Each week, I’ll be taking a look at a handful of players that have used the prior week to increase their draft stock, as well as some players who have been less than stellar, and may see their stock in free fall mode. We’ll take a look at the Top 5 of each!
Draft Stock: Going Up!
Kemba Walker, Uconn
– All Kemba’s done to this point in the season is lead all of college basketball in PPG (30.0) and lead his Huskies to a championship at the Maui Invitational, including two wins over Top 10 teams. He’s been the talk of college basketball early on, and if he continues to play at this level, he’ll likely be a top pick in June.
Jordan Williams, Maryland
– Williams is looking to build on a very solid freshman campaign, in which he started and contributed regularly, but was not a large part of the offense. As a sophomore, he represents the Terps primary scoring option and post presence, and has started off the year well, with double-doubles in 5 of his first 7 games.
Quincy Acy, Baylor
– While everyone talks about Perry Jones and LaceDarius Dunn, Acy has quietly been the rock for the Baylor Bears. Essentially a highlight reel waiting to happen, Acy has had racked up 3 double-doubles on the young season, and has looked like a legitimate force around the basket. He’s still raw, but appears poised to take serious steps forward this season and continue to raise his prospect status.
Jordan Hamilton, Texas
– Hamilton has been an offensive machine thus far for the Longhorns, scoring at least 19 points in all five contests thus far. He’s been incredibly efficient in all aspects of his game (52.5% from the field, 76.5% from the line, 46.4% from 3) and has given all indications that he could reach superstar status this year at Texas.
Alex Oriakhi, Connecticut
– If Kemba Walker represents Batman, Oriakhi has played the role of Robin thus far for the Huskies. While Walker has been stealing the show, Oriakhi has quietly had at least 7 rebounds and 11 points in every contest. No slouch on the defensive end, he’s tossed in just under 2.5 blocks per game as well.
Draft Stock: Going Down!
Elias Harris, Gonzaga
– Harris was a potential first round pick this past June, but elected to return for his sophomore year to help the Zags and improve his draft status. That hasn’t happened to this point. His numbers are down in nearly every statistical category, and aside from a 19 point effort against Marquette, he’s been a virtual non-factor for the Zags this season.
Patric Young, Florida
– Young comes into the 2010-11 season as an interesting freshman prospect, but there hasn’t been anything interesting yet. He’s 7th on the team in minutes and points per game, and just doesn’t seem overly involved in Florida’s plans this season. Still plenty of long term potential here, but without an increase in minutes and touches, he’ll likely continue to be a bit of mystery for NBA draft scouts.
Fab Melo, Syracuse
– Like Young, Melo is a talented freshman, playing on a contending team, that can’t seem to get past the upper classmen on his team to shine. He’s done so little in the time he’s been given though, it’s tough to see his role increasing. Out of Syracuse players that have played in all 4 games, he’s last (10th out of 10) in points per game. In his most recent game, he played just 4 minutes.
Harrison Barnes, North Carolina
– Before anyone freaks out, let me say this: Barnes has not played poorly this season. In a much different situation that Young and Melo, Barnes has played pretty well, but not excellent. He’s the consensus #1 prospect in college basketball, so he must be held to a bit of a higher standard. UNC has struggled some this season, and in their 2 losses, Barnes went a combined 4-24 from the field. He’s shot just 37.3% from the field, and while he’s still the #1 prospect, he’ll need to step up his overall play if he hopes to keep that title all season.
Cory Joseph, Texas
– Another freshman many draft analysts are high on, Joseph hasn’t done much, despite playing over 30 minutes per game. While his 6.8/3.8/3.2 numbers are okay, just not earth shattering, the real reason he makes this list is his lack of efficiency: 32.4% from the field and 15.4% from 3 won’t get anyone at the next level excited.