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Recent NBA Draft News

      

(From left to right: Ben McLemore, Victor Oladipo, Russ Smith, Cody Zeller) (photos provided by: www.newspress.com, nba.si.com,  sportsillustrated.cnn.com,  and www.draftexpress.com )

1. Ben McLemore: Kansas

Ben McLemore is a 6’5 , 185 pound shooting guard that possesses tremendous scoring ability. He is extremely athletic and also has a great shooting touch. As a freshman, McLemore averaged 15.9 points and 5.2 rebounds. He can get to the cup and can also hurt the defense from the perimeter. Some people question his consistency because sometimes he seems to just fade away in certain games. Nonetheless, Ben McLemore has a great potential and looks to prove his talents in the NBA. Many compare him to Ray Allen. That’s not so bad! ESPN’s Chad Ford has McLemore as the #3 prospect on his draft board.

2. Victor Oladipo: Indiana

Oladipo’s motor is what gets him all of the recognition. This kid goes full speed and gives it a 100% on offense and defense! At 6’5 and 214 lbs. , Oladipo combines the physical attributes of speed, power and size to his advantage. The junior from Upper Marlboro, Maryland averaged 13.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists. this past season. Of course Oladipo is not going to score thirty or forty points but he can give an NBA team hustle! His ability to play above the rim and physicality will certainly help him in the NBA.

3. Russ Smith: Louisville

It has been a pretty good year for Russ Smith A.K.A. “Russdiculous”. Smith and his Louisville Cardinals. They won the 2013 NCAA Tournament. Smith was outstanding and averaged 22.3 points in 6 NCAA Tournament games. He averaged 18.7 points and 2.9 assists for the entire season. There is no doubt that Russ Smith’s shot selection is questionable, hence the nickname Russdiculous, but he can put up points in bunches. Smith is undersized at 6’1 and 165 lbs but his heart is what will help him in the NBA Draft. The Brooklyn-born scorer carries that tough New York attitude onto the court and he is fearless when going to the rack! He does not shy away from the big moment and that is what attracts those NBA scouts.

4. Cody Zeller: Indiana

Zeller is definitely a highly touted NBA prospect. The 7’0 , 240 sophomore is a tough guy to defend in the post. Zeller has an array of post moves and can even step out and hit the mid-range jumper. His skills are great but some people wonder if he will be able to handle the big-bodied players that await him in the NBA. Zeller struggled with tall and physical players at times this season but he was astounding for the majority of the year. He averaged 16.5 points and 8.1 rebounds this year and was the early favorite to win the Naismith Player of the Year Award. Will Cody be an average center in the NBA like brothers, Tyler (Cleveland Cavaliers) and Luke(former member of the Phoenix Suns), or will he live up to the hype?

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