With 8 players in this group slated to be selected in the first round, and another handful firmly on the bubble, we take a look at all 25 players in our rankings including international prospects Miroslav Raduljica, Boban Marjanovic, Kevin Seraphin, Tibor Pleiss, and Bangaly Fofana.
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Points Per-40 Minutes Pace Adjusted
|Omar Samhan||Saint Mary's||NCAA||26.4|
|Miroslav Raduljica||FMP Zeleznik||ADRIATIC||20.2|
|Boban Marjanovic||Hemofarm STADA||ADRIATIC||18.5|
|Boban Marjanovic||Hemofarm Stada||EUROCUP||18.4|
|Solomon Alabi||Florida State||NCAA||18.1|
|Paulao Prestes||CB Murcia||ACB||14.8|
|Kevin Seraphin||Cholet Basket||EUROCUP||12.5|
|David Weaver||Wake Forest||NCAA||7.6|
Miroslav Raduljica takes the sixth spot, putting up excellent numbers in the slow paced Adriatic League. Derrick Caracter rounds out the players scoring above 20 points per-40minutes pace adjusted, though Dexter Pittman and Tibor Pleiss land not too far behind. Hassan White and Greg Monroe land just above average here and actually finish in a tie. Despite radical differences in their skills sets and physical attributes, both players were capable of scoring in bunches last season. Solomon Alabi edges Cole Aldrich amongst top players, and Daniel Orton's very limited offensive role actually places him below Brian Zoubek, whose strengths as a prospect will become clearer later in this analysis.
Free Throw Attempts Per-40 Minutes Pace Adjusted
|Omar Samhan||Saint Mary's||NCAA||8|
|Boban Marjanovic||Hemofarm STADA||ADRIATIC||7.3|
|Miroslav Raduljica||FMP Zeleznik||ADRIATIC||7.1|
|Solomon Alabi||Florida State||NCAA||6.6|
|Boban Marjanovic||Hemofarm Stada||EUROCUP||5.8|
|Paulao Prestes||CB Murcia||ACB||2.9|
|David Weaver||Wake Forest||NCAA||2.3|
|Kevin Seraphin||Cholet Basket||EUROCUP||1.3|
This stat should give us a feel for which players are able to draw contact by using their size and physical tools aggressively down low. Based on how many points these players score per-40 minutes, it is logical that we find our top two scorers near the top of this list as well. DeMarcus Cousins takes the top spot here, with Omar Samhan sitting in the fifth. Andrew Ogilvy, Artsiom Parakhouski, and Jerome Jordan make up the tier between the two top scorers. Clearly, centers who score at a rate do so by getting to the line.
Hassan Whiteside takes the sixth spot, showing the ability to draw contact with his length and athleticism. Greg Monroe finishes a bit above average, while Solomon Alabi, Tibor Pleiss, and Cole Aldrich are all grouped in the 6+ range. Daniel Orton ranks relatively low here, but considering his limited usage, the fact that he's higher here than on the last chart indicates that he was efficiently drawing contact. Kevin Seraphin finishes last, as have many of the other prospects we've looked at from European leagues at past positions.
Free Throw Attempts Per Field Goal Attempt
|Boban Marjanovic||Hemofarm STADA||ADRIATIC||0.67|
|Miroslav Raduljica||FMP Zeleznik||ADRIATIC||0.56|
|Solomon Alabi||Florida State||NCAA||0.55|
|Boban Marjanovic||Hemofarm Stada||EUROCUP||0.5|
|Omar Samhan||Saint Mary's||NCAA||0.43|
|David Weaver||Wake Forest||NCAA||0.41|
|Paulao Prestes||CB Murcia||ACB||0.26|
|Kevin Seraphin||Cholet Basket||EUROCUP||0.11|
A better indicator of how often this group gets to the line due to the disparity that exists in used positions across the board, this stat ranks Bangaly Fofana as the top player in our rankings. Long and lanky, Fofana benefits from a very limited sample of touches in the Euroleague, as he ranks below average at a high usage level in the French League. Amongst college players, Andrew Ogilvy, Jerome Jordan, and DeMarcus Cousins once again place well amongst their peers. The only surprise in the top-5 is Daniel Orton, who had no problem drawing contact in the few touches that he did get in the Kentucky's high powered offense. Boban Marjanovic deserves mention for his ranking here, as he uses his 7'3 frame to get to the line at a very high rate for an international player.
Cole Aldrich and Hassan Whiteside both rank above average, while Solomon Alabi and Greg Monroe slip below the mean. Monroe's high comparatively high usage doesn't help him here. Once against, we find Kevin Seraphin, and Paulao Prestes amongst the lowest players in this category, but Omar Samhan ranks as the player who loses the most group when switching from a per-minute to per-field goal attempt measurement.
True Shooting Percentage
|Boban Marjanovic||Hemofarm STADA||ADRIATIC||66%|
|Boban Marjanovic||Hemofarm Stada||EUROCUP||65%|
|Miroslav Raduljica||FMP Zeleznik||ADRIATIC||64%|
|Solomon Alabi||Florida State||NCAA||61%|
|Omar Samhan||Saint Mary's||NCAA||60%|
|Paulao Prestes||CB Murcia||ACB||59%|
|David Weaver||Wake Forest||NCAA||57%|
|Kevin Seraphin||Cholet Basket||EUROCUP||53%|
It shouldn't come as a huge surprise to see Boban Marjanovic atop this list. His size makes him a tremendous finisher, which is a key component in this category. Arinze Onuaku, Dexter Pittman, Brian Zoubek, and Miroslav Raduljica round out the top-5 thanks to their strength and tenacity around the rim. Amongst the first round prospects, Solomon Alabi and Cole Aldrich tie for the top spot, with DeMarcus Cousins finishing just below average, but slightly ahead of Greg Monroe. Daniel Orton and Hassan Whiteside finish near the back of the pack, and their lack of experience and polish certainly holds them back from being overly efficient. Unlike some other positions, centers take few if any three-pointers, which makes true shooting a very telling measure of how efficient a player was with their touches and their ability to find easy looks at the rim.
Defensive Rebounds Per-40 Minutes Pace Adjusted
|Omar Samhan||Saint Mary's||NCAA||9.1|
|Boban Marjanovic||Hemofarm STADA||ADRIATIC||9.1|
|Boban Marjanovic||Hemofarm Stada||EUROCUP||8.5|
|Kevin Seraphin||Cholet Basket||EUROCUP||8.3|
|Paulao Prestes||CB Murcia||ACB||6.9|
|Miroslav Raduljica||FMP Zeleznik||ADRIATIC||6.7|
|Solomon Alabi||Florida State||NCAA||5.8|
|David Weaver||Wake Forest||NCAA||3.9|
This stat tells us how well this group of bigman used their size on the defensive glass.
Cole Aldrich takes the top spot with his blend of bulk, excellent length, and a good motor. DeMarcus Cousins was almost as prolific as Aldrich, and just a shade above Tibor Pleiss. Pleiss is an intriguing player with his finesse offensively, but he still got it done on the boards last season. Omar Samhan and Boban Marjanovic both imposed their size against smaller competition to round out the top-5.
Brian Zoubek and Hassan Whiteside tie for the sixth spot here. Though Whiteside was Marshall's key player and Zoubek was playing a purely complimentary role, they still pulled down defensive rebounds at the same rate. Greg Monroe ranks just above average, and showed some improvement as a rebounder this season. Daniel Orton and Solomon Alabi rank amongst the less effective rebounder here despite their size.
Offensive Rebounds Per-40 Minutes Pace Adjusted
|Paulao Prestes||CB Murcia||ACB||4.8|
|Omar Samhan||Saint Mary's||NCAA||4.3|
|Kevin Seraphin||Cholet Basket||EUROCUP||4.2|
|Solomon Alabi||Florida State||NCAA||3.8|
|Boban Marjanovic||Hemofarm STADA||ADRIATIC||3.6|
|Miroslav Raduljica||FMP Zeleznik||ADRIATIC||2.8|
|Boban Marjanovic||Hemofarm Stada||EUROCUP||2.4|
|David Weaver||Wake Forest||NCAA||2|
One of the most statistically significant and intuitively valuable plays in basketball, offensive rebounds can often determine the outcome in a game. Having a center that can tip the ball back out to the perimeter, or establish position and secure the ball themselves can be invaluable, especially in roleplayers. If there is one things a bench center should be able to provide, its second-chance opportunities.
If there is one things Brian Zoubek proved last season, its that he can crash the offensive glass with the best of them. He finishes a full rebound per-40 minutes ahead of DeMarcus Cousins. Both players should provide their team with extra opportunities wherever they play next season. Bangaly Fofana's outstanding wingspan allows him to take the third spot, while Dexter Pittman rebounded the ball out of the Big XII just as well as Artsiom Parakhouski did in the Big South.
Kevin Seraphin places better here than he has in many other categories. Tibor Pleiss, Solomon Alabi, and Hassan Whiteside all land right around average despite their tremendous size and length. Daniel Orton continues to struggle compared to his peers, while Greg Monroe is the least intimidating offensive rebounder amongst the top prospects at his position.
Blocks Per-40 Pace Adjusted
|Omar Samhan||Saint Mary's||NCAA||3.6|
|Solomon Alabi||Florida State||NCAA||3.6|
|Kevin Seraphin||Cholet Basket||EUROCUP||2.2|
|Boban Marjanovic||Hemofarm Stada||EUROCUP||2|
|Boban Marjanovic||Hemofarm STADA||ADRIATIC||2|
|David Weaver||Wake Forest||NCAA||1.7|
|Paulao Prestes||CB Murcia||ACB||1.1|
|Miroslav Raduljica||FMP Zeleznik||ADRIATIC||0.4|
A measure of defensive presence, Hassan Whiteside is easily the best shot blocker in this group, though Hamady N'Diaye shows well in his first top-5 appearance. Whiteside's unbelievable wingspan allowed him to deny shooters regularly last season, but his lack of physical strength may force him to make some adjustments on the defensive end early in his career. Cole Aldrich and Daniel Orton take the next two spots, though the drop off from Whiteside to Orton is considerable. Omar Samhan is the fifth ranked shot blocker, which is surprising considering his lack of lateral quickness and leaping ability.
Kevin Seraphin sits right around average here, with DeMarcus Cousins right around the 75th percentile. Greg Monroe and Brian Zoubek were two of the weaker shot blockers amongst players expected to be drafted, while Paulao Prestes and Miroslav Raduljica were the least effective prospects when it came to swatting away shots at the rim.
Steals Per-40 Minutes Pace Adjusted
|Paulao Prestes||CB Murcia||ACB||1.3|
|Solomon Alabi||Florida State||NCAA||1|
|Boban Marjanovic||Hemofarm STADA||ADRIATIC||0.9|
|Miroslav Raduljica||FMP Zeleznik||ADRIATIC||0.8|
|David Weaver||Wake Forest||NCAA||0.7|
|Boban Marjanovic||Hemofarm Stada||EUROCUP||0.7|
|Omar Samhan||Saint Mary's||NCAA||0.5|
|Kevin Seraphin||Cholet Basket||EUROCUP||0.3|
This stat tells us a bit about the quickness and defensive versatility of these prospects. Bangaly Fofana is extremely raw, but his physical tools and effort level afforded him quite a few steals in the French League. Mac Koshwal takes the second spot thanks to his consistent energy on the defensive end. There's a considerable drop off before Andrew Ogilvy, Daniel Orton and DeMarcus Cousins, who round out our top-5.
Greg Monroe and Brian Zoubek both rank well above average, while the highest ranked players below 1 steal per-40 minutes pace adjusted are Hassan Whiteside, Tibor Pleiss, and Kevin Seraphin.
Assists Per-40 Minutes Pace Adjusted
|Boban Marjanovic||Hemofarm Stada||EUROCUP||2.4|
|Miroslav Raduljica||FMP Zeleznik||ADRIATIC||1.7|
|Omar Samhan||Saint Mary's||NCAA||1.2|
|Solomon Alabi||Florida State||NCAA||0.8|
|Paulao Prestes||CB Murcia||ACB||0.8|
|Boban Marjanovic||Hemofarm STADA||ADRIATIC||0.7|
|David Weaver||Wake Forest||NCAA||0.6|
|Kevin Seraphin||Cholet Basket||EUROCUP||0.6|
This stat should clue is in to the skill level and versatility of these centers. Greg Monroe tops this category in a rout. He's easily the best passer in this group. Cornell's Jeff Foote makes an appearance here, but he's already signed with Maccabi Tel Aviv according to reports. Mac Koshwal's ability to see the floor when attacking the basket afforded him some success as a passer, while Boban Marjanovic and Brian Zoubek are both solid passers for their height, but find themselves ranked this highly because of the systems they play in. Most of the top prospects in this group rank above 1 assist per-40 minutes pace adjusted, but Hassan Whiteside and Tibor Pleiss actually rank as the least effective passers in our rankings.
Turnovers Per-40 Minutes Pace Adjusted
|Boban Marjanovic||Hemofarm Stada||EUROCUP||4.1|
|Solomon Alabi||Florida State||NCAA||2.9|
|Miroslav Raduljica||FMP Zeleznik||ADRIATIC||2.9|
|Omar Samhan||Saint Mary's||NCAA||2.6|
|Kevin Seraphin||Cholet Basket||EUROCUP||2.6|
|Boban Marjanovic||Hemofarm STADA||ADRIATIC||2.5|
|Paulao Prestes||CB Murcia||ACB||2.2|
|David Weaver||Wake Forest||NCAA||1.8|
A measure of a players ability to hang onto the ball down low and make good decisions as a passer, this stat seems to follow with what we've seen at other positions. Young, inexperienced, and raw players like Bangaly Fofana struggle, as so slower players such as Boban Marjanovic. Derrick Caracter places second because of how aggressive he was looking to score the ball. Mac Koshwal and Greg Monroe hold the fourth and fifth spots respectively and are two of the only big men in this group who faced up and put the ball on the floor regularly.
Daniel Orton and Solomon Alabi sit in the middle of the pack, which is a bit surprising considering Orton's low usage. Hassan Whiteside finishes rather low compared to where you would expect a player with his game to wind up. Tibor Pleiss and Cole Aldrich are the most sound decision-makers amongst this group since their role didn't force them to do many things that would put them in high-mistake situations.
Assist to Turnover Ratio
|Boban Marjanovic||Hemofarm Stada||EUROCUP||0.58|
|Miroslav Raduljica||FMP Zeleznik||ADRIATIC||0.58|
|Omar Samhan||Saint Mary's||NCAA||0.47|
|David Weaver||Wake Forest||NCAA||0.37|
|Paulao Prestes||CB Murcia||ACB||0.36|
|Boban Marjanovic||Hemofarm STADA||ADRIATIC||0.27|
|Solomon Alabi||Florida State||NCAA||0.26|
|Kevin Seraphin||Cholet Basket||EUROCUP||0.25|
For centers, this statistic is as much a gauge of how well they pass as it is of any playmaking efficiency. Greg Monroe is the best passer on this list by a wide margin, and he's one of the few players that can be expected to make an impact setting up his teammates at the next level right away. Jeff Foote and Brian Zoubek are heady players who can make an impact with their effort levels, while Mac Koshwal and Boban Marjanovic have certain tools that afford them success as passers. Hassan Whiteside and Tibor Pleiss are the least efficient passers amongst the top prospects, but for the majority of these players, this statistic means little.
Personal Fouls Per-40 Pace Adjusted
|David Weaver||Wake Forest||NCAA||5.6|
|Kevin Seraphin||Cholet Basket||EUROCUP||5.4|
|Boban Marjanovic||Hemofarm STADA||ADRIATIC||4.3|
|Miroslav Raduljica||FMP Zeleznik||ADRIATIC||3.8|
|Omar Samhan||Saint Mary's||NCAA||3.7|
|Boban Marjanovic||Hemofarm Stada||EUROCUP||3.7|
|Paulao Prestes||CB Murcia||ACB||3.7|
|Solomon Alabi||Florida State||NCAA||3.6|
This stat tells us which of our centers is taking themselves off the floor with their fouling. Bangaly Fofana is the most foul prone player in our rankings by a wide margin thanks to his lack of discipline defensively, but Brian Zoubek, Daniel Orton, and Tibor Pleiss are still a bit more prone to collecting personals than teams would like them to be. DeMarcus Cousins looks pretty foul prone here, with Cole Aldrich, Solomon Alabi, Hassan Whiteside, and Greg Monroe ranking as the least foul prone players amongst the centers slated to be selected in the first round.
|Paulao Prestes||CB Murcia||ACB||74|
|Boban Marjanovic||Hemofarm Stada||EUROCUP||73.9|
|Kevin Seraphin||Cholet Basket||EUROCUP||72.4|
|David Weaver||Wake Forest||NCAA||72.1|
|Boban Marjanovic||Hemofarm STADA||ADRIATIC||70.5|
|Miroslav Raduljica||FMP Zeleznik||ADRIATIC||70.5|
|Solomon Alabi||Florida State||NCAA||67.8|
|Omar Samhan||Saint Mary's||NCAA||67.1|
Player Efficiency Rating
|Omar Samhan||Saint Mary's||NCAA||34.7|
|Solomon Alabi||Florida State||NCAA||24.6|
|Boban Marjanovic||Hemofarm STADA||ADRIATIC||23.8|
|Miroslav Raduljica||FMP Zeleznik||ADRIATIC||21.9|
|Paulao Prestes||CB Murcia||ACB||20.7|
|Boban Marjanovic||Hemofarm Stada||EUROCUP||19.7|
|Kevin Seraphin||Cholet Basket||EUROCUP||14.8|
|David Weaver||Wake Forest||NCAA||9.5|
Player efficiency rating was created by John Hollinger to measure the overall impact of a player in one stat. The rating uses an average PER of 15 derived from the NBA, which leads to inflated PERs for top collegiate prospects or non-prospects as the case may be. Omar Samhan edges our DeMarcus Cousins for the top spot here. Though Samhan isn't a lock to be drafted at all, Cousins is considered by some to be the most talented prospect in this class. Clearly it is tough to gauge how much of Samhan's PER resides in his low level of competition. Artsiom Parakhouski and Hassan White are two of the rawer players on this list, but take the next two spots. Cole Aldrich makes an appearance in the top-5, despite losing some possessions this season on Kansas' deep roster. Daniel Orton and Kevin Seraphin share the distinction of being the top rates prospects with the lowest PER.