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2027 KVBL Draft Preview

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Jason Simmons 6'3", 21, Belmont, PG

Jason Simmons is the best of an unimpressive point guard crop, a guy whose excellence in the Ohio Valley Conference has most scouts just projecting him to be an average point guard at the KVBL level. Simmons is going to need to improve his strength to D up a lot of the PGs he'll face, but his instincts will at least allow him to snag a couple of steals a night. The most appealing thing Simmons has going for him is his steadying presence on offense that includes a knack for not coughing up the ball. The team that drafts him will be hoping he can improve his three point shot and his defense, he's got the potential to be a low end starter or a top notch backup.

Terrence Jordan 6'1", 21, Auburn, PG

The first thing most people notice about Terrence Jordan on the court is his afro, but once they're watching him they start to see the defense that made him and Auburn such a tough matchup for most teams. Uninspiring offensively, Jordan projects to be nothing more than a backup point guard at the next level unless he can make some major strides. He doesn't compound his offensive woes with turnover issues, which is a plus, but his bread and butter and livelihood will all be in his D (which will also need to step up against the KVBL's best). If he was playing quarterback, we'd be calling him a game manager. There's room for that on a roster somewhere, but he might not outlast his rookie deal if he doesn't take a step forward.

Twos and Threes

Adam Walters 6'10", 21, Idaho, SF
Make what you will of the fact that one of the top few players in this draft being from Idaho, but know that the multitalented Adam Walters is going to score from all over the floor regardless of what people think of him. Already labeled as "too soft" by some, Walters led his team in scoring, rebounding, and shotblocking. The KVBL game at small forward might be too much for Walters to handle, at least on defense, so it's very possible that he ends up sliding over to the four as his long term home. Passing out of double teams was an issue for Walters in college, something that could become a turnover problem if KVBL teams decide to run at him. Minor faults aside, Walters is one of the most KVBL ready players in this class and a lock to go top three.

Sean Carter 6'6", 20, Long Island, SG

Brooklyn's own was among the nation's leading scorers this year, making defenders look silly inside and often adding free throws for good measure. Sean Carter aspires to play for the Nets, the team he's followed since he started watching basketball as a kid. The accolades heaped on Carter mostly focus on his offensive talents (including his uncanny knack for getting his own rebound), but he's a solid perimeter defender as well. Some scouts project Carter to be an alpha dog in the KVBL, while others think he'll prove to be "just" a good second option. His streaky three point shot could be the difference in how he's perceived, in the long run. A slight bump in his efficency from behind the arc could be huge.

Antonio Diggs 6'6", 22, Iowa State, SF

Antonio "Don't Call Me Taye"Diggs didn't get a whole lot of spotlight playing for the Cyclones, but he's not the type to really mind. A team first player with a variety of KVBL-level skills, Diggs has been compared by some scouts to perennial All-Star Travis Perry. Diggs might have difficulty consistently shooting as well from the field as Perry's done, but he'll add a strong secondary rebounding and passing presence on the perimeter for teams that could use the help. A couple of steals a night and a stubborn refusal to turn the ball over just add to Diggs' overall package, and he could be a dark horse for the top pick depending on which front office lands it. Defense will need to improve before Diggs can honestly be compared to the KVBL's best, but there's little reason to believe that he won't end up being one of the top few players from this class.

Darryl Mizell 6'8", 22, Gonzaga, SF

The Bulldogs were definitely Darryl Mizell's team this past season, but whether or not that was a good thing can be strongly debated. Gonzaga exited the NCAA Tournament after just one game, one in which Mizell looked at times phenomenal and inept. Scouts that rave about Mizell do so because he has an advanced post game for a wing, something that you don't often see coming out of college. Those that don't see him as quite so big a deal point to his not having any one skillset that projects as elite against KVBL competition. Mizell will help his team with solid rebounding and the occasional steal, but he'll need to maintain his college efficiency for his KVBL career to not end up being a disappointment.

Michael Shakur 65", 21, UCLA, SG

UCLA was an exciting team to watch this season due to the presence of Michael Shakur and his ability to play effectively in transition. Quick hands led to plentiful steals for Shakur, and a number of highlight type blocks upped his flashy play total that much more. Alas, it's not all roses for UCLA's best player. Offensive fundamentals were never his strength, something that caused a drop in efficiency and a spike in turnovers for a guy that had the ball in his hands quite a bit. UCLA lived and died with Shakur because his talent exceeded that of most opponents, something that won't be the case in the KVBL. The team that drafts him will need to bring him along slowly, likely bringing him off the bench for a season or two before moving him into a bigger role. There is potential there, but scouts are hesitant to fall for a guy that some say is mostly flash.

Joseph McDaniels 6'7", 20, Creighton, SG

You get an odd feeling watching Joseph McDaniels play the game of basketball if you've watched any Gonzaga this season. Vice versa for Darryl Mizell. It's eerie how similar those two players are, outside of a clear superiority in the post for Mizell. McDaniels will defend the perimeter better than Mizell due to quickness, and possesses greater court vision for setting up his teammates. The level of competition for McDaniels was not as high as Mizell's, something that could be a factor in where he gets drafted. McDaniels has the talent to stick in the KVBl, but he's going to need to work at his game if he's going to be more than a roleplayer.

Scott Diamond 6'6", 22, Maryland, SF

Scott Diamond was a scary matchup for opponents in the ACC...on defense. Exceptional at locking down the best offensive player for Maryland's opponents, Diamond was key for what many thought was the best defensive team in the country. Sadly, the other shoe is no glass slipper. We're not even sure what that means, but we're saying that Scott Diamond is a BAD player on offense. Unlike some defensive masters that can't stop themselves from shooting (Clarence Harvey and Nikolai Koznyshev come to mind), Diamond isn't going to shoot the ball an absurd amount of times each night. Still, he'll shoot it a lot more than you'd want. His limitations will probably keep him from ever being a go to starter in the league, but he can play a role off the bench to help keep some of the KVBL's explosive weapons from doing their thing.

Malik White 6'8", 22, Kentucky, SF

Kentucky fans were celebrating when Malik White chose to come to town years ago, but now they're just happy to see him go. A promising high school player with a pretty jumper when he was recruited, White never seemed to fit in at Kentucky and got stuck coming off the bench for most of his time there. Malik hopes to revitalize his career with the jump to the KVBL, but most scouts are writing him off already. Confidence is key for a shooter, and White just hasn't looked confident for a long time. If he can't get that back, he's not going to last long at the next level.

Anthony Scruggs 6'8", 22, North Carolina, SF

Anthony Scruggs outhustled and outscrapped most of his competition in the ACC this year, but hustle will only take you so far against KVBL caliber players. Four stars out of high school never really showed up when Scruggs got to the Tar Heels, and his KVBL career isn't going to be a long one if he can't find some of the talent he showed as a teenager. Scruggs does a little bit of everything, but he doesn't excel anywhere and he's had some issues with his shot that could be problematic moving forward. We hate to count guys out, but Scruggs did not exactly inspire confidence with his poor performance in his last few college games.

Antwan Benjamin 6'8", 19, DePaul, SF

Youth and athleticism are on Antwan Benjamin's side as he looks to make a name for himself against the best players in the world. At DePaul, Benjamin's role as the top scoring option saw him taking a lot of shots, something KVBL coaches might prefer he cuts down. Less shots, but smarter ones. Scouts rave about Antwan primarily for his potential to be a great man defender. While he played some power forward at DePaul, Benjamin is unlikely to be more than a three at the next level due to a lack of strength and inability to rebound as well as he'd need to do so. If he progresses the way he could, he's going to make some GM look really smart.

Earl Lynn 6'3", 19, Kansas, SG

Most KVBL scouts scoff at the notion that Earl Lynn will be anything other than a point guard in the league, but there are some that think he'll be able to get the job done at the two. Those scouts are crazy. Lynn had some issues keeping up with the quickness of some PGs, issues that are sure to still be around at the next level. Defense is going to have to be coached up, with strength being a necessary addition if Lynn is going to hold up over a full season of playing the best. Not exactly a rave review of the man, we know, but it's not all bad. Earl is by far the best passer in this class, and should be able to make the players around him better and keep the offense flowing. He's not as controlled as Jason Simmons, but there are a lot of scouts that think Lynn will outlast Terrence Jordan among the KVBL ranks.

Bigs

Clifford Grice 6'9", 23, Georgetown, PF

Clifford Grice may not be at the level of some of the recent bigs to enter the KVBL, but he's got some definite skills and could be the top pick this year. Offensively, he doesn't look to score all that much and there's not much to talk about. Defensively, well, that's a different story. A great team defender, Clifford is going to make an impact on that side of the ball wherever he lands. While shotblocking is not a part of his game, Grice does have some deceptively quick hands that will lead to plentiful steals. Throw in some very solid rebounding and you've got yourself a very good big man prospect.

Floyd Banks 610", 20, Florida State, PF

Clifford Grice would be the best overall big man defender in just about any draft class, but not this one. That title belongs to Floyd Banks, a guy who's been moving up in scouts' eyes after a strong sophomore season. Banks is not as strong of a rebounder as Grice, but he'll block shots and score a bit more efficiently when he does shoot the ball. The downside to Floyd's game is his inability to keep the ball moving, and an uncoordinated offensive game that limits him to taking mostly gimmes near the hoop. Banks could leap over Grice due to his relative youth, it wouldn't surprise us one bit.

Douglas Ridenhour 6'10", 21, USC, PF

We didn't get a great year out of Douglas Ridenhour at USC, but he decided to jump to the KVBL all the same. Ridenhour did everything competently but nothing remarkably well in a year where he was looked at to provide a decent chunk of USC's offense. Scoring was there, but it didn't quite reach the levels that were hoped. Beyond that, Douglas showed an unfortunate tendency to take the three ball here and there where he should've been inside banging. He's very much KVBL-caliber, but he's going to need to hone his game to move beyond a third big role.

Wayne Lee 7'0", 22, Colorado, C

You don't tend to think of seven footers as overly athletic guys, but Wayne Lee showed flashes of it here and there at Colorado. Unfortunately for him, his fundamentals are lacking and that keeps him from really being the type of player his raw abilities would probably allow him to be. This is getting to be a common refrain this year, but Wayne's going to need to improve his defense and rebounding to get off the bench in the KVBL. You can't teach size, though, so there's that.

Kurt Thompson 610", 20, Notre Dame, C

Kurt Thompson was, perhaps, the best three point shooter in all of college basketball last season. Very impressive from a big man, but sadly that's just about all there is of note when it comes to Mr. Thompson. Rebounding is not a strength, nor is defense. He won't turn the ball over, but he won't cause too many turnovers either. Thompson will be a specialist type for a team that could use shooting, but nothing more.

Clive Jones 6'9", 22, Arizona, PF

Arizona got a big chunk of its points this season on eighteen foot jumpers from Clive Jones. He's money from out there, plus he's pretty good at passing the ball on if he's not quite open. His defense inside is solid but unspectacular, but the one thing that he's really going to need to work on is his rebounding. The guards at Arizona picked up a lot of the slack, but that's not likely to fly in the KVBL. If Clive can step that part of his game up, he'll have a long KVBL career (even if it's as a reserve).

Andre Wright 6'11, 21, Duke, C

Andre Wright didn't really have a chance to reach his best this season due to an injury that knocked him out of action for the latter half of the year. What he did show in his active time was some steady, smart play that you'd expect out of a Duke player. It's hard to say how he'll do after having not played for so long due to injury, but we expect that he'll at least be worthy of a roster spot. It's anyone's guess if that'll extend beyond his rookie deal, though.

Corey Coles 6'7, 20, Drexel, PF

The undersized Corey Coles managed to do a lot of damage inside at Drexel due to his knack for getting to the free throw line. Passing is pretty good from Coles, but his size is probably going to limit him at the next level when it comes to rebounding the ball and defending inside. Tough as nails, Coles is going to fight and scrap and outhustle his man every night, but that might not be enough for him to be an impact player. Teams shouldn't expect starter material from Coles, but he will provide some nice depth.

Stanley McCane 6'11, 22, Nevada, C

This year's shotblocking king is the big man from Nevada, Stanley McCane. McCane sealed off the hoop effectively for the Wolf Pack, and should be able to provide a defensive boost in the KVBL as well. Unspectacular but solid at putting the ball in the hoop, McCane will mostly make his money on his defensive prowess. McCane should definitely be able to stick around for a while due to his strengths, but he'll help his cause tremendously if he can work on his ability to box out. That tiny little boost to his game would be a huge boon to his value.
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Glad I have a couple of picks this year, should be a very deep draft in terms of useability.
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The memories you guys have over old Euros is astounding.

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They weren't Euros before, just stars that were lost in the shuffle when we rebooted for version 2.

Chad Severt could be the best PG to ever play in the KVBL.
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Chad Severt could be the best PG to ever play in the KVBL.
I miss having Chad Severt as my PG.
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