As we approach the magical month in which everyone’s a college hoops fan, individual performances are put under the microscope in what becomes the premiere opportunity for players to increase their stock as an NBA prospect. Let’s check out who’s made the biggest moves in the past week on the big board.
Jordan Hamilton, Texas, SF
Hamilton’s stock couldn’t be higher – He’s taking better shots and making smarter decisions, and as a result he leads the Longhorns in scoring while shooting an impressive 47% from the floor. At 6’7 he possesses ideal size for a three at the next level, and with deep range and the ability to rebound, Hamilton will be able to help out lottery teams in need of an extra punch. The fact that his team could be ranked number one by next week only boosts his value.
Markieff Morris, Kansas, PF
Despite having a quiet game in a loss to Kansas State, Markieff Morris averaged 15.5 points on 74% shooting in his previous five. He’s displayed a nice touch around the basket while showing the ability to step out and knock down 20 footers. Shooting 8 for his last 13 from three, Morris has increased his stock by adding a new dimension to his game. He’s consistently produced over the course of the year, shooting 59% from the floor and 40% from downtown. “Efficient” is a good word to describe Markieff’s game.
Norris Cole, Cleveland State, G
Cleveland State’s Norris Cole has exploded onto the scene, especially of late where he’s averaging 25 points and 7 assists over his last five. His 41 point, 20 rebound, 9 assist stat line he dropped on Youngstown State surely grabbed the attention of scouts, who previously questioned Cole’s true position. With performances like the one he had on Saturday, the emphasis on his questionable role at the next level shouldn’t prevent teams from drafting the prolific guard from Cleveland State.
JaJuan Johnson, Purdue, PF/C
Despite being named a Preseason All-American, Johnson never saw his stock reach “guaranteed first round” status. Over his last nine games however he’s made a strong case for himself, scoring over 23 points per game on 51% shooting. Johnson has diversified his game by adding a 20 foot jump shot to compliment his post game and high activity level in the paint. He also brings a shot blocking presence that should be appealing to teams lacking depth in the front court.
Renardo Sydney, Mississippi State, PF
Mississippi State’s Renardo Sydney earned the biggest slide of the week, dropping 14 spots in this week’s updated mock draft. What Sydney really needs to do is drop 14 pounds, as he finds himself getting outworked under the boards and beat down the floor.
Demetri McCamey, Illinois, PG
Illinois’s Demetri McCamey is in the midst of a rough stretch at a bad time, turning the ball over 21 times and failing to eclipse the 5 assist mark in any of his last six games. After a hot start from downtown, he’s just 8 of his last 26 from behind the arch.
Tyler Honeycutt, UCLA, F
A lengthy, active forward that can guard multiple positions on the floor, UCLA’s Tyler Honeycutt is having some consistency issues on the offensive side of the ball. He’s shooting just 34% in the months of January and February, including a disappointing 25% from downtown.
Tristan Thompson, Texas, PF/C
The talented freshman from Texas saw his stock fall a bit after some quiet games over his last five. At times he becomes a non-factor on the boards, and can disappear throughout stretches of a game with his limited offensive skillset. Shooting 48% from the line won’t help persuade scouts that he has a promising mid range game in the works either.
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Written by Jonathan Wasserman
Jonathan Wasserman is a Syracuse University graduate, and contributor to NBADraft.net and Hoopsdaily.com. A Manhattan, New York resident, he is a long time New York Knicks season ticket holder. Feel free to email him at Jonathan.Wass@gmail.com