Top Five Prospects In The South Region

Welcome to the South.  Memphis, Tennessee to be exact.  While they’re not eating BBQ, talking to southern belles, or listening to Three 6 Mafia, these guys have to play basketball.  You know, for a few weeks, before they head off into the NBA.  These 5 guys will be playing on Sunday…on NBA on ABC.

Andrew Wiggins

School: University of Kansas

Position: SG/SF

Vitals: 6’8 200lbs

Draft Range: 1-4

NBA Comparison: Tracy McGrady

Andrew Wiggins, the heir apparent, the savior and the most hyped freshman in recent memory – how will he do this tournament?  I think this is his opportunity to show out.  We don’t know the status of Joel Embiid and, in his absence, Wiggins has increased his production.  The kid can do just about anything out there.  He can shoot, defend, play in the post and cause chaos going to the basket. This tournament will tell us whether or not he will be the #1 overall pick.

Joel Embiid

School: University of Kansas

Position: C

Vitals: 7’0  250lbs

Draft Range: 1-4

NBA Comparison: Serge Ibaka

Joel Embiid has played basketball for as long as a 3 year old has been alive.  I know that was a really convoluted way of expressing how little time Embiid has played the game, but that is truly extraordinary for how advanced his game is.  He is projected as a high pick because of his potential.  He runs fluidly, moves like a gazelle and seems to be willing to learn.  He is a sponge out there.  If he comes back healthy, Kansas might be the favorite to win the whole thing.

Kyle Anderson

School: UCLA

Position: PG/SG/SF

Vitals: 6’9 215lbs

Draft Range: 5-10

NBA Comparison: Shaun Livingston

No one knows what this guy is going to become.  In typical UCLA fashion, Anderson might become one of the best players in the league and redefine the point guard position.  Steve Alford has struggled in the NCAA tournament with his UCLA teams as of late, so this would be a great time for Anderson to step up and take control of this team.

Jerami Grant

School: Syracuse University

Position: SF/PF

Vitals: 6’8 210lbs

Draft Range: 10-20

NBA Comparison: Thaddeus Young

Jerami Grant is raw, exciting and has the basketball pedigree.  These are all the things that scouts salivate over.  He has shown glimpses of dominance and can, at times, be Syracuse’s best player, but he is just not as consistent as he should be.  He would be a great pick in the mid-first round for a good team that just needs to build depth.  He won’t reach his potential for a few more years.

Tyler Ennis

School: Syracuse University

Position: PG

Vitals: 6’0 200lbs

Draft Range: 10-20

NBA Comparison: Tony Parker

Probably one of the safest picks in the draft, in my opinion.  Ennis has the ability to control a game without filling up the basket, yet he is capable of dicing a defense up and getting to the basket at will.  He has to work on his outside jump shot, but the maturity and big game readiness is there.

(2006)

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