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NBA Draft Stocks: Big East Conference

Posted on 13. Feb, 2010 by Justin Shulman in NBA Draft

With about a month's worth of games remaining on the regular season schedule, NBA draft prospects are jockying for position on the big boards.  NBA teams have their scouting systems out in full force and everything around this time of the year starts to get magnified and scrutinized.  With the lights shining bright, here are a few players from the Big East Conference taking advantage of the opportunites, and a few players standing still and not seizing the moment.

Stock Rising:

Scottie Reynolds, Villanova (Senior)

Reynolds walked into the big east his freshman year and took the league by storm.  He buit a reputation as being a player known for going off for high point totals and game winning shots.  Scottie became the face of Villanova basketball but along the way sort of distanced himself from the good graces of NBA scouts.  For every great game, Reynolds would throw up a 4-19 shooting night.  Reynolds was becoming known as a streaky shooter who didnt really have a position at the next level.   This year in his swan song, the maturation process has seemed to evolve.  Reynolds is in position to lead Villanova to the Big East regular season crown, a top 5 team ranking in the nation, and potentially conference player of the year honors.  Reynolds is showing point guard skills and the ability to run a team.  Reynolds best shooting year came in his sophomore season when he shot 41% from the field.  This year Reynolds is shooting it at a 48% clip with an increased percentage from beyond the arc.  While Reynolds will never be confused with an NBA lottery pick, his heart and will to win will land him a home in the NBA.  I can't help but see the second coming of Eddie House.

Dominique Jones, South Florida (Junior)

When a player starts making 25+ points a game a regular occurance, people start taking notice.  Dominique Jones has put the lowly South Florida Bulls on his back and won the last four of five conference games in the big bad Big East.  Over the course of this run, Jones is averaging 30 points per game, 7 rebounds, 5.2 assists and a block per contest.  Dominique didn't just become an overnight sensation.  He has been doing this all year averaging 21.2 ppg, except that now his team is winning and the nation is taking notice.  Jones is a tough physical guard with a quick first step, who attacks the rim on every possession.  Jones has become a fixture on the charity stripe this season having already attempted 186 free throws.  Currently, Jones is assessed as a second round prospect but if the Bulls keep making noise than scouts will have no choice but to take further notice.

Kris Joseph, Syracuse (Sophomore)

Kris Joseph doesn't even start on his own college team yet he has somehow found his way onto the rising draft stock list.  Being a sixth man for the 23-1 Syracuse Orange and the guy who rattles the rim regularly can vault you up the list.  Fifteen games ago, Joseph was just a backend of the rotation guy for Jim Boeheim's emerging team.  Now, halfway through February, Syracuse fans are talking about cutting down the nets in March and don't seem to be concerned about the thought of losing Wesley Johnson.  At the start of the season, all the Syracuse players were naming Joseph as the most improved player.  Well it's hard not to improve when you barely got any floor burn your freshman season, but the transformation that we are seeing in Joseph has been remarkable.  He has gone from just another guy on the floor to someone that the opposition fears.  Over the last six games, Joseph is averaging 16.3 ppg and over 30 minutes of court time.  The hunch is that Joseph will stay another year and take over the wing forward role from Wesley.  With a more consistent jumper and some deeper range we could be talking about Joseph at this time next year in the same light that we are talking about Wesley Johnson right now. 



Stock Falling:

Samardo Samuels, Louisville (Sophomore)

After such a decorated high school career and top ten rankings from every scouting service in the country, Samardo Samuels was suppose to be further along at this point in his collegiate career.  Once thought to be a potential one and done college player I wouldn't be surprised to see Samardo stick out the full four years.  Samuels had the pressure lifted as a freshman with nba picks Terrence Williams and Earl Clark on campus to help aclimate the big man to the college game.  But this year there hasn't been any NBA talent on the roster around to hold his hand and his shortcomings have been exposed.  Samuels is an undersized power forward standing at 6-8 but plays below the rim.  Samardo gets by on sheer strength not athleticism.  Many undersized power forwards before him have been drafted, without much success in the league. Those drafted though are usually guys dominating at the college level.  Samuels has only had six games where he has pulled down double digit rebounds.  The Cardinals have struggled already losing eight games and Samuels seems to fold against frontlines that can match his toughness.  Well the next level is filled with guys as tough as Samuels but only bigger.  Samuels needs to prove to scouts that he can get it done every night, because as it stands now, Samardo's skillset doesn't translate outside the paint.

Devin Ebanks, West Virginia (Sophomore)

It's tough to say that someone made a mistake by coming back to school but in Devin Ebanks' case, it may be the truth.  After last year's Big East tournament performance, scouts were mentioning Ebanks as a lottery pick if he declared.  Ebanks chose to return for his sophomore season but has been off on all fronts.  Devin's season began with his whereabouts unknown leading to a leave from the team.  Rumors swirled about off the court issues.  On Devin's return, his game just wasn't as polished, nevermind improved.  His shooting percentages are way down and the increase in numbers across the board have not happened.  Ebanks has shown flashes but him follow up performances leave scouts scratching their heads.  There have been seven single digit scoring games from a guy who averaged double figures in his freshman season.  Regardless, Ebanks will be a first round draft pick, as his natural tools and measurables are too strong to overlook, in a weak draft class.  But there is too much inconsistency and too much to prove with such a short window remaining.  Ebanks may take his chips off the table and leave early this year to be a first round pick.  But the right decision last season, may not be the right one for this year.  Ebanks might will be better suited to become the main attraction in Morgantown, and show scouts regularly what he has shown flashes of this year.  If he does, the lottery will call his name.

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