Early Top 25 Big Board
I won't go into much detail. I didn't bother to include to any interrnational players because I will admit I have no clue about any of them. This is decent class but not as good as last years I believe, I think there is a few all stars in this class, but I don't think anyone from this class will be a franchise/transcendent type player. Also before you go crazy, this is just my opinion, I'm sure your list is different, if it we all thought the same then why would I be here to discuss and share opinions. Here's mine, what's yours?
25. Jeff Withey - C - Kansas
24. Ray McCallum - PG - Detroit
23. Tim Hardaway Jr. - SG - Michigan
22. Jordan Hulls - PG - Indiana
21. CJ Leslie - PF/SF - North Carolina St
20. Tony Mitchell - PF/SF - North Texas
19. Victor Oladipo - SG - Indiana
18. Marcus Smart - PG/SG - Oklahoma St
17. Sean Kilpatrick - SG - Cincinnati
16. CJ McCollum- PG - Leigh
15. Mason Plumlee - C - Duke
14. Andre Roberson - SF - Colorado
13. Doug McDermott - SF - Creighton
12. Willie Cauley-Stien - C - Kentucky
11. Micheal Carter-Williams - SG - Syracuse
10. James McAdoo - PF/SF - North Carolina
9. Glenn Robinson - SF - Michigan
8. Alex Len - C - Maryland
7. Alex Poythress - SF - Kentucky
6. Ben McLemore - SG - Kansas
5. Archie Goodwin - SG/PG - Kentucky
4. Shabazz Muhammad - SF/SG - UCLA
3. Nerlens Noel - PF/C - Kentucky
2. Otto Porter - SF - Georgetown
1. Cody Zeller - PF/C - Indiana
I personally think its refreshing to see someone with a completely different opinion. It gets tiring see so many people saying certain people have to go in certain spots all the time. Guys get pegged into these tiers of where they "should" go and if you say otherwise then people throw a fit about it. Do I agree with them? No lol but that's what personal opinions are all about like you said.
Anyway, I'm a huge IU fan so I love seeing 3 guys in your top 25. Especially Oladipo he has improved so much since he got there and I think he will be a very solid role player. I'm not a huge fan of Glenn Robinson III though, at least not as much as most other people. I really like him but not as a lottery type player as a freshman. Hardaway has had similar talk and even though he has consistently gotten better and more mature his stock has dropped and people say oh he has less potential being a junior and because he hasn't made drastic improvements. Also, as much as I love hulls as a college athlete, I would most definitely take trey Burke over him as a prospect. Hulls is a great shooter, leader, and intangibles guy. He plays so tough and with so much passion it's what IU is all about. But Burke translates to the next level a lot more than hulls IMO.
I won't go into detail about all 25 but I do like your list man. Way to make it ur own instead of what everyone else thinks
3- Archie Goodwin
4- Cody Zeller
5- Ben Mclemore
6- CJ McCollum
7- Alex Poythress
8- Alex Len
9- Tony Mitchell
10- Lorenzo Brown
11- Marcus Smart
12- Michael Carter Williams
13- Will Cauley
14- James Mcadoo
15- Trey Burke
16- Isaiah Austin
17- Mason Plumlee
18- Allen Crabbe
19- Kentavious Caldwell
20- Jamaal Franklin
21- Rudy Gobert (huge drop)
22- Deshawn Thomas
23- Ray McCallum
24- CJ Leslie
25- Tim Hardaway Jr
I sorta forget about Crabbe, Caldwell, and Thomas since they were not in the upcoming draft. I think I would have all 3 in my top 25, oh well. Interesting list, I see you're higher on guys with potential and athletic ability.
Aprreciate it man, I don't expect my list to be "correct" or whatever and I'm sure mine will change over the year, plus I didn't include some guys that may come out who would be change the list. I've been very very impressed with IU this year, as a Kentucky fan I think IU has a great team this year. I think IU has a super deep, talented team and will be strong for years to come, just hope UK and IU can start play each other again. But, I love Hulls a lot, he certainly will have his limitations, but if a guy like Derek Fisher, who was limited, could play a big part for the Lakers winning multiple titles, I think Hulls can make a living in the NBA, not a superstar or all-star, maybe not even a starter, but he knows how to play the game, ball movement and is a great shooter.
I like your list as it offers a refreshing take on prospects I wish you would of elaborated on why you think so highly or low of some players.
My top 5 thus far is 1. Bazz 2. Cody 3. Smart 4. Len 5. Noels.
I feel like Marcus Smart is pro ready right now and will be the first guard off the board. Also Lebryan Nash is another physical specimen playing at a high level right now and should be a lotto lock by the end of the year. Also Rodney Purvis is the best prospect on NC State I also expect him to be drafted high
Well for Nash, he wasn't on the upcoming draft when I was looking and kinda forget about him and assumed he won't declare , but he is def an NBA player.
As for Marcus Smart, I will say I have not seen too much of him, I saw him play vs NC ST and he impressed me in that game, but I feel he won't translate well in the NBA for these reasons. Biggest thing is he plays with the ball in his hands so much, that I don't think in the NBA he will be good enough to warrent that thus he won't be very effective since I don't think he has a good feel for playing off the ball and poor 3 point shooting. Plus I think he's one of those black hole type of guys, who can ruin the flow of the offense. He reminds me of Rodney Stuckey a little bit. Plus he's undersized to a SG.
Hulls in, Burke out? Booo!
Michigan fan? lol
1. Shabazz 2. Noel 3. Cody Zeller 4. Smart 5. Archie
I gotta give you props for putting Jordan Hulls(im a huge IU fan) up there,even though most people wouldnt! Plus you have Dolph Ziggler as an Avatar... Im really tempted to ask you to marry me:)
I'm a huge fan of this guy for having Dolph as his picture too.
Don't do it Dolph, this guy's been to jail 3 times.