Isaac Okoro

Outlook for the 2020 Draft Class: Picks 1-15

December 19, 2020 Richard 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 Richard 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 Richard 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, [ . . . ]

Obi Toppin

Obi Toppin Scouting Report

November 17, 2020 Dustin Barnes 0

Toppin had a fine freshman campaign, but he truly burst onto the national scene this year, as he helped Dayton (29-2) rise to No. 3 in the AP and the Coaches Poll.  His sophomore season featured numerous highlight-reel dunks and other impressive plays, and to some degree, he brought back memories of Blake Griffin at Oklahoma for me.  Like Griffin, Toppin won numerous awards as [ . . . ]

LaMelo Ball and Anthony Edwards

2020 NBA Draft Composite Rankings

November 15, 2020 Richard Harris 0

With 2020 NBA Draft just a few days a way, most draft boards/big boards are finalized or nearly so.  The NBA Combine is over, the deadline to withdraw has passed, and everyone has had plenty of time to study film.  With that said, I present the Hoops Prospects’ 2020 NBA Draft Composite Rankings, which involved combining the the draft boards of 10 sources (listed below).  [ . . . ]