Sunday, June 23, 2002

NBA draft prospects


        A thumbnail look at possible first-round selections for the NBA draft on June 26 in New York, in alphabetical order.

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       David Andersen, f, Kinder Bologna (Italy)
       7-0, 242 ... 8.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg

        A 22-year-old Australian who has played three years in Italy. ... A project with potential. ... Has excellent athletic skills. ... Can play the perimeter. ... Needs to improve his inside game.

       
       Carlos Boozer, f-c, Duke
       6-8, 280 ... 18.2 ppg, 8.7 rpg

        Early entry. ... Finished his three-year career as the top field goal percentage shooter in Duke history (63.1 pct.). ... A power forward with solid footwork. ... A hard worker. ... Has shown a better offensive game in workouts.

       
       Curtis Borchardt, c, Stanford
       7-0, 240 ... 16.9 ppg, 11.4 rpg, 2.0 apg

        Early entry. ... Played only 66 games (injuries) in three years at Stanford and finished No. 2 all-time in blocked shots (146) for the Cardinal. ... Fluid for a big man, but slow. ... Has nice touch around the basket. ... A decent defender who can rebound and block shots.

       
       Caron Butler, f, Connecticut
       6-7, 235 ... 20.3 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 3.0 apg

        Early entry. ... Played two seasons with Huskies, scoring 1,136 points. ... One of the few NBA- ready players in this draft. ... Strong and versatile. ... Improved his outside game last year. ... Some compare him to Paul Pierce.

       
       Sam Clancy, f, Southern California
       6-7, 240 ... 19.1 ppg, 9.3 rpg

        Finished third all-time in scoring (1,657 points) and second in rebounds (839) at USC. ... Long arms, powerful build. ... Plays bigger than his height. ... Hard worker on both ends of the floor. ... Injured left knee in an NBA workout in May.

       
       Boris Diaw, g-f, Pau Orthez (France)
       6-8, 203 ... 7.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.0 apg

        Early entry. ... Member of league champion Pau Orthez in France's top division. ... Won the slam dunk contest at the league's All-Star game. ... Outstanding athlete, aggressive around the boards. ... Needs a perimeter game.

       
       Dan Dickau, g, Gonzaga
       6-0, 190 ... 21.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.7 apg

        The first AP First Team All-America in school history. ... A point guard able to contribute from both ends of the floor. ... Tough competitor. ... Fabulous ballhandler with great range. ... Can he handle the speed of the NBA game?

       
       Juan Dixon, g, Maryland
       6-3, 164 ... 20.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.9 apg

        AP First Team All-America and ACC Player of the Year. ... Was Most Outstanding Player leading the Terrapins to a national title. ... Wiry, strong, quick, competitive. ... Can play the point. ... Has defied the odds on every level.

       
       Mike Dunleavy, g-f, Duke
       6-9, 221 ... 17.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.0 apg

        Early entry. ... As a sophomore, was a key factor in Duke's national championship two years ago. ... Added weight last year, needs to add more. ... Versatile. ... A pesky defender. ... Has NBA three-point range. ... Excels in an up-tempo game.

       
       Melvin Ely, f-c, Fresno State
       6-10, 260 ... 23.3 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 3.1 bpg

        WAC Player of the Year in 2001 and 2002. ... Scored 1,951 points in four-year career. ... NBA-ready body. ... Athletic, aggressive defender. ... Great shot blocker. ... Has most polish of any post player in draft.

       
       Dan Gadzuric, c, UCLA
       6-11, 240 ... 11.7 ppg, 7.7 rpg

        Finished his Bruin career ranked No. 2 in blocked shots (184). ... Smooth on defense, runs court well. ... Could become solid defender. ... Raw “stiff” on offensive end.

       
       Drew Gooden, f, Kansas
       6-10, 230 ... 19.8 ppg, 11.4 rpg, 2.0 apg

        Early entry. ... AP First Team All-America and Big 12 Player of the Year his junior year. ... Has the size, needs to add weight. ... Athletic, versatile. ... Can score inside and outside. ... Has had solid workouts.

       
       Rod Grizzard, f, Alabama
       6-8, 200 ... 14.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.8 apg

        Early entry. ... A scorer. ... Had arthroscopic surgery in May to repair a fracture to the tibial plateau and will be sidelined at least three more months. ... Lean build. ... Has nice stroke and scoring potential. ... Questionable practice habits.

       
       Marcus Haislip, f, Tennessee
       6-8 1/2, 230 ... 16.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.8 bpg

        Early entry. ... Listed as 6-10 in Vols media guide. ... Only started one year at college. ... Active in the paint. ... Solid frame, long arms. Great athlete. ... Has had great workouts, showing a better shot.

        Maybyner “Nene” Hilario, f-c, Vasco da Gama (Brazil)
       6-11, 260 ... 13.2 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 1.7 bpg

        Early entry. ... A monster. ... This 19-year-old was a dominant rebounder and shotblocker in the Brazilian League. ... Had great workouts. Will contribute immediately on defense. ... Raw offensively. ... Some compare him the Ben Wallace.

        Casey Jacobsen, g-f, Stanford
       6-6, 215 ... 21.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.5 apg

        Early entry. ... Was an AP First Team All-America in his sophomore year. ... A three-time All Pac-10 First Team selection. ... Nice offensive skills. ... A defensive liability.

        Chris Jefferies, f, Fresno State
       6-8, 215 ... 17.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 3.0 apg

        Early entry. ... Played two years with Fresno State after one year at Arkansas. ... Played 21 games before suffering cartilage tear in his knee and ending his season. ... Terrific defender. ... Versatile small forward. ... Rebounds and passes well.

        Jared Jeffries, f, Indiana
       6-10, 215 ... 15.0 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 2.0 apg

        Early entry. ... Played two seasons at Indiana. ... Named Big Ten Most Valuable Player as a sophomore. ... Thin. ... Could have used another year in college. ... Has added 20 pounds since Final Four. ... Smart, versatile. ... Good rebounder, solid passer and shooter.

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       Jason Jennings, c, Arkansas State
       7-0, 250 ... 14.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 3.4 bpg

        Played two years at Arkansas before transferring. ... Named Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. ... Had consecutive 100-block seasons. ... Solid post game for a tall, slow big man. ... Has had good workouts.

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       Fred Jones, g, Oregon
       6-4, 210 ... 18.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg,
3.2 apg

        A leaper. ... Did it all at Oregon, finishing ranked in the top 10 in eight different categories. ... Questionable ballhandling skills. ... Needs to improve shooting. ... Has quickness, strength and explosiveness. ... Some compare him to Desmond Mason.

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       Roger Mason Jr., g, Virginia
       6-5, 199 ... 18.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.1 apg

        Early entry. ... Played both backcourt spots for Cavaliers. ... Solid player, tough and strong. ... Can penetrate. ... More of a big guard scorer. ... Needs to improve his ballhandling. ... Compared to Aaron McKie.

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       Yao Ming, c, Shanghai Sharks (China)
       7-5, 296 ... 32.4 ppg, 19.0 rpg, 2.9 apg, 4.5 bpg

        Could be first foreign player to go No. 1. ... Athletic, has size and shooting touch. ... A project. ... Excelled in Chinese League, but needs to show it on the NBA level of competition. ... Is he the next Shawn Bradley?

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       Bostjan Nachbar, f, Benetton Treviso (Italy)
       6-9, 221 ... 13.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.2 spg

        Early entry. ... Existing contract could be a problem. ... A combo forward who can play guard. ... A marksman. ... Well-rounded game on offense. ... Hard worker, team player.

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       Tayshaun Prince, f, Kentucky
       6-9, 215 ... 17.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg

        Was an early entry last year, but withdrew his name. ... Three-time MVP at Kentucky. ... Finished seventh all-time in scoring (1,775) at Kentucky. ... Great range and touch. ... Long arms, could become a defensive stopper.

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       Kareem Rush, g, Missouri
       6-6, 215 ... 19.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.5 apg

        Early entry. ... His career scoring average (18.9 ppg.) is fourth all-time at Missouri. ... Solid offensively, has range. ... Streaky sweet stroke. ... Stock has dipped. ... Needs to improve ballhandling. ... This lefty has been compared to Morris Peterson.

        Predrag Savovic, g, Hawaii
       6-6, 225 ... 20.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.3 apg

        Spent three years at Hawaii after playing for UAB as a freshman. ... Scored 1,414 points at Hawaii, fourth all-time for the Rainbows. ... Good shooter. ... Needs to work on defense.

        Luis Scola, f, Tau Ceramica (Spain)
       6-9, 230 ... 14.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg

        Was an early entry last year, but withdrew his name. ... A native of Argentina who has played last four years in Spain. ... Has a variety of post moves. ... Can hit from 15 feet in. ... Hard worker.

        Amare Stoudemire, f-c, Cypress Creek HS, Orlando, Fla.
       6-10, 245 ... 29.1 ppg, 15.0 rpg, 6.1 bpg

        Early entry. ... Probably will be the only high school player to get picked in the first round. ... Great potential.... Could be unstoppable in the post. ... Has a great work ethic. ... Very coachable.

        Nikoloz Tskitishvili, f, Benetton Treviso (Italy)
       7-0, 225 ... 6.6 ppg, 1.8 rpg

        Early entry. ... One of the finest players in Europe. ... Raw 18-year-old. ... Versatile. ... Has size, skills and tremendous upside. ... Has been compared to Dirk Nowitzki and Peja Stojakovic.

        Dajuan Wagner, g, Memphis
       6-3, 200 ... 21.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.6 apg

        Early entry. ... Broke single season scoring record (762 points) in his only season at Memphis. ... Was Naismith Player of the Year, averaging 42.5 points at Camden (N.J.) High School. ... Great ballhandler and playmaker. ... Needs to improve shot. ... Works on his defense.

        Jiri Welsch, g, Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia)
       6-7, 208 ... 15.5 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.6 apg

        Played three professional seasons in Czech Republic before signing with Olimpija Ljubljana. ... Combo guard. ... Hard worker on defense. ... Stock has improved. ... Can hit the three and is effective going to the basket. ... Shows good court judgment.

        Chris Wilcox, f, Maryland
       6-10, 221 ... 12.0 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.5 bpg

        Early entry. ... Had a tremendous sophomore season. ... Helped Maryland to the Final Four each of his two years, including the NCAA title this year. ... Big body. ... Raw offensively. ... Most athletic frontcourt player in the draft.

        Frank Williams, g, Illinois
       6-3, 205 ... 16.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 4.4 apg

        Early entry. Named Big Ten Player of the Year as a sophomore. Had an inconsistent junior season. Tough defender. Not an overwhelming athlete. Has great court awareness and instincts. Needs to improve shot.

        Jay Williams, g, Duke
       6-2, 195 ... 21.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 5.3 apg, 2.2.spg

        Early entry. ... The consensus NCAA Player of the Year. ... Super quick. ... A scorer. ... Tough to guard. ... Competitive. ... Aggressive on defense. ... Barring any trades, looks like he's headed to Chicago.

        Qyntel Woods, f-g, Northeast Mississippi CC
       6-8, 221 ... 32.3 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 1.8 apg

        Early entry. ... Great athlete. ... Inexperienced. ... Strong and agile which could make him tough on defense. ... One of the better ballhandling small forwards in this draft. ... Has decent shot. ... Brings some offcourt baggage.

       



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