the best pro prospect out west, you heard it here first
Not just as a bruin fan, but as a pac 10 fan who watches as many conference games as possible, i'm telling you guys right now that UCLA Bruin freshman sf Tyler Honeycutt is the best pro prospect out west. Take note Aran, because i can see this guy going lottery as early as next season.
Tyler Honeycutt is a legit 6-7 athletic sf who is all over the place on the court. He crashes the boards has got incredible bounce in his step and has a very solid looking release on his jumper. I expect him to open up eyes next season across the country.
Tonight he had 18pts...10reb....5blks....4asst....3stls
he fills all the categories. A month ago he was 2 assists short of a triple double in a game. He has had 10 games of 2 or more steals and 8 games of 2 or more blocks. He seems to come from nowhere and contest shots or passing lanes or hit the glass.
His athleticism is top notch and he has all the tools to continue to improve. His season stats won't blow you away because he missed the begining the season due to injury and got a late start and instead of trying to force the issue, he has accepted working his way in. Plus he has some consisteny issues as a freshman. He needs to add some muscle and improve his dribble, but their are no real glaring weaknnesses.
Just wanted to give all you guys a heads up on this guy.
if he wouldnt have gotten injured 2 start da season UCLA would b in a better position rye now n alot more ppl would b talkin about him a freshman of the yr he definitly would hav a good chance 2 go lottery if lee stays dey would make a big splash in da ncaa
The injuries really hurt his stock. And believe me, Aran takes note of UCLA players more than anyone. Who do you think started the Russell Westbrook hype?
yeah, i remember seeing westbrook listed on the mock draft here before his sophomore season and i thought i must be missing something becuase i never thought of him as a prospect during that freshman season.
Getting back to honeycutt, he is still a bit of a roam the baseline and find the holes in the defense type player at this point more so then a go to guy. But he has been showing increased confidence and assertiveness with the ball in his hands and has been making his impact felt. Of course it is tough to get a good evaluation against the weaker pac 10 competition this season. But i have been impressed for awhile now. I think he becomes an all-conference impact player next season and i can easily see him running the court in the nba and knocking down shots and being a solid wing at the next level. It should be noted tonight was arguably his best performance so maybe i'm jumping the gun a little based on this, but it is rare a guy can have the type of effortless impact on a game like honeycutt has been doing while he is still figuring out the game. When the one on one game starts coming together, watch out.
Speaking of Russell Westbrook...Doesn't Westbrook & Kentucky's Daniel Horton look like twins? lol
also like to add that if you look at the guys to come out of UCLA under Ben Howland, almost all of them are better then expected. Farmar, Afflalo, Hollins, Mbah a Moute, Westbrook, Love, Collison and Holiday have all been performing well based on thier draft position. The main reason for that is that howland does not give his players the type of freedom that college guys get at other top programs. They play defense and smart half court ball and have a short leash, so it causes fans around the country to maybe doubt their abilities since they don't get to show off their one on one skills as much.
I remember Jordan Farmar talking about how when Billy Donovan recruited him to florida, he was told how he would have the ball in his hands and would run the offense and it would showcase his skills. But howland made no promises other then if you come to ucla, you will play defense and you will win.
yeah, still raw on offense. But the game is coming so easy for him he stuffs the stats while seemingly playing at half speed. Great length. Keep an eye on him. daye compariosn fits