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WVU NBA Prospects

I have seen many teams, ranked in the top 10, send seniors to the NBA just because they were on a great team. An example would be Danny Greene or AJ Price or Other Griffin. Now, dont kill me for this, but I think Wellington Smith has a shot at getting drafted. He is going to be on a team that is a Final Four threat and he is a valuable role player. He is only 6'7 and he plays the C position. He has an NBA body and is very strong. I dont expect him to be a C or even a PF in the NBA. He could be a defender, rebounder, and spot up shooter in the league. He is a great athlete and is 9-12 on his last 12 threes. He is like 3rd in all time shot blocking in WVU history and can challenge for number 1 if he gets rolling.

This guy was recruited by John Beline as a shooter. When Huggins moved in, he beefed up to play in the post. He is a natural 3/4 and I could see him having that role in the NBA. Like I said, he probably wouldnt be productive but it could happen. The one thing he has over Greene and Griffin is that he is a great athlete. Greene wasnt an athlete and Griffin was pretty good but not like Smith. If he were to get drafted, it would be very late in the second round. If, this is a big IF, WVU plays in the Final Four or the National Championship, I could see up to 4 people getting drafted off that team.

Da'Sean Butler
Devin Ebanks
Kevin Jones
Wellington Smith

Those last 3 are looking like a reach as of now, but with the Turk coming back and making this team even better, along with Big East being a great league and us fighting for the first spot in it, I could see them going. Now, here is how it looks with them entering the draft.

Da'Sean Butler - A senior who will defiantly be drafted. Looks like late first, early second. Could improve but I dont see him going any lower.

Devin Ebanks - A sophomore who should return to school. Looks bad for him and I think that he should return and prove he can play. Would be drafted if he entered but it looks like it would be late in the first or early in the second. Big disappointment.

Kevin Jones - A sophomore who, like Ebanks, should return to school. I dont see him entering this year regardless of how well the team does.

Wellington Smith - Probably wont get drafted but if he did, it would be very late in the second. He is a senior so he has to enter.

Now, after all of that, if you are still with me, first off, thank you, second off, do you think Wellington will be drafted or even picked up by a team?? I feel like if Jeff Adrian gets passed up, so does Smith but he is more fluid that Adrian and has much better range. What do you think??

Other notable, possible, future NBA players currently on roster:
Darrell "Truck" Bryant - PG
Deniz Kilicli - PF
Dalton Pepper - SG


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A negative and no

A negative and no explanation?? Come on. At least say something. Im not a point buff or anything because I wish the system was more useful or just gone, but come on. At least have the balls to say something. Grow a pair and speak up.

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By greene do you mean Danny

By greene do you mean Danny green of UNC? If so he can shot very well, he didn't get drafted because he was a senior on a good team. Taylor Griffin is sorry though.

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Danny green of UNC got

Danny green of UNC got drafted

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he is warming the bench in

he is warming the bench in Clevelnad.

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Wellington Smith is

Wellington Smith is terrible. Truck Bryant has no future in the NBA, but maybe in Europe. Dalton Pepper is too young to judge. 

Jones is barely draftable. He's a tweener without the length or athleticism to attract teams.

Ebanks and Butler are surefire picks. Be happy about that. No need to irrationally overrate everyone on your team. 

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I'm not overrating anyone...

I'm not overrating anyone... I am being very honest and unbiased about this... I said that Smith probably has no chance... I never claimed that Truck was going to the NBA, I was saying he has a chance... Same thing another Pepper... You need to come off your high horse and try to comprehend what you are reading...

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Sry, iPhone triple post...

Ry.

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I'm not overrating anyone...

I'm not overrating anyone... I am being very honest and unbiased about this... I said that Smith probably has no chance... I never claimed that Truck was going to the NBA, I was saying he has a chance... Same thing another Pepper... You need to come off your high horse and try to comprehend what you are reading...

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You made this post on the

You made this post on the premise that you think Wellington Smith had a chance of getting drafted. He doesn't.

To compare him to the players you mentioned, consider what they did in their senior years:

  • Danny Green: 13.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 47.1 FG%, 41.8 3P%, 1.8 spg, 1.3 bpg
  • A.J. Price: 14.7 ppg, 4.7 apg, 3.5 rpg, 40.2 3P%
  • Taylor Griffin: 9.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.3 spg, 1 bpg, 53.6 FG%
  • And... Wellington Smith: 5.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1 bpg, 46.8 FG%, 45.8 3P% 

There's no comparison. Even Griffin, who few believe actually should have been drafted, has outshined Smith clearly.

The bottom line is, your post says "I think Wellington Smith has a shot at getting drafted." That's a direct quote. You're wrong, and if you don't see that you're wrong, you're blinded by your fanhood.

With that said, I do think Kevin Jones could get drafted in the second round in a year or two. I also think Da'Sean Butler has a shot at the first round this year and Devin Ebanks will be taken in the top 20 at some point, likely this year.

You also brought up "future pros" Truck Bryant, Dalton Pepper and Deniz Kilicli. Well, Pepper is two years away from even being considered. Bryant is blatantly not an NBA-caliber point guard on either end and Kilicli has yet to play a college game.

If this thread had been just about Jones, Ebanks and Butler, it would have been a good thread. But you completely devalidated anything you had to say by starting things off with such a homerish statement, that Smith could even possibly be drafted, then comparing him to significantly better college players who also projected better to the pros, as each of those players actually had a defined position. 

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You left out an important

You left out an important statistic there.. Minutes per game. As for the last 3 I mentioned, I said they are possible. I never said they were going. I simply said they were possible.. You still haven't comprehended what I said. I even stated that I thought he wouldn't be drafted but he could. I have yet to understand your point in knocking on Bryant. You never know how people will develop. I have noticed that you are quick to count people out. Remember that there are 2 sides to every areguement... Apparantly, I have hit a tender spot here. Also, are you just going by stats? How many game have you seen him play?

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Smith doesnt play but 22 minutes, also, he averages a steal that you, for some reason, left out.
Green played 28 minutes a game his senior year...
Taylor Griffin played 30 minutes a game his senior year...
AJ Price played played 32 minutes a game his senior year....

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I don't see Smith getting

I don't see Smith getting drafted, but to be a senior playing in a Major conference should not be underestimated. If you look at past drafts you can be a stud in say A-10 and you won't necessarily get drafted. Dionte Christmas is a great example from Temple. A lot of people on this site expected him as a surefire 2nd rounder, he went undrafted.

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Smith has no chance of

Smith has no chance of getting drafted, he's been on a hotstreak as of late but has no NBA potential. He's an above-average rebounder, a decent rebounder, and an alright spot-up jumpshot. He has no ability to create or any handles. No chance even in Europe.

Kevin Jones has good size, is a great jumpshooter, a good rebounder, and has a decent post game. His major upside is his knowledge for the game, attitude, and coachability. He could potentially be a draft pick, but not as a sophmore. He's a 4-year player.

Truck could potentially sneak into the draft as a late second-rounder. Be a Leandro Barbosa-type guard.

Da'sean Butler will get drafted and stick on a roster. I think he'll be a solid roleplayer.

Devin Ebanks has every physical tool required to be a starting small forward in the NBA. His game could use refining, another year would do him wonders.

Kilici could have a chance after 4 years, because of what I've heard of him, and the fact he has a NBA body. But, I haven't seen him play yet.

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