1. Derrick Rose
A breath taking athlete with terrific size for the point guard position at 6-4 ... His upside is truly special
An absolutely dazzling dunker with blinding speed ... Likely to be the most athletic PG in the league for years to come
A point guard in the truest sense of the word. His development in this area has been phenomenal in the past 2 years (which is apparent when you read his profile from a year and a half ago)
Knows how to run a team, and raises the level of play of his teammates
A pass-first point guard with excellent court vision
Has a rare ability to create passing lanes finding and creating shots for teammates who do not appear to be open
A relentless defender with quick hands and length. Gets low and will lock his man down on defense and should only improve. Gives the same intensity and effort on both ends of the floor
Excellent handle on the ball, with a deadly crossover, very tough to contain one on one
A constant threat to blow by his man off the dribble
Rarely shows much emotion, very calm on and off-court demeanor, does not get rattled easily
Plays with a high level of intensity remaining level-headed
Deadly on the fast break with his passing ability and athleticism
Powerful leaper. Can get his head at rim level and has the strength to go into traffic and dunk on people
Catlike quickness and body control
Excellent finisher around the basket even after contact
Clutch player who raises his level of play against good competition and wants the ball in crunch time
Hits his foul shots at a good rate
Very team-oriented with a great attitude. Willing to learn, very coachable and still improving
Accustomed to the 'family feeling' with his teams (he is very close with his high school teammates, and his AAU team, coached by his brother, consisting mostly of his high school teammates). Has a close knit group surrounding him and protecting his future
Tough as nails competitor. A warrior who leaves it out on the floor every time out
A true floor general who shows a solid understanding of the game. Good decision maker.
Has very long arms and strong hands
Loves to drive and hang in the air and shoot when hes cleared the defense
Very crafty at making shots around the basket, especially fadeways getting great height on his jumpers
Excellent rebounder due to his size, strength and tenacity
Mechanics on his shot are not fluid, so he may need to adjust it some as he sort of slings the ball from his shoulder, though his shot has shown steady improvement
A streaky shooter, can go through cold spells
More effective in an up-tempo game, understands tempo but his speed obviously makes running logical and is still less effective in the half court
Underdeveloped moves off the dribble. He can become more polished creating shots from the perimeter (ala OJ Mayo)
Right now relies almost exclusively on his power, handle, and quickness to get by defenders
Can become a lot better at running the pick and roll
Has the size to post up PGs all day. He shows great strength and intensity inside but has underutilized back to the basket skills
Sometimes appears to be coasting during games, though I believe this is when he is getting a feel for the tempo of the game, and he is reluctant to force things
Not much of a vocal leader, but certainly leads by example. And this is sure to develop with maturity
A year or two in college will do wonders for his grasp of the point guard position. Easily the toughest to master on the NBA level
Had a tendency to rely too much on his athleticism early in his high school career, but has developed other facets of his game
Notes: With his package of size, speed and talent hes got a legitimate shot to go first overall, which is unusual for a point guard ... Similar to Jay Williams formerly of Duke with his relentless attack-the-basket style, but even bigger, more athletic and a much better floor general ...
Drew Wolin - 2/8/2007
Strengths: An extraordinary athlete, there are few as athletic as him. Extremely quick hands, feet and fast in the open court ... He simply takes the air out of a gym when he goes into action whether it is taking off for a highlight-reel dunk or knifing through the passing lanes to pick off an unsuspecting point guards entry pass to the wing ... He rises high on his solid jumper which extends to the three-point line ... He has very good ball handling ability ... A great kid. Derrick is the antithesis to many of the prima donnas of this day and age. A quiet-natured individual, he carries himself with a proud dignity on the court but rarely shows emotions.
Weaknesses: Right now he is just too valuable as a scorer to be his team's PG, but he'll need to work on becoming more of a PG to optimize his potential on the NBA level. But he does play PG occasionally for Simeon and when he does it's more of just the guy who brings it up, sets up the offense and kicks it over to the wing; rarely do I see him wheeling and dealing, getting in the paint and creating for his teammates. Now he does do that occasionally, but not as much as a typical top-level PG. So making his teammates better is probably the biggest area he needs to improve upon ... At times his quiet demeanor could almost be confused for timidness on the court. Although he is a remarkable individual when he asserts himself, there are times when he blends into the flow of the game and doesnt exhibit his dominance as much as he could.
2. Michael Beasley
Strengths: Incredibly diverse and refined offensive game
Strong inside/outside skills ... From the block, he can give you a drop step, jump hook, and/or fade-away
He can post up 15 feet out and take his man off the dribble, pop a J in the defender's eye, take a fade-away, or find a cutting teammate
He can catch and shoot from anywhere out to 25 feet
Has great range on his shot
He can bring the ball up the court and go to work on his man or find open teammates
Very good on the break. Big time athlete with great explosiveness - a powerful dunker
Makes a habit of producing highlight reel dunks
Excellent body control
Lefty with good length and great body strength
Has a definite swagger on the court. Brash. Has a big personality and presence
Very aggressive player, who intimidates most players on the high school level. Gets inside the heads of his opponents
Has a nastiness to his game, that you like to see ... Can be a huge intimidator, because he will back-up anything he says
Weaknesses: Maturity. Some feel that he has an attitude problem, and lacks the discipline to be coached ... A year under Bob Huggins should help him considerably ... Defense and effort. He occasionally coasts through entire games
There is a theory that he is so much better than his competition that he gets bored
Incredibly, he will literally walk through warm-ups and appear to play at less than half speed, and still easily be the most dominant player on the court against prep school teams with 7+ division one players
From watching him play, you would think that he has a bad attitude, though his coaches say he is a hard worker in practice (which explains his advanced offensive arsenal)
Puts in very little effort on defense at this point, though does block shots thanks to his athleticism, timing, and size
Could eventually become a decent defender, though will never be his calling card
The game comes so easily to him, some wonder if he's willing to work to be the player he can be ...
Versatile forward with a long wingspan and great body strength
An elite level athlete, really gets high off the floor ... Has an excellent inside/outside game, with the ability to bang down low as well as face the basket and drive or shoot ... Has all the physical skills one would want, size, handle, shot
Plays the game with a swagger, high level of confidence ... He can step out to 18 ft and knock down the J and his 3 point shot is gaining consistency
Good form on his stroke
Has the handle and strength to drive the lane, almost at will, and can finish once he gets there
Tremendous rebounder, snatches boards above the box ...
The game almost comes too easily to him, he must prove he's willing to work hard to continue improving ... Doesn't fit a position especially well, but has the size and speed to play both forward positions effectively ... A little slow footed for the perimeter, and closer to 6-8 than 6-9 ... He shows flashes of immense talent to be a big time NBA player, but must continue to work on many parts of his game ... Still has a lot of work to do before he becomes a consistent player, especially mentally
Lacks the ability to elevate the play of his teammates, his vision and passing skills are just average ... Can get frustrated when things aren't going well, needs maturity, mental toughness ... Play can become lazy and unfocused at times
While his game can be dominant against other HS players, it's yet to be developed against top level competition ...
NBA Comparison: Mitch Richmond
Tremendous leaper with great outside shooting ability ... Really excels at taking the ball inside and drawing contact ... Makes spectacular dunks on a regular basis ... Excellent scorer with good mental toughness ... Shows great body strength at a young age ... Terrific body balance ... Quick feet and an explosive first step ... Has a good feel for the game ... Shoots well off the dribble with a developing mid range game ... Outside shooting stands out ... Shows excellent desire and intensity defensively, good at anticipating steals ... Good competitor ... Athletic ability helps to overcome his size disadvantage for the NBA ... Solid rebounder ...
A little small for the 2 guard position at 6-4, but his freakish athleticism makes up for it ... Lacks great vision, passing ability ... Can become too enamored with the 3 point shot ... His in between game is under utilized because he's so effective from the outside and taking the ball to the basket ... Needs to concentrate on becoming a better passer ... Lack of length may make creating shots difficult ... Should look to get more height on his jump shot ... Must work on becoming more under control driving to the basket ...
Notes: Has played on the same AAU team (Spiece Indy Heat) with star center prospect Greg Oden.
Aran Smith - 1/23/2006