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Juan Palacios

Louisville
Sophomore
Height: 6’8”
Weight: 245 lbs
Position: Forward
Birth date:5/11/85

Strengths: Palacios is an “all-around” type of player. He can hit the 3, he can give you a jump hook, or he can post you up down low. He is surprisingly a decent 3-point shooter. He can simply score in many different ways. He is also a smart player. He is still a developing talent, since he did just start playing basketball at the age of 12. He is a good passer from the post with good vision. He is also decent running the floor. Palacios is built like a machine. He has worked hard on his body since coming out of high school. He has also been working hard on his post moves. He has the tools to become a special talent. He has hit some big shots so far in his career.

Weaknesses: Palacios is really not as athletic as you would like out of a “do-it-all” type of player. He still hasn’t found his true position yet. He is not quick enough to defend the 3 position. He does not have the post play or height of a 4 either. His post game still seems a little nonexistent. He has poor footwork in the post. He does not get to the line as much as you would like out of your forward. It also does not help that he is not a good free throw shooter.

Synopsis: If Palacios can continue to improve at the rate he is right now, there is no reason why he won’t be a lottery pick in 2007. He needs to work on his post game in order for him to be a versatile 4 that his coaches would like him to be. If he does come out in 2006, he has a chance to be a lottery pick but chances are he will be a mid to late first round pick. He has all the tools to be a very solid 2nd or 1st option for a team scoring wise. He can really make a team better.

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James White

Cincinnati
Senior

Height: 6'9
Weight: 195 lbs.
Position: Shooting Guard/Small Forward
Date of Birth: 10/21/1982

Strengths: One of the most athletic basketball players in the world. A great leaper that can throw down extraordinary dunks with such ease. James once completed a through the legs dunk from the free throw line, and can dunk from the free throw line like its nothing. He is very fast on the break, and once he gets the ball, chances are he is going to jump over you. Has good form on his jumper, and has a quick release. Gets good elevation on his jumper and shoots over his opponents. Can post up, and his turnaround jumper is deadly. James is a good passer that can distribute to his teammates very well. He is a good rebounder, and gets a lot of steals and blocks. Has shown that he can be a great perimeter defender.

Weaknesses: Just an average player at the college level. You would expect that with his athleticism and physical tools that he would dominate, but he doesn't. A very inconsistent player, due to the fact that he doesn't the level of intensity you would like to see. His jumpshot has no range on it whatsoever, and he is a very streaky shooter. He dribbles the ball high which leads to many turnovers. He really needs to add some weight to his skinny frame. James has a questionable work ethic, and has suspected attitude problems.

Synopsis: James really needs to refine his skills in order to become a legit NBA prospect, because he won't stick in the league with athleticism alone. If he doesn't improve in his senior year, James could very well see himself go undrafted; which is unfortunate given the physical tools he has to work with.
 

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Mardy Collins

Temple
Senior
Height:6'6"
Weight:205 lbs
Position:Point Guard
Birth Date:8/4/84

Strengths: Collins is a big point guard that actually is a point guard, not like the typical wing converted into point guard. He has a good mid-range game and very good ballhandling skills. He keeps his dribble under control while still having a nice crossover. Still, he manages to be unselfish when he could physical dominate smaller point guards. He has also added a little bit of a post game to his play. Mardy is good shooting the ball off the dribble.
He has long arms that help him to almost lead the country in steals. He is always playing the passing lanes really well. He is very smart and experienced. He has started every game he has played at Temple. He plays under control too. Collins is also a pretty decent rebounder for his position. So you can not say no to that.

Weaknesses: Mardy is not going to sell tickets with how flashy he is. He is not that flashy kind of point guard. To tell the truth, Mardy will be a solid player in the league but will never be a star that you look for with your top 10 pick. He simply is not flashy or athletic enough to be one. Plus, Collins is a bad free throw shooter. His 3-point shoot is still inconsistent. He must work on that. He probably won't be quick enough to keep up with NBA PG's on the defensive end either.

Synopsis: Mardy will probably be a very solid starter when his NBA career is all said and done, but he is not going to be a star you hope for when a team is trying to rebuild. He does not have the potential of a Shaun Livingston but will surely not come with the huge risk of a bust. If a team is looking for a safe pick, a leader, and looking to get back into the playoffs the following year, this is your guy. Mardy should be a lottery pick though come the 2006 Draft.

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clien said:
player profiles thus far
jarrett jack
gerald green
danny granger
charlie vilanueva
francisco garcia
marvin williams
hakim warrick
chris taft
ray felton
salim stoudimire
channing frye
joey graham
kennedy washington
tiago splitter
rudy gay
sergio rodriguez
rudy fernandez
radney carney
uros tripkovic
adam morrison
josh boone
shannon brown
andrea bergnani
rajon rando
JJ redick
pops mansah bonsu
hassan adams
paul davis
daniel gibson
darius washington
Obviously some of those names were meant for the 2005 draft and will not be posted when we launch.
 

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Guillermo Diaz

Miami
Junior

Height: 6'2
Weight: 186 lbs.
Position: Point Guard/Shooting Guard
Date of Birth: 11/30/1985

Strengths: A phenomenal athlete with tremendous speed in the open court. Diaz is one of the most athletic players in the college game, and is believed to have a 45 inch vertical, and some even say its higher than that; scary. He has a very good crossover dribble, and can get to the basket at will with his explosiveness. Diaz has great range on his jumper, and can hit the three with regularity. He also has a nice pull up mid range jumper which he uses in the half court set. Diaz has very good strength for his size, and he is a very good rebounder.

Weaknesses: Right now, Diaz is a 6'2 SG, which means he will have to develop his point guard skills. He doesn't have the passing skills or court vision to create for his teammates. He has a terrible assist to turnover ratio; 1.1/1. Diaz also has a lack of experience, as he has only played competitive basketball for a few years. Diaz' decision making is questionable, he seems to play at another tempo than his teammates at times.

Synopsis: Diaz is a great athlete with great scoring ability, but needs to improve his PG skills. It is obvious that at 6'2, Diaz will more than likely play point guard spot in the NBA. Another year at Miami will really help Diaz, as he needs to gain experience and work on his fundamentals. If Diaz improves his point guard skills, he is definetly a 1st round draft pick in 2006.
 

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Julian Wright

Kansas
Freshman

Height: 6'8
Weight: 215 lbs.
Position: Small Forward
Date of Birth: 05/20/1987

Strengths: Julian is a long athlete with tremendous skill. He has great ballhandling skills, along with great court vision and passing skills; which is rare in a player his size. An extremely unselfish player that can bring the ball up the court and lead the fast break to perfection. Loves to run, and can get down the court in an instant with his huge strides. He has a very quick first step which allows him to penetrate easily, and is a great finisher. He uses his length and athleticism to get a lot of offensive rebounds; where he gets a lot of his points. A capable back to the basket player where he uses his quickness to get by players. Julian is also a great defensive player. He uses his athleticism, freakish length, and lateral quickness to make it very difficult for any player to go past him. He gets a lot of blocks and steals due to his ability to read the passing lanes and with his 7'1 wingspan. Has the rare quality of being able to affect the game greatly without scoring.

Weaknesses: Relies too much on his athleticism at the high school level, which he is able to get away with. Needs to develop the fundamentals and expand his offensive game. His shot is terrible right now. His form is awkward, and he has no range on his jumpshot. He has shown that he can hit the midrange jumper, but not with much consistency. This attributes to him being an awful free throw shooter. Julian tends to try and make the flashy play instead of the easy and right one. He does become careless with his flashiness and turns the ball over a lot. Julian does need to get stronger in order for him to develop his inside game, and to help him on the defensive end.

Synopsis: Julian is a type of player that is so talented, and doesn't come around too often. He should spend a couple years in college to first and foremost develop a jumpshot and work on all the other holes in his game. If Wright can just become a respectable shooter, there is no doubt he will be 1st round pick, most likely close to the lottery.
 

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Vincent Grier

Minnesota
Senior
Height:6'5"
Weight: 205 lbs
Position: SG/SF
Birth Date:3/16/1983

Strengths: Grier is one of the best scorers in the Big Ten. He is a very good athlete too. He has good body control while he is in the air. Grier's offensive game is complete. He can pound smaller guards downlow. He can create off the dribble. He is good in transition. He is a tremendous slasher. He has a decent mid-range jump shot. Moves well without the ball. He is surprisingly a good offensive rebounder. He has also been known to hit some big shots. Grier can flat out score to make it simple. He has the tools to become a good defender on the next level. He already is a pretty good defender. Grier is also a good locker room guy. Plays with a lot of emotion.

Weaknesses: He plays and looks out of control on the floor. He has questionable looking ball-handling skills. He loses control of his dribble too much. He forces a lot of shots. His shot right now is not that good. He simply needs to be consistent. His shot mechanics look akward. He is a good defender really when he wants to be. He is too hard on himself. He is not mentally strong enough to play at the next level.

Synopsis: Grier is your typical college scoring machine. He could do some good as a spark off the bench for teams in the NBA but other than that, he may not make a team nor get drafted. He could be a late 2nd round pick in 2006 though.
 

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<b>Luka Bogdanovic</b>
Birthdate: 11th February 1985
Height: 2m04
Weight:
2005/2006 Team: Partizan Belgrade (Adriatic League and Euroleague)

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<b>Stats</b>
<u>Euroleague 2004/2005</u>
Min 20:46
Pts 7.7
2FG 47.9%
3FG 35.7%
FT 80.9%
Rebounds 0.6O 2.8D
Assists 0.7
ST 0.6
TO 1.5
BL 0.0

<b>Career</b>
He grew up with Radnicki Belgrade (Yugoslavia) youth teams
He played for Red Star Belgrade from 2002-2004
He signed for the2004-05 season at BC Partizan Belgrade

<b>Trophies</b>
2004-05 Serbia & Montenegro National Championship with BC Partizan Belgrade
2004 Serbia & Montenegro Cup with BC Red Star Belgrade
Member of the Yugoslav Cadets National Team
Gold medal at the 2001 European Cadets Championship
European Cadets Championship 1st Team
Member of the Serbia & Montenegro Junior National Team
Member of the Serbia & Montenegro Under-20 National Team
Bronze medal at the 2005 European Under-20 Championship
European Under-20 Championship 1st Team

<b>Strenghts</b>
Luka Bogdanovic shows a great shooting touch for a forward of his size. He is compared to Peja Stojakovic or Vlado Radmanovic who he considers as his role models. He gets good playing time in Euroleague where he is the second offensive option of his team behind Dejan Milojevic. He can take the defensive rebounds but he has to improve his passing abilities.

<b>Weaknesses</b>
Heneeds to improve his defensive quickness, which he is aware of. He also has to improve his shoot selection to reach a better percentage from behind the arc. He will improve his physical condition by playing another season in the Euroleague.

<b>Synopsis</b>
A great potential, which he also showed during the U20 championship this summer, where he lead his team to a third place and got a selection in the 1st team of the tournament. His clearly considers the NBA as a goal of his career.
 

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Corey Brewer

Florida
Sophmore

Height: 6'8
Weight: 183 lbs.
Position: Shooting Guard/Small Forward
Date of Birth: 03/05/1986

Strengths: A long lanky athlete with versatility. Corey's best attribute has to be the tremendous defensive ability he possess'. He has the versatility, length and athleticism which allows him to be a good defender. Has proven himself as a lockdown defender this past year. A good ballhandler and passer. Can hit the spot up shot from the outside, and likes to work in the mid range. A good offensive rebounder where he gets a lot of his points. Shows a good work ethic and attitude.

Weaknesses: Has to develop his skillset right now. He can do a lot of things decently, but needs to refine his fundamentals. His outside shot is very streaky, is not a shooter off the dribble right now. Corey is real thin right now, so putting on weight to his lanky frame should help him a lot.

Synopsis: Corey is still a very young player, and is developing his game. He has great potential, and if he keeps up his hard work there is no reason he won't find himself in the first round in the future. He will get a chance to prove himself this year at Florida.
 

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Gerry McNamara

Syracuse
Senior

Height: 6'2
Weight: 172 lbs.
Position: Point Guard
Date of Birth: 08/28/1983

Strengths: A fearless shooter who has great range. Gerry is a tough player, and when his shot is falling, he could be the most dangerous shooter in the college game. He has great form on his jumper and always gets his feet under his shot. He is very good at moving without the ball and pulling up for a spot up jumper. A good shooter off the dribble, and one of the better free throw shooters. Gerry has great confidence and always wants to take the big shot. He has a great handle and can break down defenders off the dribble with his deceptive quickness. A good distributer when he wants to be. Gerry also shows great leadership skills and is very vocal on the court.

Weaknesses: Gerry does not possess the skills and the mentality to lead a team as a point guard right now. He has terrible shot selection and this can lead his game to be out of control. If his shots are not falling, he will keep jacking up shots; forgetting that there are four other players on his team. He isn't the quickest point guard which hurts him on the defensive end. Not only does he not have the quickness on the defensive end, but he just doesn't play smart; gambling for the steal way too often.

Synopsis: Gerry really has to improve his shot selection and decision making if he wants to stick on a team at the next level. He is entering his senior year at Syracuse with a lot of young players and without superstar Hakim Warrick, which should be a good test for him. Chances are Gerry is a late 2nd rounder next year when he comes out, and has a chance of not getting drafted.
 

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Al Horford

Florida
Sophmore

Height: 6'9
Weight: 235 lbs.
Position: Power Forward
Date of Birth: 06/03/1986

Strengths: Al has a great combination of strength and athleticism. Has an enormous wingspan and great length which allows him to be an intimidator on the defensive end. Very active on the defensive end; he gets a lot of blocks and steals. He is an absolute beast on the boards on both ends of the floor, grabbing 6.5 rebounds in only 22.5 minutes of play. He has great hands and a nice touch inside. He can run the break extremely well for a big man, and can really finish. When you look at his frame; particularly his wide shoulders, you see that he could add much more weight. A hardworker that is very coachable and has a great attitude both on and off the court.

Weaknesses: Right now Al is very raw on the offensive end. He really needs to improve his footwork around the basket. He has no post moves right now, and developing a go to move would really help his game. Al still needs to get stronger, you will see him get pushed around in the post at times. Like many young big men Al can get into foul trouble at times. He needs to improve his free throw shooting. Al just needs more experience and seasoning.

Synopsis: Al is a great talent that has all the tools you want in a big man. He still has holes in his game; but is very young and has a lot of room for improvement. With David Lee leaving Florida, it opens up the door for Al to have a breakout season, and he should. If he keeps working hard, and has the season people are expecting him to have next season, he will likely be a lottery pick in 2006.
 

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Dee Brown

Illinois
Senior

Height: 6'0
Weight: 175 lbs.
Position: Point Guard/Shooting Guard
Date of Birth: 08/17/1984

Strengths: One of the quickest players you will ever see. Dee uses his cat-like quickness to blow by defenders with ease. He is a tough player that loves contact and is not afraid to challenge big men when he is coming to the basket. He has a good, low handle which helps him split through the defense. Dee is a terrific player on the fast break, hence his nickname "One Man Fast Break". He has unbelievable speed from end to end, and can simply outrun the defense on the break. He creates these fast break oppurtunities with his great hustle defense. He uses lateral quickness to stay in front of his man, and has very quick hands to poke the ball away. Plays the passing lanes very well. He has great range on his shot all the way out to the NBA 3 point line. Dee is a good playmaker and distribrutor that loves to drive and dish. Dee is a very intense player that is very vocal with his teammates and he is the guy that gets them going.

Weaknesses: Dee is small for a point guard, and calling him 6'0 might even be a little generous. With his physical play you would like to see him add more strength to his frame as well. Dee is a shooting guard stuck in a point guards body, and a small point guard at that. He has shown the ability to be a legit point guard because of his good handle and passing skills, but he takes on much of the scoring load for Illinois. Dee also sometimes plays at another tempo than his teammates and can get out of control and make bad plays. Dee has the range on his shot, but is very streaky. When a player takes a lot of outside shots like Dee, their game is dependent on whether or not it is hitting. He takes too many outside shots, and can get beside himself and try to go too far out and shoot.

Synopsis: Dee declared for the 2005 draft, and was most likely going to be a high-mid 2nd round pick. Unfortunately Dee suffered an injury at the Chicago camp which forced him to pull out of the draft for the fear that it would scare teams off. Dee is going to be the man next year with Deron Williams and Luther Head in the NBA. If he improves his decision making, and point guard skills; we could be talking about a first round pick in 2006.
 

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Shelden Williams

Duke
Senior
Height:6'9"
Weight: 255 lbs
Position: PF/C
Birth Date: 10/21/83

Strengths: Williams is simply one of the best shot blockers and rebounders in college basketball right now. He is very gifted athletically. He has very good timing when he is blocking shots. He is a very aggressive rebounder. Plays with a lot of desire. Physically, he is top notch in college basketball. He has a great combination of athleticism and strength. It also helps that he has long arms. He is a great inside defender. He dominates most of everyone he has to guard.
For a college basketball player, his offensive post game is great. He gets a lot of tip ins. He has one of the better FG% in the game. He over powers who ever is guarding him. He is quick for his size and likes to run the floor.

Weaknesses: Williams plays a lot of center in college which will not work out in the NBA. He is even a little small to be a power forward in the NBA. His offensive game is not what you would expect out of a guy so strong and athletic. He has poor foot work. He has limited post moves. He plays mechanical down low. He has a poor jump shot. He also has some very poor ballhandling skills. The second he decides to dribble, you expect a turnover.
Defends using mostly his strength. He is going to have trouble guarding quicker big men in the NBA. He is also a bit too aggressive at times. He is often in foul trouble.

Synopsis:Williams should be a lottery pick if not picked in the top ten. His offense will improve along with the holes in his defense. He should become a very solid big man in the NBA, although he won't be the huge star people hope for. He needs to work on staying out of foul trouble. If he can do that, there is no doubt in my mind that he will be a teams first option when they feed the ball down low. He has all the natural tools to become a very good player in the league, he just needs to really work on his offensive game so he is not one-dimensional.


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