My top ten incoming freshman predicitions
I have to predict the college choice of a few players but other than than it is just stat and ranking predictions (not based on draft rankings)...
1.John Wall N. Carolina 17.7ppg 5.1rpg 6.1apg 1.9spg .4bpg
2.Derrick Favors Georgia Tech 17.5ppg 11.2rpg 1.3apg 1.1spg 2.8bpg
3.Avery Bradley Texas 17.9ppg 3.8rpg 3.3apg 1.8spg .2bpg
4.DeMarcus Cousins Kentucky 16.1ppg 10.3rpg 1.3apg .8spg 2.3bpg
5.Xavier Henry Kansas 16.2ppg 4.8rpg 2.3apg 1.5spg .6bpg
6.Tiny Gallon Oklahoma 15.7ppg 10.1rpg 1.2apg .8spg 1.3bpg
7.John Henson N. Carolina 14.6ppg 8.0rpg 1.2apg .8spg 2.8bpg
8.Kenny Boynton Florida 15.1ppg 3.1rpg 3.0apg 1.5spg .1bpg
9.Jordan Hamilton Texas 14.7ppg 5.8rpg 1.9spg 1.3spg .8bpg
10.Abdul Gaddy Washington 15.3ppg 3.0rpg 2.8apg 1.4spg .1bpg
There is no way on earth that John Wall will average more points than Boynton. Boynton is a high volume scorer. Also, Abdul Gaddy is probably the best passing pg out of the bunch. I see him averaging much more than 2.8 apg.
John Wall is not going to UNC =\
As much as I would like that to happen (I'm a UNC fan), it won't =(
Predicitions for stats and player synopsis. Not based on best player or draft ranking, based on next year production and importance to team.
1. Derrick Favors - Georgia Tech. Favors will be a one and done player but he will get Tech into the NIT and will be the Freshman of the year for the ACC. Maybe the most skilled big in the ACC. (16.9 pts, 8.7 reb, 1.1 ast, 1.8 stl, 2.1 blks, 76 FT %, 48 FG%).
2. John Wall - Baylor. Wall is going to attend a school that will let him do what he wants on the court. He is a very skilled point and can get to basket whenever he wants. Baylor has the tempo that would fit his game perfect and it would give Coach Drew a big time recruit. ( 17.3 pts, 4.6 reb, 5.8 ast, 2.1 stl, 0.3 blks, 76 FT%, 42 FT%).
3. DeMarcus Cousins - Kentucky. Cousins will start from day one. When Cousins is motivated he is a dominate scorer both on the inside and out to 16 feet. Cousins will help get the Wildcats back in the NCAA.
( 13.7 pts, 6.8 reb, 0.4 ast, 1.1 stl, 1.6 blks, 77 FT%, 47 FG%).
4. Xavier Henry - Kansas. Henry is a powerful wing player in the mold of a young Quentin Richardson. NBA body already and plays bigger than 6'6. Has a tendency to fall in love with his jumpshot. When he goes to the basket can finish with contact. (11.3 pts, 5.2 reb, 2.4 ast, 2,2 stl, 1.3 blks, 81 FT%, 44 FG%).
5. Renardo Sidney - USC. With the lack of big men in the Pac10 Sidney will be a force in the paint and at the high post. Sidney sometimes loafs on defense, Coach Floyd must get him to play to his potential to make a big run to the NCAA.
( 12.3 pts, 7.2 reb, 0.5 ast, 1.7 blks, 73 FT%, 44 FG%).
6. Kenny Boyton Jr - Florida. Scores in bunches and has plenty of range on his shot. Boyton is very similar to Scottie Reynolds. Boyton is not only a great scorer but he is a great defender and will excel at Florida. SEC freshman of the year.
( 18.6 pts, 3.1 reb, 3.7 ast, 2.1 stl, 0.3 blks, 67 FT%, 41 FG%).
7. Jon Henson - UNC. Henson will be the best player in this class, just not in college. Has the most upside of any player, long and athletic can play multiple positions. He must put on weight, at 6'10 Henson has great size for a wing or post but he weighs 205. Between Lemarcus Aldridge and Kevin Garnett. Will be a STAR.
( 12.1 pts, 5.7 reb, 2.7 ast, 1.4 stl, 2.3 blks, 72 FT%, 43 FG%).
8. Keith (Tiny) Gallon - Oklahoma. Gallon is a monster. Has a huge body and very good foot work. Soft touch around the rim and a few solid go to moves but has to learn counter moves. Must lose weight if he wants to play significant minutes. ( 11.4 pts, 7.2 reb, 0.4 ast, 0.6 stl, 1.6 blks, 64 FT%, 52 FG%).
9. Avery Bradley - Texas. Bradley is the best defender in this class a lock down defender. Good in transition but mid range and three point shooting needs work. Has a hitch in his shot and slow release, but Rick Barnes has plenty of time for Bradley to work that out. Great work ethic and a do it all player.
(8.9 pts, 5.7 reb, 3.6 ast, 2.4 stl, 1.4 blks, 78 FT%, 39 FG%).
10. Lance Stephenson - St. Johns. Stephenson comes with a lot of question marks. Not a great athlete, Can score but shoot a low percentage, lazy defender. Has a wide body for a guard, most likely a one done player. Wants the ball every possession, when Stephenson plays under control and is focused a great basketball player, but can he do this consistently? ( 17.5 pts, 4.2 reb, 1.2 ast, 1.0 stl, 0.5 blks, 73 FT%, 38 FG%).
To the guy above me.... but the player everybody needs to watch next year is Wally Judge at Kansas State. Had he not got hurt he wouldve likely won the dunk contest and he give the Wildcats a low post presence and he is one of the most talented players in the class of 09. Explosive player. Also Siva for Louisville is impressive, this class is going to turn out as good as the 07 class when its said and done. Just watch.
Wall will not go to Baylor- they get no games televised and its too far away from his ailing mother. Wall will stay instate @ Duke, NC State, or UNC (in that likelihood). I agree that he will not score more than Boynton, who is a scoring machine.
I think there is a legit chance Xavier Henry leads all scorers, depending on who leaves Kansas. Gani Lawal will already take a lot of the PF shots at GA Tech. Cousins will have competition at Kentucky (meeks, maybe patterson). Wall will work on his PG skills and try to distribute more. I see Henry shooting a high volume at Kansas, especially if Sherron Collins tests out the draft and is offered a 1st round selection (low chance of that happening, though).
Good list but there is no way that xavier henry only averages 11 or 16 ppg! This man has all the pro moves. Yes he falls in love with his jumpshot but let's face it, it is great. He is strong and a good (not great) athlete. I could see him averaging 20 ppg just off of Collins or aldrich dishing it to him on the wing to knock down the open J.
Cant believe Peyton Siva isnt mentioned here. Siva has the ability to be the best PG in this class. Will flourish in Pitino's system.
The only reason I dont have Henry averaging 20 ppg is because Kansas is going to be loaded next year tough to get more than 8 to 10 shots a game
Look at my post
a few points...
There is NO WAY Henson will average 14 a game, UNC is stacked with bigs, he may average 7... hes still rail thin and needs beef
and Tiny will average more than 11, he already is the second option...
Derrick Favors will not average that much, Georgia Tech freshmen have a history of not playing big roles...
Dante Taylor will make an impact right away, with the departure of Dajuan Blair and Tyrell Biggs
Ok Henson is not only a big but most likely he is the starting 3 for next year for the HEELS. So 7 is probably a little low.
Not a Georgia Tech fan but are you serious? Tech doesnt have a history of freshman playing big roles. Really? How can you say Georgia Tech has a history of freshman not playing big roles.
Georgia Tech is a breeding ground for freshman. Here are a few players and numbers.
Iman Shumpert - 10.9 pts, 5.0 ast, 2.1 stl, 3.9 reb.
Chris Bosh - 15.6 pts, 9.0 reb, 2.2 blk, 56 FG% (ACC Leader)
Javaris Crittenton - 14.4 pts, 5.7 ast, 78.3 FT% (ACC top 10), 2.3 stl
Thaddeus Young - 14.4 pts, 47.8 FG% (ACC top 10), 4.9 reb, 1.1 stl
I would give you more stats but instead I will just give you the ACC rookie of the years.
Mark Price - 1983
Bruce Dalrmayple - 1984
Duane Ferrall - 1985
Tom Hammonds - 1986
Dennis Scott - 1988
Kenny Anderson - 1990
Martice Monroe - 1993
Stephon Marbury - 1996
Ed Nelson - 2002
Chris Bosh - 2003
So in 33 years Georgia Tech has had 10 freshman of the year. And that list does not include some of the names from above and also Dion Glover 18.9 pts as a fresh, Alvin Jones 4th all time for freshman in blocks. I could keep typing but I think you get the point. Favors might be what I think or predict but to say Tech freshman have a history of not playing big roles is not only funny but ignorant.
He will probably average close to a double double, but I do think he will have a diminished role with Lawal commanding most of the role at the PF. He will be great regardless.
Its a toss up in my book between Tiny Gallon and Favors.
Gallon has an enourmous frame with nothing but potential, i mean he can shoot the three which is an added bonus to his rebounding skills and excellent court vision.
And Favors will be national Freshmen of the year as well as be in the mix for player of the Year
Hensons not gonna average 14/8, not saying hes bad but he has to compete with deon thompson a returning starter, ed davis a 2010 lottery pick and the Wear twins
I agree that john wall wont average 17 a game. and also about abdul gaddy if u have seen him play u kno he will average more than 2 assist. thats actually a ridiculous stat line. I think tiny gallon will avergae a double double and also that favors will avergae a double double. I think henson could be the suprise of the bunch and most likely end up the best player of the class behind jon wall
Hahahahaha. Wall won't average 17 but Boynton will? And Henson with 14 and 8? Haha
pretty close.. those were the numbers i guessed except for henson favors ,hamilton...man i was almost on point to a tee. especially with how favors and henson would do