10 college players likely on Warriors' radar

March 29, 2012, 9:23 pm
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By now, most Warriors fans realize that if they wind up withthe No. 1 pick through the No. 7 pick in this summers NBA draft, theyll getto keep the selection.But if the Warriors end up with the No. 8 pick or worse,theyll lose the pick to Utah.All of this, of course, wont be determined until the NBAdraft lottery on May 30. Still, its not too early to take a look at whichplayers are likely to be the highest picks in the late June draft.
In other words, the Warriors will either have one of theseplayers on their roster next year or they wont. Here are 10 playersprojected go high in the draft, with a quick thumbnail about each:Harrison Barnes, SF, 6-foot-8, 223 pounds, NorthCarolina: Hes a good catch-and-shoot player and can put it on thefloor a little bit. Hes not overly athletic and may never be an all-star. Buthe is said to be a great kid and hard worker.Anthony Davis, PF, 6-foot-10, 220 pounds, Kentucky:Hes the player most likely to be selected first overall. A very goodshot-blocker and rebounder. More of a face-up shooter than back-to-the-basketplayer. Hes got to get stronger.Andre Drummond, C, 6-foot-10, 250 pounds,Connecticut: Not a sure bet to be in the draft, but hes a phenomenalathlete. The question is: Why wasnt he more dominant? Drummonds skill levelneeds work and hes at least two years away from contributing.Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: SF, 6-foot-7, 228 pounds,Kentucky: Plays extremely hard. Not a great shooter, but he alwaysdefends the oppositions best player. Should be able to guard three differentpositions in. Also said to have very good leadership skills.John Henson, PF, 6-foot-11, 220 pounds, NorthCarolina: Very long and athletic, but needs to get stronger. Runsfloor well is probably more of a center than a power forward.Jeremy Lamb, SG, 6-foot-5, 185 pounds, Connecticut:Could be the most skilled player in the draft. He can handle theball, pass and rebounds well for his size. Questions about his toughnesspersist and there are also concerns about how competitive he is.Perry Jones, PF, 6-foot-11, 220 pounds, Baylor: Hesgot a pro body and is impressive physically. Hes 6-11, but may have the skillsto play small forward. Should be a better rebounder and the issue is whether heplays hard enough.Thomas Robinson, PF, 6-foot-9, 240 pounds, Kansas: Hesa little undersized, but hes improved every year. His skill level has gotten alot better, he hits the face-up jumper and can finish in the lane with bothhands. Hes got huge hands, so its tough to take the ball from him. Plays veryhard.Jared Sullinger, C, 6-foot-9, 280 pounds, OhioState: Hes got great hands and great feet, but hes not a greatrunner and not a great leaper. Plays below the rim. Will have difficultyguarding power forwards who can stretch the floor.Tyler Zeller, C, 7-foot, 250 pounds, NorthCarolina: Runs the floor great for a 7-footer. Hell make the17-footer and has a right-handed hook and left-handed hook. He probably wont ever be an All-Star, but helllikely play in the league for 10 years.

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