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Big East Tournament - Day 1 Standouts/Flops

Posted on 10. Mar, 2010 by Justin Shulman in Tournaments, nba-draft

We're here at the mecca of basketball, Madison Square Gardens, home of this weeks' deepest and most exciting conference tournament in the country.  We'll be here all week discussing the Big East's top prospects, outlining who's improved their draft stock and who's let a golden opportunity pass them by.  

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Day 1 Standouts

 

Dominique Jones, South Florida

Jones came out of the gate like a house on fire in round one.  He scored 14 points in the first half while Depaul managed just 15 as a team.  Dominique has outstanding strength and size and used it to finish at the rim in traffic.  While Jones is known for his ability to score, he's also extremely unselfish.  He passed the ball well and often, creating some easy opportunity for his teammates in transition.  He also rebounded the ball effectively, chipping in on the glass and pulling down 9 defensive rebounds. Dominique does the little things well also.  He was in the passing lanes (4 steals) and also blocked 2 shots.  Jones was very efficient, connecting on 8-16 shots and finishing with 20 points.  If Jones could string together a few more wins in NYC, South Florida might have a chance to dance, and Jones will have the opportunity to show scouts what he's been doing all season long.  Despite his great play, he'll need to show he can make the outside jumper if he wants to improve his stock dramatically.  

Sean Evans, St.John's

After averaging 6.3 ppg and 5.7 rebounds, Evans was a man among boys against the massive frontline of the Connecticut Huskies.  Evans attacked the rim and shot 7-9 from the field and went 5-5 from the charity stripe.  This performance was especially surprising because Evans shot 45.7% from the field and 48.4% from the line over the course of the season.  Sean was the most physical player on the floor and really set the tone for the Johnnies.

Jamine Peterson, Providence

You know you're a lock to make the day 1 standout list when you rock the gardens for 38 and 16.  Unfortunately for Jamine, his outstanding effort came in a loss.  You often hear people say it's about "who wants it more".  The way Jamine attacked the offensive glass, there was never a question.  He pulled down 16 rebounds total, 10 of them offensive.  On a night where Jamine shot 14 of 26 for 38 points, it was his aggresive nature on the glass and ability to get to the line that kept the Friars in it.  Even better, Jamine made 9-10 of his freebies.  He's not quite on NBA radars yet, but only a sophomore Jamine could use this performance and build momentum over the next two years.  He's still needs to add elements to his game as well as refine his existing skill set, but Tuesday at MSG did see a magical performance, as Jamine helped make it well worth the price of admission on night one in the mecca.  

Herb Pope, Seton Hall

After slumping big time in February, Herb Pope seems to have found his groove in March.  He's now scored 62 points, pulled down 40 rebounds, blocked 10 shots, and made 24 of his 46 attempts in his 3 games in March.  That's flat out getting it done.  At 6-8, 235 Pope is going to need to develop into a smoth face-up four to have a future at the next level.  He made 47% of his 3's this year and has begun taking more in his last 3 (4-7), and he'll have to continue to develop in that area while spending the summer working on his ball handling.  If he could add the ability to create his own shot off the bounce, he'd be a lot more attractive to NBA personnel.  As it stands, he's making progress every time I see him and I was extremely impressed on day one of the BET.  Next up is a matchup with Luc Harongody.  

Lance Stephenson, Cincinnati

Although Lance clearly still lacks a consistant outside jumper, he does a lot of little things really well.  He has a body built for Big East play and he proved to be a physical three, pulling in 9 rebounds.  While he only made 5-15 shots for 13 points, Lance proved that all he lacks is the stroke.  He can get to the rim off the bounce, can absorb contact, and embraces the role of tough guy out on the floor.  He could use the summer putting up shots and getting in the reps, but he could come back ready to challenge for first team All-Big East next year.  Today Lance was named Big East freshman of the year, and celebrated by putting the team on his back with the game tied in the final seconds.  He used his physicality to get in the lane, then drew the foul and calmly knocked it down for the win.  A great debut in the BET for the freshman star from Lincoln High. 

 

Day 1 Flops

 

Jerome Dyson, Connecticut

Dyson came into today's game shooting under 30% over his last three games.  With Uconn on the bubble, and Jerome being a senior and injured during last year's final four run, one would think he was going to come out and make an impact.  Instead, today's performance may go down as the worst game of his collegiate career.  Dyson couldn't finish at the rim, spent multiple spurts glued to the bench, and had 2 assists to his career high 7 turnovers.  This is one of those games Jerome will want to forget but unfortunately it will be his last meaningful game in a Husky uniform.  When Dyson's watches the tape on this game and sees his body language and energy level, he is going to be dissapointed in himself as a leader and as a teammate.  Jerome will have the Portsmith Invitational to leave scouts with a different lasting impression before draft night, but scouts didn't leave the morning session excited about Dyson's propects at the NBA level.  

Deonta Vaughn, Cincinnati

Deonta's rough season continued in New York today, as the senior guard managed just 9 points on 2-8 shooting.  He doesn't seem to have that swagger he had last year.  His body language is poor, his confidence looks rattled and it's causing him to play passive and indecisive.  Cincinnati needs to keep winning, and that's not going to happen unless Vaughn steps it up.  He's shooting just 33% on the season from deep, yet he took 6 of his 8 shots from behind the line tonight.  Somethings got to give.  He's not even close to the NBA draft radar right now and it would take nothing short of a miracle to get him there at this point of his career.  

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