Who is your favorite prospect this year in college basketball?
Mine is Terrence Jones. T-Jones is a 6'8" PF in college that will be a SF in the NBA. Plays at a pretty slow/decent deliberate pace. His jumpshot matches his playing style, a slow and deliberate shot. Pretty good rebounder and his 3ball isn't bad. Might need to add 10 lbs but hopefully doesn't get any slower. He can create a shot for himself based on his length at times and can take smaller guys to the post. Good ball handler, the type of guy that can get a rebounder and bring the ball up. Passing ability may be a bit overrated because before his growth spurt, he was about 6'2" and played point guard for his high school then after he grew to 6'8"-6'9", he ended up being a SF. He reminds me of a poor man's Paul Pierce. Both play a very slow and deliberate style that can get anywhere on the court using their body.
Mine probably should be Terrence Jones, as he is from Portland is killing at UK, but I stand by Harrison Barnes as my favorite. Last night was the first chance I got this year to watch Harrison play a game from start to finish, though I had seen a few UNC games and saw him play in HS. Harrison is far from a finished product, and he was next to invisible in the second half, but I see a ton of potential in him. He has a great skill set, his shooting form is money, he just needs to learn to play without the ball slightly more. His handle can use improvement, but he has the tools to be a very productive NBA player. He may have slipped slightly in the rankings, but I really believe he has about as good a chance as anyone in this draft of being a good NBA player.
Some people may see he is not agressive enough or lacks a killer instinct, but I think he is kind of playing a much different role than we thought he would be. Duke played fierce defense in the second half, but the plan for much of the game was to take advantage of Duke inside, and Henson/Zeller were the beneficiaries. I believe Harrison is being asked to give the bigs space, hence his lack of driving and his reliance on his outside shot. Harrison has not been the go to guy many thought he would be, and it has been hard for him to get consistent touches and gain rhythym, hence his few forced shots at the end of the game. Still, I have a tough time not seeing a lot of upside there, and I really like him as a prospect.
At this point, I think the most can't miss prospect in this upcoming draft appears to be Kyrie Irving, though the way people seem to be talking, he may stay. Nonetheless, in his 8 games and with his play before that, he appears to be a fantastic PG prospect who has a skill set and basketball IQ far above his peers. After that, this class is hard to predict. Jared Sullinger and Enes Kanter look like a couple of solid bigs, but will either of them carry a team or merely be solid pieces? Perry Jones has a ton of question marks in my mind, and I still am quite apprehensive about him being a wing prospect, but his size and athleticism make him the most intriguing prospect in the draft. Terrence Jones is also incredibly intriguing and skilled, though he might be stuck in between positions. To me, Harrison has a defined position on the wing, a great work ethic and a lot of tools you want in a solid NBA basketball player. Like his peers in the class, he is not a finished product, but I still like him as being a top 5 pick with a solid chance to be as good as anyone in this class.
1 on 1 with NBA power forwards having to come away from the hoop and guard him is too good. Great Mid range jumper exceptionally reliant and consistent J. Great ballhandling ability for a PF. Needs to be more agressive often, but honestly I watch his team play his guards are greedy, and incapable of feeding the post well. The guards are impatient and don't look inside again after it's kicked out. I like his D on other wing players, but Perry is a 4 man to me. He can Defend multiple positions 1 on 1 screw the zone. If he goes to a team with a skilled PG he is gonna score a lot. By mid season if he has a slow start he will be in ROY talk. NBA game IMO. Check his stats since conference play has started and I rest my case.
Jereme Richmond as far as being below the radar somewhat.....he's for sure lottery potential.....I like Terrence Jones but Richmond is better potential wise as far as I'm concerned....I'm big on versatility and J-Rich has it goin on....
Terrence Jones is a unique type of player, I could see alot of teams who have enough scoring in place that will be looking to grab a versatile player to fill many positions looking to grab him such as Minnesota, the Clippers, Sacramento, golden state, Detroit, and many others.
I think Kyrie Irving is the best prospect and teams should have him first on their bigboards but being a hometown boy I personally gotta show Tristan Thompson some love. Him and Cory Joseph are once again proving they are legit threats to win everything withing their Conference and the Nation and just keep winning everywhere they go. keep proving the haters wrong dun noe its a T-Dot thing!
I don't get the Terrence Jones hype, to me he's a poor man's Thaddeus Young. Both lefties who can play 3 or 4, but Young is so much better in the post, to me there the same player basically.
Kyrie Irving is my favorite prospect in the draft. Love his pure leadership and his ability to let the game come to him. Knows when to score and knows when to pass.
Kyrie Irving has the best IQ in this draft and will probably end up being the better player. I think Thad Young is more athletic than T-Jones and isn't the ball handler that T-Jones is. Also, I would trust T-Jones mid-range and perimeter shot more than Young's.
i dont know how good he can be i think he's going to be very special
I also think that people are sleeping on Kyrie Irving b/c he isn't playing right now....he's without a doubt a top 3 prospect in this draft....
Tobias Harris. Like Perry he seems to follow the upperclassmen's lead and like Perry's team the guards take alot of bad shots and don't give him the ball enough. After him would be the Three Kentucky Freshman. There skill level is beyond there age and Knight's jumper is much better than i thought it was (i already thought it was good)
My favourite prospect to me is Derrick Williams. If you had asked me this question during the beginning of the season, I would've said Kyrie Irving but it's really remarkable what Derrick Williams is doing this year. It's 3 quarters into the NCAA season and he's still shoot a remarkable 69 percent from downtown! I think that he has a great chance to be a special talent in the NBA for many years to come.
He has "fire" in his game and plays with a New York attitude and swag but stays in control. He plays defense just as much as he plays offense and will surprise a lot of NBA teams in need of a PG who pass on him.
55percent although thats still real good although he takes about 1 a game. Derrick Williams reminds me of a more athletic Al Harrington
jones plays with so much passion...i love terrence jones' game, such a fired up kid, can see him being an 18 and 8 type guy at the next level..super skilled player too
How is Terrence Jones a poor mans Young? Jones is twice the player that Young was at Georgia Tech.
My favorite player is Harrison Barnes. I think he will be an excellent nba pro. He handles himself really well and seems like a mature individual for being only 18 years old.
Barnes is still my favourite prospect; hard-working, passionate player who will figure it out eventually. Somehow, the consensus number one pick managed to become the underdog, which is even better.
I can tell you right now at the worst this guy is going to be Tayshaun Prince like. He is extermely long and is the best running 7 footer I've ever seen. His J is solid but can improve, but the way he is built, combined with his athleticism and experience playing EuroBall give him an unbelievably high ceiling. Some people are saying that he won't be able to cover PFs, but I think he would fit better in the league as a monster SF who can play PF against smaller lineups. This is by far the most excited I've ever been about a European player.
LaceDarius Dunn and Jimmer Fredette are my favorite prospects. I'm interested in how their games translate, but I like watching them play.