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2014 Mike Schmitz Articles

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Kyle Anderson Scouting Report and Video Breakdown
by Jonathan Givony, Mike Schmitz

Kyle Anderson is arguably the most unique prospect in this draft class, with an unprecedented combination of passing, rebounding, 3-point shooting percentage and basketball IQ in a 6-9 frame. Now that Anderson'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.

Gary Harris Scouting Report and Video Breakdown
by Jonathan Givony, Mike Schmitz

Gary Harris is considered one of the best shooting guard prospects in this draft, thanks to his strong combination of shooting, defense and basketball IQ. Now that Harris' 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.

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.

2014 Nike Hoop Summit: USA Practice Day Three
by Mike Schmitz

After a disappointing performance in Thursday night's scrimmage, Team USA hit the Trail Blazers practice facility floor on Friday morning with a renewed energy.

2014 Nike Hoop Summit: USA Practice Day Two
by Mike Schmitz

The US team scrimmaged in front of 100+ NBA people Thursday, but struggled badly to make shots from outside and didn't make a very strong overall impression on the scouts in attendance.

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.

2014 Nike Hoop Summit: USA Practice Day One
by Mike Schmitz

The 2014 USA Basketball Junior National Select Team hit the hardwood for its first practice on Wednesday in the St. Mary's Home for Boys gymnasium in preparation for Saturday's Nike Hoop Summit.

Tyler Ennis Scouting Report and Video Breakdown
by Mike Schmitz

Tyler Ennis exceeded all expectations in his lone year at Syracuse, earning Second-Team All-ACC and All-Rookie team honors while leading the Orange to a 28-6 record. Now that his college career is over, we can now 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.

Rodney Hood Scouting Report and Video Breakdown
by Mike Schmitz

Rodney Hood had a short stay in Durham at Duke, putting together one season which earned him Second-Team All-ACC honors after sitting out as a transfer from Mississippi State. Now that his college career is over, we can now 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.

Doug McDermott Scouting Report and Video Breakdown
by Mike Schmitz

Doug McDermott will go down as one of the best scorers in college basketball history, but his defensive and athletic shortcomings raise some question marks about his potential at the next level. Now that his college career is over, we can now 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.

Andrew Wiggins Scouting Report and Video Breakdown
by Mike Schmitz

Andrew Wiggins' NCAA career likely ended last weekend with a loss to Stanford in the Round of 32. We can now 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.

Elfrid Payton Scouting Report and Video Breakdown
by Mike Schmitz

Elfrid Payton's NCAA career likely ended this weekend with a loss to Creighton in the Round of 64. We can now 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.

Marcus Smart Scouting Report and Video Breakdown
by Mike Schmitz

Marcus Smart's NCAA career likely ended this weekend with a loss to Gonzaga in the Round of 64. We can now 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.

Adreian Payne's 41-Point NCAA Tournament Performance
by Mike Schmitz

A video breakdown of Adreian Payne's 41-point NCAA Tournament performance against Delaware, with a focus on the different aspects of his offensive game he showed, and how they might translate to the NBA.

NBA Draft Prospect of the Week: C.J. Wilcox
by Mike Schmitz

C.J. Wilcox's college basketball career ended this week with a loss in the Pac-12 Tournament, which means a new page in his career is about to start. Standing 6-5 in shoes, with a solid 6-8 wingspan and solid athleticism, Wilcox looks the part of a NBA shooting guard prospect, and has the skill-set to fit in as a role player on most teams. He's a highly efficient offensive player, sporting a very good 60% true shooting percentage and a 1.5/1 assist to turnover ratio.

NBA Draft Prospect of the Week: T.J. Warren
by Mike Schmitz

T.J. Warren is the #2 scorer in college basketball, posting over 28 points per-40 minutes, with a strong 59% true shooting percentage. Barring a miracle (four wins in four days at the ACC Tournament), Warren will likely miss the NCAA Tournament, but has nonetheless strung together an extremely impressive season, and is coming off back to back 40-point outings.

NBA Draft Prospect of the Week: A.J. Hammons
by Mike Schmitz

A.J. Hammons is a rare breed of college basketball player, a long-armed 7-footer with a massive frame, solid mobility and a back to the basket game. Barring a Big Ten conference tournament miracle, his Purdue team will miss the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season, after making the Dance the previous six years before he arrived on campus.

NBA Draft Prospect of the Week: K.J. McDaniels
by Mike Schmitz

K.J. McDaniels has emerged from obscurity to develop into one of the best all-around players in college basketball, helping his Clemson squad to a 8-6 record in the ACC thus far. McDaniels has been stuffing the stat sheet all season long, ranking very highly among top-100 prospects in a variety of categories.

NBA Draft Prospect of the Week: Deonte Burton
by Mike Schmitz

Deonte Burton is closing on 2,000 points scored in his college career, which he surprisingly decided to extend with a fourth and final season after an extended debate last year. Burton ranks among the top point guards in this draft class in a variety of categories, but is completely off the national media's radar and looks to be struggling to move the needle on his draft stock playing for a dysfunctional team that sports a mediocre 12-14 record in the Mountain West Conference. Nevertheless, he shows intriguing potential in a number of areas and might end up being a better pro than many thought coming out of college.

Revisiting Damian Lillard (Scouting Video)
by Mike Schmitz

Damian Lillard was largely an unknown prospect going into his fourth year of college basketball, as he was forced to redshirt his previous season after breaking his foot. What can we learn about Lillard's progression from unknown prolific scoring mid-major combo guard to one of the top young point guards in the NBA?

Revisiting Giannis Antetokounmpo (Scouting Video)
by DraftExpress , Mike Schmitz

One year ago, we discovered Giannis Antetokounmpo in a tiny gym in Athens, and were immediately taken aback by the significant talent this completely unknown raw prospect possessed. To celebrate our one year anniversary of seeing the “Greek Freek” for the first time, we revisit some of the footage we first brought to light from the Greek second division a year ago, and compare it with what we're now seeing in the NBA on a nightly basis to evaluate how Giannis is progressing as a basketball player.

NBA Draft Prospect of the Week: Noah Vonleh
by Mike Schmitz

Noah Vonleh is the second youngest prospect (after Aaron Gordon) in this draft class, but still ranks as the #1 rebounder among our top-100 prospects at nearly 15 rebounds per-40 minutes.

NBA Draft Prospect of the Week: Clint Capela
by Mike Schmitz

Swiss big man Clint Capela is in the midst of an outstanding season in Pro A France, ranking among the top rebounders, shot-blockers and finishers in the league, despite being one of the youngest players actually receiving playing time.

NBA Draft Prospect of the Week: Thanasis Antetokounmpo
by Mike Schmitz

Delaware 87ers forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo has proven himself as one of the best athletes in the NBA D-League through 19 games. Will his athleticism, energy, and defensive potential be enough to warrant using a draft pick on the Greek forward in the 2014 NBA Draft?

NBA Draft Prospect of the Week: Shabazz Napier
by Mike Schmitz

Shabazz Napier has established himself as one of the top point guards in college basketball under Kevin Ollie at UConn, averaging a robust 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists per game for a top-25 ranked team currently 11-2.

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