Ed Davis, F/C, North Carolina, Soph.
Coaches always talk about wanting to see constant improvement from their players. That is exactly what Davis has shown early on this season. He is becoming more aggressive on the offensive end to complement his already solid ability to rebound and block shots. Against Michigan State, Davis scored a career-high 22 points and did an outstanding job of establishing position on the block. He still needs to work on his shot, but is making the strides to be worthy of a surefire top-10 pick next summer.
Manny Harris, G, Michigan, Jr.
Despite a lackluster showing by Michigan in the Old Spice Classic, Manny Fresh, as Len Elmore oh so cleverly calls him, averaged 22.7 points, 9.0 rebounds, 5.7 assists, and 2.7 steals per game in Michigan's three contests. His three-point shooting has been atrocious (3-23 on the season) but his ability to attack the basket, and finish or get to the free throw line has been impressive. Harris is still a borderline first-round pick, but if he can improve his outside shot, he has a chance of turning pro after this season.
Klay Thompson, SG, Washington State, Soph.
The nation's leading scorer, Thompson has been lighting it up from deep shooting 57 percent from three. He dropped 43 points against San Diego on 8-13 from deep and already has a 37-point outing earlier this season. The knock on Thompson continues to be his lack of strength as he barely hits 190 pounds when he steps on a scale. But with his ability to shoot the rock, NBA teams have to start paying closer attention to son of former NBA big man Mychal Thompson.
Artsiom Parakhouski, C, Radford, Sr.
Allow me to introduce you to a guy you have probably never heard of. The Belarus native is an absolute beast weighing it at a solid 260 pounds. He is averaging 25 points, 16 boards, and 2.5 blocks a game. In his last two outings, he put up 23 and 14 against Duke and 26 and 20 versus Duquesne. Quickness and athleticism is a concern, but if continues to put up numbers like he has this season, there is no question he will get several looks in the second round by a team in need of some size and toughness.
2010 NFL Draft Stock: Selling
Solomon Alabi, C, Florida State, Soph.
Alabi is not even close to being ready to play at the next level. He is 7-1 and scouts always drool over a talented, athletic big, but his offensive game needs so much work and he is not even close to being Hasheem Thabeet-like with his intimidation on the defensive end. Give him credit because he hit the final two shots in the Noles' win against Marquette in the Old Spice Championship game and has knocked down his free throws, but he can barely find regular minutes on the floor because he cannot match up against quicker or more physical post players. He would be wise to stay at Florida State for at least one more year before entering the draft.
Malcolm Lee, G, UCLA, Soph.
I am really confused as to why some NBA Mock Draft sites have this kid as a lottery pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. There is no question that he is a talented player, but his game is not polished enough to be considering a jump to the next level after this season. Lee struggled shooting the ball in the Bruins' three losses at the 76 Classic in Anaheim and has yet to embrace his expected role as UCLA's go-to scorer. At this point, I don't even feel comfortable putting him in the lottery of my 2011 NBA Mock Draft.
The reason Peppers is a bad fit and it ain't because of his low stats, but because he would not fit Tampa's defense. The bucs had a guy similar to him in Mark Barron who is now with the rams. The 2nd rounder is fine, but the 3rd rounder is also terrible. Brian Hill sucks. Roderick Johnson in the 3rd would be better and Ryan Ramcyzk, Cam Robinson or Budda Baker in the 1st.