Payton Pritchard

Payton Pritchard Scouting Report

December 22, 2020 R. C. Harris 0

Pritchard may have been my favorite player to watch over the past two college seasons, but with all due respect, I must say that I was very surprised when the Celtics selected him in the first round.  At this spot in the draft, Theo Maledon and Malachi Flynn were available, and both were ranked significantly higher on the HP Draft Board.  Maledon offers better size [ . . . ]

Aleksej Pokusevski Scouting Report

December 21, 2020 Dustin Barnes 0

The Thunder gave up a lot — Ricky Rubio and two 2020 first-round picks — to move up to the 17th spot in the draft and select Pokusevski, but it was a reasonable move given that he was the youngest prospect in the class and has so much upside.  A very skinny 7-foot power forward, Pokusevski won’t turn 19 until the day after Christmas.  In [ . . . ]

Isaac Okoro

Outlook for the 2020 Draft Class: Picks 1-15

December 19, 2020 R. C. Harris 0

The draft took place less than a month ago, and this season’s rookies will be immediately thrown into the fire.  This draft class will be asked to perform without the benefit of Summer League play, an orientation period, and training time in the gym and weight room.  To make matters worse, training camp will last just a couple of weeks and feature only a few [ . . . ]

Jalen Smith

Jalen Smith Scouting Report

December 18, 2020 R. C. Harris 0

The trade to acquire Chris Paul gives Phoenix an impressive starting lineup, and the only player sent to Oklahoma City who provided major contributions to their undefeated run in the “Bubble” was Ricky Rubio. Going into the draft, the Suns appeared weakest at power forward; specifically, they had a need for a player who could bolster the club’s interior defense. Following the draft, the club [ . . . ]

Corey Kispert

2020-21 College Basketball Preview

November 24, 2020 R. C. Harris 0

The 2020-21 college basketball season tips off on Wednesday (November 25), but many are refraining from getting their hopes up because of COVID.  As of now, at least 19 first-day games have either been canceled or postponed, and it’s difficult to imagine the situation improving anytime soon.  International basketball has been plagued by COVID postponements and cancellations, and some wonder if many overseas leagues will [ . . . ]

RJ Hampton

R.J. Hampton Scouting Report

November 17, 2020 Dustin Barnes 0

Hampton has been gaining momentum during the pre-draft process due to positive reports from workouts, and an impressive cast of current and former NBA players who have been helping him train.  The 19-year-old took a fairly unusual route to the draft, choosing the Australian NBL over college, and he was limited to 17 games due to injury.  Considering his youth and the level of competition, [ . . . ]