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Three NCAA Players Bound for Big Things in the NBA

February 19, 2015 | by Perry Mills | Comments Comments Off
D’Angelo Russell has a chance to win some awards for the Ohio State Buckeyes.
D’Angelo Russell has burst onto the national stage this season. (Paul Vernon/Associated Press)

We’re just getting to the good part of the NCAA basketball schedule, in the lead up to the conference championships and March Madness, which means there’s no better time for Fantasy basketball players to get a grip on which names they will need to know ahead of the 2015 NBA Draft.

Some players have proven they’re exactly who we were expecting them to be this season. Jahlil Okafor has dominated. Frank Kaminsky could beat Okafor for the Wooden Award this season. And junior Willie Cauley-Stein is the elite defender we knew he was when the season started. But who else has stepped up and could sneak into the NBA lottery picks in the 2015 NBA Draft?

D’Angelo Russell, PG/SG, Ohio State Buckeyes: Nobody saw Russell coming this season, but they certainly know his name now. The Ohio State freshman guard has exploded for averages of 19.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 5.5 assists while shooting better than 43 per cent from beyond the arc and accumulating some of the finest highlights from college hoops this season (see video below). According to CBS, Russell is now the third-best prospect in the NCAA. This kid’s draft stock is on the rise, baby!

Kevon Looney, PF, UCLA Bruins: Looney has also come out of nowhere to be a top-ranked prospect, should he declare as expected, in the 2015 NBA Draft. The 6’9” freshman has drawn a variety of comparisons to a top 10 pick from last year’s draft, Noah Vonleh. Vonleh’s Charlotte Hornets are listed at +10,000 at TopBet to win their conference, but the big man’s rebounding and blocking continue to look promising for a Hornets team that is playing the long game at this point. Looney would provide a similar value to one of the teams tanking out the rest of their NBA schedules at the moment. This dynamic young star should be a top 10 pick in this year’s draft — unless he shocks the world by opting to return to Westwood.

Jerian Grant, PG, Notre Dame Fighting Irish: Notre Dame is having a resurgence in the ACC and that starts and ends with its explosive point guard. As the leader of one of the best offenses in the country, Grant is averaging 16.8 points and 6.3 assists after missing a season on academic suspension, so there is an upside-downside to his age (23). As a late bloomer, his window will be shorter in the NBA, but the way he’s playing now, and with the added maturity of an extra couple years, he may be able to produce sooner than later under basketball’s brightest lights.

Now it’s your turn. Which top NBA prospects will you be watching as we head towards March Madness?

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2014 NBA Draft Grades: Pacific Division

October 12, 2014 | by J.R. Anderson | Comments (0)
Some have called Clarkson a potential steal, but we simply refer to him as Jordan “Holy shit, I can’t believe this guy was drafted in the second round” Clarkson. Years down the road when this guy becomes a stud and Fantasy roster regular, you will look back at the 2014 NBA draft and many names will become synonymous with the word bust and others will be household names and you will think back to this particular article and this particular writer and you will look him up on the Internet and see all the super awesome writing awards he won and smile because he put this kid’s potential in your head and you drafted him as a sleeper a couple years later and he helped you to win your first Fantasy basketball league.
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2014 MLB Draft Grades: NL West

October 11, 2014 | by Michael Seff | Comments Comments Off
Touissant was a very intriguing name heading into the draft, and the Haitian-born righty has a power arm but needs to develop his secondary pitches. Like Touissant, Wilson is 6’3”, but weighs just 175 pounds and needs to complement his velocity by adding bulk to his frame to become more durable. Diaz is coming off one of the most impressive offensive seasons in Western Massachusetts high school history, but he profiles better as second baseman.
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2014 MLB Draft Grades: NL Central

September 13, 2014 | by Michael Seff | Comments Comments Off
In fact, after catching in the low minors, Schwarber was playing left field exclusively by the time he got to High-A Daytona. Stinnett has improved since being taken in the late rounds by the Pirates last year, as the 6’4” righty has a power arm but may be more suited to be a reliever at this point because of mechanical concerns. Sands, on the other hand, is much more consistent at repeating his delivery and can reach the mid-90s with his fastball. He also features a very good 12-to-6 curve.
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2014 NHL Draft Grades: Pacific Division, Part II

September 6, 2014 | by Dakota Case | Comments Comments Off
If you’ve made it this far in our eight-part draft grade series, well, congratulations… you have no life outside hockey. That’s okay, neither do we. Today, we wrap up the Pacific Division with the Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks and Vancouver Canucks. To catch up in the series, be sure to check out the previous articles listed below.
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