It’s only June 17, but that does not mean that it’s too early to dissect and analyze the 2014-15 college basketball season. Mike DeCourcy did so recently and he broke down the top point guards next year. Where did Andrew Harrison rank? DeCourcey has Harrison ranked at #5 in his list of point guards. Interestingly enough, that is just behind incoming freshman (and heavily recruited by John Calipari) Emmanual Mudiay, who landed at SMU. Here is a bit about what Mike says about Andrew.
Harrison has not demonstrated elite qualities as a shooter, passer or defender. But he excels at using his size to overwhelm smaller defenders (most are) and either score over them or force fouls. His 208 free throw attempts represented an impressive number for a player who was only moderately active in terms of trying to score. Given his physical qualities and skill set, what would elevate Harrison to elite status is greater intensity on defense — which would lead to better offensive opportunities — and an improved 3-point shot.
Stephen Zimmerman remains one of the top targets for John Calipari in 2015 and the race to see which big man Cal lands will be interesting. Zimmerman recently talked about his recruiting with Adam Zagoria and talked about the eight schools still on his list. Here are a few of his comments.
Louisville: “I like that they have a history of being competitive and I like the coaches. The individual skill workouts that Coach [Rick] Pitino has with each player and his reputation speak for themselves.”
Arizona: “Coach [Sean] Miller’s here helping coach…It helps me see what kind of coach he is and how he can adapt from coaching his team and then switching over to coaching a bunch of different players, so it’s eye-opening.”
Kentucky: “[John Calipari] texted me and told me congratulations for making the team and stuff. They have the big picture in mind. I like Coach Cal, I like how they just seem so professional.”
The NBA Draft is less that ten days away and everyone is wondering where James Young and Julius Randle will end up. Ben Roberts compiled a list of all the mock drafts and the popular pick seems to be that Randle will end up in LA with the Lakers. If that ankle is driving the NBA scouts away, it does not seem to be dropping him a lot. James Young’s stock is kind of all over the place, ranging from the Magic at #12 to the Jazz at #23. Check out the full list here.