Possible Re-Classification for Andrew Wiggins and Noah Vonleh?
Sorry to pull a RealGM, but this is kind of exactly what they do. The article I have posted (which I also put in the "News" section of the site) is actually about Frank Burlison's summer recruiting round-up. Frank is a well respected talent evaluator and had his weekly "NCAA Power 16 Rankings" posted throughout last season on NBADraft.net. He goes to a lot of events and definitely knows his stuff (I recommend checking out his site: http://www.burlisononbasketball.com/ His endorsements come from Lute Olson, Neil Olshey the former GM of the Clippers and current GM of the Blazers and Russell Westbrook who credits Frank for believing in his potential before most others jumped on the bandwagon).
So, now that I gave you a breakdown of Frank, I wanted to point out a part of his article I found pretty juicy as far as a headline (see how I am RealGM'ing this, people? lol). Frank's current top 5 in senior (2013) class would be:
2013: Julius Randle, James Young, Aaron Gordon, Andrew Harrison and Jabari Parker (he says in that order)
However, Frank seems to believe (as has been rumored) that Andrew Wiggins AND Noah Vonleh may indeed re-classify to the 2013 class. They are his #1 and 2 prospects in the current class of 2014, however both did re-classify and technically started in the class of 2013 before (initially) deciding to stay back one year. Wiggins is born in February of 1995 (famously three weeks older than consensus, apart from Frank and a few others, #1 in the class of 2013 Jabari Parker), while I do not know Vonleh's exact birthdate but can decipher he is either July or August of 1995.
Frank states the pretty common belief that Andrew Wiggins may indeed be the "best high school player in the world." In that case, if he were to re-classify, Frank and many others would more than likely have a new #1 in the class of 2013 (Aran has that belief as well, currently having Andrew ranked #1 in the 2014 Mock Draft in anticipation of his re-classifying). Still, the relatively new notion that Vonleh would re-classify would mean a rankings shift near the top as well. Frank does not state where, but he does state that he thinks Vonleh would be a top 5 player in the class of 2013.
I think the class of 2014 is definitely a solid one, but if two players who are arguably at the top of said class moved to 2013, that class would become incredibly stacked. We all know about Wiggins, but Vonleh is an exciting prospect as well. Aran has likened him to "a Jamal Mashburn type", which to me is a rarity and ranks him as a solid prospect. Vonleh has a 7'3 wing span and seems to be in between positions, though with a body and athleticism that does not necessarily make it a terrible thing. He had a great adidas Nations, hitting an insanely clutch three pointer to give his team the win in the title game, so he has that going for him as well :).
So, just wanted to drop this bit of info and see peoples thoughts. Where would you rank Wiggins and Vonleh if they were to re-classify to 2013? I think I would have Wiggins at the top, with Vonleh behind maybe only Jabari Parker and possibly Julius Randle. Have been very high on Vonleh, even believe he might not be done growing completely. Well, hope you enjoyed this and please read the main article as Frank has a great breakdown of this summers developments beyond the rumored re-classification of Wiggins and Vonleh.
1.) Andrew Wiggins
2.) Jabari Parker
3.) Julius Randle
4.) Andrew Harrison
5.) Noah Vonleh
6.) Kasey Hill
7.) Aaron Gordon
8.) Aaron Harrison
9.) James Young
10.) Chris Walker
Thats how I would rank them if both of them reclassified to 2013. Noah's offensive game is a little better than Aaron Gordons, and I feel he has the tools to be a great defensive player in the future so thats why Gordon slips all the way to 7. Kasey Hill could be a Ty Lawson type of player in the NBA with his supreme quickness and his ability to create for others. Gordon has a high motor but he plays like a four, but has the size of a 3 man.
Vonleh is a talent!
He does look like he can grow an inch or two, he looks like he's 6'8 or 6'9 in that video above...
If he grows another inch he could be a 6'10 or 6'11 Sf/Pf, that is kinda interseting with his skillset...
I'm going to say he reminds me of Tim Thomas (Villanova days) and he could be a Chris Bosh type in the NBA if he grews and develops his body more...I think he's got a decent outside game and if he's smart he'll learn to play in the Post in college and his first few years in the Pro's...
Wiggins does look amazing it's hard to find a good player for him...
Julian Randle looks like a mixture Tyreke Evans and Josh Smith..
My top 5 in the 2014 draft would be
1. Andrew Wiggins(if he reclassifies)
2. Jabarri Parker
3. Julian Randle
4. Noah Vonleh(if he reclassifies)
5. Aaron Gordon
Comparing Julius Randle to Tyreke Evans (A SG/PG) And Josh Smith who is always in defensive player of the year talks? What are you basing this off of? Bad comparison man.
He looks like Tyreke Evans is Josh Smith's body...Randle is left handed, jumps out gym and plays like G/F when he should be in the post more...He looks like a Beast and I just made a simple cross comparision