Al-Farouq Aminu-Wake Forest
Maybe its just me, but I have a hard time seeing him becoming a good player in the nba. He is projected as a top 10 pick but I dont see it yet. He doesnt have nearly enough ball handling skills to play on the wing, but he goes about 210, so I dont see him playing down low with any success in the NBA. He has a low basketball IQ, sometimes more obvious than other times, but do you agree? Any opinions or comparisons?
I would throw Chase Budinger in there too among those other four
Right now he is a top ten pick based on potential, alot of his weakness (strength, ball-handling skills, and Basketball IQ) will all improve with another year at wake forest. I think i would compare him to a better and more talented version of Thaddeus Young.
I Like Dajuan Summers Out Of Those 4 That You Named. Clark Has Some Skills, But He Isn't GREAT At Anything. Not Yet At Least. Summers Isn't Either, To Tell You The Truth. But As Of Right Now I See Him As A Better Draft Pick With Less Of A Chance To Be A Bust.
Clark had his tools on display tonight dropped like, 21 and 8 on Georgetown outplaying Summers. 3 of 3 from deep couple good decisions on the break, this guy has some POtentiontal. Clark is more skilled out of the 4 and has a chance to be somewhat dominant. i;e less freaky Josh Smith if his shot doesnt become consistant and since im blasted I'm going to go out on a limb and say if he can develop better ball handling skills he COULD become a poor mans Lebron James meaning getting to the rim and finishing at a high rate, but when I watch him play he seems to be somewhat robotic with his movements. As for Aminu hes raw and if doesnt develop as expected will dissapoint.
You know you said slot of people would attack you for that comment about clark being a poor mans lebron. I actually like that idea. Clark played point most of his high school career which led to his tremendous skill set. No he is not a freak show atheletically but he is one of those sneaky athelstic guys. As he displayed against notre dame he can rise up and dunk on top of you if your not careful. I like summers and aminu as well. Don't underestimate aminu's ball handeling. If you watch him on you tube (although I find you tube a terrible sorce for anything but dunks and funny vids) but he has tremendous handle for a guy 6-9. I don't have a favorite but it is a good draft for sf's.
I remember watching earl clark play last year for the first time against unc in the tournament, he kinda fascinated me a little. I followed everything he did on the floor that game and I was amazed at his size on the wing. I thought he looked good handling the ball, i thought maybe he would develop into a 2 guard later on. But he hasnt improved anything, he still cant shoot it that good, especially off the dribble, he still plays a real finesse game (most would probably say its soft), and his handle hasnt gotten any better, its still loose. But the biggest area of concrn 4 him right now would have to be his post up game. For a perimeter player with as much size as he has, he doesnt really take full advantage of it on the block. Maybe thats just the system he plays in so who knows. He is a good defender and rebounder though from what i have been able to see so...
I don't know how far Aminu can take his game at the 3 without another year in school under his belt. He has all the tools but few of the skills to be consistent on the perimeter. Hoopz freak had it right, id say he seems a little better than Thaddeus Young, who has been alright actually even though I always kinda thought people were on his bandwagon a little cuz he has a cool name. Still, I can't see him bieng a whole lot better than that if any, so I think taking him in the top 10 would be pretty dissapointing. I think Earl Clark has a chance to be a sleeper in the sense that I think he is probably the second best prospect in the draft, but I dont hear him getting any love at number 2 or really even in the top 5. You can teach a guy to shoot, Im not saying He'll be JJ Redick or anything. On the positive side, HE ISNT JJ REDICK. I see alot of Rudy Gay in Him, maybe some Lamar Odom. I don't know if he is a franchise guy, but I could see him bieng a really good number 2 or 3 guy who does everything from the 3 ,4 and maybe even some 2 or 5 in a wacky lineup for certain scenarios. He is the most versatile player in the draft, but he is good enough thats its not a novelty its a legit weapon.
I like the rudy gay comparison for clark, they both where among the top 3 players in talent in their class, but they slide to the bottom half of the lottery. Earl clark could be a 20 point 5 reb 4 assist guy in about 3 years in the league. Who knows