1st Round Sleepers
There are a few players I see as possible 1st Round sleepers.......any thoughts???
1 Brandon Paul
2 Ray McCallum
3 James Southerland
4 Deshaun Thomas
5 Erick Green
For some reason, I see a few of these guys having their stock rise at the right time......
I'm an Illini fan, so I've seen B.Paul's progress through the yrs and I'm still not sold on him. He's wildly inconsistent. He'll have a really good game like he had last yr vs OSU, start feeling himself a little too much, then he'll start playing like he has the green light to do whatever he wants, including taking even more low % superstar shots. Just look at his performance since his game vs Gonzaga. Past 4 games he's shooting 32% from the floor 25% from 3, with over 4 TOs a game.
He's only good with the ball in his hands, yet he's not that great with the ball, which is a recipe for being a crappy role player. If he pans out, what is he, a lesser version of Larry Hughes?? Yuck.
I definitely like Southerland's game... Great shooter, great length and very athletic... Thomas can score a ton in college but I don't know how he will translate... I think he'll get a shot in the NBA but he doesn't play great defense and isn't very athletic... Maybe a good bench player at best...
Very good list, though to fully improve your stock, the best time to peak is seemingly during the tourney. @Siggy, dude if you like the Illini, you must not be watching very much this year because the kid is playing at a 1st team/Big Ten POY level right now. He has been very good with the ball, making plays and getting to the line at the best clip in the Big Ten I believe. His jumper off the dribble and mid range game are superb. He is one of only three players in Division 1 to lead his team in points, assists, rebounds and steals per game. Now, I think his ceiling is a late 1st rounder but I think he can find a niche in the league. I love McCallum's game and think Southerland is fast rising up draft boards. I could seem him making a push to the late lottery status.
I am an Illini fan, but when evaluating Paul as an NBA prospect, I don't think he projects to be much of a role player at all. He's flourishing in a freewheeling, open, ball screening system where he has the freedom to have the ball in his hands a lot. Without the ball he sucks and with it he's erratic because he's still a poor decision maker with questionable shot selection. He's an average shooter at the college level when he takes good shots, but factoring in his shot selection, he's a below average shooter overall. I expect him to have his peaks and valleys, eventually regressing to the mean as a ~40% shooter and high TO guy. He's already on his way.
This is his senior year and I've seen very little progress in his bball IQ. I don't expect him to just get it in the NBA, playing a lesser role when he doesn't have the freedom to play with the ball as much.
I agree....I think Southerland is a poor man's Robert Horry-type. Athletic, long, shoots lights out from the 3/4 spot, and knows how to win.
Yep. He should be penciled in in the 1st now. He plays hard/smart on both ends of the floor, has shown improvement every yr in his skills and has great physical tools.
I think Erick Green could sneak his way into the end of the first round since he is the nation's 2nd best scorer only behind CJ McCollum.
As a Cuse fan for my entire life, I will be the first person to tell you Southerland is a one dimensional player. His jumper is all he has to offer for an NBA team, and I don't know if that will be enough to get him into the first round. He should get drafted, but I think Triche deserves to play in the NBA over Southerland.
Ray McCallum is putting up 18.8 PPG - 5 APG - 4.2 RPG on Detroit, which actually has more scoring threats than you would think (five players averaging double digit points.) I think he should be a first rounder, but would likely only be in the late 20's to a team that may want some PG depth.
I feel that Brandon Paul will likely be a 2nd rounder unless he has a deep tourney run that propels his draft stock.
I like Deshaun Thomas' game and think he could sneak into the end of the first round, but a lot still depends on who leaves early and who stays in college. If a lot of players stay in college than I could see a team grabbing Thomas in the first round, but if a lot of players are leaving early, which I expect, then Thomas will likely be a second rounder.
And as for Victor Oladipo, I agree that he deserves to be a first rounder. He's the intangible type player that could come off the bench for a playoff team and make a key difference. He'd be perfect for a late first round team.
Just put the man on a caloric surplus with at least .75 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight and have him do a FULL BODY WORKOUT every other day 6-8 reps, explosive positive, slow and controlled negative, go to failure on the last set of every exercise.
Two guys who are surprisingly low to me on this site are Jamaal franklin and andre roberson. maybe even tim hardaway jr but im just a fan of his personally.