Saturday, January 1, 2011

2011 NBA Draft Stock Watch: December Edition

Posted by CoHoops DeAnte Mitchell
An exciting month of December comes to a close with many numerous headline stories, suspensions, and transfers.

Renardo Sidney, the talented big man for Mississippi State may have done the most damage to his NBA draft stock this month fighting another teammate in the stands.

We were introduced to Anatoly Bose from Nicholls State, who at a point, lead the NCAA in scoring.

Harrison Barnes has shaken his slow start, somewhat, and the Tar Heels look great headed into conference play.

Kyrie Irving has been sidelined with a foot injury, that I believe will not have an effect on his draft stock.

During his time on the court as a Blue Devil, Irving proved that he was the best point guard in the College game by out playing two of the best in Jacob Pullen, and Kalin Lucas.

Nonetheless, here is my take on who has rising and falling NBA draft stock.


Jared Sullinger - Ohio State (Lottery Pick)

Jared Sullinger had a more productive month than any other player. He had a 40-13 game against IUPU, and also a 30-19 game against South Carolina. During December, Sullinger had scored 20 points, and grabbed 10.6 boards per game while shooting nearly 60 percent from the field.

His strength, and length down low is very beneficial and should help him if he choses to leap to the pros.

Josh Selby - Kansas (Lottery Pick)

After sitting out a nine game suspension dealt by the NCAA, freshman Josh Selby has shown his ability to hit big shots, just like his predecessor Sherron Collins. In his first game, Selby scored 21 points, while shooting 5-of-8 (62%) from three, and hitting the game winning bucket to put the Jayhawks over USC.

He has played the off-guard for Kansas, but has shown the ability to play point guard and will most likely grow into a great lead guard for the Jayhawks.

Tyler Honeycutt - UCLA (Lottery Pick)

Tyler Honeycutt stands at 6-foot-8 with the abilities of a guard and forward. Honeycutt exploded to begin December pouring in 33 points, nine rebounds, and four assist against Kansas. Since then, Honeycutt has continued his all around dominance and watched his stock elevate because of it.

Honeycutt reminds me a lot of Evan Turner without the Elite ball handling skills; terrific mid-range shooter, and slashing wing man.

Brandon Knight - Kentucky (Lottery Pick)

Brandon Knight continues to emerge as a lead guard versus a potent scorer. Knight continues to get his teammates involved, and has done work on offense as well. He dished out 4.4 assist per game in December, while scoring 18.5 points per game.

Many scouts wanted to see Knight emerge into a point guard, after December, you can't be mad at his progression.

Cory Joseph - Texas (Mid-First Round)

Cory Joseph has emerged as an great lead guard for the Texas Longhorns. Every since coach Barnes asked the frosh to be most assertive in the offense, Joseph has stepped up and filled the role.

In December, Joseph hit many clutch shots as well as scoring 14.8 points, while chipping in 4.1 rebounds, and three assist per game.

Watch: Jimmer Fredette (BYU); JaJuan Johnson (PUR); Derrick Williams (AU); Kyrie Irving (Duke); Terrence Jones (UK); Klay Thompson (WSU)


Renardo Sidney - Mississippi State (Late Second Round)

Renardo Sidney has damaged his chances at becoming a possible lottery pick after coming out of high school so highly-touted. Sidney was suspended for a game after crying out in practice in a unacceptable manner.

Soon after, Sidney was caught fighting his roommate on the schools trip in the stands. Many scouts tend to shy away from players with bad attitudes, and Sidney's performances in December have scouts looking away.

Elias Harris - Gonzaga (Second Round)

Harris was suppose to be one of the best players in all of College Basketball. However, since injuring himself in a loss to San Diego State, Harris hasn't been himself.

He has improved with a late push in December, but still hasn't proven he can get back to superstar status for the 'Zags.

Jacob Pullen - Kansas State (Second Round to Undrafted)

There was one thing the College game witnessed last season with Kansas State's Jacob Pullen; he can score the basketball. However, for a 6-foot guard, it's best suited if you're a point guard to make it to the league.

Pullen hasn't displayed leadership at all, and that has effected his draft stock.

Watch: Marcus Morris (KU); Steven Gray (GU); Corey Fisher (Vill); Nolan Smith (Duke)

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