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NBA Draft Profile:
Hasheem Thabeet, Uconn

Standing 7′3 and weighing in at 263 pounds, Hasheem Thabeet defends the goal better than anyone in the college game. Born and raised in Tanzania, Thabeet wanted to use basketball to elevate his life. Hasheem never took up the game until he was 15, and thus had a long way to go before he could fulfil his dream. Undeterred, Hasheem moved to Houston and attended Texas Christian School where he wowed collegiate scouts to the tune of 16 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 blocks per game. He played his AAU ball with the TMAC All-Stars gaining a reputation and climbing all the way to #39 on scout.com’s Top 100 in the class of 2006. Thabeet had offers from Louisville, Uconn, USC, Oklahoma, and Miami. He chose to become a Huskie and play for hall of fame coach Jim Calhoun. The Rest of Thabeet’s story has been seen on ESPN for the last three years. He’s slowly become the most dominating defense player in the country, as well as improved on his ability to finish and collect offensive rebounds.

Thabeet’s draft stock is rock solid. Almost a guarantee to go top 5, he could climb as high as #2. Not to sound cliche, but the saying goes, “you can’t teach 7′3″….You can however teach someone who is 7′3, and there will be many NBA head coaches drooling for the chance. The kid is a late bloomer, who’s coachable, and wiling to work. Thabeet has improved leaps and bounds every year on campus. Statistically his numbers in every single category have elevated. As a Junior Hasheem is averaging 13 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 4.5 blocks per game.

Offensively he’s got a long way to go. He needs to develop a go-to post move, needs to extend his range to 10 feet, and would benefit by adding more muscle to his enormous frame. Defensively this kid can do it all. He possesses many of the same skills that had scouts smitten about Greg Oden two years ago. He can rebound, he can alter shots around the rim, and he blocks shots at an alarmingly high rate. In fact many Big East coaches have said Thabeet is the best shot blocker in Big East history. Meaning, they think he was better than Mutumbo, Alonzo Mourning, and Patrick Ewing. That’s high praise from people who see him play night in and night out. His footwork on defense is quite good, and his ability to stay on his feet when someone throws a fake is extrodinary. Being 7′3 helps no doubt, but he really has excellent instincts. The most impressive thing Hasheem does out on the floor is he doesn’t foul. Considering the guy IS Uconn’s help defense that’s pretty darn impressive. He fouled out of only two games so far in his Junior season, and one of those went 6 overtimes. (Hasheem lasted 5) To sum it up, I would say Hasheem is blessed with a body that has NBA written all over it. His attitude is ideal, his skills are improving daily, and he should be one of the most coveted players in the 2009 NBA Draft.

Will be selected: pick #2-5
NBA Comparison- Dikembe Mutumbo

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NBA Draft Profile:
Brandon Jennings, Virtus Roma

It’s been almost a year since Brandon Jennings decided to forgo his college career and play professionally in Europe. After playing his high school ball at the famous Oak Hill Academy and becoming the #1 recruit in the class of 2008, Brandon committed to the University of Arizona. Unfortunately, he was never able to qualify academically and thus decided that the best way to continue his development, was to take his game abroad. He signed with Virtus Roma and played relatively sparingly. Brandon averaged a pedestrian 7.6 points, 1.6 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in just under 20 minutes per game in the Euroleague. How has his decision to play in Europe affected his stock in the 2009 draft?

It hasn’t !!! Brandon is blessed with such elite level talent it’s scary. He can penetrate the lane anytime he wants, using a combination of superb speed, and phenomenal handles. Jennings is as good a dribbler as anyone who’s come into the draft in the last 10 years. He has a dynamic first step, can shoot the mid range jump shot, and has enough range to make the NBA three pointer. This combination of skills makes it likely Brandon will become an excellent pick and roll player at the next level. Athletically, Brandon has it all. Speed, Hops, and long arms. His defense needs work, and his game needs to be corralled a tad bit, as Brandon is susceptible to being turnover prone. Nonetheless, Jennings will be a lottery pick and likely one of the first three point guards off the board in the 2009 NBA Draft.

Will be selected: pick #4-14
NBA Comparison- Jason Williams (back when he played for Sacramento)

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Inside The Mind of Blake Griffin

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NBA MOCK DRAFT 2.0

• NBA team needs HAVE NOT been taken into consideration
• Early Entries and Withdraws will be implemented in Mock Draft 3.0

Updated March 25, 2009

1. Sacramento Kings – Blake Griffin, Oklahoma (SF/PF) Sophmore
2. Washington Wizards- Hasheem Thabeet, Uconn (C) Junior
3. L.A. Clippers- James Harden, Arizona St. (SG) Junior
4. Memphis Grizzlies- Jordan Hill, Arizona (PF) Junior
5. Oklahoma City Thunder- Brandon Jennings, Lottomatica Roma (PG)
6. Minnesota Timberwolves- Earl Clark, Louisville (SF) Junior
7. Golden St. Warriors- Willie Warren, Oklahoma (SG) Freshman
8. Toronto Raptors- Tyreke Evans- Memphis (PG/SG) Freshman
9. Indiana Pacers- Gerald Henderson, Duke (SG/SF) Junior
10. New Jersey Nets- Eric Maynor, VCU (PG) Senior
11. New York Knicks- Ty Lawson, UNC (PG) Junior
12. Charlotte Bobcats- Demar DeRozen, USC (SG) Freshman
13. Chicago Bulls- BJ Mullens, Ohio State (C) Freshman
14. Phoenix Suns- Jonny Flynn, Syracuse (PG) Sophmore
15. Milwaukee Bucks- Greg Monroe, Georgetown (PF/C) Freshman
16. Philadelphia 76ers- Stephen Curry, Davidson (PG/SG) Junior
17. Detroit Pistons- Sam Young, Pittsburgh (SF) Senior
18. Minnesota Timberwolves- Al-Farouq Aminu, Wake Forest (SF)
19. Atlanta Hawks- Damion James, Texas (SF)
20. Dallas Mavericks- Jeff Teague,Wake Forest (PG/SG) Sophmore
21. Utah Jazz- Kyle Singler, Duke (SF) Sophmore
22. New Orleans Hornets- Patrick Patterson, Kentucky (PF) Sophmore
23. Portland Trailblazers- Jrue Holiday, UCLA (SG) Freshman
24. Chicago Bulls- Darren Collison, UCLA (PG) Senior
25. Sacremento Kings- Tyler Hansborogh, UNC (PF) Senior
26. Oklahoma City Thunder- Craig Brackins, Iowa State (PF) Sophmore
27. Orlando Magic- Dejuan Blair, Pittsburgh (PF) Sophmore
28. Minnesota Timberwolves- Omri Casspi, Israel (SF)
29. L.A. Lakers- Terrance Williams, Louisville (SG) Senior
30. Clevland Cavaliers- Chase Buddinger, Arizona (SG/SF) Junior

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NBA MOCK DRAFT 1.0

  • NBA team need HAVE NOT been taken into consideration

Updated February 27, 2009

  1. 1. Sacramento Kings – Blake Griffin, Oklahoma (SF/PF) Sophmore
  2. 2. Washington Wizards- Hasheem Thabeet, Uconn (C) Junior
  3. 3. L.A. Clippers- James Harden, Arizona St. (SG) Junior
  4. 4. Oklahoma City Thunder- Brandon Jennings, Lottomatica Roma (PG) Freshman
  5. 5. Memphis Grizzlies- Greg Monroe, Georgetown (PF/C) Freshman
  6. 6. Minnesota Timberwolves- Jordan Hill, Arizona (PF) Junior
  7. 7. Golden St. Warriors- Al-Farouq Aminu, Wake Forest (SF) Freshman
  8. 8. Toronto Raptors- Stephen Curry, Davidson (PG/SG) Junior
  9. 9. Charlotte Bobcats- Gerald Henderson, Duke (SG/SF) Junior
  10. 10. Indiana Pacers- BJ Mullens, Ohio State (C) Freshman
  11. 11. New York Knicks- Earl Clark, Louisville (SF) Junior
  12. 12. New Jersey Nets- Patrick Patterson, Kentucky (PF) Sophmore
  13. 13. Chicago Bulls- Jeff Teague- Wake Forest (PG/SG)
  14. 14. Phoenix Suns- Demar DeRozen, USC (SG) Freshman
  15. 15. Milwaukee Bucks- Willie Warren, Oklahoma (SG) Freshman
  16. 16. Philadelphia 76ers- Damion James, Texas (SF)
  17. 17. Detroit Pistons- Tyreke Evans- Memphis (PG/SG) Freshman
  18. 18. Minnesota Timberwolves- Eric Maynor, VCU (PG) Senior
  19. 19. Atlanta Hawks- Ty Lawson, UNC (PG) Junior
  20. 20. Utah Jazz- Dejuan Blair, Pittsburgh (PF) Sophmore
  21. 21. New Orleans Hornets- Craig Brackins, Iowa State (PF)
  22. 22. Dallas Mavericks- Evan Turner, Ohio State (SG)
  23. 23. Sacremento Kings- Sam Young, Pittsburgh (SF)
  24. 24. Portland Trailblazers- Chase Buddinger, Arizona (SG/SF) Junior
  25. 25. Chicago Bulls- Darren Collison, UCLA (PG) Senior
  26. 26. Oklahoma City Thunder- Tyler Hansborogh, UNC (PF)
  27. 27. Orlando Magic- Jonny Flynn, Syracuse (PG) Sophmore
  28. 28. Minnesota Timberwolves- Omri Casspi, Israel (SF)
  29. 29. Clevland Cavaliers- Tyler Smith, Tennessee (SF)
  30. 30. L.A. Lakers- Kyle Singler, Duke (SF)

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