Prospects that are projected to be drafted in the 2nd round:

#31
A couple of (current and future) second rounders today in the UCLA vs. Bama game. Jaime Jacquez and Johnny Juzang for UCLA. Both are about 6'7 and kinda play like Andres Nocioni. Herb Jones of Bama. I thought he would be a 1 or 2 year player--not a 4 year starter. He has everything you'd want in a wing except for a three shot. A less defensive orientated, better handling, penetrating Mathyisse Thybulle.
 

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#32
A couple of (current and future) second rounders today in the UCLA vs. Bama game. Jaime Jacquez and Johnny Juzang for UCLA. Both are about 6'7 and kinda play like Andres Nocioni. Herb Jones of Bama. I thought he would be a 1 or 2 year player--not a 4 year starter. He has everything you'd want in a wing except for a three shot. A less defensive orientated, better handling, penetrating Mathyisse Thybulle.
Juzang is actually starting to look like the player that Kentucky thought they recruited. I think of the two he has the most upside, and I wouldn't mind taking a flyer on him in the 2nd rd, depending on who else is sitting there. I don't blame him for transferring, Calipari is tough to play for.
 
#33
Juzang is actually starting to look like the player that Kentucky thought they recruited. I think of the two he has the most upside, and I wouldn't mind taking a flyer on him in the 2nd rd, depending on who else is sitting there. I don't blame him for transferring, Calipari is tough to play for.
Baja I’m sorry if i missed this in another thread or anything but have you given your take on Usman Garuba? Came across him last night and was very intrigued by his defensive skill set
 
#34
The thing about this year’s draft is that it looks like there is going to be an absolute glut of interesting (slightly older) bigs there to be had in the middle to end of the second round. Queta, Cockburn, Petrusev, Mamukelashvili (I had to google that like ten times to make sure I spelled that right), even Luka Garza all have particular skill sets and bodies that could take off in the right situation in the NBA. As a fan of a team with lacking big depth and a bunch of second round picks, I am glad.
Im pretty sure we only have our own 2nd round pick this year. We traded Detroit the Lakers pick and Toronto the Memphis pick.
 
#36
Juzang is actually starting to look like the player that Kentucky thought they recruited. I think of the two he has the most upside, and I wouldn't mind taking a flyer on him in the 2nd rd, depending on who else is sitting there. I don't blame him for transferring, Calipari is tough to play for.
Barring both sky rocketing into the late first, I think both will stay in school another year. They both need it. They're intriguing, because they have guard skills, but are legit wings. A year of working on their game and can see both getting some late first round love (maybe higher for Juzang).

If Nix didn't bail for the G-League and if Chris Smith had not gotten hurt earlier in the year, the Bruins would be the favorite this year. Nix is going to be a first rounder and Smith was the Bruins best player before his injury (and should get drafted). That's 5 legit scorers (with Campbell, Juzang, and Jacquez). What could've been.
 
#38
Marko Simonovic (was drafted by Chicago in the 40's in 2020) (Petrusev PF teammate) has gone from mildly interesting prospect to very interesting hes 6'9/6'10 with a solid (still thin) frame above average athlete with a great motor. The reason he's gone to very interesting in my book is he's learned to shoot, he's got a quick flat shot that has improved drastically as a result of not having to play C like last season. He's very quick running end to end in a straight line for rim runs and has shown flashes of some post game although its not great.

His IQ is not the best but its workable he's not Bagley/Mclemore/TRob levels of dumb.

Another guy who has NBA talent in the ABA is Fedor Zugic (not sure if he's eligible) he's anywhere from 6'3 to 6'5 and has a young Evan Fournier (SG who can fill in and play make at the 1) he's being playing pro since he was 15 and I think he's 17/18 now. He's smart good athlete and can play with or without the ball.
 
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#39
UCLA is targeting Kispert on defense. Having Jaquez take him off the dribble. Jacquez is a better prospect than Kispert. Yea, I said it.
 

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#41
Gonzaga press doesn't work so well when you have 4 ball handlers on the court.
But their trap up at the half court line is doing a pretty good job of pressuring UCLA, that might be alleviated when Campbell gets back in the game.
 
#42
But their trap up at the half court line is doing a pretty good job of pressuring UCLA, that might be alleviated when Campbell gets back in the game.
True. But the trap in general is not leading to those wide margins that they've gotten against WCC and NCAA Tourney teams. This game is going to be close all the way through. UCLA's game plan is to basically exploit Kispert or Timmeh when they're guarding Jacquez. Jacquez is rugged, but has guard skills and will basically score on either player all day. If UCLA had Nix and Smith, UCLA would destroy Gonzaga.
 

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#43
I imagine you could have gotten real good odds on "First team to lead Gonzaga in the second half in the NCAA Tournament: UCLA"
 
#46
Zags got lucky. Suggs hit the backboard and it went in.

UCLA with Chris Smith and Dashon Nix, they destroy the Zags.
 
#47
I'm really hoping Dino RaDONCIC enters the draft the guy is like 22 but is a very good talent (easily a first round talent) a bull SF with craftiness around the rim and a lefty, good feel for the game and can step in right away and play. I'm really not sure why he choose to stay in Europe he should have been in the NBA years ago. His driving game reminds me a bit of Ben Simmons (not the passer). Monternegro has some very interesting prospects coming out I mentioned two more above
 

bajaden

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#48
Kessler Edwards: SF, 6'8", 215 Lbs, Junior, Pepperdine.
34.0 mpg - 17.2 ppg - 49.1% fgp - 37.8% 3pp - 87.6% ftp - 6.8 rpg - 1.2 apg - 1.0 stl's - 1.2 blk's.

Edwards is another one of my personal favorites for the 2nd rd. He's projected as a 3 & D type player. He's a good athlete, but not an elite athlete. He's capable of guarding multiple positions from SG's to PF's. Right now he more of a catch and shoot player offensively. He will attack the basket if the lane is open, but right now his handles do limit him offensively a little. I see him eventually as a solid rotational bench player in the NBA. He's been all over the place in the mock drafts from middle of the 2nd rd to being undrafted.

I have him going around the mid to late forty's. He's been a good shooter all three years at Pepperdine averaging 38.6% for the three years. He's also a solid rebounder for his position. He's not a player that's going to create much for others, but then if he were, he likely be in the first round.