June 22, 2011

2011 Shooting Guard Prospects

#1 Klay Thompson, SG, Washington State

PG | SG | SF | PF | C

*All listed player heights are measured with shoes on, and rounded to the nearest whole number.

(Player age is how old they will be on June 23rd - the date of the 2011 NBA Draft)


1. Klay Thompson
Experience: Junior | School: Washington State| Age: 21
Height: 6-7 | Weight: 206 lbs. | Wingspan: 6'9"
Hand Length: 8.8 in. | Hand Width: 9.3 in. | Projected: Pick 9-17


Analysis:
Klay Thompson is the ideal NBA shooting guard. He has a great frame at 6-7, 206 pounds, and is a pure shooter. His stock is rising, especially due to the fact that this is a weak shooting guard class, but also because he knows his role, and his limitations as an athlete. He is a confident player who has cleared his name by addressing his off court issue. (5/22/11)

Season Stats:
21.6 PPG, 3.7 APG, 5.2 RPG, (44% FG)




2. Alec Burks
Experience: Sophomore | School: Colorado | Age: 19
Height: 6-6 | Weight: 193 lbs. | Wingspan: 6'10"
Hand Length: 9.0 in. | Hand Width: 8.3 in. | Projected: Pick 8-19


Analysis:
Alec Burks is the top shooting guard in the draft. His 6'10" wingspan proves how athletic he really is. He can finish around the rim, and he can stroke it from mid-range. He is quick off the dribble, and also excels as a defender. He needs to add some strength and improve his shooting consistency, but Alec Burks is legit. (5/22/11)

Season Stats:
20.5 PPG, 2.9 APG, 6.5 RPG, (47% FG)




3. Marshon Brooks
Experience: Senior | School: Providence | Age: 22
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 195 lbs. | Wingspan: 7'1"
Hand Length: 9.0 in. | Hand Width: 10.5 in. | Projected: Pick 15-22


Analysis:
Marshon Brooks is looking like a first round lock at this point. He has an incredible 7'1" wingspan, can get his own shot, shoot off the dribble, and shoot it from deep. He also proved to be an active rebouner at his position. Despite his amazing wingspan, Brooks isn't very athletic, and he also lacks strength. His shot selection also needs to be improved, but he should be a solid contributor in the NBA. (5/22/11)

Season Stats:
24.6 PPG, 2.5 APG, 7.0 RPG, (48% FG)




4. Josh Selby
Experience: Freshman | School: Kansas | Age: 20
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 195 lbs. | Wingspan: 6'5.25"
Hand Length: 8.5 in. | Hand Width: 9.0 in. | Projected: Pick 17-Early 2nd


Analysis:
Selby is one of the most talented guards in the draft, but his freshman campaign wasn't a good one. From a skills standpoint, Selby can score, pass, and handle the ball. The problem is that he projects as an undersized 2 guard at the next level. Many believe he can run the point, though it should be noted that he ran drills with the shooting guards at the combine. Also, there are some major red flags and off court issues surrounding him. Ultimately, he could be a steal in round 2, but I would not touch him in the first. (5/22/11)

Season Stats:
7.9 PPG, 2.2 APG, 2.2 RPG, (37% FG)




5. Charles Jenkins
Experience: Senior | School: Hofstra | Age: 22
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 216 lbs. | Wingspan: 6'7.5"
Hand Length: 8.5 in. | Hand Width: 9.0 in. | Projected: Pick 27-Early 2nd


Analysis:
Jenkins is a combo guard who projects as a shooting guard in the NBA, but I'm not buying that. He is definitely a point guard in my opinion, with the skills of a 2 guard. He had to carry the Hofstra basketball team at many different times with his scoring ability, but he also flashed great passing and play making ability. The only thing that would keep him out of the first round is that he didn't play against a high level of competition. (5/21/11)

Season Stats:
22.6 PPG, 4.8 APG, 3.4 RPG, (52% FG)




6. Bojan Bogdanovic
Experience: International | Country: Croatia | Age: 22
Height: 6-8 | Weight: 216 lbs. | Wingspan: N/A
Hand Length: N/A | Hand Width: N/A | Projected: Pick 29-Mid 2nd


Analysis:
Bogdanovic has some upside as a prospect. He can go to his left or right when attacking the basket, and he is a great shooter. He has to become a better defender and a more consistent player, but he could sneak into the first round. (5/22/11)

Season Stats:
18.0 PPG, 1.8 APG, 3.5 RPG, (41% FG)




7. David Lighty
Experience: Senior | School: Ohio State | Age: 23
Height: 6-7 | Weight: 216 lbs. | Wingspan: 6'8"
Hand Length: 9.0 in. | Hand Width: 10.0 in. | Projected: Early-Mid 2nd


Analysis:
Lighty has great value as a versatile defender who can guard multiple positions. He is very athletic, and he really stepped up this season as a scorer. He could be a steal in the middle of the second round. (5/22/11)

Season Stats:
12.1 PPG, 3.3 APG, 4.0 RPG, (47% FG)




8. Travis Leslie
Experience: Junior | School: Georgia | Age: 21
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 205 lbs. | Wingspan: 6'10.5"
Hand Length: 8.8 in. | Hand Width: 9.3 in. | Projected: Early-Mid 2nd


Analysis:
Leslie is the most athletic plyer in the draft, but that's about it. He needs to drastically improve as a shooter, and develop some all around skills. Should not be taken in the first round. (5/22/11)

Season Stats:
14.4 PPG, 2.9 APG, 7.2 RPG, (49% FG)




9. Scotty Hopson
Experience: Junior | School: Tennessee | Age: 21
Height: 6-7 | Weight: 205 lbs. | Wingspan: 6'10.5"
Hand Length: 8.5 in. | Hand Width: 10.0 in. | Projected: Mid-Late 2nd


Analysis:
Scotty Hopson never tapped into his potential at Tennessee, but maybe he can at the next level. His lack of strength will limit him to shooting guard, as well as the fact that he won't drive to the basket. His strength is shooting the basketball. (5/22/11)

Season Stats:
17.0 PPG, 1.3 APG, 3.3 RPG, (45% FG)




10. Ravern Johnson
Experience: Senior | School: Mississippi State | Age: 22
Height: 6-7 | Weight: 175 lbs. | Wingspan: N/A
Hand Length: N/A | Hand Width: N/A | Projected: Mid-Late 2nd


Analysis:
Johnson doesn' have an ideal frame for a wing player. He lacks bulk at 175 pounds, and he plays on the perimeter for the majority of a game. Should get some second round looks. (5/22/11)

Season Stats:
17.6 PPG, 0.8 APG, 3.6 RPG, (43% FG)




11. DeAndre Liggins
Experience: Junior | School: Kentucky | Age: 23
Height: 6-6 | Weight: 202 lbs. | Wingspan: 6'11"
Hand Length: 8.8 in. | Hand Width: 10.0 in. | Projected: Mid-Late 2nd


Analysis:
N/A

Season Stats:
8.6 PPG, 2.5 APG, 4.0 RPG, (42% FG)




12. Andrew Goudelock
Experience: Senior | School: Charleston | Age: 22
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 198 lbs. | Wingspan: 6'4.25"
Hand Length: 8.3 in. | Hand Width: 9.3 in. | Projected: Late 2nd-Undrafted


Analysis:
Goudelock is getting late first round looks as a sharpshooter from deep. I think mid to late second round is the ideal range for him. He likes to get his teammates involved, proving to be a solid passer, but his strength will be spotting up for three. (5/22/11)

Season Stats:
23.7 PPG, 4.2 APG, 3.9 RPG, (46% FG)




13. E'Twaun Moore
Experience: Senior | School: Purdue | Age: 22
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 191 lbs. | Wingspan: 6'9.5"
Hand Length: 9.0 in. | Hand Width: 10.0 in. | Projected: Late 2nd-Undrafted


Analysis:
E'Twaun Moore is another one of those players that was successful in college, but it may not translate to the NBA. All I can say is that even though he is a late second round prospect, don't be surprised if he has a great NBA career. (5/28/11)

Season Stats:
18.0 PPG, 3.2 APG, 5.1 RPG, (45% FG)




14. Justin Holiday
Experience: Senior | School: Washington | Age: 22
Height: 6-6 | Weight: 185 lbs. | Wingspan: N/A
Hand Length: N/A | Hand Width: N/A | Projected: Late 2nd-Undrafted


Analysis:
N/A

Season Stats:
10.5 PPG, 2.1 APG, 5.2 RPG, (47% FG)




15. Jon Diebler
Experience: Senior | School: Ohio State | Age: 22
Height: 6-7 | Weight: 197 lbs. | Wingspan: 6'6"
Hand Length: 8.3 | Hand Width: 8.3 | Projected: Late 2nd-Undrafted


Analysis:
Diebler is not physically gifted in terms of his frame and his wingspan, but he makes up for it with efficient shooting. He is an intelligent player, who should be a solid role player in the NBA. (5/22/11)

Season Stats:
12.6 PPG, 2.4 APG, 2.6 RPG, (51% FG)