2010 NBA Draft Stock

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2010 NBA Draft Stock

Updated 12/18

2010 NBA Draft Stock: Buying

Jon Leuer, PF, Wisconsin, Jr.
Leuer arrived in Madison as a skinny kid known for his outside shooting. Since then, he has gotten in the weight room, added some muscle, and become a threat all over the floor. He scored 26 points in a loss at Wisconsin-Green Bay and followed that up with a 24-point performance against Marquette. He can knock down open jumpers and has also added a variety of moves in the post.

Leuer is a tough matchup as he can take slower defenders off the dribble and has developed a nice turnaround jumper on the block that he uses effectively against smaller opponents. Marquette head coach Buzz Williams called Leuer "a pro" after their game this past weekend and he seems to be gaining attention as a possible second-round pick in 2011.

Maurice Creek, SG, Indiana, Fr.
Creek broke an Indiana freshman record by dropping 31 points on Kentucky this past weekend while hitting 5-of-8 from deep. He is shooting 43 percent from three on the season and certainly is not playing like a freshman. Even when he is not scoring, he can contribute in different ways. Creek scored a season-low eight points in the Hoosiers big win against Pitt, but contributed with a career-high eight boards and four assists. If his game continues to develop, he is a potential lottery pick in 2011 or 2012.

Eric Bledsoe, PG, Kentucky, Fr.
John Wall deservedly gets all the hype at Kentucky, but Bledsoe has not gotten the credit he deserves for his play. Bledsoe can hit it from deep as demonstrated by his 4-of-5 three-point attempts as he scored 23 against Indiana. He has a nice mid-range game and can also attack the basket. Once Wall leaves the Wildcats after this season, the sky is the limit for Bledsoe. If he can cut back on his turnovers, he could be a lottery pick after his sophomore season.

2010 NFL Draft Stock: Selling

Tony Woods, C, Wake Forest, Soph.
The highly-touted 7-footer has yet to live up to expectations as the Demon Deacons are still waiting for a breakout performance. He has been unable to earn consistent playing time and is still very much a work in progress. At this rate, Woods is going to have to stick around Wake until his senior season, and unless there is major growth in his game he likely does not have much of a future in the NBA.

Nikola Dragovic, F, UCLA, Sr.
Off-the-court issues regarding an assault charge combined with ice-cold shooting has Dragovic´┐Żs stock completely off the radar. I once thought he was a potential second-round pick, but no chance after seeing him play this year. He is shooting just 25 percent from the floor, 22 percent from three, and taking some terrible shots. Dragovic is not a physical player despite having decent size, and is not quick enough to play in the NBA. He has overseas written all over him.

Deonta Vaughn, PG, Cincinnati, Sr.
Vaughn has been the victim of playing for a much-improved Cincy team and has seen his playing time dip seven minutes per game from a year ago. With freshmen Lance Stephenson and Cashmere Wright taking away scoring opportunities, Vaughn has not shot the ball well when he has had his chances this season (37% FG, 30% 3-Pt. FG.) He was held scoreless for just the second time in his career last week against Miami-Ohio and was limited to seven points while committing five turnovers in the Bearcats loss at UAB.

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Written by Paul Banks of the Washington Times, and David Kay of the The Sports Bank.
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