The week that Big Boi released his first album in 3 years: Big Boi – Sir Luscious Leftfoot Son of Chico Dusty. Stone groove. We release a first look at our Big Board for 2011, the top 100 prospects for the 2011 NBA draft.
Top 10 Prospects
1. Harrison Barnes 6-8 209 SF North Carolina Fr. — As the front runner for the #1 pick for 2011, Barnes will come into UNC and instantly be an impact guy who re-injects excitement into the UNC-Duke rivalry. Barnes has a sweet jump shot and the versatility to play positions 1-4. He projects as a 3 at the NBA level. His strong character and work ethic should allow him to continue to improve and develop after his NBA career begins.
2. Kyrie Irving 6-2 172 PG Duke Fr. — The main reason the Blue Devils could be even better in 2010-11 than they were last year in their championship season. Irving is extremely advanced showing an equal ability to score as distribute. Irving is a polished customer both on the court and in interviews and will be a top 5 pick when he enters. He doesn’t appear to be in any rush to leave and could conceivably be the top overall pick in 2012. But turning down the opportunity to be a top 5 pick will likely be difficult.
3. Enes Kanter 6-11 261 PF/C Kentucky Fr. — Kanter has long been a standout in European competitions, consistently dominating his age group. He recently measured a legit 6-11 (in shoes) 261 lbs and a 7-1 wingspan. The skill, toughness and shooting touch that he displayed in Portland at the Hoop Summit pushed his stock into the top 5 of this year’s draft. The one concern with Kanter are his knees. International scouts warn that he could have some issues that arise when NBA doctors examine him.
4. Perry Jones 6-11 230 SF Baylor Fr. — 6’11 players aren’t supposed to have the combination of speed and skills that Jones possesses, he’s "freakishly skilled". He’s absolutely oozing with potential – more than any player on this list. But all the hyperbole needs to be tempered by the fact that Jones still needs to learn to be a consistent night in night out competitor. If he develops a killer instinct, watch out because his talent is through the roof.
5. Brandon Knight 6-3 185 PG Kentucky Fr. — Knight had a disappointing prep All Star game tour. He failed to play up to his abilities in any of the post season showcases although he did hit the game winning 3 pointer in the McDonald’s AA game. Knight is a bright kid with a professional demeanor. He’s extremely quick and shows a natural leadership ability. He’ll look to make it four years straight that Coach Cal has delivered a point guard into the top 5 of the NBA draft.
6. Jared Sullinger 6-9 286 PF Ohio State Fr. — Recently was weighed at 286 lbs at the Amare Skills Camp. Sullinger will need to drop some weight this summer in preparation for the season if he intends to be a top 10 pick in the 2011 draft. A highly skilled big man, Sullinger shows the ability to knock down the three ball and absolutely dominate foes in the paint. His skill set is similar to Kevin Love although he possesses less passing ability but more strength inside.
7. Trey Thompkins 6-10 247 PF Georgia Jr. — Our top returning NCAA player, Thompkins likely would have been a top 20 pick had he decided to enter the 2010 draft. He’ll team with the freakiest wing in the nation – Travis Leslie to make Georgia a formidable team in the SEC. Thompkins inside/outside offensive ability and size makes him an intriguing PF prospect.
8. Donatas Motiejunas 7-0 224 PF Benetton Treviso 1990 — Motiejunas struggled with some foot problems last season. He fell behind Vesely in hype, but has more long term potential due to his offensive skills. He’ll look to improve on his strength and defensive ability in his second season in Treviso.
9. Jan Vesely 6-11 230 SF/PF Partizan Belgrade 1990 — Vesely really established himself as a clutch performer in Paris playing for Partizan in the Final Four. His versatility to play on the perimeter at 6-11 is extremely impressive. Vesely will soon be the pride of the Czech Republic when he makes his mark at the NBA level.
10. Alec Burks 6-6 191 SG Colorado So. — Burks edges out William Buford for the final spot as well as the top shooting guard prospect for 2011. The maturity and versatility that Burks exhibited as a freshman was extremely impressive. Burks was overlooked in high school but blossomed into a consistent force and will look to build upon his tremendous freshman season.