2011 NBA Draft Sleepers
Alec Burks 6-6/195/SG/Colorado
Some experts have Burks as a lottery pick while others have him being selected in the middle to late first round. Names such as Jimmer Fredette, Klay Thompson, and Marshon Brooks have been talked about and analyzed at nauseum, and rightly so, but Alec Burks definitely deserves to be mentioned among the elite scorers in this year’s draft. I think Burks is vastly underrated among shooting guards. He can create his own shot in multiple ways and isn’t afraid to get into the lane, averaging 8 free throws per game in his final season at Colorado. Burks is a crafty playmaker and is very willing to get his teammates involved. He’s also long, athletic, and quick which makes him capable of being a solid defender in the NBA.
Bottom Line: Burk’s can straight up put the ball in the basket.
My Draft Prediction: 10th overall to the Milwaukee Bucks
Norris Cole 6-2/175/PG/Cleveland State
Cole is a solid all-around point guard. He doesn’t do any one thing spectacular but possesses all the skills needed to play the point guard position. He’s a great ball handler, above average passer, and best of all he doesn’t turn the ball over. Cole had a 2:1 assist to turnover ratio in his senior season at Cleveland State and showed he can play at all paces. He’s also a good on-ball defender and has a tireless work ethic.
Bottom Line: Cole is a complete point guard.
My Draft Prediction: 35th overall to the Sacramento Kings
Jordan Williams 6-9/250/C/Maryland
Williams has shown he’s willing to put in the work to get better. He’s lost upwards of 20 pounds since his freshman year at Maryland which has led to great improvements in footwork and quickness. Williams has also added a solid mid-range jumper to his game. A newly refined jumper, solid frame, and good low post moves make Williams one of the more true and complete big men in this year’s draft. Williams is not an elite athlete by any means, but what he lacks in athleticism he makes up for in his positioning and effort, especially on the glass.
Bottom Line: Williams is an old school banger down low who can go to work in the post and rebounds extremely well.
My Draft Prediction: 45th overall to the New Orleans Hornets
Andrew Goudelock 6-3/200/PG/College of Charleston
Goudelock is one of the best perimeter shooters in this year’s draft and is one of the more intriguing players as well. He can stretch the defense for miles with his unlimited range and is just as proficient shooting off the dribble as he is in spot up situations. Goudelock has also shown that he knows how to get his teammates involved, becoming a very willing passer throughout his college career. He can definitely be a contributing member off the bench in the NBA and can shoot a team back into games.
Bottom Line: Goudelock isn’t afraid of the moment and can fill it up in a hurry.
My Draft Prediction: 46th overall to the Los Angeles Lakers
Charles Jenkins 6-3/220/SG/Hofstra
Jenkins led the CAA in both points and assists per game in his senior season at Hofstra, one of only two players to lead their conference in both categories. Jenkins also finished as the nation’s fourth leading scorer, averaging 22.6 ppg on only 14.5 shots per game. That’s about 5 shots per game less than other high volume scorers like Fredette, Brooks, and Kemba. His ability to score in bunches coupled with the efficiency at which he plays the game will make any team lucky enough to steal him late very happy they did.
Bottom Line: Jenkins knows how to use his body in the lane and has the purest mid-range jumper in the draft.
My Draft Prediction: 30th overall to the Chicago Bulls
JaJuan Johnson 6-10/220/PF or C/Purdue
Johnson is one of the best perimeter shooting big men in this year’s draft. He’s an absolute pick and pop nightmare for opposing teams. He has exceptional touch around the basket and can shoot it with either hand. Johnson is an above average defender who is quick off his feet and adept to blocking shots, especially when coming over in weak side help situations.
Bottom Line: Johnson has high basketball IQ and is a great pick and pop guy.
My Draft Prediction: 31st overall to the Miami Heat
Darius Morris 6-5/190/PG/Michigan
Morris is a very compelling player at the point guard position. He uses his size and frame extremely well on both ends of the court. Morris is very aggressive ont the offensive end, exploding to the basket and always looking for contact. He has an excellent mid-range game and can definitely finish at the rim. Morris is also a great distributor and playmaker, averaging 7 assists per game in his final season at Michigan.
Bottom Line: Morris has great court vision and uses his size very well against other point guards.
My Draft Prediction: 33rd overall to the Detroit Pistons