Wednesday, April 7, 2010

A classy NBA Underclassmen Rundown

Any blog could put a picture of the Rock on it, but only Sportsthat goes with a classy Rundown
A rundown of the underclassmen of note that have declared for the NBA Draft as of today:

Kentucky: John Wall (freshmen): Wall is the consensus #1 pick in the upcoming Draft. His stock doesn't appear to be able to be any higher than where it stands currently. He led Kentucky to a 33-3 record in 2009-2010 after a dreadful NIT season the year before. He set single season record with assist, assist in a game, and various other accolades.
Demarcus Cousins (freshmen): Cousins was the newest Beast at Kentucky. After a slow, quiet start, the roar was found during a stretch of games where Cousins battled top tier names North Carolina, Connecticut, Indiana, and Louisville. The Cards (the only NCAA Tournament team of the 'tough' stretch) saw Cousins become Cuz with the now infamous elbow. His tough style of play, great feet, and ability to board have Cousins projected to be in the top 5 of the draft.
Eric Bledsoe (freshmen): Projected in the top 15 of the draft, Bledsoe is thought to be the second best point guard available, of course behind his teammate John Wall. He's a streaky shooter with lightning fast feet and a great ability to drive to the basket.
Daniel Orton (freshmen): Kentucky's 6th man, Orton is one of the biggest men and biggest mysteries in the draft. While ESPN has him projected to be in the top 25, he's been mentioned to be as high as number 5 and as low as 27.
Patrick Patterson (junior): Patterson upped his game this season showing off a consistent stroke from deep, something he hadn't done under his previous coach Billy Clyde Gillispie . Patterson looks to be a safe bet 7-14 pick, which is a clear upgrade from last season’s 14-20 projection.

Kansas: Xavier Henry (freshmen): Henry showed he has the size and shot for the pro level. He looks to be a 2 guard that may be able to defend the 3 spot in the NBA. His projection currently stands at pick 14 but he's been mentioned as high as 8 earlier in the season.
Cole Aldrich (junior): Aldrich is another big body that has shown he has heart and an inside presence. What remains to be seen is if Aldrich will turn into a Greg Ostertag or a household name (other than Dick Vitale's household). Aldrich is projected as a top 8 pick and follows suit sending him to the Kings at #6.

Ohio State: Evan Turner (junior): Men's College Basketball's 2010 player of the year is a stat stuffing machine. He can rebound (9.2), score (20.4), and dish (6.0). He should be able to play the 1-3 spot at the next level while also being a leader on the court. He is projected #2 but may fall depending on the need of the team.

Cincinnati: Lance Stephenson (freshmen): Stephenson is a volatile player on and off the court, capable of exploding for points or with his temper. Stephenson was a recruiting leper in the pre-2010 season, while being overlooked by Kentucky, Kansas, Connecticut, only to land at Cincy. ESPN has him as a late 1st, early 2nd round pick.

Florida: Alex Tyus (junior): The Predator may not be seen again, except in ESPN Classic reruns. Tyus is more known for his outlandish hairstyle than his game. He hasn't signed with an agent yet, but his unhappiness in Gainesville with his current playing position (6'9" Center) leads one to think he may take a supporting cast role in Greece along with Nick Calathes before he would return to Florida. He currently isn't projected to be drafted.

Texas: Avery Bradley (freshmen): The #1 ranked player in the ESPN 100 for 2010 is a SG that struggled in the later half of the season. He's projected currently as the #28 pick in the draft.

Xavier: Jordan Crawford (sophomore): Crawford is a streaky shooter and a relentless slasher. He's expected to just be testing the waters this year, but as of now he's projected to go in the late second round or undrafted currently.

UTEP: Derrick Caracter (junior): The one time Cardinal flew the coop out of Louisville and to Texas-El Paso. His inside presence led UTEP to another Tournament appearance. He has slow footwork and bad fundamentals, but as only Rick Pitino could teach, the kid can pound with the big men. He's projected to go in the second round or undrafted.

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