Scottie Reynolds, Brian Zoubek among top local NBA prospects
Here is a look at the prospects for the local players who might be drafted Thursday or signed afterward.
He's a terrific all-around college guard who got better with time but lacks the size and athleticism to be a sure-fire NBA shooting guard and is not talented enough as a point guard by professional standards. He could get some sniffs at the very end of the second round, but it's unlikely he has much staying power should he claw onto a roster.
Reynolds has the tools to be a real star on the international front.
Injuries and great Blue Devil depth almost caused Zoubek to be completely discarded as an NBA prospect. However, as a senior, he emerged as a critical role player/rebounder during Duke's run to the 2010 title. There's not much upside in his game and it's hard to predict if his rebounding prowess will carry over to the pro level. Still, the Haddonfield product is a "do- the-little-things" guy and he should garner interest toward the end of the second round.
He is an across-the-board talent and is the younger brother of the Sacramento Kings' Jason Thompson. He progressed each of his first three seasons, but had a somewhat disappointing senior year. The Lenape grad righted his stock a bit with a fine predraft camp and has a remote shot to go at the end of the second round, but more likely will be an undrafted free agent. Would not be surprised to see him eventually make it.
Brooks is a self-made player who steadily progressed from being a role player to the leading scorer on a very good college team. The Lower Merion grad does not have anything appealing to NBA folks at this time, but could latch on at a minor-league level.
(La Salle guard)
This versatile talent was the top gun for the Explorers the last few years. He is more aptly labeled as "simply a guard" instead of trying to project him into the traditional point guard or shooting guard slots. He fared well at the Portsmouth, Va., predraft camp, but plethora of underclassmen will push him out of range of draftability. He would be a good guy to try to gain some footing in the NBDL.
The explosive inside player flexed solid talents the last couple of years and he helped Lehigh win the 2010 Patriot League title. Lehigh played Kansas relatively tough in the NCAA tournament. The former Masterman star has a fine on-court work ethic, scored and boarded effectively at the lower Division I level, but simply is too undersize to be considered an NBA prospect.
The Division II player of the year, Dennis put up huge numbers (26.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 2.1 steals) for the Golden Bears last season. The former West Chester Henderson star was definitely capable of playing at a solid D-I level, and he piqued the interest of some at an April predraft camp. He will not be drafted and needs to get stronger and play with more of a sense of urgency, but he has some appeal as a 6-5 point guard.
The Abington Friends product takes up a lot of space in the paint and he proved to be a solid collegiate glass-eater. He lacks go-to offense, NBA agility and athleticism, and looks like a guy who should have a respectable career in a foreign land.
(St. Joseph's guard)
A real role player his first three years on Hawk Hill, Williamson blossomed as a senior, and he was arguably the most important player for Phil Martelli's team. He is rather limited offensively and his perimeter stroke needs a lot of help. Still, he was one of the country's best perimeter defenders, and he has a chance to be a valuable role player overseas.
(St. Joseph's guard)
Scoring guard set career-highs this year in scoring, rebounding and assists. That said, the former Chester star failed to show scouts he was anything more than a decent college guard. His ability to put points up in bunches could help him secure some employment in a lower European league.
The limited contributor had his moments during his last couple of seasons, but does not have anything NBA-worthy in his repertoire. To his credit, he was a fine role player and he did virtually everything asked of him to help the Cats get wins.
Former Villanova transfer did nothing for the Wildcats his first two years, but he was a real stat-sheet stuffer as a Purple Eagle upperclassman. He contributes in a ton of areas, but does not have a prototypical NBA game. The former Cardinal Dougherty star will not be drafted, but could open some doors if he goes the minor-league route and commits to being a shut-down defender.
(Philadelphia University guard)
Coach Herb Magee and Co. always seem to find a Division I-caliber player to lead the D-II Rams, and Frederick was that guy for the last few seasons. He is capable of playing both guard spots at the college level, but simply not big enough nor talented enough to merit bona fide NBA looks.
(West Chester forward)
Started his career at Division I Wofford, but transferred down a level and became a star for the Rams. He averaged close to a double-double this year and presented defenses with a formidable inside-outside game. He's not athletic enough to be considered a legit prospect, but has the resume to get a job abroad.
Jim Clibanoff is president of ClibHoops, a scouting service to which many of the NBA teams subscribe.