March 21, 2008

Draft Watching - Friday Games

I don’t know if you know this, but the NCAA tournament started yesterday, but since this web log is concerned with the NBA, perhaps you’d be interested in the draft prospects you can get a chance to look at today.

12:15 EST – American vs. Tennessee
The Volunteers have like 9 guys who have the last name Smith. The best of them is Tyler, who is projected to go in the first round this summer. Chris Lofton is very good at college basketball but won’t do much in the NBA, just like Trajan Langdon, with whom he shares a haircut.

12:25 EST - Davidson vs. Gonzaga
The big story here is Davidson’s Stephen Curry, son of former Hornet legend Dell Curry. However, the best draft prospect is Jeremy Pargo of Gonzaga whose brother, Jannero, is a current Hornet Legend.

12:30 EST – Western Kentucky vs. Drake
Courtney Lee from Western Kentucky is supposed to be good, but that’s according to the internet.

2:35 EST – UMBC vs. Georgetown
Last summer, a huge center that looked 30 years older than he really was went number one overall. This year, Roy Hibbert (who may be 43) will go in the late lottery.

2:45 EST – San Diego vs. Connecticut
Hasheem Thabeet looks like a gigantic version of Wallace from The Wire. Oh, and he’s really good at blocking shots. He’ll go in the first round. His teammate, AJ Price, is projected to go in the first round next year.

2:50 EST – Austin Peay vs. Texas
Texas point guard DJ Augustin is a likely lottery selection. He played with Kevin Durant last year, but they couldn’t get out of the second round. That’s how bad of a coach Rick Barnes is.

7:10 EST – St. Joseph’s vs. Oklahoma
Huge white guys always do well in the NBA, so in no way will a team be disappointed after they use a 2009 lottery pick on Oklahoma’s Blake Griffin. Whatever lucky team gets to pick him will surely be rewarded.

7:20 EST – Siena vs. Vanderbilt
My mom keeps trying to convince me that Shan is a good name, but I think it can easily be added to SML’s “Most Gender Ambiguous Names” list. Regardless, Vanderbilt’s Shan Foster is very good; he should be a first rounder. Vandy’s other star, Andrew Ogilvy, should go first round next year.

7:25 EST - Oregon vs. Mississippi State
Four possible second rounders play in this game (Malik Hairston, Maarty Leunen, Bryce Taylor, and Jamont Gordon). Neat.

9:30 EST – Indiana vs. Arkansas
Eric Gordon is the real deal. He’s going lottery this summer. Indiana isn’t really sure if they’re happy about this; because, ya know, their program is going to be destroyed because of him.

9:30 EST – Boise State vs. Louisville
Louisville has four potential NBAsters (Derrick Caracter, Earl Clark, David Padgett, and Terrence Williams) so they should blow the Broncos out easily. In semi-related news, I beat my friend in NCAA Football 2004 with Boise State so he had to eat a whole raw potato.

9:40 EST – UT-Arlington vs. Memphis
Derrick Rose is extremely good (lottery). Chris Douglas-Roberts is very good (mid-first round). Joey Dorsey is pretty good (early second round).


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