Top 30 prospects for 2011 NBA draft (cont.)
21. Malcolm Lee, UCLA, Junior
Point Guard/Shooting Guard
6-5, 190 lbs.
The Bruins' athletic combo guard excels in transition and is a spectacular defender. Lee possesses a frail frame, though, and is not a great perimeter shooter.
22. Marcus Morris, Kansas, Junior
6-9, 225 lbs.
Kansas' versatile power forward was one of the most productive pieces on arguably the most talented team in college basketball. He has some nice tools offensively, but must continue to improve defensively and show he can take the next step in his development without Cole Aldrich and Sherron Collins.
23. Tyshawn Taylor, Kansas, Junior
6-3, 180 lbs.
This versatile combo guard has terrific defensive ability. Taylor is a smart, unselfish player with a good feel for the game. Two things he must work on: perimeter shooting and overall offensive polish.
24. Kris Joseph, Syracuse, Junior
6-7, 207 lbs.
An athletic wing with a nose for the basket. Joseph is a very aggressive player who excels in transition and plays hard. He needs to work on shooting range, ball-handling skills to be successful at the next level.
25. Kawhi Leonard, San Diego State, Sophomore
Small Forward/Power Forward
6-7, 225 lbs.
This San Diego State rising sophomore is an athletic combo forward with excellent rebounding skills. He is improving offensively and has a nice feel for the game, but he must improve perimeter shooting, ball-handling skills.
26. Nolan Smith, Duke, Senior
Point Guard/Shooting Guard
6-3, 185 lbs.
This well-rounded guard is also extremely productive. His athleticism is limited, but he looks like a fantastic role player in the making.
27. Wesley Witherspoon, Memphis, Junior
6-8, 185 lbs.
A long, lanky, athletic small forward with intriguing all-around versatility. Witherspoon is a good defender who can play multiple positions. Three things to improve: maturity-level, consistency and perimeter polish.
28. Jordan Hamilton, Texas, Sophomore
Shooting Guard/Small Forward
6-7, 210 lbs.
The Longhorns' wing stud is extremely aggressive offensively. Hamilton possesses terrific scoring instincts, but his shot-selection and decision-making skills look poor.
29. Aaric Murray, La Salle, Sophomore
6-10, 245 lbs.
A diamond in the rough? La Salle's rising sophomore is a highly skilled face-up big man with below average athleticism. An average rebounder and defender, he is immensely talented and surprisingly polished offensively.
30. JaMychal Green, Alabama, Junior
6-8, 225 lbs.
This long, athletic power forward has nice scoring instincts. He also gets to the free-throw line and crashes the offensive glass. The problem is he is undersized, lacks strength and possesses just an average feel for the game.
Jonathan Givony is the publisher of DraftExpress.com.