TMB’s Next Generation

Figuring out which players will be the top selections in the NBA Draft a year from now can be a bit tricky, especially considering that most of them are likely still in high school. But it’s always exciting to at least think about. With that being said, here’s a closer look at our top high school players, some of which will be one-and-done at the collegiate level next season.

xavierhenry7_231501#1] XAVIER HENRY
Position: SG
Size: 6-6 215
Hometown: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
College Choice:
Memphis, Kansas and Texas
NBA Comparison:
Vince Carter
Analysis: Henry is one of the headliners of this group, but he certainly isn’t in a class by himself. He is, however, the most complete player in the class and just keeps getting better and better. He possesses an NBA-ready body and physique, is an explosive athlete and has ideal size for the 2-guard position in college and the pros. He also possesses that star charisma, is an extremely aggressive scorer, is fluid in the transition game, and a physical defender. He sometimes plays out of control and needs to improve his midrange game, but that is the only chink in his armor.

derrickfavors5_291501#2] DERRICK FAVORS
Position: PF
Size: 6-9 225
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
College Choices:
Georgia Tech over Memphis and Georgia
NBA Comparison:
Amare Stoudemire
Analysis: Favors is a tremendous talent, and may have more upside than anyone in the class. He’s a strong, agile, athletic big man with all the skills that pro scouts are now looking for in elite frontcourt players. He’s a tenacious rebounder, runs the floor like a deer, has an explosive leaping ability and plays with an always-running motor. His long wingspan allows him to play bigger than he is and he has a great set of hands. His midrange jumper needs to be more consistent and he’s still polishing up his low-post moves, but he really has the complete package as an emerging big man.

johnwall1_1a1501#3] JOHN WALL
Position: PG
Size: 6-3 185
Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina
College Choices:
Kansas, Memphis, Baylor and Oregon
NBA Comparison:
Tony Parker
Analysis: Wall fits the mold of what pro scouts are looking for in a point guard these days. He has size, length, speed, athleticism and explosiveness reminiscent of Derrick Rose while in high school, and may even be a better scorer than Rose was at the same age. He’s a true floor leader, not a combo guard, has a tremendous ability to get to the rim, and is nearly unstoppable in the open court. His shooting form could use some help and he lacks consistency on his jump shot, but those were some of the same question marks facing Rose coming out of high school and he turned out pretty well, didn’t he?

lancestephenson12_231501#4] LANCE STEPHENSON
Position: SG
Size: 6-5 210
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
College Choices:
Kansas, Maryland and St. John’s
NBA Comparison:
Brandon Roy
Analysis: Stephenson has been on the radar for years, rewriting the history books in New York City by leading his school to three city titles, with a fourth on the way, and becoming the state’s career scoring leader in the process. He’s a pure scorer and a terrific ball handler for a 2-guard, with a lightening quick first step and good court vision. He’s also a terrific shooter off the catch and knows how to draw contact and get to the line. He needs to learn to make better decisions with the ball, which includes his questionable shot selection, but is an enormous talent with loads of potential.

demarcuscousins7_251501#5] DeMARCUS COUSINS
Position: C
Size: 6-10 260
Hometown: Mobile, Alabama
College Choices:
Kentucky over Memphis, Texas and UAB
NBA Comparison:
Rasheed Wallace
Analysis: Cousins is an unbelievable talent, and appears to have a good head on his shoulders, too. He originally committed to Alabama-Birmingham, but backed off when the school wouldn’t guarantee that coach Mike Davis would be back next year. He’s an incredibly strong, active big man with an NBA-ready body and a long (7-foot-2) wingspan. He has a strong back-to-the-basket game, attacks the glass with aggression and knows how to finish while drawing contact. He also displays good footwork and soft hands, and has a versatile skill set for a big man.

kennyboynton5_14150-00-58-221#6] KENNY BOYNTON
Position: CG
Size: 6-2 190
Hometown: Pompano Beach, Florida
College Choice:
Florida over Duke and Texas
NBA Comparison:
Allen Iverson
Positives:
Explosive athlete with good court presence
Can score from anywhere on the floor
Good jump shot with deep range
Excellent motor, always attacking
Fearless with the ball in his hands
Clutch scorer
Solid defender with good lateral quickness
Negatives:
lacks ideal size for his true position (SG)
Needs to improve his shot selection
Below average rebounder

renardosidney4_241501#7] RENARDO SIDNEY
Position: PF
Size: 6-10 250
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
College Choices:
Southern Cal over UCLA, UNLV and Arizona St.
NBA Comparison:
Charlie Villanueva
Positives:
Fundamental sound big man
Excellent all-around skill set
Displays elite perimeter skills
Great ball handler for his size
Displays a natural passing ability
Terrific stroke with good range on his jumper
Can finish with either hand
Negatives:
Needs to improve conditioning
Sometimes lacks aggressiveness, doesn’t have a mean streak
Doesn’t always play hard

johnhenson5_8150#8] JOHN HENSON
Position: PF
Size: 6-10 205
Hometown: Tampa, Florida
College Choice:
North Carolina over Texas, Baylor and Arizona
NBA Comparison:
Anthony Randolph
Positives:
Hybrid forward with versatile skill set
Long, lean, and athletic
Has point forward abilities
True triple threat (pass, dribble and shoot)
Terrific rebounder and shot blocker
Displays a smooth pull up jumper
Runs the floor and can finish at the rim
Negatives:
Needs to add strength, bulk
Not a great defender

jordanhamilton7_231501#9] JORDAN HAMILTON
Position: SF
Size: 6-7 215
Hometown: Compton, California
College Choice:
Texas over Connecticut, Southern Cal and Kansas
NBA Comparison:
Paul Pierce
Positives:
Gifted scorer with a polished offensive game
An absolute menace in the open court
Can score from anywhere
Competitive and plays with passion
Versatile skill set
Good handle
Excellent rebounder for his size
Negatives:
Doesn’t possess great lateral quickness
Plays out of control at times, tried to do too much
Good, but not great athleticism

dominiquecheek6_26a15011#10] DOMINIC CHEEK
Position: SG
Size: 6-6 185
Hometown: Jersey City, New Jersey
College Choice:
Villanova over Kansas, Pittsburgh and Rutgers
NBA Comparison:
Richard Hamilton
Positives:
Long, athletic and versatile wing player
Tremendous basketball instincts
Terrific rebounder
The consumate team player
Outstanding passer
Excellent outside stoke and great shot selection
Very quick and explosive going to the rim
Negatives:
Needs to get tougher and stronger
Needs to work on his defensive intensity

abdul-gaddy1#11] ABDUL GADDY
Position: PG
Size: 6-3 180
Hometown: Tacoma, Washington
College Choice:
Washington over Arizona, Oregon and Texas
NBA Comparison:
Rajon Rondo
Positives:
True pass-first point guard
Great size for his position, with huge 6’7” wingspan
Excellent court vision
Terrific feel for the game
Plays under control, level-headed
Knows how to get to the rim and create contact
Dangerous ball thief
Negatives:
Below average rebounder
Needs to shoot with more consistency
Sometimes struggles against more physical guards

rise_e_kelly_400#12] RYAN KELLY
Position: PF
Size: 6-9 210
Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina
College Choice:
Duke over Notre Dame, Carolina and Vandy
NBA Comparison:
Mike Dunleavy, Jr.
Positives:
Consistent jumper shot with adequate range
Solid perimeter skills for his size
Strong Face-to-the-basket game
Fundamentally sound, dynamic big man
Long arms, huge wingspan
Very fluid in transition
Can finish with either hand
Negatives:
Needs to add strength, bulk
Below-average rebounder for his size
Still maturing, physically

danielorton7_201501#13] DANIEL ORTON
Position: C
Size: 6-10 260
Hometown: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
College Choice:
Kentucky over Kansas and Oklahoma State
NBA Comparison:
Al Horford
Positives:
Extremely strong, explosive big man
Above-average athleticism
Runs the floor well for his size
Knows how to use his body to gain position
Good passer from the high post
Physical defender, inside banger
Strong rebounder and good shot blocker
Negatives:
Needs to add some low post moves
Lacks polish offensively
Durability concerns

dexterstickland7_251501#14] DEXTER STRICKLAND
Position: PG
Size: 6-3 185
Hometown: Elizabeth, New Jersey
College Choice:
North Carolina over Michigan State and Rutgers
NBA Comparison:
Monta Ellis
Positives:
Strong, physical and athletic
Rangy frame with long arms
Extremely quick first step
Terrific finisher at the rim
Excellent lateral quickness on defense
Crafty ball handler
Very efficient all-around scorer
Negatives:
Inconsistent from beyond the arc
More of a shoot-first point guard
Turnover prone

averybradley7_251501#15] AVERY BRADLEY
Position: SG
Size: 6-3 175
Hometown: Tacoma, Washington
College Choice:
Texas over Kansas, Arizona and Southern Cal
NBA Comparison:
Jerryd Bayless
Positives:
Superior athlete with a wiry, strong, athletic frame
Big-time finisher at the rim
Very quick, explosive first step
Has a consistent pull-up jumper with deep range
Amazing scorer, difficult to contain
Great defender with excellent lateral quickness
Ultra-competitive, plays with passion
Negatives:
Lacks ideal size for his position
Lacks the ability to play the lead guard position

roycewhite7_2315011#16] ROYCE WHITE
Position: SF
Size: 6-7 210
Hometown: Hopkins, Minnesota
College Choice:
Minnesota over Wisconsin and Arkansas
NBA Comparison:
Boris Diaw
Positives:
Strong, athletic body
Good basketball IQ
Can put the ball on the deck and get to the rim with ease
Has terrific body control in the lane
Versatile, multi-dimensional defender
Excellent rebounder on both ends of the floor
Very fluid in transition
Negatives:
Good, but not great three point shooter
Lacks a true face-up game
A bit of a tweener

masonplumlee#17] MASON PLUMLEE
Position: C
Size: 6-11 225
Hometown: Arden, North Carolina
College Choice:
Duke over Indiana, Miami and Wake Forest
NBA Comparison:

Positives:
Highly skilled, mature post player
Terrific leader with a winning attitude
Excellent offensive rebounder
Good ball handler and passer for his size
Runs the floor like a deer
Crafty, knows how to play
Fast learner, continually developing
Deceptive athleticism
Negatives:
Needs to develop a consistent “go-to” move with his back to the basket
Still learning the game and developing physically
Needs to get stronger

maalik_wayns#18] MAALIK WAYNS
Position: PG
Size: 6-0 190
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
College Choice:
Villanova over West Virginia and Pittsburgh
NBA Comparison:
Jameer Nelson
Positives:
True floor leader
Super-quick
Has the strength and muscle to take contact at the rim
Tenacious on-ball defender
Good rebounder for his size
Terrific ball handler who shares the ball
Competitive, plays with passion
Negatives:
Sometimes plays at one speed
Needs to improve shooting form and consistency
Doesn’t have great size
Sometimes tries to do too much

christianwatford8_17150#19] CHRISTIAN WATFORD
Position: SF
Size: 6-8 215
Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama
College Choice:
Indiana over Louisville, Alabama and Kentucky
NBA Comparison:
Rashard Lewis
Positives:
Long, lean, athletic big man
Explosive finisher in traffic
Relentless slasher who can get to the rim at will
Very efficient offensive player
Good three point shooter off the catch
Terrific open floor ball handler and passer
Constantly improving
Negatives:
Needs to improve his physicality and aggressiveness
Slow release on his jump shot
Sometimes disappears for stretches of games

elijahjohnson7_201501#20] ELIJAH JOHNSON
Position: PG
Size: 6-2 185
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada
College Choice:
Kansas over Oklahoma, UNLV and Texas
NBA Comparison:
Baron Davis
Positives:
Explosive and strong
Very quick first step
Terrific ball handler
Excellent at getting to the rim
Has quick change of direction
Good form and release on his jump shot
Has elite talent and some untapped potential
Negatives:
Still raw in terms of overall feel for the game
Needs to make better decisions with the ball
Often hunts for his own shot

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