Category Archives: NBA Draft

Portsmouth Invitational Tournament NBA Prospect Recap

Markel Starks, Credit - Zimbo

Markel Starks, Credit – Zimbo

By Amos Leak,

The PIT, as they call it, is one of, if not the most inspirational tournament that takes place where some of the top senior talents around the country can get the opportunity to play with each other and showcase their skills. The PIT has been taking place in Portsmouth, Virginia since 1953 and can be the difference in a player who is under the radar making to the NBA. Cases such as Kyle O’Quinn, who played at Norfolk State University and was drafted in the second round by the Orlando Magic are stories that the PIT can say that have been a huge support to helping him making the jump at the next level. In 2012, he averaged 11.7 ppg and 11.7 rpg and won MVP of the entire tournament. This year featured some players that should be watched but were the best NBA Prospects that I saw during the tournament.

Is Embiid the next ‘’Dream’’ of the NBA?

Joe Embiid; Credit AP

Joe Embiid; Credit AP

By: Trennis Phillips

The Cameroonian born defensive phenom Joel Embiid, has shown the world that he is the next great big man to carry the mantle of the great African centers. Legendary centers such as Dikembe Mutombo, Manute Bol, and Hakeem Olajuwon   So far he has shown the ability to the block shots and run the floor like a gazelle at the NBA level. But the other areas of his game are still unproven.

Who’s the Best Fit?

Dante Exum; Credit The Armchair Selector

Dante Exum; Credit The Armchair Selector

By Josh Miller,

If you haven’t been living under a rock since the college basketball season started, then you know the 2014 draft class could be one of the best—and perhaps comparable to the 2003 class and maybe even the 1996 class. While one-and-done freshman are the norm now, not all of them reach their full potential and become the players they are projected to be out of college. This class however, seems a little bit different. The talent is undeniable, but also the maturity level, poise, and potential for growth is clearly visible among the notable players such as Kansas’ phenoms Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid, Kentucky’s Julius Randle, Duke’s Jabari Parker, Dante Exum out of Australia, and Oklahoma State sophomore Marcus Smart. All of these players are a bit unique and all have something special about their games. Obviously, the mock drafts project them to get drafted by lottery teams, but that might not be the best fit for them, as we’ve seen players time and time again wallow on miserable teams.

Jordan Brand Classic NBA Prospect Recap

Jordan Brand Classic

By Amos Leak,

The College Season is over. NCAA and NBA are getting ready to embark on a new generation of players, administration, coaching and rules. When you are in the middle a huge power change in what could affect these guys and their college career, there seems to be opportunity for growth. There’s no telling what will happen in the next coming month but the change of the meals for college students have started the power movement. With the opportunity to join the biggest brand in the world under the Jordan Brand, the Barclay Center hosted some of the most extremely talented players in high school basketball. Will they all become NBA Players, there’s no telling, but the talent on display seems like the right direction to a great 2014-2015 college year.

NBA Draft Rumors – April 16, 2014

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