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Another guy who's caught my eye recently was someone who wasn't in the tournament. I haven't seen him play much, but just based on what I've read, I think Brandon Rush of Kansas is someone to keep our eye on. Most sites don't think he'll enter the draft though. Skillwise, he's everything we want. He's got good SG size and strength at 6'7" 210 lbs, he's very athletic, he's a very good shooter, an efficient offensive player, a good rebounder, he's unselfish, and will give effort on defense.

He's said to not be a shut-down defender at this point but he has the athleticism and effort to become one. Technique can be taught and our two shot-blocking demons can help him out.

His downsides are that he's still raw, he tends to float around the perimeter too much and is not aggresive enough, he doesn't have picturesque form on his jumper because of some childhood injury, and will make freshman mistakes (after all, he is a freshman).

Again, most don't predict him to enter til 2007, but he did test the waters out of high school. He's also an older freshman at 20 years old, so he may want to start his career. If he does come out, we obviously wouldn't take him in the top 6. But maybe we can trade up from our second round pick, possibly a future second rounder, and/or maybe package a player to move somewhere in the mid to late first round to grab him.

Just by reading his bio, he kind of sounds like Nick Anderson. A Nick Anderson type player would be perfect for this team.
 

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JNice said:
I'll believe it when I see it. Noah just won a championship and can probably ride that hype to a top 5 pick. Guys just don't turn that down. A lot of them say they will but they don't.
But why don't they turn that down? Because the money in the top 5 is so much better than later in the round. Noah is one of the extreme few in which that may not matter. His parents are multi-millionaires. He's definitly not hurting for cash. I'm not saying Noah will not declare, but money will not play a factor in his decision. And money is usually the #1 reason why players jump early.
 

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JT3000 said:
You guys sound as if you think we'll actually have a top 5 pick. If you hadn't noticed, they've already thrown out that opportunity. We'd have to get lucky in the lottery, which I doubt we do.
Of course we'll have a top 5 pick. We'll get the #1 pick because we still have our secret weapon.
 
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