10 College Guys With the Most to Prove to NBA Scouts (And me lol)
1. Robbie Hummell- After a standout freshman year where he looked alot like a guy who could do it all, he regressed some each year after that. While he is a solid shooter and a decent ball-handler, his lack of athleticism limits him from creating off the bounce as much as a guy who could use his shot to set up his slashing, and handles to keep his man off balance should . He needs to get back to his 07-08 form to prove he can be a legit NBA player. He needs a big SR. year to place him back firmly on the draft radar.
2. Jacob Pullen- Really put his shot together after being inconsistent with it for 2 years. He also has developed into a tenacious defender. While he has that going for him, he lacks athleticism, quickness, and great PG abiltiy for a guy who's 6'0. Those hold him back from being a top prospect, but he's the closest thing to Eddie House as I've seen because of his defensive effort level along with his shot. If he shows good PG skills next year, it'll make him a legit draft choice.
3. Shelvin Mack- He's a strong slasher and has a nice shot pulling up off the bounce. While he lacks athleticism, true PG skills, and a degree of quickness, he's a tough and hard-working defender. If he shows PG skills and continues to play efficiently without Gordon Hayward, it'll go a long way to making him a legit prospect.
4. Scotty Hopson- Top 5 recuit in 2008. Very good athlete with a nice jump shot. While he has those things going for him, he is a poor ball-handler. That makes it tough from him to create his own offense consistently and makes him fades throughout games. Also has proven to be a horrific defender. He has to do alot to prove the hype in HS, but he's got the ability to be a Von Wafer type of player who scores it well in spot time.
5. Kenny Boynton- Had a decent freshman year, but he has some things to work on. While he is a pretty good shooter and a solid defender, but is the definition of a "chuck" and has next to no PG skills. That isn't good, since he's 6'1 or 6'2. Should be more efficient than the 28% 3-point shooting he showed last year as he's be older and adjust to the game better, but he would be wise to show more unselfishness, especially since UF has talent with Walker, Parsons, Macklin and freshman Patric Young in the fold. This upcoming season will be big for Mr. Boynton.
6. Corey Fisher- With Reynolds gone, Fisher will have the keys to the Corvette. Very explosive athletically and can score in bunches, but he has always been a little too wild for me to really like too much as a prospect. Needs to show that he can run a team and know when to look for his own offense. If he does, he can be a Kyle Lowry-type prospect.
7. Abdul Gaddy- Came in with high expectations last year as a Mickey D's guy, but he looked like the youngest player in the college game for the vast majority of the season. Played weak, lacked aggression, and had trouble factoring in playing alongside the ball-dominant Isaiah Thomas. Does have some potential though, mainly because he's tall for the PG position, has some promising floor vision/passing skills, and has decent quickness and fluidity. I expect an improvement from him next year, but he seems like a 4-year prospect to me. He has a ways to go man.
8. Alec Burks- Fresh off of a breakthrough FR season out of nowhere, Burks has been getting early hype. Burks is a great athlete with long arms and a thin frame. Excels in transition and has decent ball-handling ability. Still, he's overhyped. He's not even the best player on a losing team (ask anyone who watches/coaches Big 12 ball....Cory Higgins is the guy who folks worry about on CU). Also isn't a great shooter or defender right now, and makes most of his hey in transition or by hustling. He is very raw, but he does have potential. I think he's a 2012 or even 2013 guy, or at least he should be.
9. Jeff Taylor- Strong athlete with alot of hustle and intensity. Could develop into a top defensive player in the NBA, and he's already an elite college defender. Still, Taylor is a poor ball-handler and shooter who will never be more than a 5th option NBA scorer. Being considered a top-10 pick, but I don't like him that high. He is exactly the same type of player Thabo Sefolosha is, and I doubt I'd take Sefolosha in the top 10, even though he's a top 10 defender in the NBA these days.
10. Wesley Witherspoon- Witherspoon is a long point-forward with high defensive ability, good unselfishness, and a sound spot-up shot. He was productive last year and made big strides, but with borderline ball-hogs Joe Jackson and Will Barton on the team, if he gets more than 12 or 13 ppg next year while staying efficient like last year, it should prove to scouts that Witherspoon can indeed be the next Tayshaun Prince.
no Renardo Sidney? He is my #1 in this category
Why? He'll have every chance to show his ability and was a very highy touted guy. Scouts know what he can do when at his best.
I had to give you a point for mentioning Witherspoon.
nobody else on here talks about him...
He has the talent to be a very special player..that some said lacked maturity..but he showed alot of maturity this past spring by announcing he was returning to school..
It all depends on him..He can be a top 10 pick..A 1st rounder..A 2nd rounder or go completely undrafted...
Pullen is obviously why you said for you. To me he is a proven College Star and if he is on this list it is because he has to prove his NBA stock.
Honestly I personally wanna see what Gaddy can bring to the table. I believe this guy is gonna put it together soon, he had some experience as a leader at the America U-18. As for a 4-year prospect I think nowadys it is impossible for a player with as much upside as him to be a 4-year prospect due to the fact players get drafted simply on potential like Daniel Orton. If Gaddy stays in Colelge for 4-years he will come out of college and get drafted as a top-10 pick at the age of 21. Thats amazing experience for a 21 year old..something tells me if he stays in school he could be a very good player.
Kenny Boyton reminds me of Bobby Brown and Jodie Meeks type of mentality. He has all the tools to either be a good scorer or good playmaker its just about discipline. We will see if the Florida Staff will fix that.
When is Scotty Hopson gonna take over the Vols team?
Some guys I would have considered for this list are...
and Drew Henson
I wanna see what Henson can bring to the table pretty badly.
Excellent list and great post.
What about Nolan Smith? He's a combo guy but I dunno what position he is at the next level.
He's a Mario Chalmers clone IMO. He can be a PG, but probably beside a ball-dominant SG. To me, he proved himself after the title game.
You reminded me, Kris Joseph is another guy I wanna see next year. He reminds me alot of Andre Iguodala in some ways, so I'm a fan of his
As a Upper NY resident, I have to say: Kris Joseph is no Andre Iguodala friend. He's good but he doesn't have the explosiveness like Iggy.
Lol, fair enough.
To be honest, he's coming into the season a little overrated. I think he will be the number one scorer but I'm so interested to Dion Waters and Mookie Jones. Mookie Jones is someone who honestly should have transffered. He's a good talent and highly underrated coming into the season.
another guy i want to see what he can do is Wally Judge.
Yeah this is a big year for Wally. Hopefully he can start for us next year and be effective, because I'd like to see Curtis Kelly slide to C, and for us to continue to let Jamar Samuels provide the matchup ploy he did last year as 6th man as opposed to having to start. This is a very big year for Mr. Judge as well, I definitely agree. If he grows up, Kansas State should at least be an Elite 8 team again.
y do guys care how they play ball, u guys aren't scouts.
LMAO!!! Mavs41..this is a forum to talk and discuss basketball...u are an angry human..
its not our fault your 21 and just found out that the easter bunny and santa clause arent real..
This guy got on a basketball forum and is mad because we are talking about basketball players. Damn, that sucks
ooh mavs you're gonna get sooo many negatives for that comment haha, just warning you brotha
1 more to add to the list jorrye (btw great list dude)
PG-Larry Drew, North Carolina
why? He'll have the chance to run the team but if he doesn't play absolute lights out and limit his turnovers, they're gonna hand the reigns over to kendall marshall
I personally think Renardo Sidney should be number 1 after all the issues he had last year and not playing for a year to prove to the scouts and to Missippi State that he is still as good as he was out of highschool and worth all the trouble also i think Jordan hamilton has a lot to prove, he has to prove that he can be a consistent player and not just a chucker
Larry Drew is a good one. Very good one.
A little education for ya, Iggy is pretty much a scout already.
OhCanda, I think you meant John Henson because Drew Henson was the QB for the Michigan Wolverines and ended up playing for the Yankees...
maybe you did mean Drew, I dont judge. :)
lmao no lives
mavs41..u're on here also..why did u make an account?
whats with the questions............................ u a cop
What about Kemba Walker from uconn, his year to show he can lead a team and see if his jump shot improved like last season.
"whats with the questions............................ u a cop"
-_____- Who do you think you are?....
Kemba Walker is a good one too. Nice one. I think his experience playing against the FIBA guys (him, Fredette, and Pullen for that matter) will make them all better and I expect to see improvements from all of them.
dude mavs41 you've posted almost 100 times so obviously you care a little bit bro....dont hate on us cuz we're smarter then you when it comes to b-ball
Watch out for Shelvin Mack.
He reminds me of Gordon Hayward a little *in regards to the way he's rising* on NBA scouts' radars. I'm not saying he'll be a lottery pick, but he could definitely be a late first round pick.
He opened some eyes during the FIBA Under-19 World Championship 2009 last summer. He then went ahead and had a very good season for Butler, which he probably made just as many big plays/shots as Hayward. He was also a part of the college kids invited to Vegas to scrimmage vs the USA this summer and he stood out again, and earned respect among those NBA guards/coaches in attendance.
IF he has a good season, he'll definitely have a shot to be drafted in the first round. I think he has a Chauncey Billups type of game.
also go ahead and add durrell summers... hes definately got a LOT to prove... and i dont see how hes supposed to be drafted higher than kalen lucas...
Mack can be good. If there was a time for him to break out and show what he can do, it's this upcoming season. It's his team now.
Durrell Summers is the most naturally talented player on Michigan State, yes, even more so than Lucas. Tom Izzo would probably agree, which is probably why he's always on his case lol. The same way Calipari was on Cousins is the same way Izzo is on Summers haha. I see the pure talent in Summers, but he's too inconsistent to really break out. If he has a strong year next year, I agree, he could emerge as a late 1st rounder with his ability to shoot and make athletic plays. He just has to improve his IQ and awareness.
i have been pumping up tyler honeycutt for awhile and calling him the best pro prospect in the pac 10, so he will make me look bad if he doesnt come strong next year
i agree iggy that hes more naturally talented... but i think lucas is way more nba ready... i think lucas could be what tj ford COOULD have been
HELL yeah, I would rather take Lucas over Summers too as an NBA prospect. I don't think Lucas is more than a true solid backup, but I would love him on my team. He'll be a backup who would be a serviceable starter if a good starter goes down.
Tyler Honeycutt better be good lol. You said he's the best prospect in the Pac-10 and I think he has a chance to be pretty good too. I predicted he'd be 1st team All-Pac 10, and alot of that was because you said he would emerge next year. Let's hope he does his thing.
id include isaah thomas in that group. pove that he can be a point guard....others
jimmer ferrdtte-(still will get drafted but could go higher if he lowers his turnovers and gets more assit to show he can be a pg ala s.curry)
Austin Freeman and Chris Wright both are what they are. Freeman is a chubby shooter, and Wright is a PG who defends and scores alright. Both of them just needs to come out of this season alive, and their stocks will stay the same. Neither is more than a 2nd round pick.
I think Freddette will do the damn thing next year. My bet to lead the nation in scoring, while upping his assists to 5 or even 6 per game.
Isaiah Thomas does have to prove he can be less ball-dominant, more of a PG, and a better/more efficient shooter. This season is big for him, I agree big time on that.
i think if isiah wants to play at the next level he will need to prove he can run the point. But as for college, he's established himself and i think he pretty much is what he is. a small shoot first gaurd who is capable of getting 20 ppg. Saying he needs to prove himself is like saying scottie reynolds or luke harangody still needed to prove themselves. Im not putting him quite on their level, but you get my point.