Saturday, March 28, 2015

2015 Draft Scouting (2nd Round): Brandon Ashley

Brandon Ashley
6'8, 230
Arizona, Jr.
Big Board Rank: 46

Brandon Ashley's three seasons at Arizona have been somewhat underwhelming, after arriving as the number 23 player in the class of 2012, according to Rivals.  Although Ashley has been a member of three very successful teams, he has been nothing more than a role player.  While he hasn't been the star that his recruiting ranking suggested he could have been, there's no reason Ashley can't be a successful role player in the NBA.  Thanks to a reliable mid-range jumper and great length, Ashley's style is a good fit in today's game.

Friday, March 27, 2015

2015 Draft Scouting (1st Round): Justise Winslow

Justise Winslow
6'7, 230
Duke, Fr.
Big Board Rank: 8

Justise Winslow may not be the main attraction at Duke, but he has been a pivotal piece of the team's success in the 2014-15 season.  As Jahlil Okafor's second banana, Winslow has had a solid season at both ends of the floor.  Although he is built ideally for the SF position, Winslow provides enough shooting and athleticism to play in an NBA backcourt.  With an NBA-ready body for either wing position, Winslow will be an enticing prospect for any team looking for talent at the 2 or the 3.  Although, seeing as this is a Pistons-centric scouting report, we'll discuss him here as a SF.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

2015 Draft Scouting (2nd Round): Dakari Johnson

Dakari Johnson
6'11, 255
Kentucky, So.
Big Board Rank: 27

Dakari Johnson is one of anywhere between five and seven Kentucky players who may be selected in the 2015 NBA Draft.  With prototype size and good athleticism, Johnson would likely start for more than 300 NCAA D-1 programs.  But he plays at Kentucky, where he shares frontcourt minutes with soon-to-be lottery picks Karl-Anthony Towns and Willie Cauley-Stein.  Johnson arrived in Lexington with plenty of his own hype, ranking 9th in the Rivals150 for the high school class of 2013.  The raw statistics would tell you that Johnson has failed to live up to the hype, but that's simply not true.  Johnson was an important piece of the Wildcats' frontcourt on their 2014 national runner-up team and is an even bigger piece of this year's current undefeated, Sweet 16 squad.