The super talented seven-foot man-child has an NBA body to go along with excellent athleticism and terrific defensive skills. No. 1 pick is his to lose. His maturity, work ethic and attitude only increase his likelihood to reach his incredibly high ceiling. Will need to improve on his mechanical offensive skills. He doesn't always show the nastiness to dominate his opponents. Has shown his potential in NCAA play so far after returning from an injury, but has done so inconsistently.
Super productive perimeter oriented combo forward with excellent athleticism and terrific range on his jumper. Incredibly long and lanky, Durant is as smooth and silky as they come. Breaks players down off the dribble and pulls up fluidly off the dribble with superb body control. Not a great defender or ballhandler in the half-court at this point. Could stand to improve from 15 feet and in. Young for his class. Adding bulk to his skinny frame will be a necessity. Has been incredibly impressive in the early-going of the NCAA. Likely would have gone No. 1 in almost any other draft class.
This tall, athletic, charismatic and super long stat-stuffer has most of the attributes NBA scouts look for in power forwards, including rebounding skills, shot-blocking ability, basketball IQ, ballhandling, low-post scoring ability, passing, heart and probably the best motor in college basketball. Still growing into his skinny frame. Jumper is not pretty. Shooting an extremely high percentage from the field, but not really dominating his opponents playing for a stacked team of future pros.
Freakishly long lefty power forward with outstanding hands, smooth athleticism and excellent touch around the basket. Has excellent instincts and has emerged as an extremely productive complimentary piece on a deep UNC team. Terrific shot-blocking potential thanks to his 7-4 ½ wingspan, activity level and feel for the game. Has added some bulk to his frame but still needs to continue to add more. Lacks some polish offensively beyond his beautiful jump-hook shot with either hand, particularly his shooting mechanics and ballhandling skills.
A rare NCAA seven-footer who is highly coordinated, runs the floor extremely well and possesses a wide array of skills on the offensive end. Hawes can score intelligently both facing and with his back to the basket and possesses a great variety of post moves and counters he can go to with either hand. His physical attributes are good, but not spectacular, which limits his potential as a shot-blocker. Great attitude and feel for the game. Excellent passer.
Mismatch type has all the tools and intangibles scouts look for in a modern-day forward. Explosive off his feet and a terror running the floor, Wright has the physical attributes down pat, including the proper frame and wingspan. A terrific passer who is incredibly unselfish by nature, it's Wright's attitude and feel for the game that makes his upside stand out from the crowd. Still needs to work on expanding his range and becoming a better shot-creator off the dribble. He's in the process of fully expanding his game out towards the perimeter, but is extremely effective regardless. Says he's staying at Kansas until 2008. More of an upside type. He⁈⁚s not quite as productive as you might hope.
A smart and versatile power forward that could have been a top 15 pick two years ago already. Very athletic. Runs the floor well, finishes strong and shows nice potential offensively both facing and with his back to the basket. Possesses soft touch, a good frame and sure hands. Fully ambidextrous and shows it off with his excellent ballhandling and passing skills. Not quite as ambitious offensively as you might hope. His production has been a bit disappointing at times. Doesn't really want to be a go-to guy at the NCAA level.
Has an NBA body with good quickness, leaping ability and an outstanding wingspan and frame. Fundamentally sound defender who is quick off his feet to rebound and blocks shots. Great attitude on and off the court. Offensive game is still raw and needs to become less mechanical in the post. Surprisingly good ballhandler and passer. Must continue to work on his all-around polish, especially his consistency. Has a tendency to float.
Already one of the best defenders in Europe. Smart and experienced player with an NBA frame. Contributes heavily to a stacked team that made the Spanish ACB finals and Euroleague Final Four last season, but a back injury has limited him this year so far. Offensive ability and willingness to score need to improve, including ability to play above the rim. Buyout issues finally appear to be resolved after pulling out of the draft three times in a row.
Super athletic small forward with outstanding length and a relentless motor. One of the premier defenders in all of college basketball. Offensive skill level is lacking, needs to improve his ball-handling significantly and become a more versatile perimeter shooting threat. Becoming stronger is a priority. Will knock down shots with his feet set, but is still inconsistent. Attitude is outstanding and upside is extremely high. A winner, as his national championship will attest. Possibly Florida⁈⁚s most important cog.
Lightning quick point guard with fantastic instincts and a flair for the unexpected. Takes players off the dribble at will with an excellent handle. Finishes amongst the trees with contact or finds the open man creatively. A natural lead guard with a very impressive assist-per-turnover ratio for a freshman, terrific leadership skills and the heart of a champion. On the small side at under six feet, James needs to become a better long-range shooter and decision-maker. Has been inconsistent at times, but has the makings of a better pro than a collegiate.
Yi Jianlian 7-0 PF Guangdong Tigers (China) / 1987
An extremely agile seven-footer who has been on the radar for quite some time already despite his youth. Impressive skills facing the basket. Has a very nice jump-shot and the ballhandling skills to take his man off the dribble. Lower body strength is solid, but is in desperate need of bulk in the upper body. Defensive and rebounding potential is a concern, as is level of competition he faces. Doesn⁈⁚t have must of a post game. True age is a question mark.
Silky smooth swingman with excellent passing and ballhandling skills and a high basketball IQ. Solid rebounder thanks to his length, toughness and smarts. Fundamentally sound and highly creative in getting his shot off. Not afraid to step up and up take responsibilities on the court. Moves off the ball and can hit the three-pointer, but still lacks a bit of consistency and versatility in this part of his game. A smooth, but not terribly explosive athlete. Has a big upside and is living up to expectations for the most part this year.
Talented and athletic seven-footer with a good frame and intriguing skills on the offensive end. Likes to face the basket and has a good first step and the proper ballhandling skills to get by his man and finish at the rim. Nice mid-range jumper. Has some shot-blocking tools as well. Not always as tough as you'd hope, has a tendency to fade at times and shy away from contact. Still a raw player who doesn't dominate consistently in a weak conference for big men.
A true center who has continually improved over the past few years. Has decent touch around the hoop, a nice array of post moves and excellent passing and decision-making skills when faced with a double team. Gray has a massive frame and isn't afraid to use it, going to work with his back to the basket and carving out space to score or pull down offensive rebounds. Athletic ability is fairly underwhelming. Needs to improve his conditioning level to fully maximize himself. Concerns abound surrounding his defensive and rebounding ability at the next level. A likely solid backup on most teams.
Tyler Hansbrough 6-9 PF North Carolina / Sophomore
A top candidate for All-America honors. Bullying his way to big numbers in the ACC despite playing for a stacked team. A beast around the basket, Hansbrough relishes contact and makes a living with an incredibly soft touch and some of the best post moves seen in the NCAA. His face-up game is coming around nicely, and he is extremely solid in every other facet as well. While a good athlete, he lacks some quickness and explosiveness. A bit more advanced age-wise than most players in his class. Production will be what gets him in the top 20, more than potential. Defense is certainly improvable.
Skilled, experienced and versatile shooting guard with above-average athleticism. A nice ballhandler and outside shooter who put up outstanding numbers in Spain last season. Solid defender. Has improved his shooting dramatically this season. Frame is very frail. It's questionable whether he will ever put on enough weight to reach his full potential.
Rodney Stuckey 6-4 PG Eastern Washington / Sophomore
Streak scorer who can put the ball in the net with the best of them. Slashes to the basket relentlessly thanks to his excellent strength, finishes in the air with his body control and gets to the free-throw line at will. Also has a capable mid-range game thanks to the terrific elevation he gets on his pretty jumper. A bit caught between the 1 and the 2 size-wise, his decision making and ballhandling skills need to show plenty of improvement. Doesn⁈⁚t possess an incredible first step, nor is he a great outside shooter. Dominates a very weak NCAA conference.
Late-blooming combo forward with explosive athletic ability and excellent length. Outquicks everyone to the offensive glass, utilizes his terrific first step and ever improving mid-range jumper as a true mismatch threat at the NCAA level. Doesn't have a great feel for the game. Could still stand to improve his ballhandling skills, as well as expand his thee-point shooting range. Perimeter defense is untested playing power forward for FSU. Much better in transition than he is in half-court sets. A bit on the older side, but has improved considerably over the past few years and still has upside to continue to do so.
Super scoring swingman who wowed NBA personnel with an excellent showing at the Orlando pre-draft camp. Plays for an average team but still puts up awesome scoring numbers on terrific percentages both from the field and behind the arc. Scores from almost anywhere on the floor in college, but still needs to continue to add polish to his ballhandling skills and pull-up game if he is to cut it as a pro. Not an amazing athlete. Relies on his strength a bit too much against weak competition. Intangibles are outstanding.
Prolific offensive player with the type of scoring instincts that can't be taught. Smooth handle, terrific athleticism and an outstanding perimeter shot make him an incredibly difficult player to guard even as a freshman. Has the mid-range game down pat. Could stand to improve his decision-making skills and all-around feel for the game, as well as his shaky perimeter defense. A tad undersized for the shooting guard position. Could have some red-flags academically. Considered very likely to declare for the draft and stay in. Production has dropped since Oden has returned.
The sophomore swingman is extremely gifted on the offensive end of the floor, thanks largely to his size, wingspan, basketball instincts and outstanding athletic ability. Has shown improvement in his defense and ballhandling skills, but needs to continue to improve his versatility here. Unselfish to a fault at times, refuses to take over games and quickly loses his confidence when things don't go well. A fantastic shooter when he decides to show it. A little bit old for his class. Production has been disappointing this season so far.
Marco Belinelli 6-5 SG Fortitudo Bologna (Italy) / 1986
Emerged as one of the top shooting guards in all of Europe already as a teenager playing for highly regarded Fortitudo Bologna. A very good athlete with nice length and excellent leaping ability. Streaky shooter who makes tough shots from deep range thanks to his quick and very high release point. Needs to improve both his willingness and ability to take players off the dribble and make his way to the basket, as well as add serious bulk to his frame. Started off slow, but has caught fire as of late.
Productive big man with plenty of talent both facing and with his back to the basket. Improved his rebounding ability substantially and has added some much needed bulk to his frame. Solid passer with a high basketball IQ. Physical attributes are just average, particularly his quickness and explosiveness. Defensive potential is a question mark due to his narrow frame. Doesn't possess the upside of other big men in this class.
One of the most improved players in all of college basketball. Has significantly improved his decision making skills and perimeter shooting. Terrific assist numbers and assist-to-turnover ratio. Runs one of the most high-octane offenses in the NCAA. A good athlete who finishes well around the basket. Has nice potential defensively, but is still prone to mental lapses here. Three years of underachieving still leave plenty of skepticism around his true NBA potential.
A top candidate for NCAA Player of the Year honors. Has improved consistently over his five-year college career. Excellent athleticism and wingspan makes him an excellent defender and allows him to play bigger than his size. Terrific nose for the basket. Uses his strength and aggressiveness to score efficiently from 18 feet and in and get to the free-throw line. Not a great ballhandler or outside shooter. His lack of size coupled with the way he scores his points makes him a classic tweener candidate at the next level.
Much improved big man with good hands and nice touch, making him very proficient around the basket at the collegiate level. Has added plenty of strength to his frame and has subsequently taken his game to a whole new level this season. Runs the floor well, but is not an explosive athlete by any stretch, which limits his potential as a rebounder and defender. Mid-range jumper needs work. Solid basketball IQ and still young at age 21. Plays for a very poor team, will need to continue to produce to a high rate to fully erase underachieving tag.
This oversized big man is one of the most productive players in high major college basketball. Led his team to the Final Four last year. Huge body and remarkably nimble feet. Incredibly skilled for a player his size. Great ballhandling ability, puts the ball on the floor with a quick first step and has range out to the thre-point line. Charismatic and extremely likable. Conditioning is a concern, as is size and below average leaping ability. Has a tendency to get a bit lazy or soft out on the court. Poor defender.
Lead guard with outstanding scoring instincts. Made a name for himself towards the end of last year, particularly with his play in the NCAA tournament. Crafty first step and smooth body control. He's fearless driving the lane, pulling up from mid-range and finishing with contact. Loves to have the ball in his hands in clutch situations. Assist-to-turnover ratio is solid, mostly thanks to his excellent ballhandling skills. Consistency is a major issue. His defense and three-point shooting can be very streaky at times. Decision making can be questionable.
The consummate role player. Shoots a high percentage, passes extremely well, sets screens, moves off the ball and generally does whatever is asked of him. Can play both facing and with his back to the basket. Always plays hard, smart and under control. Average physical tools limit his potential as a defender and rebounder at the next level, as he⁈⁚s not particularly quick or explosive. Could stand to add weight to his frame.