Originally Posted by Grinder
- Jahlil Okafor (Duke)
- Karl Towns (Kentucky)
- Justise Winslow (Duke)
- Emmanuel Mudiay (Guangdong)
- Kelly Oubre (Kansas)
- Willie Cauley-Stein (Kentucky)
- Montrezl Harrell (Louisville)
- Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (Arizona)
- Cliff Alexander (Kansas)
- Dakari Johnson (Kentucky)
- Stanley Johnson (Arizona)
- Kristaps Porzingis (Sevilla)
- Frank Kaminsky (Wisconsin)
- Tyus Jones (Duke)
- Caris LeVert (Michigan)
- Sam Dekker (Wisconsin)
- Wayne Selden (Kansas)
- Perry Ellis (Kansas)
- Alex Poythress (Kentucky)
- Chris Walker (Florida)
- Myler Turner (Texas)
- Ron Baker (Wichita State)
- Andrew Harrison (Kentucky)
- Jordan Mickey (LSU)
- Branden Dawson (Michigan State)
- Yogi Ferrell (Indiana)
- Michael Frazier (Florida)
- Theo Pinson (North Carolina)
- Fred VanVleet (Wichita State)
- Amida Brimah (Connecticut)
- Aaron Harrison (Kentucky)
I'm quoting the original big board so I can laugh at it come March.
I caught up on several of the games this morning. It was weak competition for the most part so there's not a lot of conclusions you can take away from what you see but I'll just jot down a few things I noticed.
- I rate Justise Winslow
higher than most and I really liked what I saw yesterday. He's only a freshman but he plays like a man among boys already. He's relenteless on the boards, can finish through contact, defends tenaciously, and has a decent outside shot.
- Despite being swarmed with double and triple teams at times, Jahlil Okafor
patiently and efficiently put up 19 points on just 10 shot attempts while dishing out 4 assists and not turning it over a single time. He's got a feathery touch and knows how to use his body to carve out space in the post. This kid's going to be special.
- I didn't expect Tyus Jones
to shoot the ball as well as he did. I also liked what I saw from fellow freshman Grayson Allen
. It looks like the experienced guys who were once highly rated prospects like Sulaimon, Plumlee, and Amile Jefferson are all going to take a backseat to the freshmen this year.
- I think Ryan Boatright
is going to be the next guy in the Kemba Walker/Shabazz Napier mold. I'm not saying he's going to lead UConn to a deep run in the tournament but he's got the same kind of scoring instincts, explosiveness, and NBA-ready court vision and defense that those guys had as seniors.
- Montrezl Harrell
always had a high motor and decent touch but if he can continue to knock down 3s like he did yesterday, he'll get looks in the top 5. He was flat out dominant against a solid Minnesota team.
- I liked what I saw from Terry Rozier
. He's a typical Rick Pitino guard - elite lateral quickness, explosive, relentless on defense, and excels in transition. He and Chris Jones
should form a formidable backcourt in the ACC.
- Kentucky is stacked but they played an awful Grand Canyon team that lacked size. Andrew Harrison
looked really good getting to the rim and was more confident in his decision making. Trey Lyles
showed his smooth stroke knocking down a few jumpers and WCS
and Dakari Johnson
tormented Grand Canyon inside.
- I watched some of the Kansas game but didn't see anything worth commenting on. I'm surprised Kelly Oubre
only got 4 minutes.
Originally Posted by Fiba basketball
Dusan Ristic from Serbia will play for Arizona. He is one if the most talented European Cs, from what I remember he was MVP of Jordan's camp couple of years ago.
I think he is our first player who choose to go to NCAA when he had offers from EL team. I'm interested to see how will he do and if he will be drafted higher than he would have if he stayed in Europe.
That's interesting but it will be tough for him to get a lot of consistent playing time. He'll be playing behind one of the better centers in college basketball, , Kaleb Tarczewski.