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Big East Tournament - Day 3 Standouts/Flops

Posted on 12. Mar, 2010 by Nolan Shulman in NBA Draft, Tournaments

 

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/flops

Day 2 standouts/flops 

 

Day 3 Standouts

Chris Wright, Georgetown

Wright was beyond sensational in the Hoyas upset victory over Syracuse.  After struggling against the zone in two regular season contests, Wright pushed the tempo and picked the cuse apart in transition.  He ran the ball down the Orange's throat and either finished it himself or found the open teammate for a gimme deuce.  He made 10 of his 16 shots, handed out 6 dimes, and even chipped in on the glass,  pulling down 6 rebounds.  He's got another year to put himself in the draft picture and he'll need more performances like this in order to do so.  Right now he's on the outside looking in.  

Greg Monroe, Georgetown

Greg is by far the best passing big man in the country.  Not only can he pass facing the basket but he can distribute from the post as well.  He draws the double team than waits for the cutters going back door.  Noone in the country executes this better than the Hoyas.  Greg handed out 7 assists in the contest, most of which came late with the game on the line.  It was clear when the Hoyas needed a hoop the offense goes through Greg.  He didn't shoot much (8 attempts) but he did connect on 5 of them.  He also had active hands  (3 steals) and got to the line 8 times.  Greg has solidified himself as a top 10 pick and should be able to contribute immediately do to his versatility as both a scorer and passer.  

Wesley Johnson, Syracuse

Johnson got off to a very hot start, scoring the cuse's first 5 points.  He is such an effortless shooter and with his elevation, he's impossible to contest.  He's struggle with his shot of late (he's been hampered by a hand injury), but he made 10-17 shots and 3-5 from deep.  He's got a quick release, near perfect mechanics, and great size for an NBA three.  The only thing holding Johnson back is his inability to put the ball on the deck.  His lack of of handles takes his ability to drive out of the equation and allows defenders to play him closer.  He's a lock to go top 10 and how he develops his ability to put it on the deck at the next level will likely dictate how effective he'll be.  

 

 

Lance Stephenson, Cincinnati

Born Ready looked the part this week at the world's most famous arena.  The NYC high school legend put Cincy on his back in late game situations.  He was aggressive, got to the rim whenever he wanted, and made free throws with the game on the line.  In the loss to West Virginia, Lance scored 17 points on 7-18 shooting and pulled down 7 rebounds.  More importantly he willed Cincy back into the game and became their go to guy down the stretch.  He is a consistent jump shot away from being one of the elite prospects in America.  If he spends the summer shooting jumpers and continues to be a good teammate, look for Lance to be a lottery pick in 2011.  

DaSean Butler, West Virginia

Speaking of big time players making big time plays in big time games, Butler continues to cement his status as the best clutch player in the Big East Conference.  He banked in a 3 with no time remaining to send the Mountaineers into the semi finals of the BET.  With Syracuse, Villanova, and Pitt eliminated, Butler and West Virginia have become the favorites.  If they can win the tournament, they have a chance to be a #1 seed.  Onto Butler's draft stock.  Currently penciled in as the 40th pick in the 2010 draft, Butler has a chance to continue to wow the plethora of scouts in attendance this week.  He's a versatile guard with the ability to play point in a pinch, possesses excellent range on his shot, and is a multi dimensional scorer.  He plays hard and is perfectly suited for an NBA bench player.  He'll have an excellent opportunity to not only make a team next year, but even crack the rotation.   

Lazar Hayward, Marquette

Lazar once again had a gem on Day 3.  He made 7-11 shots for 20 points and pulled down 7 rebounds.  He made 2-3 three pointers and is quietly proving to scouts he's a capable shooter from deep.  He plays on the smallest team in the tournament and does an excellent job guarding players much bigger than him.  He's as tough a player as you'll find in the conference.  He's versatile offensively, guards a plethora of positions defensively, and is quietly moving himself into draft consideration.  A Championship run in the Big East and a deep tournament run next week could help elevate his status as he'll be fresh on the minds of scouts come June.  Unlike guys like Jerome Dyson who will have the month off while players elevate themselves in March, Hayward has plenty of opportunity to make some noise and move up the draft boards.  

 

Day 3 Flops

Devin Ebanks, West Virginia

Devin came into the season as a sure fire lottery pick and has done everything possible to lower his stock.  He's had off the court issues and his performance on the court has been underwhelming.  Last year Ebanks was outstanding in the Big East Tournament.  This year.  So far, not so much.  He made 3-13 shots yesterday for 10 points and wasn't aggressive at all.  He showed his versatility handing out 5 assists, but this wasn't the type of performance that was expected out of him with such lofty pre-season expectations.  His stock is plummeting and he may want to consider going back for another year to show scouts the potential they saw last summer.  

Syracuse Big Men, Rick Jackson and Arinze Onuaku

After hammering Georgetown two times earlier in the season by dumping the ball down low and letting their bigs bang and get Monroe into foul trouble, the Orange bigs couldn't get into a rhythym.  The game moved to fast for the Orange bigs to set up shop.  Jackson had hands of stone, dropping several passes and chose to put the balll on the floor instead of going up when the ball was successfully delivered.  Onuaku was non existant pulling down just three rebounds before leaving the game with a knee injury.  Syracuse runs a much more effective offense when all five guys are contributing as they don't really have that go to scorer to lean on during an off day.  Part of today's struggles were due to the guards ineffectiveness to get the ball inside and part was due to Onuaku and Jackson not making themselves available the way they have all season.  Expect the Orange to rest up and be on a mission when the big dance begins.

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