Heading in to the 2011-12 season, we figured we would get the ball rolling on some admittedly early NBA Draft talk. Unless the Cavaliers shock the world (150/1 odds as NBA Champion, bettering only Toronto), it is widely assumed that the team will be selecting fairly early in the lottery once again. That said, we’re going to provide WFNY readers with some thoughts on who should be a target of Chris Grant come this spring.
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Some additional thoughts on…
Perry Jones, PF (Baylor) – Is it too much to ask to have Baylor, a top-10 team, have a nationally televised game this weekend? I did think long and hard about placing Jones III among the top five due to his numbers thus far, but the wing player will continue to get the nod until proven otherwise. That said, if he can continue tallying the numbers he has against stiffer competition, it’s going to be very tough to not move him up the ranks.
Bradley Beal, SG (Florida) – Since we last spoke, Beal dropped 18 on Rider, but combined to go 6-for-18 (2-for-8 from three-point range) against Syracuse and Arizona. I’m a big fan of this kid’s make-up – as he was a top-five name two weeks ago – but he will have to prove to be better against the higher-end competition. The Gators play 22nd-ranked Texas A&M on Saturday (untelevised), so a rebound would greatly help Beal’s cause.
Terrence Jones, F (Kentucky) – If you just watched the first half of the UK/UNC game a few weekends ago, you likely came away enamored with Jones. Fourteen points, seven rebounds and three blocks are nothing to ignore when you consider that it was compiled via the paint as well as a mid-range game. Unfortunately, he disappeared in the second half and started settling for low-percentage shots. Also not helping Jones move into top-five consideration is the “poor attitude” tag that has been lobbed his way.
Patric Young, C (Florida) – Several sources have mentioned Young’s name as a possibility in the event the Cavaliers can nab another first round selection. Where Beal struggled against Arizona, Young provided the Gators with 25 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots; Ohio State fans may remember him as the guy who put up 14 and 10 with a blocked shot against Jared Sullinger. A plus-passer (great for the Princeton offense) and a motor that could rival Anderson Varejao, Young is unfortunately undersized for the center spot at the next level coming in at 6-foot-9, 245 lbs.
Quincy Miller, SF (Baylor) – Though Jones III gets all the love, Miller could very well be a player who the Cavaliers could use in the not-so-distant future. At 6-feet-9-inches, Miller can play both forward spots; a dynamic athlete who can rebound and block shots in the paint but also hit the mid-range jumper. He’s been hit-or-miss at times this season, but his skill set can’t be denied. Certainly a wing player to keep an eye on as the Big 12 games get underway.
12/17 (2) Ohio State at South Carolina – 12p EST, ESPN
12/17 Chattanooga at (3) Kentucky- 8pm EST, ESPN3
12/17 Appalachian St at (6) North Carolina – 6pm, ESPNU
12/18 Holy Cross at (10) Connecticut – 1pm EST, ESPN3
12/19 UNC Greensboro at (5) Duke – 7pm EST, ESPN3
12/19 Mississippi Valley State at (13) Florida – 7pm EST, ESPN3
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