Here's who I'm up and down on, pre-Final Four
Tyler Zeller- is a lot more skilled and tough than I ever gave him credit for, starting to remind me of a poor man's Pau Gasol...
Dion Waiters- you gotta love a player with confidence, and even though Waiters may never be a go-to number one option because of his size, he can fill that Ben Gordon/Jason Terry role perfectly from Day 1...
John Henson- is just so active and energetic that I know he'll find a way to greatly impact whichever team picks him...he's also a lot more skilled than that Dalembert comparison would have you believe...
Harrison Barnes- never really liked his game, and that Luol Deng comparison is looking more and more spot on, but not in a good way...
Perry Jones- he's still young and has a chance to get better, but you can't change somebody's personality and he just doesn't have 'IT'...that new Tim Thomas comparison is looking about right
Jeremy Lamb- nbadraft.net, please stop it with the Reggie Miller comparisons already
zeller will not be that good of a pro to me
runs the floor very good, has some toughness, but offensively... uses the same over the shoulder hook shot and is mechanical
Cody Zeller showed me alot in his play. Really was aggressive and really uses his size to his advantage. Great hands and footwork.
Gorgui Dieng- Very active almost on every play, went from a typical unknown in my book to a solid second rd pick. He has been the biggest X factor in his play.
Overall Tourney thoughts:
UNC really missed Kendall Marshall. Without him they struggled to get into a flow and Harrison Barnes struggled.
Syracuse missed Fab Melo a lot. He's a very good defensive big man and is a better draft value than Andre Drummond in my opinion.
Draymond Green had a great college career. His opening weekend games were great, but MSU didn't have enough offense. Green can board, lead, and run the offense. He's a tough guy, sort of a tweener but could be a very good 4th option or a great sixth man. He reminds me of a cross between DeJuan Blair and James Harden. Should be a late first round pick and would be a good fit on the Heat or Thunder.
Indiana is back. If Cody Zeller stays then they will make a deep run next year too. Their recruiting class is supposedly loaded too.
Coach Cal has his Kentucky Wildcats firing on all cylinders and playing with swaggger. They play hard-nosed defense, with mental toughness, and they are unselfish on offense, which is a great quality for a team with a bunch of blue chip players.
Kansas looks to be peaking at the right time. Reminds me a little of the 2008 team.
U Conn is in deep trouble. Their are penalties coming and Jim Calhoun might have lost his guys. Drummond and Lamb should have done more but didn't.
Mizzou missed Mike Anderson.
Rick Majerus can coach. He beat a more talented Memphis team and gave Michigan State a run for its money.
Anthony Davis: Impresses me with his poise and IQ. His game was already there. He had the top pick in the draft to lose and he keeps showing me stuff. His long jumper to start the Baylor game was nice.
MKG: Is playing his way up to the 2nd spot in the draft. Great all-around play. Great motor, tough kid.
Royce White: He is now on my radar. Should be a very good late first round pick. Could be a steal.
Draymond Green: His game was there, but I think his play helped him move up on draft boards.
Kendall Marshall: A true lead guard. He might have improved his draft stock more by his absence...
Terrence Jones: He can do a lot. Understated and versatile. A four who can do some of everything. He had SIX ASSISTS against Baylor. To me, he is a better prospect than John Henson and McAdoo. Might be the best value pick out of anyone outside the Top 10.
Thomas Robinson: A high energy guy. He is a one man team at times for Kansas. I have him as the 3rd pick in the draft. Depending on team fit he might go number 2.
Quincy Acy: If he is undersized his motor makes up for it. Very tough and strong. Played great. Should be a good front court depth guy on the next level as a 2nd round pick. Baylor wasn't the same when he was out of the game. His dunk over Kenny Frease was NICE.
Tyler Zeller: Could end up being the best center out of this draft. Kind of skinny but he can run and he has a good low post game.
Aaron Craft: I was pretty high on him anyway. He is a tough, gritty point guard who can defend and run the team. His play might be the difference between OSU making the Final game or losing to Kansas. He's my second best true point guard in college behind Kendall Marshall. Guys who can actually run the offense from the point guard spot looked surprisingly rare this year. Craft should be a hot commodity in a year or two.
Jeff Withey: Nice size. Great promise. Can't believe he blocked 10 shots in a game this weekend. Looks to be at least a solid center prospect in a year or two.
Harrison Barnes: Solid scorer and shooter. Doesn't look like a superstar but still should be a top 5-8 pick. He is compared to Luol Deng but Deng is more of a defender, leader, and intangibles guy while Barnes is more of a shooter and scorer. I think that Barnes is more like Sean Elliott, a guy who can score some and shoot from the outside, but more of a 3rd or 4th option. Could be an all-star, but not really great at creating his own shot yet.
Andre Drummond: Didn't show me much. Totally dissappeared. Plus he is only about 6'10 so he isn't some 7 foot beast either. Looks kind of passive too with a comparison being a cross between DeAndre Jordan's size and skill set combined with Greg Oden's demeanor and eternal "potential".
Jeremy Lamb: Didn't lead his team. I am not a huge fan of volume scorers. But, he is a legit shooting guard prospect.
Austin Rivers: A volume scorer and combo guard. Not an elite athlete or shooter. More of a late lotto guy than a top 5 pick.
Perry Jones: Going into the Kentucky game I thought he might move up into the top 3 as far as the draft goes. Didn't do much the first half but he came alive in the second half. He is still in the top 10 with only Davis, MKG, and T Rob being clearly ahead of him. He is somewhere in the mix with Barnes, Drummond, and Sullinger. Sure, he has a little bit of bust potential but, more than likely he will be a Danny Granger or Rudy Gay type player (all-star or borderline all star type). Probably won't be the next Kevin Durant, but an upside as a poor man's Durant isn't too bad either.
Much more likely PJ3 is a bust than he is Granger or Gay. Both showed clear cut Sf skills in college. PJ3 doesn't
im not trying to repeat but i agree with mostly everything said ^
barton, trey burke, tyshawn taylor
dehawn thomas, pierre jackson, cj. mccollum, tu holloway, ezeli, crowder, jordan taylor showed flashes, teague, nicholson lost early but looked good
not really in the big dance but ross and wroten have been on fire as of late
Andre Drummond fell a bit, I feel.
A player that rose through the downfall of his team was Kendall Marshall. He was obviously the most important player on UNC 's roster and that says a lot considering the fact that they have 5 other potential lottery-late first round picks with Zeller, Henson, Barnes, Bullock, and McAdoo. His stock might have risen because of how terrible they were without him. They were barely able to beat Ohio in OT and then Tyshawn Taylor completely demolished UNC in the Elite 8.
lorenzo brown, c.j. leslie, miles plumlee
I second that Kendall Marshall's stock rose from his absence...
Cody Zeller is gonna be pretty good, he's shown toughness and a high basketball IQ not seen in most freshmen and he has delivered in big games throughout the season. Hope he stays in school another year though, they have a good class coming in...
Tyler Zeller also opened some eyes I think
For me, Tyshawn's stock was down until that UNC game. Granted they didn't have Marshall, but it's not like Kendall's known for his lock down defense anyway. He always rises to the occasion....only problem is, he averages about 6 turnovers to go along with those 20+ points in those big games (see games vs. Duke, Mizzou, UNC)
T.T is good but he had a walk on guarding him most of the game and a 9th man
Truth. But he's also delivered against primo competition in conference play. He's just off to a slow start in the tourny. We'll see how he fares against Craft on Saturday.