NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Archie Goodwin

Is Archie Goodwin ready for the next level? (www.kentuckysportsradio.com)

Is Archie Goodwin ready for the next level? (www.kentuckysportsradio.com)

Archie Goodwin is a 6’5″ point guard from Kentucky that has all the tools to make a name and game for himself in the NBA. He is an impressive physical specimen at his position that has received comparisons to Tyreke Evans which is quite a compliment to be paid. Offensively he can be quite the handful and opponents never know what he’s going to hit them with, while defensively and fundamentally he lacks the basics to make him successful in all areas. The upside Continue reading

NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Rudy Gobert

Gobert's length is among the combine's best seen to date (www.draftexpress.com)

Gobert’s length is among the combine’s best seen to date (www.draftexpress.com)

Freakishly athletic centers like DeAndre Jordan and Javale McGee have found roles as rebounding and defensive powerhouses for their respective teams. Cholet Frenchmen Rody Gobert isn’t sporting the same physical build as Jordan or McGee, but his length, efficiency, and awareness might find him a similar role on a team in this year’s draft. He’s certainly not a heaven-sent offensive weapon, but he’s Continue reading

NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Jamaal Franklin

Jamaal Franklin's time at SDSU was well spent, will it result in the draft stock he's hoping for? (www.zimbio.com)

Jamaal Franklin’s time at SDSU was well spent, will it result in the draft stock he’s hoping for? (www.zimbio.com)

Jamaal Franklin, the 6’5″ athletic beast out of San Diego State, has been slotted as a possible first round pick by packing plenty of potential for a number of teams (In our draft: didn’t make first round by Nate, 18th to Atlanta by Connor). Labeled by some scouts as a Tasmanian Devil Continue reading

NBA Draft Prospect Profile: James Ennis

James Ennis is another young SG/SF looking to make his mark on the draft, and possibly the league (www.zimbio.com)

James Ennis is another young SG/SF looking to make his mark on the draft, and possibly the league (www.zimbio.com)

Many new young, explosives guards and forwards in the league have begun to show sparks of their true potential (Paul George, Harrison Barnes, Klay Thompson, James Harden). James Ennis, a 6’7″ senior out of Long Beach State, is hoping to channel some of that potential in his own game, reflective of the previously mentioned cast of characters. It might come surprising to some, but he’s actually working with some Continue reading

NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Gorgui Dieng

Dieng's premier defense is among the draft's best (www.arizona.sbnation.com(

Dieng’s premier defense is among the draft’s best (www.arizona.sbnation.com(

A year ago, Gorgui Deng’s game wasn’t polished enough to get him the same attention he’s recently been receiving. Nowadays, the 6’11” Big East Defensive Player of the Year is ditching his bad habits (starting with fast-food) and ironing out an attractive resume with hopes of being chosen as a lottery pick being the best passing big man in the draft (had more assists than both Peyton Siva, Trey Burke, and every other guard in the Tourney Championship Game), and arguably the best defensive one. We mentioned the Continue reading

NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Seth Curry

Curry looks to continue a family tradition of lights-out shooting in the NBA (www.flickr.com)

Curry looks to continue a family tradition of lights-out shooting in the NBA (www.flickr.com)

If you’re a basketball player, the last name Curry is a pretty good one to have. Father Dell Curry began the family tradition finishing his career with a sound three point shooting percentage of just over 40 percent. Then came Stephen Curry, who broke a fair share of Davidson and NCAA three point records, is currently shooting just Continue reading

NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Michael Carter-Williams

Michael Carter-Williams hopes to be taken among the top 15 picks (www.huffingtonpost.com)

Michael Carter-Williams hopes to be taken among the top 15 picks (www.huffingtonpost.com)

Having a well-rounded, 6’6″ point guard could really help any team, and that’s exactly what Syracuse point man Michael Carter-Williams is bringing to the table. Utilizing his game that consists of a nice combination of tempo control, passing, handles, leadership, and intellect, MCW is a tempting option looking forward to draft day. The only problem is, many of the teams with top picks already have their point guard position filled with names like Continue reading

NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Vander Blue

Vander Blue hopes to attract teams with his outstanding NCAA Tourney performance (www.foxsportsradio.com)

Vander Blue hopes to attract teams with his outstanding NCAA Tourney performance (www.foxsportsradio.com)

The only thing that’s arguably as good as a dominant guard, is one who can stop them. Bring up the ability to guard more than one position and athleticism and you’ll be speaking Vander Blue’s language, but add talks of offensive consistency and you’ll probably lose him. The 6’5″, 197 lb junior out of Marquette does have his high points, hoping to sell his rising stock Continue reading

NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Anthony Bennett

Anthony Bennett is seeing comparisons to Cavs big man Tristan Thompson (www.draftexpress.com)

Anthony Bennett is seeing comparisons to Cavs big man Tristan Thompson (www.draftexpress.com)

 

The pure power forward position seems to be somewhat of a dying breed in the NBA today. Many teams are utilizing forwards that specialize in a single area like primarily rebounding, blocking, or scoring, but the combination of the all-around pure power forward hasn’t been seen as often as past eras. UNLV big man Anthony Bennett is bringing some love for the less often seen position back to the league, proving to be the best pure power forward in the draft class and drawing comparisons to the Cavaliers’ Continue reading

NBA Draft Prospect Profile: C.J. Aiken

Aiken's potential is one of his most valuable traits (grfx.cstv.com)

Aiken’s potential is one of his most valuable traits (grfx.cstv.com)

 

In a league where wingspan and athleticism are becoming more prevalent, St. Joseph’s junior small forward C.J. Aiken is certainly bringing potential to the table. In fact, his fluid game and natural knack on the Continue reading