By Tim Donohoo
Damian Lillard is climbing the draft charts as we speak. The 6-foot-2 junior from Weber State is a great scorer and possesses good size for an NBA point guard. D.L. likes to go full throttle to the rim and he is very strong. He can make space to launch a good shot from anywhere on the floor.
Lillard has outstanding change of direction and is a quick dribbler who keeps it low to the ground. H lives on the free throw line (hitting 88 percent of his attempts) and is great at drawing the foul when he has the ball. (more…)
By J. Scott Huston
1. Anthony Davis, Kentucky, 6’ 10” 220-
How much more can anybody say about Anthony Davis? The level of talent he was able to display at Kentucky in one year was incredible. He is a consensus first overall pick and is being compared to the talents of LeBron, Tim Duncan, Dwight Howard, and Allen Iverson. He has more natural ability than anybody else in the collegiate level, but the real question will be if he can truly live up to the expectations that have been placed on him. Considering that he is just 19 years old, it will be interesting to how he responds to all the pressure. Now all he needs to do is get rid of that unibrow. (more…)
By Nick Carpenito
There are some promising players entering the NBA draft this year at the small forward position. On our top-5 list there are two stone-cold-lead-pipe locks that everyone knows will be true NBA talents, but the potential of the remaining three spots lies in the beholder.
Here are our top-5 small forwards, again in no particular order, entering the 2012 NBA Draft
Harrison Barnes, UNC, 6’8” 223 lb
To get one of the two locks out of the way, Harrison Barnes out of North Carolina will be an asset to whoever selects him in the draft. Barnes is a shooting threat from anywhere on the floor. His high release and shot range drove defenses crazy during his college years and those factors should continue to do so at the next level. Additionally, at 6’8” 223, Barnes’ build could not be more perfect for his position. One factor that may cause him to slide down slightly in the draft is his less than stellar performance in the tournament this year. However, if any team passes on him solely because of that they will more than likely regret it down the road. (more…)
By Chris Ramirez
Parade Magazine released its 2012 All-America Team on Sunday, and many familiar faces are on the list with the top two players in the class of 2012 leading the way.
Kentucky signee Nerlens Noel and UCLA signee Shabazz Muhammad are both on the list, as are forward Kyle Anderson (UCLA) , guard Gary Harris (Michigan State) and center Kaleb Tarczewski (Arizona). (more…)
Moe Harkless: I think I’m going to surprise a lot of people there because I don’t think a lot of people know that I can shoot the ball as well as I can. I think I’ll probably be able to show my athleticism and, you know, the things that they do the testing on. I think I’ll surprise a lot of people. DraftExpress.com (more…)
The Celtics had a handful of players in town on Friday, a group that included St. Bonaventure star Andrew Nicholson. Nicholson, who is 6-foot-9 with a 7-4 wingspan, told CSNNE.com that the workout in Boston “went well,” and added that it was the first of many he would have between now and next month’s draft. “I’ve got 13 more (workouts) lined up,” said Nicholson, who said he plans to be in Oklahoma City on Saturday for a workout. CSNNE.com (more…)
By Chris Ramirez
Las Vegas, NV – Sources have informed that former Connecticut forward Roscoe Smith will transfer to UNLV which has been confirmed. The 6-foot-8 Smith, who has two years of eligibility left, started on UConn’s national championship team as a freshman. (more…)
By Chris Ramirez
Pittsburgh, PA – The University of Pittsburgh announced that incoming transfer Trey Zeigler will be eligible for the this upcoming season. The NCAA waived the mandatory one-year sit-out rule. (more…)
By Brandyn Smith
The talent of this year’s draft class for centers is probably as low as it has ever been. With the shift of the league to big men who can stretch the floor and have mobility, the need for a true center has diminished. With that being said, there is no substitute for size and length so let’s take a look at the top five center prospects in this year’s NBA draft. (more…)
“I don’t like that guy. I don’t. I don’t,” Jones told Yahoo! Sports after a workout at Peak Performance Project here this week. “That guy from last season didn’t do too well. He didn’t do too well at all. I feel like I got a lot to prove. I got a lot of expectations. I want to be successful. “I want to be an All-Star at the end of the day. Not just be a player who plays a couple of years or a could’ve been, should’ve been. I want to be an All-Star.” Yahoo! Sports (more…)