As a junior in 2016-17, Jeffrey Carroll had a stellar season, ranking third in the Big 12 in scoring (17.5), eighth in rebounding (6.6) and third in 3-point percentage (44.4), becoming just the fourth player in league history to finish in the top 10 in each of those categories. He also shot 54% from the floor and 81% from the free-throw line, and he finished the season with an outstanding PER of 25. As a result, he began his senior season as a serious NBA Draft prospect.
Ray Spalding is a long, athletic four, who excels on the defensive end of the floor, and is slowly evolving into a reliable scorer as well. He produces where you would expect a mobile, 6-foot-10 player with a 7-foot-6 wingspan to produce – around the basket. He rebounds and blocks shots. He is a terrific target on cuts to the basket, finishes impressively above the rim, and has a post game that is shaping up nicely.
Most hoops fans have probably never heard of him, but Kevin Hervey has been one of the best players in college basketball since 2015. Such is life in the Sun Belt Conference. Hervey is arguably the most accomplished player in UT Arlington basketball history, leaving the program as the all-time career leader in total rebounds and double-doubles, second all-time in points scored, and fifth all-time in 3-point field goals made.
Over the last eight years, Alize Johnson has gone from being a virtual unknown to a draft prospect that is on everyone’s radar, and the path that he has traveled has been anything but straight and easy. He’s made it this far with hard work, determination, and grittiness, and those traits show up in his game.
The NBA’s deadline for early entries declaring for the draft is fast approaching (April 22). Many have already declared or announced that they are staying in school, and this year, like every year, I am surprised by some of the decisions because the chances for failure appear to far outweigh the chances for success. Of course, it is not fair of me to judge anyone’s [ . . . ]
The college basketball season started just four weeks ago, and we have already seen some amazing hoops. The usual holiday events were bolstered this season by the 16-team PK80 mega tournament. In the “Motion Bracket” of the PK80, the final four alone (Duke, Florida, Gonzaga, and Texas) produced three overtime games and a thrilling championship, with Duke overcoming a 17-point deficit to beat Florida by [ . . . ]
The focus of Hoops Prospects is evaluating talent for pro basketball, and our current watch list consists of more than 300 draft-eligible prospects who are either playing college basketball or international pro ball. With the start of the college season right around the corner, we thought it would be fun to tally the players on our watch list and rank the top 25 teams based [ . . . ]
And the first pick of the 2018 NBA Draft is . . . Slovenia’s Luka Doncic, according to our initial 2017-18 Mock Draft. Nearly an infinite number of things could change between now and June’s actual draft, but right now, we like the all-around, polished game that the young Real Madrid star brings to the table. We are currently projecting Doncic to be taken by [ . . . ]