Archive - Nov 2013 - Article
Just as knowing is half the battle, being an NBA ready talent is only half of what makes or breaks an NBA career. The D-League, Euroleagues, and cashier lines are littered with former NBA fodder; soon to-be-stars for whom prodigious athletic skill wasn't quite enough to keep their proverbial cup of coffee warm. Some are injury-riddled, some are befuddled by glaring holes in their game, most just never came to the realization that being a superior athlete often just isn't enough.
The talent level present in today’s college game continues to astound on a nightly basis. From point guards to centers, and from BCS conferences to the mid-majors, the NCAA game is fully saturated. This week’s Stock Watch was hardly an easy task to compile, with names like Olivier Hanlan and Nick Johnson being scrapped from the list.
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State
A lot of folks are tagging this “the season of the freshman”.
And if you’re still reading this, there is no need to ID which schools those three gentlemen attend, right?
But this could very well also turn out to be “the season of the point guard”.
The 2013-2014 college basketball season is under way. The Pac-12 conference will provide great excitement due to many teams getting back their key players from the year before along with incoming freshman already creating buzz for the 2014 NBA draft. Inter-conference games will be very competitive and will deliver exhilarating matchups throughout the season.
Three teams begin the season ranked in the top 25 (Arizona, Oregon, UCLA) and will have to perform well in their difficult in-conference schedules in order to stay ranked throughout the season.
This college season and the 2014 NBA draft promise to be among the best in years. The top pick will likely be a battle to the end. All three of the top players (Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Julius Randle) have, incredibly, lived up to the hype thus far, and then some. Without further adu here is a look at our first extended mock draft of the year.
With the college basketball season in full swing and players starting to elevate their games and putting some separation between themselves and their counterparts at each position, we take a look at this week's risers and fallers on the mock drafts.
James McAdoo 6-9 230 PF/SF North Carolina Jr.
The 2013-14 season opened in nifty fashion, with the heavily touted double-dip in Chicago last Tuesday night proving to be quite worthy of all the pre-hyperbole – as did the mega-frosh who were on display.
This week’s feature game figures to be the Oklahoma State (No. 7) vs. Memphis (10) in Stillwater that could be re-played a week later in Orlando as part of the Old Spice Classic.
Oft is made of the woes of a second season for young NBA stars. While still finding their legs, the ground becomes shakier under nubile feet as coaches and defenses adjust to what made some of these youths successful during their introductory seasons. As coaches and defenses figure out players tendencies and dislikes, past rookies are often met with less success during their second seasons.
College basketball is under way for the 2013-2014 season. The Big East will be very interesting as the season progresses mainly due to the new structure and dynamics of the league. The league retains some of its traditional powers such as Georgetown and Villanova, and due to restructuring has added Butler, Creighton, and Xavier to the fray.
With merely five days of hoops action under our belts, the 2014 big board is just beginning to take shape. Last night’s doubleheader at the United Center was a rare treat for scouts, assembling a perfect storm of talent. The Champions Classic provided stern early season tests for all four squads, and a valuable base-level framework for talent evaluators to build from.