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Big Ten Tournament scouting reports

I’m back from the Big Ten Tournament, and ready to get back in the swing of the blog. It was a good trip – and meeting some overly served Minnesota fans was definitely a highlight. (Do most Minnesota fans call the team the Goofers with their accents? Or was it just these guys clowning on them?)

Anyway, here are the scouting reports I promised:

Evan Turner, Ohio State

Chad Ford’s projection: Top 5

I think Turner could make a case for being the No. 1 pick, and not just because he made me do this:

Evan Turner makes me sad

He’s too good for college. He can impose his will on the game offensively and defensively. There’s nothing he can’t do. I don’t want to talk about him anymore until he’s a Piston. But he’s an amazing player.

JaJuan Johnson, Purdue

  • Chad Ford’s projection: Late first to early second
  • He really impressed me. I’d love to get him late in the first round.
  • Prototypical NBA power forward
  • Phenomenal athleticism
  • Doesn’t have elite strength, but strong enough to get the job done
  • Scored inside with a variety of moves
  • Above average, but not great, footwork
  • Good shooting range
  • He shot a technical free throw, so I guess he’s good from the stripe.
  • Doesn’t protect the rim as well as he should with his height and hops, but he’s not a defensive liability

William Buford, Ohio State

  • Chad Ford’s projection: Late first to early second
  • Another player I’d be really happy to draft late in the first round
  • Gets a lot of credit for his jump shooting, but his interior offense really impressed
  • Can post up and finds ways to slip into paint
  • Good, big, strong defender who would bother increasingly speed-focused NBA guards
  • Fast enough to play guard in NBA
  • Questionable ball handling and dribbling
  • If he wasn’t shooting, usually passed ball immediately after receiving it

Kalin Lucas, Michigan State

  • Chad Ford’s projection: Late first to early second
  • Excels playing fast, but sometimes tries to push the tempo too often
  • Tremendous speed
  • Improved perimeter shooter
  • Can make shots off the dribble, coming around screens
  • Questionable playmaking instincts/ willingness to pass
  • Takes a lot of chances making steals from ball-handlers, but they usually paid off
  • Too small to be a stopper

Manny Harris, Michigan

  • Chad Ford’s projection: Second round to undrafted
  • The way he played against Ohio State, he’d be a first-round pick.
  • Some might see slight frame as an issue, but I think it helps him slim between defenders on dribble drives
  • Quick first step
  • Good body control
  • Absorbs contact well
  • Gets to the free-throw line, where he’s an excellent shooter
  • Streaky jumper, but has NBA 3-point range
  • Above average passer for a shooting guard
  • Defense comes and goes as his shots fall
  • Understands positioning and timing his jump to corral missed shots, so his excellent rebounding should extend to next level
  • Has clashed with his coach
  • Turnover prone
  • Can disappear when defenses focus on him

DeShawn Sims, Michigan

  • Chad Ford’s projection: Second round to undrafted
  • Can shoot to college 3-point arc, but not sure about beyond
  • Improved footwork in the low post
  • Doesn’t use it enough, but great first step when facing basket from the perimeter
  • When aggressive, can carry a team
  • Solid, but not special rebounder
  • Defense isn’t as good as his size and athleticism would suggest
  • Will have to bulk up or increase speed to make up for being undersized power forward in NBA (My bet is on bulking up.)

Raymar Morgan, Michigan State

  • Chad Ford’s projection: Second round to undrafted
  • Exceptional athlete
  • How many small forwards who can’t shoot from outside, don’t have a refined low-post game and don’t handle the ball or pass well make it?
  • Active defensively and on the glass
  • An up-tempo team looking for a defender and open-court finisher could take a flyer on him.

Durrell Summers, Michigan State

  • Chad Ford’s projection: Second round to undrafted
  • Has NBA talent and body, but still a long way from being ready for the league
  • Benched down the stretch against Minnesota
  • Numbers are down, but stroke on jumpers looks good
  • Plays on good defense, but I couldn’t tell how much he had to do with that
  • Didn’t get to the paint much

Rodney Williams, Minnesota

Chad Ford’s projection: Second round to undrafted

I watched him this weekend, and I literally have nothing to say. Thankfully, in yesterday’s Daily Dime Live, T Wolf Grant mentioned Minnesota. I’ll let him take it from here on Williams:

Its hard to say because he really hasn’t gotten enough minutes to make a big impact on the team, because the gophers play so deep. He’s a great dunker with good athleticism but besides that im not sure about his offensive game.

He’s one of those players that shows alot of potential but i mean he was a true freshman this year so i’d like to see him get the chance to add a little muscle and straighten out his jump shot. But all that being said i think he has a good future with a decent amount of upside

Mike Davis, Illinois

  • Chad Ford’s projection: Second round to undrafted
  • Some say he could be a center at the next level, but I don’t see that happening.
  • Not a banger
  • Probably has the physical game of a small forward, but his speed makes him a power forward
  • Decent jumper for his size
  • Pretty good in the open court
  • Does enough defensively to get by, but doesn’t intimidate anyone
  • Uses his length well to defend taller than he is

Brandon Paul, Illinois

  • Chad Ford’s projection: Second round to undrafted
  • Didn’t play much, and didn’t do much in his limited time
  • Should focus on point-guard skills
  • Average as a shooting guard, but his size, length and athletic ability could make him a special point guard
  • Great ball-handler for a shooting guard, good for a point guard
  • Not a good enough defender to do much without risking going for steals

Trevon Hughes, Wisconsin

  • Chad Ford’s projection: Second round to undrafted
  • Too small to be a shooting guard in NBA
  • Not a good enough passer to be a point guard
  • Strong outside shooter
  • Can shoot of the dribble
  • Doesn’t score inside efficiently
  • Quick hands on defense

E’Twaun Moore, Purdue

  • Chad Ford’s projection: Not rated
  • He wasn’t on the original and for good reason. He’s definitely a better player than some of the above players, but I just don’t see NBA talent.
  • Can drive to the basket
  • Scores pretty well
  • Not overly athletic
  • Undersized
  • Plays good defense – but that seems to more with focus and team concepts than athleticism, so I’m not sure if it would translate to NBA

Big Ten Tournament scouting

A friend and I are on are way to Indianapolis for the Big Ten Tournament, and I want to make use of all that time watching basketball for the blog. So, we’re going to post scouting reports of 15 players.

The tentative plan is post a report about each player when his team is eliminated. Here’s who we’ll be watching (If you didn’t pay attention, like me, or see in the comments a couple players won’t be playing this weekend):

Michigan

Manny Harris

DeShawn Sims

Michigan State

Kalin Lucas

Raymar Morgan

Durrell Summers

Indiana

Maurice Creek

Minnesota

Royce White

Rodney Williams

Illinois

Mike Davis

Brandon Paul

Wisconsin

Trevon Hughes

Purdue

Robbie Hummell

JaJuan Johnson

E’Twaun Moore

Ohio State

Evan Turner

William Buford

These are the Big Ten players on Chard Ford’s Top 100 (Insider). Is there anyone else you think we should check out?