Evan Turner, G/F, Ohio State, Jr.
When Evan Turner was sidelined after fracturing two vertebrae in his upper back, I wrote that his stock would take a hit until he returned and proved to be back to his old self. Well, he is back to his old self. Turner put up 19 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists against Minnesota and followed that up with a career-high 32 point performance in a comeback win at Purdue. The versatile Buckeye is back in my 2010 NBA Mock Draft and a top-five pick.
Scottie Reynolds, G, Villanova, Sr.
If Reynolds were to put out a personal ad, it would read like this: "Extremely intelligent, clutch, experienced floor leader who can also shoot lights out from distance. If your NBA team needs a back-up combo guard who can play 12-15 minutes a night right away, I am your guy." I really do not understand how some mock drafts do not have Scottie in their top 60. Did they not see him drop 36 in Nova's come-from-behind win at Louisville?
Damion James, F, Texas, Sr.
Let us not forget that at the beginning of last season, James was being talked about as a serious lottery prospect, but slipped due to a lackluster junior year. In this, his senior season, James has reminded us of his lottery potential. He is averaging more than 17 points and 11 boards a night, and has posted double-doubles in six of his last seven games (the only game he did not record a double-double he fell one board short.) James is a First Team All-American candidate and shooting the ball better from the perimeter while continuing to show his toughness and ability to play at the rim. He likely is not a lottery pick but is pretty much a first-round lock with the possibility of being taken in the mid-late teens.
2010 NFL Draft Stock: Selling
Kyle Singler, SF, Duke, Jr.
The most attractive part of Singler's game to NBA scouts is his ability to shoot the rock, but this season, his jumper just has not been on. His shooting percentages are career-lows; below 42 percent from the field and 34 percent from three. He was 2-of-13 with just nine points in the Devils' loss at Georgia Tech and is just five of his last 20 from distance. Right now he would be a second-round pick if he declared for the draft.
Tyshawn Taylor, PG, Kansas, Soph.
There is no questioning Taylor's athleticism and potential, but from what I have seen on the court this season, I am not blown away. It's hard to judge how Taylor's game will translate to the next level playing alongside future first-round picks Xavier Henry, Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich. Taylor seems to be caught in the shadows of those players and has not taken the step in his game that many expected. He will be better suited returning for his junior year and establishing himself as a true team leader and go-to guy rather than being a complementary player.
Arnett Moultrie, PF, UTEP, Soph.
Ever since Derrick Caracter became eligible for the Miners, Moultrie's productivity has decreased as he is seeing less touches. The skill set is there for Moultrie as he is a talented, athletic 6-11, but he needs to fine tune his game and probably should hang around El Paso for his junior year before turning pro.
I really don't understand why you keep bashing the 49ers contracts. You have to overpay for guys when you have one of the worst rosters in the NFL. Beyond that, they have nearly $70 mill in cap space even after free agency, so what's the big deal if they overspend?