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2007 Euro Final Four: Top Junior Prospects

By Aran Smith Athens, Greece 5/8/07 Zalgiris Kaunas of Lithuania defeated FMP Belgrade in the Nike Euroleague Junior Championship 78-74. The Final Four junior tournament consisted of Panathinaikos, CSKA Moscow, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Cibona Zagreb, Zalgiris Kaunas, Montepaschi Siena, BC FMP, Olympiacos Piraeus, and Prokom Trelf Sopot. Missing from the championships were the Spanish junior…

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Stock Watch – Final Four

By Aran Smith 4/4/07 Rising Corey Brewer 6-8 185 SF Florida Jr. For the second year in a row, Corey Brewer raised his level of play on the biggest stage showing that he has the heart of a champion. Brewer’s three point shooting against UCLA and in the title game versus Ohio State were invaluable…

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Stock Watch

By Aran Smith 3/22/07 Rising Nick Young 6-6 200 SG USC Jr. Leading the Trojans into the Sweet Sixteen, Nick Young has established himself as one of the top wing prospects in the nation. Against Texas, Young matched NCAA POY Kevin Durant point for point for most of the game shooting 8-13 with 22 points…

2007 NCAA Tournament: First Round Notes

By Aran Smith 3/17/07 Good Stuff Maynor! Virginia Commonwealth’s 2 point win over Duke was the big highlight from the first round of action. Eric Maynor’s head to head dual with Greg Paulus, who’s admirably taken the "Dukie-you-love-to-hate" baton from JJ Redick, made his heroic shot with 1.4 seconds remaining on the clock that much…

2007 Final Four Predictions

By Aran Smith 3/14/07 Nine quintillion to one? That’s the odds of filling out a perfect bracket according to ESPN. That’s 9 billion times a billion. Not so tough right? So without further ado, here’s the first perfect bracket in the history of mankind: Midwest  East   Florida (1) UNC (1)     Jackson St(16)…

2007 Top 10 Prospects Lists

By Aran Smith Updated 6/27/07   Point Guards Comments 1. Mike Conley 6-1 180 PG Ohio St. Fr. Quickness is phenominal, but must add shooting consistency. 2. Javaris Crittenton 6-4 195 PG Ga. Tech Fr. PG with considerable upside. Leaving early could hurt his long term development. 3. Acie Law 6-3 185 PG Texas A&M…

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Stock Watch

By Aran Smith 2/21/07 Rising Arron Afflalo 6-5 215 SG UCLA Jr. A model of consistency all season, Afflalo has the Bruins on pace for a better regular season than last year and in position to make a serious run at the National Championship. Though he lacks the lift and athleticism of many top shooting…

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Stock Watch

By Aran Smith 1/31/07 Rising Kevin Durant 6-10 220 SF Texas Fr. 18 months ago I saw Kevin Durant get completely dismantled by Spencer Hawes on the AAU circuit, not once but twice in the Main Event in Las Vegas. Hawes dominance over him may have been the wake up call Durant needed. Taking the…

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Stock Watch

By Aran Smith 1/10/07 Rising Al Horford 6-9 245 PF Florida Jr. Against Ohio State, in the biggest college game of the year so far, Horford stepped up to the challenge of guarding bigman Greg Oden, getting him into foul trouble and holding him to 7 points and 5 rebounds and winning the physical battle…

Rudy Gay: Rising Star

In this day and age of athletic freaks turning their nose up to college basketball like it was limburger cheese, a player such as Rudy Gay not even considering the leap is (for all basketball fans) a breath of fresh air. Gay was definite first round material coming out of high school but bucked the…

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NBA Draft: One Round?

The latest rumor from league offices is that the NBA draft may be cut from two rounds to one in an attempt to persuade high schoolers and younger college players from jumping to the NBA early. The problem has hit epidemic proportions as far as David Stern and the NBA are concerned after 8 high…

Draft Buzz 4/8/04

By Aran Smith Early Entries To stay up on which players have entered, are staying, or considering the draft, check the 2004 Early Entry Page which will continuously be updated. Ben Gordon has announced he will forgo his Senior season and enter the NBA draft. Look for Gordon to ride a Championship season into a…