Reggie Jackson- Long armed and athletic 6'3 combo guard...Can get to the rim very well and is an impressive finisher in transition...Nice scoring ability...Pretty good defender...A bit ball-dominant...Needs to improve his jumper and show better PG skills, but he's an interesting sleeper prospect.
Milton Jennings- He's extremely raw right now, but he's athletic and very long at 6'9...Combo forward who's better the closer to the rim and the less he has to create...High defensive potential, and showed it last year...He lacks polish, but he has long-term upside...2012 or 2013 prospect
Devin Booker- Athletic 6'7 guy who's the younger brother of Trevor Booker, who just graduated and was a 1st round pick
Kyle Singler- A 6'9 combo forward with good (and streaky) shooting ability and the size to get his shot off whenever at the college level...Alright wing rebounder and he tries hard...Still, limited by a lack of athleticism, quickness, and less than ideal handles...Going to be a defensive liability in the NBA..Still, likely 1st round pick next year
Nolan Smith- A quick 6'2 combo guard with good athleticism and defensive ability...Developed a strong jump shot spotting up and off the dribble last year...He's not a great ball-handler for a guy that'll have to play PG in the NBA..Smart and a leader...Classic overachiever, and will be a late 1st-early 2nd rounder next year...Comparable to Mario Chalmers
Kyrie Irving- This guy has special skills...Good size (6'2 175) with the ability to get bigger..Quick and has big-time handles...Great passing ability...Can score and make plays for others...Decent jumper, but average as a 3-point shooter...Sometimes dribble too much...Still, he should be a top 5 pick in 2011...Plays like a young Chris Paul
Seth Curry- 6'2 180 SG...Dead eye shooter with the ability to get off shots off the bounce, spotting up, or off screens...High basketball IQ...Solid passer and ball-handler...Not really a PG for his size...Lacks athleticism and physical ability...Not very quick...Probably will struggled on D
Mason Plumlee- Athletic 6'10 PF who can post and shoot...Good passer for a big man...Mismatch potential...Still, needs to add strength and fill his frame out...Has nice potential and could be a 2011 or 2012 1st rounder...Similar to Josh McRoberts
Chris Singleton- Great physical and athletic ability...Physically gifted at SF (6'9 220) and will make plays around the rim...Nice shot....Not nice shot-selection...TERRIBLE handles makes it hard for him to create shots, even in college...His length and size make him a factor off the ball on D, but he's not great on-ball...Needs to improve handle to improve....A late 1st rounder-early 2nd rounder right now, but could rise if he strides..
Mike Snaer- 6'4 SG is a big time athlete with a high motor and a strong mid-range game from the wing...Strong...Big-time defender and has raw scoring ability...Needs to improve his handle..2012 or 2013 prospect, but has upside.
Ian Miller- An athletic 6'2 Fr. PG...Super athletic, I might add...Aggressive overall player...Can create off the bounce...Has great defensive ability, and even better upside on that end...Likes to slash it to the rim...Turnover prone and has a questionable IQ...Has the ability to drive and dish and will distribute the ball, but he's no pure playmaker...
Xavier Gibson- Big time athlete at 6'10 230...Long...Passes the looks test with his physical profile...Shot-blocker...Tries to dunk everything around the rim...Has a (raw) perimeter game and will knock down shots if open...Likes to attack the baseline...Has pick and pop, high post scoring potential...Can defend every frontcourt position...Versatile pick and roll defender...Lacks aggression...Doesn't really have the ability to create his own shots...Not very strong...
Iman Shumpert- 6'5 combo guard with long arms...Good handles and slashing ability...Very aggressive...Great defender..Raw ability to make plays for himself and others..Very wild and erratic...Needs to improve shot selection...Not a very good shooter yet...Turnover prone...Still, he's a big talent...Late 1st-early 2nd rounder prospect in 2011..
Mfon Udofia- Strong 6'2 185 PG with solid upside...A decent shooter and defender...Good handles...Alright athleticism and quickness...Had an ugly slump from the conference slate to the end of the year he'll need to rebound from...Not a pure PG...Has the potential to be a Jarrett Jack type
Jordan Williams- Big bodied C/PF at 6'10 260...Can use his power and wide frame to seal down low...Has a strong drop step...Unbelievable rebounder...Not athletic or quick...Low post skill level isn't very high...Low defensive potential...He's a 2012 or 2013 prospect...20120 Maryland version of Lonny Baxter
Sean Mosley- 6'3 SG with average physical ability...Can shoot the deep ball and has a reliable mid-range game...Plays a mature game...Sound defender...Not a creative scorer...Lacks a degree of athleticism and handles...Looks likely to raise his production a good bit with Vazquez gone
Durand Scott- Athletic and long-armed 6'3 combo guard...Confident and aggressive...Not selfish really...Great slasher and finisher around the rim..Big-time defender with the ability to get even better...Needs to show a better jump shot, and develop his playmaking skills, since he'll play mostly PG in the NBA...2012 prospect, with nice upside
DeQuan Jones- Freak athlete and good size at SG at 6'6 195...No much else going for him besides that right now...
Ryan Harrow- Exciting and flashy 6'0 combo guard...The best handles in the 2010 class?...Quickness and athleticism are high-level, in elite company...Long arms...Excels on the break...Still, he's a score-first 6'0 player which needs to improve...Jumper is mediocre, but he's solid spotting up...Can pressure the ball, but he's not a truly good defender...Pretty weak, which limits him on both ends at times...2012 or 2013 prospect, has to show he can be a PG....Jeff Teague or Aaron Brooks type
C.J. Leslie- 6'8 combo forward who makes great plays around the rim on both ends...Should get a bunch of chances to finish at the rim...Needs to polish his offensive game...Pretty good passer...Ball-handling needs work...Not great shooting ability...Very energetic and long...Rebounds and is a versatile defender...Will be interesting to see if he tries to show off his perimeter game over his at the rim game, for scouts...More effective the closer he is to the rim...Shaky motor...2012 1st round prospect
Tracy Smith- Strong 6'8 230 PF...Has a decent mid-range...Works hard and gets shots down low...Understands how to carve out space down low with his strong shoulders...Alright rebounder...Not very talented or high upside...Mediocre physical skills...Doesn't have a high skill level...Will benefit from not having to be relied on to score as much like last year...A bruiser...
Harrison Barnes- Physically gifted 6'8 SG/SF with long arms...Strong athleticism, rebounding, IQ, passing ability, mid-range game, and defensive skills...Outstanding at nearly every aspect of the game...Deep ball shooting and handles are the only things that are merely decent...Coaches are saying he's the hardest worker they've ever seen...Has great upside and ability to get better...Top 2 pick in 2011, but IMO the best prospect...Kobe Bryant potential? At worst, a Luol Deng clone
Reggie Bullock- 6'6 SG and a good athlete with a beautiful jump shot...Prototypical size for a SG...Can score in transition or half-court...Ball-handling needs improvement, but he can pull-up off 1 or 2 dribbles...Good defender..Courtney Lee type, but could be a Richard Hamilton type at best down the line...Should be a 1st rounder whenever he declares, has scoring potential
Dexter Strickland- Very fast and aggressive 6'1 combo guard...Good athlete...Looks pretty good driving to the rim...Excels on the break...Likes to look for his shots...Can be a bit TO prone...Not a confident shooter...Has the ability to be a good one though, as he shows the touch and form...Bad defender last year, but should improve...Limited PG skills...Long term prospect
Larry Drew III- Fast 6'0 PG who was under a microscope last year...Looks good in a half-court offense when he can drive and dish...Has great quickness...Has the ability to find the open man on the move...Can make open shots...For all of his speed and ability to dish on the move, he's not a good transition PG, which is weird to say the least...Not much strength...Thinks too much at times and makes bad plays a bit because of it...Was a huge reason UNC sucked last year...Should improve this year though
Tyler Zeller- Very quick and athletic 7'0 PF/C...Has a very good offensive game, and IMO has always been better offensively than Ed Davis...Displays a decent low post game, with a highly effective jump hook...Long arms...Can put the ball on the floor...Has the ability to score with both hands...Soft touch...Can block shots..Very good passer...Can play above the rim...Has the raw ability to score shooting jumpers...Lacks strength and toughness...Injury prone, and a below average defender and rebounder for those reasons largely...Look for him to break out next year..He's a 2012 prospect..
Kendall Marshall- He's got good size as a 6'4 170 PG...Pure PG..Good playmaking skills and the floor vision that comes with being that tall...Looks much better in half-court than in transition..Not a good shooter at all...Lacks athleticism and quickness...Does he fit with UNC's fast paced style?...Not likely to play much as a Fr...4 year prospect I'd say
John Henson- Very tall and long for a combo forward at 6'10 195... Extremely quick and athletic...Big-time shot-blocker...Can rebound very well..Capable of grabbing a rebound and dribbling the ball up in transition...Still, his handle is loose in half-court...Has a raw post and face-up game...Extremely narrow and weak...Has trouble dealing with contact...Lack of strength holds him back a bit, but he'll be a 1st round pick when he declares more than likely though..Has high potential
Malcolm Delaney- Quick 6'3 combo guard with a slim and wiry build...Can get to the basket and make plays...Looks good handling the ball..Not a true playmaker for others at all other than basic drive and dish...Mediocre shooter, but shoots a bunch of long range shots as if he's J.J. Redick...Very wreckless...Ball-dominant and wild, but still fun to watch...Decent defender...2nd round prospect, and plays like C.J. Watson of the Chicago Bulls
I still can't believe that UNC is so average with so many NBA prospects
They should be pretty good next year. The reasons they sucked last year was mostly based on:
1. They tried to make Ed Davis, a role player if there ever was one on both the college and pro level, the guy they ran their offense through. He was NEVER that kind of player
2. Larry Drew showed alot of inexperience and was mostly learning on the fly for UNC last year. He should be better next year with more experience and his already decent playmaking skills. He has all the tools to be an effective PG for UNC
3. They were a young team without polished scorers. They are young again, but they have more experience and with Harrison Barnes and Tyler Zeller's appeared ability to emerge, they should be better
Dont be surprised to see Bullock go in the top 10 next year..Scouts love his scoring abilty and the way he attacks the rim..
I might get negatives for saying this,..But Zeller has the potential to be a lottery pick in 2012..If he can stay healthy and add some muscle and get stronger....
Wasnt Derrick Strickland kicked off the team? I might be wrong..But thats what i heard...
Udofia might be 1 of the top 5 point guards in the nation by season end....
I VERY seriously doubt Bullock goes top 10 next year. He's a 2 or 3 year prospect most likely.
Zeller could be a lotto prospect in time. He has great upside and abilty offensively, and he's an athletic 7' guy.
Strickland is still on UNC's team.
Udofia probably won't be a top 5 PG next year. He'll be paired with Iman Shumpert, who is ball-dominant and on top of that will take a good deal of Udofia's time at the PG spot
Bullock has a great knack for scoring...Nobody thought Conley would go top 5 in the draft as a freshman when he entered Ohio State..
You have rare occurences like Conley Jr. every year, but I doubt Bullock goes top 10 next year. He could, but I'd be very surprised.
Dawkins isn't a fantastic prospect, but I think he could be a first rounder after a couple years. He is definitely a better prospect than some of the players on that list. It is absolutely imperitive for him to improve his ball handling though. He is actually probably Duke's best athlete along with Mason Plumlee, but he is such a terrible ball handler he can never get into the lane. He is a great shooter though, with a beautiful, quick release, has solid size at 6'5 and really improved his defense throughout last year. He has also came up huge a couple times in the NCAA tournament. He is pretty talented, but I probably won't move up draft boards until next year just because of how loaded Duke's backcourt is this season.
I'd also like to add that although Singler will by no means be a stopper in the NBA, he is a very good college defender and I don't think he'll be a miserable defender at the next level, although he obviously won't be a great one. I think luckily for him, while he isn't a great athlete, he is also a much better athlete than someone like Adam Morrison, and while he will be below average in that regard, he won't be completely and utterly outclassed.
Other than that though, I think it's a very good list.
I actually forgot Dawkins on accident. He's a 4 year prospect.
The coaching staff actually says Marshall will push drew for the starting spot. He must be doing work in practice. Doesn't suprise me though since he has elite court vision. Was considered by far the best pure passing of in his class
Look for him to have an Abdul Gaddy-esque season if he gets extended time.
Just curious Iggy, what do you think about Dawkins as a prospect? I hope that he'll be successful on the next level, he's a fantastic shooter and a good athlete so I feel like if he continues to improve he ought to be an NBA player. He was a 5-star prospect for 2010, ranked anywhere from 10-22 in the rankings and hopefully he'll be able to live up to that.
He was absolutely lighting it up before that tragic accident, and I think if given time he will get back to that level.
To me, he's marginal as a prospect. He's a great shooter when spotting up, but his handle limits him and he's not more than average athletically for an NBA player. He's not very quick and even though he has good reactive leaping ability, he rarely shows it because he rarely looks to do anything near the rim. He does have some good physical ability, he looks sturdy and seems to have average length. At best he can be like Wayne Ellington I'd say, but I doubt he gets that good. Ellington is quicker than him and a better ball-handler (although he's not great handling it either)
Dawkins reminds me of Gerald Henderson..He might go in the 2nd round....But he has been so immature the past few years....
Is he as freakish an athlete as Gerald Henderson???? People talk about Dawkins' athleticism all the time, but I literally NEVER seen him show it in games. He actually looks very average athletically in games. And he shoots a better and more pure jumper than Henderson.
he's a much better athlete then he's shown..like i said he's been so immature...
Good job dude. As a UNC fan, I really think Henson will have a huge year. I actually like him A LOT as an NBA prospect. Much more than Plumlee. Bullock sort of reminds me of Jason Richardson. Very good athlete (not the freak that J-Rich was though), but never really utilizes it and just shoots 3's.
Is NOTHING like Gerald Henderson. Dawkins is an average athlete AT BEST. Dawkins relies on his jumper while Henderson relied on his strength and athleticism.
He is absolutely not the athlete that Henderson is, but he is still very solid. I think he has average NBA athleticism, but not in a bad way. He will not stand out athletically as a 2 in the league, but he also won't be constantly overmatched. I think he's maybe a Ray Allen level athlete. But, as I said, he will not get a chance to show off his athleticism unless he develops his ball handling. The fact that he has almost no handles makes him appear much slower and limits his opportunities to showcase his leaping ability.
@Rudeboy, what do you mean he has been so immature? Do you mean physically?
Also It will be interesting to see if Dawkins and Bullock are matched up at all this year. Those two really don't like eachother.
Bullock will wreck Dawkins
I'm guessing you mean Ray Allen now and not ray Allen at the same stage or in his prime because Allen was very athletic
Dawkins immaturity both on the court and off the court is well known
@Stanford that was what I meant. Ray Allen now doesn't normally wow you, although he will occasionally throw down on someone. He isn't the most athletic, but he is rarely completely athletically overmatched.
@Rudeboy, I don't think you know what you are talking about. Dawkins admitted to losing focus on and off the court last year, but you don't think that could have something to do with the fact that his sister died?
He has absolutely ZERO documented off the court issues and he is generally regarded as a likeable, charismatic kid.
If you have some examples of this well documented maturity, please elaborate.
^^You dont need to have an arrest record to be immature..ask DeMarcus Cousins & Wesley Witherspoon...
I have no idea what you are talking about. Do you have a specific example?
lol..he didnt do nothing big....folks said the same thing about Wesley Witherspoon of Memphis..
I guess, but it's not exactly like he has bad reputation. As a matter of fact I would say the opposite, he and Nolan Smith are probably the two most charismatic players on the team.
Wouldn't you expect every underclassmen in college to have some level of immaturity?
i know i was buckwild and got crunked very often during my years in college..
Great list dude.
I think Glen Rice. Jr will be an NBA prospect too, from Ga Tech. NBA body and athleticism, needs to put it all together. He was on my team at his dads basketball camp, so Im a little biased, but this is when we 9 so he has really developed. Oddly enough, he wasnt that good or big back then. Now he is like Xavier Henry size.
As for sleepers, watch for Kenny Kadji from UM. He is a transfer, so won't play this season, but I just want to be the first to bring him up. Was a top 50 recruit at C out of highschool, got in Billy Donovan's doghouse. I don't see Dequan Jones in the NBA, he literally can't do anything with the basketball and hasnt improved a bit.
Couple things, Reggie Bullock is nasty but wouldn't even go top 20 in the next draft. Needs to fill out his frame, and needs a year to be the man after Barnes goes. He doesn't quite have that killer instinct yet IMO, or the floor game although he has shown the seeds of it developing. Larry Drew will get a shot in the league because his dad is a coach but he sucks. He isn't even good enough for D league right now.
I love Ian Miller as a prospect. Some sights, (this one I think) are really high on him but he is a ballplayer. I'd add Ari Stewart to the list of prospects, he is a deadeye shooter already as a 6'7 freshman last year.
how about dawkins and reddick? both great shooter both are/were in coach k's system and people say dawkins is super athletic and when i saw him play in highschool he didnt amaze me. Reddick had alot of trouble getting shots against more athletic defenders
Nope, Dawkins is a much better athlete than Redick, look at the mix I posted. He's not an elite athlete, but he's a good one and a lot more athletic than Redick. He is also not the shooter or scorer that Redick is. JJ isn't the ACC's all time leading scorer for nothing.
Good mentions Canesboy. I definitely should've put them in there. I thought about putting Glen Rice Jr in there too, not sure why I didn't.
Dexter Strickland will not get drafted at all he is in the mold of Aj Abrams of texas a couple years back......great scorer,lacks size but solid colliege guard. He doesnt have any pg skills and lacks awareness. You heard it hear first!!
I think JT Terrell from Wake could be an NBA prospect if he stays healthy all four years. He reminds me a lot of Brandon Jennings, but maybe it's just the flat top.
Except strickand isn't the the shooter aj was and hasn't shown to be the same level scorer. He has time to get better though
Yeah Dexter Strickland plays nothing like A.J. Abrams. Bad comparison. The only similarities the two of them share are that they are black and wear a shooting sleeve
Why is Mason so much better than Miles to people?
In my opinion they both have about the same skill set. While Mason maybe a bit more agile, Miles is more consistent, and added muscle over the summer. Mason Looked about the same physically and showed almost no improvement
He is a better passer, and while it is raw, he has a little bit of a perimeter skill set. He is also younger and performed better as a freshmen than Miles did. But I do think he is being overrated as a prospect, which is annoying to me because if he ends up not being a solid NBA player, people will talk about how Krzyzewski screwed him over, when in fact, he was never really that good.
I am hopeful that he will improve a lot though. The potential is definitely there.
He has the ability to be better in the long term. Miles was better last year, but he doesn't have the amount of raw athleticism and offensive potential Mason has. I think Mason will surpass Miles next season
I think Mason is an overrated prospect though. He plays like a poor mans version of Josh McRoberts to me
I have to agree. He's one of those workout warriors that never seems to produce in games.
Granted though he was just a freshman. A lot of highly touted players end up not putting up great stats their freshman year.
True enough. He also wasn't really called upon to do much last year other than rebound and block shots. They'll need him this year without Zoubek.