Greg Monroe, PF, Georgetown, Soph. and Chris Wright, PG, Georgetown, Jr.
I am absolutely floored by how well these two guys played in the past few days. Monroe has been an absolute beast showing off his versatility and reminding me why I had him as the No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft early in the season. His stat lines: 16 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists in 25 minutes against USF. Then 15, 10, 7 versus Syracuse and 23, 13, 7 against Marquette. I leave with this thought; would you take a safe bet in Monroe or a talented but possible head case in Kentucky's DeMarcus Cousins?
As for Wright, the former McDonald's All-American is really coming into his own. I was impressed by his intelligence on the floor; taking what the defenses gave him. He is built like a rock and could be a possible first round pick in 2011. And did you see that dunk against West Virginia! Where did that come from!?
Da'Sean Butler, G/F, West Virginia, Sr.
Jay Bilas said it best, "This kid is just a winner." He hit two game-winning shots in three days to help lead the Mountaineers to the Big East Title. Butler once again showed he can do a little bit of everything; shoot the rock from deep, use his pull-up jumper, board, find open teammates. His lack of great athleticism will likely keep him from being a first-round pick, but he should be a very nice role player in the NBA.
Lazar Hayward, F, Marquette, Sr.
I know... he is a 6-6 power forward who doesn't have a true position at the next level. Here's the thing; this guy is a leader and a winner, and he does whatever is needed to help his team win. He lacks the lateral quickness defensively to be a wing player and doesn't have the ideal skills to take a defender off the dribble, but his toughness and strength down low combined with his ability to knock down threes should get him some second-round looks. I mean, I would take Hayward as the 15th guy on my NBA roster any day of the week (and not just because I am a Marquette alum.)
Dominique Jones, G, South Florida, Jr.
It will be interesting to see what Jones does this summer. After a fairly impressive two-game stretch in which he averaged 20.5 ppg, 7 rpg, and 4 apg, I really think he will test the waters of the 2010 NBA Draft to see if he has a legitimate chance of being a first-round pick. The knock on Jones has been his combo guard factor and lack of outstanding athleticism. Jones proved a couple things at the Big East Tournament; he just has a natural feel for scoring the basketball and is a better playmaker than people give him credit for. The 6-4 junior showed potential of being able to play the point with his ability to find open teammates and could morph into that role at the next level easier than originally thought.
2010 NFL Draft Stock: Selling
Robbie Hummel, SF, Purdue, Jr.
Not that there was any real risk of him going pro this summer, but after suffering a season-ending ACL injury, it is now a certainty Hummel will return to Purdue for his senior season. It will be a long journey back for him and depending how rehab goes, he could miss the start of next season which will hinder his stock.
Solomon Alabi, C, Florida State, Soph.
Alabi just hasn't progressed this season like I thought he would. In his last four games, the 7-1 center averaged just 6.5 points and 2.8 boards a game. He is getting taken out of my next 2010 NBA Mock Draft, and the choice should be pretty obvious for him to return to Florida State and improve his all-around game. If Alabi does declare, he is still likely a first-round pick because of his size and potential, but will probably get the Hasheem Thabeet treatement and ride pine until he is sent to the D-League.
@Steel Willy The funny thing is, OLB, S, and CB entered free agency as bigger needs than DL, RB, and WR and in free agency, DL, RB, and WR depth were all added while out of OLB, S, and CB, depth was added to only one of those positions, yet Walt ignores CB, S, and OLB but gives them RB, WR, and DL. Another funny thing is offense is the stronger unit, yet the majority of the picks for Pittsburgh is offensive players. Not to mention, Buddha Baker and Derek Rivers being available at pick 62, and Walt having Pittsburgh pass on both is insanity
I like the change for the lions in round 1, adoree jackson had to go. DT from Auburn is a need, not as pressing as others (DE, LB, CB) but with him being a pass rusher it kinda makes up for it. RB and TE round 3 and 4? I don't hate it but it sounds more Martin Mayhew than Bob Quinn. I thin the run on defense in 4 out of the first 5 picks.... The Kareem Hunt pick I like but hopefully later than a 3