It's nice to have a draft order set and the Senior Bowl behind us (other all-star games, too, I suppose). The combine is the other big event of the offseason, so we really are halfway to the draft. Sort of.
Iman Shumpert, G, Georgia Tech, Jr.
The Yellow Jacket combo guard finished three steals shy of a quadruple-double versus Virginia Tech on Tuesday which is a rather ridiculous stat line. Earlier this month, he dropped 30 points in a 20-point victory against North Carolina. Shumpert has always been very talented, and for a 6-5 guy who can play either guard position, his NBA Draft prospects have always been intriguing. Now, Shumpert is finally starting to tap into that potential as he has limited his turnovers and improved his shot selection which had been two knocks against the Oak Park, Ill. native. If he chooses to forgo his final year of eligibility, he would be a borderline first-round pick as his game translates well to the next level.
Justin Harper, PF, Richmond, Sr.
While point guard Kevin Anderson got most of the pub for the Spiders, Harper has come up huge in helping Richmond get off to a 5-1 start in Atlantic 10 play. In conference, the 6-10 forward is averaging 21.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. His shooting percentages have taken major jumps this season as he hitting on 50 percent from three, almost 57 percent from the field and 80 percent from the charity stripe. Harper may not be the most physically intimidating power forward in college basketball, but his versatility and ability to step out to the perimeter makes him an attractive prospect. He may have worked his way into an early second-round pick due to his terrific play.
Maalik Wayns, PG, Villanova, Soph.
The next-in-line of talented point guards at Nova, Wayns has always been known for his quickness and ability to set up his teammates. But in the Wildcats' upset win at Syracuse on Saturday, the generously listed 6-2 Wayns showed the flashes as a scorer that make him a possibly lottery prospect down the road. He has a tremendous ability to get to the basket and finish similar to his teammate Corey Fisher. While he shoots just 22 percent from three, he hit some big triples in the first half to help Villanova build a comfortable lead. If Wayns can continue that type of play and have more consistency with his outside shot, he should be a top-20 lock if he declares for the 2011 NBA Draft. I would still like to see him return to school and become the true floor general at Nova next season rather than sharing that role with Fisher.
Charles Jenkins, SG, Hofstra, Sr.
Jenkins is starting to earn the reputation as a warrior after playing every minute of the last two games for the Pride including an overtime affair against James Madison. He is one of the top scorers in the nation and a huge reason why Hofstra is tied for first in the underrated Colonial Athletic Association. At 6-3, Jenkins is a bit undersized for an NBA shooting guard but should definitely get looks at the next level thanks to his outside shooting (44.9% from three) and ability to attack the basket (getting to the free throw line more than seven times per game.)
2011 NFL Draft Stock: Selling
Durrell Summers, SG, Michigan State, Sr.
Personally, I have never been a huge fan of Summers but his outstanding performance in last year's NCAA Tournament proved he has NBA talent. As of late though, Summers has been an almost non-factor averaging less than eight points during his past four games. Summers is athletically gifted but relies way too much on his inconsistent jump shot. Plus, he has been benched and somewhat criticized by Spartans' head coach Tom Izzo for a lack of effort. I would not at all be surprised if he goes undrafted this June.