undrafted Strengths: His jump shot is his best feature. Weaknesses: Even his best feature isn’t that good. Overall: A bland player in all regards. He doesn’t have the size/skill/athleticism to dominate. Don’t draft him. What We Know – 3Pt Shot (75 – 81) Ricky Lewis Marquette: Ricky Lewis Marquette NBA position : SF Class : Junior Ht : 6’7” Wt : 221 Key Stats : 10.7 ppg – 5.7 rpg – 2.0 bpg – 1.2 spg Sapp Score : C+ Projected Draft Range: Mid to Late First Round Strengths: Defense and a good team-ball mindset. Weaknesses: Offense is very weak. Overall: A lock-down defender coming from Marquette… quite the surprise. While he can eliminate offensive threats he is far from a threat in his own regards. He lacks the skill to nail jumpers and ball handling to drive the lane. If your team needs a poor-mans Thabo Sefolosha then your team needs Ricky Lewis. What We Know – Block (70 – 74), Defensive Awareness (70 – 74), Hustle (90 – 94) Sherron Mason Florida State: Sherron Mason Florida State NBA position : SF/PG Class : Senior Ht : 6’8” Wt : 225 Key Stats : 10.6 ppg – 3.9 rpg – 4.1 apg Sapp Score : C- Projected Draft Range: Late First Round – Early Second Round Strengths: Good athleticism paired with a great will to learn. Weaknesses: Rebounds poorly for his size. No post defense presence. Overall: For being 6’8 and 225lbs many would think Sherron Mason would be very physical but he is not at all. He regularly gets knocked around playing the low post and can’t grab a board unless it falls in his lap. However, he is a true athlete that wants nothing more than to win so if given good teammates and a good coach he will flourish. What We Know – Passing (78 – 81), On Ball Defense (54 – 57), Ball Handling (70 – 73) Terrell Washburn Notre Dame: Terrell Washburn Notre Dame NBA position : SF Class : Senior Ht : 6’8” Wt : 223 Key Stats : 8.2 ppg – 4.0 rpg Sapp Score : F Projected Draft Range: Undrafted Strengths: A high jump shot that is helped by his great leaping ability. Weaknesses: Pretty much everything else. Overall: His great jumping ability helps him hit high release open shots and pull boards but everything else is lackluster. Don’t expect a KD35 or anything of the likes from Washburn… hell don’t even expect a bench player. Avoid drafting. What We Know – Offensive Rebounding (63 – 66) Power Forward: Power Forward As good as Stephen Braithwaite is, one can honestly say that he is the underdog as far as this trio of marvelous players goes. Braithwaite as at the very least a franchise player and any team would be lucky to have him. EJ Knight is a straight up defensive monster. James Giles and David Hawkins both have the ability to step in play right away. Jimmie Young may not be as prepared to step in immediately be could potentially be a very good player in the future. 1 – Stephen Braithwaite – Georgetown 6‘11” – 219 lbs. – Freshman Draft Grade: A+ 2 – EJ Knight – UCLA 6‘10” – 219 lbs. - Sophomore Draft Grade: B+ 3 – Jimmie Young – Florida 6‘7” – 239 lbs. – Sophomore Draft Grade: B 4 – James Giles – Virginia Tech 6’9” – 251 lbs. – Junior Draft Grade: B 5) – David Hawkins – Indiana State 6‘8” – 259 lbs. – Senior Draft Grade: B Cecil Alexander Texas: Cecil Alexander Texas NBA position : PF Class : Freshman Ht : 6’9” Wt : 214 Key Stats : 13.2 ppg – 6.0 rpg – 2.2 bpg Sapp Score : C Projected Draft Range: Mid to Late First Round Strengths: Ridiculous athleticism and a pretty good post up game. Weaknesses: Not very strong at all and makes a lot of boneheaded plays. Overall: Cecil Alexander was known in high school as a player that wowed the crowd and he didn't disappoint when he got to Texas. The Alabama born player came to Texas and became one of the leaders of the team. He has a good attitude and has a never give up attitude to go with his great athleticism. Alexander is really the smartest player around either. Alexander has often times made a lot of bad decisions and sometimes can get lost on both sides of the court. Still, his raw athleticism and potential should be enough to get him drafted in the first round. What We Know – Quickness (69 – 75), Strength (53 – 59), Defensive Rebounding (72 – 78) Clarence Goodman Connecticut: Clarence Goodman Connecticut NBA position : PF/SF Class : Freshman Ht : 6’10” Wt : 224 Key Stats : 11.5 ppg – 5.8 rpg Sapp Score : C+ Projected Draft Range: Mid to Late First Round Strengths: Great athlete with a motor that never seems to stop running. Good mid range jumper. Weaknesses: Needs to dramatically improve his post defense and could help himself by getting stronger. Overall: Clarence Goodman is a freshman that got on the court by accident. Goodman was actually considering quitting the team before the season started stating that he just didn't love the game like he used to. One injury to a teammate and some increased playing time was all that it took to change his mind. Goodman has elite NBA athleticism but is not necessarily a student of the game. He relies on his physical attributes to get him by and he will definitely need some training to see his full potential. Would probably have been a second rounder last year but could go in the first in this weak draft. What We Know – Inside Shot (82 – 88), Block (44 – 50), Post Hook (66 – 72) Curtis Bradley Baylor: Curtis Bradley Baylor NBA position : PF Class : Senior Ht : 6’8” Wt : 238 Key Stats : 10.5 ppg – 8.6 rpg Sapp Score : F Projected Draft Range: Undrafted Strengths: Very good rebounder. Never gives up on a play and has the never say die attitude that you want in a player. Weaknesses: Everything else. Overall: Curtis Bradley is the type of player that most coaches want on their team. He has a great attitude and always is willing to put his body on the line. He really has been an emotional leader on that Baylor team for four years. Unfortunately, those good attributes don't necessarily warrant a team spending a draft pick on him. Don't expect to see this guy get drafted. What We Know – Strength (73 – 76) David Hawkins Indiana State: David Hawkins Indiana State NBA position : PF Class : Senior Ht : 6’8” Wt : 259 Key Stats : 16.8 ppg – 8.8 rpg Sapp Score : B Projected Draft Range: Lottery – Mid 1 st Round Strengths: Physically bullies other players in the post. Always possess some reliable finesse post moves. Weaknesses: Not nearly as reliable on the defensive side. Overall: The older brother of Ty Hawkins may not have the physical tools that his younger brother does, but he has definitely had more production. Hawkins has had a big time career at Indiana State breaking all types of records and leading them to the Big Dance two years in a row. He is a PF that loves and looks for physical contact. Improvement to his defense could lead to Hawkins being a future all star in my opinion. What We Know – Low Post Offense (70 – 73), Medium Shot (68 – 71), Shoot In Traffic (77 – 80), Hands (68 – 71) Donta James Arizona State : Donta James Arizona State NBA position : PF/C Class : Junior Ht : 6’9” Wt : 247 Key Stats : 10.2 ppg – 5.8 rpg Sapp Score : C+ Projected Draft Range: Mid to Late First Round Strengths: Strong player that doesn't mind doing the dirty work. One of the more accurate passers out of the post at the position. Weaknesses: Needs to more consistent defending in the post and not a very good rebounder. Overall: Donta James is one half of what was one of the scarier post duos in the country (Brent Carter being the other). James has the intangibles along with "down and dirty" attitude that has made him such a likable player. However, nothing seems to scream franchise player about this guy. Still, he will probably be worth a first round pick in this weak draft. What We Know – Close Shot (81 – 85), Pass (60 – 64), Low Post Defense (60 – 64) EJ Knight UCLA : EJ Knight UCLA NBA position : PF/C Class : Sophomore Ht : 6’10” Wt : 219 Key Stats : 7.8 ppg – 5.9 rpg – 2.0 spg – 3.7 bpg Sapp Score : B+ Projected Draft Range: Top Five to Lottery Strengths: The best post defender in the draft. Very smart and aware player. Weaknesses: Doesn't try to score often but when he does, it can get ugly. Overall: Ernest (EJ) Knight was the emotional leader on a very talented UCLA team last year. Knight is easily the best post defender in this draft and was a very strong contender for defensive player of the year. While we have made it known that Knight is a superior player on the defensive side, he is simply inept when it comes to scoring. Knight can contribute in other ways but as far as scoring, you can not expect much from him outside of a tip in or open lay up here and there. His defensive ability alone is reason to consider drafting him anywhere after the first three studs are taken. What We Know – Steal (77 – 82), Quickness (70 – 75), Low Post Defense (88 – 93), Medium Shot (35 – 41), Durability (90 – 95) Grant Fisher Denver : Grant Fisher Denver NBA position : PF Class : Senior Ht : 6’7” Wt : 255 Key Stats : 17.2 ppg – 4.8 rpg Sapp Score : D- Projected Draft Range: Late Second Round - Undrafted Strengths: Very strong and can overpower many power forwards. Decent mid range jumper. Weaknesses: If power doesn't work, he is all out of tricks. Below average rebounder and athlete. Overall: Denver has a college basketball team? Just kidding. But many people honestly may have no idea who Grant Fisher is. Fisher's stats may be deceiving as he dominated talent that was inferior to him. Fisher won't ever see a player of such a low caliber again if he makes it to the NBA. Fisher may be worth spending a draft pick on but there are others in the draft that can do what he does much better. What We Know – Defensive Rebounding (69 – 72) James Giles Virginia Tech: James Giles Virginia Tech NBA position : PF/C Class : Junior Ht : 6’9” Wt : 251 Key Stats : 16.4 ppg – 6.9 rpg – 2.0 apg Sapp Score : B Projected Draft Range: Lottery – Mid 1 st Round Strengths: One of the top three passers at the position. Very strong and can score in traffic. Weaknesses: Needs to work on conditioning. Slow and not very athletic. Overall: It is not very often that a Hokie makes the All ACC team. James Giles played like a man possessed in ACC play (although his team was upset in the first round of the tournament). The beauty of Giles' game is down in the post. He can overpower players but he also has a variety of post moves. Giles does not have a mid range jumper and has shown some issues with conditioning but it can be worked on. Giles should go pretty early in the first. What We Know – Strength (80 – 84), Shoot In Traffic (78 – 82), Stamina (78 – 82), Pass (66 – 70) Jimmie Young Florida : Jimmie Young Florida NBA position : PF Class : Sophomore Ht : 6’7” Wt : 239 Key Stats : 14.3 ppg – 5.9 rpg – 1.0 bpg Sapp Score : B Projected Draft Range: Top Five to Lottery Strengths: Great scorer that can score pretty much anywhere on the court. Decent defender as well. Weaknesses: Faster power forwards can give him some trouble. Had some issues with injuries. Overall: Jimmie Young did a variety of different things for the Gators for the two years that he was there. While Young is not the best athlete in the world he is a pretty good rebounder, can score in and defend the post and more importantly score in a variety of different ways. In a game against Florida State, Jimmie Young went five for five from behind the arc. Although Jimmie Young isn't excellent in any area, he is adequate in every area and only appears to be getting better. What We Know – Medium Shot (73 – 78), Inside Shot (80 – 85), Low Post Defense (60 – 65), Hands (55 – 60), Strength (73 – 78) Johnnie McCoy Oakland: Johnnie McCoy Oakland NBA position : PF Class : Senior Ht : 6’9” Wt : 231 Key Stats : 18.8 ppg – 5.7 rpg Sapp Score : D- Projected Draft Range: Mid to Late Second Round Strengths: Great shooter that can hit the J with consistency. Weaknesses: Does not defend well and struggles to score in the post. Overall: Johnnie McCoy is an interesting player. McCoy dominated the conference for years and it may have gone to his head a little. McCoy is known to be a pretty arrogant, loud, selfish player. During one game, McCoy took thirteen straight shots even while being tripled team several times. Now, with that being said, it must be stated that he can indeed score. He will not be very good scoring in the post against the NBA athletes but he can shoot… and that’s something that doesn’t change no matter what league you are playing in. What We Know – 3Pt Shot (75 – 78), Strength (65 – 68) Kendrick Warner North Carolina: Kendrick Warner North Carolina NBA position : PF/SF Class : Sophomore Ht : 6’9” Wt : 229 Key Stats : 8.6 ppg – 3.2 rpg Sapp Score : F Projected Draft Range: Undrafted Strengths : Good athlete. One of the faster players at the position. Weaknesses : No mid range jumper, turnover prone, bad attitude, lacks awareness… etc. etc. etc. Overall : To make a long story short, this kid is a story of talent gone wrong. Warner may not have been a lottery pick but had he stayed in school and really allowed his coaches to coach him, we may have been singing a different tune about him. As it stands, he seems to be an athletic loud mouth, with a bad attitude that does not seem to get along with anybody. Warner was kicked off of the Tar Heel team after getting in to a shoving match with an assistant coach and another teammate. He may get a chance somewhere… but I doubt it. What We Know – Speed (70 – 75) Larry Mullin Princeton: Larry Mullin Princeton NBA position : PF/SF Class : Senior Ht : 6’8” Wt : 238 Key Stats : 19.6 ppg – 4.9 rpg Sapp Score : D- Projected Draft Range: Mid to Late Second Round Strengths: Smart player with a beautiful stroke Weaknesses: Plays like a 2 guard instead of a power forward. Will have extreme difficulty scoring down low in the league. Below average rebounder. Overall: Let's get one thing straight…. Mullin can shoot. Now if he had the quickness and ball handling ability of a guard, I would say take the guy in the first round. As it stands though, Mullin is a second rounder. Mullin scored in the post against Ivy League players but won’t be able to do though so easily in the league. Mullin will be able to find a place on someone’s team hitting a lot of stand still jumpers and will provide an active player with decent defense. In this weak draft, that is worth a selection. What We Know – Defensive Rebounding (65 – 68), Medium Shot (75 – 78) Lee Sanders Missouri: Lee Sanders Missouri NBA position : PF/SF Class : Senior Ht : 6’8” Wt : 229 Key Stats : 15.3 ppg – 4.7 rpg Sapp Score : C- Projected Draft Range: Late First Round – Early Second Round Strengths: Another very smart player that can score down low and will keep defenders honest with his mid range jumper. Weaknesses: Sometimes disappears if his jumper is not falling. Overall: Lee Sanders (or Sandy Bottom as some have nicknamed him) was the heart and soul of the Tigers last year. Sanders was never afraid to take that beautiful jump shot of his and jam it down the throat of opposing teams. Although Sanders is best known for his jump shot, he is predicted to go higher than other jump shooters because he also has shown the ability to score in the post against high class competition. While he is not an elite scorer by any means, he may be able to improve. As it stands, he should be able to step in and contribute at least some buckets to a team. What We Know – Medium Shot (72 – 75), Low Post Offense (55 – 58), Free Throw (74 – 77) Sarunas Dabanovic Lithuania: Sarunas Dabanovic Lithuania NBA position : PF Class : Unavailable Ht : 6’11” Wt : 217 Key Stats : 13.6 ppg – 3.0 rpg Sapp Score : F Projected Draft Range: Undrafted Strengths: Has range but also continues to improve on his ability to score in the post. Weaknesses: Defense… he doesn’t know how to play it… period. Overall: Not many know about Sarunas Dabnovic but let me say this, I have seen footage of him getting absolutely worked by lesser skilled players. Dabanovic is an ok scorer but his lack of ability to play defense is simply to detrimental for any team to look over. I find it hard to believe that any one will waste a pick on this guy. What We Know – Not Available Stephen Braithwaite Georgetown: Stephen Braithwaite Georgetown NBA position : PF Class : Freshman Ht : 6’11” Wt : 219 Key Stats : 19.7 ppg – 10.7 rpg – 2.0 apg – 1.9 bpg – 1.5 spg Sapp Score : A+ Projected Draft Range: Top Five Strengths: Great size, marvelous athlete, great passer, great rebounder can defend and score in the post. Oh, and probably has the best mid range jumper of anyone in this draft. Weaknesses: Needs to get stronger. Had some big time injury issues all throughout his freshman, sophomore and junior year. Overall: Stephen Braithwaite…. Have you ever heard of that guy? With all of the talk about Redd and Bishop, it’s easy to forget that Braithwaite would probably be a top pick in just about any other draft. Braithwaite put up First Team All American numbers even along side two other projected lottery picks (Myron Murray and Tony Bender). Braithwaite has the quiet personality of a Kevin Durant, the mid range jumper of a Paul Pierce and a KG type post game. Although Braithwaite may not have received the attention of Bishop and Redd, Braithwaite is a “can’t miss prospect” in his own right. If you land at number three, it’s not much of a drop off if at all. Future All Star and maybe Hall of Famer. What We Know – Medium Shot (81 – 87), Low Post Defense (74 – 80), Pass (69 – 75), Defensive Rebounding (80 – 86), Post Fadeaway (74 – 80) Tony Bledsoe UNLV: Tony Bledsoe UNLV NBA position : PF Class : Senior Ht : 6’7” Wt : 245 Key Stats : 9.9 ppg – 3.2 rpg Sapp Score : F Projected Draft Range: Undrafted Strengths: Decent post game and can hit the jumper from mid range and behind the arc. Weaknesses: Not a very good athlete and has never excelled on the defensive side of the ball. Overall: Tony Bledsoe has had the honor of playing along side one of the best college players we have seen in years (Dre Redd). This could be looked at as a blessing or a curse. Bledsoe doesn't get the credit he deserves for his offensive ability as he has had big games along side Redd. However, Redd's tremendous defensive ability has somewhat masked his short comings in that area. Bledsoe was not even on the draft radar until his performance in the tournament. Will anybody take the chance? What We Know – Medium Shot (70 – 73) Center: Center I think we all know who Dre Redd is at this point but just in case you did not know, he is a national champion, an All American, a player of the year and one of the top prospects to come out of college in years. To put it simply, if you can draft this guy, you would be dumb not to do so. Anthony Graham looks to be a poor man’s Dre Redd. Brent Carter is a defensive specialist while Dan Hollins is an all around scorer. Marcus Booth may be a bit of a project but he has shown flashes of greatness. 1 – Dre Redd – UNLV 6‘11” – 240 lbs. – Junior Draft Grade: A+ 2 – Anthony Graham – Indiana 6‘11” – 232 lbs. - Freshman Draft Grade: B 3 – Brent Carter – Arizona State 6‘11” – 236 lbs. – Sophomore Draft Grade: B- 4 – Dan Hollins – Gonzaga 6’11” – 248 lbs. – Senior Draft Grade: B- 5) – Marcus Booth – West Virginia 6‘11” – 237 lbs. – Sophomore Draft Grade: D+ Anthony Graham Indiana: Anthony Graham Indiana NBA position : C Class : Freshman Ht : 6’11” Wt : 232 Key Stats : 14.9 ppg – 6.3 rpg – 2.1 bpg Sapp Score : B Projected Draft Range: Top Five to Lottery Strengths: Good low post scorer and defender with a nice mid range jumper. Good athlete. Weaknesses: Durability issues cause some concern. Needs to get stronger. Overall: Anthony Graham is the next one and done center at Indiana (Ty Hawkins last year). The thing about Graham is that he is and has been a poor man's Dre Redd. He can rebound, defend the post, shoot from mid range, score in traffic and rebound like Dre Redd. Just… not quite as good. But hey, that’s like saying a someone can sing but not as good as Mariah Carey. Doesn’t mean that there bad. Just not the best available. Still worth a top five pick in this draft. What We Know – Inside Shot (84 – 90), Low Post Defense (69 – 75), Block (75 – 81), Standing Dunk (75 – 81), Hustle (84 – 90) Alan Ramirez Savannah State: Alan Ramirez Savannah State NBA position : C/PF Class : Senior Ht : 6’10” Wt : 243 Key Stats : 15.9 ppg – 6.9 rpg Sapp Score : F Projected Draft Range: Undrafted Strengths: Works harder than just about everyone else on the court at all times to make up for his lack of ability. Weaknesses: Remember that lack of ability we were talking bout…. Yeah all of that. Overall: Alan Ramirez was the hardest working player in a very weak conference for years. Ramirez was able to out hustle and out muscle many other players. Like I stated previously though, Ramirez really stands out because of his consistent hustle. But that won’t be enough to convince teams to call his name on draft night. He more than likely will not get drafted at all and will have to hope someone takes a chance on him in free agency. What We Know – Medium Shot (68 – 71) Brent Carter Arizona State : Brent Carter Arizona State NBA position : C/PF Class : Sophomore Ht : 6’11” Wt : 236 Key Stats : 11.2 ppg – 6.3 rpg – 3.3 bpg Sapp Score : B Projected Draft Range: Lottery – Mid 1 st Round Strengths: Probably the best post defender next to Ernest Knight and Dre Redd. Above average passer out of the post. Weaknesses: Can score from inside and mid range but is VERY inconsistent. Average rebounder at best. Overall: Brent Carter shared the spotlight with Donta James last year but the duties of defensive anchor was his alone. Carter was able to score occasionally even having a 20 point game against Arizona last year. Carter will make his paychecks making life difficult for NBA 4s and 5s. Some feel that he plays to relaxed at times, but even in that state of mind, he is a defensive beast. He'll be gone in the first. What We Know – Medium Shot (64 – 69), Pass (60 – 64), Block (88 – 92), Hustle (89 – 93) Dan Hollins Gonzaga: Dan Hollins Gonzaga NBA position : C Class : Senior Ht : 6’11” Wt : 248 Key Stats : 16.8 ppg – 6.2 rpg Sapp Score : B- Projected Draft Range: Lottery – Mid 1 st Round Strengths: Best shooter at the position and a quality offensive post game as well. Weaknesses: Hasn't shown a lot of improvement in the past couple of years and some feel he may have reached his ceiling. Below average athleticism. Overall: Dan Hollins may not look like your typical fire starter, but Hollins is a master of getting players angry and getting in their head. Hollins actually provoked the usually mild mannered James Giles to throw a punch during a game. Outside of that, Hollins is a good post player with a great jump shot. Hollins would be a top five pick if he was more of an athlete but he makes up for it with his awareness and basketball IQ. He should go in the first. What We Know – Offensive Rebounding (77 – 80), Low Post Defense (53 – 56), 3Pt Shot (68 – 71) Dre Redd UNLV: Dre Redd UNLV NBA position : C Class : Junior Ht : 6’11” Wt : 240 Key Stats : 25.8 ppg – 11.0 rpg – 1.9 apg – 3.1 bpg Sapp Score : A+ Projected Draft Range: Top Five Strengths: Too many to count. Great in the post on both sides of the ball, excellent rebounder, good mid range jumper, marvelous athlete. Just seems to do everything right. Weaknesses: Can be inconsistent on the offensive side occasionally. Overall: Dre Redd had already made a name for himself with his play on the court and his mouth. Redd is never afraid to say what is on his mind and has no problem telling you that he thinks he is the greatest thing since slice bread. The interesting thing is that so far, no one can really tell him differently. Redd has a unique skill set and excels in almost every area of the game. The scary part is that many believe he is not even CLOSE to seeing his full potential. Draft him… NOW. What We Know – Shot Inside (89 – 93), Medium Shot (74 – 78), Low Post Defense (80 – 84), Offensive Rebounding (85 – 89), Hands (79 – 83) Eugene Burke UAB: Eugene Burke UAB NBA position : C Class : Senior Ht : 7’1” Wt : 242 Key Stats : 12.0 ppg – 10.2 rpg Sapp Score : F Projected Draft Range: Undrafted Strengths: Marvelous rebounder Weaknesses: Appears uncomfortable attempting to score in the post and just can't score in any other ways. Slow and not very strong. Overall: Mr. Burke has had a very quiet career at UAB. That's because people don't really pay attention to the guys getting all of the rebounds (like offensive lineman in football). Burke can definitely rack up a ton of rebounds for a team. Unfortunately he can not do more than that and probably won't get a chance to prove himself. What We Know – Shoot In Traffic (67 – 70) Jevon Phillips Arizona: Jevon Phillips Arizona NBA position : C/PF Class : Sophomore Ht : 6’11” Wt : 226 Key Stats : 10.3 ppg – 5.6 rpg Sapp Score : D+ Projected Draft Range: Early To Mid Second Round Strengths: Could be the next Blake Griffin from an athleticism and excitement point of view. Probably the best ball handler at the position. Weaknesses: Lacks simple basketball knowledge and awareness. Not a very good defender although he does try. Overall: I love me some Jevon Phillips. I watched almost every Arizona game because you were almost always certain to see him dunking on and yelling at some poor defender. Phillips has dramatically improved his ball handling and has created his own path to the hole at times. I doubt that an NBA coach will be asking him to do that often however. While Phillips is a very unpolished package, his immediate entertainment value alone may be worth a second round pick. What We Know – Shoot In Traffic (69 – 74), Quickness (60 – 65) Josh Lynch Georgia Tech: Josh Lynch Georgia Tech NBA position : C Class : Junior Ht : 7’0” Wt : 239 Key Stats : 10.5 ppg – 5.9 rpg – 1.2 bpg Sapp Score : D- Projected Draft Range: Mid to Late Second Round Strengths: Skilled post defender Weaknesses: Big time durability issues. Decent rebounder at best. Overall: Josh Lynch took advantage of freshman point guard Terrell George. Josh Lynch was always an "ok" offensive player but it was not until he George hit the scene that Lynch became so much more productive on the offensive side. Lynch has always been a good post defender and it can't hurt to have that on your team. Lynch will go in the second round more than likely. What We Know – Strength (70 – 74), Block (69 – 73) Keith Taylor Northwestern: Keith Taylor Northwestern NBA position : C Class : Senior Ht : 6’10” Wt : 261 Key Stats : 16.0 ppg – 8.0 rpg Sapp Score : D- Projected Draft Range: Late Second Round - Undrafted Strengths: Big body and knows how to use it in the post. Weaknesses: Not as strong as he looks. Struggles to put it in the bucket from outside of 8 to 10 feet. Overall: Keith Taylor's production last year was…. Well I don’t really want to call it a fluke. But let’s be honest: this Northwestern team without Taylor would lose to the worst NBA team by 85 points. Taylor was the only good player on that team. While he is very good, he is not NBA all star good, or even NBA starter good for that matter. The truth of the matter is that there are players in the league that are bigger, stronger and quicker than him and he is going to encounter them much more frequently than he did in college. He may be worth a late round pick but may not get drafted at all. What We Know – Inside Shot (85 – 88) Kenny Chambers LaSalle: Kenny Chambers LaSalle NBA position : C Class : Senior Ht : 7’0” Wt : 257 Key Stats : 13.3 ppg – 6.6 rpg Sapp Score : F Projected Draft Range: Undrafted Strengths: He is a "slightly" above average rebounder Weaknesses: Struggles just about everywhere else. Overall: Let's just keep this simple. Chambers was the best player on a team that performed much better than they were supposed to. His name jumped up after their first round upset Villanova but let's be clear… Chambers is not an NBA player. He isn’t worth spending a pick in this draft and wouldn’t even be on the map in any half way decent draft. Sorry Kenny. What We Know – Low Post Offense (60 – 63) Marcus Booth West Virginia: Marcus Booth West Virginia NBA position : C Class : Sophomore Ht : 6’11” Wt : 237 Key Stats : 14.3 ppg - 5.9 rpg Sapp Score : D+ Projected Draft Range: Early To Mid Second Round Strengths: Very athletic and surprisingly proficient offensive post player. Weaknesses: Defensively is average at best and I don't think he has ever hit a jumper in his entire life. Overall: Marcus Booth has the makeup of a lottery pick. Athletic, explosive etc. So why is he not? One, Booth struggles on the defensive side and did not show improvement from his freshman to sophomore year. Also, he is only an average rebounder. It is worth noting too that Booth's stock did jump a bit after outperforming Dre Redd in a scrimmage game. Many said Redd had that national championship hangover. Or does Marcus Booth know something that we don't…. Hmmmmm? What We Know – Dunk (84 – 89), Block (66 – 71), Strength (65 – 70) Ramon Clark Texas State: Ramon Clark Texas State NBA position : C/PF Class : Senior Ht : 6’9” Wt : 252 Key Stats : 12.2 ppg – 10.4 rpg Sapp Score : F Projected Draft Range: Undrafted Strengths: Offensive and Defensive Rebounding Weaknesses: He is not going to stop a skilled big man from scoring… at all. Can’t score at all himself. Lack of size. Overall: Ramon Clark had a good run at Texas State. Ramon Clark has had some big time numbers (specifically in the rebounding category). Unfortunately, those days are over. Clark is coming to the NBA where he will have to face players that are much more skilled than his nightly competition. It is hard to believe that this undersized center will make a splash in or even be seen in the NBA. What We Know – Defensive Rebounding (80 – 83) Ricardo Munoz UTEP: Ricardo Munoz UTEP NBA position : C Class : Senior Ht : 6’11” Wt : 240 Key Stats : 12.0 ppg – 8.6 rpg – 2.1 bpg Sapp Score : F Projected Draft Range: Undrafted Strengths: Above average rebounder and post defender. Weaknesses: Won't be able to score in the NBA at all. Overall: Ricardo Munez is a humble kid that seems to have a good heart. If his game was anywhere is good as his heart, he would be an All star. Unfortunately, Munoz is simply a player with nice size that lacks athleticism, offensive awareness or any kind of post game. Munoz can offer some adequate defense and rebounding but so can a lot of players in this draft. Sorry kid, I don't see you making a roster. What We Know – Offensive Rebounding (80 – 83) GM CORNER Featuring: Dreece,: GM CORNER Featuring: Dreece, GM Corner – DC5 Big Men #1 David Hawkins/PF/Indiana State: GM Corner – DC5 Big Men #1 David Hawkins/PF/Indiana State David is a very strong kid and has an array of NBA moves in his arsenal already. His key to fame will be improving his defense or rebounding and he will be an absolute stud. Most GM's are saying Hawkins one of if not THE best post players available so expect a late lottery team like Dallas to scoop him up and develop him Behind Dirk a year or two. GM Corner – DC5 Big Men #2 Dre Redd/C/UNLV: GM Corner – DC5 Big Men #2 Dre Redd/C/UNLV This was an easy one lol . Dre has had the attention on him since h entered high school and it's not going to stop now. He has a ridiculous amount of talent and It will be on display from day 1 power, finesse, defense, passing he just gets in done down there. All teams with a pick will be looking @ Redd GM Corner – DC5 Big Men #3 Stephen Braithwaite/PF/Georgetown: GM Corner – DC5 Big Men #3 Stephen Braithwaite/PF/Georgetown Stephen is one of these guys that you gonna wish you had on your team in 3 years. If Braithwaite decides to focus all his energy on becoming the best I dont think anybody will be able to stop him . At 6'11" he just risies up an hits that smooth jumper with consistancy and he can stretch you out to the three line if your not careful, Very special player. He will be heavily targetd so if he's your guy trade up and nab him. GM Corner – DC5 Big Men #4 James Giles/PF/Virginia Tech: GM Corner – DC5 Big Men #4 James Giles/PF/Virginia Tech Giles's game reminded me so much of a young Karl Malone it's scary. He's not like your new-age PF that shoot long jumpers or 3pts James not the fastest nor the strongest PF out there but facts are facts. Giles had a great summer he played well in the scrimages and he has great confidence in his ability to get it done vs NBA competition. Teams like Utah or Toronto would love to have Jiles bacging down low for 10 years. GM Corner – DC5 Floor Stretchers #1 John Fernandez/SG/Duke: GM Corner – DC5 Floor Stretchers #1 John Fernandez/SG/Duke Showed alot of athleticism during the scrimmages He was the only player in the scrimmage trials to hold Chris Bishop under 50%fg and he has a silky smooth jumpshot . A player of his caliber isn't gonna last long in the draft and I feel alot of GM's are gonna be kicking themselves for not at least taking a look at this kid. The Seattle SuperSonics GM looks at him as the next Ray Allen maybe he's going somewhere with that...... GM Corner – DC5 Floor Stretchers #2 Giocomo Paciani/SF/Italy: GM Corner – DC5 Floor Stretchers #2 Giocomo Paciani/SF/Italy Whenever Paciani entered the game the defense took notice and for good reason.His first practice during trials he hit his first 19 shots from the floor with a lot of higher ranked players trying to stop him with all they had. He don't have the greatest form in the world but he gets plenty of lift and rotation on his shots so it always looks like it had a chance to go in and on most ocassions it did. He's one of those 2nd round shooters I was telling people about before....your welcome. GM Corner – DC5 Floor Stretchers #3 Bryce Baker/PG/Villanova: GM Corner – DC5 Floor Stretchers #3 Bryce Baker/PG/Villanova This dude is instant offense no sweat needed!! Bryce can score from all agles and will game in and game out if given the slightest chance he reminds me of a young Jason Terry. I put the danger tag on him tho he's a freshman volume shooter that got lit up many times during the scrimmages but the fact that the puts up points so easily might land him on a playoff claiber team that might reign in that mentality that he has. GM Corner – DC5 Floor Stretchers #4 Andre Stafford/PG/Missouri: GM Corner – DC5 Floor Stretchers #4 Andre Stafford/PG/Missouri He was simply amazing in his play during scrimmages. The big question about him coming in was he a PG or SG and he showed that he can do both equally well. On one plays he's running the offense in the halfcourt and the next he's catching an alley oop !! His skillset is definitely a challenge for defenders to deal with but he need to be able to put forth better defensive efforts if he wanna become a starter for a long time. Maybe a team like the Knicks wanna take a chance with their pick. GM Corner – DC5 Not Sleepers Anymore #1 Marcus Booth/C/West Virginia: GM Corner – DC5 Not Sleepers Anymore #1 Marcus Booth/C/West Virginia Marcus set the world on fire early by putting Dre Redd in his back pocket and keeping him there while he war in play. He shows an aggressivenes that's necessary to compete in the league but he's still a little rough aroung the edges when it comes down to execution so putting him in a triangle type offense might not get the results you desire from him. It's kinda hard to guage how most of the GM's looked at thrashing Booth gave Redd in his matchup with the great many feel he was more into it thaan Redd but I see a guy that wants to be part of the elite also. GM Corner – DC5 Not Sleepers Anymore #2 Wayne Richardson/PG/Florida: GM Corner – DC5 Not Sleepers Anymore #2 Wayne Richardson/PG/Florida Richardson was my favorite player during the scrimmages and for good reason. He continuously broke down defenders, made the correct pass, finished strong at the rim, played solid defense and did I meantion he was a 6'6 200lb PG!! I really think Wayne has a chance to be a really good if he goes to a team that will let him be him. I can see a team like the Lakers taking a chance on him while Kobe still have a few years left to teach him the ropes. He has a great chance to be a lottery pick if he impreesed other GM's like he did me. GM Corner – DC5 Not Sleepers Anymore #3 Donte Webber/PG/Iowa: GM Corner – DC5 Not Sleepers Anymore #3 Donte Webber/PG/Iowa Former Hawkeye Donte Webber always want to make the pass and who wouldn't want to play with a guy like that. He's one of those PG's that will bust you upside the head with the ball on the fast break if you dont have your hands up. During trials he had trouble defending the elite PG's but he had ZERO problems running the offense vs elite defenders.His size and vision will give him a chance to make an immediate impact if utilized properly. Hopefully he's surrounded with players that can finish plays and like to run. Maybe Detroit at the top of the 2nd snag him GM Corner – DC5 Not Sleepers Anymore #4 Craig Carney/PG/Middle Tennessee State: GM Corner – DC5 Not Sleepers Anymore #4 Craig Carney/PG/Middle Tennessee State "Crazy Handlez " Craig Carney is the new campaign slogan for the Middle Tennessee State PG. He broke so many ankles during practices people got scared to play defense on himI guess nobody wanted their draft stock to plummet. The thing that makes Carney super dangerous is the fact that with all those fast handles he can get his shot off with little consequence while doing his moves. He must've practice on that hours on end because it's definitely not a skill that all players possess. GM Corner – DC5 Need Defense #1 DJ Adams/SG/Michigan: GM Corner – DC5 Need Defense #1 DJ Adams/SG/Michigan Lockdown defenders look at this guys scouting tapes for tips about the trade. He can guard the 1,2, and 3 positions with ease and in some instances can hold up vs PFs. I can't praise Adams enough for his dedication to the defensive side of the ball and he seems to enjoy playing defense as much as I do coaching it. Coach Dreece might have to scoop him up for himself. GM Corner – DC5 Need Defense #2 Byron Coles/SG/Pittsburgh: GM Corner – DC5 Need Defense #2 Byron Coles/SG/Pittsburgh Coles is anothe one of these guys that come built to play in the NBA immediately. Upon entering training facilities he went straight to the weight and went to work. That's the attitude that says I wanna be the best and I'm going to do whatever it takes to make my career sucessful and thats so important for young guys trying to make a name for himself in a league of extraordinary men. GM Corner – DC5 Need Defense #3 Ernest Knight/PF/UCLA: GM Corner – DC5 Need Defense #3 Ernest Knight/PF/UCLA I have never been scared on a basketball court in my life but watching this guy abuse player after player reject shots, push people around, chase speedy guards off of pick-n-rolls, and clear the glass play after play I had no choice but to tremble a little. Not many people sneak thru the cracks like this and I'm not going to let it happen today!! Every TEAM needs an Ernest Knight period. GM Corner – DC5 Need Defense #4 Brent Carter/C/Arizona State: GM Corner – DC5 Need Defense #4 Brent Carter/C/Arizona State It's a very tough draft to get recognized if your name isn't Dre Redd or Chris Bishop but Brent didn't let that keep him from showing this GM he had just as much skill as those other guys but he did it in a fashion that might've gone unnoticed. He has solid footwork offensively and defensively but he really shines coming from the weakside to get blocks and delections and he has no problems doing it every trip down. GM Corner – DC5 Need Defense #5 Myron Murray/PG/Georgetown: GM Corner – DC5 Need Defense #5 Myron Murray/PG/Georgetown Double M's is a smack in the face to the GM's that say PG's under 6' can't play in the NBA. What he lacks in size is made up tenfold in speed and anticipation. He plays good on-ball defense, plays the passing lanes excellent, regularly hits his jumpers and he is an absolute blur in transition. His best skill tho is his ability to put lobs on players CP3 style. Murray is gonna cause some poor GM his job because I think he's gonna outperform most of the players drafted ahead of him . Player Interviews: Player Interviews Chris Bishop/ Dre Redd Live Chat Donnie Hines Stephen Braithwaite Chris Sapp/Dre Redd Live Chat: Chris Sapp/Dre Redd Live Chat Dre Redd and Chris Bishop were available to answer questions live from fans and NBA GM scouts prior to the draft. You can access this chat by clicking the link below. http://www.operationsports.com/forums/nba-2k-rosters/596221-xbox360-cwsapp757-dreece-nba-2k13-realistic-fictional-draft-classes-30.html Donnie Hines Interview (Part 1): Donnie Hines Interview (Part 1) Swag: Let’s just get this started eh? Why don’t you introduce yourself to the people. Hines: Hello everyone. I’m Donnie Hines and I play for the Maryland Terrapins. Swag: Played* I think you mean. Hines: *laughing* Ah yes. Swag: Tell me Mr.Hines- Hines: Donnie, please. Swag: Okay. Tell me Donnie, what makes you so special? Hines: Well not to kiss my own @#$-… whoops sorry. Not to kiss my own butt but I am quite the athlete… well at least from what I’ve heard. Swag: *chuckles* I guess you could say that. I think National Champion Dre Redd would consider you to be more than just “quite the athlete” considering you damn near jumped over him while creating one of the greatest poster dunks I’ve seen in a looooong time. Hines: Hey man, Dre a good dude but he had it coming if he wants to sit in the lane like that *chuckling*. Swag: No doubt. So your style of play is obviously athletic but what is your wish in regards to the team you land on? Hines: Well while most people see athletic players like myself as ball hogs I’m definitely more into a team ball game. If I could land with a teammate who could throw me dime oops like CP or Rondo I’d be set. It takes a lot of the pressure off when you have great teammates who can facilitate your needs and who give you the chance to help them back. Swag: Good answer. It’s nice to see a player who wants to not only shine himself but shine with his team in today’s glamour filled league. Hines: No doubt, no doubt. Swag: Would you be open to answer some questions from your fans? Hines: In all honestly it’s the only reason I came to the interview *smiling*. Swag: I’m offended. But no really, lets get on with the questions. Do you think your are the best player in this class? Hines: Man… I know I’m supposed to say yes but honestly, no. I can’t compete night in and night out with a guy like Chris Bishop. I like to think of myself as an honest player and I want a GM to know what they are getting with me. I may currently just be a bundle of athleticism waiting to burst but when I get good training I’ll be oozing skill and talent Donnie Hines Interview (Part 2): Donnie Hines Interview (Part 2) Swag: Good good. Honesty is a great trait to have on top of basketball talent. Next question from your fans: Who is your favorite player in the history of the sport? Hines: Dang that’s tough. I love the Iceman, Air Canada, T-Mac, Iverson, and of course Jordan. But if I had to choose I would probably go with the Doctor… Julius Erving. He was such an athletic freak like myself but he had something not many people had at his time… swag. He is in my eyes the king of cool and father of class in the NBA. Great ball player who I would love to meet and take notes from. Swag: He is a top five favorite of mine as well. Okay final question before we let you get out of here: Any predictions for your rookie season? Hines: A huge improvement from my college game and a dunk contest title. Swag: Alright. Great speaking with you and good luck. Thanks for coming in. Hines: Thank you Based God. Stephen Braithwaite Interview (Part 1): Stephen Braithwaite Interview (Part 1) Swag: Welcome to another great interview with another great player. Today we have Mr. Stephen Braithwaite:. Braithwaite: Hey. You can just call me Stephen. Swag: Sounds good Stephen. So how are things going? It’s got to be exciting being a projected Top-5 pick in a stellar draft class. Braithwaite: Things are going great but with great fame comes great responsibility… nah just kidding I’ve been having the time of my life. Swag: *laughing* That’s good to hear. Braithwaite: Yeah it’s awesome walking around campus having everyone know who you are. I mean people knew who I was before but stuff been crazy lately with the draft coverage y’feel me? Swag: Oh I know what you mean. I remember back in my little league days when I had the same feeling. Braithwaite: Man you corny *chuckling* Swag: Haha you know. Anyway I’ve got some questions for you today. Braithwaite: I hoped so. Swag: How do you stack up to the other top prospects? Braithwaite: I mean I’m a good ball player. I don’t want to hype up these other guys or act like we best friends but they’re all real good ball players. I think you can’t miss with any of us but I no doubt think I’m your best choice. Swag: Even with your injury concerns? Braithwaite: The only concerns people should have is with how much I’m going to dominate them. Swag: I like that ferocity! It’s not seen much from you during games. You’ve been spotted barely smirking even when your team accomplished big things… what is the deal with that? Braithwaite : Well college ball is great but it’s not my top priority. Sure winning games was fun but my end-game was and always will be to make it as big as I can in the NBA. I want to be able to take in all the benefits of being a pro-athlete including being able to help support my entire family and close group of friends that pushed me to get this far. Swag: So you don’t think college ball was important? Braithwaite: No, I don’t think that at all. Some things are just more important to me. Stephen Braithwaite Interview (Part 2): Stephen Braithwaite Interview (Part 2) Swag: Well it’s good to see you still have high goals and aspirations. Not to start drama but do you have any words for the fans who held “Grant Hill 2.0” signs when you went down in your senior year of high school? Braithwaite: Look at me now. I had a pretty healthy season and I’m going to be a top-5 pick in the NBA draft. I’ll gladly be Grant Hill 2.0 but I won’t be dealing with the injuries… I guarantee it. Swag: So the training sessions have been paying off? Braithwaite: Yes. Major props to all of my trainers man. They mean the world to me. Swag: Last question okay? Braithwaite: Shoot. Swag : What is the first thing you’re doing after you sign that contract. Braithwaite: I got family in some bad places. I plan on buying a couple of decent houses in a great community and moving them all in. As I said before my family has given a lot up to help me and I plan on doing everything I can to give back. Swag: Integrity and good karma will take you a far way in life. Congrats and keep up the hard work! Braithwaite: Thanks! WHO’S GOING BACK TO SCHOOL: WHO’S GOING BACK TO SCHOOL Top Players Returning to School Next Year Alan Miller Notre Dame : Alan Miller Notre Dame Big Board Ranking : #4 Position : PF Well Alan Miller finds himself on this list for a second consecutive year. Everything went according to plan from an individual point of view. He found himself with First Team All American honors after averaging 21.2 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. Miller is one of the scariest players in the nation on the offensive side of the ball. He also showed some improvement on defense. His team however, did not perform to their full potential. With two other potential NBA players (Terrell Washburn and Quinn Nixon) the team still went 19 and 10 and lost in the first round of the tournament. Maybe Miller is going back to school to try to write the story book ending. Terrence Young Wake Forest : Terrence Young Wake Forest Big Board Ranking : #5 Position : PG Terrance Young may be the best player in the ACC right NOW (I ultimately believe that Ryan Stafford will be better but we will get to him in a minute). Young is a point guard that not only plays like a true point guard but has the confidence to take over a game as well. I may be jumping the gun just a bit but his offensive game reminded me of a mixture of Rajon Rondo and Russell Westbrook. Not a bad combo of players to mesh together. So why the hell is he going back? When asked he just said “Man I love the college life”. Well put Mr. Young. The NBA will definitely be ready for him when he is ready to come. Let’s see if the money will call his name next year. Jermaine Harrison Oklahoma : Jermaine Harrison Oklahoma Big Board Ranking : #6 Position : SG Mr. Harrison is showing improvements in the areas that he obviously needed to improve in…. defense. Harrison has shown more of an interest in playing on the other side of the ball and continued to light up teams on the offensive side. Harrison initially declared but then immediately changed his mind. An unnamed source tells us that Harrison was informed that he would be he didn’t have a chance of sniffing the top three with the three players at the top of this draft but could possibly go number one next year. So simply put, Harrison wants the opportunity to improve his game and also become a top draft pick. Can’t knock the man for that. Ryan Stafford Duke : Ryan Stafford Duke Big Board Ranking : #7 Position : SF Ryan Stafford is the type of player that every coach salivates over. We told you a year ago that this kid was the Michael Jordan of defense. Seriously, if he were to come out right now I believe that he would be the best defender in the league. Top 3 at worst. He is that good on the defensive side and his Defensive Player of the Year award proves that. Stafford is going back because he knows that he needs to work on his offensive game. Last year, he allowed John Fernandez to worry about being the clutch scorer and he got to do what he loved to do on the other side of the ball. THIS YEAR, he hopes to show that he can be a reliable scorer as well. If so, he better run to the draft like Usian Bolt. Tony Bender Georgetown : Tony Bender Georgetown Big Board Ranking : #8 Position : C Georgetown had three players on their team in the top 25 of the Big Board and to be honest, how they did not make it to the final four is absolutely beyond me. Many of you may be surprised at how high Bender is projected to go. Many of you forget that Braithwaite is a special player and to be blunt, he took a lot of Bender’s shine. The team let the better player take charge but now with Myron Murray and Stephen Braithwaite declaring for the draft, the team will belong to Bender. Bender would be a lottery pick in this year’s draft but could and more than likely will be a top five pick once he gets the spotlight at Georgetown next year. He hasn’t played second fiddle to any player in his life so he will come back next year…. Ready to show off. You are not going to one to get in the way of this 270 pound monster next year. WHO’S NEXT: WHO’S NEXT TOP 5 GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS Jacob Francis (Brewster Academy, NY) : Jacob Francis (Brewster Academy, NY) Sapp Ranking : #1 Position : PG Ht : 6’2” Wt : 201 Top 5 Schools: Syracuse, Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, Georgetown I feel terrible writing this entry. Jacob Francis was on his way to being the next great point guard coming out of high school. Just about every top school was aiming to get this guy. Francis is an elite scorer with “Jason Kidd type vision”. Just last week, Francis suffered a terrible leg injury similar to the one suffered by Shaun Livingston several years ago. Although has been said that Francis could return from the injury, Francis is reluctant to return to the sport. The honor student has stated that he has seriously been considering studying law and dropping basketball all together. It is unclear whether Francis was simply was speaking out of frustration or if he truly wants to give up the game of basketball. What I will say is that if Francis does indeed decide to give up the game of basketball, it will be a great loss for all of us as fans. I pray that Francis reconsiders and also makes a full recovery. Devin Johnson (Canyon Springs, CA) : Devin Johnson (Canyon Springs, CA) Sapp Ranking : #2 Position : PF/SF Ht : 6’8” Wt : 231 Top 5 Schools: Undetermined Once again, this entry will be another that makes you shake your head. This one for a different reason however. See, Devin Johnson is a smart player on the court, but not so much off the court. Johnson had a monster junior season leading his high school team to a California state championship. Johnson was having another great season this past year averaging 29.7 points and 13.6 rebounds after ten games. Johnson was involved in a “scuffle” at a party where another student was stabbed six times. When Johnson and two other players were pulled over later that night, Johnson had an unregistered firearm and marijuana on him. Johnson was kicked off the team and is currently in the midst of a wild case that may land Johnson in jail for a long period of time. As sad as it is to say, Johnson will probably not play basketball next year or for many years to come. Travis Buchanan (South Christian, MI) : Travis Buchanan (South Christian, MI) Sapp Ranking : #3 Position : SF Ht : 6’6” Wt : 215 Top 5 Schools: Texas, Kansas, Michigan, Michigan State, Indiana Finally, our first player that will definitely play basketball next year. The Michigan guard/forward did not even start playing organized basketball until his sophomore year in high school and hasn’t looked back since. The ex-quarterback is a ridiculous athlete that can be seen dunking over a variety of helpless players on YouTube. Dunking is not the only skill that Buchanan possesses. Buchanan has a dangerous mid range game and can handle the ball adequately as well. Buchanan will have to continue to work to be a dominant player at the next level but he definitely has the physical attributes to achieve that goal. No one is quite sure where Buchanan will land but one thing is for sure… everyone wants him. Tobias Rush (Kathleen, FL) : Tobias Rush (Kathleen, FL) Sapp Ranking : #4 Position : SF Ht : 6’5” Wt : 170 Committed: University of Florida Tobias Rush out of Florida is the fourth ranked player out of what most consider to be one of the weaker group of high school players to come out in years. Rush is a guard with ridiculous wingspan that has allowed him to cause trouble to many opposing guards. The 6’5 guard has the scoring ability to play the 2 but has consistently handled the point guard duties for his high school team since his freshman year. Rush’s unpredictable play style may give some coaches headaches but with the proper coaching, Rush can give opposing coaches more excruciating headaches next year. We shall see how he performs as a Gator next year. Shawn Wright (Green Valley, NV) : Shawn Wright (Green Valley, NV) Sapp Ranking : #5 Position : SF Ht : 6’7” Wt : 215 Committed: Washington State University To put it simply, this quiet Nevada boy can score. Shawn Wright has never seen a shot that he didn’t like and also never seen a shot that he couldn’t make. Shawn Wright has put up some legendary numbers in his high school career. Wright scored 62 points and 65 points in back to back games respectively and put up similar numbers throughout the year last season. What sets Wright apart from other high scoring players is that can handle the ball and is willing to make the right pass when necessary. Wright does struggle somewhat on the defensive end but has unbelievable scoring ability has somewhat masked his issues in this area of the game. If Wright can improve his on ball defense, he will be unbelievable college player.