Rise and Fall
Is anyone else suprised on how Jayson Tatum has shot up to a top 3 pick on most draft boards? Also suprised to see Dennis Smith drop down to 7-8 spot?
That trend of going to a lesser college and try to build them up may come to and end with the recent success/failure for players like Ben Simmons, Markelle Fults and Dennis Smith.
I don't think it's going to stop anytime soon. Especially with Porter Jr. likely going to Mizzou.
As long as they don't go to a school in a bad conference, it doesn't really effect them.
Ben Simmons and probably fultz were/will be no.1 picks in the draft. Smiths draft position also isn't a reflection of running but a deep draft class with different posistional talents!
The superstars in high school like Tatum, and Smith, can really go anywhere for a year and as long as they do not get injured, they will be drafted well. I think it's the guys who are first round material, but are not household names, that should really look at how they will fit in a system or program. Just having the head coach tell you that you are awesome and will "have the keys" from day one, does not mean much for one's development as a future NBA player. Players who choose programs that cater to their personal style of play, and may already have some commits that complent their own play, will perform at a higher level than just picking some place to "be the man".
Clearly Dennis Smith is not viewed as having developed much during the year. He probably went to NC State to be the man and be the center of the Wolfpack universe. This has not led to his measurable improvement. It has not led to the development of his personal brand. ANd it certainly has not led to the level of winning that we might expect from a talent like Smith. Buuuuut, Smith is uber-talented though so he will draft well no matter what. But what about the Marques Boldens of the world, who have a lot of talent but need to be in a certain system to thrive? These players will lose their shine, and will be next year's 2nd rounders.
I do agree. The uber talent will be lottery picks but have they learned. Bolden may not be a big name but I think he actually learning the game at Duke rather be given the keys to do whatever he want at another lesser program.
Dennis at 9 on the latest site mock looks too low IMO. I know the Wolfpack had a disappointing year but Dennis was ACC ROY and that list tends to have a very high draft pedigree and has featured a load of excellent NBA players over the years.
Someone like Dennis dropping down the mocks could be interesting as a team who may have thought he would be gone in top 6 and way out of their reach might fancy trading up and trying to nab him.
kind of surprised that nobody mentioned bonzie colson...dude has possibly played his way into the 1st round...
Nigel Hayes is a big riser, guy has great quickness and ball handling for his position and weight, also nice patience in the post and feel for making clutch plays... could be a first rounder...