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5 minutes ago, smit-tay griz said:

Ja sounds humble and thankful for his opportunity.  I liked his interview.

And at the same time he seems to really have a spark and swagger about him, and a killer instinct on the court... the perfect recipe for NBA stardom!

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Great interview! Very humble (which is not always the case with his kind of talent), but ambitious at the same time. And very articulate and sensible for a 19 years old. I’m excited!

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My favorite part is his focus/praise of his teammates. As a point guard you need to be a leader and have the team excited to play with/for you and he seems to understand that. 

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ESPN Scouting Report: Zion WIlliamson

Williamson burst onto the national radar early in his high school career thanks to his freakish athleticism and propensity for pulling off supernatural feats that were well-documented on social media. A knee injury slowed him as a high school junior and caused him to gain weight, leading to an uneven senior year that had some wondering if he was more of an internet sensation than a great basketball player.

Williamson did a great job of getting into the best shape of his life upon enrolling at Duke, and he went on to have one of the most memorable freshman campaigns in the one-and-done era. He shattered records, gained a huge worldwide following and solidified himself as the lock No. 1 pick and arguably the most hyped incoming NBA rookie since LeBron James. -- Givony

Strengths

  • A physical specimen unlike any we've seen in recent memory at 6-foot-6, 285 pounds. Will be one of the most explosive athletes in the NBA right away, but is also blessed with incredible fluidity, coordination, body control and power. Does unprecedented things seemingly every game that inspire sheer astonishment.

  • Extremely skilled and instinctive. Will be very difficult for opposing defenders to slow down due to his ability to create offense with the ball in his hands. Absolutely lethal in transition, but also a very dangerous option in the half court. Excellent ball handler who changes speeds effortlessly and gets incredibly low to the ground with his array of moves. Uses polished footwork and generates amazing force en route to finishing around the rim and drawing fouls. Also a strong passer thanks to his extremely high basketball IQ. Can also score in the post, blowing past traditional big men and overpowering smaller players with his huge frame. Much improved shooter as well.

  • Appears to have ideal NBA superstar personality. Outstanding teammate and competitor. Unselfish. Loves to do the little things needed to help win games. Deflects all of the attention he receives back toward the team. Brings frenetic energy defensively when locked in, showing the ability to guard positions 1-5. Won't turn 19 until July.

Improvement areas

  • Difficult to project given his unique game. Some NBA scouts struggle with the fact that they can't find anyone to compare him to, which is part of the evaluation process. Doesn't have a traditional position in yesterday's NBA, but in the modern game will likely become a team's primary creator offensively. Will need a creative coach and the right personnel around him to unlock his full potential. Needs to be surrounded by shooting to be most effective, perhaps similar to Ben Simmons in that regard.

  • Just an average shooter. Made only 24 3-pointers in 33 games at Duke, as well as 64 percent of his free throw attempts. Mechanics leave a lot to be desired. Ball comes off the side of his hand. Not very fluid in his lower body getting into his jumper.

  • Can he stay healthy playing the same wrecking-ball style over the course of 82 games? Will likely need to learn to dial back the intensity at times. Had some minor knee issues in high school and has a body type that can get thick quickly if he's not careful. Will be the second-heaviest player in the NBA right off the bat, despite his height.

Projected role: Big playmaker

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ESPN Scouting Report: Ja Morant

The most exciting player in the draft not named Zion Williamson, Morant won over NBA front offices this season by leading Murray State to the NCAA tournament with rim-rattling dunks, pinpoint passes, deep 3s and key buckets when it mattered most. After an impressive freshman season and strong showing at the Chris Paul camp in the summer, Morant entered the season with lottery buzz, but it wasn't until he torched Alabama that scouts began to view him as a top-five-caliber prospect.

 

Morant took college basketball by storm, becoming a household name with his charismatic personality and electric game. Though his natural feel and athletic gifts are what you first notice, Morant's journey from unheralded high school recruit to top-three pick is a big part of his intrigue. Morant looks the part of a star in the making and a franchise-changing point guard. -- Schmitz

Strengths

  • Dynamic athlete who excels in the open court. Transition speed demon who can shift gears on a dime and put pressure on the rim. Explosive two-foot leaper with the ability to put defenders on a poster with ease. Shifty nature allows him to get into the teeth of the defense with or without a ball screen, using electric change-of-pace moves to get to his patented left hand. Although thin, has positional size and doesn't shy away from contact.

  • Excellent passing instincts with a slick handle. Unselfish hitting ahead in transition (99 of his 323 assists came in the open court). Soft touch on lobs. Loves to deliver the ball off a live dribble with his left hand. Can hit the roller over the top or shooters in the weakside corner. High basketball IQ. Led the nation in assists.

  • Greatly improved perimeter shooter. After making only nine pull-up jumpers as a freshman, knocked down 35 as a sophomore, several of which came from beyond NBA range. Has added more ways to get to his pull-up, unlocking his half-court scoring when coupled with his dynamic driving and passing. Shines when the lights are brightest. Praised for his work ethic and intangibles.

Improvement areas

  • Undisciplined defender who didn't show much fight or consistency. Part of that is due to his offensive load, as he was tremendous defensively at the CP3 camp, but he still has bad habits to squash. Stands around off the ball. Gambles for steals. Can he be more than a one-position defender at 170 pounds?

  • Risk-reward passer who opts for flash over substance at times. Found so much of his success in transition at Murray State. Still learning the nuances of making every pick-and-roll read against a set defense. Led the nation in turnovers. Too casual when the ball isn't in his hands. Needs to stay locked in and remain a threat when off the ball.

  • How efficient will he be as a scorer early in his career? There are still questions about his pull-up jumper (low release set shot) as well as his ability to finish through contact given his frame and the fact that he doesn't have a consistent floater at this stage. Left-hand dominant as a driver.

Projected role: Franchise point guard

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ESPN Scouting Report: RJ Barrett

The son of longtime professional basketball player Rowan Barrett, RJ was identified as the next great thing in Canadian basketball prior to even enrolling in high school. He made his debut with the national team at age 14, leading his team to a silver medal at the Under-16 FIBA Americas Championship. He rose up the ranks and proved himself as the best player in his class in every setting after that.

Perhaps what he became most known for was his MVP performance at the FIBA U19 World Championships, where at age 17 he helped take down Team USA with a 38-point, 13-rebound, five-assist performance to win Canada's first gold at the international level. He also led the Nike EYBL in scoring at the age of 16, won MVP of the Basketball Without Borders Global Camp and helped Montverde win the Geico national championship. He elected to reclassify and enter college a year early, as he had nothing left to prove at the high school level, enrolling at Duke as the consensus No. 1 prospect in his recruiting class. -- Givony

Strengths

  • Has prototypical size, length and frame for an NBA wing at 6-foot-7 with a 6-10 wingspan at 208 pounds. Unique athlete in terms of coordination, fluidity, body control and quickness. Plays at different speeds.

  • Has evolved over his career into a ballhandling guard who is comfortable as a primary creator and facilitator. At his best in the open court, but is also a very capable option in pick-and-roll and isolation situations. Uses his size and high basketball IQ to see over the top of defenses and deliver pinpoint passes. He's also a solid shooter off the dribble. Incisive driver who uses his strong frame to get into the paint, initiate contact, finish from awkward angles and get to the free throw line at a prolific rate.

  • Has an alpha-dog mentality and wants to win at all costs. Plays with a laser focus and is not afraid of big moments. Competitor who plays with toughness and physicality. Won't turn 19 until the week of the draft.

Improvement areas

  • Improved shooter, but still made only 31 percent of his 3s this season and 67 percent of his free throw attempts. Doesn't have the most natural shooting stroke -- jumper looks rigid and flat at times, leading to bad misses.

  • Not a very efficient overall scorer. Very left-hand dominant. Killer mentality, aggressiveness get the best of him at times. Shot-selection and decision-making were questionable at times as a freshman, especially in late-game situations. Lack of shooting around him at Duke made it easier for opposing defenses to accentuate his weaknesses.

  • Shows great potential at times defensively, but isn't consistent enough in this area.

Projected role: Primary creator and go-to scorer

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1 hour ago, Kevin B Moses said:

all I could see was how beatiful allie laforce was. good lord

We need a scouting report man!

 

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On 5/19/2019 at 9:56 AM, BnaBreaker said:

And at the same time he seems to really have a spark and swagger about him, and a killer instinct on the court... the perfect recipe for NBA stardom!

The humble mamba

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On 5/19/2019 at 5:13 PM, Ole Dirty Klondike said:

ESPN Scouting Report: RJ Barrett

The son of longtime professional basketball player Rowan Barrett, RJ was identified as the next great thing in Canadian basketball prior to even enrolling in high school. He made his debut with the national team at age 14, leading his team to a silver medal at the Under-16 FIBA Americas Championship. He rose up the ranks and proved himself as the best player in his class in every setting after that.

Perhaps what he became most known for was his MVP performance at the FIBA U19 World Championships, where at age 17 he helped take down Team USA with a 38-point, 13-rebound, five-assist performance to win Canada's first gold at the international level. He also led the Nike EYBL in scoring at the age of 16, won MVP of the Basketball Without Borders Global Camp and helped Montverde win the Geico national championship. He elected to reclassify and enter college a year early, as he had nothing left to prove at the high school level, enrolling at Duke as the consensus No. 1 prospect in his recruiting class. -- Givony

Strengths

  • Has prototypical size, length and frame for an NBA wing at 6-foot-7 with a 6-10 wingspan at 208 pounds. Unique athlete in terms of coordination, fluidity, body control and quickness. Plays at different speeds.

  • Has evolved over his career into a ballhandling guard who is comfortable as a primary creator and facilitator. At his best in the open court, but is also a very capable option in pick-and-roll and isolation situations. Uses his size and high basketball IQ to see over the top of defenses and deliver pinpoint passes. He's also a solid shooter off the dribble. Incisive driver who uses his strong frame to get into the paint, initiate contact, finish from awkward angles and get to the free throw line at a prolific rate.

  • Has an alpha-dog mentality and wants to win at all costs. Plays with a laser focus and is not afraid of big moments. Competitor who plays with toughness and physicality. Won't turn 19 until the week of the draft.

Improvement areas

  • Improved shooter, but still made only 31 percent of his 3s this season and 67 percent of his free throw attempts. Doesn't have the most natural shooting stroke -- jumper looks rigid and flat at times, leading to bad misses.

  • Not a very efficient overall scorer. Very left-hand dominant. Killer mentality, aggressiveness get the best of him at times. Shot-selection and decision-making were questionable at times as a freshman, especially in late-game situations. Lack of shooting around him at Duke made it easier for opposing defenses to accentuate his weaknesses.

  • Shows great potential at times defensively, but isn't consistent enough in this area.

Projected role: Primary creator and go-to scorer

Obviously this is just speculation based on a gut feeling, so I'm not saying I have anything resembling a sound, valid point of view here, but RJ Barrett had always struck me as kind of a Khris Middleton type... which is not nothing, of course, but I think Ja has the combination of skills and attitude that could make him a superstar one day, so I don't think we have a choice but to swing for the fences with this pick.

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On 5/19/2019 at 4:17 PM, Kevin B Moses said:

all I could see was how beatiful allie laforce was. good lord

That party haven college she went to in Athens OH has always been full of living dolls.

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5 minutes ago, bhoyal said:

That party haven college she went to in Athens OH has always been full of living dolls.

I graduated from there long time ago

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27 minutes ago, bhoyal said:

That party haven college she went to in Athens OH has always been full of living dolls.

Living dolls? Kinda sounds creepy 

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it’s hard not to get excited watching this young man’s interview and reading this scouting report. I had an incredible feeling we would get lucky in the draft- actually thought we’d win it. 3 years down the road, we may all look back and say we did win it. 

 

slim. 

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1 hour ago, memphis slim said:

it’s hard not to get excited watching this young man’s interview and reading this scouting report. I had an incredible feeling we would get lucky in the draft- actually thought we’d win it. 3 years down the road, we may all look back and say we did win it. 

 

slim. 

👍🏼💯

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2 hours ago, memphis slim said:

it’s hard not to get excited watching this young man’s interview and reading this scouting report. I had an incredible feeling we would get lucky in the draft- actually thought we’d win it. 3 years down the road, we may all look back and say we did win it. 

 

slim. 

🤞🏻🙏🏻

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On 5/21/2019 at 4:07 PM, guillermo said:

I graduated from there long time ago

As a fellow Bobcat alum, I hope you are as psyched about the Jeff Boals hire as most are.  In a short time, he has already recruited more good players than Saul Phillips did in five years.

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