ESPN Insider - Andrew Nicholson and Darington Hobson
Andrew Nicholson, PF, St. Bonaventure
Nicholson has been flying under the radar his whole career. He got a late start playing basketball, a foot injury kept him from being a top college recruit and despite winning freshman of the year honors in the Atlantic 10 last season, he didn't really start generating draft buzz until recently.
Nicholson had his coming out party in a big game versus Syracuse on Saturday. The Bonnie's didn't win the game, but Nicholson was huge, scoring 18 points and going 9-for-10 from the field -- before he was ejected for hitting Syracuse guard Andy Rautins in the groin.
Nicholson has drawn comparisons to another former A-10 big man, David West. Nicholson is a bouncy big who loves to attack the basket. He needs to get stronger, but scouts love the tenacity he plays with -- even if he does go a little bit overboard at times.
Nicholson cracked our Top 60 for the first time this week and could end up being a first round pick -- especially if he continues to develop that face-up game.
Darington Hobson, F, New Mexico
Hobson was a highly thought of high school recruit who has finally found his way to New Mexico after a stint in junior college playing for Eastern Utah.
In a year when a number of transfers are making their mark, Hobson is no exception. He's off to a terrific start averaging 17 ppg, 8 rpg and an impressive 4.6 apg for the undefeated Lobos.
What makes Hobson so attractive is his versatility. Hobson can play three positions on the floor. He's at his most interesting when he's playing the point. Standing at 6-foot-7, Hobson has terrific size for a playmaker and is a little reminiscent of Penny Hardaway.
He's at his best when he's putting the ball on the floor and penetrating. He's averaging nearly seven free throws a game. Unfortunately he's shooting under 60 percent from the line when he gets there. Hobson's shot is still a work in progress, but the early returns from NBA scouts are that Hobson could be a big time prospect.
Hobson may be just getting started, however, he is already 22 years old and sources say he'd like to make the jump to the NBA this summer. If he can keep this up in conference play, he could be a first round pick -- maybe even lottery. He's got that much talent.