Archive - Apr 2012 - Article
6'11 shot blocker extraordinare and Kentucky commit Nerlens Noel is the number one rated recruit according to a number of services including ESPN and Scout.com. We caught up with Nerlens last week during the Nike Hoop Summit.
NBADraft.net: You got a late start on the event, I understand you had some school related obligations?
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Day two of the 60th annual P.I.T. kicked off with an afternoon matchup between Wednesday night’s losing teams as Norfolk Sports Club and K&D Rounds Landscaping vied for a spot in Saturday’s Consolation Bracket final. Sparked by the fiery competitiveness of point man Charlie Westbrook (South Dakota), who chipped in a workmanlike 15 pts.
The 2012 Hoop Summit took place last weekend in Portland, during which three of NBADraft.net's talent evaluators took a break from scouting to put together a first round mock draft. We took turns, taking into account team needs for every selection. Tyler Ingle went first, Mike Visenberg second and Aran Smith third.
A common sentiment among the throngs of NBA and international league representatives gathered in Portsmouth’s Churchland High gym Wednesday evening was the desire to identify potential low maintenance prospects who can address specific needs faced by their clubs. Half of this year’s 64 participants took the court on the tournament’s opening evening in a doubleheader that featured five lesser known CPOYs and a number of under appreciated bigs. Vying to make lasting impressions in the minds of professional basketball’s brain trust, this year’s P.I.T.
Jeffery Taylor is a wing for the Vanderbilt Commodores, and one of the top seniors available for this year's draft. He averaged over 16 points and close to 6 rebounds while helping lead his team to the 2012 NCAA Tournament for the third straight year before falling to Wisconsin in the round of 32. Jeffery showed improvement in his game in all four years at Vandy and is currently projected as a first round draft pick.
On Saturday, the USA Team's lack of quality point guard play (Marcus Paige injured) was too much to overcome. An average World Team (from a talent standpoint) was able to build a big, early lead and hold on in the end to defeat an undermanned USA squad 84-75.
Shabazz Muhammad, SG/SF: Muhammad's athleticism and strength stands out a great deal in this setting, if anyone else led the team in scoring it would be a shock. He wowed the scouts with his thunderous dunks, intensity and clean outside shooting. He has a work ethic and determiation that has drawn comparisons to Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, though, as a player, he is more in the James Harden mold as a dangerous scorer.