Draft Update

I've updated the Hoopus Scores for our draft board.  The results are below the fold.

Before we get started, here's our first 2010 draft board:

  • Charles Garcia: 24.134
  • Jarvis Varnado (UPDATE: added to the list from the comments): 24.04
  • Evan Turner: 23.3
  • Artsiom Parakhouski (UPDATE:added to the list from the comments): 22.478
  • A.F. Aminu (weighted as a wing): 22.3
  • DeMarcus Cousins: 22.267
  • Ed Davis: 22.2
  • A.F. Aminu (weighted as a big): 20.814
  • John Wall: 20.6357
  • Larry Sanders: 20.2
  • Willie Warren: 19.578
  • Cole Aldrich: 19.1928
  • Jeffrey Taylor (UPDATE: added to the list from the comments): 19.114
  • Greg Monroe: 18.585
  • Derrick Favors: 18.1607
  • Wes Johnson: 17.428
  • Xavier Henry (weighted as a wing): 17.271
  • Lance Stephenson: 17.04
  • Xavier Henry (weighted as a guard): 16.85
  • Devin Ebanks: 16.5

And here's our first "this is who we'd draft with the top pick if we were in charge" list:

  1. John Wall
  2. John Wall
  3. John Wall
  4. John Wall
  5. Evan Turner
  6. A.F. Aminu (if he can play the 3)
  7. Cole Aldrich
  8. Larry Sanders
  9. Xavier Henry
  10. Wes Johnson

OK, here's the updated Hoopus Score list:

  • Charles Garcia- 24.9
  • Jarvis Varnado- 23.836
  • DeMarcus Cousins- 23.019
  • AJ Ogilvy- 22.764
  • Evan Turner (guard)- 22.486
  • A. Parakhonski- 22.15
  • A.F. Aminu- 21.6
  • Evan Turner (wing)- 21.321
  • Jeffrey Taylor- 21.042
  • Ed Davis- 21.035
  • Cole Aldrich- 20.257
  • Greg Monroe- 19.632
  • John Wall- 19.515
  • Willie Warren- 19.057
  • Larry Sanders- 18.746
  • Hassan Whiteside- 18.607
  • Ekpe Udoh- 17.785
  • Wes Johnson- 17.528
  • Derrick Favors- 17.085
  • Xavier Henry (wing)- 17.014
  • Xavier Henry (guard)- 16.636
  • Devin Ebanks- 15.928
  • Stanley Robinson- 14.9
  • Lance Stephenson- 14.686

Here is the list broken down by positions:

Bigs:

  • Jarvis Varnado- 23.836
  • DeMarcus Cousins- 23.019
  • AJ Ogilvy- 22.764
  • A. Parakhonski- 22.15
  • Ed Davis- 21.035
  • Cole Aldrich- 20.257
  • Greg Monroe- 19.632
  • Larry Sanders- 18.746
  • Hassan Whiteside- 18.607
  • Ekpe Udoh- 17.785
  • Derrick Favors- 17.085

Guards:

  • Evan Turner (guard)- 22.486
  • John Wall- 19.515
  • Willie Warren- 19.057
  • Xavier Henry (guard)- 16.636
  • Lance Stephenson- 14.686

Wings:

  • Charles Garcia- 24.9
  • A.F. Aminu- 21.6
  • Evan Turner (wing)- 21.321
  • Jeffrey Taylor- 21.042
  • Wes Johnson- 17.528
  • Xavier Henry (wing)- 17.014
  • Devin Ebanks- 15.928
  • Stanley Robinson- 14.9

A few things:

Lance Stephenson is dropping like a rock.  I had high hopes for him after the first few games of the season.  He's built like a brick and can get his shot off in the lane.  It also looked like he had above average court vision.  Of course, the all-time leading scorer in NYCHS history had a hard time finding a college so that probably tells you a bit about the behind-the-scenes action with the young guy. 

I was really hoping that this draft would have a bunch of quality wing players for the Wolves to choose from with their 2nd 1st rounder.  It's looking more and more like there may be only 1 or 2 wings worth taking in the first round.  Keep your eye on Jeffrey Taylor of Vanderbilt.  His team is undefeated in conference play and he's shown great improvement in his game this season. 

I have no idea what to do with Charles Garcia.  I also have no idea what to do with guys who put up FT rates (updated to read "rates", not "%") over 80%.  Varnado and Garcia put up silly free throw numbers that really inflate their scores.  This will be something to keep in mind when we make our final list.

John Wall, John Wall, John Wall.  He's putting up some silly numbers as a freshman point on the #1 (maybe lower after SC) team in the land.  I can't say enough good things about the guy and if he maintains his high level of play through his entire conference schedule he will be all that more impressive.  That being said, I'm not so sure he's the consensus #1 pick in this draft.  He may be in terms of value, but in terms of BPA I think Evan Turner is making a strong case that he is the best college player in the land. Of course, now that the Wolves are loaded with point guards, this is the year where they will hit the jackpot in the lottery.  It's a good problem to have and here's hoping the Wolves have a chance to address it.

In terms of shot-blocking reserve bigs, this draft could have some interesting names: Varnado, Larry Sanders, Hassan Whiteside, and Ekpe Udoh.  If I were picking right now I would have to roll with Sanders but Whiteside is an interesting prospect.  The guy has scary length and hops and he's #2 in the NCAA in block%

DeMarcus Cousins is becoming harder and harder to ignore.

Here's who I would rank for the top pick if I were running the Wolves:

  1. John Wall
  2. John Wall
  3. John Wall
  4. John Wall
  5. Evan Turner
  6. Evan Turner
  7. Evan Turner
  8. DeMarcus Cousins
  9. A.F. Aminu
  10. Cole Aldrich
  11. Greg Monroe
  12. Jeffrey Taylor

That about does it for this update.  What say you?

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