Tag:NBA Draft
Posted on: December 17, 2009 4:33 pm
Edited on: December 17, 2009 5:14 pm

Turns out, the Class of 2006 was loaded

One of the things I mentioned in my Derrick Caracter column is the number of prospects from the Class of 2006 already in the NBA, this despite them actually being on schedule to be seniors in college. By my count, the number is 26. And that's stunning, I think, because it means 26 guys from the same high school class made it to the NBA early.

Here's the list ...

(Scout.com's Class of 2006 ranking in parenthesis)
  1. Greg Oden (No. 1)
  2. Kevin Durant (No. 2)
  3. Brandon Wright (No 3)
  4. Spencer Hawes (No. 4)
  5. Ty Lawson (No. 5)
  6. Thaddeus Young (No. 6)
  7. Wayne Ellington (No. 7)
  8. Chase Budinger (No. 8)
  9. Darrell Arthur (No. 9)
  10. Brook Lopez (No. 11)
  11. Daequan Cook (No.  13)
  12. Javaris Crittenton (No. 14)
  13. Gerald Henderson (No. 15)
  14. Robin Lopez (No. 21)
  15. DaJuan Summers (No. 22)
  16. Earl Clark (No. 24)
  17. Mike Conley (No. 28)
  18. D.J. Augustin (No. 29)
  19. Hasheem Thabeet (No. 39)
  20. Jodie Meeks (No. 45)
  21. Marreese Speights (No. 56)
  22. Russell Westbrook (No. 66)
  23. Taj Gibson (No. 75)
  24. Jordan Hill (NR)
  25. Ryan Anderson (NR)
  26. Stephen Curry (NR)
Also worth noting: There are many other Class of 2006 recruits who could join that group in the NBA -- guys like Sherron Collins (No. 12), Quincy Pondexter (No. 16), Damion James (No. 19), Jon Scheyer (No. 20), Stanley Robinson (No. 23), Deon Thompson (No. 36), Jerome Dyson (No. 43), Jarvis Varnado (No. 53), Matt Bouldin (No. 65), Da'Sean Butler (No. 68), Luke Harangody (No. 71), Michael Washington (No. 76), Dwayne Collins (No. 84), Dexter Pittman (No. 86), Wesley Johnson (NR), Jerome Jordan (NR), Trevor Booker (NR), and Tyler Smith (fifth-year high school senior ineligible for Scout.com's rankings), meaning more than 40 Class of 2006 products could be in the NBA next season.

"If we had a class like that every year life would be good," said Scout.com's Dave Telep. "Deep, talented, filled with stars. Yep, that'll be a benchmark ."
Category: NCAAB
Tags: NBA Draft
Posted on: June 26, 2009 2:55 pm
Edited on: June 26, 2009 2:55 pm

Nobody does draft picks better than Arizona

Jordan Hill went in the first round.

Chase Budinger went in the second round.

And that means that Arizona still leads the nation in NBA Draft picks since 1989, i.e., when the draft was shortened to two rounds. More than anything else, it's a testament to the Hall of Fame career of Lute Olson. But it also shows why Sean Miller found the vacancy too intriguing to pass up.

Here's the updated list ...


1. Arizona (31)
2. Duke (29)
3. UCLA (28)
4. North Carolina (25)
5. Connecticut (23)

(Also worth noting: First-round pick Brandon Jennings signed with Arizona, although he never went to college.)
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: June 24, 2009 2:07 am

Griffin split games of HORSE with the Subway dude

Former Oklahoma star Blake Griffin is making the rounds in New York this week, doing loads of promotional appearances in advance of Thursday night's draft. On Tuesday, he even found time to play that fat-guy-turned-skinny-guy from Subway in a game of H-O-R-S-E.

Or S-U-B-W-A-Y, actually.

And thank God, it was caught on tape.

(Click this link to check it out.)

According to Jared from Subway (who is still looking good, by the way), the sandwich seller (Jared) and Clipper savior (Blake) split a couple of games. And though this is startling, it should not be considered a big deal because A) Griffin won't make his millions shooting, and B) Jared isn't someone Griffin is likely to face in the Western Conference (unless the Grizzlies sign Jared to a 10-day contract, which is more likely than you think.)

Later Tuesday, Griffin appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon , at which point it became apparent that Fallon follows college basketball about as much as most people follow his TV show, which is to say not at all. He seemed shocked to learn that Blake has a brother named Taylor who also played at Oklahoma. Then Fallon challenged Blake to an awkward dunk contest and predictably lost.

So to recap: Blake Griffin dunks better than Jimmy Fallon but is a comparable shooter to Jared from Subway.

Consider than your official scouting report.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: June 22, 2009 4:57 pm
Edited on: June 22, 2009 4:57 pm

Why I like DeMar DeRozan more than most

I've got a column today offering some projections on the NBA Draft, and among the things I address is not how the players will be picked, but how their careers will go. In other words, I provided the names (in order) of the college guys I believe will be viewed as the best NBA players from this draft five years from now.

My list ...

1. Blake Griffin

2. DeMar DeRozan

3. Stephen Curry

4. Hasheem Thabeet

5. James Harden

The lone surprise there is probably DeRozan, who people keep describing as wildly inconsistent even though that's not exactly an accurate portrayal of his freshman season. Sure, he started slow, then picked it up in December and early January before dipping for a short stretch. (OK, maybe he was a little inconsistent.) But to focus on that is to miss the fact that down the stretch DeRozan was awesome, proof being how he reached double-figures in each of his final nine games.

DeRozan averaged 17.6 points in those contests.

He got 17 and 11 against Cal in the Pac-10 tournament.

He got 21 and 13 against UCLA in the Pac-10 tournament.

He got 25 (on 10-of-16 shooting) against Arizona State in the Pac-10 tournament.

He averaged 18 points and seven rebounds in Southern California's NCAA tournament games.

So folks can focus on DeRozan's inconsistency if they like. But what I see when I look at DeRozan is an extremely athletic wing with tons of upside who was consistently awesome down the stretch -- awesome enough, in fact, to lead USC to an NCAA tournament appearance that seemed unlikely in February.

That's why I like him.

In five years, some franchises at the top of the lottery are going to regret passing on him.
Posted on: June 15, 2009 5:41 pm
Edited on: June 15, 2009 5:46 pm

Mills staying in the NBA Draft

Saint Mary's sophomore Patrick Mills has decided to remain in the NBA Draft, Gaels coach Randy Bennett told CBSSports.com on Monday.

"Yes," Bennett said via text message. "[He] stayed in."

Mills was the last of the relevant underclassmen to have their final decision made public. The Australian point guard is expected to go in the late first or early second round after a season in which he averaged 17.8 points for the West Coast Conference school.

The deadline to withdraw from the NBA Draft was Monday at 5 p.m. ET.

The following is how the day's developments broke down:

Who stayed in the NBA Draft on Monday?
  • Austin Daye (Gonzaga)
  • Chinemelu Elonu (Texas A&M)
  • Taj Gibson (USC)
  • Jodie Meeks (Kentucky)
  • Patrick Mills (Saint Mary's)
  • Jeff Teague (Wake Forest)
Who withdrew from the NBA Draft on Monday?
  • Bryan Davis (Texas A&M)
  • Luke Harangody (Notre Dame)
  • Ater Majok (Connecticut)
  • Donald Sloan (Texas A&M)
  • Greivis Vasquez (Maryland)

Posted on: June 15, 2009 5:16 pm
Edited on: June 15, 2009 5:46 pm

Daye will remain in NBA Draft

As expected, Austin Daye will remain in the NBA Draft and forgo his final two years at Gonzaga.

An official announcement is expected shortly.

Daye averaged 12.7 points and 6.8 rebounds last season for the Zags, but he was wildly inconsistent and incapable of competing in physical games because of his 6-foot-11, 190-pound frame. Still, the skilled wing will likely be a first-round draft pick based on his potential.

The deadline to withdraw from the NBA Draft was Monday at 5 p.m. ET.

Posted on: June 15, 2009 4:39 pm
Edited on: June 15, 2009 5:46 pm

Elonu will remain in the NBA Draft

Chinemelu Elonu will remain in the NBA Draft and forgo his senior season at Texas A&M, a source close to the program told CBSSports.com on Monday.

Elonu averaged 9.8 points and 7.3 rebounds last season.

The 6-foot-10 forward is not expected to be a first-round draft pick.

This development paired with last year's departure of DeAndre Jordan means Mark Turgeon will lose a big man early for the second consecutive season. On the other hand, the Aggies also got some good news Monday when Donald Sloan and Bryan Davis each withdrew from the NBA Draft.

The deadline to withdraw from the NBA Draft is Monday at 5 p.m. ET.

Posted on: June 15, 2009 4:13 pm
Edited on: June 15, 2009 5:47 pm

Harangody withdrawing from NBA Draft

Notre Dame junior Luke Harangody has decided to withdraw from the NBA Draft and return to school, Irish coach Mike Brey told CBSSports.com on Monday afternoon.

"He's [coming] back," Brey said via text message.

This development will give Harangody the opportunity to leave Notre Dame as the school's all-time leading scorer.

The post player averaged 23.3 points and 11.8 rebounds last season.

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