2008 NBA Predraft Camp: Player Evaluations
By Aran Smith and Borko Popic
The Top 5
Forbes 6-6 220 SG Massachusetts Sr. --
21.3 ppg, 46% fg, 82% ft
After an impressive performance at Portsmouth, where we awarded him the MVP, Forbes continued his outstanding play, and put together another standout week earning another MPV in our eyes. His 21.3 ppg led the camp by a wide margin (over 5 per game) and he;s the first player we can remember to have 3 standout games. He was hands down the most aggressive player all week, as he was given all the freedom and a green light to do whatever he desired. His scoring repertoire has developed well, as we watched him shoot from deep with great confidence and increased efficiency, and also take guys off the dribble with adept ball handling. He has good body control and can take contact fairly well around the hoop, allowing him to not only get to the line frequently (27-33 ft) but also convert on and-ones. An issue we saw with him earlier in the year was his foot speed and ability to stay in front of people. While he may never become a lock down defender, he showed some nice potential to be a contain type of defender. He had a key match up with Wayne Ellington the first night, and he not only outscored him, but also took him out the offense on the other end. A problem with Forbes is that he does not have a specialty, or a go to aspect of the game, he just does a lot of things well, which may limit him from moving up into the first round, but a great week should undoubtedly put him into high 2nd round consideration.
Lawson 6-0 195 PG UNC So. -- 10.0
ppg, 40% fg, 4 ast
Even though he only played one game, nobody's stock came out higher than Lawson. He had a decent game stat wise, but it was his speed, quickness and complete dominance of one time first round hopeful Lester Hudson that probably assured Lawson to be picked in the first round himself. Defensively he showed that when he puts his mind to it he can be an absolute disrupter because of his great foot speed and body strength. His ability to change directions in the open court, as well as finish around the hoop were all things we have seen from him before but were still very impressive nonetheless. A big question mark is his shot. His release is low, which does not bode well since he is only 5-11, as it will give him great trouble to get his shot off against taller defenders. There is a need for PGs, and after the early picks there is not much else to choose from other than Lawson, as a result he stands an excellent chance to get into the first round.
Sonny Weems 6-5 193 SG Arkansas Sr. -- 11.0 ppg, 42% fg
One of the better prospects this week, he may not be at the skill level of some of the other perimeter players at the camp are right now, but seeing his major recent improvements and adding in his terrific length and athleticism one cannot help but think that Weems may become a very good player one day. He has transformed from just an athlete into a guy who is able to do some crafty things off the dribble as well as with his shot. He has great elevation and his release point is so high that it makes his shot virtually unblockable, and he has also shown that he is more than capable of knocking it down even under duress. There are question marks with his consistency as well as his ability to handle the physical play that he will face at the next level. He could add another 10 pounds of muscle to his frame, but if he continues to develop his game, he could develop into an impact player in the NBA.
[img_assist|nid=1169|title=George Hill|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=300|height=368]George Hill 6-2 181 PG IUPUI Jr. -- 12.0 ppg, 48% fg, 36% 3p,A sleeper pick of ours made the most out of his week, showing his great versatility and outperforming many of the other guards at camp. His quickness may not be up to top shelf, but he is able to use a variety of shifty, change of pace moves to create separation allowing him to either get into the lane or shoot. He is able to hit long and mid-range jumpers off the dribble under duress and his crafty ball handling always keeps the defender on his heels reacting to what he does. His arms are very long and he has nice wiry strength allowing him to play some very tough defense, frustrating the opposition into difficult shots and ill-advised turnovers. Decision making and passing wise he is decent, but not yet ready to be a serious play maker at the next level. He has a tendency to dribble too much before getting his team into their sets and sometimes he also takes too long to set up his one on one moves from the top. Another concerns with him is an injury that he suffered during his sophomore year when he broke his foot and there have been talks that he has been playing with screws in the foot for some time. As much as this injury hurt him, it also gave him an extra year of college, so if he feels that he hasn’t solidified his name in the draft he could take another year to increase his stock and prove that he is worthy of taking.
Taylor 6-2 166 SG Idaho Stampede Sr.
14.0 ppg, 50% fg, 85% ft, 3.3 rpg
Another early sleeper pick put up a noteworthy performance and as a result has made some people consider him a serious draft possibility. Our fear of him being a feast or famine type player came to be realized when he had an atrocious outing in his last game (going for 17 and 24 in the first two only to slip to 1 in the third). His break neck style of play is exciting, but at times may not be the most efficient as it leads to turnovers and terrible shots. He brings a scorer’s mentality in a point guard’s body, but even with all that said, Taylor is still a player that has helped his stock tremendously this week. His unusually long arms and incredible leaping ability (he was windmill dunking the ball through his legs in warm ups and also had a spectacular goal tend in a game) are impressive for a player at any level. His shot is more streaky than inconsistent and when he gets it going he is truly difficult to match up with because his first step forces defenders to play him a few steps off. He could become a great change of tempo scoring guard off the bench, where he will not have much responsibility to distribute the ball or have any significant defensive match up up with. Look for his name to be called somewhere in the 2nd round.
The Next 5
Ellington 6-5 194 SG UNC So.
-- 11.7 ppg, 42% fg, 11% 3p,
Ellington struggled to prove that he's ready for the NBA level. Some felt it was a mistake for him to play in Orlando as there was more to lose than gain, and without a standout performance it probably was a bad idea in hindsight. He just couldn't get his 3 point shot going, finishing 1-9. He also turned the ball over numerous times. Ellington has a silky jumper and some scouts remain high on him, but the competition is stiff in this year's first round, and most scouts we spoke with feel it would be in his best interest to return to UNC and try his luck in the draft in another year. Ellington was on fire in the first 10 minutes of game two, but the extended time sitting out took him out of his rhythm. Even though we prefer Ellington to Lawson as an NBA prospect, Lawson is the one seen as having had the better camp and better shot to get into the first round this year. Although, Ellington's measurements certainly help his cause as he came out 6-5 with a 6-7 wingspan.
Joey Dorsey 6-7 265 PF/C Memphis Sr. -- 6.3 ppg, 63% fg, 4.7 rpg, 5 blk
If you’re looking for a scoring post player, than Dorsey isn’t your guy, as he may never develop any sort of reliable game from the blocks. However, that doesn’t mean that he cannot be a vital player at the next level. His athleticism, toughness, work ethic and on court demeanor are all things that almost any team would welcome to their organization. He is satisfied doing the dirty work and contributing in any way necessary in order for his team to win. Although he is undersized, he is a force to be reckoned with, both defensively and on glass. He has great energy and speed allowing him to be in great position against the much slower big men that he faces, also his anticipation is good enough to allow him to block a good number of shots from the weakside. Dorsey is a lock to be taken in the early to mid second round and should get some looks in the late first round.
Jefferson 6-6 213 SF USC Fr.
-- 10.0 ppg, 57% fg, 3.7 rpg
Depending on how you look it, some consider it was a mistake for Jefferson to play in Orlando (agent perspective) and others think that he definitely should have showed up (team perspective) because he hadn't done enough this year to prove he was a first rounder. Either way you look at it, Jefferson has done very little to help his stock and may have actually played himself out of the first round. He has a very passive mentality and he tends to coast throughout much of the game. This type of attitude does not mix with the "get mine" nature of the camp. Jefferson is comfortable getting his shots in rhythm and never forcing too much, but in a camp where you don't touch the ball for numerous possessions, it pays to force the issue. Jefferson, an older freshman, is still learning the in and outs of the game, but it is easy to see that the athleticism and natural talent are there. He has a smooth jumper and his range is expanding very well. He is fairly soft but a lot of that has to do with his undefined body, which has the potential to fill out nicely. He is a few years away and could use another year of college, but it appears he has already burned that bridge by hiring an agent and so he may have to settle for being a 2nd round pick.
Hardin 6-11 235 PF California Sr.
-- 10.0 ppg, 44% fg, 10-15 ft, 3.7 rpg
Hardin's lackluster senior campaign was capped off by a so so performance in the predraft camp. He's chock full of potential, one look at his muscular frame and his thunderous assaults on the rim are enough to realize he has loads of upside. The problem is that he is never is able to turn that potential into any level of consistency and appears content to make two highlight plays per game and disappears for the rest. Hardin did a solid job of getting to the line and using his muscle inside, but outside of dunking the ball, he showed very little in the way of offense. Although he had some solid games (8 and 11 in the first two games), he didn't stand out enough to put his name back into first round consideration.
James Gist 6-8 220 SF Maryland Sr. -- 9.0 ppg, 39% fg, 7-7 ft, 5.3 rpg
Gist started off like gangbusters with 16 points in his first game on 5-8 from the floor and 6-6 from the line. Unfortunately he his a major cold spell from the field going a combined 5-18 in the final two, averaging just 5.5 in those games. The absence of the team's top floor general Jamar Butler made things more challenging for guys like Gist to get buckets. He's a freakish athlete having converted one of the most spectacular dunks of the college basketball season and is the type of specimen that should be able to find a role (poor man's Rodman) in the league even if his offensive game never vastly improves. Gist should find a spot in the early-mid second round.
The Next 10
Richard Hendrix 6-8 250 PF Alabama Jr. -- 10.3 ppg, 62% fg, 6.7 rpg, 2.0 spg
A less than stellar week for the Crimson Tide big man. We were very high on him after seeing him warm up the first night, but he was a bit of a let down, never really showing us the complete game that we felt he could have. His great body and long arms allow him to create space and grab rebounds in bunches and he is also very aggressive when attacking the O glass. He showed a nice touch from out to 17 feet, hitting a couple face up jumpers from this area. Yet what we didn’t see all week from him is any reliable post moves, not once did he get a guy on his back and show that he is able to score. He never demanded the ball, and seemed satisfied roaming around the paint not assertively looking to get touches. He seems stiff in his movements and is very slow and awkward getting up and down the floor. His conditioning is definitely a factor, although he appears to have improved on it leaving some doubt about how much he can improve further. Although his strength and length are positives, he is undersized as a post player and will struggle to get his shots off against bigger players. Even though a number of negatives occurred for him this week, he should still be a lock in the 2nd round as specimens like him aren’t easy to find.
Nelson 6-2 198 SG Duke Sr. --
16.0 ppg, 47% fg, 88% ft, 3.3 rpg
Was one of the camp's pleasant surprises. He improved as the week went on displaying both the ability to convert shots from the perimeter and off the dribble. His 22 points on day two on 8-14 shooting was his real breakout performance. He also did a solid job defensively using his quick hands and feet to disrupt opposing guards. Although he may be under 6-3, he has an enormous wingspan and bigtime leaping ability allowing him to in essence play like a 6-6 guard. Nelson should have no trouble getting drafted and stands a good chance to make a team base on his skills and positive attitude.
Bryce Taylor 6-4 210 SG Oregon Sr. -- 11.7 ppg, 33% fg, 3-6 3p%, 71% ft
Taylor appeared focused and looked good creating shots for himself. He matched up with Marcellus Kemp in the first game and got the upper hand slowing him down defensively and scoring on number of jumpers and drives to the basket. Despite solid yet unspectacular statistics and low (33%) shooting numbers, his energy and skill level made a positive impression on scouts. Overall a solid week for the Oregon Duck who despite being overshadowed by Malik Hairston during the year, was more impressive this week in camp. Taylor has a lot of competition with a number of shooting guards fighting for the same spots, but stands a good chance of getting drafted after his performance in camp.
Joe Crawford 6-4 213 SG Kentucky Sr. -- 15.0 ppg, 50% fg, 4-7 3p, 82% ft
Crawford was one of the top performing guards in camp. He showed excellent ability to use the dribble to get by his defender to the rim and also knocked down open shots from midrange and beyond the arc. He's undersized, but has above average athleticism and even showed some passing ability. He got to the rim off the drive and finished with some highlight dunks. Coming into the camp, he appeared as a long shot to be drafted, but now it appears as though he has a legit chance to hear his name called.
Hairston 6-5 204 SG Oregon Sr.
-- 13.3 ppg, 59% fg, 3.3 apg
In his first game he looked passive and uncomfortable, trying to get into a rhythm and feel out his teammates. By the time the second game rolled around he figured things out and proceeded to have a nice showing for the remainder of the week. His outside shoot is still a work in progress, but anything inside of the three looks good for him. His mid-range game is very effective as is his ability to get to the basket, all thanks to his strength. He does not shy away from contact, in fact he goes right at it looking to draw the foul as well as finish the play. In his last game he put together a good performance, showing all the different ways that he can score. With Lason going down with an injury, Hairston was asked to bring the ball up and play some point guard, and he did an admirable job although he;s obviously not going to be confused with a point. At 6-5, a tough, athletic player, who has some nice skill and is definitely someone that has the resume to get drafted and potentially do some things in the near future.
Othello Hunter 6-8 220 PF Ohio St. Sr. -- 11.3 ppg, 60% fg, 7.3 rpg
Despite a very productive week in the boxscores, Hunter did not make a great impression with his skill level. His shots came mostly on put backs and shots around the basket and lacked a high degree of skill. He's a high flyer and should get drafted based on his ability to rebound and defend and his raw athletic ability. But at times he appeared stiff and does not show much in the way of offensive skills or feel for the game. He's strictly a role guy as an energy four man, and is effective playing within his skill set.
Plaisted 6-10 240 PF/C BYU Jr.
-- 5.7 ppg, 50% fg, 83% ft, 3.3 rpg
As is common for bigmen in the draft camp, Plaisted struggled to get touches. With so many guys fighting the stand out, there just isn't enough ball movement to get bigmen the ball, so they're left to their own devices to get baskets off rebounds and often force shots. He averaged just 5.66 ppg on 4 shots per game. A pathetic statistic considering Plaisted was the top center prospect in camp. Plaisted looked very athletic running through drills and kept his head up despite failing to stand out. His demeanor is very even keeled, almost too much as you'd like to see a little more emotion and fire out of him. He displayed an effective hook shot and was willing to go inside and bang, but for a player some had projected as a possible first rounder, he failed to raise his stock much.
Drew Neitzel 6-1 175 PG Michigan State Sr. -- 8.0 ppg, 44% fg, 2.7 apg
A less than stellar senior season, along with a mysterious absence from Portsmouth definitely did not help Neitzel’s stock in the early Pre-Draft process. However, it seems like he had it all planned out, and after a good showing in Orlando, he has put his name into serious consideration. He was able to show his range, but also good ability to knock down pull ups from midrange with guys closing out on him. What impressed the most was his nice ability to get to the basket; he has a wide variety of shot fakes mixed in with some jerky dribble moves that allows him to get by the defender. In his second game there was a stretch where he got into a nice rhythm and you could tell his confidence was high, during this period he put on an impressive dribbling display: going behind his back full speed in transition and making great decisions finding open teammates. His biggest issue (even though he showed some flashes) is that he is still not a pure point guard, but more so a very undersized combo. His future will heavily depend on his ability to shoot consistently, if he can do that, he could become a specialist off the bench in the league.
Brian Roberts 6-1 173 PG Dayton Sr. -- 13.7 ppg, 58% fg, 57% 3p, 7-7 ft, 5.0 apg
Roberts is a very interesting player who did some nice things this week to boost his stock after a stellar 4 year career at Dayton. He might have the sweetest looking jump shot of anyone that was in Orlando, and his efficiency with it is just as impressive. He can shoot the long ball, pull up from mid-range coming off a screen and even a stop and pop in transition while his defender is still back pedaling. He has nice quickness, his dribble is tight to his body and he can incorporate a variety of moves to get into the lane. For a point guard, he had low assist numbers throughout his time in college, so naturally we wanted to see his ability to distribute the ball this week. In the first two games he got caught up in the scoring game and was looking for his own shot rather than setting up teammates. However in the final game he went for an impressive 13 points and 13 assists, which was a statement performance. Everyone knows about his scoring ability, but as a point guard at the next level, his success will be based on his ability to make good reads and distribute the ball. An impressive week may have been what the doctor ordered, as he could possibly be a 2nd rounder.
Richard Roby 6-5 203 SG Colorado Sr. -- 12.5 ppg, 47% fg
Roby came out of the gates strong with a 14 point 5-8 shooting performance. He trailed off some as the games went on, but overall had a solid performance. His jumpshot was a little shaky and he passed up a few open jumpshots. He was a lot more effective taking the ball to the basket and finishing or getting to the line. Roby had a solid senior year after two miserable seasons shooting from the perimeter. Despite being a senior, he is seen as a player with upside left to develop but questions linger about his willingness to work at his game and intensity level.
The Next 20
Pargo 6-2 208 PG Gonzaga Jr.
-- 11.7 ppg, 41% fg, 29% 3p, 75% ft, 3.3 rpg, 4.7 apg, 4.7 tog
After a slow start, Pargo had a monster final game with 20 points. He's a tremendous athlete as he's shown repeatedly with dunks over opponents throughout his college career. He fought through injuries this year but saw his numbers dip in the process. This week he struggled to display great point guard skills, the area of his game that scouts were most interested in seeing. He should definitely make use of his senior season, as returning to Gonzaga will give him a much better chance at sticking with an NBA team. While this may have been a good opportunity for Pargo to hear what scouts feel he should work on, you can't help but wonder if this camp did little more than expose his weaknesses. Pargo's 4.7 turnovers were the most by anyone and serves as proof that he still has work to do to become a point guard. While Pargo has the potential to develop into a first round combo guard next year, he'll need to continue to improve upon his playmaking ability from the lead guard position.
JR Giddens 6-5 208 SG New Mexico Sr. -- 5.7 ppg, 35% fg, 25% 3p
There seems to be a lot of unwarranted hype around Giddens. While he's an impressive athlete with an improved shot, his play in camp was rather ordinary. He was unable to create offense for himself, and struggled defensively as well. His career has been marred by off-court issues and though he's shown maturity over the past season at New Mexico, he remains a wild athlete with a shaky skill set. He averaged just 5.6 ppg, shot 6-17 from the floor with just 2 total rebounds in 46 minutes of action, granted he played just 7 minutes on the second day, but three non-standout performances has his draft status firmly in the mid-second round, and some scouts feel he could go undrafted.
Reggie Williams 6-4 199 SG VMI Sr. -- 11.7 ppg, 54% fg, 25% 3p, 3.3 rpg
One of our pre-camp sleeper picks did everything to show that he is capable of holding his own and proving that his name belongs in draft talks. Following the camp up with good workouts will put his name into 2nd round consideration. From the first day it was evident that Reggie’s great feel for the game and court savvy would translate into any scenario, even if he isn’t scoring as much as he did during his time at VMI. His unselfish approach is a refreshing thing to see (because so many other players think they can boost their stock by jacking up shots), although it makes his stat line less appealing. For the people that evaluate players on more than just their contribution to a box score, Reggie is the epitome of a team player and has turned many heads during the week. He has good athleticism, but it is his incredible wingspan that allows him to make plays that he has no business making. He is very poised getting into the lane and he is able to punish the defense with a feathery soft teardrop, a finish at the basket, or a pinpoint dish to an open teammate. In his first game he was able to match up well with JR Giddens, bothering him with his length, and staying in front of him with his deceptive quickness. There are concerns about his strength as he looks skinny, he may never be able to add much bulk, but his game does not rely much on physicality but rather finesse. He has a nice lefty stroke, with a very smooth release, but he could add some more consistency to his outside jumper. All in all, he has definitely moved up the rankings after a solid showing.
Josh Duncan 6-9 230 PF Xavier Sr. -- 12.3 ppg, 50% fg, 38% 3p, 86% ft
Duncan had his best game in the final when most of the scouts attention was diverted to the workout only guys as they ran through drills on the side court. For a 6'9 forward he has an excellent feel for the game, with good decision making and passing ability. Unfortunately he lacks the foot speed to play on the perimeter and the necessary strength to play in the post rendering him position-less for the NBA level. He should be able to etch out a solid career in Europe as his style of play and athletic package works ideally there.
Foster 6-5 195 SG Vanderbilt Sr. -- 7.7 ppg, 33% fg, 27% 3p
For the SEC player of the year and one of the nation's top shooters and scorers, Foster failed to impress. Like Gist, Foster struggled with the lack of point guard's on Team 1 after Butler went down with an injury. He has an unorthodox release on his shot, and while he's highly effective with such a high release point making the shot difficult to block, he takes longer to get the shot up off the dribble. If he can find a role as a spot up shooter, he may be able to grab a roster spot, but based on his play in Orlando (8ppg, 33fg%), there's no guarantee he'll be selected.
Pat Calathes 6-10 204 SF St. Joseph's Sr. -- 10.0 ppg, 50% fg, 71% ft
Had a subpar week, didn’t do too much to disappoint nor impress and he sat out the last game with an injury. He has a great feel for the game and is able to make good reads in transition and in the half court. His quickness is good and he knows how to use shot fakes and little jabs to free himself up. The long NBA 3 is giving him fits (he went 1-3 on the week) and his awkward release seems to take a lot out of his rhythm which hurts his range. It is always nice to see a guy being able to handle the ball and pass as well as he does at 6-10, but that height is almost completely negated by his weak body and complete lack of post up game. This limits him to strictly playing on the perimeter where he is not as explosive as other wing players and lacks the shooting consistency as well. So instead of having this versatile and multi talented 6-10 player, he is pretty much a 6-10 small forward lacking the necessary skill and playing out of position. People are always enamored by tall wing players and because of that he will probably be drafted, but Calathes is still a very long way from ever being a rotation worthy player.
Marcelus Kemp 6-4 221 SG Nevada Sr. -- 8.0 ppg, 39% fg,
He has not had the best week shooting the ball, but sometimes a player can still show that he is a quality talent even if the ball doesn’t go in for him. He has an NBA ready body and he looks a bit like a running back going up the court. His strength is nicely complemented with a quick first step and a well rounded offensive game that he is able to utilize from inside and outside. He uses his broad shoulders well to get defenders out of position as they try to match up with him on the perimeter and he is also able to withstand contact while finishing at the hoop. Defensively, because he does not have great lateral quickness, he tries to be physical and crowd players to discourage them from attacking. This approach may work against the physically inferior players he faced at the camp, unfortunately it will cause him to get beaten without much effort by the stronger players he will see at the next level. Overall, he may have had a better camp last season, but he did not hurt himself at all this week and should find a spot in the 2nd round.
Sasha Kaun 6-10 247 C Kansas Sr. -- 3.0 ppg, 4-7 fg 57% fg
Didn’t really show much as far as his offensive game, but that might be attributed to somewhat of a selfish approach from the guards on his team. He had good rebounding numbers as he was fairly aggressive getting on the glass. His mobility and footwork are above average for a player his size and he is also a decent athlete. At this point he is strictly looked at as potential for the future because right now he is just not ready. He is still fairly new to the game, which means he still has a lot of room to develop. He did not show well enough to say he will be drafted, but with big men like him you never know.
Lester Hudson 6-1 196 PG UT-Martin Jr. -- 8.3 ppg, 41% fg, 11% 3p, 3.3 apg, 2.3 spg
Hudson was one of the big losers of the camp as he came in first first round aspirations and came out with questions about whether he will even be selected at all. He got off on the wrong foot with a match up with Ty Lawson which seemed to rattle him and leave a lasting impression on scouts minds throughout the camp. He does show a great deal of quickness and a nose for making steals. He led all campers with 2.3 steals per game. While he has an extremely fluid shot off the dribble, his inability to even play a semblance of point guard severely limits his ability to play at the NBA level. He also looked much closer to 6-0 1/2 or 6-1 than the 6-3 he had been listed as.
Sean Singletary 6-0 184 PG Virginia Sr. -- 8.2 ppg, 42% fg, 3.7 apg
His performance was disappointing. He had good spurts every now and then, but he was not able to sustain a high level of play consistently. He has height issues that will continue to plague him until he is able to make shots from the outside, forcing people to play him honest which will allow him to get into the lane much more frequently. He is an above average defender who is able to stay in front of even the quicker guards. A stellar 4 year career for a very good program is definitely worth something and people should not overlook him as a possible 2nd rounder.
Charles Rhodes 6-8 244 PF Miss.St. Sr. -- 8.3 ppg, 46% fg, 3.3 rpg
He is an intriguing package with his height, length and athleticism. It looked like he put on some muscle between Portsmouth and Orlando and he looked to be in good shape. A big problem with him is that he prefers shooting 15 footers as opposed to battling on the blocks, this could be attributed to a minimal back to the basket game. He is also somewhat of a black hole, whenever the ball gets into his hands it will take a near miracle for him not to hoist it up immediately. Defensively, he can use his body well to keep himself in good position and his length also helps him block shots. Right now he is on the outside looking in, but will still get his chances at workouts and probably during summer league play.
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Mbah a Moute 6-7 230 SF UCLA Jr.
-- 7.0 ppg, 50% fg, 50% ft, 4.7 rpg
LRMM struggles to do much on the offensive end because his handle is fairly weak and his jumpshot is nonexistent. He had open looks numerous times, but proceeded to miss in every way possible. Offensively, he is at his best when operating without the ball, playing off his teammates, making cuts and getting open. He is fairly athletic and has good length which allows him to finish on some awkward shots, but if he has to shoot against any sort of contact, the shot is as good as missed. Most of his damage is done on the defensive end, where he is able to matchup with a variety of positions and use his length to disrupt the opposition. His game is not ready for the big leagues, but he has made his mind up he won't be returning to UCLA next season.
Russell Robinson 6-1 196 PG Kansas Sr. -- 6.0 ppg, 33% fg, 77% ft
After a great career at Kansas that was capped off with a National Championship, Robinson will definitely get some looks from the NBA. He is the ultimate winner, bringing toughness, a hard working mentality and very gritty defense. Unfortunately, he does not have much to offer on the offensive end, as his shot is not very reliable and his blow by ability is limited. While he is very steady and does not make many mistakes, he also doesn’t create very much for either himself or his teammates. At this point, Robinson looks like a European player, whose effective college game does not translate well to the NBA.
James Mays 6-8 227 PF Clemson Sr. -- 9.7 ppg, 65% fg, 58% ft, 3.7 rpg,
Mays is an intriguing physical specimen having played in the event last year as well. He lacks the upper body strength to be much of a factor in the post and doesn;t have the foot speed to excel on the perimeter. He isn't quite active enough to be the energy combo forward type so it's unlikely that he will find a spot on a roster out of college. He does have a huge wingspan which helps him make up for his lack of size (6-8).
Danny Green 6-6 207 SF North Carolina Jr. -- 9.0 ppg, 40% fg, 17% ft, 3.0 rpg
Green has a nice outside shot but he didn;t show it in the games as he started off 0-4 in the first game and never was able to fully get his shot going. He has a good understanding of the game and plays a scrappy brand of ball, usually making good things happen when he;s around the ball. Unfortunately he's a below average athlete and struggles to create off the dribble due to his lack of foot speed. Green would be best advised to return to UNC for his senior season or it's unlikely that he would get drafted.
Prowell 6-8 225 SF Auburn Sr. -- 7.7 ppg, 56% fg, 2-3 3p,
Prowell was solid though unspectacular. He runs the floor very well, he's bouncy and has a long, athletic frame. Unfortunately he wasn't able to do enough to separate himself from the pack. He showed some solid flashes with a decent midrange shot and a high motor, but his skill level and lack of a true position make getting drafted and making a team a real stretch. He made a splash in Portsmouth and had a solid showing in Orlando which should translate into a nice contract overseas.
Vaden 6-5 199 SG UAB Jr. --
11.0 ppg, 43% fg, 25% ft, 2.3 apg
One of, if not the best shooter this week, he was a bit inconsistent but showed that if he gets touches he is able to find the bottom of the net. He has range well beyond the NBA 3, and he is able to hit shots even with a hand in his face. From the time we saw him in college to the camp this week, his body has made great progress and he looks more than ready for the rigors of the big league. He has a reliable one dribble pull up game going both ways and he can also do some damage off the pick & roll because he is such a threat shooting the ball. His one on one game and ability to create for himself have not shown any significant improvement and he has major problems trying to get by people off the dribble. Part of the issue is his loose and weak ball handling, but an even bigger problem is his lack of quickness and explosiveness. He has problems when people body him up and get into his legs on the perimeter, and force him to do something else other than shoot the ball from deep. Even with these shortcomings, shooters are always at a premium; as a result he has a real chance of sneaking into the 2nd round.
Ramel Bradley 6-2 184 PG Kentucky Sr. -- 7.0 ppg, 46% fg, 80% ft, 10 ast, 9 to
Bradley was our one big swing and a miss on our pre-camp sleepers. Although he struggled to put many points on the board, he did a solid job of distributing the ball to teammates. The NYC PG has the physical attributes and toughness to play the position but struggles with his decision making. He has good quickness to get by his man, but lacks the ability to shoot consistently from the perimeter.
Padgett 6-11 240 C Louisville Sr. --7.0 ppg, 39% fg, 5 rpg
An up and down week for Padgett, but it is still incredible to see him playing at such a high level after suffering a terrible string of injuries. Throughout the week he showed his nice touch around the hoop, as well as his ability to step out and make some shots. In his last game he was able to display his passing ability as he found numerous cutters for easy scores. He is fairly mobile and is a decent athlete, but he doesn’t amaze in any particular thing, as he is more intelligent than gifted. The necessity for big men is always high and if he can show well in the workouts, he may be able to get on a training camp roster, although hearing his name called on draft night is a long shot.
Longar Longar 6-10 212 PF Oklahoma Sr. -- 12.5 ppg, 50% fg, 5.5 rpg
Even though he sat out the 2nd game due to a knee injury, Longar still had a nice week. His length is always a factor on the defensive end, as he might not block a large amount of shots but he definitely alters some coming from the weak side. In his last game he showed some nice footwork around the basket and converted on a few post moves. Unfortunately, his post game is still very raw and his thin frame hurts his ability to do work in the post as well as defend one-on-one. He should get a summer league invite, but his chances of ever cracking and NBA roster are fairly slim.
Darnell Jackson 6-8 240 PF Kansas Sr. -- 8.7 ppg, 44% fg, 6-7 ft, 4.0 rpg
Jackson was solid but unspectacular. He brings a meat and potatoes, no frills mentality to playing the post. He had 8, 8 and 10 in his three games, staying productive without standing out, shooting 10-23 with 4 rpg. His lack of standout athletic ability probably limits him from making an NBA team, but he has the perfect frame and skill set to develop into a high level European power forward.
Mark Tyndale 6-4 217 SG Temple Sr. -- 7.3 ppg, 59% fg, 5.0 rpg, 3.7 apg
Tyndale had one of the dunks of the camp going right over 7-foot David Padgett for a two handed flush which drew some ooohs from the scouting contingent. Unfortunately his lack of great skill level was exposed as he does a lot of things well, but nothing great. He's every bit as good as Sammy Mejia, who was drafted last year after his performance in Orlando . But unfortunately this is a deeper draft, and Mejia had no business being drafted in the first place.
Ronald Steele 6-1 184 PG Alabama Jr. -- 3.7 ppg, 33% fg, 4.0 apg,
While Steele had no visible effects from the knee and ankle injuries that have decimated his past two seasons, he lacks the burst that he showed during his sophomore year when he went toe to toe with UCLA guards Farmar and Collison and was even if not quicker than the two. He no longer has the burst of speed to get around the corner and really struggles with lateral speed as Drew Neitzel went by him numerous times at will. Steele struggled to score in the camp but did a solid job of playing unselfish and racking up assists. Unless he can shake the cobwebs and vastly improve upon his mobility, he doesn't have much chance to make it at the NBA level.
Marcus Dove 6-8 208 SF Oklahoma St. Sr. -- 3.0 ppg, 33% fg, 2-4 3p
Aside from Dove's tremendous physique and defensive capabilities, he struggled to impress. He knocked down a few outside shots, but his offensive repertoire is severely limited. He lacks the ability to handle the ball, and doesn't show anything in the way of passing or court sense. His raw athletic ability should give him a chance to move up playing in lower leagues in Europe and give him time to develop his offensive game.
Maarty Leunen 6-8 221 SF Oregon Sr. -- 7.3 ppg, 40% fg
A consummate team player at the college level who put up very efficient statistics throughout his career. He has great feel for the game and plays very unselfishly. Here in camp he did some things well but nothing extraordinary. His lack of explosiveness off the dribble makes it difficult for him to create shots for himself. He's not a good enough shooter to overcome his lack of great speed and athleticism. He also struggles to contain athletic players due to his slow lateral speed.
Joseph Jones 6-8 240 PF Texas A&M Sr. -- 9.0 ppg, 53% fg
Jones’ hunched shoulders and running motion have drawn comparisons to that of a 40 year old man at times. He is incapable of getting up and down the floor in any gear other than first and this leaves him out of many plays on both ends of the floor. He has good strength and some decent back to the basket game that allowed him to get into double digits almost in every game this week. Aside from the lack of speed and a weak motor, the other problem with him is that he seems to have peaked in his Freshman season and he shows very little room for further growth or development. Other than a near miracle, his chances of playing in the NBA are very distant.
Patrick Ewing Jr. 6-7 224 SF Georgetown Sr. -- 6.7 ppg, 35% fg, 64% ft
After playing very well in the first game, Ewing struggled for the rest of the camp. The main issue for him is that his skill set and body do not fit any particular position, as a result he is out of place both on the perimeter and in the post. He is most effective when he has no plays called for him, when he uses his nice athleticism to get points off hustle and scrappy plays. Too many times this week we have seen him trying to prove that he can shoot the 3, or that he can take someone off the dribble, but the result was usually a badly missed shot or even worse a turnover. Watching him play at times you wonder how much he enjoys the game, which can be a big problem because it can affect his work ethic and potential to further develop. His length and athleticism are intriguing, but at this point he is not ready for the NBA.
Elegar 6-8 210 PF Drexel Sr.
-- 8.7 ppg, 62% fg
A decent showing for Elegar, he nearly scored double digits in all three games but struggled to do any serious damage on the glass (except the last game where he had 8). He has good length and is highly athletic and there is no reason why he shouldn’t consistently be getting close to a double double. He has a spot up jumper from midrange, and can also do a little bit off the dribble as well as some moves in the post, but nothing consistent where he forces the other team to pay much attention to him. He moves well and is active but really lacks any particular skill that can put him in a particular position on the floor. He has some mechanical issues with his shot, as seen when he was forced to shoot from 3 in the shooting drills, but his role is really making things happen in around the basket.His physical package is intriguing and if he keeps developing he may get a chance to crack the NBA, but at this point he is better suited for the D-League or for overseas.
Kentrell Gransberry 6-8 290 PF/C S.Florida Sr. -- 4.0 ppg, 56% fg
"Michelin man" and "Pillsbury dough boy" jokes aside, Gransberry shows excellent touch around the basket and is virtually impossible to stop if he receives the ball with position on his man. Unfortunately, his lack of mobility is a major problem for him as he lacks the foot speed to defend as well as get out in transition. Unlike fellow wide body Glen Davis, Gransberry just can't move well enough to use his strength advantage in the paint.
Deron Washington 6-6 198 SF Va. Tech Sr. -- 5.7 ppg, 30% fg, 42% ft
If your are impressed with high flying putback dunks and other flashes of athleticism, they you will enjoy watching Washington play. Unfortunately, the requirements for a dunk contest and the NBA are much different, and Deron has not shown much of any significant skill to allow him to get a chance at the league. His frame is way to skinny and it shows when he is thrown off balance by even the slightest contact. He dribbles the ball way too high and also cups it every time he brings it off the ground, making him easy pickings as he’s trying to make a move. His shooting form is not bad, but the result is less than adequate, allowing people to play off of him completely negating his athleticism. The great potential that he showed during his freshman season has disappeared, as his game has made no major improvements. He is nowhere near the NBA level and with a lack of any refined aspect of the game, he may struggle to stick in some of the European leagues.
Aleks Maric 6-11 273 C Nebraska Sr. -- 4.0 ppg 36% fg
Maric was exhibit E on how the NBA struggles to fill out the draft camp's bigmen. He has solid strength and a decent jumpshot, but his mobility and athleticism is about 5 levels below that of the NBA. He had a solid second game with 8 points on 4-6 shooting, but nothing to write home about. Look for Maric to find a spot overseas in a mid level league.
Brumbaugh 6-9 190 SG/SF Juco So. --
6.0 ppg, 35% fg
His intrigue was based on the fact that he was an All American out of High School, he put up big numbers in JUCO and maybe most importantly not many people have seen him play in the last few years. It may be harsh to say, but that intrigue went out the door the moment we saw his game and demeanor on the floor. He is a good 6-8 and plays with a decent amount of energy, but his body is very thin and has a habit of shooting terrible off balance shots. Watching him play, you can tell after not getting touches on a few possessions, the next time he gets his hands on the ball it is going up no matter where he is on the court and how many defenders are around him. His shot is almost two handed and the ball has a very awkward side spin, combining that with the tough shots he takes, it is fairly easy to see why he struggles to find the hole. Brumbaugh’s game is surely not ready and it may never be. He is in a difficult situation since JUCO players that declare early have no option of going back to school, so it will be interesting to see where his career path goes next.
Stanley Burrell 6-3 201 PG/SG Xavier Sr. -- 5.3 ppg, 33% fg, 9 ast, 9 to
Burrell is the guard equivalent of Marcus Dove. Aside from his tremendous defensive ability, he is below average in nearly every skill. He doesn;t shoot well and is essentially an undersized 2-gaurd. While he competes hard, and has a tremendous body, his ability to play at the NBA level is highly suspect.
Jamar Butler 6-1 182 PG Ohio State Sr. -- N/A
Bulter picked a terrible time to sustain an injury as he was unable to go in any of the games after briefly working out on the first night. Butler was very impressive in Portsmouth and is a highly effective point guard though likely undersized and not quick enough to make it at the NBA level. Look for him to get an invite to play during summer league and ultimately have a solid career in Europe.
Riek 7-0 237 C Sudan HSSr.
Riek was a mess from the instant he stepped on the floor. His leg injury made running the floor nearly impossible for him and his chances of getting drafted appear to be slim to none. His great length has no advantage to him if he can;t get up and down the floor, much less bang inside with opponents. If he pulls out of the draft and finds a smaller Div 1 school, he can take some time to grow into his body and work on his skills. Otherwise it's a fair assumption that he will fall far short of a lucrative career in basketball.
Chris Daniels 6-9 256 C Texas A&M CC Sr. -- 5.7 ppg, 35% fg,
While Daniels showed off his exceptional touch for a bigman, he also showed a far below standard level of speed and athleticism. His touch helped him to stay respectable on the boxscores, but that wouldn't be a very accurate way of describing his mobility on the floor. Daniels doesn't have much chance to get drafted or make a team as he lacks a toned body and appears lazy. His foot speed and leaping ability make the NBA a long shot for him and measuring 6-9 instead of the 7-0 he was listed at make his NBA chances far less.
Shawn James 6-9 217 PF Duquesne Jr. -- 3.5 ppg, 40% fg, 3.0 rpg
He has unreal length and moves fairly well, but his game and body are just not good enough to allow him to play at this level. He works hard and tries to battle, but a very skinny frame hurts him greatly while trying to bang with the more physical players. The huge wingspan he implores which helped him block so many shots in college didn't seem so impressive here against better athletes than he's familiar playing against in the A10. He is simply a roamer on offense and lacks any sort of moves to create for himself. Another year of school might have helped, but he is older, has signed an agent already and probably a European hopeful regardless.
Kyle Hines 6-5 234 SF/PF NC Greensboro Jr. -- 4.3 ppg, 46% fg, 6.7 rpg
Hines was an interesting experiment. He's a 6-6 power forward who because of his size was turned into a wing player in the camp. The experiment turned out terribly, as Hines struggles to do anything in camp on the perimeter. He was succesful crashing the boards ending up one of the team leaders in rebounds. He should be a decent power forward overseas, but is just too small to play inside or do anything on the perimeter for the NBA level.
Vladimir Golubovic 7-0 258 C Ser. 1986 -- 6.3 ppg, 40% fg
The lone international did not have the friendliest welcome to America and he may be wondering if it was a mistake that he showed up. The only positives that we saw were decent height and strength and also a right shoulder spin move in the post. His body and movements are very rigid and he almost seems robotic when he tries to move. His post game is strictly limited to a right handed hook which has bad trajectory and rarely finds it way into the hoop. When he attempts any sort of complex move on the block he is easily thrown off balance as his footwork is subpar. This week was a good chance for the Serbian to see where he is in terms of his NBA potential and it may just be the closest he will ever get to the league.
Butch 6-11 230 PF/C Wisconsin Sr. --
8.7 ppg, 32% fg
A long distance shooting big man who is effective knocking down open jumpers. He stretches the defense well forcing the opposing big men to play him on the perimeter as his range is good out to the NBA 3. However, other than his shooting game, he is not capable of doing much else at this level. His back to the basket game is nonexistent and he almost never steps a foot into the paint in fear that he might actually feel some contact. He runs the floor fairly well, but just does not have much presence on either end of the floor to warrant any serious looks for the NBA. Shooting big men are dime a dozen in Europe so finding a spot in one of the more respectable leagues overseas may be a problem for him. He might need to look further East, or maybe some of the lower level Euro leagues.
Jiri Hubalek 6-11 226 PF Iowa St. Sr. -- 8.3 ppg, 41% fg
Hubalek parlayed a strong performance in Portsmouth into an invite to Orlando. While he was completely overwhelmed athletically, his outside shooting ability kept him somewhat productive in the games (6 ppg, 8-22 fg). He's got a European style of game with his preference to face the basket and knock down shots from the perimeter. Defensively he gets overpowered pretty easily, and doesn't fare too well in the paint as his leaping ability is well below average. The predraft camp selection committee has a tough time filling out the roster's bigmen, hence guys like Hubalek get an invite.
Tyrone Brazelton 5-11 166 PG W.Kentucky Sr. -- 5.3 ppg, 56% fg, 83% ft, 4 ast, 6 to
Despite a strong showing in the NCAA tournament against Darren Collison, his train came to a screeching halt in Orlando. He lacks the size and was completely outclassed by the point guards he faced here. He shot the ball fairly well but failed to make much of a mark offensively and struggled to create for others and show point guard skills. His speed should give him a shot at lower level leagues in Europe.
Shaun Pruitt 6-9 242 PF/C Illinois Sr. -- 4.0 ppg, 33% fg, p rpg
Pruitt was the top rebounder in camp at 9.0 per game but was not able to show much else as far as his overall game. His game is dependent on force, but going up against more athletic players his offensive game looked undeveloped and he was not able to score (tallying 12 pts in 3 games). At Portsmouth he looked out of shape and while he seemed a bit better in Orlando, he was still nowhere near the level he needed to be at. His performance this week completely takes out any possibility of him getting drafted.
Takais Brown 6-8 252 PF Georgia Sr. -- 4.7 ppg, 56% fg
Brown is a hard nosed bigman with good strength inside, however his lack of athleticism and foot speed severely limits his ability to make plays on both ends of the floor. Offensively he lacks much touch or post moves. He relies on his strength to make plays, but against better athletes this results in limited effectiveness. He has already played in Europe (Finland) and that appears to be a good place for him to continue his playing career.
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