1. LANCE STEPHENSON
This IMO, should be our first pick. Considering the 2ND round is always LOW RISK- HIGH REWARD. This Native New Yorker at Six foot Six, has unlimited potential. Playing for the knicks is virtually every high school baller's dream who has grown up in this City. This move for someone with Lance's natural ability and size for his position has no Grey area. He will either go the path of Stardom or Bust. No in between. Keep in mind in an earlier post where I showed a video where he gave DeMarcus Cousins a Facial Slam in the McDonald's All American game.
Moreover, a repeat of the Bleacher Report stated:
Stephenson was the best player on a 18-15 team that returned all of its important players except for guard Deonta Vaughn. Stephenson is widely considered a second-round pick. He was named the Big East's Freshman of the Year after averaging 12.4 PPG, 5.4 RPG and 2.5 APG this season. The 6'5 guard from New York needs to work on taking care of the ball, his decision-making and shooting. His assist to turnover ratio was only 84 to 81, and his shooting percentages were mostly abysmal. He shot 44 percent from the field, 66.6 percent from the line and made just 21.9 percent of his three-point field goals. In his first season in college, Stephenson needed to be more assertive. If he had elected to stay a second season in the Queen City, Stephenson would have likely been one of the biggest stars in the Big East. Depending on how successful his 2010-11 season would have gone, Stephenson might have played himself into a lottery pick. By leaving now, he would be fortunate to be picked in the first round. ( This decision may turn out to be one of pure luck and timing if this Kid lives up to his "Born Ready" Potential.
2. CRAIG BRACKINS
Rising junior Craig Brackins has already been detailed and analyzed a great deal on this website, but his unique blend of size and skill continually prompt us to further examine his game and potential. After a sophomore season that saw him come within a handful of rebounds (17 to be exact) of averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds per game, the 6-10 forward surprisingly decided to return for at least one more season at Iowa State before trying his hand at the NBA. Barring some type of major injury, the question at this point for Brackins isn't't if he will be drafted, but how high and by whom? Another 2ND Round Low Risk-High Reward. At 6'10 he could play the 5 spot for the knicks considering our lack of size. One big plus that Brackins has under coach Mike Dantoni, is that Brackins can stroke the trey which is all Dantoni seems to care about.
3. JIMMER FREDETTE, (BYU 6'2 190 Jr. G):
One of the most dynamic scorers in college basketball, Fredette exploded onto the national scene with 49 points at Arizona in December. Fredette had six games over 30 points this season, including 37 in the Cougars first-round win over Florida in the NCAA Tournament. That was BYU's first tournament win since 1993. Fredette has amazing range on his shot and is an incredible shooter. He shot 45.8 percent from the floor, 44.0 percent on three-point attempts and 89.2 percent from the free throw line. All things considered....he may look like Steve Nash to Mike Dantoni.
****PEACEMAN'S SUPER SLEEPER LOW RISK-HIGH REWARD BIG MAN***
DANIEL ORTON, (Kentucky: 6'10 255):
It's not often that a backup declares for the NBA Draft, especially with three years of eligibility remaining. However, he played behind DeMarcus Cousins. Orton felt that he was ready for the NBA after competing against fellow early entrants DeMarcus Cousins and Patrick Patterson in practice every day. The 6'10 C/PF ( diffinatley a Center with the Knicks) will likely end up in the second round. He has NBA athleticism with the size and body to compete on the next level. His size and defense may be a steal for the Knicks....but don't hold your breath.....he may be the best fit for our Knicks but not necessarily for Mike DAntoni's style ( lack of). However, this Kid is big enough to fill our void at Center, and because he played behind Demarcus Cousins....we haven't (or anyone outside of Kentucky's Practices for that matter) seen the potential of this legit 255lb Center. What do we have to lose by taking him with a 2ND round pick? I write this all from gut instinct coupled with the fact that this Kid has already showed he has a big pair of balls by Declaring himself into this years draft. Perhaps he has something to prove? Perhaps he was BETTER than COUSINS?
I personally can root for untapped/unknown potential with a second rounder! YOU?