Conference play has gotten underway and the spotlight is starting to heat up for the top prospects for the 2016 NBA Draft. March Madness is right around the corner and NBA hopefuls around the country will have a chance to solidify themselves as top prospects.
Here are the Hoop Doctors top five prospects at each position…
2015-16 Season Stats: PPG: 14.7 AST: 4.1 REB: 3.9
Size: 6’3″ 195 lbs.
Wade Baldwin wasn’t a highly recruited player out of high school but made a huge impression his freshman season making the SEC All-Rookie Team and establishing himself as one of the better under the radar point guards in the country.
With a strong frame for a 19-year-old and an incredible 6’10” wingspan Baldwin has great potential as a lockdown defensive combo guard who can play the passing lanes and create turnovers. He also has great vision and is shooting a very impressive 47% from three this season with NBA range. His name will continue to shot up draft boards and his biggest current weakness is his ability to finish at the rim, a mid range floater would help round out his game as well.
2015-16 Stats: PPG: 14.4 PPG AST: 5.7 REB: 2.6
Size: 6’3″ 190 lbs.
Melo Trimble is the leading scorer and best player for one of the top five teams in the nation this season and jis shooting an impressive 48% from the field, 87% from the free throw line and 39% from three. Trimble has a very short wingspan and lacks elite explosiveness which makes it difficult to finish over lenght around the rim which will only get harder in the NBA. Trimble has a great jump shot and is great at picking up the tempo and getting a team running at breakneck pace and attacking the rim. He also is a pesky defender. He projects to be a slightly larger, not quite as fast Ty Lawson.
2015-16 Stats: PPG: 16.4 AST: 4.9 REB: 3.6
Size: 6’1″ 200 lbs.
Jackson lacks the ideal size of an NBA point guard of today standing at barely 6’0″ with shoes, but has the explosiveness to compensate for it. He is solid in numerous areas and is a good on ball defender but lacks focus as an off ball defender and could be a better passer for a point guard. Jackson has NBA caliber explosiveness, speed and strength and can get all the way to the rim and finish through contact. He is also a very good and tenacious on ball defender.
2015-16 Stats: PPG: 17 REB: 4.4 AST: 2.7
Size: 6’5″. 200 lbs.
Murray is just a natural scorer who possess great ball handling abilities and has the ability to use his craftiness and touch to score in many different ways. Murray is a taller point guard which is all the rage in the NBA today and has the vision to see over defender and scan the floor effectively. Murray is not an elite athlete by any means and lacks the explosion or burst to turn the corner and get all the way to the rim. He will need to get stronger and more adept at finishing through contact.
2015-16 Stats: PPG: 17.7 AST: 7.3 REB: 6.3
Size: 6’4″, 205 lbs.
Dunn has been one of the best players in the nation this season and has improved immensly in his time at Providence. He has had had many near triple double and crazy stat lines this season and has completely taken over games in many ways. He is an elite defender and can score with the best of them. His jump shot is still a work in progress but he should be a top 5 pick in the NBA draft. some will be turned off by his age, he will be 22 on draft night, but he is NBA ready now.
2015-16 Stats: PPG: 20.8 REB: 5.2 AST: 3.8
Size: 6’5″, 200 lbs
Grayson Allen had an underwhelming freshman year until the NCAA tournament and coming up big in the national championship. He is a classic scoring two guard that can do a little of everything and has a silky stroke to compliment his athleticism. He will continue to work his way up draft boards.
2015-16 Stats: PPG: 17.6 REB: 5.5 AST: 5.2
Size: 6’7″. 200 lbs
Levert has rebounded and repaired his draft stock this season after struggling as a junior before missing half of his season due to a left foot fracture. Levert has great size for an NBA guard and can defend either position. He is a natural scorer and also has the ball handling and play making abilities to play the point guard spot in short spurts. He needs to add more muscle to his frame and consistency. He NBA starter potential though.
2015-16 Stats: PPG: 25.3 REB: 5.5 AST: 2.2
Size: 6’4″, 214
Buddy just made a huge impression on NBA scouts and college basketball fans around the country with his classic 46-8-7 performance against Kansas in a 109-106 triple OT loss. Hield can score in a million different ways and has developed himself into one of the best players in the nation. He knows how to put himself in scoring position with the ball or off ball and is great at filling the lane and finishing in transition. He has got a sweet stroke and a passion for the game along with natural leadership instincts.
2015-16 Stats (Turkish League): PPG: 5.5 REB: 1.5 AST: 0.8
Size: 6’7″, 180 lbs
Furkan is still very young and needs to grow into his body and put on a mass to be able to endure the grind and pyshicality of the NBA but he has all of the natural abilities you could ever want out of a shooting guard: nice shooting stroke, ability to create his own shot, and has the rarer ability these days to be able to catch and shoot on the move off of off-ball screens like Reggie Miller in his heyday. He will take some time to develop but has definite NBA potential.
2015-16 Stats: PPG: 18.3 REB: 8.3 AST: 7.1
Size: 6’6″, 220 lbs
Valentine is an absolute stat sheet stuffer that made a huge impression on scouts and the country in November with his 29-12-12 performance in a 79-73 win over Kansas. Valentine doesn’t possess ideal NBA athleticism or build but he is an extremely crafty and high I.Q. player much like another former Spartan in Draymond Green.
2015-16 Stats: PPG: 11.5 REB: 5.3 AST: 2.2
Size: 6’9″, 220 lbs
Copeland has the traditional size, athleticism and slashing ability of the small forward in the NBA and has continued to grow into his body. He will continue to improve his jumpshot and should be a first round pick.
2015-16 Stats: PPG: 17.2 REB: 5.3 AST: 1.3
Bacon is a very explosive athlete that can finish at the rim in a variety of ways and has a lighting quick first step to compliment his impressive ball handling abilities. He is not a great long distance shooter at this point and needs to develop a better basketball I.Q. and passion for the game.
2015-16 Stats: PPG: 14.6 REB: 6.2 AST: 1.6
Size: 6’7″, 222 lbs
Jaylen Brown has the perfect strong and athletic build of an NBA small forward and has the aggressiveness and fast twitch muscle fibers to utilize it. He can get to the rim at will with his explosiveness but needs to develop more creative ball handling moves and a more reliable jump shot. He is similar to a Jason Richardson or Stanley Johnson and should be a top 10 pick.
2015-16 Stats: PPG: 16.4 REB: 6.0 AST: 1.6
Size: 6’9″, 190 lbs
Scouts can see a little Kevin Durant or George Gervin in Ingram which is a reason he is so high on draft boards. He is an extremely long player with a 7’3″ wingspan who has a silky, smooth game and can sore in many different ways. He also is a good ball handler and has a high basketball I.Q. and work ethic. Along with the length and quickness to be a really good defender. He needs to add a lot of weight to his frail body and develop a more aggressive personality, but he should be a top 5 pick in the 2016 draft.
2015-16 Stats: PPG: 20.1 REB: 13.2 AST: 5.2
Size: 6’10”, 240 lbs
Ben Simmons is a once in a generation type player and may be the most highly regarded player to come out since LeBron James in 2003, who many compare him too. He is not the greatest outside shooter, but he has point forward abilities with his incredible vision, basketball I.Q. and ball handling skills. He can set up his teammates or create his own shot and has the size and frame to dominate around the hoop. He is putting up historically great numbers for a freshman despite his team’s struggles and seems to be a lock to be the number one pick in 2016.
2015-16 Stats: PPG: 5.4 REB: 2.8 BLK: 1.0
Size: 6’10”, 220 lbs
Diallo had to sit part of his freshman season because of another stupid NCAA eligibility rule and has been working his way into a loaded Kansas team’s rotation, so with only playing 10 minutes a game thus far it has been hard for him to excel but he has definitely flashed his potential in his brief opportunity averaging five points, almost three rebounds and a block in limited time. He is far from polished offensively but he is athletic with a great motor and quickness and can become an elite defender.
2015-16 Stats: PPG: 18.1 REB: 10.5
Size: 6’10”, 240 lbs
Sabonis does most of his work within 15 feet of the hoop and is a very agressive pick and roll finisher that excels on the offensive glass with his effort. He possesses the foot speed to guard any kind of NBA power forward but prefers to get down and dirty in the post and show off his post moves and footwork.
2015-16 Stats: PPG: 16.0 REB: 10.3 AST: 2.3
Size: 6’10”, 230 lbs.
Ellenson doesn’t possess impressive athleticism or quickness by any means but he knows how to play the game. He has great fundamentals and skill for a big man and is a smart passer to compliment his post moves and rebounding ability. He is slow of foot and may struggle with long, athletic NBA bigs and trying to guard quicker forwards.
2015-16 Stats: PPG: 12.7 REB: 9.1
Size: 6’10”, 215 lbs
Rabb does most of his work around the basket and has a nice touch around the rim, especially with his go to left hook shot. He is a good athlete with the explosing to finish around the rim quickyl and in traffic and has some natural shot blocking abilities. He has nice form and should be able to develop more of an outside jumper in time. He needs to add a lot of muscle to his slender frame before he enters the NBA and needs to become a better help defender with a great array of post moves. He is a top 10 talent in this year’s draft.
2015-16 Stats (Euroleague Isreal): PPG: 4.4 REB: 2.0 AST: 0.8
Size: 7’1″, 215 lbs
Bender moves really well for a 7’1″ player and can get up and down the floor and fill the lane on the fast break with ease. His fluidity of movement and 9’3″ standing reach give him great rim protecting potential as well. Bender is a great passer for a seven footer and has really nice touch and form although his shot is a little low. He definitely has stretch four potential and can even be a pick and roll ball handler every now and then. He needs to grow into his body more though and develop much more as a player of course but he has very high potential and after Kristaps success this season teams will be high on Dragan in 2016.
2015-16 Stats: PPG: 13.4 REB: 7.0 BLK: 1.9
Size: 6’10”, 250 lbs
Jones has a great frame for an NBA center at 6’10 250 lbs and has good athleticism and mobility for a man of his size. He is great at diving to the rim and finishing with force off of a pick and roll and flashes the ability to develop a nice game around the hoop. He needs a more consistent motor to maximize his gifts and to develop his basketball I.Q. but he is an NBA center.
2015-16 Stats: PPG: 13.2 REB: 5.7 BLK: 1.4
Size: 6’10”, 250 lbs
Much like Jones, Diamond Stone has a great physical frame and athleticism and is a good pick and roll finisher. He has a little better touch around the rim and the ability to finish in different ways through contact but has the same motor issues and as a bigger player naturally he deals with some conditioning issues. He has massive potential though and if he can put it all together can be a starting NBA center.
2015-16 Stats: PPG: 9.1 REB: 7.9 BLK: 1.7
Size: 7’0″, 230 lbs
Zimmerman is a great fit for today’s NBA as a 7’0″ player who can get up and down the floor and play either post position and stretch the floor with his shooting and ball handling ability. He gets a lot of Chris Bosh comparisons as a smooth, seven-foot lefty and could develop into that kind of player. Like most other players mentioned here he needs to get much stronger and improve his off hand as he is very left hand dominant but he has a very high ceiling.
2015-16 Stats: PPG: 17.9 REB: 9.4 AST: 1.8 BLK: 2.0
Size: 7’1″, 240 lbs
Poeltl has a great motor and energy as a seven footer and is always hustling up and down the floor and giving full effort. He can step in right now with his energy, size and defensive instincts and be a value contribution to an an NBA team. He lacks polish and may not have the ceiling of some other prospects but he still should turn into a valuable asset for an NBA team.
2015-16 Stats: PPG: 8.7 REB: 3.4 BLK: 1.6
Size: 7’0″, 220 lbs
Labissiere has great mobility, fluidity of movement and athleticism for a seven footer and will be able to play above the rim to finish over defenders and alter shots on the next level. He has a nice touch as well and a willingness to handle the ball to faceup and create his own shot. He still needs to add a lot to his frame though and although the potential is there for him to be a great NBA player the polish is not there and he is definitely a project. This is part of the reason why his stock has dropped slightly.
Although it’s far too early to say how strong of a draft this will be, there are a lot of great forward and bigs available in this draft and one generational player. It will be fun to see how these young players progress over the next few months and who will have their names called first come late June.