Saturday, September 11, 2010

Top 15 NBA Prospects in the Big East (6-10)

6. Chris Wright- Georgetown Senior. 6’1’’ 208 lbs
With Greg Monroe gone, Chris Wright is the new leader at Georgetown.  At 6 foot 2 and 200 pounds Wright has good size for an NBA point guard. He averaged 15 points and 4 assists as a junior in a very productive season, despite losing in the first round of the tournament in an upset to Ohio.  I don’t expect his production to drop at all during his senior year either. He will team up with Austin Freeman to form the best backcourt in the Big East, with only Syracuse and Villanova competing with them.  The only real knock against Wright is his outside shooting which will be pivotal to his long term and Georgetown’s overall success. He should have no problem making the first team all Big East, and could have a shot to sneak into the first round of the draft next year.

7. Kevin Jones- West Virginia Junior. 6’8’’ 250 lbs.
The Jones that got away from Syracuse two years ago is now the man in Morgantown. Jones fits perfect in Bob Huggins system and can do it all for a player with his size.  With Da'Sean Butler and Devin Ebanks in the NBA, Jones will have to step up if West Virginia is going to continue their Big East success. He improved his 3-point percentage immensely from his freshman to sophomore and will need to be able to hit the 3 consistently.  He works very hard rebounding and brings a ton of energy to the game. I can see him being a great energy guy at the next level playing a Lamar Odom type role.  While he is probably a four-year player at WVU, some deep tournament runs would be huge for Jones’ NBA stock. Watch for Jones to be a top five player in the Big East this year as he is officially the big man on Morgantown’s campus. 

8. Alex Oriakhi- Connecticut Sophomore. 6’9’’ 240 lbs.          
While he didn’t have an overwhelming Freshman year, Alex Oriakhi showed flashes of why he can be an NBA player.  Having good size (6’9’’ 240 lbs) he will be playing power forward at the next level. Still very raw overall, Oriakhi still has a ton of work to put in before he can be considered a major NBA prospect. Next to Kemba Walker, Oriakhi will have to put up some big numbers this season if Uconn has any shot at the NCAA’s this year.  He is very athletic for someone with such great size and will need to continue to develop his post game and develop a few go to moves inside.  If he can develop a solid jump shot he could become a Udonis Haslem type player at the next level.

9.Dominic Cheek- Villanova Sophomore. 6'6'' 185 lbs.

Another intriguing prospect under Jay Wright- Dominic Cheek who played for the legendary Bob Hurley in high school had a very solid freshman year. He has excellent size for an NBA shooting guard and can score in a variety of ways.  He has a great jump shot and has very long arms to go with it.  He is also extremely quick in the open court for a player that is 6-6.  Despite being so tall though, Cheek is still very skinny and needs to add a ton of bulk if he wants to play at the next level.  If he can develop physically Cheek could have a long NBA career.

10. Gus Gilchrist- South Florida Junior. 6’10’’ 235 lbs.

Before getting injured last year Gilchrist averaged 13 points and 6 rebounds. He has very good size for the next level and also is very active. His skill set is fairly good for a player of his size and can even extend his jumper to the college 3-point line.  Right now Gilchrist has a ton of raw talent but still has a long way to go physically and skill wise.  Coming back strong from his injury this year is the huge question mark for him. He has a ton of potential, but playing on a bad team could ultimately hurt his draft stock in the future.

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