2011 NBA DRAFT FINAL RANKING
With the draft hours away, below are my final rankings of the top 140 players that were globe trotting to private workouts recently. You can read the full player profiles and scouting reports on each of these players at the CBSSports.com NBA Draft Player Rankings segment right now.
As the site had a bit of a glitch loading the recent ratings, this article contains the up-to-date information.
RANK PLAYER SCHOOL CLASS HT. WT. POS
1 DERRICK WILLIAMS Arizona Sophomore 6:08 241 SF
Williams is used to carrying the brunt of the offensive load. Averaging thirty minutes per game, he started all 38 contests for the Wildcats in 2010-11, connecting on 226-of-380 field goals and scoring 741 points (19.5 ppg), more than twice the total of UA’s second-leading scorer. While Cleveland seems committed with the top selection, Williams has been putting on such a great showing in pre-draft workouts, a slew of teams are vying to grab Minnesota’s #2 pick to snatch up the best athlete in the draft, with the Bucks appearing to be the most aggressive team coveting the small forward.
2 KYRIE IRVING Duke Freshman 6:01 180 PG/SG
Irving is by far the elite point guard in the 2011 draft, but lacks the explosive quickness featured by other elite point guards taken in recent drafts – Derrick Rose (Chicago) and John Wall (Washington). In this weak draft, he is the intended target for the Cavaliers, as the Cavs are looking to trade off their veteran point guards to clear the way for Irving to start immediately. I may be the minority, but I’m not convinced his turf toe injury will be a one-time issue.
3 ENES KANTER Kentucky Freshman 6:11 261 C/PF
Like most “big men” in this draft, Kanter might not have the strength to play center in the NBA and has to get more aggressive to compete at power forward, but he has natural raw strength, large, soft hands and a very long wing span that he uses well to get out and alter shots, whether on the perimeter or around the rim. Cleveland would love to see him slide down to the fourth pick, but Kanter might pull an “Eli Manning” in attempts to find his way to Washington, but Utah has narrowed their choice at #3 to Kanter or Brandon Knight.
4 JAN VESELY KK Partizan, Belgrade Czech Republic 6:11 240 PF
Some NBA team could be rewarded for their patience if they wait for Vesely’s game to develop in the Euro Leagues for another year or so, but Toronto, known to covet international players, might be ready to go that route again at the #5 spot. Despite refusing to work out for NBA teams, he is clearly the best international prospect in this draft.
5 BRANDON KNIGHT Kentucky Freshman 6:04 185 PG
John Calipari, the UK mentor produced one of the NBA’s most electrifying players, Derrick Rose (Chicago) during his tenure at Memphis and last year, his charge, John Wall (Washington) was also the most coveted point guard in the 2010 draft. Knight is his next protégé and while he looked like a perfect replacement for traded Deron Williams, as the Jazz might use the #3 pick they acquired from the Nets to fill their back court vacancy, Knight did not endear himself to Utah staff with his reluctance to work out vs. Jimmer Fredette recently.
6 JONAS VALANCIUNAS BC Lietuvos Rytas Lithuania 6:10 238 C/PF
Valanciunas will battle with Vesely to see who will be the first international player drafted, but both are projected early lottery picks. He’s vying to become the earliest that a Lithuanian player has ever been selected by an NBA team. Cleveland took Zydrunas Ilgauskas with the 20th pick in the 1996 draft. The Cavs could opt for Valanciunas at #4, but with an unsettled buyout situation, the forward could slide, but no further than Houston at #14.
7 KAWHI LEONARD San Diego State Sophomore 6:07 225 SF
Nicknamed the “Human Avatar,” Leonard’s dominance crashing the boards have professional scouts likening his skills to those of Gerald Wallace. If the Wizards can’t find a way to grab Kantner, Leonard could head to the capital city as a front court compliment to grow with John Wall. Sacramento is also highly interested in him with the #7 pick.
8 KEMBA WALKER Connecticut Junior 6:00 172 PG
Like Williams, Walker’s recent workouts are forcing teams like Charlotte to seriously consider moving up in the draft to select him, with Detroit also eyeing the Husky with the #8 selection. The “General Patton” of the college basketball world, nobody in this draft can rally the troops like Walker. The “gunslinger” finished seventh on the Husky all-time record list with 1,783 points scored, but also showed his unselfish side, as his 460 assists rank tenth in school annals.
9 KLAY THOMPSON Washington State Junior 6:06 202 SG
He won’t go first overall, leaving those bragging rights to his dad, but Thompson is making his mark as a potential lottery pick.
The son of Mychal Thompson, the top overall pick of the 1978 NBA Draft by the Portland Trailblazers, Klay ranks third in school history with 1,756 points, a 17.92-point scoring average, 1,414 field goal attempts and a free throw percentage of .827. He set the WSU all-time records with 242 three-point attempts on 620 chances. Golden state would love to have Stephen Curry feeding Thompson the ball next year, especially if the Warriors trade away their top scorer, Monta Ellis.
10 MARCUS MORRIS Kansas Junior 6:09 233 PF
The departures of Sherron Collins, Cole Aldrich, and Xavier Henry to the NBA actually helped Morris’ offensive game grow up in a hurry and he proved to be one of the most mistake-free performers in the Big Twelve Conference last year, showing much more confidence in his ability to score with his fade-away jumper, which helped increase his scoring output from 12.8 points as a sophomore to 17.2 points last year. If Utah goes for a point guard at #3, Morris could be their front court target at #12, but the Bucks at #8 are also interested.
11 TRISTAN THOMPSON Texas Freshman 6:08 233 PF
He is an accurate shooter in and around the paint (made 54.6% of his field goals), but his perimeter shooting and free throw skills need a major overall. Until then, his overall scoring game remains a work in progress. Still, Michael Jordan seems to be highly interested in Thompson as Gerald Wallace’s replacement in Charlotte.
12 JIMMER FREDETTE BYU Senior 6:02 195 PG
Fredette is still a defensive question mark, but he’s been outstanding in recent workouts on the offensive end and has issued an open challenge to Kemba Walker and Brandon Knight – face up to me in one-on-one drills, if you dare. The “Tim Tebow” of the NBA Draft, scouts are torn down the middle on him, thanks to awesome scoring skills and awful defensive ability. Those on the Fredette “bandwagon” see a player with excellent basketball IQ, a deft scoring touch and one that brings toughness and instant offense to the court. His detractors see an athlete who lacks explosiveness usually associated with a scorer like a Ben Gordon or a Stephen Curry. Look for the Knicks to try and trade up past Utah at #12 to go for the BYU sharpshooter.
13 CHRIS SINGLETON Florida State Junior 6:09 224 PF
Singleton helped FSU snap an 18-year drought when they reached the NCAA Tournament in 2010. He is better served in an up tempo attack, as he runs the court well and is quick to get back to disrupt action in the passing lane, ranking eighth in school history with 180 steals, despite playing in just 95 games. The Knicks (#17) and the Jazz (#12) are serious suitors.
14 DONATAS MOTIEJUNAS Benetton Treviso, Italy Lithuania 7:00 224 PF/C
While his recent Eurocamp workout was okay, it was much better than Bismack Biyombo’s, keeping the Lithuanian in the lottery, barely. If Utah does not take him at #12, he could slide to Washington at #18. Motiejunas has a scoring touch is reminiscent to Tony Kukoc, as he can really create mismatches with his ability to fire the ball from the perimeter. He was expected to be a lottery pick last year before pulling out of the 2010 draft.
15 ALEC BURKS Colorado Sophomore 6:06 191 SG
One of his best traits is the way he excels in getting to the basket. He also showed that while some consider him a shooting guard, he is an unselfish player who can fill in at the point during his NBA career. He had to shut down recent workouts after dislocating his shoulder performing for Milwaukee, but the injury won’t hurt his draft stock. Milwaukee could grab Burks at #10, if they don’t trade up with Minnesota for Derrick Williams. The Wolves could then select him with the Bucks’ pick or hope he gets by the Knicks (#17) and use their #20 choice.
16 BISMACK BIYEMBO Baloncesto Fuenlabrada Spain 6:09 243 PF
His 2011 Eurocamp’s less than impressive workout leaves more questions to be answered by a player with the rawest skills of any player in this draft, leading to his drop on this ratings chart. He patterns his game after his idol, Kevin Garnett, but he needs to “amp” it up in the final workouts to keep his name in lottery consideration. Some “experts” have him targeted by Houston at #14, but the last time they took a guy that was strictly a shot blocker, he ended up being dumped into the NBA Developmental League (Hasheem Thabeet).
17 MARSHON BROOKS Providence Senior 6:05 200 SG
A recent ankle sprain prevented him from working out for several teams, but the injury won’t impact his draft stock. A late bloomer who really embraced his role as the team’s offensive focus as a senior, he accounted for 32.48% of the team’s points last season (788-of-2,426), the seventh-best percentage in a season by a Providence player. The Knicks (#17) recently brought Brooks back for another look-see, but Indiana (#15) seems to be very interested in this Friar.
18 NIKOLA VUCEVIC Southern California Junior 6:10 256 PF/C
Note to Nets management – do EVERYTHING you can to trade up for this guy. The Trojans' multi-talented big man played 87 games in his three-year career in the United States, averaging 11.1 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. His 694 career rebounds are tied for 13th on USC's all-time list and he became the only Trojan to capture the Pac-10 Conference rebound title in consecutive seasons, a feat he accomplished in 2010 and 2011.
19 JORDAN HAMILTON Texas Sophomore 6:07 215 SF
While his time with the Longhorns lasted just two seasons, Hamilton showed professional scouts more than enough to convince them that his scoring touch and versatility will make him a lethal weapon as either a shooting guard or small forward in the NBA. While he became the 31st player in school history to join the 1,000-point club, he is just the fourth Longhorn to accomplish that feat after two seasons. Charlotte (#19) or Washington (#20) appears to be likely destinations.
20 NIKOLA MIROTIC Real Madrid, Spain Serbia 6:10 225 PF
Mirotic could have been the first international player drafted, but after signing that six-year deal with Real Madrid with a monster buyout, NBA teams are shying away from the power forward. Still, there are strong indications that Oklahoma City (#24) will use a first rounder on the power forward. If the Ricky Rubio fiasco serves as a lesson, Mirotic might not hear his name called the second round, despite being a lottery-type talent.
21 MARKIEF MORRIS Kansas Junior 6:09 243 PF
The power forward might not have the quick feet, nor show the explosiveness off the bounce that twin brother Marcus displays, but Markieff has the size and toughness that NBA teams look for in an enforcer at the power forward position. He takes a more cerebral approach to the game, but do not be fooled by him taking less risks on the court – he knows when to perform in crunch time. The 76ers (#16) seem to love Morris’ work ethic and can certainly use an enforcer type in the front court.
22 KENNETH FARIED Morehead State Senior 6:08 225 PF
Faried’s 1,673 rebounds rank 11th in the history of college basketball, and his 508 boards in 2010-11 marked the ninth time since the 1973 season that a collegiate had at least 500 rebounds in a campaign. He also blocked 228 shots during his career. Teams are not really concerned any more with the lack of competition he faced in college. Look for the Knicks (#17), Portland (#21) and Denver (#22) seem to be showing strong interest.
23 JUSTIN HARPER Richmond Senior 6:10 225 PF
It is rare for a power forward to display the range that made Harper a legitimate perimeter threat, as his 179 three-point field goals placed fifth in school annals. The Mavericks (#26) would love to put Harper in their front court rotation, but watch for the Bulls to trade up from #28 to go after this Scottie Pippin clone.
24 TOBIAS HARRIS Tennessee Freshman 6:08 226 SF
Like former Volunteer and NBA star, Bernard King, Harris does a good job of drawing contact to get to the free throw line and has the potential to be a much better scorer in the post than he showed last year (coaches kept too tight of a reign on him). Harris is one of the most underrated shooters in the draft and the Nuggetts (#22) covet him.
25 JOSH SELBY Kansas Freshman 6:01 183 SG
The Knicks (#17) are doing their homework on Shelby, feeling he could be the team’s point man in the future, rather than an off-guard. If New York decides to bypass him, his troubling season at Kansas could scare teams away from him until round two. Regarded as the elite incoming player in college basketball prior to the 2010-11 season, to say that things did not go according to plan for Selby would be a drastic understatement, but he’s eased quite a few concerns with solid workouts and a “yes sir, no sir” attitude.
26 TYLER HONEYCUTT UCLA Freshman 6:09 188 SF
Injuries affected his accuracy as a shooter, but when healthy, Honeycutt has the stroke and range to be successful as a perimeter shooter. He is woefully lacking in upper body strength and also needs to improve his lower frame power in order to play the front court at the next level. The Wolves (#20) and Celtics (#25) are looking for front court help, but if they pass on him, he won’t get past the Bulls at #30.
27 JEREMY TYLER Tokyo Apache Japan 6:11 240 PF/C
Tyler will be drafted on potential and athleticism, but teams felt he needed to show better court awareness and work ethic. He impressed everybody with both of those attributes at the Chicago pre-draft camp and recent workouts, elevating his stock and easing a few concerns about his emotional make-up. What better place for the youngster to end up than in Boston (#25), a team loaded with vets and starving for a center.
28 MALCOLM LEE UCLA Junior 6:05 190 PG/SG
Lee has the ball handling and passing ability to develop into an elite point guard, but has also shown glimpses of brilliance when called upon to carry the offensive load. He has shown marked improvement shooting from three-point territory and with added maturity, the scouts feel he can become a much better decision maker than he has shown. His recent workouts make him a potential late first rounder, but if he goes in the second, he won’t escape Houston at #38.
29 NORRIS COLE Cleveland State Senior 6:02 185 PG
His cousin, Trent Cole, is an All-Pro defensive lineman for the Philadelphia Eagles, and Norris seems to play with that same relentless style, especially when it comes to driving to the basket, scoring at such a pace in 2010-11, that he went on to rank tenth in the nation in scoring (21.7 ppg). He might not make it into the late first round, but the Kings (#35) are very interested.
30 DAVIS BERTANS Union Olimpija Ljubjana Slovenia 6:10 210 SF/PF
Prior to his arrival at the 2011 Nike Hoop Summit, Nike International Director Rich Shoebrooks told scouts that Bertans was the best pure shooter to play for the Hoop Summit International squad since Dirk Nowitzki. That caused quite a few talent evaluators to arch their eyebrows. After all, based on his 2010-11 statistics, the Latvian forward had averaged just 6.6 points during 22 games in Europe. "He's a better shooter than Dirk Nowitzki was at the same age,'' said one NBA scout. Dallas (#26) just might take the player compared favorably to the man that captured the NBA title for the Mavs.
31 REGGIE JACKSON Boston College Junior 6:03 208 PG
While Boston Red Sox fans might shudder when they hear the name “Reggie Jackson,” Eagles basketball faithful cheered on their own version on the parquet floor. His 618 points as a junior marked the first time a Boston College player scored over 600 points in a season since Troy Bell totaled 691 in 2001-02. Once thought to be a certain first rounder, his knee injury kept him out of workouts and his agency’s reluctance to send teams his medical report could see Jackson still be around in the early second round, especially if Oklahoma City (24), passes, leaving rumors that he has a secret deal with Miami (31) more likely to become a reality.
32 TREY THOMPKINS Georgia Junior 6:09 247 PF
Thompkins has put together two solid seasons in the front court for the Bulldogs, but while his statistics suffered a bit in 2010-11, he was battling a high ankle sprain that limited his playing time early in the season. He still went on to lead the team in scoring (16.4 ppg), rebound average (7.6 rpg), blocked shots (50) and field goals made (194). The power forward is generating interest from the Celltics at #25, but if they pass, he could slide until the Pacers pick again at #42.
33 KYLE SINGLER Duke Senior 6:09 237 SF
Singler closed out his collegiate career as the school’s fourth-leading scorer with 2,392 points. He made 267 field goals, fifth-best in Blue Devils annals. He grabbed 1,015 rebounds, topped by only five other Duke performers. His slow, steady climb up draft boards is like the “little Yodeler” on the “Price is Right” game show.
34 JORDAN WILLIAMS Maryland Sophomore 6:10 260 C
While some power forward types will earn playing time in the pivot, scouts are generally in agreement that the top pure American center in this draft is Williams, an outstanding rebounder, who ranked third in the nation with an average of 11.758 boards per game as a sophomore. He also finished second in the NCAA Division I ranks with 25 double-double performances in 2010-11.
35 NOLAN SMITH Duke Senior 6:03 189 PG/SG
A versatile performer with the ability to play either guard position, Smith possesses a solid handle, a quick first step and the strength to finish at the rim. Talent evaluators claim that he owns one of the most polished mid-range games in college basketball and he has continued to work hard this offseason to improve his outside shooting touch. The Cavs could make Kyrie Irving’s day by drafting his good buddy early in round two.
36 JaJUAN JOHNSON Purdue Senior 6:10 215 PF/C
With his lean frame, he might not be able to “pound away” with the bigger opponents at the next level, but he is very quick off his feet and has developed an efficient jump hook shot, along with expanding his range, which allowed the Boilermaker to step back and develop a mid-range repertoire to force opponents to come out of the paint to defend him.
37 CHARLES JENKINS Hofstra Senior 6:03 220 PG/SG
Jenkins amassed a school record 2,513 points, as that total is also the second-most ever by a Colonial Athletic Association performer and placed second among active NCAA performers behind Jimmer Fredette of Brigham Young (2,599 points). He is just the 63rd player in college basketball annals to register 2,500 points during a career.
38 TRAVIS LESLIE Georgia Junior 6:04 202 SF
While Leslie has yet to refine even an adequate offensive game away from the basket, he is a physical “freak of nature” for a two-guard, so much so, that his coach often used him to guard power forwards the last two years. There is not a better leaper in this draft class and he is one of the best rebounders among the guard crop, getting lots of his points from the offensive glass.
39 IMAN SHUMPERT Georgia Tech Junior 6:05 200 PG
His 207 steals rank fourth in school history, as his career-high 85 thefts as a junior are topped by only Kenny Anderson’s 89 (1990-91) on Tech’s season-record chart. His all-around game saw him score in double digits in 55-of-92 contests at Tech.
40 DARIUS MORRIS Michigan Sophomore 6:04 200 PG
When it comes to “feeding” his teammates, Morris is a gourmet chef and the basketball is a main course meal. Few point guards in this draft have been as generous as this Wolverine, in regards to setting up open teammates for a big scoring opportunity. He not only ranked fourth in the nation in triple-double performances last year, but his average of 6.714 assists per game placed fifth in the NCAA Division I ranks in 2010-11. His “pedestrian” workouts for teams has seen his stock drop quite a bit the last two weeks.
41 CHANDLER PARSONS Florida Senior 6:09 217 SF/PF
Parsons is an unselfish performer, earning more satisfaction for feeding the ball to an open teammate than creating the shot for himself. He ranks tenth in school annals with 339 assists. The only other Florida wing on the top ten assists list is Nick Calathes (452; 2008-09). His 1,462 points is the most among active Florida players.
42 E'TWAUN MOORE Purdue Senior 6:04 191 SG
For a shooting guard to register 394 assists, it speaks volumes for Moore’s unselfishness with the “sphere.” He displayed excellent leaping ability placing 15th on the career-record chart with 59 blocked shots. He also proved to be a great disruptor in the passing lane, coming up with 164 steals, the sixth-best career total for a Boilermaker.
43 JIMMY BUTLER Marquette Senior 6:07 220 SF/PF
Butler has a solid inside/outside scoring game and has developed into a great rebounder and physical defender. He caught the attention of scouts with his stellar performance at this year’s Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.
44 SHELVIN MACK Butler Junior 6:03 215 PG
Even without sudden explosiveness, he has a nice array of scoring moves and while he lacks great size to play shooting guard at the NBA defensive level, he is stronger than most players his size.
45 JON LEUER Wisconsin Senior 6:10 231 PF
With a skilled inside-outside game perfectly suited for the swing offense, Leuer owns an accurate jumper that extends to three-point range and surprisingly adept ball-handling abilities. During 122 games in a Wisconsin uniform, the forward connected on 37.2% of his treys and handed out 133 assists, including a career-high 54 as a senior.
46 BOJAN BOGDANOVIC KK Cibona VIP Zagreb Croatia 6:07 215 SG/SF
One of the elite shooting guards on the international circuit, Bogdanovic has been on the “radar” of NBA scouts for the last five years, as he was regarded as one of the premier youngsters on the circuit since age sixteen.
47 ANDREW GOUDELOCK College of Charleston Senior 6:02 200 PG
Goudelock never really faced good competition during his college career, but no matter who his opponents were, piling up 2,571 points is certainly an eye-opener and makes him worthy of being a second round draft choice.
48 GREG SMITH Fresno State Freshman 6:10 249 PF/C
He dominated with a powerful presence around the basket on the was to being named WAC Freshman of the Year in 2009-10, but Smith did not progress much from that season, as he failed to deliver with a strong post game and needs to show better dedication in regards to his conditioning.
49 JEREME RICHMOND Illinois Freshman 6:07 205 SF
Much like the New Jersey Nets’ Brandan Wright, Richmond is a lanky forward who will need to bulk up and compete at the next level. Just like Wright did at North Carolina, he spent just a brief time in the collegiate ranks before deciding to take his potential and long-range promise to the NBA.
50 ISAIAH THOMAS Washington Junior 5:08 185 PG/SG
Thomas has blazing quickness up and down the court to compensate for a lack of size. He is a scrappy defender and decent passer with a good mid-range shot, but needs to settle down on the court.
51 CORY JOSEPH Texas Freshman 6:03 180 PG
Joseph might have seen the “writing on the wall,” as Texas coaches planned to turn point guard duties over to highly regarded recruit, Myck Kabongo. Kabongo’s arrival would have likely forced Joseph to shift to two-guard, a position not suited for his athleticism, resulting in a potential for a “draft stock plummet” in 2012, if he had returned to college.
52 GIORGI SHERMADINI Union Olimpija Ljubjana Slovenia 7:00 248 C
In his two seasons with Maccabi Brinkford Tblisi, Shermadini appeared in 40 games, scoring 1,371 points (34.3 ppg) while totaling 696 rebounds (17.4 rpg) with 190 assists (4.8 apg), 96 steals (2.4 spg) and 131 blocked shots (3.3 bpg). A lack of talent at the center position in this draft has helped Shermadini move up into the second round picture (Golden State at #44 and the Lakers at #46).
53 KEITH BENSON Oakland Senior 6:11 225 C
A dominating defender, he holds the school and Summit League all-time record with 371 blocked shots, setting the Golden Grizzlies’ record while ranking second all-time in Summit League annals with 1,103 rebounds.
54 BEN HANSBROUGH Notre Dame Senior 6:03 203 PG/SG
In 69 games at Notre Dame, Hansbrough made 323-of-689 field goals (46.88%), as his three-point three-point percentage of .425 rank second in school history to Joe Fredrick (49.0%, 1986-90).
55 DEMETRI McCAMEY Illinois Senior 6:03 203 PG/SG
McCamey needs to improve his condition and overall work ethic, but he proved to be a good ball facilitator, as he ranked tenth in the nation in assists last season (6.12 apg) after finishing second in the NCAA Division I ranks as a junior (7.06 apg, second-best in school history).
56 MALCOLM THOMAS San Diego State Senior 6:08 220 SF/PF
Thomas is a much better defensive player, as he is limited offensively by a lack of range, but he has a great wingspan and explosive leaping ability, along with the knowledge that his best chance of playing at the next level might be as a role player and combo forward.
57 SCOTTY HOPSON Tennessee Junior 6:06 203 SG/SF
Hopson has great athletic skills, but that has not yet translated into him being a consistent performer. He needs to develop more aggression for a stronger inside game and with his poor ball handling skills and inability to create for others, I can’t see him playing the point at the next level.
58 JAMINE PETERSON New Mexico Thunderbirds ex-Providence 6:06 233 SF
Peterson ventured to Greece and then to the NBDL after being dismissed from Providence, averaging 12.8 points and 5.7 rebounds for the Thunderbirds.
59 JAMIE SKEEN Virginia Commonwealth Senior 6:09 240 PF
Skeen left Wake Forest after he had academic issues, but found a home at VCU, boosting his scoring output to 15.7 points per game during the team’s NCAA Tourney “Cinderella” march, as he also averaged 7.3 boards in 2010-11.
60 JUSTIN HOLIDAY Washington Senior 6:06 185 SG/SF
Nicknamed "The Fireman" by his teammates, for his ability to put out fires on the court with his defensive intensity and rebounding, Holiday is the older brother of former UCLA Bruin, Jrue Holiday, the 17th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers.
61 RICK JACKSON Syracuse Senior 6:09 247 PF/C
A back-to-the-basket type who gets most of his points from turnaround jumpers and dunks (13.1 ppg), but he’s more useful crashing the boards, where he pulled down 10.3 rebounds per game last year.
62 DAVID LIGHTY Ohio State Senior 6:05 220 SG/SF
Lighty does a lot of little things, but nothing great. He is a classic blue collar worker who can give a team a few minutes at shooting guard and small forward, but a lack of overall athleticism leaves him caught between both positions.
63 DIANTE GARRETT Iowa State Senior 6:04 181 PG
Garrett continues to impress teams since catching their attention at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. His recent “spanking” of Chris Singleton during one-on-one workouts for Utah not only improves his draft stock, but put a little tarnish on the brash Singleton’s. His dad, Dean Garrett, was selected by the Phoenix Suns in the second round (38th pick overall) of the 1988 NBA Draft.
64 WILLIE REED Saint Louis Junior 6:09 220 PF
Having been suspended from the team for academic and off-field issues prior to 2010-11, the power forward did not receive any of the coveted invitations to compete at any of the recent pre-draft workouts conducted in Portsmouth, New Jersey, Chicago and Minnesota.
65 BRAD WANAMAKER Pittsburgh Senior 6:04 208 PG/SG
Wannamaker could be this year’s version of Landry Fields (Knicks), a player who emerges from pre-draft workouts convincing a team to call him in the second round. He’s a great ball handler and for a point guard, 5.2 boards per game shows that he’s willing to crash the boards.
66 MICHAEL DUNIGAN BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn ex-Oregon 6:10 255 PF/C
Some questioned the decision by Dunigan to leave Oregon to play in Israel, where he averaged 12.5 points and eight boards in a little under 22 minutes per game this year.
67 MATTHEW BRYAN-AMANING Washington Senior 6:09 240 PF
The London, England product showed glimpses of an offensive game as a junior, but not even the coaches expected such a marked improvement from him in 2010-11. He had an 8.83-point average as a junior, but connected at a clip of 15.26-points per game last season. He made 134 field goals in 2009-10, but was successful on 215 of his attempts during his senior season.
68 JULYAN STONE Texas-El Paso Senior 6:06 206 PG
The Miners had a bit of a role reversal in their back court, as Stone handled point guard duties, while the 5:10 Randy Culpepper performed at shooting guard. However, this “arrangement” actually worked out very well, as Stone went on to become the school’s career record-holder with 714 assists. He is just the third player in UTEP annals with over 200 steals (209) and excelled around the boards, placing seventh in Miners history with 754 rebounds.
69 DEANDRE LIGGINS Kentucky Junior 6:06 180 PG/SG
Playing the “defensive ace” role for the Wildcats, Liggins’ never really got an opportunity to showcase his offensive skills. Averaging just 5.8 points per game in three seasons at UK, it came as a big surprise when he announced that he would leave school and enter the 2011 draft.
70 DAMIAN SAUNDERS Duquesne Senior 6:07 210 SG
A defensive minded forward, Saunders averaged 2.7 blocks, 2.3 steals and 12.6 points per game last year, not matching his impressive junior figures of 15.0 points, 2.8 steals and 2.9 blocks.
71 XAVIER RABASEDA Baloncesto Fuenlabrada Spain 6:07 205 SG/SF
Rabaseda has excellent court quickness, great leaping ability (35-inches) and a long wing span 6’7”) to create mismatches vs. smaller wings, but he’s coming off a season that saw him average only 8.7 points per game.
72 CAM LONG George Mason Senior 6:04 192 SG
Long registered 356 assists and had 147 steals during his career, qualities that will aid him coming off the bench in the NBA, as he lacks the size teams want from a player that has played the off-guard position at George Mason.
73 LACEDARIUS DUNN Baylor Senior 6:04 200 SG
The Big Twelve Conference’s leading scorer (19.5 ppg), but Dunn made just 39.8% of his field goal attempts after hitting on 45% as a junior. He is also quite turnover prone (3.6 turnovers per game last year, compared to 2.5 tpg in 2009-10).
74 JON DIEBLER Ohio State Senior 6:06 203 SG
Diebler certainly took the term “shooting” guard to heart, especially from long range, as he shattered school and Big Ten Conference records from three-point field goal range. His 374 treys also rank 17th all-time in NCAA annals, and he made 50.2% of his three-point chances as a senior, the first time a Big Ten performer connected on at least half of his three-point attempts since Jaraan Cornell of Purdue in 1997-98.
75 JACOB PULLEN Kansas State Senior 6:00 200 SG/PG
The first three-time captain in school history, Pullen ranks second in Big Twelve Conference history in free throws made (527), fourth in scoring (school record 2,132), fifth in 3-point field goals made (299) and field goals attempted (1,600).
76 MINDAUGAS KUZMINSKAS B.C. Zalgris Kaunas Lithuania 6:08 225 SF
One of the best performers at the recently concluded 2011 Adidas Eurocamp, Kuzminskas captured the attention of NBA executives after he led the Black team to victory over the Red squad, scoring 21 points while making 73% of his field goal chances.
77 ADAM HANGA Albacomp Hungary 6:07 200 SG
What Hanga does best is to use his explosive first step to drive to the rim and with his ability to change direction without throttling down, along with his ability to take his man off the dribble for a resounding dunk, he’s equally effective as a three-forward or off-guard.
78 CHRIS WRIGHT Dayton Senior 6:08 227 SF/PF
Wright ranks tenth on the Dayton all-time record chart with 887 rebounds and fourth with 299 offensive boards He holds the school career-record with 162 blocks, topping the previous mark of 123 by Sean Finn (2000-04).
79 MILAN MACVAN KK Hemofarm Serbia 6:09 265 PF
A very good scorer (17.0 ppg in Eurocup/19.2 in Adriatic League this year), Macvan’s body is carrying a lot of baby fat and for a big man, carrying all that extra bulk has led to stamina issues.
80 COREY STOKES Villanova Senior 6:04 225 SG
Closed his career with 1,315 points, good for 32nd place on the Wildcats' all-time scoring list. His 264 made 3-point field goals rank fifth all-time at VU and his .390 career triple percentage placed him fourth all-time.
81 LAVOY ALLEN Temple Senior 6:09 225 PF
A physical performer who averaged 8.6 boards and 1.8 blocks last year, he has a nice combination of size and mobility, along with a soft touch around the basket that saw him put in 11.6 points per game last season.
82 XAVIER SILAS Northern Illinois Senior 6:05 200 SG
Silas has great deep range, as the bulk of his scoring comes from the perimeter (22.3 ppg; 41.3% 3-point shooting last year), but he’s a marginal defender with poor ball handling skills and lacks good court quickness.
83 TERRENCE JENNINGS Louisville Junior 6:09 220 PF
Blessed with great athleticism, so much so, that professional scouts have compared him to the Knicks’ Amare Stoudemire, the power forward’s inconsistent play and long stretches where he simply disappeared during the game led to the junior spending much of last season in head coach Rick Pitino’s dog house.
84 DURRELL SUMMERS Michigan State Senior 6:04 195 SG
Outside of doing a good job as a spot-up shooter, Summers never lived up to his billing coming out of high school, thanks to inconsistency on the defensive end and limited ball handling skills to earn minutes at the point, as he’s not going to light up the boards as a scorer.
85 GARY FLOWERS Southern Mississippi Senior 6:08 214 PF
In two seasons with the Eagles, Flowers scored 1,078 points (16.8 ppg), recorded 513 rebounds (8.0 rpg) and had 104 blocked shots (1.6 bpg). Despite playing in just 64 games at USM, he ranks seventh in school history with 104 blocked shots and a 16.84-point scoring average.
86 DALLAS LAUDERDALE Ohio State Senior 6:08 255 PF/C
Nicknamed "Fort" Lauderdale during his stay at The Ohio State University, Dallas got a chance to play alongside high school rival Kosta Koufos, who is currently a member of the Denver Nuggets. Lauderdale's uncle, Jim Chones, was a former NBA player for the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers.
87 ROBIN BENZING Ratiopharm ULM Germany 6:10 223 SF
Benzing is one of the fast-emerging young stars and a product of Germany's much-improving youth system. He is an excellent shooter from the wing with good height and some driving ability and fine ball handling skills for his size.
88 RAVERN JOHNSON Mississippi State Senior 6:07 177 SG
This past season, Johnson led the Bulldogs with 83 three-pointers. He finished his career 260, the second most in school history. He also scored 1,460 points while wearing the Maroon & White, which ties him for the 11th most in the MSU record books.
89 GILBERT BROWN Pittsburgh Senior 6:06 200 SG
After recording three 20-point performances in his first four years at the school, he posted three more as a senior. He reached double figures in scoring 20 times, finishing with averages of 11.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists, shooting 45.8% from the field and 78.9% from the line.
90 CORY HIGGINS Colorado Senior 6:04 182 PG/SG
Higgins is like a “coach on the court,” as his great basketball IQ and court vision is due to the fact that he grew up in an NBA environment. Cory’s father, Rod Higgins, is currently the general manager of the Charlotte Hor
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