Jun 14, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT
All this week at CBT, we’ll be spotlighting the top players at each position for the 2012 NBA draft. Monday featured the top point guards; Tuesday was the shooting guards; Wednesday the small forwards. Today? The power forwards.
1. Anthony Davis (Kentucky)
Davis is widely regarded as the top pick in this month’s draft and with good reason. His growth spurt is well-known at this point, and his athleticism and wingspan allowed Davis to have an unprecedented impact on the defensive end of the floor as a freshman at Kentucky. And there’s definitely room for growth, because as his body matures and he adds a little in the way of post moves Davis could very well be a perennial all-star.
2. Thomas Robinson (Kansas)
Robinson hasn’t conceded the top pick in the draft to Davis, and while some may see that as an opportunity to ridicule it’s actually a display of the Jayhawk’s competitive nature. With the Morrii moving on he had to step up and Robinson did just that, helping lead Kansas to the national title game. Some have looked at his physical attributes and see some similarities between Robinson and Blake Griffin. He’s strong, skilled and highly athletic, and someone will grab him early in the lottery.
3. Terrence Jones (Kentucky)
Not sure how much returning to school helped Jones in regards to where he’ll get picked, but it’s safe to say that the second year in Lexington helped the Portland native in regards to his game. Jones can step out and knock down perimeter shots, and he was a more mature players for the Wildcats as a sophomore. He’s going in the lottery, and if paired up with a quality center Jones should be productive.
4. John Henson (North Carolina)
Behind Davis likely the second-best shot blocker in this year’s draft, Henson is very good as a weak side defender and also averaged 9.9 rebounds per game last season. He isn’t going to provide much when it comes to teams who may be looking for a player who’s useful in pick and pop situations, but his activity on the defensive end and length guarantees that Henson’s name will most likely be called in the lottery.
5. Perry Jones III (Baylor)
Jones III may be the most intriguing power forward for the simple fact that he’s a player that many have described as one who has “boom or bust” potential. Immensely gifted, Jones III averaged 13.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per game for Baylor this season as they reached the Elite 8. But his motor has been called into question on multiple occasions, which could be a concern for some teams. He’s got lottery-level talent and will likely hear his name called during that portion of the draft, but does he drop due to the aforementioned concerns?
6. Royce White (Iowa State)
Much has been made about White’s anxiety disorder, aversion to flying and the beginning of his college career at Minnesota. But in two years at Iowa State (sitting out 2010-11 per NCAA transfer rules) there were no reported off-court issues. From a talent standpoint White is a point forward who could be seen in the mold of what Anthony Mason was during his time in the NBA. Iowa State employed him at the point and White was sensational last season, earning Big 12 Newcomer of the Year honors.
7. Andrew Nicholson (St. Bonaventure)
Nicholson isn’t going to wow folks with athletic feats but there’s no denying his skill level. Nicholson led the Bonnies to their first NCAA appearance since 2001 this season, averaging 18.5 points and 8.4 rebounds per game and winning Atlantic 10 Player of the Year honors. He can step out to the college three-point line and knock down shots, and he’s skilled on the block as well. Nicholson likely slots into the latter portion of the first round, but if he’s still on the board in the second he won’t be there for long.
8. Draymond Green (Michigan State)
The Big Ten Player of the Year will most likely be a second round pick due to what some have termed as “below the rim athleticism.” But Green did just about everything for the Big Ten tournament champs last season, leading the team in points, rebounds and assists. Like Nicholson he can knock down shots out to the college three-point line, and his intangible are off the charts.
9. Kevin Jones (West Virginia)
Personally, Jones is the most underrated ‘four’ in this year’s draft. There doesn’t seem to be much chatter about the guy some felt should have been Big East Player of the Year, but he was a first team All-Big East selection as a senior. Jones averaged 19.9 points and 10.9 rebounds per game, leading the conference in both categories in addition to offensive rebounds (4.3 per game). Jones isn’t a great perimeter shooter but he’s effective out to 15-17 feet in that regard. Jones will be a second rounder with the ability to become a steal if he lands in the right system.
10. Drew Gordon (New Mexico)
Gordon’s college career didn’t get off to the best start at UCLA but he took full advantage of his time at New Mexico, helping lead the Lobos to the Mountain West tournament crown and a 5-seed in the NCAA tournament as a senior. Gordon can be a beast inside, as he averaged 11.1 rebounds per game to go along with his 13.7 points. Gordon averaged a double-double in both seasons in Albuquerque and possesses above the rim athleticism, which should give him some value as a mid- to late-second round selection.
May 21, 2013, 9:52 PM EDT
Butler will begin play in the Big East next season with Hinkle Fieldhouse, its home floor for more than 80 years under renovations that will cost up to $34 million dollars. The university believes the renovations will be complete around November 2014. “The important role our athletic programs have had within Butler’s strategy and national…
May 21, 2013, 8:07 PM EDT
AMHERST, Mass. — In the Class of 2014, one player who should continue making a name for himself is 7-foot-2 center Paschal Chukwu. He is fresh off his junior season at Fairfield College Preparatory School (Conn.), leading the Jesuits to the championship game of the Class LL. Chukwu is currently on the AAU circuit with Connecticut Basketball…
May 21, 2013, 6:47 PM EDT
After spending one year on the coaching staff at LSU, long-time assistant Robert Kirby is once again leaving the SEC, this time to join Josh Pastner and the Memphis Tigers. Jim Kleinpeter of The Times-Picayune reports that the first-year LSU assistant resigned as an assistant coach on Monday night in order to take a similar position…
May 21, 2013, 6:02 PM EDT
Tulsa Shock guard Skylar Diggins wrapped up a great career with the Fighting Irish earlier this spring. Following her graduation from the University Notre Dame on Sunday, her sports agency, Roc Nation Sports — founded by Jay-Z — rewarded her with a Mercedes Benz. Got surprised with a new mercedes! Thanks so muchto Jay and…
May 21, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT
The Connecticut back court was already in good shape with the return of Shabazz Napier, Ryan Boatright and Omar Calhoun. On Tuesday afternoon, Kevin Ollie added to his guard depth with George Washington transfer Lasan Kromah. This news came according to CBSSports.com, who confirmed the transfer through a source. Kromah is graduating from George Washington,…
May 21, 2013, 3:16 PM EDT
The field for the Legends Classic has been announced. Pittsburgh highlights the field and will be joined by Stanford, Houston and Texas Tech. Each of the four teams will host a pair on games on campus prior to going to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for the semifinals and the finals. The final two rounds…
May 21, 2013, 1:32 PM EDT
Montana announced on Tuesday that Washington transfer Martin Breunig would be transferring into the program. “We are very excited about signing Martin Breunig at the University of Montana,” head coach Wayne Tinkle said in a statement. “He’s a strong, athletic post player, and he really adds good size and strength to our front line.” “We…
May 21, 2013, 12:40 PM EDT
Kevin Stallings isn’t too happy about Sheldon Jeter’s decision to transfer. According to a report from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Vanderbilt head coach has blocked his former player from transferring to Pitt next season. Jeter is a graduate of Beaver Falls HS and announced over the weekend that he would be leaving the Commodores to…
May 21, 2013, 11:56 AM EDT
Jim Boeheim is a curmudgeon. He’s a grumpy old man that couldn’t possibly care any less about what anyone thinks of him, whether it be a media member, an opposing coach or an NBA team. He will, quite literally, say whatever he wants about whoever he wants whenever he wants. And I love it. In…
May 21, 2013, 11:09 AM EDT
Around two years ago, Bruce Pearl was fired as the University of Tennessee’s head coach stemming from lies that he told NCAA investigators that were looking into relatively minor infractions. Pearl had hosted Ohio State point guard Aaron Craft at his house for a barbecue during a recruiting visit and a picture of him was…
May 21, 2013, 10:25 AM EDT
There are not many coaches out there that have it as good as Rick Barnes. He’s the head coach of the men’s basketball team for the most recognizable university in the state of Texas which just so happens to have one of the richest athletic departments in the country. And that athletic department also doesn’t…
May 20, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT
With Marcus Smart making the decision to come back for his sophomore season, paired with other key players and a solid recruiting class, Oklahoma State is threatening to be one of the favorites for a Final Four berth next season. Memphis loses studs like Tarik Black and Adonis Thomas, but return Joe Jackson and bring…
May 20, 2013, 8:30 PM EDT
Looks like Juan Anderson had second thoughts about leaving Marquette, because he’s headed back to the Golden Eagles’ program. Anderson had announced he was leaving the program last week. The junior-to-be has played sparingly in his two seasons on campus, and originally wanted to transfer to be closer to home. Turns out he would rather…
May 20, 2013, 7:28 PM EDT
Mike Rice lost his job at Rutgers by repeatedly physically and mentally abusing his players. And it looks like he’s trying to get help with it. A report from ESPN.com’s Andy Katz said that Rice has spent the past two weeks with former NBA guard John Lucas at his rehabilitation center in Houston getting counseled…
May 20, 2013, 6:40 PM EDT
Bill Self might be challenging Rick Pitino for the title of “best college basketball offseason”. At least from a coaching perspective. Less than a week after top prep player Andrew Wiggins committed to the Jayhawks, Self got another big commitment, this one of a different one-year variety, as former Memphis forward Tarik Black has committed…
May 20, 2013, 6:15 PM EDT
Justin Tuoyo’s next stop is with a familiar face. The sophomore-to-be will be transferring to Chattanooga, where he will be reunited with Will Wade, who took over for with the Mocs after spending the past four seasons on Shaka Smart’s staff at VCU. The 6-9 Tuoyo averaged 1.1 points and 1.4 rebounds in his lone…
May 20, 2013, 5:35 PM EDT
Recently, the big trend has been to redesign a team’s home court with a cool graphic. Florida International recently pulled it off with a beach theme, Long Beach State did the same a few years ago. Oregon seemed to be one of the originators (as Oregon can be with this sort of stuff). Add George…
May 20, 2013, 4:50 PM EDT
A big announcement came today for Sacred Heart and Conference hoops as a whole as word came out that Dave Bike will retire as head coach after 35 years at the helm. His replacement has apparently already been found in assistant coach Anthony Latina. A news conference is expected sometime next week. Bike took over…
May 20, 2013, 4:15 PM EDT
There may not be a rivalry in all of college basketball more unique than the Battle of the Boulevard, which pits Belmont against Lipscomb, two schools that are located all of 2.7 miles apart on Belmont Boulevard in Nashville, TN. It dates back to 1953, and over the course of the last 60 years, the two…
May 20, 2013, 12:47 PM EDT
Dominic Woodson no longer plans to attend Baylor in the fall, according to multiple reports. Woodson was rated as the No. 80 recruit in the country, and the No. 9 center in the Class of 2013, by Rivals. But with Isaiah Austin and Cory Jefferson both opting to return to school, and with Rico Gathers…
- Pressure mounting on Texas head coach Rick Barnes? 0
- Former Memphis forward Tarik Black will spend senior year at Kansas 1
- The bond between Rick Byrd and Casey Alexander crosses rivalry lines 1
- How did Bill Self learn about Andrew Wiggins’ commitment? Twitter 0
- Report: Baylor coach told Griner not to talk about her sexuality 13
- John Calipari: ‘We’re chasing perfection’ (14)
- Report: Baylor coach told Griner not to talk about her sexuality (13)
- Big Ten considering ‘protected rivalries’ for basketball schedule (9)
- Federal tax documents reveal that Mike Krzyzewski made $9.7 million in 2011 (4)
- Evan Gordon is transferring to Indiana (4)
- Live Extra: Watch Sharks-Kings, Game 4
- PBT: Cavs win NBA draft lottery, will pick No. 1
- PHT: Bruins rally in third, put Rangers in 3-0 hole
- Durant pledges $1 million for tornado victims
- GTC: Garcia offers Tiger 'fried chicken' for dinner
- Andy Murray out of French Open due to back injury
- Golden Super Bowl to Bay Area; LI to Houston