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NCAA Tournament NBA Draft Prospect Viewing Guide, Day Five
by: Jonathan Givony - President
March 28, 2013
The name on the back of the jersey means just as much as the name on the front here at DraftExpress, so if you're watching the tournament with an eye on scouting players who will eventually play in the NBA, you've come to the right place.

Note: The numbers listed next to players represent their standing in our top-100 prospect rankings for the 2013 draft.
All listed times are Eastern Standard (EST)

7:15 PM EST CBS
Verizon Center (Washington, DC)

2 Miami: #38 Shane Larkin, #63 Kenny Kadji, Reggie Johnson, Durand Scott, Trey McKinney-Jones
3 Marquette: #66 Vander Blue, Davante Gardner, Trent Lockett, Jamil Wilson, Junior Cadougan

Shane Larkin is a major wildcard in this draft, as he seemingly came out of nowhere this season to establish himself as one of the best point guards in college basketball. Illinois' trapping pick and roll defense made life very difficult on Miami's half-court offense in the Round of 32, but it was his ballsy step-back 3-pointer with a minute to go that sealed the win and a Sweet 16 berth for the ACC champions. Larkin reportedly has his eye on the 2013 NBA draft and considering his lack of pedigree and how late he emerged on the scouting radar, these NCAA tournament games can be huge for him.

Marquette's leading scorer, Vander Blue, had perhaps the best NCAA Tournament weekend of any prospect, scoring 45 points in a pair of close wins, one of which came on a last-second shot drawn up by Buzz Williams. 6-4 and extremely athletic, Blue has struggled with his perimeter shooting for the past three years, but made five of his ten 3-point attempts last weekend, looking highly confident in doing so. NBA scouts will want to see whether he can continue to be a threat from the perimeter or if his hot shooting was simply a fluke. With another strong weekend, Blue could establish himself a legitimate first round prospect in the 2013 draft.




7:47 PM EST TBS
Staples Center (Los Angeles, California)

2 Ohio State: #57 DeShaun Thomas, #86 Aaron Craft, Shannon Scott, Sam Thompson, Amir Williams, LaQuinton Ross, Amedeo Della Valle
6 Arizona: #49 Solomon Hill, #59 Brandon Ashley, Kaleb Tarczewski, Mark Lyons, Grant Jerrett, Nick Johnson, Kevin Parrom, Gabe York

Few coaches in this tournament are more familiar with each other's coaching styles than Ohio State's Thad Matta and Arizona's Sean Miller. Miller was Matta's assistant at Xavier from 2001-2004, which helps explain why the two teams play such similar styles.

Ohio State power forward DeShaun Thomas opened the tournament with a huge weekend, scoring 46 total points in a highly efficient manner against Iona and Iowa State. He will likely see large doses of fellow second round draft prospect Solomon Hill, who should be able to match up well with him thanks to his strong frame and long wingspan. Arizona will need their senior leader to give them some scoring as well. Hill, Like Thomas, shot 5-7 from beyond the 3-point line in the first two games, and the Wildcats will need him to continue to be aggressive.

Aaron Craft showed a lot of confidence in waving off his teammates and stepping up to make the game-winning basket against Iowa State in the Round of 32. NBA scouts question his perimeter shooting (30% 3P) and overall scoring ability, so it was nice to see him step up and hit such an important shot. Ohio State will need his trademark lockdown defense to slow down Arizona's red-hot point guard, Mark Lyons, who scored 50 total points in the opening weekend on scintillating percentages.




9:45 PM EST CBS
Verizon Center (Washington, DC)

1 Indiana: #4 Cody Zeller, #7 Victor Oladipo, Christian Watford, Will Sheehey, Yogi Ferrell, Jeremy Hollowell, HannerPerea
4 Syracuse #15 Michael Carter-Williams, James Southerland, Brandon Triche, C.J. Fair, Jerami Grant, Rakeem Christmas, DaJuan Coleman, Trevor Cooney

This game might feature the best overall matchup of the weekend as far as NBA scouts are concerned, as Indiana's lockdown defender Victor Oladipo will likely get plenty of chances to put the clamps on highly touted Syracuse point guard Michael Carter-Williams.

Oladipo had a strong showing against Temple, doing a good job slowing down the red-hot Khalif Wyatt, and then making the go-ahead 3-pointer with 14 seconds left, essentially icing the game for Indiana. For someone that had only made 45 3-pointers in 98 career games going into last weekend, it was significant for him from a perception standpoint to confirm that his much-improved perimeter shooting ability is not a fluke in such an important moment, and he looked confident in stepping up to the plate and delivering.

Indiana will be looking for Cody Zeller to have a bounce-back performance after a very lackluster outing against Temple. The sophomore big man struggled to finish through contact against an unheralded frontcourt, turning the ball over repeatedly and showing the same lack of toughness that has concerned NBA scouts in the past. Syracuse's zone presents a unique challenge for big men like Zeller, so it will be interesting to see how Tom Crean has him attack it. Will he be the one to step into the middle of the zone and attack it with his tremendous skill-set?

Syracuse's James Southerland and Indiana's Christian Watford are not particularly athletic, physical or versatile prospects, but both seniors are experienced players with tremendous range and touch from beyond the arc, shooting over 40% respectively. If any team is to get an advantage, it might come here from their perimeter oriented power forwards, making this a matchup to look out for.




10:10 PM EST TBS
Staples Center (Los Angeles, California)

9 Wichita State:
Cleanthony Early
13 LaSalle: Jerrell Wright

Backcourt play has been the key to La Salle advancing to the Sweet 16, especially that of South Carolina transfer Ramon Galloway, who has scored 64 points in their three games thus far. At 6-3, he's more of a combo than a point guard, and doesn't possess elite athletic ability, even if he's an excellent shooter and a very crafty overall scorer. He's surely helped his professional basketball prospects with his play thus far, and has an opportunity to continue to do so here.

Cleanthony Early was huge last weekend for Wichita State, scoring 37 points in just 52 minutes, particularly with his long range shooting against Gonzaga, where he made 4 of his 7 3s. Early is a bit undersized for a power forward at 6-8 but is a versatile offensive player, capable of scoring both inside and out. He gets to the free throw line at a great rate, is a strong offensive rebounder, and brings a lot of toughness defensively like all of Gregg Marshall's frontcourt players. Early had hit just 2 of his last 21 3-point attempts before the Gonzaga game, and has been prone to streakiness from beyond the arc all season. Outside of an 11 day stretch where he hit 14/23 3s at the beginning of January, and last Sunday's game, he's shooting 23% on the year from 3-point range. Which Cleanthony Early will show up this weekend?
 


Feedback for this article may be sent to jonathan@draftexpress.com .

 

Shane Larkin
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Physicals
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 171 lbs.
Birthday: 10/02/1992
21 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Dr. Phillips
Previous Team: Miami FL , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #18 in 2013 Draft
by the Mavericks
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
12.2 Pts, 4.2 Rebs, 3.4 Asts


Kenny Kadji
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Physicals
Height: 6' 10"
Weight: 242 lbs.
Birthday: 05/19/1988
26 Years Old
Teams:
High School: IMG Academy
Previous Team: Miami FL , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
2.0 Pts, 3.0 Rebs, 0.2 Asts


Reggie Johnson
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Physicals
Height: 6' 10"
Weight: 307 lbs.
Birthday: 12/06/1989
24 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Winston-Salem Prep
Previous Team: Miami FL , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
5.3 Pts, 4.4 Rebs, 0.4 Asts


Durand Scott
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Physicals
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 198 lbs.
Birthday: 02/22/1990
24 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Rice
Previous Team: Miami FL , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PG/SG,
NBA: PG/SG,
Possible: PG/SG
Quick Stats:
4.6 Pts, 1.2 Rebs, 0.7 Asts


Trey McKinney-Jones
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Physicals
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 216 lbs.
Birthday: 08/30/1990
23 Years Old
Teams:
High School: South Milwaukee
Current Team: UMKC , PRO
Positions:
Current: G,
NBA: ,
Possible:
Quick Stats:
5.0 Pts, 2.7 Rebs, 1.0 Asts


Vander Blue
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Physicals
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 197 lbs.
Birthday: 07/17/1992
22 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Madison Memorial
Previous Team: Marquette , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
7.4 Pts, 1.8 Rebs, 1.4 Asts


Davante Gardner
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Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 288 lbs.
Birthday: 09/02/1991
22 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Kings Fork
Current Team: Marquette , PRO
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
16.3 Pts, 5.7 Rebs, 0.7 Asts


Trent Lockett
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Physicals
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 211 lbs.
Birthday: 12/10/1990
23 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Hopkins
Previous Team: Marquette , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
11.8 Pts, 4.7 Rebs, 1.7 Asts


Jamil Wilson
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Physicals
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 217 lbs.
Birthday: 11/21/1990
23 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Horlick
Current Team: Marquette , PRO
Positions:
Current: SF/PF,
NBA: SF/PF,
Possible: SF/PF
Quick Stats:
18.0 Pts, 6.0 Rebs, 0.7 Asts


Junior Cadougan
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Physicals
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 190 lbs.
Birthday: 05/07/1990
24 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Christian Life Center Academy
Previous Team: Marquette , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
1.0 Pts, 0.5 Rebs, 1.5 Asts


Deshaun Thomas
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Physicals
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 220 lbs.
Birthday: 08/29/1991
23 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Bishop Luers
Previous Team: Ohio State , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #28 in 2013 Draft
by the Spurs
Positions:
Current: SF/PF,
NBA: SF/PF,
Possible: SF/PF
Quick Stats:
10.8 Pts, 3.2 Rebs, 0.8 Asts


Aaron Craft
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Physicals
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 192 lbs.
Birthday: 02/12/1991
23 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Liberty Benton
Current Team: Ohio State , PRO
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
1.5 Pts, 0.8 Rebs, 1.3 Asts


Shannon Scott
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Physicals
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 175 lbs.
Birthday: 12/21/1992
21 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Milton
Current Team: Ohio State , Senior
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
7.5 Pts, 3.4 Rebs, 3.4 Asts


Sam Thompson
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Physicals
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 180 lbs.
Birthday: 11/11/1992
21 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Whitney Young Magnet
Current Team: Ohio State , Senior
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF
Quick Stats:
7.9 Pts, 2.7 Rebs, 0.8 Asts


Amir Williams
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Physicals
Height: 6' 10"
Weight: 220 lbs.
Birthday: 12/23/1992
21 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Detroit Country Day
Current Team: Ohio State , Senior
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
7.8 Pts, 5.8 Rebs, 0.3 Asts


LaQuinton Ross
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Physicals
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 239 lbs.
Birthday: 11/18/1992
21 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Life Center Academy
Current Team: Ohio State , Senior
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF
Quick Stats:
3.0 Pts, 2.0 Rebs, 0.7 Asts


Amedeo Della Valle
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Physicals
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 184 lbs.
Birthday: 04/11/1993
21 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Findlay Prep
Current Team: Ohio State , Junior
Positions:
Current: SG/SF,
NBA: SG/SF,
Possible: SG/SF
Quick Stats:
3.5 Pts, 1.0 Rebs, 1.5 Asts


Solomon Hill
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Physicals
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 226 lbs.
Birthday: 03/18/1991
23 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Fairfax
Previous Team: Arizona , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #23 in 2013 Draft
by the Pacers
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF
Quick Stats:
Pts, Rebs, Asts


Brandon Ashley
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Physicals
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 191 lbs.
Birthday: 07/15/1994
20 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Bishop O'Dowd
Current Team: Arizona , Junior
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
11.5 Pts, 5.8 Rebs, 1.0 Asts


Kaleb Tarczewski
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Physicals
Height: 7' 0"
Weight: 243 lbs.
Birthday: 02/26/1993
21 Years Old
Teams:
High School: St. Mark
Current Team: Arizona , Junior
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
6.6 Pts, 4.6 Rebs, 0.0 Asts


Mark Lyons
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Physicals
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 195 lbs.
Birthday: 07/04/1989
25 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Brewster Academy
Previous Team: Arizona , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
13.7 Pts, 2.0 Rebs, 3.4 Asts


Grant Jerrett
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 10"
Weight: 232 lbs.
Birthday: 07/08/1993
21 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Luthern
Previous Team: Arizona , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #10 in 2013 Draft
by the Thunder
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
15.1 Pts, 6.1 Rebs, 0.7 Asts


Nick Johnson
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 198 lbs.
Birthday: 12/22/1992
21 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Findlay Prep
Current Team: Arizona , PRO
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
15.8 Pts, 6.2 Rebs, 5.0 Asts


Kevin Parrom
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 205 lbs.
Birthday: 02/28/1991
23 Years Old
Teams:
High School: South Kent
Previous Team: Arizona , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF
Quick Stats:
10.0 Pts, 4.3 Rebs, 2.1 Asts


Gabe York
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 170 lbs.
Birthday: 08/02/1993
21 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Luthern
Current Team: Arizona , Junior
Positions:
Current: PG/SG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG/SG
Quick Stats:
6.7 Pts, 2.2 Rebs, 1.6 Asts


Cody Zeller
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 7' 0"
Weight: 230 lbs.
Birthday: 10/05/1992
21 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Washington
Previous Team: Indiana , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #4 in 2013 Draft
by the Bobcats
Positions:
Current: PF/C,
NBA: PF/C,
Possible: PF/C
Quick Stats:
15.7 Pts, 5.3 Rebs, 0.7 Asts


Victor Oladipo
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 213 lbs.
Birthday: 05/04/1992
22 Years Old
Teams:
High School: DeMatha Catholic
Previous Team: Indiana , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #2 in 2013 Draft
by the Magic
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
17.0 Pts, 6.0 Rebs, 2.7 Asts


Christian Watford
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 229 lbs.
Birthday: 04/28/1991
23 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Shades Valley
Previous Team: Indiana , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
8.5 Pts, 3.0 Rebs, 1.0 Asts


Will Sheehey
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 194 lbs.
Birthday: 01/16/1992
22 Years Old
Teams:
High School: The Sagemont School
Current Team: Indiana , PRO
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF
Quick Stats:
13.0 Pts, 0.0 Rebs, 3.0 Asts


Yogi Ferrell
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 165 lbs.
Birthday: 05/09/1993
21 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Park Tudor
Current Team: Indiana , Junior
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
17.3 Pts, 3.0 Rebs, 3.9 Asts


Jeremy Hollowell
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 217 lbs.
Birthday: 02/25/1994
20 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Lawrence Central
Current Team: Indiana , Junior
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF
Quick Stats:
5.7 Pts, 3.5 Rebs, 1.0 Asts


Hanner Perea
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 215 lbs.
Birthday: 01/29/1993
21 Years Old
Teams:
High School: United Faith Christian
Current Team: Indiana , Junior
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
2.8 Pts, 2.1 Rebs, 0.2 Asts


Michael Carter-Williams
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 184 lbs.
Birthday: 10/12/1991
22 Years Old
Teams:
High School: St. Andrew
Previous Team: Syracuse , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #11 in 2013 Draft
by the 76ers
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
9.0 Pts, 4.7 Rebs, 4.4 Asts


James Southerland
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 221 lbs.
Birthday: 04/28/1990
24 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Notre Dame Prep
Previous Team: Syracuse , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF
Quick Stats:
4.5 Pts, 1.3 Rebs, 0.3 Asts


Brandon Triche
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 198 lbs.
Birthday: 02/01/1991
23 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Jamesville-DeWitt
Previous Team: Syracuse , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PG/SG,
NBA: PG/SG,
Possible: PG/SG
Quick Stats:
2.0 Pts, 3.0 Rebs, 0.0 Asts


C.J. Fair
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 218 lbs.
Birthday: 09/13/1991
22 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Brewster Academy
Current Team: Syracuse , PRO
Positions:
Current: SF/PF,
NBA: SF/PF,
Possible: SF/PF
Quick Stats:
4.0 Pts, 2.6 Rebs, 0.2 Asts


Jerami Grant
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 214 lbs.
Birthday: 03/12/1994
20 Years Old
Teams:
High School: DeMatha Catholic
Current Team: Syracuse , PRO
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF
Quick Stats:
7.2 Pts, 3.0 Rebs, 0.2 Asts


Rakeem Christmas
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 9"
Weight: 226 lbs.
Birthday: 12/01/1991
22 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Academy of the New Church
Current Team: Syracuse , Senior
Positions:
Current: PF/C,
NBA: PF/C,
Possible: PF/C
Quick Stats:
5.8 Pts, 5.1 Rebs, 0.7 Asts


DaJuan Coleman
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 9"
Weight: 290 lbs.
Birthday: 10/16/1992
21 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Jamesville-DeWitt
Current Team: Syracuse , Junior
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: PF/C,
Possible: PF/C
Quick Stats:
4.3 Pts, 4.2 Rebs, 0.2 Asts


Trevor Cooney
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 185 lbs.
Birthday: 08/01/1993
21 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Sanford
Current Team: Syracuse , Junior
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
12.1 Pts, 2.1 Rebs, 1.1 Asts


Khalif Wyatt
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 215 lbs.
Birthday: 06/10/1991
23 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Norristown
Previous Team: Guangdong , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
4.3 Pts, 0.3 Rebs, 1.0 Asts


Cleanthony Early
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 209 lbs.
Birthday: 04/17/1991
23 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Pine Bush
Current Team: Wichita State , PRO
Positions:
Current: SF/PF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF/PF
Quick Stats:
11.5 Pts, 4.8 Rebs, 1.3 Asts


Jerrell Wright
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 240 lbs.
Birthday: 03/26/1993
21 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Dobbins Technical
Current Team: La Salle , Senior
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
13.4 Pts, 6.8 Rebs, 0.6 Asts


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