November Player Evaluations-NBA Draft 2010

Posted on 07. Dec, 2009 by Justin Shulman in NBA Draft

The college basketball season is one month in the books and it’s time to start breaking down the strengths and weaknesses for the 2010 NBA draft Prospects.

November 9, 2009

Ed Davis | North Carolina | PF | Soph |

vs. Florida International

With the core of Carolina’s team having left for the NBA this was Davis’ first opportunity to shine in a starting role. Big Ed didn’t disappoint showing that the cupboard is far from bare in Chapel Hill. Ed isn’t ready to make people forget Tyler Hansbrough but he is going to be a thoroughbred down low for the Tar Heels. Davis displayed great vision from the high post and his passing skills were excellent, finding open teammates when the double teams approached him. Davis’ shot selection was impressive as he never forced a shot nor did he take anything out of his comfort zone. Davis could have been more physical on the block so that he could establish better position before the ball gets to him rather than having to establish it once he receives it. Defensively, any shot that missed he seemed to have a beat on and he is quite smart when it came to blocking shots. Most shot blockers can’t help themselves by trying to block anything and everything but Davis seems mature beyond his years by displaying the where with all to know what he can block, and which shots he simply has to alter. Carolina is a team that is known for pushing the tempo and Davis seemed a little slow footed running the floor. I will be watching that more closely in future games and will shock it up for now to him being a little out of game shape, considering it was the opener.

Pts-13, Reb 11, Blk 4, Minutes: 23

November 16, 2009

Stanley Robinson | Connecticut | SF | Senior |

vs. Colgate

Robinson has spent the last three seasons tantalizing fans with his athleticism but always hid behind Thabeet and Jeff Adrien when it came to producing in the offense. With the big boys having graduated, Robinson is the new BMOC at Uconn whether he likes it or not. Tonight against Colgate, Robinson let the rest of the country know that the cat was out of the bag by going perfect from the field. He displayed range from the rim all the way out to beyond the arc. Stanley’s elevation is unparalleled and he loves to follow his teammate’s misses with dunks. Nobody on the floor can jump with him. Without taking anything away from Robinson, I thought he was not assertive enough on the offensive end when the ball swung to his side. He should have taken more than eight shots. Stanley attacks the rim on the offensive side of the net but didn’t seem too interested in dominating it on the defensive end. His three total rebounds left a lot to be desired. I expect Coach Calhoun to insist Robinson become a little more selfish on offense moving forward. Robinson has all the talent to play at the next level but he needs to realize that he can be the focal point of a team.

Pts 18, FGM-A 8-8, 3Pt 2-2, Blk 2, Minutes: 34

Kemba Walker | Connecticut | PG | Soph |

vs. Colgate

One of the big questions about Kemba’s game coming into tonight was whether he could be a traditional pass first point guard. Walker played a nice game but I am not sure Colgate gave enough of a challenge for us to determine whether Kemba can play point at the next level. Kemba was very effective using the hesitation dribble to create offense for others and his speed is as fast as advertised. Walker displayed nice vision and was able to see gaps in the zone and penetrate effectively. That said, I thought he was a spotty finisher near the rim when traffic was nearby. In time, as Walker learns to play the point, he will better learn when to draw the foul with his body and when to shield and protect himself to better finish plays.

Pts 16, Ast 6, Stl 5, Minutes: 34

November 17, 2009

Kalin Lucas | Michigan St | Point Guard | Junior

vs Gonzaga

Lucas is the consummate college floor general in terms of being able to lead his team both vocally and with his play. A pass first point guard, tonight Kalin got all his teammates going before initiating his own offense. Lucas is deceptively fast but his use of different speeds keeps defenders on their heels and allows him to control the tempo of the game. Offensively, Lucas used a plethora of head fakes to get Gonzaga defenders off their feet to create room for his shot. When Kalin didn’t shoot he got into the lane and was very effective using his floater over bigger defenders. Defensively, Kalin has that slap the floor mentality and you can tell puts all his will into stopping the opposition. He slides his feet well laterally and doesn’t have much difficulty staying in front of his opponent.

Pts 19, Ast 5, Reb 4, Minutes: 36

Durrell Summers | Michigan St | Point Guard | Soph

vs Gonzaga

Summers was extremely impressive tonight having his way with the Gonzaga defenders. Durrell Scored in many fashions and looked extremely comfortable coming around curls for the catch and shoot. The traditional college shooting guard is most comfortable away from traffic shooting jumpers, but Summers goes hard to the net and loves to attack the rim. When he draws contact he does a nice job at the line getting his team the free points. Tonight Summers drew the tough assignment of guarding Matt Bouldin, and did a very admirable job forcing him to take fadaway jumpers, and all sorts of shots out of a scorer’s comfort zone. The one thing I took away from this game was Durrell’s athleticism. The ten rebounds from the guard position was also an eye opener. Many college players are athletes who can play basketball but Summers is one of the rare few that is a basketball player first and an athlete second.

Pts 21, FGM-A 8-9, Reb 11, Minutes: 32

Raymar Morgan | Michigan St | Small Forward | Seniorvs Gonzaga

I was surprised to see Morgan come off the bench tonight as he had previously been a starter on a team that went to the NCAA championship game. I am not sure what type of lingering injuries Morgan was dealing with but I didn’t get the impression that this was something that was going to stick. When Morgan made his way to the floor it was only for a short while as he got injured. For the twenty-two minutes I had the opportunity to watch him, I was quite impressed. Morgan is sort of the little engine that could for the Spartans. He is very active on both ends of the floor and is always moving. At no point, did I notice him standing flat footed. Morgan can score from anywhere on the floor. He is comfortable banging in the post and he has a pretty consistent shooting stroke to about 18 feet. Defensively, Morgan likes to get up in his opponents grill and make life uncomfortable. I really liked the edge that he played with but it’s most likely the same reason that he is constantly battling injuries.

Pts 16, FTM-A 10-11, Minutes: 22

Matt Bouldin | Gonzaga | Guard | Senior

vs Michigan St

After tonight’s anticipated matchup with Durrell Summers, Matt Bouldin has a lot to prove to scouts heading towards the draft. His lack of athleticism showed tonight against the athletic defender as he had to force shots to find his own offense. I thought Bouldin needed to use a better job of using his big body to get by defenders. Matt’s position at the next level is still to be determined but the one thing Matt does an excellent job of is finding open teammates. His vision and passing skills in the open floor caught my attention and led to some easy buckets and shot opportunities. It is very clear that Matt is the facilitator for the Zags and aside from trying to force his own offense at times, Bouldin played very poised. He knew when to slow down the tempo for the team and settle the guys and when to push and apply pressure. Bouldin makes excellent cuts and it is evident that he has a very high basketball IQ.

Pts 15, Ast 4, FGM-A 5-15, Minutes: 39

November 27, 2009

Alex Oriakhi | Connecticut | Center | Freshman

vs. Duke

Oriakhi played a very physical game tonight against the Duke frontcourt. He never backed down against the experienced Duke players and as a freshman this was quite an admirable thing to watch. Alex is a banger in every sense of the word and has a nose for the ball on both ends of the court. Oriakhi’s post moves need polishing but the potential exists for him to develop in a reliable frontcourt scorer. Like other Uconn bigs of the past, Oriakhi seems quite comfortable contesting shots as he had four blocks tonight. He is a little more undersized than some of the past big men such as Thabeet, Okafor, and Hilton Armstrong. That said, Alex seems ahead of the curve offensively compared to where these players were five games into their freshman campaigns.

Pts 8, Reb 14, Blk 4, Minutes: 33

Jon Scheyer | Duke | Guard | Senior

vs. Uconn

After one or two possessions of watching Scheyer it is evident that he plays composed and very under control. Though not a true point guard, Jon has become an extension of Coach K on the court and has learned how to direct the offense. He is as good a leader as anyone in today’s college game. Jon leads by both example and vocally in the huddles. Scheyer has become particularly good at knowing when to distribute the ball and when to look for his own shot. Tonight his shot wasn’t falling but Jon found a way to put up points. Over the last three years Scheyer has shed his reputation as a pure long distance shooter. He has learned to take his guy off the dribble and draw contact as he displayed tonight. Defensively, Jon isn’t best suited to guard the other teams point guard as he is a little slow footed. Luckily Duke has the personnel to let Scheyer play to his strengths.

Pts 19, Ast 5, Reb 4, Stl 3, Minutes: 37

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