So here we are in the friggin 17th inning and still deadlocked at one all. I have the Indians at +1.5 RL and all I can think is Murphy going to get me again in this situation, I lost by two runs with the Rangers two days ago UP 7 to 3 going to the bottom of the ninth and losing with TX +1.5 RL!! We will see.
Bradley Beal, SG, Florida, Fr.
The consensus on Beal seems to be that he is a "can't miss" prospect. He was the best player on the floor, scoring 21 points in the Gators' Sweet 16 victory versus Marquette. Beal is an extremely intelligent and versatile player who rarely ever forces anything on the offensive end. His season statistics may not be eye-popping, but he will certainly be the first shooting guard taken in the draft and might actually go as high as second overall.
James Michael McAdoo, F, North Carolina, Fr.
Potential, potential, potential. McAdoo displayed his potential on Sunday by scoring a team-high 15 points in the Tar Heels' loss to Kansas. He is still fairly raw on the offensive end, needs to add some weight to his frame, and is nowhere near ready to contribute at the next level. Still, if he chooses to turn pro in the next couple weeks, McAdoo will almost certainly be a top-10 pick. I hope he returns to school and develops his game, since he will get exponentially more minutes next season. However, the allure of being a lottery pick might be too much to turn down.
Kendall Marshall, PG, North Carolina, Soph.
He didn't play a single minute in the Sweet 16 or Elite 8 due to a wrist injury yet I'm buying his stock? Yup. With Marshall off the floor, we saw how Carolina's offense became relatively pedestrian, especially against Ohio. If that doesn't prove how valuable Marshall is to the Tar Heels as a floor general and distributor, I am not sure what does. I still think he could be the first point guard taken, though Damian Lillard of Weber State and Washington's Tony Wroten are currently ranked higher than him on my big board.
Quincy Acy, PF, Baylor, Sr.
I haven't been high on Acy as a draft prospect because of the fact that he is undersized. However, Acy just plays like a bulldog on the court and proved that he doesn't back down from anybody. He had 42 points, 23 rebounds, and some typical Acy rim-rocking dunks. For the first time this season, he will be making an appearance in my next 2012 NBA Mock Draft and should get plenty of second-round looks due to his toughness.
2012 NBA Draft Stock: Selling
Perry Jones, F, Baylor, Soph.
Stop me if you've heard this before, but PJ Trey was once again underwhelming on the biggest state of them all. In four tourney games, Jones averaged just 10 points and seven rebounds per game; not exactly what you would expect from a possible top-10 pick. He was a no-show in the first half versus Kentucky, scoring just two points. The same questions come up over and over regarding Jones: lack of toughness and assertiveness, aggressiveness on the defensive end, and concerns about his general basketball IQ. If I were an NBA GM, I wouldn't put my career on the line by taking him in the top 10.
Harrison Barnes, SF, North Carolina, Soph.
Nobody missed Kendall Marshall more than Barnes. With Marshall sidelined, Barnes was forced to be more of a creator with the ball in his hands, which is not at all a strength of his. He was 8-of-30 from the field and 2-of-14 from three, and turned it over eight times versus Ohio and Kansas this past weekend. Once a lock to be a top-five pick, Barnes' stock is slipping, and now the top 10 seems more reasonable for Barnes.
Kris Joseph, SF, Syracuse, Sr.
It was evident this weekend that Joseph is nowhere near Syracuse's best player. That award goes to my basketball crush, Dion Waiters. Joseph had a lackluster 17 points and four rebounds combined versus Wisconsin and Ohio State. There was a slim chance of the Montreal native sneaking into the first round, but he certainly looked like a second-round prospect this weekend.