Demar Derozan, 66, Shooting Guard, Committed to USC
17 points, 3 steals, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 6/12 FG, 1/4 3PFG
Derozans skills appeared to be more polished throughout the week in the practice setting, but he wasnt quite able to fully translate them to the game setting. For instance, he showed great elevation and a nice shooting stroke pulling up off the dribble from 20 feet in the practices. This move looked like it would translate to the NBA game today, but he failed to attempt it even once against the international squad. In the half-court, Derozan can get to the hoop against anyone, but rarely hangs against contact to finish like hes capable of. Before he reaches the NBA, he also must focus on improving the way he attacks the rim, because his freakish athletic ability will give him a chance to finish plays that most people arent capable of. The form on the future Trojans jumper looks solid as well, but his only make from long range in the game was banked in off the glass. Defensively, he plays back on his heels too often, and will need to focus on improving his stance.
Considering his size and athletic ability, Derozan has the potential to make a big impact next season at USC. He has the potential to emerge as a major NBA draft prospect after one college season, but he needs to step out on the court and live up to the hype in the Pac-10 first.
Jrue Holiday, 63, Guard, Committed to UCLA
13 points, 5 assists, 3 steals, 4/14 FG, 2/5 3PFG, 3/4 FT
At UCLA, Holiday will likely spend some of his time at the point guard position, but he plays just as effectively off the ball. He showed above average play-making ability on many of his drives to the hoop, even though he played much of the game at the shooting guard position. Considering his size and lack of elite run/jump athleticism, Holiday will likely spend his pro career playing the point guard spot. The future Bruin has an excellent defensive stance, and has potential to make a big impact on both ends of the court as a freshman.
Greg Monroe, 610, Power Forward, Committed to Georgetown
7 points, 6 rebounds, 3/9 FG
A legit 610, Monroe runs the court like a guard and shows nimble feet in the low post. On one possession with his back to the basket, the forward spun to his right hand and laid the ball high off the glass for a pretty finish while taking a foul. In half-court sets, he appears comfortable stepping out and shooting the 20 footer, and is a threat to drive to the hoop or post up. Monroe shows excellent footwork down low, but could really become more effective by improving his toughness going to the hoop.
Other than adding consistency, a few other areas of focus could help Monroe take his game to the next level. Defensively, Monroe must work on playing more physically, and his understanding of help-side rotations has a long way to go. Considering his tools, Greg Monroe could land in the top 10 after a lone season at Georgetown. Without working harder on the court, though, its doubtful that hell ever reach his full potential.
Drew Gordon, 68, Power Forward, Commited to UCLA
15 points, 7 rebounds, 4 blocks, 6/7 FG
Though he didnt really get a chance to show it off during the game, Gordon also has some nice skills to work with on the offensive end of the floor. He can handle the ball comfortably on the perimeter and shoots it effectively out to 18 feet. He needs to work on further expanding his repertoire in the post at UCLA, but he shoots a nice turnaround down low.
For the present, Gordon lacks the build and athleticism to be considered an elite one and done prospect. He runs the court quite effectively, but shows average explosiveness and lateral quickness. Gordon must continue to work on his offensive game, and become tougher as a man to man post defender. He seems like a very smart player on and off the court, and has the potential to play big minutes at UCLA his freshman season.
Tyreke Evans, 63, Shooting Guard, Undecided
11 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 3/13 FG, 5/6 FT
At this point in his career, Tyreke Evans appears to be a pure scorer, who has some play-making skills, but lacks the decision-making ability to play at the point guard slot. He lacks ideal size to play the two in the NBA, so he must really focus on becoming more of a team-oriented player. Evans also possesses the tools to become a very effective defender, but he must focus on his focus, effort and fundamentals on this end of the floor.
Right now, Evans projects as a combo-guard, and the Jamaal Crawford comparisons have already started. He can break down the defense and find the open man once the defense collapses, but his draft stock may hinge on his ability to make plays for others and do other things on the floor except being a high volume scorer.
Al-Farouq Aminu, 68, Forward, Committed to Wake Forest
10 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 4/6 FG
To take his game to the next level, Aminus long range jumper must improve. He shows the ability to hit the mid-range jumper and can pull up off the dribble from time to time, but struggles to shoot even the college three with any patterned consistency. With improved ball-handling, he can likely play the small forward slot full time in the NBA, but he must continue to get stronger as well.
Aminu can be compared to a Marvin Williams type of player, but will be relied upon heavily his freshman year at Wake Forrest. With added strength and improved shooting, he could make a real impact next season. Hell likely need a couple years of college to reach his full potential, but all the tools are in place to make him a very interesting prospect down the road.
Scotty Hopson, 65, Shooting Guard, Committed to Tennessee
15 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 6/14 FG, 0/4 3PFG
During his first couple years of college, the talented wing must improve his ball-handling and outside shooting. Hopsons handle appears to be quite mechanical right now and he sometimes struggles to get to the hoop against stronger defensive players. His outside shooting stroke must become more consistent, though he does shoot the pull-up jumper from 18 feet on in quite effectively.
Hopson scored a number of his points against the World Team with his mid-range game, and showed the athleticism at the rim to finish and draw contact. He seems like the type of player who needs time to build up his draft stock, but he will have a chance to earn immediate minutes at Tennessee during his freshman season.
Jerime Anderson, 60, Point Guard, Committed to UCLA
4 points, 3 assists, 3 steals, 2 rebounds, 2/3 FG
As previously stated, Anderson must do some work physically before he can be considered NBA ready. He stands at just around six feet tall with a skinny frame weighing in around 165 pounds. Though he made a nice mid-range jumper off the dribble in the game, it was hard to really get a feel for his shooting ability throughout the week.
Considering his defense and play-making abilities, Anderson will be a very interesting player to watch at UCLA, although his lack of size is a hindrance. He must improve his body and show some shooting ability before solidifying himself as an NBA prospect, but hes the type of player who will make things happen while on the court for the Bruins.
Malcolm Lee, 64, Guard, Committed to UCLA
2 points, 4 rebounds, 1/6 FG, 0/2 3PFG
Though not falling during the game, Lee showed a nice outside shooting stroke during the practices with the ability to knock down the set shot or take a couple of dribbles and knock it in from mid-range. The guard also shows a nice first step and above-average ball-handling, but will need to work on finishing plays inside at UCLA.
Hell be playing in a crowded backcourt next season and its unlikely that hell really emerge as an immediate NBA prospect until further down the road, but Malcolm Lee has the defensive ability and size that will always make him worth watching.
Ed Davis, 610, Forward/Center, Committed to North Carolina
4 points, 5 rebounds, 2/5 FG
Davis must first and foremost add weight to his skinny frame. The forward weighs in at just around 200 pounds as it is, and will struggle to adjust to the more physical players in the ACC during the first part of his freshman season. Back to the basket scoring will also need to be an area of focus for the incoming freshman. It looks like he could develop a nice lefty hook to rely on with his back to the basket, but he just tends to face up and shoot the jumper at this point. With added strength, Davis would become much better on the defensive end of the floor as well.