By Joe Kotoch
Here is a look at several players who either hurt their draft stock with their performance this past season or failed to take advantage of their team’s postseason run.
Demetri McCamey – McCamey shocked many execs around the league last year when he declared for the draft. Eventually McCamey returned to school but tried to make his senior season a showcase season for NBA teams of why he is an elite point guard. There is no denying McCamey had a good season statistically but he seemed a little too shot happy and careless with the ball. At the next level McCamey will struggle to create separation on offense and stay in front of quick PGs. Questions also need to be answered about why McCamey was up and down at times with his performance. A possible 2nd round pick.
Jon Leuer – Leuer was very solid all year for the Badgers. Leuer’s greatest strength is his shooting ability. Standing 6’10” Leuer is the prototypical stretch 4 that many NBA teams are coveting. Considering his size Leuer is not a great rebound or defender. During his postseason run Leuer was exposed as he struggled when covered by an athletic defender and could get an easy look at the basket. Don’t be surprised if a team takes a chance on Leuer in the latter part of Round 2.
Charles Jenkins – Unbelievable scorer and athlete. Unfortunately Jenkins size works against him as he is more of a combo guard that is a high volume shooter but has the size of a PG. Jenkins can get his shot anytime he wants it. Taking over 15 shots per game has stirred questions about Jenkins passing ability. Ultimately playing in a weak conference and having PG size will hurt Jenkins and likely cause him to go late 2nd or undrafted.
Jacob Pullen – Similar to Jenkins, Pullen is a tremendous scorer that doesn’t pass up on many shots. Pullen is undersized for a 2 guard and is very reckless with the ball in his hands. Pullen has the moxie to play in the NBA and take deep shots but can NBA clubs look past his defensive shortcomings and questions about his position. Could see Pullen go off the board in Round 2 but very possible he doesn’t get drafted.