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Thursday / August 11.
  • NBA Scouts Talk Tyler Ulis, Chris McCullough, Kelly Oubre, Rysheed Jordan, Jonathan Holmes & Aaron White

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    NCAA Basketball: Providence at KentuckyKentucky’s Tyler Ulis, Syracuse’s Chris McCullough, Kansas’ Kelly Oubre, St. John’s Rysheed Jordan, Texas’ Jonathan Holmes and Iowa’s Aaron White have all made headlines recently.

    Some of them are in the news because of questions/projections about where they stand in future NBA Drafts.

    We asked a couple of NBA scouts to give their comments, and we’ve included the DraftExpress.com projection for these players as of today.

    Tyler Ulis, 5-9, Fr. PG, Kentucky

    5.4 ppg, 3.0 apg, 1.9 rpg

    Draft Express Projection: N/A

    NBA Scout: “He’s a smart, tough little guy and he projects down the road. I think he’ll be good enough to make the league in a couple of years. He’s a good kid, he’ll pay attention and listen to the coach.”

    On his size: “You always like size at the position whenever you can get it. You always like a 6-3, 6-4 point guard in the NBA, but there are guys his size in the NBA. He can make it. He’ll be a backup point guard.”

     

    Chris McCullough, 6-10 Fr. PF, Syracuse

    15.3 ppg, 8.5 rpg

    Draft Express Projection: No. 29 – 2015

    NBA Scout: “Improving daily, good skillset. Lacks strength and stamina for the NBA. Great upside. Keep following the coach’s instruction and he can’t miss.”

    On whether he’s one-and-done: “We all know who Greg Oden is and that’s a cautionary tale. That’s why you should leave school because God forbid you get injured and you can never play again and you end up with nothing, versus getting the millions from the NBA. Now on the other side, this kid is just going to get better and better and better if he just keeps progressing. Anyone can see he needs to get stronger. As his stamina grows and his strength comes and he turns from a boy to a man, he’ll be a Top 10 pick….Jim [Boeheim’s] record of sending guys to the NBA is better than 98 percent of the coaches, so just follow the plan. I think if he stays in two years, he’s a lottery pick.”

     

    Kelly Oubre, 6-7, Fr. SG, Kansas

    2.2 ppg, 1.7 prg

    Draft Express Projection: No. 5 – 2015

    NBA Scout: “He’s an enigma. He cannot get on the floor for any meaningful minutes. Not a Top 5 guy, but should not fall out of the lottery.”

     

    Rysheed Jordan, 6-4, Fr. PG, St. John’s

    17.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 3.4 apg

    Draft Express Projection: No. 52 – 2016

    NBA Scout: “Good young prospect. Good NBA physical tools. Needs to improve his skillset: 3-point shooting, pull-up jumper and free throw need a lot of work. He has to take better care of the ball. Stay in school and get into the gym. He has a lot of work to do. The next step is a big one.”

     

    Jonathan Holmes, 6-8, Sr. PF, Texas

    13.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg

    Draft Express Projection: N/A

    NBA Scout: “No true NBA position. He is not a 3 and that is what his size dictates at the NBA level. Really good mid-range power forward in college.”

     

    Aaron White, 6-9, Sr. PF, Iowa

    16.7 ppg, 7.6 rpg

    Draft Express Projection: N/A

    NBA Scout: “Nice college player. What’s his NBA position? He has to be a 3 in the NBA. Inconsistent perimeter shooter. Deceptive athlete. Second-rounder at best.”



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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.