Monthly Archives: May 2012
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.
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.
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.
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).
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