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2014 Jonathan Givony Articles

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2014 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, Day Two
by Jonathan Givony, Mike Schmitz

Three more games were played Thursday, one a consolation game between the two losers from Wednesday, and two in the nightcap, introducing the last four teams that we had not seen yet.

2014 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, Day One
by Jonathan Givony, Mike Schmitz

We're back in Virginia once again for the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, a historic camp in its 62nd edition, intended to showcase the top 64 NCAA senior draft prospects for all 30 NBA teams. Find out who stood out on day one.

Cleanthony Early Scouting Report and Video Breakdown
by Jonathan Givony, Mike Schmitz

Cleanthony Early was one of the top per-minute scorers in college basketball this season, playing for a team that went undefeated until they ran into a Kentucky squad that eventually lost in the NCAA Tournament Championship game. Now that Early's college career is over, we can take a step back and conduct an inventory of everything he displayed this season as an NBA prospect, as well as the things he still has to improve on.

P.J. Hairston Scouting Report and Video Breakdown
by Jonathan Givony, Mike Schmitz

P.J. Hairston was forced to play out this season in the D-League with the Texas Legends after being dismissed by North Carolina in December. He put up monstrous scoring numbers, but still has many question marks around him. Now that he's officially in the Draft as an automatically eligible player, we can take a step back and conduct an inventory of everything he displayed this season as an NBA prospect, as well as the things he still has to improve on.

Zach Lavine Scouting Report and Video Breakdown
by Jonathan Givony, Mike Schmitz

Zach LaVine came out of nowhere early on in the season and emerged as a productive shooter and finisher for UCLA. Although he cooled off significantly as the year moved on, LaVine decided to take advantage of the attention he garnered early on in the season and declared for the draft shortly after playing his final game in a UCLA jersey.

Artem Klimenko Scouting Report and Video Breakdown
by Jonathan Givony, Mike Schmitz

Artem Klimenko is a long, mobile 7-footer who could be a sleeper international prospect in this year's draft class. Completely off the radar screen playing in the Russian second division, he already announced his intentions to enter the draft and will participate in private workouts and possibly the adidas EuroCamp. How good of a prospect is he, and is he worth taking a flyer on in the first round?

Testing the NBA Draft Waters in 2014
by Jonathan Givony

There again appears to be quite a bit of confusion about the NBA's early-entry draft process among college players, college coaches, NBA personnel and media members, due to rule changes made by the NCAA in May of 2011 regarding collegiate eligibility.

2014 NCAA Tournament: First Weekend NBA Prospect Breakdown
by Jonathan Givony

With the 2014 NCAA Tournament Bracket officially set, we take a look at how the first weekend is shaping up from a NBA Draft perspective. Who are the prospects and what will NBA teams be looking for in each pod?

Nike International Junior Tournament Belgrade 2014 Scouting Reports
by Jonathan Givony

Scouting Reports of the top prospects seen at the Nike International Junior Tournament in Belgrade, including Lovro Mazalin, Dragan Bender, Vojislav Stojanovic, Ante Zizic, Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot, Ywen Smock, Norbert Janicek, Stephane Gombauld, Yankuba Sima, Milos Glisic, Aleksandar Novosel, Stefan Lazarevic, Jonathan Jeanne and Chris Tang.

The Best College Venues for NBA Teams to Scout Games
by Jonathan Givony

NBA scouts and executives spend an excessive amount of time on the road evaluating college and international prospects before the Draft every year. While statistics and video services (such as Synergy Sports Technology) have become a much bigger part of the scouting process over the past few years, most NBA front office members still feel compelled to watch prospects in person at least a couple of times each season.

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