Yahoo.com posted there NBA mock draft for the first round.
Draft Declarers – Round 3
- Jeff Teague, guard from Wake Forrest
- DeMar DeRozan, guard from USC
- Taj Gibson, forward from USC
- Daniel Hackett, guard rom USC
- Jrue Holiday, guard from UCLA
- Jordan Hill, forward from Arizona
- Nic Wise, guard from Arizona
- James Harden, guard from ASU
- Jonny Flynn, guard from Syracuse
- Paul Harris, guard from Syracuse
- Eric Devendorf, guard from Syracuse
Rumor has it that DeRozan, Hachett, Holiday, Harris and Devendorf have all hired agents. The Syracuse boys are making a mistake is that pans out. Neither Harris or Devendorf guaranteed to be drafted and the Orange have a great chance at making a run to the Final Four next season if they return with Flynn.
There is a ton of talent in this group, but other than the the players from the PAC-1o (minus Wise), everyone should come back for another year. I understand the desire to leave the craziness of Arizona, and USC is the OJ Mayo/Reggie Bush “Amatuer” Sports Prep School, so it is natural that the three best players want to jump – they may have a couple years ago.
I have also read that PITT forward and Big East Co-Player of the DeJuan Blair has hired an agent. That is a mistake. There is little chance of him being a first round pick, but I am sure he is being sold on the idea that the media is calling this a “weak draft” and he better strike while he is hot.
Duke Fans Meet John Wall
If Wall signs, Duke would have 3 out of the top 17 draft picks in 2009 classes.
ESPN 2009 Top Recuiring Classes
ESPN was had a list of the top-25 classes coming in next year. It looks to not have adjusted for the coaching moves and recruits de-committing.
A couple highlights.
Sean Miller to Arizona
Miller finally expected the 11M – five year offer that Arizona first made Monday. Early reports had Miller staying at Xavier, but Arizona is in a different class of basketball, and Xavier is losing a lot of talent this season,
Miller is a good fit got this program and he will have them back to winning quickly. The first challenge will be to convince Jordan Hill and Nic Wise to stick around, but both have been rumored to be out the door.
Draft Declarers – Round 2:
- Chase Budinger, forward from Arizona
- Jodie Meeks, guard from Kentucky
- Earl Clark, forward from Louisville
- Blake Griffin, forward from Oklahoma
- Devan Downey, guard from South Carolina
- James Johnson, forward from Wake Forrest
- DeJuan Blair, forward from PITT
This group, compared to the first group, is filled with at least three lottery-first round picks and a lot NBA potential. Downey, Blair and Meeks should go back to school and as of now, have not hired agents. While the rest should ahead and hire an agents.
With Budinger and Meeks, one must wonder if their decision was based on the new man who would be in charge of their team. Budinger would have the unique grand slam of a new coach every year his has played if he had stayed for his senior season and Meeks would have had three with John Calipari.
Top-25 in 2010
Since this season is over, why not immediately jump to next season and get an early look at the potential top teams in the country.
Yahoo.com gave this prediction for the top-25 teams for the 2010 season. A good portion of the teams rankings are hinged on the decision of many key players. No.1 Kansas would drop if Cole Aldrich and/or Sherron Collins declare for the draft (neither should).
Best Championship Team of the Decade
Foxsports.com had a post that ranked the best of the best in college basketball since 2000. It uses Whatifsports.com which simulates games between any two teams, regardless of time, season, etc.
By the way, this years UNC team is third.
Walking from Memphis
It is coming across the wire that John Calipari has agreed to terms and will be the coach of the Kentucky Wildcats. Calipari took some time, but in the end it was not much of a decision. It is Kentucky, enough said. Like UNC, Duke, UCLA, and Kansas, this is the job you dream about. The possibility to coach at a school with tradition as rich as Kentucky, is a what coaches work towards there whole career.
Calipari has made Memphis into the powerhouse that it is – a very good program that will dominate C-USA and will have to fight to a No. 1 or 2 seed in the NCAA. But at Kentucky, if you win either then regular season or the tourney, you are guaranteed a No. 1 seed.
- But you must win championships or you will be forced out (i.e. Smith, Tubby – thanks crazy Kentucky fans).
I do think Calipari could have become a legend at Memphis, but would struggle to win a championship. If Calipari is able to bring any of his players and recruits with him, the Wildcats will be a contender and the favorite to win the SEC NEXT season (that might be a not-so-subtle statement on the state of the SEC, but he is that good at changing the culture.)
Curry to Duke
The nation’s leading freshman scorer, Seth Curry, is packing his bags and heading to Cameron Indoor Stadium. Curry will not be able to play until the 2010-11 season, but will be joining a talented and deep Blue Devil squad – that depends on who returns.
Maybe Seth could convince his brother to sit out next season and join him at Duke in 2010. I mean, Stephen is the a big reason he is getting interest from Duke in the first place.
The majority of college basketball players are at home watching, just like me. But unlike me, many are being tempted by agents and who will paint a picture of teams throwing money at these young men like they have never seen before.
That is why I consider this the time when student athletes can ruin their lives, by making really stupid choices for all the right reasons. So, unless you are one of the guaranteed top 10-15 picks, DO NOT HIRE AN AGENT and please weigh the options, carefully.
Everyone who does not have the last name Evans, please proceed with caution.
Here is the list of the latest players to declare for the draft:
- Nick Calathes, guard from Florida
- DaJuan Summers, forward from Georgetown
- Brandon Costner, forward from North Carolina State
- B.J. Mullens, center from Ohio State
- Tyreke Evans, guard from Memphis
- Gerivis Vasquez, guard from Maryland
This would be a awesome six man line-up.
Things to Come:
- Break downs of both Final Four Games – Matthew will be look at the UNC/Villinova match-up and I will take the UConn/MSU game.
- Finale of DTP Bracket Challenge – a last look at the sad state of bracket.
- Recap of my Preseason Picks – some good, some bad. All in all, I can’t complain.
ESPN has done it again. And I am scared. ESPN has unveiled their 2009 NBA Lottery Mock Draft game.
When you click it, it auto populates the entire lottery. It breaks down the chances of your favorite losing team. And depending on just how bad their record is – Oklahoma City is 2-24 and has the best chance for the first pick at 25% . It then fills in the draft order and players selected. It’s supposedly random.
The one time I was able to get the Timberwolves – they are second with 19.9% – to the first pick, they pick Blake Griffin. I feel good about that. I am happy with the Oklahoma stud.
SIDE NOTE: If we get Griffin, maybe we could trade Kevin Love back to Memphis for our original pick from last year, O.J. Mayo – still blows my mind. But I am sure the Grizzles would go for it.
But every other time, when the T’Wolves have the second or third pick, that damn game gives them Hasheem Thabeet, the 7’3″ junior center from UConn.
THE TIMBERWOLVES CANNOT WASTE ANOTHER LOTTERY PICK ON A ONE DIMENSIONAL PLAYER!
Not when Arizona State’s James Harden, Davidson’s Stephen Curry, and Georgetown Center Greg Monroe are still on the board. And don’t forget the international flavorings with Spain’s Ricky Rubio and Brandon Jennings.
Not until the T’Wolves are at the four slot does the crazy game give us Stephen Curry.
One might ask; Why do you have such an issue with this game?
Answer: Because I swear to all that is holy that the T’Wolves are going to pick Thabeet because the feakin’ game “told” them to. It feels like something McHale would do. Hopefully he will not be around to mess it up again.