The 2017 NBA Draft is fast approaching with a lot of questions swirling around the team positioning and prospects alike. The first two picks are pretty much a lock unless the C's and/or Lake Show have a sudden change of heart. Many experts project Fultz and Ball to go one and two respectively, but with such an anticipated draft class, what happens after that? The Sixers, Suns, and Kings have the 3rd, 4th, and 5th picks with a ton of talent left on the board. The decision to take Jayson Tatum or Josh Jackson is a tough one. Tatum started out slow at Duke due of injuries but really came on as the season progressed. More specifically, it was his performance in the conference and national tournaments in March that really spring boarded him from a late lottery to mid round pick up to a possible top 5 prospect. Jackson also struggled out the gate vs. Indiana but showed consistency as the season progressed. At the start of the season Jackson was projected to be the number 1 overall pick but fell as Fultz and Ball impacted the season. Jackson produced a PER of 18.54 while Tatum produced 18.55. With their efficiency ratings neck and neck, making this selection won't be easy. However, it can be said that both prospects will be immediate impact players. Personally, if I was making the pick I would take...
Andrew Jones – Texas
D.J. Wilson – Michigan
Eric Mika – BYU
Frank Jackson – Duke
Hamidou Diallo – Kentucky
Justin Jackson – Maryland
Omer Yurtseven – North Carolina State
Semi Ojeleye – SMU
Thomas Welsh – UCLA
Tony Bradley – UNC
Wagner, Moritz – Michigan
#2 | Junior | Point Guard | 6'3'' 185
DOB: February 2, 1995 | Hometown: Upper Marlboro, MD | High School: Bishop O’Connell | AAU: DC Assault
2016-2017 Season | Min 32.1 | PPG 16.8 | RPG 3.6 | APG 3.7 | SPG 1.1 | TO 3.0 | FG 43% | FT 79% | 3PT 31%
2016-2017 Analytics | PER: 14.15 | Per Min of Production: 0.44 | Point Per Possession: 0.93
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"Probably the area he’s improved the most is he’s very comfortable being a leader,” He’s always been a great player, but when you’re a freshman, it’s hard to lead seniors sometimes, and I think he’s becoming more comfortable. He knows it’s his team in a lot of ways. So he’s very comfortable in his own skin right now.” - Mark Turgeon - Head Coach Maryland
"You could challenge him and he would always respond.” - Joe Wooten - Bishop O'Connell HS Basketball Head Coach
Kadeem Allen - Arizona
OG Anunoby - Indiana
Dwayne Bacon - Florida State
Isaiah Briscoe - Kentucky
Thomas Bryant - Indiana
Many people truly don't understand the point of the NBA Combine. I understand the point of view, though. Many of the prospects have been scouted since high school, some since middle school. However, I am a fan of the combine because it allows one to view a prospect since season's end, and that intangible can be telling. The season has been over for approximately two months for some, while others have made the late postseason push, therefore, we have to revisit their overall ability with the eye test.
Also, we cannot take for granted how a prospects performs in unique drills under pressure. My thought: if a prospect can perform under pressure in a small capacity, the better prepared he is when the team is down 2 with 10 seconds on the clock.
Finally, personnel are also searching for official measurements, athleticism metrics, medical analysis, and any tangible nuances that can influence draft projections. The NBA Combine shouldn't be taken for granted. No audition should be taken for granted. Even if a prospect has a great body of work at the college/high school/AAU level, this week can shift a prospect's stock as well as expose him to a new level in his career.
-Kevin Daniels, Northeast Scouting Report, LLC