NBA Draft Stock Watch: 12/4/10

Who helped and who hurt their draft stock during the week of 11/27/10-12/3/10? DA’s Adam Wolff takes a look at the situation, which includes a repeat performer (and repeat offender!).

Draft Stock: Going Up!
Kemba Walker, Uconn
– Yes, he’s on again and as long as he keeps elevating his game, he’ll continue to head this list. In 2 games this week, Walker averaged 27 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists, all while shooting 55% from the field, 90% from the line, and 50% from the beyond the arc. He continues to be the most impressive player in college basketball this season.

Kyrie Irving, Duke
– While a disappointing game on the national level at this stage in this season can’t kill a player’s stock, a breakout performance can get scouts salivating. Irving had his finest game thus far, putting up 31 points on 8-12 shooting against a very talented Michigan State squad. He’s proving to be an excellent distributor of the basketball and a very efficient scorer, two very desirable characteristics for an NBA PG.

Kenneth Faried, Morehead State
– Any time you put up two 20 rebound performances, you’ll find yourself on this list. That’s just what Faried did, adding 25 and 15 points as well. The level of competition has to be factored in (SIU-Edwardsville and UT-Martin), but the numbers themselves are impossible to ignore.

Tyler Honeycutt, UCLA
– Honeycutt was an absolute beast in UCLA’s narrow loss to Kansas on Thursday. The sophomore forward scored 33 points on 11-15 shooting and 5-6 from down town. He also added 9 boards and 4 assists. UCLA has had a tough start to the season, but Honeycutt has established himself as the go to guy for them and is seeing his star power rising as a result.

Austin Freeman, Georgetown
– Freeman had an excellent week, leading his team to victories over UNC-Asheville and Missouri, on the road. He scored over 30 in both games (32 and 31, respectively) and hit on 13-20 three point attempts for the week. He’s playing at a very high level right now, and his team his reaping the benefits.

Draft Stock: Going Down!
Harrison Barnes, North Carolina
– The pressure of being the first preseason All-American selection ever seems to be getting to Barnes, as he’s looked very uncomfortable on offense, often forgetting about his teammates and forcing shots. He shot 5-21 this week in two games, registering 8 points in both games. He’s an amazing game or two away from this all not mattering, but some questions are starting to creep their way into the equation.

Chris Singleton, Florida State
– In a shockingly similar line to Barnes, Singleton shot just 4-21 in his two games this week, and also netted 8 points in each. These games were Florida State and Singleton’s first true tests of the season (Florida and Ohio State), and the results were two losses and two uninspiring games for Singleton.

Rodney Williams, Minnesota
– Williams minutes continue to decrease, from 31 in Minnesota’s first game of the year, to just 7 this past Monday against Virginia. He’s yet to really take the step forward many expected this season, and the more he plays himself out of the rotation, the more difficult it will be.

Wally Judge, Kansas State
– Judge wasn’t exactly setting the world on fire thus far this season before missing two games with what has been reported as the flu. The combination of mediocre play and sickness isn’t what the sophomore was looking for as he tried to build on his freshman season. It’ll be interesting to see how he comes back from both of the aforementioned issues he’s had so far.

C.J. Leslie, NC State
– Leslie didn’t have a great week, averaging just 3.5 PPG, 3.5 RPG, and 1 APG. He’s still just a freshman, so it’s reasonable to expect some growing pains and some fluctuation in his playing time, but we’d like to see him be a bit more productive with the time he’s given.

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