November 23, 2014

Big Ten scores big in NBA draft

Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Hoosiers went #2 overall in the NBA draft to Orlando. His teammate, Cody Zeller, went fourth overall to Charlotte. Trey Burke of Michigan was selected ninth to Minnesota, then was traded to Utah. Three players from the Big Ten in the top ten of the NBA draft…more than any other conference. Tim Hardaway Jr. of Michigan went to the Knicks later in the first round.

According to NBA.com, here is what they are saying about each of the Big Ten’s first round selections.

Oladipo:

Strengths

– NBA athleticism
– Great first step
– 3-point threat
– Tenacious
– Competes
– Takes pride in defense
– Good rebounder for his position

Weaknesses
– Negative assist-to-turnover ratio
– Doesn’t have prototypical NBA two-guard height

Zeller:

Strengths
– Mobile and active
– Efficient low-post scoring skills
– Good free-throw shooter
– Competes
– High character
– Great understanding of the game

Weaknesses
– Has to get stronger
– Needs to prove he can muscle with bigger players

Burke:

Strengths
– Great passer
– High basketball IQ
– Intense competitor
– Clutch performer
– Great assist-to-turnover ratio
– Makes free throws
– Good athlete
– Good handle

Weaknesses
– Doesn’t have ideal size
– Finishing in traffic
– Can he defend taller point guards?

Hardaway Jr.

Strengths
– Good size for NBA two guard
– Can shoot the 3
– Competes
– Good passer

Weaknesses
– Not an overpowering athlete
– Needs to get bigger and stronger