Unicorn-like, Vrenz Bleijenbergh is one of the top NBA prospects in Europe. He has a rare combination of size, mobility, ball-handling skills, and playmaking ability. He currently plays for the Antwerp Giants in the EuroMillions League in Belgium. The 6-foot-11 Antwerp native is capable of playing at any spot on the floor, though his hometown club mainly uses him as wing with secondary ball-handling responsibilities. [ . . . ]
Versatility — that’s what Jayvon Graves considers to be his best trait as a basketball prospect, and with good reason. The 6-foot-3 senior can defend guards and wings, and on the other end of the court, he can run the point, play off the ball, and score from all three levels. Most importantly, he is willing to take on various roles, which is exactly what [ . . . ]
This week, Nathan Grubel of DraftDeeper.com and I sat down to wrap up the Final Four and discuss the draft stock of some prospects who played in the NCAA Tournament, including Baylor’s outstanding trio of guards, Jalen Suggs, Cade Cunningham, Jaime Jaquez, Johnny Juzang, and Max Abmas.
The 2021 NCAA Tournament may turn out to be the craziest ever. According to the NCAA, the first two rounds featured a record number of upsets (12), based on the organization’s definition of being at least five seeds apart. In all, 16 lower seeds defeated higher seeds — 10 in the first round and six in the second, which equates to exactly one third of [ . . . ]
Taking a final look at the 2020 NBA Draft class, I examine the merit, value, fit, and the short-term and long-term outlook for the second-round selections and a couple of undrafted prospects who signed two-way contracts. These particular rookies face difficult odds. History tells us that the majority of players taken in the second round will not be in the league five years from now. [ . . . ]
In our continuing series on the 2020 NBA Draft Class, I examine the merit, value, fit, and the short-term and long-term outlook of the selections 16-30. Rookies face a steep climb this season. The draft took place less than a month ago, and first-year players will be immediately be thrown into the fire. This draft class will be asked to perform without the benefit of [ . . . ]