Breaking down the underrated draft hopefuls (cont.)
6. Marcelus Kemp (Sr., SG, Nevada): More a scorer than a shooter, Kemp can get his shot off when he wants to, which should be enough to get him in someone's camp. He was 56th in usage rate last season and averaged 20 points per game. His shot has limited range -- he's more Rip Hamilton than Ray Allen -- and he's going to have to be a more efficient shooter to play in the NBA.
7. Courtney Lee (6-5 Sr., SG, Western Kentucky): Lee is a long-range gunner with no conscience. The rest of his game and physical attributes are pedestrian but his shooting ability could get him a pro opportunity. Lee has a deadly midrange jumper but also shoots a solid percentage from beyond the arc. Overall, he posted the ninth-best offensive rating in the country last season. Lee is not great off the dribble and his versatility on offense is lacking. What may put him over the top in the draft is his defense. Both his steal and block rates were solid and the combination of those two metrics often suggests a top-notch defender. Working against Lee will be his performance in his final college game, when he went 7-of-29 against the NBA-caliber defense of UCLA.
8. Sean Singletary (5-11 Sr., PG, Virginia): Singletary hit some big shots for the Cavaliers during his four seasons. As a senior, he posted the 12th-best assist rate in the country. He's good at using his body to create contact and drawing fouls. At 5-11, Singletary's primary drawback is his size. Of more concern should be his shooting percentages (40 percent from the field, 38.9 from three). His got his points (19 per game, second in the ACC) and assists (4.2 per game, 12th best in the country), though, and he put them up in an elite conference. And perhaps most importantly, the kid's got heart.
9. Will Daniels (6-8 Sr., SF, Rhode Island): Daniels improved in each of his four seasons at Rhode Island, morphing from a low-percentage player with questionable shot selection to a very efficient scorer as a senior. Daniels is something of a longshot, but he's got ideal size for a small forward and has a good midrange shooting touch. If he can play defense, he'll stick.
10. Gary Forbes (6-7 Sr., SG, Massachusetts): Forbes is a lunchpail, swingman who can get his own shot and has solid passing skills. He's also a decent rebounder for his size and could sneak into the league if he can guard NBA wing players. He's more productive than efficient and doesn't really have that one skill that jumps out.
11. Jaycee Carroll (6-2 Sr., SG, Utah State): Talk about your sleepers. Carroll is the longest of long shots. He isn't likely to be drafted and probably will spend next season playing overseas unless he can slip onto a D-league roster. Nevertheless, Carroll was a fun player to watch in college. He took more than 30 percent of his team's shots but hit such a high percentage (49.8 percent of 229 three-point attempts) that it didn't matter. He's only 6-2, doesn't have point guard skills or athleticism and is already 24 years old. He might be a poor man's J.J. Redick. Who knows, though? He could follow a similar career path of the Hornets' Jannero Pargo, who made the rounds of the NBA's minor leagues before finally sticking in the Show.
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