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FUTURE FANTASY BASKETBALL PLAYERS
(10 Players to Watch During March Madness)
By: E.P. Bignon
Thomas Robinson, Kansas- (17.9 Points, 11.8 Rebounds, 1 Block, 1.1 Steals, 68% FT)
Potential player-of-the year has great size and quickness for a big man. Averaged 18 points, 12 rebounds a game, should make an immediate impact on some NBA roster next season. Should be a top 3 pick in the draft.
Anthony Davis, Kentucky- (14.3 Points, 10 Rebounds, 4.6 Blocks, 1.4 Steals, 70% FT)
Also being mentioned as player-of-the year, Davis’ shot blocking ability is second to none. Broke Shaq’s record for blocks in the SEC regular season. Gets up and down the floor like a guard and he’s 6’11. Projected to be the number 1 overall pick.
Jared Sullinger, Ohio St- (17.6 Points, 9.3 Rebounds, 0.9 Blocks, 1.2 Steals, 75% FT, 13 3PTM)
A bit huskier than Robinson, Sullinger weighs in around 280. Great low post player that has a soft touch around the basket. Averages 18 points, 9 rebounds a game, will step back and shoot the three, should be a top 5 pick as well.
John Henson, North Carolina- (13.8 Points, 10.1 Rebounds, 2.9 Blocks, 0.6 Steals, 50% FT)
Great length, great rebounder, very similar to Anthony Davis. Not as gifted on the offensive end and will need to work on his shot but his shot blocking and rebounding make him very enticing to NBA Scouts. Still a little raw but the potential is there.
Jeremy Lamb, Connecticut- (17.7 Points, 4.9 Rebounds, 1.8 Assists, 1.2 Steals, 86% FT, 69 3PTM)
Great athleticism who can finish above the rim with the best of them. Averaged 18 points a game and with that smooth stroke can hit the three. Scouts like that he can play the guard at 6’6 and with his wingspan can score in a variety of ways. Projected to be a lottery pick.
Harrison Barnes, North Carolina- (17.4 Points, 5.2 Rebounds, 1 Assist, 1.1 Steals, 72% FT, 43 3PTM)
A lot of hype coming out of high school Barnes first two seasons in Chapel Hill weren’t too impressive but at 6’8 and a fantastic athlete, Barnes turned it around this season averaging 17 points a game. His work ethic is second to none and he is a very mature 19 year old that could still be a top 5 pick.
Andre Drummond, Connecticut- (10.2 Points, 7.7 Rebounds, 2.7 Blocks, 0.8 Steals, 30% FT)
Legitimate big man at 6’11 270lbs who can score with his back to the basket and has excellent footwork and is athletic. A beast on the defensive end in the paint with his shot blocking and rebounding abilities, has been compared to a Dwight Howard type of player.
Perry Jones III, Baylor- (14 Points, 7.7 Rebounds, 0.7 Blocks, 0.9 Steals, 71% FT, 9 3PTM)
Standing at 6’11, long arms, excellent NBA body type. Very fluid for his size, think Kevin Durant but not as good offensively yet. Potentially very good for a pick and roll type offense with his footwork and soft hands. Needs to improve on the defensive end especially rebounding but the sky is the limit for Jones at the next level.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky- (11.8 Points, 7.6 Rebounds, 1 Block, 1.1 Steals, 74% FT, 12 3PTM)
Excellent defender at 6’7 and can get up and down the floor, plays above the rim and always seems to be in the right place at the right time. Very athletic, shooting has improved throughout the season but he will be a lock down defender in the NBA.
Bradley Beal, Florida- (14.6 Points, 6.5 Rebounds, 2.2 Assists, 0.9 Blocks, 1.4 Steals, 78% FT, 55 3PTM)
Projected as a top 10 pick Beal is an excellent shooter from long range and can get it to the rim when needed. Very smart with the ball and very unselfish, he has the body and athleticism to defend against most guards in the NBA. Projected by some to be a top 10 pick.
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