I had been asked at the end of last week about my list of “sleepers” in this year’s NBA Draft. The list is not in any particular order, don’t be scared to share your thoughts in the comment section below.
Will Barton (Memphis)- A 21-year-old, 6’6 shooting guard with a smooth offensive game. Can get the ball in the basket multiple ways. Barton can hit the Three, but he isn’t as consistent from deep as he is from inside the arc. Long, lanky kid with bounce that can affect the game on both ends. Always a positive when your guards can hit the glass. 2011 Stats: 18pts, 8 rebs, 3 ast, 1 stl. (Shot 50% from the floor, 34% from 3, 74% from the line)
Kyle O’Quinn (Norfolk State)- At 6’10, 24o pounds with a 7’5 wingspan, the 22-year-old big man should be coveted by teams. Kyle actually has the ability to score with his back to the basket and he’s a very good defender. 2011 Stats: 16pts, 10 rebs, 2.6 blk per game.
Scott Machado (Iona)- The 22-year-old Point Guard was in an assist race with Kendall Marshall thru most of the season. A “complete” point guard is what you get with Machado, he can run a team as well as use his athleticism to create for himself. It’s evident with his stats from his 2011 Season at Iona that he impacts the game on multiple levels. 2011 Stats: 13.6 pts, 10 ast, 5 rebs, 1.6 stl per game. ( Shot 49.5% from the floor, 40% from 3, 81% from the line)
Hollis Thompson (Georgetown)- No disrespect to John Thompson III at Georgetown as he’s a phenomenal coach, but his offensive system may have held back some of Thompson’s game. The 21-year-old small forward can really shoot the ball, that is a GREAT quality for any wing player, let a lone a 6’8 wing player. Thompson shot a high clip from three during his career at Georgetown, 44% to be exact for his career! He’s also a good athlete, may need to work on his ball handling a bit, but he’s a well-rounded player. 2011 Stats: 12.5 pts, 5.5 rebs per game. ( Shot 46% from the floor, 43% from 3, 67% from the line)
Maalik Wayans (Villanova)- The 21-year-old Point Guard had a rough season last year at Villanova, he dealt with injuries and a team that needed him to score more than distribute. Wayans is capable of getting to the rim to create for others as well as for himself. Standing 6’2, 195 pounds he is strong enough NOT to be a liability on the defensive end. Wayans should be able to succeed in the NBA as he will be surrounded with more talented players than he was in college. It should allow him to show off his ability to distribute the basketball, a chance he didn’t have last year in college. 2011 Stats: 17 pts, 4.6 ast, 1 stl per game. (Shot 41% from the floor, 30 % from 3, 89% from the line)
Henry Sims (Georgetown)- Like those before him, (Hibbert & Monroe) you can’t truly gauge what Sims brings to the table by looking at his production in college. Sims is an adept passer for his position, he also makes an impact on the defensive end. Expect the 22-year-old Sims game to continue growing, much like his Hoya Brethren in Hibbert & Monroe. 2011 Stats: 11.6 pts, 6 rebs, 3.5 ast, 1.4 blk a game.
Charlie Westbrook (South Dakota)-As the perimeter players continue to get more athletic, there is a market out there for players who can defend them. The 22-year-old Westbrook is a stud athlete that creates havoc on the defensive end, those same athletic gifts help him to get to the rim with ease and finish. While his offensive game is still a work in progress, he’s not as far behind as some may suggest. 2011 Stats: 18.7 pts, 4 rebs, 2.2 ast, 0.9 blk, 1.7 stl per game. (Shot 46% from the floor, 38% from 3, 76% from the line)
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