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Scott Howard-Cooper: Talent evaluators adjust their view on the 2012 NBA Draft class (3/22/12)

In the past year or two there had been quite a bit of hype about the upcoming 2012 NBA Draft especially when players like Perry Jones III returned to Baylor for his sophomore season.  But anyone who has watched any amount of Big 12 basketball this season could not help but notice his disappearing act far too often against teams that he should dominate.  Of course this could be the fact that Scott Drew might be one of the most underachieving coaches with the amount of talent he has (and yes I realize Baylor has practically been gift-wrapped an elite 8 appearance but that does not change most people’s view of Drew), so Jones may get the benefit of the doubt from scouts.  But according to Scott-Howard Cooper, Jones is not the only player from the 2012 class who the scouts have their doubts about:

“It helps that Kentucky’s Anthony Davis, the consensus No. 1 pick for the June 28 Draft, has started to show glimpses of an offense to go with a ferocious defensive presence. But many of the prospects next in line are either agonizingly inconsistent (Andre Drummond, Jones) or one dimensional (Harrison Barnes with offense, Henson with defense).”

Talent evaluators adjust their view of the 2012 NBA Draft Class

The rest of the tournament will give some of these guys a chance to show their stuff so it’s possible opinions will change but for now it appears that many of these guys will require some time before making a big impact.


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