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Big East Tournament - Day 2 Standouts/Flops

Posted on 11. 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 2 Standouts


   Luke Harangody   , Notre Dame

With Notre Dame riding high heading into this week's tourney, thier biggest challenge was going to be easing Harangody back into the lineup without disrupting the chemistry that had been established by a late season win streak.  Cool hand Luke came off the bench tonight and played 24 powerful minutes, shooting 9-15 from the field.  Harangody lead the team and had a game high 24 points while also pulling down 10 rebounds.  The Irish won, and all but sealed up their NCAA tournament bid.  Pat Riley was observing this affair nearby, and was clearly evaluating Luke judging by the way he was monitoring him as he moved away from the ball.  His performance today didn't show scouts anything they haven't seen, however, it cemented the fact that Luke excells running the floor, scoring in transition, and as a face-up four shooting from mid range, and playing strong around the rim. 

Lazar Hayward, Marquette

Hayward willed his Golden Eagles to victory in a tight game against the defacto home team Johnnies.  Hayward, who has been evaluated as somewhat of a back burner NBA draft prospect, may have reversed some of those evaluations Wednesday afternoon.  Lazar went 4-6 from beyond the arc and scored a game high 20 points with only 11 field goal attempts.  Lazar went to the net and I was extremely surprised/impressed by his passing skills.  Lazar is a late second round draft prospect but if he continues to show his versatility under the bright lights of the BET, he could cement his status as a second round lock.  

Edgar Sosa, Louisville

Sosa isn't on anyone's NBA draft board, but he should have a long and prosperous career in Europe.  This was Sosa's final Big East Tournament and after winning it all over Syracuse last year, I'm sure this isn't the way he wanted to go out.  That said, individually Sosa had one of the best games of his career.  He scored 28 points on 10-16 shooting, getting past Deonta Vaughn at will, and doing an excellent job finishing at the rim.  He's a pretty good three point shooter (38%) but went off, making 5-6 from deep.  He controlled tempo, initiated the Cardinal offense efficiently, and spent more time in the paint than he usually does.  If there was one thing to be critical about it was his 3-8 performance from the charity stripe.  Seeing as they lost by three, it was a big difference in winning/losing the game.  Look for Sosa to continue his strong play next week in the tournament, then officially hand the keys to the car to Peyton Siva.  

Tory Jackson, Notre Dame

Jackson was sensational in Notre Dame's big win over Seton Hall.  His numbers don't jump out at you (13, 6, and 2) but when he did make a play, he brought me out of my seat.  Jackson did an outstanding job dribbling into the eye of the defense, and displayed outstanding  acrobatic finishes I never knew he had.  He made 6 of his 10 shots and did an outstanding job distributing to his teammates.  Notre Dame got a bunch of easy buckets that were a direct result of Jackson's dribble penetration.  He played all 40 minutes and didn't look to wear down at all as the game went on.  Another player headed to Europe, Jackson might be a nice fit for a team that lacks a point guard with the ability to get in the lane, and lead his team.  


Day 2 Flops


Austin Freeman, Georgetown

Freeman just doesn't seem to assert himself into the offense and as a result rarely gets the ball in a position to be successful.  He scored 8 points, made 3 of 12 shots, and really was never a factor in the Hoyas victory over South Florida.  When Jeff Green and Roy Hibbert left the program, the thought was that Freeman would take over as the go-to scorer.  While he's had a productive year, he's never fully embraced that role.  In round 2 of the BET he made 0 of his 3 three point attempts, got to the line just once, and rarely chipped in on the glass, pulling down just 3 rebounds in 37 minutes.  He'll have a shot to redeem himself against the Cuse today, but he'll have to shoot the ball more effectively, and look to get aggresive.  Something he didn't do vs. the Bulls.  

Jeremy Hazell, Seton Hall

It's tough to hate on Jeremy because he's been such a productive player over the last two seasons.  However with Seton Hall firmly on the bubble, they needed their go-to scorer to come up big this week.  Attempting 9 three's and making just 1 isn't exactly what they had in mind.  He made 4-7 two point attempts, but just 5-16 overall.  If it wasn't bad enough that he was having an off shooting night, he managed just 1 assists in the contest and only got to the line twice.  Projected as a second round pick right now, Hazell might lose some ground on players fresh on the scouts mind in March.  This game hurt the Hall, it hurt Hazell's draft stock, and might have burst the Pirates bubble hopes.   

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