ACC NBA Prospects
Trevor Booker- A springy and pretty long 6’8 245 PF…Younger brother of former Tiger Trevor Booker, who was a 1st round selection by the Wizards in 2010…High motor…Can score a few points without plays being ran for him…Watch out for his tip-slams.. Pretty rough around the edges on offense…Doesn’t make a big impact on D…Can be shot over by height down low…4-year prospect
Milton Jennings- 6’9 215 combo forward…Nice athleticism and length…Runs the floor very well..Has a soft touch around the basket…Improved a good bit from his Fr. season…Still his skills are far behind his physical and athletic tools…Not much range on his shot..Shaky handle…Pretty weak…Is better the closer he is to the rim, but doesn’t have a real post game…Long-term prospect with raw skills
Austin Rivers- A highly touted 6’4 Fr. combo guard…Son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers…Understands how to score…Has NBA range already…Can score effectively at all 3 levels…Confident attitude and very competitive…Good 1st step…Needs to improve on D…Not very strong right now…A bit stuck between the guard positions, but plays much more like a SG…A likely 1 or 2-year player
Andre Dawkins- 6’4 shooter with a solid frame…Outstanding shot, and is very unlikely to miss when open…Is best spotting up…Can score off screens too…Will show suprising athletic ability when he’s on the move…Very one-dimensional…Not very quick…Won’t pass much, offer more than OK D, or get on the glass…Not a very good ball-handler…Not a threat in the passing lane with his length
Seth Curry- 6’2 190 SG is the brother of GSW PG Stephen Curry and son of former NBA player Dell Curry…Jump shooter with NBA range…Can come off screens or spot up…Lacks quickness…Very much below average physically for an NBA caliber guard…Not much PG skills…Struggles against athletic guys to get his shot off
Mason Plumlee- 6’10 220 PF with great athleticism…Definitely looks the part of a sleek face-up PF…Runs the floor very well…Is a good alley-oop target…Can play in the pick and roll game…Solid rebounding and shot-blocking skills…Developing 15-18 foot shot…Struggles a bit when he has to create his own shots…Can be stiff at times on the floor…Doesn’t have the softest touch as a shooter or finisher…Lacks toughness…Not a very good defender…Not your man at the free throw stripe
Mike Gbinije- 6’6 195 Fr. SG/SF with good athleticism…Pretty long…Makes smart plays and should be able to factor immediately on the wing for Duke…Will be a threat in transition…Can finish with both hands well…Good shot…Utilizes his mid-range skills better than most incoming Fr…Can improve off the dribble…Should look to be more aggressive.
Quinn Cook- a 6’2 185 Fr. combo guard with solid quickness and athleticism…Very competitive and aggressive…Nice scorer…Can get to the rim…Shows a solid jumper…Will compete on D…Not a true PG…Body language is often poor on the court when things don’t go well…Can get wild and force action…Will need time
Marshall Plumlee- 6’11 big with a developing body…Plays hard and will rebound…Good athlete for his size…Shows a developing post game…Needs strength, although he has a promising frame…Lacks polish…Wont play a lot, until he gets stronger and gets more polish…Long term guy
Mike Snaer- 6’4 wing with a mature build…Dynamite athlete…Terrific in transition…Raw shot-making skills…Impressive defender on the ball…Has the size and length to defend both guard spots…A bit wild and erratic…Not an efficient shooter…Ball-handling is very improvable
Ian Miller- A 6’3 combo guard with great length and athleticism…Has considerable potential as a slasher and defender…Possesses a decent jumper…Not a real PG…Needs polish with his overall game
Bernard James- A 6’7 240 grinder who rebounds and defends well...Long arms and quick leaping ability make him a big factor as a shot-blocker…Will finish with authority when set up at the rim…Not going to create offense…Lacks a soft touch and isn’t a threat facing up…Is extremely old after serving 6 years for the Air Force
Jon Kreft- 7’ C…Has the size of an NBA big…Not bad athleticism either…Shot-blocking presence…Not likely to score…Has legit character concerns that will have to be disected…Wasn’t productive, and is pretty old for an average college Sr…Size is the only thing that will earn him whatever looks he gets
Glen Rice Jr.- Rangy 6’5 wing…Son of former NBA All-Star Glen Rice….Pretty good athlete…Solid spot-up shooter…Willing defender, rebounder and plays he plays tough…Had an ugly shooting slump for most of last season…Fairly poor ball-handler…Still hasn’t completely grown into his body
Mfon Udofia- A 6’2 185 combo guard with a pretty solid build…Smooth athlete…Solid handle…Has upside as a big PG…Has hit the wall hard for 2 years straight against ACC competition after starting the slate off strong…Looks for his own shots too much for a PG prospect…Sometimes seems to struggle with the speed of the game…Inconsistent jumper and decision making...A major work in progress despite the talent he possesses
Sean Mosley- 6’4 SG who will be the Sr. leader for a rebuilding Terrapin squad…Pretty strong…Plays at his own pace…Solid mid-range game…Plays good D…Below average ball-handler and shot-creator…Not very quick or athletic…A bit inconsistent, and floats in and out of games quite a bit
Durand Scott- Athletic and long-armed 6'3 combo guard...Confident and aggressive...Not selfish really...Great slasher and finisher around the rim..Strong 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...Jumper is pretty mechanical right now
DeQuan Jones- Freak athlete and good size at SF at 6'7 195...Competes on D and is a big threat in transition...Not much else going for him besides that right now...Might be time to give up on him as a prospect after 3 underwhelming years
Reggie Johnson- A 6’10 300 wide body...Possesses soft touch and good hands...Not as lumbering as most his size are, and is fairly agile for his size...Great rebounder...Has the obvious advantages sealing his man down low, and appears to have long arms...Struggles with the clear issues of conditioning a bit...Will always have to have his minutes monitored...Not explosive...Teams will want to see him play closer to 275-280 than 300...Intriguing big guy
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...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...Could use more strength...Shaky motor...2012 prospect
Harrison Barnes- Physically gifted 6'8 SG/SF...Solid athleticism, rebounding, IQ, passing ability, shooting skills, and defensive skills...Very good at nearly every aspect of the game...Handles are mediocre though...More of an off-ball scorer...Coaches are saying he's the hardest worker they've ever seen...Has great upside and ability to get better...Early favorite for the 2012 1st pick
Tyler Zeller- Quick and athletic 7'0 PF/C...Good offensive game...Displays a decent low post game, with a highly effective jump hook...Long arms...Can put the ball on the floor some...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... 2012 prospect..
Kendall Marshall- Good size as a 6'4 185 PG, and the frame to get bigger...Pretty strong already...Pure PG...Incredible playmaking skills and the floor vision that comes with being that tall...Probably the runaway best passer in college basketball...Can thread the needle, from REAL far away...Makes solid decisions most times, especially for a young player...Creates offensive exceptionally well for teammates...Not a very good shooter...Not going to score or look for his shot alot...Lacks athleticism...2012 1st round prospect probably
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
James McAdoo- A skilled 6’9 Fr. PF...Nice low post skills already...Can finish with both hands around the rim...Pretty good athleticism and length...Runs the floor well...Shows the length and reactivity to be a shot-blocker...Developing mid-range game, with soft touch...Works hard on the glass...Pretty solid motor...Needs more strength...Should look to polish his face-up game some more
PJ Hairston- A physically mature 6’5 220 Fr. SG...Big-time shooter...Outstanding range...Has the size and enough athleticism to take guys off the bounce on straight-line slashes and finish through contact...Can score in bunches...Will be able to play SF too...Struggles a little with ball-handling...Only average athleticism...Can struggle with his weight
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...Limited PG skills...Fringe prospect
there's two trevor bookers? lol but btw great post. always love to read your insight
Lol damn...Thanks man.
Austin Rivers measured out 6'5" w/shoes at the Kevin Durant skills academy. Can't find the link though.
Devin Booker is the younger booker
Bernard James is 6'10'' not 6'7''
Excellent list...may I add
Devin Booker- is an excellent athelete and although rough around the edges he has shown the ability to step out to 3-point range.
Milton Jennings- will be an excellent prospect as the team improves and he learns the mental aspect of the game better, he has consistant college 3 point range. No post game, shys away from contact a lot but jumpshot is good.
Brian Oliver- was about to say you left him out but realized he announced earlier this month he is transfering.
Lorenzo Brown- May not be on the boards yet, but he is a decent ball handler and shooter with good athetic ability. He has a smooth game and needs to add a few dimensions and become a facilitator to balance out his scoring ability.
Dorrian Finney-Smith- Extremely versatile foward who can handle and score, just needs to get stronger, but a good rebounder despite his small frame. Can hit the 3 as well.
Travis McKie- One of those guys with athleticism, a lot of heart and a good motor. Doesnt do one thing great but is pretty solid in most aspects. Good rebounder and decent shooter. Basically, he is a guy who works hard so he will improve in all areas and this year should be a break out year from him, provided he can get some help.
Ty Walker- Highly touted out of high school, probably as much as Aminu. He hasnt developed anything in regards to his game during his time at Wake, but one thing he can do is block shots. If he can add weight and show some improvement, he is a prospect.
I have both Booker and Jennings listed already.
Lorenzo Brown is a fringe prospect, but I need to see more.
I have a hard time putting anyone from Wake on the list. They were an AWFUL team last year. But if any guys on their team are even close to prospects, it's CJ Harris and Tony Chennault.
A lot of scouts are considering Xavier Gibson from FSU a legit prospect, his production certaintly has not showed it, but I hear he has a nice combo of length and athleticism. Bullock and Malcolm Grant would be two more guys that could be added.
When you do your next conference can you please list what Draft class the prospects will be in like you did for UNC.
It seems Florida State players should be better than they are..They always seem to Tease Us..
Alabi was in alot of mocks after his freshman year..But became a disappointment..
Singleton has been ok..But he has the talent to be much more..
Last year Alot of people were expecting Xavier Gibson to have a breakout year..Maybe this year he gets it together....
Ian Miller hasnt put it all together yet..
Kreft has the size and look of a nba prospect..But he doesnt look like he enjoys playing with them...
I heard a scout compare Zeller to Pau Gasol becuz of his all around game and passing skills...He's going to be a top 15 pick next next...No matter who comes out
FSU's players are all athletic and long. They look like NBA players, but for the most part FSU's players aren't very good offensively. They have the length and the lack of a defensive 3 second rule allows FSU to usually plant a tall and long guy down low and let their ultra athletic guys get out and clamp down outside the paint. FSU also hasn't had a good PG in forever.
Whew! a long post but a good one thought it would be just about guys like Austin Rivers and Harrison Barnes but again good post
yeah, I know u had Booker and Jennings, I just wanted to add that they both can step out to 3, Booker being more of a spot up and Jennings being more fluid.
I was just adding the others just for the hell of it. Especially Wake, it is hard putting anyone on there because they were just so bad, but Wake has several fringe prospects, their talent level was better than their record showed. J.T. Terrell can really score and they had two decent 7-footers and lost to Stetson, Winthrop, and UNCW. Obvious bad coaching...which is why Ari Stewart left because I am sure he feels he has pro potential.
a lot of the guys on this list have been disappointing so far, some due to the coaches they were under...Jennings, Snaer, Udofia, Leslie, and Strickland have all been disappointing to a degree, some of them are just starting to come on with the exception of Strickland who I feel is regressing. Strickland is a poor ballhandler and offers little scoring unless attacking the rim. Not a perimeter threat. The one thing about McKie and Brown were, they had good freshman seasons and they were the only bright spots on poor teams.
Nice List, but you wouldnt call Toney Douglas, a first round pick, a good PG? Derwin Kitchen was very solid for them in their elite 8 run, and Ian Miller has huge potential. Lots of schools would kill for a PG of those guys calibur.
Toney Douglas was more of a scorer than a PG. And Kitchen was the same way. And Miller is also along that mold.
What about Miles Plumlee? And he may not be an NBA prospect before his senior year but i think the starting pg spot at Duke is Tyler Thorntons to lose.
Its about time Krefty the Snowman got some attention around here
Miles Plumlee isn't an NBA prospect I don't think. I doubt he'll have any chance at the NBA. Not only did he lose time to his LITTLE brother, but he has the same skill set (or lack thereof) but with much less athleticism. He wasn't productive at all really last year, and doesn't have a single NBA caliber tool. He's another Lance Thomas from what I've seen, maybe a little less stiff though.
Dexter Strickland isn't an NBA prospect...at all.
What about Reggie Bullock for UNC? He was a highly touted recruit, but I haven't heard much about him
I almost included Bullock, but he has ALOT to prove.
It will be quite tough to proe anything on such a stacked roster, do you see him as a 4-year player?
Also if McAdoo doesn't start behind Henson/Barnes do you see him staying for one more year?
Nice, although Sean Mosley is not a NBA prospect. that Point guard is more of a prospect than he is.
I can see McAdoo leaving ala Marvin Williams if they win the title
Its funny but before his freshman year alot of sites had Reggie Bullock among the top 15...
If Ian Miller and Udofia can polish their games and put it all together..They have the talent to be some special players...
Yall people will literally dig up ONE name and drive it to the ground on some of this stuff. Strickland probably won't make an NBA team, I'm sorry for adding him on the list lol. Lets move on
LOL..you gotta take the good with the bad
I think you should've included Terrell Stoglin, PG from Maryland on this list. Kid has potential, and he MURDERED Ryan Harrow last year when they played NC State.
Good list, but there is no way Quinn Cook is actually 6'2, I think he's closer to 5'11, which makes a big difference for his draft stock.
5'11? I;ve seen him play a bunch and he looks to be a good bit taller than 5'11. Matter of fact he's stood next to Jacob Pullen, who's 6'0 and was taller. I think he's either 6'1 or 6'2
On some Duke sites his listed height of 6'2 is kind of a running joke, but I've never seen him in person. Hopefully you're right.