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2010 Positional Rankings Updated

Sun, 11/01/2009 - 7:38pm
With just over a week before the college season gets underway, it’s time to take a look at the top prospects by position. We’ll update these rankings every month or so as the season rolls along leading up to the draft.

2010 Positional Rankings

John WallJohn Wall Looking at the 2010 draft field by position:

Point Guard


At point guard there's John Wall, and then the talent level drops off like the Grand Canyon.

As a matter of fact Wall stands as the likely #1 pick going into the season, and there isn't another point guard that's a lock to go in the 2010 first round.

UCLA's Malcolm Lee, Georgia Tech's Iman Shumpert and Washington's Abdul Gaddy are all big point guards for the future but there’s a good chance they’ll need an additional season before attempting a jump to the league.

Kansas' Sherron Collins has been compared by some NBA scouts to Khalid El-Amin due to his less than svelte physique. His off-season conditioning is an important factor. He's developed into a terrific leader and has go to ability which helps make up for his lack of innate point guard skills.

Big East floor generalsKemba Walker
(UConn), Chris Wright (Georgetown) and Corey Fisher (Villanova) appear primed for break out years.

Experienced point guards Greivis Vasquez (Maryland) and Kalin Lucas (Michigan State) could make strong pushes this season on quality teams.

Shooting Guard


Picking a top shooting guard prospect is a little more difficult. The position has solid depth and some nice star power.

There is no consensus among scouts but Willie Warren gets the most love after his breakout freshman year and ability to take over games. Warren doesn't fit a classic NBA position but may end up a top 10 pick nonetheless. His strength, explosiveness and aggresiveness should allow him to "Youtube" a few opponents this season.

It is close, but our choice is Mississippi’s Terrico White. White has better size and similar ability to play both guard positions (as Warren). He's a little smoother driving to the basket and has more potential to move over and run the show from the lead guard position.

Ohio State's duo of Evan Turner and William Buford both have lottery potential and although Turner is further along in his development, Buford is the one with more long term potential. Turner's ability to make plays for others and all around feel for the game has drawn comparisons to Brandon Roy. Buford on the other hand has more traditional shooting guard skills with elite athleticism and a silky outside shot.

A trio of freshmen guards in Avery Bradley,
Xavier Henry, and Michael Snaer should all have instant impacts and could look to jet early. Bradley could see time at point guard for Texas and has the dynamic athleticim (6-9 wingspan) and skills to overcome his lack of size at 6-2. Henry could struggle with footspeed but shows a feathery outside shot and excellent body strength. Michael Snaer improved considerably in his senior year of high school and with his speed and athleticsm appears to be a potential 2-year and out first rounder.

Oklahoma State's James Anderson will look to improve upon his consistency and ball handling but has the shooting stroke and size of a prototypical NBA 2.

Cal's Patrick Christopher rounds out the SG list as the lone senior. He had a strong showing over the summer at the LeBron Skills Academy and will look to make his last NCAA season impactful.

Small Forward


Devin EbanksDevin Ebanks The small forward position contains a lot of potential but a lot of unproven talent. West Virginia's Devin Ebanks has the goods to become a top 5 pick and appears to be not only the top small forward prospect in the country but the top prospect in the Big East.

Wake Forest's Al Farouq-Aminu will assume command of the ship with former teammates (James Johnson and Jeff Teague) off to the NBA. He could easily climb to the top of the small forward rankings.

Paul George is another intriguing wing prospect with the potential to land in the mid lottery if everything falls into place. He still has some cracks in his game to fill, most glaring being his ball handling.

Czech Republic's Jan Vesely has already become a highly productive European player. Able to play either forward spot, Vesely has the versatility and quickness to become a small forward in the future.

At opposite ends of the (ACC) spectrum are Duke's Kyle Singler and UNC's John Henson. Singler has the experience and ability to potentially lead Duke back to the Final Four, a place they have been absent from for over 5 years. Henson on the other hand has tons of longterm potential but could struggle early with his adjustment to playing small forward and with strength and physical (maturity). Both players will be asked to play on he perimeter with the deep frontcourts that their teams both possess. If Singler is able to dominate Henson in their match ups, Duke could easily get the upper hand in this year's rivaly.

Other possible first rounders include Luke Babbitt (shooting), Tyler Smith (glue), Stanley Robinson (athleticism), and Wesley Johnson (shooting).

Power Forward

DeMarcus CousinsDeMarcus Cousins The power forward position is by far the deepest and most talented in this year's draft. Narrowing down a top 10 was by far the most difficult with deserving players such as Gani Lawal and JaMychal Green getting left off.

This year is reversed from last year with no clear cut #1 (Blake Griffin last year), but a ton of all around talent and depth (last year had lots of point guards with no clear cut guy, the way this year has with Wall).

Ed Davis gets a slight edge over both Donatas Motiejunas and Derrick Favors. Davis’ ability to impact both ends of the floor and all around intensity and projected improvement gives him the nod.

Motiejunas has the size and offense to become a top 3 pick and is beginning to make us look good for saying that he had more NBA potential than Ricky Rubio a few years ago.

Favors has reportedly improved his offensive game and has superior length and explosiveness. He's not a lock for the top 10 but shows the potential to be a top 5 pick.

Craig Brackins could have gone pro last year and been a top 20 pick but decided to return to improve his skills. He's got an excellent face up game and will have a chance to get into the lottery with another strong campaign.

Kentucky's top holdover Patrick Patterson lacks optimum size but makes up with tenacity. He's said to have worked hard on his shot over the summer and succesfully added range to his shot.

Greg Monroe is possibly the most versatile "big" at the college level. He surprised many with his decision to return although with Georgetown's meltdown last year he obviously felt he had unfinished business.

Kentucky's "other" big DeMarcus Cousins could move way up the PF list as there's just a small handful of players in college with the talent he possesses. Developing focus and consistency and playing up to his ability will be the key for him.

Jarvis Varnado is on pace to break the all time NCAA shot blocking record. Granted the stat has only been tracked during the modern era. Varnado is still a beanpole but it doesn't stop him from battling for every rebound.

Arkansas's Michael Washington has a high motor and shows excellent rebounding and scoring ability. Washington (along eith Varnado and Tyler Smith) should contend for the top senior prospect in the nation this year.

Center

Larry SandersLarry Sanders The center position was extremely weak last year with just 2 (Hasheem Thabeet and BJ Mullens) taken in the entire 2009 draft. This year should be different with much better all around depth and talent.

Kansas’ Cole Aldrich showed amazing improvement from his freshman to sophomore years and figures to be the top center to be taken.

Long and athletic Larry Sanders (VCU) and Solomon Alabi (Florida State) are intriguing bigmen with excellent upside. Both are defensive presences and show some potential to emerge offensively.

Oakland sleeper Keith Benson could break out this year and even become a late first rounder. He shows an excellent shooting stroke and the length and explosiveness to be a shot blocking presence.

Vanderbilt’s junior bigman AJ Ogilvy has the potential to become a first rounder as well and although he doesn’t wow with his athleticism, he is solid in all areas.

Seniors Jerome Jordan (Tulsa) and Dexter Pittman (Texas) have one more chance to prove themselves and audition for a spot in the first round. Both have intrigue with their size and a big season would obviously help their cause.

England's Ryan Richards is one of the most intriguing Euros at this point. He’s probably a couple years away but should be far enough along to help out the home team in the 2012 Olympics.

Tony Woods struggled mightily as a freshman and could be a year away from truly being ready to impact, but shows nice explosiveness and potential.

Brazilian Paulo Prestes, playing in Spain, is a workhorse who, though undersized, has long arms and the toughness to play inside.

2010 Positional Rankings

A look at the final rankings from last year: 2009 Positional Rankings
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Point guards

Not suprising that the point guard well has run dry considering how many good point guards got picked in last June's draft (almost exclusively by the Timberwolves!).

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AJ Ogilvy Will Not Play In The NBA, Harangody Will

A.J. Oglivy is a very good college center, but he isn't much of a pro prospect. He'll likely be All SEC, but he doesn't have enough talent to play in the NBA. If he does somehow make it into the league, he will be a career back up who never gets off the bench.

I would ordinarily predict that Oglivy will NOT be a Number One Draft Choice and he'll be lucky if he goes high in the second round, but who knows what those less than bright GMs will do. Remember, all of them passed on both DuJuan Blair and Chase Budinger, who are making them look foolish for the nth time.

NBA GMs are the same guys who let Ty Lawson drop to number 18. However, I'll give them a pass on Jonas Jerebko, who went at number 39, and should prove to be a valuable addition to the Pistons. Having said that, they should implement a more thorough scouting of European players.

On the other end of the spectrum, NBADraft.net rates Harangody ridiculously low as an NBA prospect. However, I predict he will be a late first round draft choice. Some day, he will be a valuable role player in the NBA long after you forget who Oglivy was.

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Abdul Gaddy

Gaddy is too young to enter the draft after this year anyway; he won't be eligible until after his sophomore year.

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Incorrect

Actually Gaddy will be eligible if he chooses to enter this year's draft but it's unlikely he will. Once a player is a year removed from high school they have the option to enter regardless of age. Jeremy Tyler would actually be eligible in 2010 based on his age (1991 born) but he would not be a year removed from high school (his class graduates this year) so he has to wait until the 2011 draft.

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Manny Harris?

What does Manny Harris have to do to get some respect on this site? He drops 17, 6, 5, shoots 45-48% from the field, and gets to the line at a steady clip. What more can he do, and don't give me that strength line cuz its tons of 2 guards that are skinny/weak as hell or small that gets plenty of shine on NBADraft.net

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Manny Harris
He's a college star with some nice skills, but doesn't really excel in any area when you project him to the next level. Lack of strength and explosiveness obviously limits his upside to a degree.

Shooting is good not great. Driving to the basket good not great. Size and athleticism is good not great.

Is he a sure fire first rounder? Based on what he's shown thus far, I would say no. He has a chance to be a bench player at the NBA level. Or maybe a star in Europe.

Where do you see Harris getting drafted? And what type of role do you see him having at the next level?
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Jerome Randle should be on

Jerome Randle should be on this list he is a top 5 point guard in college basketball.

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I agree with Aran on the

I agree with Aran on the Manny Harris argument, But dude does deserve a little more respect he could easily be ahead of Patrick Christopher and Michael Snaer.

Durrell Summers def. is a top 10 SG prospect.

I agree Jerome Randle though may be small he is a top 10 PG as well,and on the point guard note Kalin Lucas is more in the 6-8 range not dead last at 10.

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