Jayhawks draft stock
With an early dismissal in the Tourney, where will Aldrich, Collins, and Henry fall to in the 2010 draft?
Aldrich has been projected possibly going top 5 at some points during this season but with guys like Cousins, Favors, and Whiteside he could fall. Motiejunas is looming as well. He would have solidified his stock if Kansas had made it back to the final 4 but may suffer now that they didn't. Aldrich also isnt a workout star so I dont see his draft stock rising in individual workouts or the combine. I think he will fall out of the top 10 unless Indiana takes him(because he has more experience, not because he's white).
Collins played himself out of the 1st round by not showing up in March. Other PG prospects like Bledsoe and the emergence of Fridette have pushed him out of the forefront of PG prospects. Teams may have looked past his lack of size if he had made a strong showing deep into the tournament but he may not find them as forgiving since he made and early exit. I see him being pushed back to the early 2nd round.
Henry is a relative unknown. He is still coveted for his potential but hasnt shown that he deserves to be a high pick. His only saving grace may be individual workouts unless he surprises with unexpected athleticism at the combine. He should be drafted very late in the 1st round unless he shows his stroke to some teams drafting in the late teens.
I can't see Indiana giving up on Hibbert already, but I could really see the Hornets taking him if he falls that far, because of what seems like their reluctance to give okafor more then 30 minutes...for some reason they don't seem to like him, so Aldrich could be their way out. I also think he has an outside shot at going to the Pistons, depending on how the picks before them shake out.
This is an interesting point. I dont think Collins would have ever been picked in the 1st round. He's only 5'11, but he doesnt really have great point guard skills, he's more a scoring point, his assist numbers are never that high and that cant be because of the lack of talent around him. He's just better as a feature scorer, but he wont be in the NBA. He'll be solid 2nd round pick and maybe a decent backup point guard.
Henry seems like a 1 trick pony to me. Every time I watch them, he does 1 thing, stand in the corner and shoot 3's. Thats the only way I ever see him score. He's a decent defender and he's built like a truck, but I think another year would do him wonders. Let him develop more offensively and he could be a top 5 pick next year. His stroke is phenomenal, and his body is already NBA ready. He just needs to add more offensively off the bounce. I think he'll declare though.
Aldrich will declare. I dont think another year would help him or hurt him. There is not much "potential" there. Teams draftin Aldrich know what they are gonna get. A defensive minded big guy who will do dirty work inside. I hope he stays another year because Kansas could be really good again if he and Henry stay (mostly Henry) but I highly doubt it.
not among people drafting around 7-10 he won't be......he might even be better than that....he is much more than a one trick pony....he's a better finisher in the paint than he is a shooter....his body is ready for the NBA NOW...dude is built like The Ultimate Warrior.....If he were to stay in school he could possibly be the number one pick in 2011.....
Aldrich probably slipped slightly but not out of the lottery....
Collins had an outside shot at the first round....now not so much....
Of the teams who are locked into the top ten, Golden State, Indiana, Washington, Detroit, Sacramento, Philadelphia, and Utah will all not pass on Aldrich. I don't think he will drop at all.
I have thought of Collins as being in that 30-40 range. It is possible that Washington takes him. I think his game at Kansas was similar to Sundiata Gaines at Georgia. In the same way, he might benefit from a year or two in either the D-League or Europe to hone his game.
Henry won't drop. What is the farthest he could fall? Minnesota's pick from Charlotte? Chicago? That is nothing to worry about.
Its funny how much the Kansas Jayhawk faithful really thinks Xavier is no where ready to play in the nba. In the article posted right here on this site homepage about whether or not Aldrich and Henry's will declare, the consensus is that Xavier Henry looks has a lot to work on and should stay at KU. And their not saying that selfishly cause they want him to stay, it is a real honest opinion of what they think I haven't watched every Kansas game but I've seen enough of him to get an accurate gauge of his game. But what they've said and I agree, is that a lot of this guy's game is just standing in the corner and shooting 3's. He doesn't show much off the dribble besides straight line drives to the hoop when there's an opening. Athletically, he seems average to me, and really won't stand out at the next level. His game reminds me a lot of James Anderson his freshman year. Was highly touted, but when he got to the collegiate level, was primarily relegated to a spot up shooter. But over the years Anderson's game has grown to the tune of being big 12 player of the year and most likely first team all american. Xavier most likely will go since that seemed to be the plan set forth for him prior to even stepping foot on campus. But I know deep inside he might want to stay and show people he can be the a top level player in the country and out of the shadow of collins.
Henry probably has 25 pounds of muscle on Anderson NOW as a freshman....
Yea you right, Henry certainly does physically look the part of an nba wing, right now as a freshman. Passes the eye test.
Henry can function as a good shooter and defender in the NBA. His ball-handling isn't NBA-ready, but he is good enough at everything else to play in the NBA. He'll be a top 20 pick because of his upside and the fact that he has some NBA-ready skills. Also, don't think that Henry just runs to the corner to shoot 3's. Kansas does this alot with their shooting guards. Kirk Hinrich, J.R. Giddens, Brandon Rush, and now Henry have all functioned as spot-up shooters in Kansas' system. He's not a great ball-handler, but he can get to the rim a little bit in a straight line if he's crowded too tight at the 3 point line..
Cole Aldrich will be a late lotto pick I'm sure. He's not a great offensive talent, but he's a HUGE defensive presence at any level of basketball and will be at worst a solid backup center who blocks shots and rebounds.
Sherron Collins played his way out of the 1st round in the tourny. He's never been a great decision-maker at the PG, but he's a good athlete and he's had a good enough career to be a 2nd round pick.
yeah they love running that little duel ball screen deal and have the wings just drift.....especially effective in 08 when they had 4 NBA bigs on their team to draw inside....
Cole Aldrich is the most fundamentally sound post at his size that I have seen in many years....his footwork is impeccable....