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1. Larry Jones (21) - SG/SF/PF 6'7 198 - Georgia
2. Mookie Smalls (21) - PF/C 6'11 242 - Texas
3. Darnell Cage (18) - SG/SF 6'5 188 - Cape Canaveral Prep (FL)
4. DJ Kennington (20) - PG 6'1 171 - UCLA
5. Darwin Peters Jr. (19) - SF/PF 6'8 201 - Maryland
6. Malcolm Winston (23) - C 7'3 248 - Nebraska
7. James Ineson (22) - SF/SG 6'5 193 - Minnesota
8. Tyrese Mason (19) - PF/C 6'10 243 - Kent State
9. Tyler Ortiz (22) - PF 6'9 232 - Vanderbilt
10. Stanley Weston (20) - PG/SG 6'2 168 - Ontario University
11. Rell Ballard (21) - SF/PF/C 6'11 195 - Uconn
12. Curt Armosin (22) - SF 6'7 194 - Michigan State
13. Jermaine Francis (19) - PG 6'0 163 - Florida State
14. JP Matthews (21) - PF/C 7'1 235 - Michigan
15. Ryun Brunson (18) - PG 6'1 181 - Amity Prep (CT)
16. LeSean Barkley (21) - PG/SG/SF 6'5 192 - Uconn
17. Evan Moore (22) - SG 6'5 174 - Boston College
18. Kenyan Bell (21) - SF/SG 6'4 189 - Alabama
19. Jamaal Mixon (20) - PG 6'1 175 - Michigan State
20. Peyton Baldwin (20) - PF/SF 6'10 206 - Villanova
21. Jerrick Morris (19) - C 7'2 202 - Gonzaga
22. Julio Jeffery (23) - SG/PG 6'4 197 - Kentucky
23. Royce Brinson (22) - C/PF 7'0 227 - Kansas
24. Alvin Woods (24) - SG/SF 6'6 188 - Army
25. Delanie Watson (19) - SF 6'8 201 - Tennessee
26. Tevin Collins (21) - SF/PF/C 6'10 220 - Uconn

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Discussion Starter #3 (Edited)
Curt Armosin - SF (22)

Armosin played 4 years at Michigan State and outside of scoring, he was an average player for the Spartans. Armosin is not extremely athletic and this hurts his defense, his on ball defense won’t kill you, but he won’t be a lock down defender at the next level anytime soon. His low ceiling on his athleticism hurts him from being able to sky for the boards so the ones he gets he has to fight for on boxouts. Tends to be in the right place on defense on the help side and that leads to a few steals of arrant passes, but he’s not going coast to coast once he gets them. All that said, Armosin will get drafted in the KVBL because he can score. He scores in bunches and usually in one of two ways: with an array of moves with his back to the basket, or a smooth jumper from the outside. Even in college he wasn’t quick enough to get around the wings to get to the rim and it affected his FTA. Armosin got to Michigan State without much fanfare or a jumper but with the time and effort was able to shoot 37% from 3 in his senior season. He was a much better spot up shooter then he was off the dribble, if he can add the step-back to his game he would be hard to stop at any level. Not one to make plays for teammates, as the ball is barely in his hands on the offensive side unless he’s shooting or backing down a smaller defender, the positive to this is it limits the amount of TO he has. One of his best qualities is his demeanor on the court, when looking at him you couldn’t tell the score or situation as he is extremely calm at all times. His “clutch” gene is real as he had 4 game winners under 10 seconds just this season. We have him as a late first round pick due to age and low ceiling, but doesn’t mean he cant help a team score.

Last Season: 26.6 PPG, 6.3 REB, 1.1 AST, 1.8 STL, .7 BLK, 1.1 TO, 46% FG, 37% 3P%, 71 FT% (3 FTA)

Ryun Brunson - PG (18)

Brunson will be highly sought after due to his age as he is one of the two high school prospects in the draft. Brunson is probably the quickest player in the draft, and that’s not an exaggeration. One second he has the ball on a kickout and next second he is laying the ball in on the other side of the court or finding a streaking teammate for an easy basket. After his junior year, he got invited to USA Basketball U19 and dominated the likes of KVBL Rookie guards: Kyle Timkins, Russel Redd, Gil Bartell, and Craig Jones. Brunson was easily the best guard on the court during the scrimmages as his vision and playmaking ability was put on display in both the half court and in transition. What is more impressive for a guy his age his how he keeps his turnovers low while playing at such a fast pace. He gets the bulk of his points in transition, he has a steady jumped but he tends not to use it as he would rather get others involved. In the half court he can get in lane and kick out to shooters, or drop a slip pass for a dunk to a big man. His high school numbers are silly as he played his high school ball in CT, and he will be the first CT player to go straight to the big time. On the defensive end he’s fast enough to stay in front of any ball handler, but lacks the size to effect a jumper. His quick hands and hand eye coordination lands to a good deal of steals without a ton of fouls. Brunson offers little to no rebounds or free throw attempts but I don’t think this will kill his draft stock too much, hard to see him falling out of the top 5.

14.0 PPG, 2.6 REB, 12.2 AST, 3.8 STL, .6 BLK, 1.8 TO, 53 FG%, 23 3P% (.6 3GA), 87 FT%

Mookie Smalls – PF/C (21)

Smalls has come out of no-where to make a splash and put himself in contention to be drafted this year into the KVBL. A walk on at Texas who quickly made his way from bench to starter with his smooth touch around the rim, and his height allows him to get off a jump hook that can’t really be altered. Started to look for his shot more his final season at Texas but between that and getting to the line those are thingsthat he will need to do at the next level to be as impactful on the offensive end as he can be. Struggles at times when he brings the ball down and loses it off his foot or it gets swiped by a guard doubling down, because even at his height he still struggles to pass out of the double teams. One of if not the best rebounder in this class, he dominated teams on both sides of the glass by himself including two different 20 REB games this season. Not only does he use his height but his drive to box out and tenacity to go get the ball off the rim are stellar. Defensively he is superb around the rim, his height gets him blocks and he tends to stay out of foul trouble by moving his feet. He struggles when he is forced to switch out on the perimeter as his lateral movement is not up to par. He has made great strides since walking on at Texas, the question with Smalls is: is this his floor or his ceiling? Time will tell. Because his offensive game is a work in progress a mid first is a good place for him.

13.7 PPG, 15.7 REB, .6 AST, .4 STL, 3.9 BLK, 3.1 TO, 64 FG%, 0 3P%, 65 FT% (3.4 FTA) 1.4 FOULS IN 29 MINS

Alvin Woods – SG/SF (24)

Woods was a top prospect coming out of high school but followed in his family’s footsteps and attended Army where he was a 4-year star. Led the team in scoring all 4 years, as his offensive game is sound. Instead of entering the draft after four seasons he did two separate tours overseas in the Army. He has been back and working out to get ready for the KVBL draft, so we went and watched one of his open workouts and his form is still impeccable. Woods is a guy that will hit a pull up jumper or stick a three in the face of a defender and regardless of if his feet are set but the time he releases the ball his body is squared up to the hoop. His body is that of a solider and he can bully his way to the rim on any wing defender put in front of him, a lot of the time the only way to stop him is by fouling him as he went to the line a whooping 8.7 times his senior season. When he drives he’s going for the rim and definitely not looking to pass. His defense takes his army ways with how disciplined he is and how hard he works. He stays in his lane and doesn’t jump passes so doesn’t get a ton of steals, but it allows him to be there on the defensive boards. Woods is no spring chicken and is ready to help right now more then anyone in the draft and I believe this will hurt him come draft time. Everyone wants the kids, so I see Woods dropping to a playoff team in the mid first who can use his win now mentality.

24.8 PPG, 6.4 REB, 1.2 AST, 1.3 STL, .8 BLK, 1.4 TO, 49 FG%, 39 3P% (4.1 3GA) , 84 FT% (8.7 FTA)

Darwin Peters Jr. – SF/PF (19)

DPJ is a combo forward that takes a defensive approach to the game, he led a Maryland team that was top 5 defensively in the country. He is the forward that can switch onto a guard and stay in front of them or slide into the post and hold his position against a stronger player. His timing is spot on whether he’s jumping for a block or jumping the passing lanes for a steal. Could stand to become better at reading the ball of the rim to become a better rebounder. His offensive game is the complete opposite of his defensive game. He has one defensive flaw and its rebounding, he has one good quality on the offensive end, he can pass really well. He doesn’t shoot well but it doesn’t stop him from shooting more then he should, but he tends to make up for it with his timely passes. Whether it’s a kickout from the post, running the offense from the elbow, or getting the ball in transition DPJ always finds the open guy. Sometimes the open guy is the beer guy in row 8, but does find his teammates enough to make the bad passes worth it. A polarizing prospect who will be slotted in from mid lotto to late first on teams big boards.

8.7 PPG, 6.9 REB, 7.4 AST, 3.4 STL, 2.1 BLK, 3.5 TO, 41 FG%, 12 3P% (1.1 3GA), 63 FT% (1.9 FTA)

DJ Kennington – PG (20)

Kennington is an old school PG, he does not like to push the pace whatsoever. He may get his hands on some steals but he’s not the guy that will take the steal for the layup. He wants to use his extremely high basketball IQ and run the offense and he does it to perfection but watching paint dry is more entertaining than watching him play. Runs the pick and roll at a high level, he knows when to pull up, hit the cutter, or slip the screen to get to the cup. His old school mentality of every possession matters shows up on the boards as he fights for every rebound on both sides of the ball. He is not the best defender but not for lack of effort, he is too short to really effect jumpers and he tries to stay in front but is just a little too slow for that (fits his style perfectly). Mid first round seems likely because while he puts up solid numbers his upside is limited.

13.1 PPG, 6.8 REB, 7.6 AST, 2.1 STL, .2 BLK, 2.3 TO, 47 FG%, 33 3P% (1.2 3GA), 84 FT% (1.8 FTA)

Tevin Collins – SF/PF/C (21)

One of a trio of uconn entrants as they won two of the past three titles, the three decided it was time to leave. This team was impressive their three best players can play multiple positions at a high level. Collins was the glue for the title team, he was the team’s most well-rounded defender, he can defend the wings and the post players equally as well. A very solid overall rebounder especially when he is used on the wing. For a solid defender he doesn’t seem to come away with any steals but can find his way to a block especially from the weak side. Collins can score, but his numbers are skewed as he played with two ball dominant scorers. Collins can stretch the floor and shoot the three at an effective clip, he only took 2.5 a game in college but I suspect that will jump when he can be more of a focal point on offense. His passing was an overlooked aspect to his game on this team, again his assists may be inflated due to his teammates but overall he was able to make the one extra pass for the better shot. The problem with Collins is he doesn’t do one thing great, and comparing him to Ballard who does a lot of the same things but better, and that may hurt his draft stock. We see him falling to somewhere in the middle of the first round but can push to lotto with some good pre draft work outs.

14.6 PPG, 8.4 REB, 3.2 AST, .8 STL, 1.3 BLK, 1.6 TO, 51 FG%, 38 3P% (2.5 3GA), 81 FT%, (3.4 FTA)

Malcolm Winston – C (23)

Winston is a very large presence in the middle of any defense, his large frame is hard to get around or shoot over. His wingspan is massive and he can affect a lot of shots regardless if he actually gets his hand on the ball. He does not move well at all and this is evident in any fast pace game as his guy usually beats him down the floor or he’s the last one up the court on offense. If he ends up on a guard or big man with any sort of foot speed he is in trouble, as he is not able to keep up with them as they put the ball on the floor. Offensively he is exactly what you expect from a massive human as he can shoot over 99% of the players he comes across. His problem being conditioning he doesn’t always get into position early enough to take advantage of his massive frame to get up enough shots or grab enough rebounds on either side to really make it worth it. He doesn’t add much other than his size at this time and unless he gets his conditioning in check we don’t think he is worth anything other then a late first/early second pick.

12.7 PPG, 9.7 REB, .3 AST, .2 STL, 2.7 BLK, 1.9 TO, 57 FG%, 0 3p% (.1 3GA), 56 FT% (2.7 FTA)

Kenyan Bell - SF/SG (21)

Feel like there is a player like Bell in every draft but a player that every team needs, a typical 3 and D wing. Needs little to no space to get his three up, which is useful because he is constantly coming around screens with a guy tailing him and he can pull up and knock it down. A player that doesn’t seem to care if he is the focal point of the offense or just the decoy, he will just run around the screens like a dog chasing his tail. 60-70% of his offense is from the outside and almost none of it is from the line. With his smooth stroke, if only he could find a way to get to the line or get a few more shots up, he could be a teams leading scorer but for now he will never be better the a third scorer. That same non-stop intensity on offense led to him being the SEC defensive player of the year in back to back seasons. He will get right up under your chin but still have the ability to slide and stay in front of you if you think about getting to the lane. Will get the occasional steal to block but his real forte is to make the opponent miss, he gets in their head and they start taking less efficient shots then they have to. The only time he takes a break on the court is when the ball is in the air because he is one of the worst rebounders for his position. Teens is a good spot to see someone that will be part of a winning team but may already be at his celing.

14.3 PPG, 1.8 REB, 1.9 AST, 2.3 STL, 1.1 BLK, .8 TO, 46 FG%, 41 3p% (5.4 3GA), 87 FT% (1.7 FTA)

LeSean Barkley – PG/SG/SF (21)

Barkley was one of the three, three positions stars and was the leading scorer for the national title Uconn teams. Barkley is so smooth with the ball, he doesn’t even look like he breaks a sweat as he dominates his opponent on the offensive end. He takes care of the ball better then most guards in the country and especially because his usage is so high it’s even more impressive. Whether he is running the point and finding teammates for easy buckets, breaking his opponents down to get to the rim, or pulling up from deep he dominates in a way that he makes it look so easy. When he gets to the rim he is athletic enough to draw some fouls and get to the line where his sweet stroke makes them almost 90% of the time. He has SF eligibility listed even though he barely played in college, this was due to his teammates getting a ton of the run at SF, but we see him being a huge mismatch at SF in KVBL. He can handle the ball and break down some of the slower defenders at SF, and sliding a shorter quicker wing on him he can shoot over with ease. A versatile defender that can defend all three positions adequately, tends to be a much better on ball defender then he is off the ball as he tries to jump a ton of passing lanes but also leaves himself out of position more then he should. Being out of position relates to him on the boards as well, but it doesn’t hurt his overall value as his scoring, passing and versatility easily have him in the lotto and probably pushing into the top 5.

23.2 PPG, 3.6 REB, 5.7 AST, 1.8 STL, .8 BLK, .8 TO, 46 FG%, 37 3P% (3.5 3GA), 88 FT% (4.7 FT%)

Jerrick Morris – C (19)

Morris is a complete unknown coming into the draft, before college on the AAU circuit he was dominant but a slew of injuries hurt his development halfway through high school. Still the flashes he showed in high school got him a full ride to a top ten school in Gonzaga, and two practices in he tore his ACL and was done for the year. With a full year to rehab we expect him back to what he was but the last full season he played was a sophomore in high school. He’s the new modern big with a smooth jumper all the way to the three point line, and is extremely deadly in the pick and roll game as he is athletic enough to fly in for a dunk or quick enough for the pick and pop. Morris has always been an above average defensive rebounder as he was usually planted in the lane and used his size to pull the boards off the rim. His defense is where more of the unknown is, he struggled when he was younger defending outside of the paint area. His pre-draft process to determine how well he has improved if any defensively will determine his draft slot, due to injuries we do not see him any higher then mid first round, and will more than likely hear his name called in the 20’s.


Tyrese Mason – PF/C (19)

Mason was completely under the radar the entire season at Kent state but he shot up the draft boards with an insane showing in the tourney in March leading Kent State to a surprise eilite eight appearance. He averaged an insane 29 a game on 58% in 4 tourney games pulling down almost 12 boards and blocking almost 3 shots a game. He was not this dominant during the season but maybe he finally grew into himself, he showed off a polished jump hook with both hands, and he was able to extend his face up game out to about 15 feet. During the season he tried to do things outside of his skillset (passing and shooting from the outside), but he was able to slow these flaws as the season went on. Instead of attacking the rim, his offense is more fade-aways and jump hooks which don’t get him to the line a ton, which obviously you hope he improves on at the next level. A hard-worker on the boards as he battles for every loose ball on both sides of the court. His defense isn’t quite ready for the KVBL in the post, but his body type and sometime in the gym he will get there. He uses his length to alter shots from players on drives, his timing is just off on being able to get there to block multiple shots a game. His potential alone warrants lotto, if work-outs go well he can jump due to his age and potential.

16.8 PPG, 9.8 REB, 1.3 AST, .8 STL, 1.1 BLK, 1.9 TO, 53 FG%, 68 FT%, (2.7 FTA) 26 3P% (1.7 3GA, .4 3GA 2nd half of season)

James Ineson – SF/SG (22)

Ineson should have been in the draft 2 years ago, instead he decided to stay in school and it screwed him, not that he’s a good player because he is, but being two years older and having the exact same skill set doesn’t bode well for draft day. He has put up almost identical stat lines in the past two seasons showing he may have already hit the highest level he can. Ineson does a little bit of everything on the court, but doesn’t do anything better than average. He can shoot well enough to keep you honest but isn’t the most fleet of foot to get past the defenders to get to the basket. He gets to the line a few times a game but the most he got to the line was six all season so it’s not like he will get anyone in foul trouble that guards him. Can pass enough that he isn’t a total black hole on offense, but would probably have a better chance at a long career if he looked to pass even more. Defensively he is not hurting you but isn’t really helping you, sometimes he gets the occasional steal, but other than that he doesn’t add a whole lot on that side of the ball. His IQ isn’t insanely high so his help defense is absolutely horrific and reading balls off the rim is not great. Doesn’t seem to understand the further the shot the longer the rebound. Hard to see him any better than mid first as he basically is what he is with little long term upside.

13.7 PPG, 3.4 REB, 3.1 AST, 1.4 STL, 1 BLK, 48 FG%, 73 FT% (2.1 FTA), 35 3P% (1.8 3GA)

Evan Moore – SG (22)

Playing in the ACC Moore faced a lot of defenders but none could stop this man from the outside as he led the nation in 3-point percentage. Whether it be off screens, kickouts, or the pick and roll he was as knockdown as you see in the game. His mechanics are really good to watch as before he’s catching the ball on a curl, he is already squaring himself and readying for a shot. Pretty obvious but Moore does not pass because he is always looking for his shot which at least means he can’t throw it to the other team, he also offers little to no rebounding, and in the ACC this hurt his team quite a bit. He has a smooth stroke from the line but he barely gets there to make a difference. Now defensively, his deficiencies out way any good he brings to the table. Struggles in a bunch of areas including rebounding and getting in the passing lane. Moore is a guy that knows how to defend the 3 because well he knows all their moves. A fun guy that some teams may stash and hope he learns that there are more to KVBL then 3’s. Late first seems fun for a guy with only one major contribution even if it’s a very good one.

13.8 PPG, 2.7 REB, 1.8 AST, .9 STL, .8 BLK, .7 TO, 52 FG%, 51 3P% (7.2 3GA), 94 FT% (1.8 FTA)

Larry Jones Jr. – SG/SF/PF (21)

Jones’s high school coach preached “hustle’s free” and Jones lived up to that phrase and more in his three seasons at Georgia. When he came to Georgia he was a defensive beast that could rebound and defend at all three positions extremely well, in the three seasons in Georgia he has added scoring to the list of things he is very good at. A hard nose grinder on the defensive end is where he made his mark in AAU and high school, he talks trash but backs it up by stopping the other team’s best offensive option. He likes the challenge when the opposing team has a top-notch scorer that he can shut down. His hustle leads to forcing TO’s because he’s one that never gives up on a play, whether he’s knocking the ball away or stopping a breakaway for with a chase-down block he has zero quit. He doesn’t let any shot go uncontested, whether the shot is from the outside or a drive to the hoop, Jones will never stop fighting. Once a shot goes up he turns and boxes out and fights for the ball as it comes off the rim. When he got to school he was an enigma on offense but in time he has learned how to finish around the rim with both hands, and has developed a mid-range jumper which he pulls bigger defenders out on him as he blows by them. He has an innate ability to draw fouls and play through contact and finish at the rim, not sure this will continue at the next level with bigger players but the fact he will take the contact is encouraging. With his versatility, bulldog ability on defense, and coupling that with his growing offensive progress we see him in landing in the top 5.

18.7 PPG, 9.7 REB, 1.3 AST, 2.1 STL, 1.7 BLK, 2.4 TO, 48 FG%, 71 FT% (4.8 FTA), 21 3P% (.7 3GA)

Stanley Weston – PG/SG (20)

The great white north has sent a guard with a unique skill set, in college in Canada he was an average defender and now the competition will be even better. His defensive IQ is atrocious: he reaches at the wrong time, his help defense is non-existent, and his on the ball defense is so hit or miss. He does snag a steal because he will reach or jump the lanes, but if he misses (which happens way too often) it’s a 5-4 the other way. His offense is what will make him an interesting prospect, he can score and score in bunches. He dominated Canada from the time he was 14, and it continued in college. He had offers from all the major schools in the US, but he decided to stay close to home so his family could see him play. His step back jumper is unstoppable as he creates so much space because of his quickness and then he can step back and set himself and he can drain the three. If he wants to get to lane he will, he has a runner, a scoop shot and an incredible ability to hang in the air for longer than anticipated to get whatever shots he wants around the rim. He shoots a lot more than he passes, but it’s okay because he makes a lot of the shots even if they are off balance or shots that have the coach screaming NO! but then the shot goes in and everyone applauds. If he finds a team that can teach him any sort of defense, he will be around awhile. If he can’t learn defense he may be nothing more than a bench piece in the future. Weston will be in the first round, pre-draft workouts will determine exactly where, as he has not been completely scouted, best guess is 17-22.

32.1 PPG, 2.3 AST, 2.1 REB, 1.7 STL, .4 BLK, .8 TO, 56 FG%, 78 FT% (3.1 FTA), 42 3P% (5.1 3GA)

Peyton Baldwin – PF/SF (20)

Baldwin is a team player, he does all the little things to make sure the team is the best they can be. Led the country in charges taken and offensive rebounds, he thrives off of the crowd and the rush of adrenaline after making a big play. This “rush” of adrenaline also gets him trouble has he is known to draw a stupid foul or argue with teammates or coaches a little too much. He did get 3 techs at Nova for arguing calls against him and his intense attitude. Baldwin may be a player who’s value you won’t find in the box scores, but he will have a role on whatever team he ends up on. He can defend both forward spots well, better in the post then the outside at this time, but he has the ability and work ethic to become a defensive stopper at both positions. Already a good shot blocker due to his size and athleticism and has he grows into his body should get even better. A really good rebounder on both sides of the ball, but he adds so many possessions for his team on the offensive boards. Only sort of offense he has are put back dunks or lay ups off of his multiple rebounds. Interested to see him at the next level defending better players but possible lockdown defenders always go higher than they should, back end of lotto to mid first seems logical for how GMs sweat defenders.

8.9 PPG, 1.1 AST, 12.1 REB (4.7 ORB), 1.1 STL, 2.7 BLK, 1.7 TO, 48 FG%, 0 3p% (0 3GA), 46 FT% (1.1 FTA)

Tyler Ortiz – PF (22)

Ortiz was a 4-star recruit in high school, but decided to play football in college. He was a good TE but not great and is trying to make it in the NBA now. He hasn’t really shot a basketball competitively in 4 seasons but when he played in high school he had a nice turn-around jumper and his use of the backboard was impressive. He was close to unstoppable in high school due to his size, he could back down and shoot over shorter players, and was smart enough to pump fake on the bigger players to get past them. He isn’t overly quick but uses his smarts to get to the rim with least resistance as possible. Not much of a passer out of the post in high school, can’t see that being much different four years later. We don’t think he will be awful on defense in his return but we think he may struggle because he has never played man to man defense before. His ability to go up and catch the ball at its peak should show well on the boards and when he’s timing his blocks. If his offense looks good in final pre-draft workouts 10-17 is a good spot for Ortiz to land.

21.8 PPG, 1.8 AST, 9.1 REB, .7 STL, 2.4 BLK, 2.1 TO, 54 FG%, 21 3P% (.7 3GA), 65 FT% (2.9 FTA)

Jermaine Francis – PG (19)

Francis has the looks of a low usage passing and defensive PG that most teams covet. He can find any open player from anywhere on the court. He loves to push the pace whether its off a steal he has forced or off an outlet he’s ready to run and find his teammates. Rarely looks to shoot but when he does it is not very pretty so he tends to stick to passing. His slight frame prohibits him from making an impact on the boards and finishing at the rim, but he knows this and won’t waste the energy. He sees windows that vets don’t even see and usually if he makes the decision to fire a pass it ends up with his teammate and not the other team. On the defensive side he is a menace for a point guard, he will pick them up full court and is quick enough to slide his feet so they can’t get a head of steam and slide past him. Despite his size he is able to effect shots because he doesn’t give up enough space for players to be comfortable. If you are lazy with the ball in front of Francis, he will swipe it and be on his way down the court in a matter of seconds. Lotto seems like an easy fit for this team first point guard.

9.7 PPG, 2.4 REB, 9.6 AST, 3.4 STL, .3 BLK, 1.3 TO, 43 FG%, 64 FT% (1.3 FTA), 32 3P% (1.1 3GA)

Royce Brinson – C/PF (22)

Brinson is a former volleyball player, who switched to basketball because there was no money in volley, and it shows in his ability to grab any ball thrown near him. He is a freakish athlete that can contort his body to catch any lob or block shots no one else in the country could by hanging and using his length to knock the ball away. His offense is lobs and put back slams as he soars way over the defense to snatch the ball away and dunk it home. He does draw some fouls as opponents think they can jump with him and end up just slapping his arm. On defense he effects shots at a very good rate, especially coming over from the weak side and slamming the ball to the ground, unfortunately because he is so thin he gets muscled around on the block. For him to be a really impactful defender he needs to bulk up and get better on the post. He can affect the outside shot when he runs at a shooter just due to the length of his arms. If he is able to develop an offensive game from the post it will make him a wanted commodity, as he is as a rim runner and rebounder he still will have a ton of value. Late lotto to mid first seems like a good spot unless a GM can teach him a post-game.

13.1 PPG, 12.1 REB, 1.3 AST, .7 STL, 4.1 BLK, 1.5 TO, 54 FG% (7.1 FGA), 67 FT% (4.4 FTA), 0 3p% (.1 3GA)

Rell Ballard – SF/PF/C (21)

Ballard is the last of the three versatile Uconn players we will discuss for the upcoming draft, but he is from the least. He literally does everything and more for a team, he touches every part of a box score and had multiple 5 x 5 games in his 3-year career. Ballard struggles with the smaller quicker wings, as his foot speed isn’t the best, but he is a rock in the post. His quick hands and even quicker mind see plays develop and he can anticipate the passes and that’s how he gets his steals, he seems to always be calculating 3 passes ahead when playing defense. The anticipation doesn’t stop on steals, he seems to have a knack for exactly when an opponent is going to shoot and can rise and block, it sometimes seems like he knows the shots going up before the opponent decides to shoot. His offensive game won’t overwhelm you as he is calculated and seems to make the right play at all times. His favorite spot to be is the elbow with cutters all around him so he can find the open player or if they lag off to get in the passing lanes he can rise and nail the jumper. If the defender crowds him Ballard tries to use the dribble to get around to uneven results, sometimes it’s a dunk and foul or sometimes it’s a dribble off his foot. When any shot goes up Ballard is crashing the glass and crashing hard, usually resulting in his rebound or a tip to a teammate. A player with so much room to grow but is already this good seems to be an easy top 5 lock come draft day.

14.9 PPG, 7.7 REB, 4.8 AST, 2.3 STL, 2.1 BLK, 2.6 TO, 52 FG%, 67 FT% (4.6 FTA), 12 3P% (.7 3GA)

JP Matthews – PF/C (21)

Matthews would be a much more touted prospect if he could figure out how to stay on the court. He always seems to be a second late on his rotation or timing his jump and it lands him in foul trouble early and often. A consistent scorer from both the low post and from the outside, he can make it rain from 3 if he can stay on the court. His low post moves make him a tough matchup because he offers up and unders along with fade-aways that overall are just tough to defend. Defensively what is mind boggling is he is usually in the right position but still ends up fouling, he fouled out of 13 games this year and 4 fouls in 6 others, that was more then 50% of the teams games he got to 4 fouls. He can snag rebounds off the rim but sometimes is too aggressive fighting for the offensive ones and gets called for fouls, shocking. There isn’t much to say, if he can stay on the court he can help a team win, if he can’t then he is looking at a backup role for his entire career. Mid first is where he will go due to limited upside due to court time not ability.

16.7 PPG, 7.3 REB, .7 AST, 1.1 STL, 1.3 BLK, 2.6 TO, 54 FG%, 77 FT% (1.7 FTA) , 39 3P% (3.4 3GA)

Jamaal Mixon – PG (20)

Mixon is a surprise entrant into the draft, he most likely would have benefited from another year at Michigan State but he opted to try and make it in the KVBL. For a PG he is not the best at determining when to push and when to slow the pace down. He gets too careless when making a pass and leads to needless live ball turnovers that lead to points the other way. When he isn’t careless and is trying he can thread the needle and hit the shooter in the perfect spot for a shot. His jumper is hot or cold, it usually can be told on his first shot, which would be fine but he still shoots and will get up more shots then he should be as a PG. He doesn’t get to the lane at all so it’s hard for him to draw any fouls whatsoever. Defensively he is a work in progress, he doesn’t come up with many steals but his on ball defense seems to have gotten better as he has learned to move his feet in his two seasons in college. This kid is nothing more than a dart throw when it comes to the draft, if he can limit the TO and become a better defender he has a chance to be a smarter.

11.6 PTS, 2.1 REB, 4.7 AST, 1.2 STL, 0 BLK, 3.1 TO, 46 FG%, 61 FT% (.7 FTA), 29 3P% (2.7 3GA)

Julio Jeffery – SG/PG (23)

Jeffery was on no one’s radar coming into the season but after making a massive jump from his junior to senior season he is getting some draft buzz. Jeffery turned into a nice little combo guard over his 5 seasons college. He redshirted his freshman year and fought his way up the depth chart to finally start as a senior and it looks like the hard work paid off. When he ran the pick and roll a lot of teams tried to double him, didn’t work, he would find the open guy with ease. As strong as he is as a passer, he is that much better as a scorer. A quick first step allows him to beat many off the dribble, and when he gets you on your heels it’s when he pulls up for three. When he gets into the teeth of the defense he will try to go right up over the bigger defenders allowing him to draw fouls, but also made it so he got blocked his fair share of the time. Defensively he is leaps and bounds better from his past seasons, he understands the concept of team defense and has become passable when he’s in a man to man defense. He won't come away with a ton of steals but enough to make a difference in the turnover battle each night. Not overly athletic but his work ethic have gotten him to even be talked about in the draft, even though he’s an older player we don’t think he is done growing as a scorer or a player overall.

17.8 PPG, 2.8 REB, 4.4 AST, 1.7 STL, .3 BLK, 1.8 TO, 48 FG%, 74 FT% (3.6 FTA), 40 3P% (3.3 3GA)

Delanie Watson – SF (19)

Within 10 games of the season it was clear this would be Watson’s only season in Tennessee. A long athletic wing who impacts both sides of the ball. At 19 there is a chance he will be a lockdown defender the moment he steps on the court, he moves his feet extremely well and his recovery to a rising shooter is exceptional. His hands are always moving and this leads to tipped entry passes and steals, along with being an annoyance to anyone he is guarding. The array of moves that Watson has can make him look like a 10 year yet, and this makes him hard to stop. Half of his game is played behind the three-point line and half is played at the rim there is no in between for him. He loves attacking the smaller weaker wings that teams threw at him, he demolished them in the post and forced them to foul him. When they went to a bigger wing he would take them off the dribble or when they would sag off he would pull up with ease. A solid two-way rebounder with tons of energy and effort to get to the loose ball, when he gets it he’s looking for the outlet pass to get the team running. His one position of eligibility shouldn’t kill his draft stock but depends which gms are picking at the top of the draft as Watson should land in the top ten with his two-way potential.

20.7 PPG, 7.8 REB, 2.2 AST, 1.9 STL, .9 BLK, 1.7 TO, 49 FG%, 78 FT% (5.1 FTA), 39 3P% (4.7 3GA)

Darnell Cage – SG/SF (18)

Cage is one of the two high schoolers to make the jump to the KVBL, he does so with a little intrigue about him. He had signed to go to his home state UNC but had backed out and entered the KVBL draft slate at the last minute. He will not be an impact player right away but boy does he have all the tools to be a star in the league before he is 25. Cage has nearly an unprecedented ability to get to the rim, regardless of the style of player that is put on him. It may not be that easy but his crossover (which was featured on Sports Science), is one of the most unstoppable moves on a basketball court, between the speed and force behind the move he can get past almost anyone. When the crossover gets him to the lane he can pull up for a mid-range jumper or explode right to the rim for a dunk or acrobatic layup. Once in the lane if he doesn’t think he can get an efficient shot up he will look for a diving big or an open wing for a kickout, makes him really hard to collapse on. For a wing his outside shot is iffy, but he shoots it enough that if corrected will be a deadly weapon. On defense, he is not there yet for man to man, his team played mostly zone in high school so he may need some time to learn man to man concepts but his IQ is high enough it shouldn’t take him too long. He absolutely loves doubling on a big and swatting the shot out of bounds, he’s good for at least one of those a game. Would like to see a wing be able to come up with more steals then he does but for an 18 year old prospect I think that is the one aspect most GM’s will be unhappiest with, everything else he will be able to make more then average adjustments. He goes to the boards with authority, more so on defensive but it isn’t out of his ability to grab a few rebounds on the offensive side as well. His huge upside and age alone will put him firmly in the top 10, I think if the right gm lands 1, he could go that high.

22.3 PPG, 6.6 REB, 4.6 AST, 1.1 STL, 1.3 BLK, 49 FG%, 76 FT% (3.8 FTA), 33 3P% (4.1 3GA)
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