var yuipath = 'clientscript/yui';
var yuicombopath = '';
var remoteyui = false;
else // Load Rest of YUI remotely (where possible)
var yuipath = 'http://yui.yahooapis.com/2.9.0/build';
var yuicombopath = 'http://yui.yahooapis.com/combo';
var remoteyui = true;
Accolades: Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 (08), Pac-10 All-Defensive Team (08).
Scouting Report: An athletic, ever-improving power forward.
Strengths: Lots of potential. Game has improved tremendously each year in college. Athletic for a big man. Long wingspan. Mobile. Good at facing the hoop and taking his man off the dribble. Decent face up jumper. Nice jump hooks. Explosive leaper - attacks the rim. Great rebounder - especially on the offensive end. Uses his length and mobility to block and alter shots.
Weaknesses: Will be turning 22-years-old a month after the draft. Still inexperienced - didn’t play organized ball until late in high school. Still a raw player. Needs to bulk up and add strength. Needs to develop more of a power post up game. Has to cut down on his turnovers. Tends to get into foul trouble. Mediocre free throw shooter.
Projected 2009 Draft Range: Top five to top ten pick.
Consensus: Jordan Hill, not considered a big time prospect coming out of high school, is now on the verge of being a NBA lottery pick. If he continues to improve like he has in college, the sky is the limit for him.
Accolades: First Team All-Pac-10 (08), Second Team Freshman All-American -CHN (08), Pac-10 All-Freshman Team (08), McDonald’s All-American - high school (07), Second Team Parade All-American - high school (07).
Scouting Report: A silky smooth shooting guard.
Strengths: Lefthanded. An explosive scorer - had over 30 points in three out of the team’s first six games his sophomore year. Shoots for an extremely high % everywhere on the court (FG, 3Pt, FT). Great at getting fouled and knocking down his free throws. Has three-point range on his jumper. Very good rebounder and assist man for his position. Young - will only be 20-years-old when next NBA season begins. Strong, solid build - won’t be pushed around in the NBA. Great at playing the passing lanes - led the Pac-10 in steals his freshman year. Smooth and under control. Mature and poised. Unselfish player. Used to being double-teamed.
Weaknesses: Not a standout athlete - not especially quick or a high leaper. Questionable foot-speed may limit his ability to guard one-on-one effectively in the NBA. Will be short for a shooting guard (may only be 6’4”). Turns the ball over too often.
Projected 2009 Draft Range: Top five pick.
Consensus: The Sun Devils’ James Harden has all the makings of being a solid NBA pro. While his lack of freaky NBA athleticism might limit his potential for stardom, he is a shrewd enough player that he will find a way to succeed and should enjoy a long career.
Accolades: NCAA East Region All-Tournament Team (08), McDonald’s All-American - high school (06), Fourth Team Parade All-American - high school (06).
Scouting Report: A versatile inside/outside threat.
Strengths: Great size for a small forward. Has the ability to play in the post or out on the wing. Very athletic. Great leaping ability. Long wingpsan. Great at slashing to the hoop. Can drive by defenders with either hand. Capable of posting up and scoring with his back to the basket. Good defender. Great rebounder. Great shot blocker for a forward. Has three-point range on jumper.
Weaknesses: Still inconsistent. Needs to become more consistent and a bigger threat from three-point range. Turns the ball over too much. Never was a huge scorer in college.
Projected 2009 Draft Range: Top ten pick.
Consensus: Earl Clark has all the makings of a solid, perhaps sometimes spectacular, NBA player. His size, athleticism and skill package make him a special prospect.
Accolades: Honorable Mention All-ACC (08), First Team ACC All-Tournament Team (07), ACC All-Freshman Team (07), Third Team CHN All-Freshman Team (07), First Team USA Today All-American – high school (06), McDonald’s All-American – high school (06), First Team Parade All-American – high school (06), MVP World Juniors Tournament (05).
Scouting Report: An undersized, lightning quick point guard.
Strengths: Blazing speed – will normally be the fastest guy on the floor. Can beat the other team up the floor on fast breaks or beat his man off the dribble in the half court. Excellent passer and distributor of the ball. Takes very good care of the basketball – had a 2.57 assist to turnover ratio his freshman year and 2.36 his sophomore year. Great court vision. Very poised despite his lack of experience. Very strong build. Shoots for an extremely high percentage for a point guard – 50% his freshman year, 51.5% this past year. Decent rebounder for a sub-six footer. Gets his share of steals.
Weaknesses: Very short for the NBA. Can hit the three but will need to hit it more consistently in the NBA. Still young and inexperienced for a point guard – only averaged about 25 minutes a game both years in college and missed games his sophomore year due to injury.
Projected 2008 Draft Range: Mid first round to early second round pick.
Consensus: Lawson’s been a dynamic player at every level he has competed at so far and his poise, court vision and speed will translate well to the NBA. However the learning curve in the NBA for an undersized, inexperienced point guard is a steep one.
Accolades: All-NCAA West Region Team (09), Honorable Mention All-American - CHN (09), Honorable Mention All-American - AP (09), Freshman of the Year - CHN (09), All-Freshman Team - CHN (09), Freshman of the Year - USBWA (09), High Major Player of the Year - CHN (09), High Major Freshman of the Year - CHN (09), First Team High Major All-Freshman Team - CHN (09), First Team All-C-USA (09), C-USA Tournament MVP (09), C-USA All-Tournament Team (09), C-USA Freshman of the Year (09), C-USA All-Freshman Team (09), First Team All-American - Parade - high school (08), Pennsylvania Player of the Year - high school (08), McDonald’s All-American - high school (08), MVP McDonald’s All-American Game - high school (08), Fourth Team All-American - Parade - high school (07).
Scouting Report: A versatile, high scoring phenom.
Strengths: Big-time scorer. 7’3” wingspan. Athletic. Highly skilled. Versatile - can play in the backcourt or on the wing. Memphis became a better team when he took over at point guard. Can get to the hoop at will - terrific slasher. Good ball-handler. Very good size for the backcourt. Was “the man” for an elite program in college. Uses his quickness and long arms to get lots of steals. Good at getting to the line. Hardworking - good attitude.
Weaknesses: A year older than most other freshman. Inexperienced. Didn’t play in a BCS conference. Poor shooter -needs to improve outside shot to keep defenders honest. Turns over the ball too often. Questionable shot selection. Plays out of control at times. Can he play point guard in the NBA? Off court issue - his cousin shot and killed a man while a passenger in Evans’ vehicle.
Projected 2009 Draft Range: Top ten to mid first round pick.
Consensus: While Evans’ jump shot needs serious work, he is a very good prospect due to his size, wingspan and skill level. While he should be a good NBA player regardless, if he proves he can be an NBA point guard he’ll be even better.
Accolades: McDonald’s All-American - high school (06), Second Team Parade All-American - high school (05).
Scouting Report: An experienced, athletic shooting guard.
Strengths: Very athletic. Strong defender. Quick player. Good mid-range shooter. Good at slashing to the hoop. Good genes - dad played 13 seasons in the NBA. Strong physique. Explosive leaper - attacks the rim. Long wingspan. Very experienced - played for one of the top coaches in the world in one of the top conferences in college. Strong physique. Tough player. Showed ability to be a clutch player in last season’s NCAA tournament. Good shot blocker for a wing player - led Duke in blocks his sophomore year. Solid rebounder for a guard. Has three-point range.
Weaknesses: Will be undersized for the NBA. Very inconsistent. Never been a big-time scorer in college. Never proved he could be “the man” for Duke. Mediocre free throw shooter (much improved his junior year though). A decent ball-handler but it still needs more work. Needs to become more of a long-range threat - doesn’t hit too many threes.
Projected 2009 Draft Range: Mid to late first round pick.
Consensus: Despite having a solid collegiate career, Gerald Henderson has to be considered a bit of a disappointment. However, he has all the tools you’d want in a NBA prospect and with some more development of his game he should stay employed in the League for years to come.
Accolades: All-NCAA South Region (09), Third Team All-American - CHN (09), Honorable Mention All-American - AP (09), Second Team All-Big East (09), Big East Tournament MVP (09), Big East All-Tournament Team (09), Big East co-Rookie of the Year (08), Big East All-Rookie Team (08), Honorable Mention All-Big East (08), Third Team All-Freshman - CHN (08), USA U-19 National Team (07), Mr. Basketball - New York - high school (07), Second Team All-American - Parade - high school (07), McDonald’s All-American - high school (07), USA U-19 National Team (06).
Scouting Report: An explosive, fast, scoring point guard.
Strengths: Great athlete. Explosive. Fast. Strong build. Good leaper. Very good ball-handler. Good conditioning - played huge minutes in college. Big time scorer capable of explosive outbursts. Can score on his own and also set up teammates. Can get to the rim at will and finish strong. Good playmaker. Good body control. Good and drawing fouls and converting at the line. Great at slashing and kicking the ball out to open teammates.
Weaknesses: Questionable shot selection. Takes too many three-pointers. Undersized for the NBA. Turns the ball over too often. Doesn’t shoot for a good % for a guard (especially from long range). Wear and tear from playing huge minutes in college? Needs to improve his decision-making. Still young for a point guard. Played almost exclusively zone defense in college - can he defend NBA point guards one-on-one?
Projected 2009 Draft Range: Mid first round pick.
Consensus: Jonny Flynn has the makings to be a starting NBA point guard for a long time. While he isn’t quite ready yet - his outside shot and decision-making need work - the potential is clearly there.
Accolades: Second Team All-American - AP (08), Fourth Team All-American - CHN (08), Mid-Major Player of the Year - CHN (08), First Team Mid-Major All-American - CHN (08), Wooden All-American (08), NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional Most Outstanding Player (08), NCAA Tournament All-Midwest Regional Team (08), SoCon (Southern Conference) Male Athlete of the Year (08), SoCon Player of the Year (08), First Team All-SoCon (08), SoCon Tournament MVP (08), SoCon All-Tournament First Team (08), First Team Mid-Major All-American - CHN (07), Mid-Major Freshman of the Year - CHN (07), Second Team All-Freshman - CHN (07), Mid-Major All-Freshman - CHN (07), SoCon Freshman of the Year (07), First Team All-SoCon (07), SoCon All-Freshman Team (07), SoCon Tournament MVP (07), SoCon All-Tournament Team (07), USA U-19 National Team (07).
Scouting Report: The deadliest scorer in college basketball.
Strengths: Scoring machine - can get you 30 even on an off night. Can hit shots from anywhere on the floor. Very crafty - finds ways to score. Can hit tough shots with defenders all over him. Proved his junior season that he can run the point on the college level. Great three-point shooter. Shoots for high % from everywhere (FG, FT, 3pt). Very good footwork. Great at moving without the ball. Solid ball handler. Gets tons of steals. Clutch player. Used to double and triple teams. Takes good care of the ball - solid assist to turnover ratio his junior season. Unselfish - good at setting up teammates. Good pedigree - dad Del played 16 years in the NBA.
Weaknesses: Not a standout athlete - not especially quick or a high leaper. Slight build - needs to add strength and muscle. Will be small for the NBA - even for the point guard position. Other than his junior year he played mostly shooting guard in college - can he play the point in the NBA? While Davidson plays a tough non-conference schedule, their competition in the Southern Conference is rather weak.
Projected 2009 Draft Range: Lottery pick.
Consensus: One of the great debates of this year’s draft class is how good of a pro Stephen Curry will be. While it is highly doubtful he will be as good in the NBA as he is in college, he has enough tools to have a fighting chance to excel in the NBA. Whether he can play point guard in the NBA might be the biggest determinant as to what kind of career he will have.
Accolades: Pac 10 All-Freshman Team (09), Honorable Mention All-Freshman - CHN (09), Gatorade National Player of the Year - high school (08), McDonald’s All-American - high school (08), First Team Parade All-American - high school (08), Third Team Parade All-American - high school (07), Gatorade California Player of the Year - high school (07).
Scouting Report: A highly skilled combo guard.
Strengths: Versatile - can play either backcourt positions. Long arms. Smart player. Tough defender. Capable of scoring or creating for teammates. Great size for a point guard. Solid rebounder. Fast and quick. Good passer. Nice court vision.
Weaknesses: Needs to improve his jumper. Too small for a NBA 2-guard but also not a true point guard. Inexperienced. Didn’t get to showcase his skills in UCLA’s system. Needs to prove he can run the point guard spot on a permanent basis. Not an off-the-charts athlete.
Projected 2009 Draft Range: Mid to late first round pick.
Consensus: Regardless of how frustrated Jrue Holiday is with UCLA’s system, he needs to go back to school for his sophomore year. If he can prove that he can be a full-time point guard next season he will be a guaranteed lottery pick in 2010.
Last edited by Jose Slaughter; 05-30-2009 at 05:52 AM.
I think the real draft will have given us a surprise already by this point, so watching the Bullets, er, the Wizards (How 'bout the Whizzing Bullets?) should be fun ... if they even decide to keep the pick. Given their budgetary challenges, methinks they'll be trading away Jamison or Butler, and while Jordan Hill seems an obvious fit, I believe there are (and will be) other players of higher overall value available. James Harden would look nice next to a rehabbed Agent Zero, but I see an even better long-term fit with ...
... Tyreke Evans.
BTW, Hoopshype mentions that Memphis is considering taking local-hero Evans at #2: