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The Unfortunate Obscurity Of Nic Moore

by Jonathan Tjarks

A player with Nic Moore's size had better be extremely fast (which he is), have an extremely high basketball IQ (which he has) and not have any holes in his game (which he doesn't). Read more »
Denzel Valentine And His Perfect Supporting Cast

by Jonathan Tjarks

Denzel Valentine is the rare combination of a ball dominant superstar who doubles as a glue guy, a guy with an incredibly high basketball IQ who knows exactly what Michigan State needs on a given night and can always give it to them. Read more »
Jahlil Okafor, Myles Turner And The Futility Of The Process

by Jonathan Tjarks

Jahlil Okafor was the better scorer and passer while Myles Turner was the better shooter and shot-blocker. If you were picking a big man for the modern NBA, which skill-set would you prefer? Most big men played like Okafor in 1995. Most big men will play like Turner in 2025. Read more »
Jaylen Brown, Henry Ellenson And The Benefits, Perils Of Sliding Positions

by Jonathan Tjarks

If either Jaylen Brown or Henry Ellenson is going to be worthy of being a high lottery pick, it's probably going to come from them sliding down a position and giving their teams an edge in speed and skill. It's easier to do that at PF than C and that might end up being the difference between the two in the NBA. Read more »
The Best College Basketball Games During The NBA All-Star Break

by Jonathan Tjarks

Even for those who have no interest in following the NCAA Tournament, this week represents a good time to start catching up on some of the top prospects in this year's draft and some of the guys their favorite teams will be linked too in the draft over the next few months. Read more »
The Big 12's Final Four Problem

by Jonathan Tjarks

When you look at the Big 12 as a whole, you see guard-heavy teams without great big men and teams with great big men whose style of play can be exploited by well-coached teams. Read more »
North Carolina's New Reality Without Future Lottery Picks

by Jonathan Tjarks

Roy Williams has had to take a different tack when it comes to recruiting. He's still bringing in McDonald's All-Americans but he's no longer getting the guys whom NBA scouts have been salivating over since high school. This year's team is the perfect example. Read more »
College Basketball Finding Parity Without Elite Big Men

by Jonathan Tjarks

There's a reason there's less excitement about the draft in NBA front offices than there has been in some time and it's tied directly to parity. There aren't any great big men out there and the returns on this year's lottery don'tt project to be nearly as high as they were a year ago. Read more »
The Mystery Boxes Of Highly Rated Draft Prospects With Limited Minutes

by Jonathan Tjarks

At this point, NBA people would probably prefer if Cheikh Diallo and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk go back to school, but a weak draft means they might still be able to secure first-round contracts worth millions of dollars without ever getting much playing time at Kansas. Read more »
Cal's Talent, Cal's Issues

by Jonathan Tjarks

With a lack of three-point shooting and their coach's desire to play a low-possession game and you have the formula for a team that plays down to their competition, one that can beat anyone and lose to almost anyone. Read more »
An Argument For College Basketball

by Jonathan Tjarks

There's no draft and there's no point in tanking to get better - if an NCAA program ever decided to start punting away games, they can go on a tailspin that can take years (or even decades) to get out of. Read more »
Purdue/Vanderbilt Big Men Prospects

by Jonathan Tjarks

A.J. Hammons has a chance to be a special player at the next level and he could go down as one of the biggest draft steals in a long time if his stock doesn't shoot up over the next few months. Read more »
Ten Takeaways From North Carolina-Maryland

by Jonathan Tjarks

On Melo Trimble, Marcus Paige, Justin Jackson, Robert Carter III as small-ball 5, Diamond Stone needing more time, Theo Pinson and more. Read more »
Top-10 College Basketball Games For November, December

by Jonathan Tjarks

How the top prospects perform against other top prospects will tell us a lot more about their games than the type of statistics they rack up against Directional U. Read more »
The Situational Changes For D'Angelo Russell

by Jonathan Tjarks

D'Angelo Russell is a ball-dominant player who didn't play much defense in college on an NBA team that struggles with spacing the floor and playing defense and has five other guys who want to initiate the offense from the perimeter. Read more »
Larry Brown's Ultimate Punishment

by Jonathan Tjarks

SMU might as well appeal the postseason ban because it's going to be hard for Larry Brown to assemble a group like this again, given the recruiting restrictions he will face, his ever increasing age and the NCAA microscope the program will be under going forward. Read more »
Top Returning Prospects: ACC

by Jonathan Tjarks

The NCAA is a point guard's game so the big story this season in the ACC should be the trio of upperclassmen PG's with tons of experience and a legit shot at making the NBA, which is not a combination you see all that often. Marcus Paige (UNC), Demetrius Jackson (Notre Dame) and Anthony Barber (NC State) are all playing their NBA lives and their teams will go as far as they take them this season. Read more »
Unearthing 3-And-D Wings Late In The Draft

by Jonathan Tjarks

What Danuel House and Dorian Finney-Smith have in common are physical tools and a skill-set that could allow them to carve out a long career in the NBA as 3-and-D wings. Read more »
Older Center Prospects Can Be The Exception To The Rule

by Jonathan Tjarks

You have to throw out the stats and focus on skill-set with a player like A.J. Hammons, who is too good of an interior defender and too good of an offensive player to not have a 10+ year career in the NBA. Read more »
Top Returning Prospects: Big 12

by Jonathan Tjarks

The Big 12 had just two players drafted in 2015, but there's a lot of depth returning with the likes of Wayne Selden, Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, Taurean Waller-Prince, Prince Ibeh and more. Read more »