I've been specifically paying attention to top players this year for this reason. We had this going in another thread in fact if someone wants to dig the info out of that one too.
Right now the only player I feel really good about is Mayo. He's ready. I've only seen Gordon once myself and while I like him I'd like to see more and better.
Rose has the athletic talent but when I've seen him he's looked REALLY raw. That TEAM is strong, but he has not stood out just yet.
To me Chase Buddinger has a whole lot of Croshere to his game. He's a solid playmaker and can shoot, but he's not a take over type of guy that you'd take top 10 and he really doesn't solve the Pacers issues. They have Dunleavy already.
AZ other star, Bayless, was hurt when I last watched them. He had an injury in HS too according to draft.net.
Roy Hibbert gives you character since he chose to stay in school. That also means extra time on fundamentals. But the odd thing with him is that his game has slipped a bit and is rather underwhelming to me. But then again it reminds me of how Brad Miller finished up at Purdue, and he went on to be an all-star.
Kevin Love is damn impressive. Now he's no athlete and perhaps a bit undersized in a Sean May way. He won't tear up the low post in the NBA, at least not as is. BUT, he's a worker on the boards, modestly crafty, and by far the best outlet passer in the draft. In fact even in the half court he makes strong, long skip passes. He can find guys and get them the ball safely.
Love's teammate Collison...underwhelming. Haven't seen the vision from him in the few games I've watched. Gets himself into tough spots to pass from ala Fred Jones. Just not as ready as you'd like, and could never really click above modest backup. If a guy like Love is on the board I'd take him instead, in spite of "need".
I have to watch again because I wasn't looking for him specifically at the time, but I think it was Chalmers at Kansas that was really impressive the other day (had a good box, but I need to watch to be sure). Both he and Rush are interesting, and that team as a whole plays solid ball. Neither have declared that I know of but I would think either of them could after a title run.
For the same reason I think Douglas-Roberts and Dorsey at Memphis could also become interesting options. Like Kansas they win with quality all-around play and have several good athletes. I almost think Rose should stay more than some of these other players.
Any reason why Draft.net has Clark (Louisville) moved to 2009? Has he said he is staying next year, or just uncertain?
They moved Koufos (Ohio St) to 2009 but if you've seen him play you can see why. Not ready at least so far this year.