Bismack Biyombo, 6’9, C, Congo
A popular name over the past few weeks, Biyombo has shot up mock draft boards due to his game-changing potential on the defensive end. He’s still years away from developing offensively, but with a 7’7 wingspan and an NBA body, his raw skill-set can be overlooked. Biyombo still has plenty of question marks, including his age, but with all the hype and his possible upside, expect someone to take him in the first round.
Andrew Goudelock, 6’2, SG, Charleston
Coming off a strong performance in Portsmouth, Andrew Goudelock has started to make a name for himself with precision shooting and the ability to score off the dribble. His high offensive awareness level has earned Goudelock a green arrow upwards, considering the forward heavy draft pool he finds himself in. He also recently added “State Farm Three-Point Shooting Champion” to his resume.
Brad Wanamaker, 6’3, PG, Pittsburgh
Every coach will tell you how important it is to have a guy like Wanamaker in your rotation. His high basketball IQ and complimentary skill-set provide balance and poise in the half court, regardless of his limitations with the ball in his hands. He plays with a sense of grit and toughness, which is beneficial for him when it comes to playing against more skilled and talented players. Though Wanamaker doesn’t have a true position and his ceiling is low, a playoff team could use his well-rounded services as a second round pick.
Matthew Bryan Amaning, 6’10, PF, Washington
MBA’s combination of length and athleticism make him effective on both sides of the ball. His ability to run the floor and establish himself as a target in transition is a quality that should translate nicely to NBA play. Though he struggles to consistently knock down midrange jumpers, he’s proven more than capable of scoring within 15 feet in a half court set. With a strong showing in Portsmouth, Amaning has set himself up to be recognized as a next level contributor.
Davis Bertans, 6’10, SF, Latvia
Making a late push, Bertans impressed at the Nike Hoops Summit with his ability to shoot as a 6’10 forward. With room to grow physically, Bertan’s has some intriguing upside that should draw interest from scouts in a weak draft. Big men who can spread the floor and force 6’10 defenders away from the rim are always useful to NBA offenses.
Corey Stokes, 6’5, SG, Villanova
Stokes has reportedly looked out of shape since Villanova’s first round loss to George Mason. He already lacks lateral quickness and possesses a limited offensive skill-set as it is. An immobile, 6’5 off-ball guard with little to offer defensively is not a reputation you want from a four year college player with May just around the corner.
Rick Jackson, 6’10, PF, Syracuse
Though Jackson put up decent numbers in Portsmouth, he lacks the tools to be effective at the next level. Without the ability to face up, use a dribble or take a mid range jump shot, he’s left himself no room for error as a cleanup man around the rim. His wingspan measurements were solid, however at 6’8 he won’t get the easy buckets he got at Syracuse, where he rarely was seen outside the paint. He runs the floor without any burst, and he plays under the rim- two characteristics that reflect negatively on Jackson’s chances of being successful at the next level.
Ben Hansbrough, 6’3, PG, Notre Dame
Hansbough’s decision to decline an invitation to Portsmouth could be detrimental to his draft stock considering the question marks surrounding his uncertain position and physical limitations. It shows a lack of confidence in his abilities, which was one thing he had going for him in terms of likeable qualities as an NBA prospect. As a 6’3 guard who lacks the quickness to guard the 1 and the size/strength to guard a 2, it would have been nice to see what he can do against some of the better college players in a showcase event.
About the Author
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