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    Quote 2kfeen wrote: View Post
    This guy is actually intriguiing, even though he looks like a project.
    He's 7-5, over 300 pounds and has not been a bust for New Mexico.
    He still has some conditioning to do and has to get more used to the speed of the game.

    But if we can get him in the 2nd round next year, he can be a decent backup center or a third string center.
    Its better than getting another point guard/combo guard.

    But from a marketing standpoint:

    He's from Toronto, specifically Etobicoke in my neighbourhood
    He would be the first Indian NBA player
    I think he'll stay until he's a senior, so 2016 draft class. But he's still got a lot of growth to do before he's a legit NBA player. He made a lot of improvement last year (great improvement from early season to late season) but hasn't really taken that next step this year. Sophomore slump perhaps. I think it makes sense for him to get as much development in college as possible. Third in the NCAA in FG% is a great stat to have, although NMSU has some very good scorers (37th in PPG and 12th in FG%), so they haven't needed to feature him, and his usage is pretty low compared to other high-percentage scorers. Really, he should be able to get to his spot in the post, back down just about any other college player in the country, and dunk with great efficiency.
    Rebounding numbers are lower than you'd expect from his size, but from the times I've watched (mostly last year), he does do a decent job of finding his guy and boxing out, often resulting in a rebound for his team. Some of these things - getting position in the post, backing down, blocking-out - are skills that should translate to the NBA... needs to be a much better FT shooter though.
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    Watching the louisville smu game, russ smith is going off.

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    Another Canadian I don't think anyone has mentioned: Malcolm Duvivier.

    I played against him last year.. he's now a freshman at Oregon State. Only getting around 10 minutes a game but I've watched a big chunk of Beavers' games, he's showing flashes on the offensive end.

    Hopefully his development goes well.. I'd love to see him get picked up in the second round a few years down the road.
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    Quote Chr1s1anL wrote: View Post
    He looks like a very interesting prospect

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    Quote BigCamB wrote: View Post
    He looks like a very interesting prospect
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    Quote Chr1s1anL wrote: View Post
    Last name says it all!


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    Deonte Burton. Wow.



    Edit: Burton is 6 foot 1.
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    Dirrrrrrrrrrrty!
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    Quote isaacthompson wrote: View Post
    Deonte Burton. Wow.

    That other guy had no chance!!!!

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    my dear lord

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    The afore-mentioned Bhullar is having his best game of the season (against weak competition), with 22 points (on 10-13 shooting), 12 rebounds (7 offensive), 5 assists, 2 blocks, 0 turnovers. Those are the sorts of numbers he should be putting up on a regular basis in a weak conference... he's the tallest player on the court by 8 inches tonight, and heaviest by about 80lbs. (Again, not a likely draftee this year or even next year, but since he was being discussed...)
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOLFcVuzbsU

    marshall henderson if we looking for a pure shooter...

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    Quote grindhouse wrote: View Post
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOLFcVuzbsU

    marshall henderson if we looking for a pure shooter...
    I watched a lot of henderson last year in march madness and he really seems like a chucker. I don't know if he has gotten better this year but last year he used to only shoot when he had it.

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    He is too small at his position for my liking at the next level but to come off the bench when u need a 3 send him through a bunch of screens he will probably make a long career doing that (just a guess)


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    And yes a bit of a chucker but he hits them regular so...

    I heard some say to me he is the best worst shot taker lol.


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    Wow, he averages over 12 3 point attempts a game Lol.. I don't think he has a future in the league.
    He has a really shady past as well, can't see him getting drafted.

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    I don't know if it's just because the Raptors aren't tanking, but the top of this draft is looking less and less exciting. Hopefully we see some breakouts this month.

    Embiid's back is acting up, and he looks like he could be an injury prone center (that's a stretch), but a big draw was that he seemed to have a small man's quickness and durability with a tall man's reach.

    Wiggins problems are well documented, although I do think he'll be a consistent all star.

    Parker can't play defense.

    Randle is undersized, and his offense is starting to fall off.

    Smart still can't shoot. (but man can I see the Wade comparisons)

    Godon really can't shoot.

    Exum is looking better and better as an unknown, just because everyone else is coming back down to earth.

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    This draft was much hyped going into the season. Just look at Kentucky with Calipari having recruited the "best freshman class ever" and they were ranked number one with predictions of another national championship. Now UK is in danger of dropping out of the top 25.

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    Wade is/was a way better athlete than Smart. Bleh, I still don't rate him much, so many causes for concern IMO but I won't bother going there again

    I agree that Exum strongly benefits from having that mystery about him whilst everyone gets all their weaknesses completely picked apart. I think his stock will remain steady for a good while anyway. (I hope )

    I agree there are questions with most of the prospects, but I guess it's natural for a draft with so much hype for people to eventually think it's overrated.
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    Anyone who picks Julius Randle in the top 10 is gonna be disappointed! I'am watching him right now and he is not good on offense he has no right handle and no length and loves to dribble into traffic, He just tries to bully players which works at the NCAA level but it won't in the NBA

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